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Dr. Sarah Dougher
Dr. Sarah Dougher

University Studies
117 Cramer Hall
Portland State University
P.O. Box 751
Portland,OR 97207-0751

Office: CH 137
Phone: (503) 715-6731


Dr. Dougher has been teaching at Portland State since 2004, primarily in the department of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, where she taught courses on popular music, race and gender. In 2018, she began teaching Senior Inquiry at Jefferson High School Middle College Academy, and currently teaches Race and Social Justice with teams at both Jefferson and Roosevelt high schools.


Subject areas

Girls and girlhood; Feminist pedagogy and youth development; Critical race theory and pedagogy; Gender and sexuality studies (feminist, queer and youth-focused theoretical perspectives); Gender, race and U.S. popular music cultures.


Recent Publications

“Modify and Adjust: Senior Inquiry as a Transformative Whole-School Program for Race and Social Justice” Andrew Kulak, Sarah Dougher, Michael Mooradian Lupro, Sonja Taylor. Journal of General Education, forthcoming. 

“Identity, Cultural Authority, and Musicianship among Tween Girls” with Diane Pecknold, in Mediated Girlhoods, Volume 2, ed. Mary Celeste Kearney and Morgan Blue. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017.

“When Loud Means Real” in Voicing Girlhood in Popular Music and Culture, eds. Allison Adrian and Jacqueline Warwick. New York: Routledge, 2016.


Recent Presentations

2017 American Studies Association, Chicago IL. “Negotiating Girl Power: Normative and Transformative Community-Based Feminist Pedagogy at Girls’ Rock Camps.”

2017 International Society for the Study of Popular Music, Kassel, Germany “Girls Rock! Reverberations and Limitations.”