Joanna Wuest studies American political and constitutional development, sexuality and gender politics, and the politics of identity and inequality. She received her Ph.D. in Political Science with a certificate in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from the University of Pennsylvania in 2019. At Princeton University, she holds the Fund for Reunion-Cotsen Postdoctoral Fellowship in LGBT Studies in the Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts.
Wuest's doctoral research was funded in part by the Social Science Research Council and was the recipient of the American Political Science Association's 2019 Kenneth Sherrill Award for the Best Dissertation on Sexuality and Politics. Published work from this project and others have appeared in Politics & Gender and the Philadelphia Inquirer. Her book project, Born This Way: Science and Citizenship in the American LGBTQ Movement, is a comprehensive account of the “born this way” phenomenon as it has developed within the liberal LGBTQ movement in the U.S. In examining that history, it reveals the consequences of allowing scientific authority to bear so heavily upon questions of identity, rights, and citizenship in American politics and political culture.