Department Chair

Danielle Egan, Fuller-Maathai Professor of Gender, Sexuality and Intersectionality Studies, Chair of the Gender, Sexuality and Intersectionality Studies Department

Danielle Egan

Fuller-Maathai Professor of Gender, Sexuality and Intersectionality Studies, Chair of the Gender, Sexuality and Intersectionality Studies Department

Affect • Sexuality studies • Gender and feminist theory • Queer theory • History of ideas • Childhood and youth • Psychoanalysis


Faculty

Binalakshmi

Binalakshmi "Bina" Nepram

Visiting Scholar-in-Residence, Spring and Fall 2018

Women's empowerment • Civil rights • Peace-building movements


Ariella R. Rotramel, Vandana Shiva Assistant Professor of Gender, Sexuality and Intersectionality Studies

Ariella R. Rotramel

Vandana Shiva Assistant Professor of Gender, Sexuality and Intersectionality Studies

(On sabbatical, Spring 2019)

Social movements • Gender and women's history • Women and work • Ethnic studies • Queer and sexuality studies • Feminist praxis • Community-based learning • Digital Humanities


Associated Faculty

Joyce Bennett, Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Joyce Bennett

Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Language revitalization • Ethnicity and identity performance • Migration • Gender and sexuality • Social movements


Sunil Bhatia, Professor of Human Development, Chair of the Human Development Department

Sunil Bhatia

Professor of Human Development, Chair of the Human Development Department

Racial, ethnic and migrant identity in global and transnational cultures • Cultural psychology and narrative theory • Ethnography and qualitative methods


MaryAnne Borrelli, Professor of Government

MaryAnne Borrelli

Professor of Government

United States politics and government • Gender and United States politics • The Presidency • Congress



Joan C. Chrisler, Class of '43 Professor of Psychology

Joan C. Chrisler

Class of '43 Professor of Psychology

(On sabbatical, Spring 2019)

Health psychology and psychology of women • Women's health • Menstruation and menopause • Weight and eating disorders • Coping with chronic illness


Amy Dooling, Associate Dean of Global Initiatives, Director of The Walter Commons for Global Study and Engagement

Amy Dooling

Associate Dean of Global Initiatives, Director of The Walter Commons for Global Study and Engagement

Modern and Contemporary Chinese fiction and drama • Chinese women's writing • History of the women's movement and feminism in China • Translation


James T. Downs, Professor of History, Director of the American Studies Program

James T. Downs

Professor of History, Director of the American Studies Program

U.S. History • African-American Studies • History of medicine and public health


Michelle R. Dunlap, Professor of Human Development

Michelle R. Dunlap

Professor of Human Development

Improving college student coping and skills in community service learning settings • Social and personality development • Contemporary family issues (e.g. single parent families, kinship care families) • Multicultural issues and methods for increasing service provider cultural competency


Nathalie Etoke, Associate Professor of French and Africana Studies, Acting Director of the Center for the Critical Study of Race and Ethnicity

Nathalie Etoke

Associate Professor of French and Africana Studies, Acting Director of the Center for the Critical Study of Race and Ethnicity

Africana studies (film, literature, philosophy) • LGBT in the Afro-diasporic context • Melancholia Africana (loss, mourning and survival in Africa, America and the Caribbean) • Cultural studies (immigration, post-Colonial French identities, French Hip Hop, urban films)


Simon D. Feldman, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Chair of the Philosophy Department

Simon D. Feldman

Associate Professor of Philosophy, Chair of the Philosophy Department

Ethics • Moral psychology • Feminist philosophy • Philosophy of law


Denis Ferhatović, Associate Professor of English

Denis Ferhatović

Associate Professor of English

(On sabbatical, Academic Year 2018-2019)

Medieval literature, esp. Old and Middle English poetry • Word and image • Postcolonial theory • Translation


Leo J. Garofalo, Associate Professor of History, Chair of the History Department

Leo J. Garofalo

Associate Professor of History, Chair of the History Department

Latin American and Caribbean history • The history of race and ethnicity • African diaspora and Afro-Latin America • Peru and the Andes


Karen Gonzalez Rice, Associate Professor of Art History

Karen Gonzalez Rice

Associate Professor of Art History

Contemporary art (1945-present) • Experimental art • Performance studies • Contemporary art and the body • American studies; contemporary art in America • Religion in contemporary art • Trauma studies • Art and ethics


Cherise A. Harris, Associate Professor of Sociology, Chair of the Sociology Department

Cherise A. Harris

Associate Professor of Sociology, Chair of the Sociology Department

(On sabbatical, Spring 2019)

Race, class and gender • Marriage and the family • Social psychology


Heidi Henderson, Professor of Dance

Heidi Henderson

Professor of Dance

Modern technique • Choreography • Improvisation • Anatomy • Dance writing


Afshan Jafar, Associate Professor of Sociology, Bodies/Embodiment Pathway Coordinator

Afshan Jafar

Associate Professor of Sociology, Bodies/Embodiment Pathway Coordinator

Gender • The body and embodiment • Media • Globalization • Nationalist and fundamentalist movements • Muslim immigrants in the U.S. • Transnational women's movements


Suzuko Knott, Assistant Professor of German

Suzuko Knott

Assistant Professor of German

Contemporary German language and literature • Film and media studies • Gender and women's studies


Julia A. Kushigian, Hanna Hafkesbrink Professor of Hispanic Studies

Julia A. Kushigian

Hanna Hafkesbrink Professor of Hispanic Studies

(On sabbatical, Academic Year 2018-2019)

Gender, culture and race studies in Spanish America • Orientalism in the Hispanic tradition


Andrea D. Lanoux, Professor of Slavic Studies, Director of the Toor Cummings Center for International Studies & the Liberal Arts (CISLA)

Andrea D. Lanoux

Professor of Slavic Studies, Director of the Toor Cummings Center for International Studies & the Liberal Arts (CISLA)

Russian and Polish languages and literatures • Gender studies in Slavic cultures • Nationhood and nationalism studies • Literary canon formation • Post-Soviet children's literature



Nina K. Martin, Associate Professor of Film Studies

Nina K. Martin

Associate Professor of Film Studies

Feminist film and cultural studies • The impact of film and TV on feminist discourses


Kenneth Prestininzi, Chair of the Theater Department, Associate Professor of Theater

Kenneth Prestininzi

Chair of the Theater Department, Associate Professor of Theater

Playwriting • Creative ensemble • Performance studies • Theater history and literature


Paola Sica, Professor of Italian

Paola Sica

Professor of Italian

Italian culture in comparative context (especially literary and visual representations from late 19th century through the contemporary era, with emphasis on modernism and avant garde) • Gender studies • Critical theory • Translation and transculturation • Language pedagogy


Jeff Strabone, Associate Professor of English

Jeff Strabone

Associate Professor of English

Eighteenth-century British literature • Romantic literature and culture • Literary relations among England, Scotland and Wales • African novels • Race, nation and empire


Lina Perkins Wilder, Associate Professor of English

Lina Perkins Wilder

Associate Professor of English

(On sabbatical, Spring 2019)

Shakespeare • Renaissance literature • Performance studies


Lisa H. Wilson, Charles J. MacCurdy Professor of American History

Lisa H. Wilson

Charles J. MacCurdy Professor of American History

(On sabbatical Fall 2018)

Colonial North America • Women and gender • Family history


Dana Wright, Associate Professor of Education, Chair of the Education Department

Dana Wright

Associate Professor of Education, Chair of the Education Department

Curriculum theory and pedagogy • Collaborative, inquiry-based learning projects • Literacy and academic identity development • Relational and situated learning • Participatory action research (PAR) • Youth development and youth studies • Urban education and the contexts of teaching • Qualitative research methodologies


Terrylyn L. Curry Avery

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Human Development/Children's Program

D. K. Foren

Adjunct Instructor, Human Development/Children's Program

Abbey Willis

Adjunct Instructor, Sociology

Mab Segrest, Fuller-Maathai Professor Emeritus of Gender and Women's Studies

Mab Segrest

Fuller-Maathai Professor Emeritus of Gender and Women's Studies

Women's studies • Social movements • Sexuality studies • Critical race theory/"Whiteness" • Creative non-fiction


In Memoriam

Jane W. Torrey

Professor Emeritus of Psychology