Schubert received her PhD in Religion in 2016 from Claremont Graduate University. Her areas of interest are two-fold, 1) exploring theories of subjectivity and empowerment in the context of Cambodia and the friction between Cambodian women who are leaders in their religious communities and Cambodian women in local NGOs and 2) documenting and analyzing the culture of structural engineering as part of a gender in science trajectory.
First, she has undertaken ethnographic research in Cambodia and is interested in Post-Secular Feminism, especially in the way ethnographic work can challenge unexamined secular presuppositions of feminist thought. This research focuses on intersections of various fields and pursuits: post-colonial and transnational feminism, theorizations of agency and subjectivity, and NGOization of feminism. Her work examines a traditional Cambodian code of conduct, the chbap srey, and especially two distinct responses to it—commendation and condemnation. In particular Cambodian women who are leaders in religious communities typically have had very different responses than women who are leaders in CEDAW-aligned NGOs. This points to a difference in the way these women prioritize their values, which ties also to their subjectivity and recognition as subjects in their communities. She intends to develop her work on Cambodian women religious and Cambodian NGOs into a book manuscript that will suggest new ways of thinking about empowerment.
Her second area of research is Gender in Science. She has worked in structural engineering for over 10 years. Her main interest in this field is to investigate the gendered culture of the profession of structural engineering. She is interested in how the science has historically justified gender ideology and how gender ideology has influenced science. She has contributed to a trade publication, in which she (controversially) suggested that in fact there is a gendered culture in structural engineering. One of her upcoming projects is to undertake an ethnography that explores structural engineering and illuminates the gendered culture and its potential role in the underrepresentation of women in management level positions in the industry.
She has served as a Lecturer in Liberal Studies and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies at California State University, Los Angeles where she has taught Gender in Science and Introduction to Environmental Humanities. She has also taught in the Religious Studies department at Pomona College and the Ethnic and Women’s Studies department at Cal Poly Pomona. She was awarded a Fulbright Grant for her field work in Cambodia. She has published in Journal of Religion and Human Rights and has various articles in review at journals in the fields of feminist philosophy and Southeast Asian studies.
“Postsecular Subjectivity: Insights from Cambodian Women.” Preprint, submitted June 2018. (In Review)
“Identifying Contemporary Cambodian Women’s Values Using the Traditional Women’s Rule (chbap srey).” Submitted March 2017. (In Revision)
“Consequences of the Gendered Culture of Engineering,” Apr. 2013, Structure, available at http://www.structuremag.org/?p=745
“The Invisible Gendered Culture of Engineering,” Feb. 2013, Structure, available at http://www.structuremag.org/?p=988
“Harmonizing Particularity of Religions and Universality of Human Rights: Critique of Traditional ‘Top Down’ Approach and Proposed Alternative” in Journal of Religion and Human Rights, 4 (2009) 25-40.