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Olga  Plakhotnik

Olga Plakhotnik

Olga Plakhotnik
Fulbright Scholar


Office: CMC 202


Born in Ukraine, I currently live in Kharkiv, Ukraine where I teach philosophy and Women’s and Gender Studies courses at National Aerospace University and Kharkiv National University (in the School of Sociology). I hold a PhD degree in Social Philosophy from National Aerospace University and a master’s degree in Sociology specializing in Gender Studies from the European Humanities University, Lithuania. During the last decade the main field of my scholarly interests has been Gender Studies, focusing on two areas. The first is connecting theory (that is, feminist theory, gender theory, and feminist philosophy) with methodology. My second area of interest is education and educational issues: the philosophy of education, critical theory of education, curriculum studies, and so on. While at USF, the project I am pursuing straddles the two areas I have mentioned. I would like to research gender issues in education,-- more specifically, concentrating on Feminist Pedagogy and Queer Pedagogy. This area is relatively new for post-Soviet space. The North American tradition of feminist pedagogy has a much longer heritage. I believe that Western theoretical and practical experience in feminist and queer pedagogy might be interesting and important to the process of gender liberalization in my part of world.