Sharon P. Doetsch-Kidder

Sharon P. Doetsch-Kidder

Sharon P. Doetsch-Kidder

Assistant Professor

Composition: Meditation and mindfulness in education, international higher education

Sharon Doetsch-Kidder teaches academic research and writing with INTO Mason and serves as Assistant Program Coordinator for their International Pathways Programs.  She completed her PhD in English and Feminist Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), and her BA and MA at Georgetown University.

Doetsch-Kidder's book, Social Change and Intersectional Activism: The Spirit of Social Movement, argues for the centrality of spirit to the work of antiracist feminist scholarship and social change.  Her areas of interest include social movements, race and ethnic studies, theories of genders and sexualities, pedagogy, mindfulness education, and the globalization of liberal arts education.  She also teaches meditation, mindfulness, and aikido in the local community.

Current Research

Meditation and Multilingual Writers: Can meditation improve reading, writing, and studentship in international students?

Selected Publications


Social Change and Intersectional Activism: The Spirit of Social Movement. Palgrave Macmillan: 2012.

Refereed Articles:

"Loving Criticism: A Spiritual Philosophy of Social Change." Feminist Studies 38:2 (Summer 2012)

"My story is really not mine': An Interview with Latina Trans Activist Ruby Bracamonte" Feminist Studies 37:2 (Summer 2011).

Other Publications:

Review of Intersectionality and Social Change by Lynne M. Woehrle, Ed. Mobilization: An International Quarterly 21:4 (December 2016).

“Feeding People in All Their Hungers: Spiritual Activism in Queer Chicana Feminist Writing.” NWSA Action 16:2 (Spring 2005).

“Working for Women’s Health in Catholic Higher Education and Working with Women’s Studies: Constraints and Benefits.” Connections: The National Association for Women in Catholic Higher Education 9:1 (2001).

Grants and Fellowships

Mason Term Faculty Development Grant, 2016
Mason Evaluation and Assessment Grant for Language-supported Education &Transition, 2013
UCSB Graduate Division Dissertation Fellowship, 2007
UCSB Humanities/Social Sciences Research Grant, 2006 and 2003
Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship in Women’s Studies, 2005
National Women’s Studies Association Graduate Scholarship in Lesbian Studies, 2004



Courses Taught

EAP 507/508: Graduate Communication Across the Disciplines (team taught course for international graduate students)
PROV 501: Introduction to Graduate Study I (for first semester international graduate students)
PROV 106: Research Methods (for first-year international students)
ENGH 100: Enhanced English Composition (team taught course for first-year international students)
ENGH 121-122: Enhanced English Composition I (year-long, team taught course for international students)
ENGH 302M: Advanced Composition (multidisciplinary course focused on writing in academic disciplines)
ENGH 302B: Advanced Composition (focused on writing in academic Business disciplines)


Doctor of Philosophy in English (Feminist Studies emphasis) 

University of California Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California

Dissertation: “The Spirit of Social Change: Love, Faith, and Joy in Intersectional Activism”

Advisors: Leila Rupp and Shirley Geok-Lin Lim


School of Criticism and Theory. Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, 2004

Seminar: Ritual, Play, and Performance.

Instructor: Richard Schechner


Master of Arts in English, with distinction 

Georgetown University, Washington, DC

Thesis: “Methods of Rule: Imperialism, Capitalism, and Patriarchy in Victorian Social Novels”

Special training: “The Early Modern Book” seminar at the Folger Institute

Advisor: Pamela A. Fox


Bachelor of Arts in Women’s Studies, magna cum laude (English minor) 

Georgetown University, Washington, DC

Thesis: “Writing Agency Through Victimization: Narrating Child Sexual Abuse in Bastard out of Carolina and Thereafter Johnnie

Advisors: Leona Fisher and Suzanna Danuta Walters

Recent Presentations

Workshop on “Engaging Quiet Students.” Co-facilitator. Professional Enrichment Day. INTO Mason. Fairfax, Virginia. February 2017

“Reading and Writing for Complexity: Using key concepts and key terms to engage multilingual and other learners in scholarly conversations.” Panelist. Innovations in Teaching and Learning. Fairfax, Virginia. September 2016.

“Where’s the love? Finding the heart of feminist civic engagement” and “Altars as Embodied Negotiation: Reimagining Encounters with Privilege and Oppression Through Creative Spiritual Practice.” National Women’s Studies Association Annual Conference. Cincinnati, Ohio. November 2013.

"Faith: Connecting activist beliefs and methods." Feminist and Women’s Studies Association (UK and Ireland) Conference. Nottingham, UK. June 2013.

“Joy and Intersectional LGBTQ Activism: The Pleasures of Social Action.” Intersections: Sexuality, Gender, Race and Ethnicity Symposium. Baltimore, Maryland, March 2013.

“Building a World University for Asian Women: Lessons from the First Year.” Chair. World Universities Forum, Hong Kong, China. Jan. 2011.