Eileen O'Shaughnessy

Part-Time Instructor

Photo: Eileen O'Shaughnessy
Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies


Eileen O’Shaughnessy holds an MA in American Studies and a Graduate Certificate in Women & Gender Studies from the University of New Mexico. She is currently completing a PhD in Educational Thought & Sociocultural Studies at UNM. Her masters’ thesis, The Unexceptional Bomb: Settler Nuclearism, Feminism and Atomic Tourism in New Mexico, engaged an intersectional feminist visual and textual analysis of objects, souvenirs, narratives, and exhibits in four of New Mexico's main atomic tourist sites. She argued that New Mexico’s atomic tourism sites “sell the bomb” by simultaneously rendering it both exceptional and banal, which ultimately serves to obscure the everyday, ongoing settler colonial violence of the nuclear weapons industry. Her research, teaching, and organizing focus on the intersection of nuclear colonialism, queer feminism, critical race theory, and education. Eileen’s writing has been featured in Configurations Journal, NukeWatch Quarterly, and various independent publications. In 2016, Eileen co-founded the grassroots organization Demand Nuclear Abolition (formerly Nuclear Issues Study Group) a multi-racial and multi-generational space for students, activists, and artists to challenge radioactive violence through education, activism, and art. When she’s not teaching, Eileen is also a professional musician and plays original political folk music with her band “Eileen & the In-Betweens”, which has toured the U.S., Canada, and Europe.