A historian by training, Grisard teaches Gender Studies at the University of Basel, Switzerland. Since 2016, she also directs the Swiss Center for Social Research (

From 2011 to 2016 she was a Visiting Scholar at City University London, London School of Economics, Columbia University, the Graduate Center at the City of New York, the New School for Social Research, and the University of Chicago.



Together with Andrea Zimmermann she convenes the ongoing event series "The Art of Intervention" in cooperation with the University of Basel, Kunstmuseum Basel Gegenwart and Kaserne Basel, and recently organized the conference "Border Crossings: Gender, Sexuality and Rights" at the University of Arizona. She is also still working on publishing results from previous events, e.g. the 2016 Summer School and international conference on "The Politics of Beauty" at the University of Cambridge.



  • Critical Child Studies
  • Critical Femininity Studies
  • Gender and Consumer Culture
  • Terrorism and Security Studies
  • Sexualities and Sexualization
  • Cultural Gender Studies Theories and Methods
  • Discourse Analysis
  • The Art of Intervention
  • Close reading of works by Angela Davis
  • Close reading of works by Michel Foucault

Dr. Dominique Grisard

Dozentin (Fachbereich Gender Studies)
Zentrum Gender Studies
Rheinsprung 21
4051 Basel


Grisard is presently finishing her book-length project „Pink“ which weaves a history of gender, sexuality and whiteness through and around the color pink (funded by the University of Basel and the Swiss National Science Foundation); a second project titled „bedroom cultures“ interrogates the changing face of intimacy and its relationship to the material culture of the ostensibly most private place there is, the bedroom. 

Grisard has published widely on left wing terrorism in 1970s Europe and female political prisoners in Switzerland. More recently she has published on the pink triangle, lgbt historiography, and the use of pink in prisons, on the sexualization and pinkification of girl culture, and on princess boys. 

Grisard is the author of Gendering Terror (2011), a history of (counter)terrorism in 1970s Switzerland and Germany, and the editor of three anthologies on gender theory: Verschieden Sein (2013), Gender in Motion (2007), and Gender and Knowledge (2004). 


Recent Publications

D. Grisard: “Pink Boys. Colouring Gender, Gendering Affect.” In: NORMA: International Journal for Masculinity Studies, Special Issue Masculinity and Affect, ed. Todd Reeser, 13 (3-4), 2018, 227-249.

D. Grisard: “In the Pink of Things. Gender, Sexuality and Race.” In: Pink. The History of a Punk, Pretty, Powerful Color, ed. Valerie Steele. New York: Thames & Hudson, 2018, 145-159.

D. Grisard: “Coherence in Contradiction: the Spectacle of the Female Terrorist.” In: Women, Global Protest Movements, and Political Agency. Rethinking the Legacy of 1968, eds. Sarah Colvin and Katharina Karcher. London & New York: Routledge, 2018, 117-134. 



  • Swiss Association of Gender Studies (Board member since 2010)
  • Women, Gender and Sexuality Network oft he Social Science History Association (Chair since 2010)
  • Verein Feministische Wissenschaft Schweiz FEMWISS