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Penn State hires ‘fatness’ graphic design professor

Has worked to ‘advance fat representation and liberation’

Pennsylvania State University now has an “activist and educator” graphic design professor with a focus on “fat representation and liberation” lined up to teach starting this August.

Brooke Hull “focuses their research on fatness and marginalized identity with the goal of expanding design education — and education, in general — for every human body.”

Hull (pictured) is described in the Penn State news release as an “activist and educator.”

Even though the new professor only has a master’s degree, Hull has other experience relevant to the classroom.

For example, the professor “also is an invited guest teacher of activism with the University of Copenhagen, DIS study abroad program, focusing on fat and queer activism.” Hull also worked as a teaching assistant at the University of Florida.

The professor “earned a master of fine arts in design and visual communication along with a graduate certificate in women and gender studies,” from UF.

Past projects include: “Designing for Intersectional Fat Liberation: Leveraging Co-design & Ethnographic Methods to Document Fat Lived Experiences,” “Researching through Critical Making: Using Illustrated Letterforms to Represent Fat, Intersectional Bodies within Design,” and “(The Struggle for) Queer Existence within Design History.”

The new professor’s experience fits in with the Stuckeman School’s goal of promoting “diversity, equity, and inclusion,” according to the dean.

“[Hull’s] design advocacy work and their dedication in creating a learning environment for diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging aligns with school’s core values and are critical to the Stuckeman School community,” Dean Chingwen Cheng stated in the news release.

Young America’s Foundation, which first spotted the story, noted the Stuckeman School previously gave an award to one of its students for a proposed train station remodel.

The thesis award went to a project that investigated “the binary experience of a building and space in order to better understand the ways gender norms and binaries are perpetuated through the ways architecture is constructed.”

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IMAGE: Brooke Hull/LinkedIn

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