Women's Studies Faculty Listing


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Professor Valerie Traub, Interim Chair (7/1/14-6/30/15)

Academics and Requirements


Elizabeth Anderson (Philosophy) (John Rawls Collegiate Professor of Philosophy and Women's Studies), Ethics, social and political philosophy, philosophy of the social sciences, feminist theory, epistemology

Elizabeth A. Armstrong (Sociology)

Ruth Behar (Victor Haim Perera Collegiate Professor of Anthropology) (Anthropology), Cultural Anthropology, Cultural Criticism, Ethnographic Writing, Life Stories, Feminist Ethnography, Visual Anthropology, Religion; Spain, Mexico, Cuba, U.S. Latinos; Cuban Jews, Sephardic Jews

Carol Boyd (Nursing) (Deborah J. Oakley Collegiate Professor of Nursing and Women's Studies), Women and substance abuse

Celeste Brusati (History of Art), Visual art and culture of the Netherlands from the fifteenth through the seventeenth centuries

Kathleen M. Canning (History) Arthur F. Thurnau Professor; Sonya Rose Collegiate Professor of History), Modern Germany, modern European women and gender, labor and social movements, welfare state, history of the body

David Caron (Romance Languages and Literatures), Queer Studies, AIDS, 20th- and 21st-century French literature and culture, Holocaust, and Jewish Studies

Rosario Ceballo (Psychology)

Elizabeth Cole (Psychology), Intersectionality; class, race and gender as social identities; qualitative methods; relationship between political attitudes and behaviors, particularly among African Americans and all women

Mary Corcoran (Political Science. Public Policy, Social Work), American Government and Politics, Public Policy and Administration, Research Methods, Poverty and Inequality

Lisa Disch (Political Science), Contemporary continental political theory, Anglo-American and French feminist theory, political ecology, and theories of democracy

Sarah Fenstermaker, women and work, domestic labor, family violence, and the workings of gender, race, and class

Leela Fernandes (Glenda Dickerson Collegiate Professor of Women’s Studies), labor, gender, cultural politics, nationalism, human rights and globalization

Dena Goodman (History) (Lila Miller Collegiate Professor of History and Women's Studies), Cultural and intellectual history of France: old regime, enlightenment, and French revolution (1600-1800)

Sandra Graham-Bermann (Psychology), Family resilience; dysfunctional sibling relationships; adaptation of children exposed to violence

Linda Groat (Urban Planning), environmental meaning and the experience of place; and gender issues in architectural education

Sandra Gunning (English Language and Literature / American Culture / Afroamerican and African Studies), American Studies; 19th and 20th C. American Literature; African-American Literature; African diaspora studies; interdisciplinary approaches to literature; feminism and gender studies; travel writing

David Halperin (English) (W.H. Auden Distinguished University Professor of the History and Theory of Sexuality), Ancient Greece and Rome; history of sexuality, lesbian/gay/queer studies

Anne Herrmann (English), Feminist and queer theory; 20th-century comparative literature and cultural studies; autobiographical writings and creative non-fiction

June Howard (English) (Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of English, American Culture, and Women's Studies), late 19th-century early 20th-century American Literature and Culture

Nadine Hubbs (Music), Gender and sexuality in music, LGBTQ history, American music, modernism, class in the U.S.

Holly Hughes (Art & Design / Theatre & Drama), Performance Art

Carol Jacobsen (Art and Design), Women's criminalization and censorship

Timothy R.B. Johnson (Obstetrics and Gynecology) (Arthur F. Thurnau Professor; Bates Professor of Diseases of Women and Children), Obstetrics and Gynecology, Maternal Fetal Medicine, Women's Health

Deborah Keller-Cohen (Linguistics), Narrative, Discourse analysis, Language and Aging, Literacy in modern and colonial America

Mary Kelley (History and American Culture) (Ruth Bordin Collegiate Professor of History, American Culture and Women's Studies), issues of women and gender in 19th-century America

Petra Kuppers (English/Theatre & Drama/Art & Design), disability studies, performance studies, critical theory and poetics, medical humanities, and the general fields of arts and expression, arts and health, and arts and community building

Karin Martin (Sociology), Gender, feminist theory, family, childhood and adolescence, social psychology, psychoanalytic sociology

Peggy McCracken (Romance Language & Literatures / Women's Studies / Comparative Literature) (Domna C. Stanton Collegiate Professor of French, Women's Studies and Comparative Literature), Medieval French literature and culture; gender and sexuality in the Middle Ages

Tiya Miles (Afroamerican and African Studies, History, Women's Studies) (Elsa Barkley Brown Collegiate Professor of African American Women's History), African-American and Native-American interrelated and comparative histories, especially 19th-century African-American women's history and literature, Native American women's history and literature, U.S. women's history

Christina Moreiras-Menor (Romance Languages and Literatures), Modern and contemporary Spain (including peripheral national communities such as Galicia, Catalonia and the Basque Country)

Adela Pinch (English), English literature, 1700-1900; feminist studies

Helmut Puff (Richard Hudson Research Professor of History), Early Modern German Literature and History, Gender Studies; history of sexuality

Jennifer Robertson (Anthropology), Sociocultural and historical anthropology:  art, artificial life museums, and visual culture, biotechnology and bioethics, colonialism and imperialism, cultural history, ethnography, feminist theory, history of eugenics and bioethics, human-robot interface, mass/popular culture, race and ethnicity, sex/gender systems, sexual cultures, symbolic anthropology, urban Anthropology, women's studies

Carolyn Sampselle (Nursing) (Carolyne K. Davis Collegiate Professor of Nursing), Women's Health

Arlene W. Saxonhouse (Political Science) (Caroline Robbins Collegiate Professor of Political Science and Women's Studies), Ancient and early modern political thought; women in the history of political thought; democratic theory

Susan Siegfried (History of Art) (Denise Riley Collegiate Professor of the History of Art and Women's Studies), Thematisation of gender, social spaces for viewing art, and theoretical models of interpretation

Patricia Simons (History of Art), portraiture of women, the representations of the body, the construction of masculinity, the possibility of homoerotics in portraits of men, lesbian visibility in the Renaissance, bibliographic resources on gender and sexuality in the Italian Renaissance/Baroque period

Sidonie Smith (English) ( Mary Fair Croushore Professor; Martha Guernsey Colby Collegiate Professor of English and Women's Studies), Autobiography studies, feminist theories, women's literature; Travel narratives, literature and memory, postcolonial literatures and theory

Pamela Smock (Sociology), Families, the causes and consequences of changes in families, social inequality, gender, single parent-families, marriage, divorce, cohabitation, quantitative and qualitative methods

Alexandra Mina Stern, (Associate Director, Center for History of Medicine) (Zina Pitcher Collegiate Professor in the History of Medicine), History of Medicine; Reproductive politics; Race and racial classification

Abigail Stewart (Psychology) (Sandra Schwartz Tangri Distinguished University Professor of Psychology and Women's Studies), Psychology of women; Personality development; Gender, race and generation

Hitomi Tonomura (History) (Richard Hudson Research Professor of History), Premodern Japanese history, East Asian history

Valerie Traub (English)  (Frederick G.L. Huetwell Professor), Early modern literary and cultural studies, history of sexuality, gender and sexuality studies, gay / lesbian / queer studies, Shakespeare, early modern drama

Christina Whitman (Law) (Francis A. Allen Collegiate Professor of Law and Professor of Women's Studies), civil rights litigation, constitutional law, and feminist jurisprudence

Elizabeth Wingrove (Political Science), Feminist theory, political theory, social theory, historical sociology, early modern and modern intellectual history

Associate Professors

Naomi André (Residential College), Music, especially 19th-century Italian opera. Gender and cultural studies, particularly surrounding the areas of voice, race/ethnicity, representation and identity

Renee Anspach (Sociology), Medical Sociology, Social Psychology, Sociology of Deviance, Sociology of Gender, Applied Sociology

Terri Conley (Psychology), Gender differences in sexuality, close relationships, LGBQ issues, sexual risk

Lilia Cortina (Psychology), Sexual harassment and assault; workplace incivility; gender in organizations; violence against women

Maria Cotera (American Culture), U.S. third World Feminist Theory; Latina/o Studies; 20th-century literature by women of color; history of anthropology; and folklore ethnic modernisms (U.S.)

Amal Hassan Fadlalla (DAAS), Fertility, sexuality, health, identity, poverty, and population and development, and the situation of such analyses in gender dynamics, social inequalities, cultural worldviews, and local and global political economies (Africa, the Middle East, and the Diaspora)

Edward B. Goldman (Obstetrics and Gynecology), the intersection of law and medicine, reproductive justice, research with human subjects, embryonic stem cell research, newborn screening

Lisa H. Harris (Obstetrics and Gynecology), History of Reproduction/Reproductive medicine (especially contraception, abortion, miscarriage, assisted reproductive technologies); contemporary politics of abortion and contraception; ethics in obstetrics and gynecology; feminist analysis of issues in women's reproductive health; Clinical: Obstetrics and Gynecology, with focus on family planning, and miscarriage management

Anna Kirkland (Women's Studies / Political Science) (Arthur F. Thurnau Professor), Law and society, anti-discrimination law; gender and sexuality in contemporary U.S. law; politics of rights claiming; law and identity

Lisa Kane Low (Nursing), Care practices during pregnancy and childbirth; social cultural influences on choices related to childbirth such as the use of Doulas, Midwives, and birth sites; influences of social, life stressors on pregnancy outcomes; application of Global Safemotherhood Health Policy in local low-resource communities, particularly Latin America

Beth Reed (Social Work), Alcohol/other drugs and women, innovation and change in organizations and other social systems, forces that recreate injustice and ways to challenge these

Gayle Rubin (Anthropology), Sexual populations and geographies, sexological theory, durable inequalities, gay/lesbian ethnography, racial taxonomies, deindustrialization and urban reconstruction

Catherine Sanok (English), Medieval English literature and culture

Ruby Tapia, Late 19th- and 20th-Century U.S. ethnic literatures; photography; race and visual culture; death and spectacle, feminist theory, Border Studies, theories of the body

Ruth Tsoffar (Comparative Literature), Feminism, sexuality and gender in multicultural society; Colonialism, ethnicity, and nationalism, poetry and poetics, Hebrew culture and literature, the politics of writing, reading, and culture in Israel and the Middle East, Biblical narrative, ethnography and folklore

Sari M. van Anders (Psychology), Social neuroendocrinology, gender/sex, sexuality, evolution, feminist science practice

Andrea Zemgulys (English), Modernist Literature

Wang Zheng (IRWG), feminism in China, both in terms of its historical development and its contemporary activism, and changing gender discourses in China's socioeconomic, political and cultural transformations of the past century

Assistant Professors

Sara McClelland (Psychology/Women’s Studies), feminist research methods, gender/sexuality, health psychology, adolescence, social justice

Victor Román Mendoza, (English), queer of color critique, queer studies, critical race theory, transnational feminist and gender studies, postcolonial studies, cultures of U.S. imperialism, Asian American literature and culture, ethnic American literature and culture, visual cultures, modernisms

Robert Wyrod, gender, sexuality, and development; masculinity; social aspects of HIV/AIDS; global health; ethnographic methods; African studies; culture and globalization; documentary film


Nesha Z. Haniff (Women’s Studies / Afroamerican and African Studies), empowerment pedagogies and marginalized populations (centered on HIV, gender and gay identities)

Emily Lawsin (American Culture), Filipina/o American history, literature, and communities; oral history, public history, creative writing, spoken word performance poetry, Asian American Studies, community service-learning, pinay power pedagogy, ethnic studies online composition

Professors Emeritae

Jacqueline Eccles (Psychology / Women’s Studies / Education and Psychology. School of Education) (Wilbert J. McKeachie and Paul Pintrich Distinguished University Professor Emerita of Psychology and Education), Family, schools and high-risk settings’ effects on development; identity formation; gender role development

Patricia Gurin (Psychology / Women’s Studies) (Nancy Cantor Distinguished University Professor Emerita of Psychology and Women's Studies; Arthur F. Thurnau Professor), Value of diversity, Intergroup relations; social identity; political psychology

Carol Karlsen (History), Representation of witches in the United States after the Salem-Witchcraft trials of 1692

Joanne Leonard (Art & Design) (Diane M. Kirkpatrick and Griselda Pollack Distinguished University Professor of Women's Studies and Art), photography, feminist criticism, and visual culture

Edith Lewis (Social Work), Women of color, families of color, ethnoconscious interventions

Sonya Rose (History), Gender, 19th- and 20th-century British History

Carroll Smith-Rosenberg (History) (Mary Frances Berry Professor of History and Women's Studies), Women's history, history of sexuality, early America

Rosemary Sarri (Social Work), Youth in the juvenile and adult justice system, adolescent girls and the child welfare system and human rights issues affecting children and youth in the U.S.

Martha Vicinus (English) (Eliza M. Mosher Distinguished University Professor of English, History and Women's Studies), Victorian women, Victorian studies, sexuality and British imperialism


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