About Frontiers

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 History


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.



Where are the edges,
boundaries and borders of…

science, diaspora, effects, experiences, access, religion, knowledges, history, performance, sex, transmigrations, youth, queer, indigenous, neoliberalisms, decolonial, colonial, materialities, futurities, intersectionalities, mobile subjectivities, education, affect, female troubles, dys-functions, queer crip, queer of color critique, performance, feminist geographies, relations, voice, representation, gender, race, militarism, futurisms, transpacific, third spaces, posthumanism, human,…?

Engage with Frontiers

We invite readers and contributors to utilize Frontiers—through the website, social media and print journal—as a place to think, challenge, and engage in feminist conversations that matter. Individual and institution subscriptions are available through the University of Nebraska Press's website!

Our Editorial Vision

Our editorial vision includes the following tenets and investments in feminist studies:

  • Feminist theorizing is about bodies, power, representation, knowledge, voice, and pleasures. It raises questions about how we want to be in relation to each other.
  • Feminist theorizing is complexly intersectional and interdisciplinary—deeply theoretical while maintaining commitments to pedagogy, praxis, and policy.
  • Feminist theorizing is integral to analyses of transglobal productions of empire, colonialism and coloniality and thus equally key to decolonial theorizing and imagining other ways of being.
  • We want to see feminist analytics everywhere – across all structures, disciplines, knowledges.
  • Questioning what is known and how it is known, what is reality – the epistemological and ontological – remains central to feminist theorizing, art, and praxis.
  • While feminist studies is deeply theoretical, theory is found in multi-modal forms of expression and maintains commitments to pedagogy, praxis, and policy that have the potential to alter current effects and affects of disenfranchisement.
  • Feminist studies is integral to expanding disciplinary areas of knowledge production and practice.
  • Feminist studies offers new, challenging formats and styles of production that provoke, interrupt, question and shift theorization and practice.
  • Feminist theorizing opens up possibilities and reimagines futurities, dreamscapes, and soundscapes

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