One of the premier publications in the field of feminist and gender studies, Frontiers has distinguished itself for its diverse and decisively interdisciplinary publication agenda that explores the critical intersections among—to name a few dimensions—gender, race, sexuality, and transnationalism. Many landmark articles in the field have been published in Frontiers, in its 40+ year history, thus critically shaping the fields of women’s, gender, and sexuality studies.
The University of Utah editorial team for Frontiers is committed to embracing emerging visions of dynamic and unsettled “feminist frontiers.” As the journal’s new guiding voice, we seek to advance feminist investigations and expressions into the 21st century. Frontiers—as a term or topic of analysis—evokes differing memories, figurations, affects and emotions. Questions of “whose frontiers”, “which frontiers” and how is a “frontier” even formed, by who and where are debated and refused. While we participate in “frontiers” contested spaces, we simultaneously embrace the possibilities of thinking with and through frontiers as a way to foster and reinvigorate feminist and specifically women of color, queer and decolonial feminist theorizing, pedagogy and praxis.
The editorial leadership reflects its interdisciplinary home in the University of Utah’s new School for Cultural and Social Transformation. As an editorial collective, we bring expertise in performance studies, theatre, education, policy, ethnic studies, indigenous studies, and gender studies. Building on our diverse strengths, we welcome feminist scholarly essays and creative works utilizing a multitude of methods, practices, discourses, and theories
Frontiers is one of the oldest and most respected academic feminist journals in the United States. Frontiers began publication in 1975 at the University of Colorado, Boulder. The original Editorial Collective (the advisory board of the host institution) chose the title “Frontiers” to signal that the journal would push the boundaries of feminist scholarship within a national context.
Frontiers began in the West (moving to the University of New Mexico, Washington State University, and to Arizona State University), and the journal embraced the study of women in the U.S. West. In particular, the journal focused on the multicultural West, the borderlands within and between nations, and transnational aspects of the regional West, from the ancestral lands of Native Americans to ties with the Americas and the countries and peoples of the Pacific Rim. In doing so, the journal has increasingly explored issues of regional import within a global context.