Department Faculty

Faculty in the department collaborate with an extensive group of faculty across campus. Gender and Women’s Studies students get significant personalized attention from our faculty. Our department is known for its investment in the well-being of our students, and its smaller size means that it is somewhat easier to cultivate a community among undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and staff.

Professor of Gender and Women's Studies
Office: 626 Barrows Hall
Research Areas:
  • Political, Religious and Nationalist Conflict (Co-Chair, Political Conflict, Gender and Peoples’ Rights Project based at CRG)
  • Transnational Feminist and Queer of Color Theory and Practices
  • Postcolonial and Decolonial Theory
  • Theories of Multiplicities of Relations of Power (Intersectionality, Assemblages, Articulation, Anchoring, Matrixes, and Co-Formations and Co-Productions)
  • Global Southern and European Social and Critical Theory
  • Social Movements, Resistance and Alliances
  • Areas of Specialization outside of the US: India, France, and more recently Italy.

Associate Professor of Gender & Women's Studies; Director, Center for the Study of Sexual Culture
Office: 624 Barrows Hall (2018-19 on sabbatical)
Research Areas:
  • Queer and feminist theory
  • Disability theory
  • Critical animal studies
  • Materiality studies
  • Cultural politics of race, sexuality, ability, and immigration
  • Critical linguistics
  • Paradigms of inter- and transdisciplinarity

Professor, Vice Chair of Research and Director of Media Studies
Office: 628 Barrows Hall
Research Areas:
  • Postcolonial and Transnational Feminist Theories
  • Immigration and Diaspora Studies
  • Feminist Cultural Studies
  • Middle Eastern Studies
  • Iranian Cultural Politics and Diasporas

Associate Professor and Chair of Gender & Women's Studies
Office: 618 Barrows Hall (Fall 2018 office hours Th 1 - 2:30pm)
Research Areas:
  • Gender, medicine, and politics: Cultural, political, and experiential aspects of breast cancer in South Korea
  • How, why, and to what effect constructions of gender, class, and race are mobilized and manipulated in South Korea
  • Structures of cultural temporality (future, present, or past orientation) and anti-poverty policies (U.S. and South Korea)

Associate Professor and Vice Chair of Pedagogy in Gender and Women's Studies
Office: 616 Barrows Hall
Research Areas:
  • Gender and capitalism
  • Feminist theory
  • Political economy and transnational processes
  • Ethnography

Assistant Professor of Gender & Women's Studies
Office: 620 Barrows Hall (external fellowship 2018-19 academic year)
Research Areas:
  • Critical prison studies
  • Queer/trans social movements
  • Anti-colonial feminism

Professor of Gender & Women's Studies and Rhetoric
Office: 630 Barrows Hall
Research Areas:
  • Feminist theory
  • Film theory and production
  • Comparative literary and art theory
  • Cultural politics
  • Third world arts and politics
  • Postcolonial theory and transnational studies

Emerita Professors

Professor of the Graduate School, Gender & Women's Studies and Ethnic Studies
Research Areas:
  • Comparative race and gender studies focusing especially on political economy, immigration, labor and citizenship
  • Critical race and feminist theory and transdisciplinary methods

Emerita Professor of Gender & Women's Studies and Sociology
Office: 612 Barrows Hall
Research Areas:
  • Feminist theory
  • Sociology of gender, families and childhood

Emerita Professor
Research Areas:
  • International development and women
  • Electoral quotas in legislatures for women


Continuing Lecturer
Office: 614 Barrows Hall (Spring 2018: on sabbatical)
Research Areas:
  • Cultural Studies
  • Affect and Landscape
  • Settler Colonial Studies
  • New Materialisms
  • Bodies and the Nation
  • Feminist Theory

Lecturer in Fall Program for Freshman
Research Areas:
  • Theories of contemporary Visual Arts
  • Postcoloniality,  migration and diasporas
  • gendered forms of transmission of knowledge
  • social theory formal and informal education of women
  • urban ethnography, globalization and spatial injustices
  • xenophobia in contemporary Europe, discrimination against Roma Gypsies and refugees from the Balkans
  • informal labor, gender and precarity in Europe

Office: 612 Barrows Hall (Fall 2018 office hours: Tu 2:30 - 3:45pm)
Research Areas:
  • Critical Race, Culture, and Feminist Studies
  • South Asian Popular Culture: empirical research on South Asian diasporic women’s cinema practices with Bollywood cinema (Transnational feminine imaginary project)
  • Critical and Comparative Beauty Studies
  • Political and Public Sociology: Racial and domestic violence research. South Asian women’s employment rights and low pay research (Greater Manchester Low Pay Unit and Homeworking group).

Office: 612 Barrows Hall (Fall 2018 office hours: W 12 - 2pm)
Research Areas:
  • Gender Identity and Representation
  • Queer Theory
  • Bodies and the Medical Industrial Complex
  • Critical Race Theory
  • Transnational Feminism
  • Post-colonial Theory