Refusing the Colonial State in (and out of) the Feminist Classroom

Developed by Karla J. Strand, DPhil, MLIS
Gender and Women’s Studies Librarian
University of Wisconsin
October 2022

This bibliography is number 103f in the series “Bibliographies in Gender and Women’s Studies,” published by the University of Wisconsin System Office of the Gender and Women’s Studies Librarian. Also see bibliography 98c. Many thanks to India-Bleu Niehoff for her assistance with this guide.


Critical feminist pedagogical practices often challenge white supremacist cisheteropatriarchal colonial norms on which capitalist states (and our own campuses) have been built. From critical examinations of land acknowledgements to conversations about critical race theory, prison labor, and reproductive rights, the classroom is often a space for introducing challenging topics and developing strategies to critically analyze and debate these issues with students from multiple viewpoints. This bibliography highlights feminist, anti-racist, decolonial and anti-colonial pedagogical practices in the classroom, keeping in mind both the limitations, hierarchies, and the transformative possibilities of our own institutions. Resources engage current challenges to academic freedom, the banning of books, and strategies for infusing hope and a social justice praxis into our work as scholars and teachers. It also includes resources that highlight transformative spaces of justice, reparations, and decolonization against structures of institutionalized racism, sexism, and other forms of oppression outside of the classroom.

This bibliography is in progress.