Janeanne Levenstein

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Janeanne Levenstein (she/her) is a PhD student in the Sports Studies subtrack of American Studies. Janeanne’s research focus is on critical studies of sport, gender, and sexuality. Utilizing feminist and queer theories and methodologies, she is interested in gendered embodiment in sports settings and the role sport plays in reproducing and challenging ideologies of gender and sexuality. Recent projects have focused on efforts toward gender equity in the sport of ultimate frisbee, critical analysis of sex-testing in elite sport, and shifting perceptions of queer women athletes in a moment of popular feminism. In 2022, Janeanne’s paper, “What does ‘Big Gay Megan’ Rapinoe Have to Apologize for Anyway? Rethinking the Female Apologetic Through Post- and Popular Feminism” received the Barbara Brown Outstanding Student Paper Award in the Masters category from the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport.

Janeanne holds a Graduate Certificate in Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies from the University of Iowa and a B.A. in Sociology and Anthropology from Goucher College in Baltimore, MD. Janeanne works as a Teaching Assistant within the Department of American Studies and has a background in facilitation, experiential learning, and sports coaching (ultimate frisbee).

Research Interests: 

  • Critical studies of sport, gender, and sexuality
  • Feminist and queer theories/methods
  • Embodiment and affect
Janeanne Levenstein
Contact Information

732 Jefferson Building (JB)
Iowa City, IA 52242
United States