Faculty, Staff, and Students

Faculty, Staff & Students

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Anima Adjepong

Assoc Professor, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

3302 French Hall


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Beth S. Ash

Associate Professor, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Beth Ash received her undergraduate degree in literature with high honors from the University of Michigan and holds a MA and PhD in English from the University of Virginia. She is the author of Writing In Between: Joseph Conrad and the Psychosocial Dilemmas of Modernity and numerous journal articles and book chapters on the topics of literary modernism, feminism as critique, and feminist revisions of psychoanalysis. Although a new joint appointment with the Center, she has long been teaching the undergraduate Feminist Theory and the graduate Feminist Theory: Foundations for the Center. She also offers seminars on feminism and psychoanalysis, assists with student advising, and serves on MA committees.
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Ashley M Currier

Professor, Department Head of , Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

3428E French Hall


Ashley Currier is a sociologist who studies lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) organizing in Côte d’Ivoire, Liberia, Malawi, Namibia, and South Africa. 

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Chandra Nirmala Frank

Asst Professor, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

3322 French Hall


Chandra Frank is Assistant Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Cincinnati. She writes in the areas of feminist queer diaspora in Europe, archival methodologies, the politics of water, sexuality, race and Dutch empire, and visual cultures.
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Lisa M Hogeland

Associate Professor, English and WGSS, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies



Lisa Maria Hogeland holds a PhD in Modern Thought and Literature from Stanford University. She previously served as Acting Director and Acting Associate/Graduate Director of the Center for Women’s Studies and now holds a joint appointment in the Departments of English and Comparative Literature and Women's Studies. She is the author of Feminism and Its Fictions: The Consciousness-Raising Novel and the Women's Liberation Movement. She is co-General Editor of The Aunt Lute Anthology of U.S. Women Writers, Volume I: 17th through 19th Centuries, and of the forthcoming Volume II: 20th Century. She is working on a book on American women’s sentimental novels and their relevance to contemporary fiction. An award winning teacher, she prepares graduate students to teach the undergraduate Introduction to Women’s Studies and serves on M.A. committees, teaches such core graduate courses as Feminist Theory: Current Issues, and offers such cross-listed English/Women’s Studies courses as American Women Writers and Feminist Literary Criticism.
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Amy C Lind

Taft Research Center Director & Faculty Chair / Mary Ellen Heintz Professor, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

1100 EDWARDS 1 Edwards Center


Amy Lind is Mary Ellen Heintz Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She is currently serving as UC's Taft Research Center Director & Faculty Chair. Prior to this, she served as Head of the Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from August 2015 through December 2018 and as Graduate Director for four previous years. In 2017-2018, she also served as Provost Fellow, in which capacity she oversaw assessment and reaccreditation in the College of Arts & Sciences. She holds faculty affiliations in Sociology, Romance & Arabic Languages & Literatures, the Latin American, Latinx and Caribbean Studies Program, and the School of Planning/DAAP.

Dr. Lind's areas of scholarship and teaching include urban studies, global political economy, development and postcolonial studies, Global South/transnational social movements, feminist and queer theory, and studies of neoliberal governance. A qualitative researcher with great interest in people's stories of survival and resistance, she has lived, worked and conducted research in Latin America for over four years, including in Euador, Peru, Bolivia, and Venezuela. She is the author of Gendered Paradoxes: Women’s Movements, State Restructuring, and Global Development in Ecuador (Penn State University Press, 2005), and editor of four volumes, including Development, Sexual Rights and Global Governance (Routledge, 2010) and Feminist (Im)mobilities in Fortress(ing) North America: Rights, Citizenships and Identities in Transnational Perspective (Ashgate Publishing, 2013, co-edited with Anne Sisson Runyan, Patricia McDermott and Marianne Marchand). Her new book, Constituting the Left Turn: Resignifying Nation, Economy and Family in Postneoliberal Ecuador (with Christine Keating), addresses the cultural, economic, and affective politics of Ecuador's postneoliberal Citizen Revolution. She has held distinguished visiting professor positions in Ecuador, Bolivia and Switzerland and has delivered over fifty invited lectures at institutions around the world.

See her UC Taft Research Center Foreign Correspondent interview here
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Therese Migraine-George

Professor of French and Francophone Studies, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies



Thérèse Migraine-George is the author of African Women and Representation: From Performance to Politics (Africa World Press, 2008), From Francophonie to World Literature in French: Ethics, Poetics, and Politics (University of Nebraska Press, 2013), a book of essays: Mes Etats-Unis: Portraits d'une Amérique que vous ne connaissez pas (Edilivre, 2009), and two novels: Amour de travers (Edilivre, 2010) and Envol (Edilivre, 2014). She has also published various articles and book chapters on Francophone writers, African literatures, cultures, and films, and queer studies. 
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Olga Sanmiguel-Valderrama

Associate Professor in Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

3314 French Hall


Born and raised in Colombia, South America, Dr. Sanmiguel-Valderrama practiced law in Colombia for five years before migrating to Canada in her late 20s.  Dr. Sanmiguel-Valderrama earned her LLM in international human rights law at the University of Ottawa, where she also worked at the Human Rights Research and Education Center co-directing a women's project with CEMUJER in El Salvador (Central America) funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).  In 2004, she graduated with her Ph.D. in Law from Osgoode Hall Law School at York University in Toronto, where she was also affiliated to CERLAC, The Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean at York University.

On the basis of extensive fieldwork in Colombia, her research and publications examine the contradictions between neoliberal international trade and military aid on the one hand, and respect for individual and collective human rights –in particular labor, environmental, and equality rights for women and racial minorities—on the other hand. These relationships and contradictions are examined through case studies where both trade and human rights laws and practices are in operation: first, the Colombian export-led flower industry. Her upcoming book (2012) is provisionally titled “No Roses Without Thorns: Trade, Militarization, and Human Rights in the Production and Export of Colombian Flowers” (click here to see book prospectus). Second, though the case of NAFTA and undocumented migration of Mexican and Central American into the USA.

Dr. Sanmiguel -Valderrama have published various articles in prestigious international academic journals presenting her research findings on the interrelationship between globalization, international trade, militarism, social reproduction, and human rights from multidisciplinary and transnational anti-racist feminist approaches. Her research have been supported by competitive grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Charles Phelps Taft Research Center, and the University of Cincinnati Research Council. Professor's Sanmiguel-Valderrama current areas of research and teaching are family-work conflict under globalization, the relationships between military aid, trade, and human rights in Colombia, feminist mothering, women, gender and law, international women's rights, and women's labor rights.

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Giao Q. Tran

Associate Professor, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

3408 French Hall

(513) 442-9743

Dr. Tran is an Ohio-licensed clinical psychologist who focuses on research and treatment of anxiety and alcohol disorders. Dr. Tran has taught several graduate and undergraduate courses related to clinical psychology, health psychology, and research methods.
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Valerie A. Weinstein

Professor & Graduate Program Director of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Niehoff Professor of Film and Media Studies, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

3314 French Hall


Valerie Weinstein earned her PhD in German Studies with a concentration in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from Cornell University in 2000. She came to UC in 2012 after having served on the faculty at Williams College, University of Nevada, Reno, and Tulane University. She teaches a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses, from Feminist Theory to Nazi Cinema. Prof. Weinstein is the author of Antisemitism in Film Comedy in Nazi Germany (Indiana University Press, 2019) and co-editor, with Barbara Hales and Mihaela Petrescu, of Continuity and Crisis in German Cinema 1928-1936  (Camden House, 2016) and, with Barbara Hales, of Rethinking Jewishness in Weimar Cinema (Berghahn Books, 2021). Weinstein has authored refereed articles and book chapters on gender, sexuality, and Jewishness in German film between the two world wars, and on other topics ranging from early twentieth-century anthropological film footage to Turkish-German literature, to music videos by the heavy metal band Rammstein.

Educator Faculty

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Carolyn J Peterson

Undergraduate Director, Educator Instructor, A&S Women's Studies

3316 French Hall


Adjunct Faculty

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Yvonne Fulbright

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

French Hall


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Melanie Rose Nipper

Instructor - Adjunct, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

French East


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Tristan Nichole Vaught

Instructor - Adjunct, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

French East


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Erin Mary Winchester

Instructor - Adj, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

French East


Affiliate Faculty

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Vanessa Allen-Brown

Associate Professor, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

638J Teachers College


Vanessa Allen-Brown is an Associate Professor of Educational Studies, whose areas of expertise include liberation theology, culturally responsive pedagogy, African American feminist theory, oral history, and international education.
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Lora L Anderson

Area Director for Rhetoric & Professional Writing, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies



Before coming to UC in 2011, I worked for 15 years as a professional writer and editor. I hold MAs in professional writing as well as anthropology, and I received my PhD in Technical Communication and Rhetoric from Texas Tech University. 
My research focuses on the phenomenology of the lived body and issues of identity and agency in the rhetoric of health and medicine, particularly in chronic illness and end-of-life practices.
My book, Living Chronic: Agency and Expertise in Diabetes Rhetoric, was published by The Ohio State University Press in 2017, and I’ve been published in journals that include Rhetoric of Health and MedicineTechnical Communication Quarterly, and the Journal of Technical Writing and Communication. I am also the co-editor of the journal Programmatic Perspectives. 
I teach classes in creating accessible contact, science and health writing, and editing. 
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Omotayo O Banjo

Professor, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Van Wormer Hall


Omotayo Banjo, PhD (Penn State University, 2009) focuses on representation and audience responses to racial and cultural media. Her work has been published in peer reviewed journals including Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, Communication Theory, Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, Journal of Media and Religion, and Race and Social Problems. She has also presented her research at regional, national and international conferences which include the International Communication Association, National Communication Association, Association for Education  in Journalism & Mass Communication, and the Collegium for African-American Research.  Dr. Banjo teaches courses related to media theory, identity, and race. She is also an affiliate faculty of Africana Studies, Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies, and Journalism.
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Barbara A Bardes

Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies


Barbara Bardes specializes in American government, politics, and public policy analysis. She received her Ph.D. in political science from the University of Cincinnati. While teaching at Loyola University of Chicago, Professor Bardes was a founding member of the committee responsible for developing an academic program in women's studies. With Professor Suzanne Gossett, she developed a team-taught interdisciplinary course examining American women's struggles for political power as debated in nineteenth-century literature; their collaboration resulted in the book, Declarations of Independence: Women and Political Power in Nineteenth Century American Fiction (1990). She is active in numerous professional associations, including the Women's Caucus for Political Science. While serving as Dean of Raymond Walters College, Professor Bardes continues to engage in research and publication in political science. Areas of current research specialization include public opinion, attitudes toward foreign policy issues, and women in American politics. A new edition of her co-authored text American Government and Politics Today was published in 1997.
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Jan L. Bending

Professor Emerita, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Jan Bending is a Field Service Associate Professor in the Sociology Department at the University of Cincinnati. Her specialization is in the area of applied and clinical sociology, sociology of rehablitation, and substance abuse.
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Amy L. Bernard

Associate Professor
Health Promotion And Education
, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

460F Teachers College


Dr. Bernard received her Ph.D. in 1994 in Health Promotion and Education from The Ohio State University. She worked in the Department of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville before joining the UC faculty in 1995. Dr. Bernard's expertise lies in the areas of health program planning, implementation, and evaluation. Dr. Bernard is the author of a variety of articles in the health field and her primary research interests include Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease and Women's Health Issues.
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Danielle Bessett

Professor (PhD, New York University), Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

1022 Crosley Tower


Danielle Bessett is Professor of Sociology and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies faculty affiliate at the University of Cincinnati, Ohio, where she teaches courses on medicine, family, and reproduction. She contributes to the Medical Scientist Training Program in UC's College of Medicine and is Director of the Kunz Center for Social Research. A graduate of Mount Holyoke College, she received her Master’ degree and Ph.D. from New York University and held the prestigious Charlotte Ellertson Social Science Postdoctoral Fellowship from 2008-2010.

Bessett's current research projects examine patient experiences of abortion care and disparities in contraceptive access, prenatal care, and infant mortality. Bessett co-leads OPEN, the Ohio Policy Evaluation Network, which conducts rigorous, interdisciplinary research to assess the reproductive health and well-being of Ohioans in the context of federal and state laws, regulations, and policies. Her research has also been supported by the National Science Foundation, among other funders, and has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as Social Science & Medicine, Sociology of Health & Illness, and Women's Health Issues. Bessett's monograph on women's pregnancy experiences, Pregnant with Possibilities: Constructing Normality in Stratified Reproduction, is under contract with New York University Press, and her co-edited volume, Ohio Under Covid, is forthcoming with University of Michigan Press. 

Bessett is a past board member of the academic Society of Family Planning, where she led the Junior Fellows Committee, and recently concluded her term as Secretary-Treasurer of the American Sociological Association's Medical Sociology section. She received the 2004 Dr. Mary P. Dole Medical Fellowship from the Mount Holyoke College Alumnae Association; the 2007 Rose Laub Coser Best Dissertation Proposal in Family or Gender Studies from the Eastern Sociological Society; the Cincinnati Women’s Political Caucus’s 2017 Outstanding Achievement Award; the 2021 Society of Family Planning's Mentor Award; and UC's 2021 Faculty Excellence Award from Office of the Provost and Office of Research. She is most proud of her student-initiated honors, including the 2012 “Professor Funnybone” award for funniest Sociology professor and the 2017 UC Women's Center Woman of the Year award for mentoring.

When Bessett is not working, you may find her hiking, knitting, traveling, reading, and/or spending time with friends. An ice cream aficionado, Bessett enthusiastically dances to 80's music and tries to prevent her three mischievous cats from burning through all of their nine lives.

Danielle Bessett CV
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RJ Boutelle

Asst Professor, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies



RJ Boutelle is assistant professor of English, affiliate faculty in Africana Studies, affiliate faculty in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and the author of The Race for America: Black Internationalism in the Age of Manifest Destiny (UNC Press, 2023). He teaches courses on African American literature and 19th-century US literature.
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Steven B. Bowman

Professor Emeritus, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies


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Megan G Boyd

Asst Professor, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies


Dr. Megan Boyd primarily examines female audiences' relationship to comedy in film and media. Her research areas more generally encompass comedy and humor, American silent cinema, theater, genre classification and feminine taste cultures. Her forthcoming book, Sympathetic Humor: Feminine Taste Cultures and the Rise of American Feature Comedy, asserts that film producers' attempts to satisfy female patrons profoundly shaped the American film industry's development of feature-length comedy in the 1910s. Her peer-reviewed work has appeared in Journal of Cinema and Media StudiesFilm History and Early Popular Visual Culture. 
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John David Brolley

Instructor-Educator; Director of Undergraduate Studies, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies



John Brolley is an associate professor-educator in the Department of English who directs the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies and Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts programs. He earned his B.A. in Music from Connecticut College, his M.Div. from Emory University, and his M.Phil. in Hebrew and Cognate Studies from Hebrew Union College. He has been teaching at UC since January of 1998.
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Letisha Engracia Cardoso Brown

Asst Professor, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Crosley Tower


Black Feminism; Sociology of Sport; Sociology of Race and Ethnicity; Gender and Sexuality Studies; Food Studies; Critical Race Feminism; Qualitative Methods 
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Shelina Louise Brown

Assistant Professor of American Music, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Emery Hall


Shelina Brown’s research engages with experimental vocal practices within countercultural music scenes. Shelina’s dissertation project focused on Yoko Ono’s extended vocal techniques of the late 1960s and early 1970s that came to influence a range of counter-hegemonic vocalists throughout the late twentieth century. Currently she is in the process of developing her dissertation into a book project centering Yoko Ono as a nodal figure in the history of women in punk and experimental music. 

A Canadian national raised in Kyoto, Japan, Shelina is bilingual in Japanese, and holds a master’s degree in Comparative Literature specializing in modern Japanese literature. Shelina's master’s thesis examined the history of early Japanese popular song and the genre of enka music. She also researches contemporary Japanese popular music genres such as Vocaloid pop.

Shelina has presented papers at annual meetings including the Society for Ethnomusicology, the American Musicological Society, the International Association for the Study of Popular Music, the Association for Asian Studies, and the Experience Music Project.

A long-time participant in underground and independent music scenes in Los Angeles, Shelina continues to be active as a performer and recording artist.
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Sandra L. Browning

Associate Professor, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

650E Teachers College


Professor Browning received her doctorate in sociology at the University of Cincinnati. She previously was on the faculty of Eastern Kentucky University. She is an American Sociological Association Minority Fellow, as well as an American Society of Criminology Minority Fellow. Within the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, she has served numerous times as chairperson of the Affirmative Action Committee. She is also an active member in the Southern Sociological Society, serving as a member of the Black Caucus and as a member of the Association of Black Sociologists. At the University of Cincinnati, she is also an affiliate of the Department of Women's Studies. She has published on the impact of race on attitudes toward crime and justice. Her current research interests are in the areas of crime and the underclass, the institutionalization of black males, and the role of race in shaping views of the criminal justice system. She teaches Law and Social Control, Race, Class and Crime, Women and Crime, and Teaching Practicum.
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Aaron Christopher Bryant

Rufus King Professor of Constitutional Law, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies



Since joining the College of Law faculty in 2003, Professor A. Christopher Bryant has been a prolific scholar and an exceptionally skilled and award-winning teacher of constitutional law.
Professor Bryant’s numerous published articles and essays reach a wide range of issues of contemporary constitutional importance, including the separation of powers, judicial review, and the roles of the various branches of the national government in constitutional interpretation.  He is a recognized expert on the scope and exercise of national legislative power and the respect that Congressional action is owed from the federal judiciary, with leading articles on the subject published in the Cornell Law ReviewGeorge Washington Law ReviewBYU Law Review, Notre Dame Journal of Legislation, and William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal.  Professor Bryant’s research in federalism and unenumerated rights include a co-authored book, “Powers Reserved for the People and the States”: A History of the  Ninth and Tenth Amendments (Greenwood Press 2006), as well as articles in the Georgia Law Review and the Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy, to name only a few.  He authored thirteen essays on landmark constitutional cases for the Encyclopedia of the Supreme Court of the United States(Macmillan 2008), and is a frequent speaker on the Constitution, the Congress, and the federal courts at symposiums, conferences, and public programs.
Professor Bryant is a member of the America Society for Legal History and the Federalist Society and also serves as faculty advisor to the College’s Federalist Society chapter.
Professor Bryant previously was a law professor at the William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada, Las Vegas where he taught in the areas of federal courts, legislative process and statutory interpretation, criminal law, and conflicts.
Before beginning his academic career, Professor Bryant served as Assistant Senate Legal Counsel in the U.S. Senate Office of Legal Counsel and as an associate at Shea & Gardner in Washington, D.C. After earning his JD, Professor Bryant clerked for the Hon. James L. Buckley of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
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Frederic Joseph Cadora

Professor and Director, Arabic Studies and Certificate in Arabic Language and Culture Department of Romance Languages and Literatures - 0377 Director, Middle Eastern Studies and Certificate , Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Old Chemistry Building


Professor Frederic Cadora’s academic activities involve research and teaching in anthropological and socio-historical Arabic linguistics, the relationship of language to culture and the representation of cultural aspects of Arab society in literature. He has taught undergraduate and graduate courses and seminars on the culture of contemporary Arab society, modern and classical Arabic literature, Arab-American society, Modern Standard Arabic at all levels, colloquial Arabic, and the history and structure of the Arabic language and its dialects. Professor Cadora is also interested in the development of collegiate educational programs in Arabic. 
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Jenny Ann Caplan

Assoc Professor, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

French Hall


I am a scholar of American religion and popular culture. I specialize in American Judaism and work extensively with film, television, internet media, humor, graphic novels, video games, board games, and other sites of pop culture engagement.
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Steve L Carlton-Ford

Professor (PhD, University of Minnesota), Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

1009 Crosley Tower


Peace, War, and Social Conflict; Sociology of Development; Militarization, Armed Conflict, Social Development; Life Changes; Quantitative Analysis; Research Methodology

Steve Carlton-Ford CV
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Erynn Masi de Casanova

Professor of Sociology & Head of the Sociology Department, (PhD, City University of New York Graduate Center) , Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

1017 Crosley Tower


Gender; Work; the Body; Popular Culture; Globalization/Development; Latin American societies; U.S. Latinos/as; Ethnography and qualitative research methods.

Erynn Masi de Casanova CV

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Katherine Castiello Jones

Undergraduate Program Director (PhD, University of Massachusetts-Amherst), Sociology , Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

1003 Crosley Tower


Dr. Castiello Jones' research focuses on gender, sexuality, and culture. Her current research projects examine abstinence promotion in the US, and movements (re)claiming sexuality after experiences with purity culture. They also write extensively on topics related to games and game design including sexuality in games, inclusive design, and integrating feminist theories of play into game design scholarship. 
In addition to their research, they been writing table-top and live-action role-playing games (larps) for over a decade. Dr. Castiello Jones' games have been featured at festivals such as Indiecade and BlackBox Copenhagen, and she was an invited guest at The Smoke festival in London in 2020. 
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Beatriz Celaya Carrillo

Ph.D., Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

717C Old Chemistry Building


Dr. Beatriz Celaya has taught in the U.S.A., Canada, Jordan, and Ghana (Yarmouk University, Washington University in Saint Louis, Concordia University, University of Central Florida, Miami University of Ohio, and University of Ghana). Her research and teaching areas of specialization are Twentieth-Century Spanish Literature and Culture, Feminist Theory, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Hispanic Women Artists, Spanish Film, Migration and Race in Spain, Equatoguinean Literature.
She has published a book, Sexualidad femenina en la novela y cultura española, 1900-1936 (2006), and she is currently working on representations of race, gender and social status in Spanish renaissance. She has also published a book chapter, and several  academic articles in journals such as Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies, Arenal, Modern Language Notes, Romance Quarterly, Dieciocho, Ámbitos feministas, Afro-Hispanic Review, or eHumanista.
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Carla Jeanne Cesare, Ph.D

Assistant Professor of Art History, Affilliate of Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies



Carla Cesare is a design historian whose focus is on design and identity as understood through everyday design practices. Her primary research era is the interwar period. She has an interest in the relationship of boundaries between space, body and material, particular relating to domesticity and femininity. Current projects include research on how women in design were networked through research, making and marketing in the 1920s and 30s; pedagogical methodologies for teaching history and theory to studio-based students; and a chapter in the upcoming Interior Urbanism Reader(Routledge) on the evolution of coffee shops, their history, forms, place-making and practices. Her doctorate in the History of Art, Design and Visual Culture is from Northumbria University in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England and her MA in the History of Design is from Parsons School of Design, NYC.
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Vittoria Daiello

Associate Professor, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

6431B Aronoff Center


Vittoria S. (Vicki) Daiello, B.F.A., M.A., Ph.D. (she/her) is an Associate Professor of Art & Design Education in the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP) and an affiliate faculty member in the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS). Daiello holds a certificate in applied compassion studies from the Center for Compassion & Altruism in Research and Education (CCARE) at Stanford University; she is a Fellow in UC’s Academy of Fellows for Teaching and Learning (UC Office of the Provost).

Dr. Daiello’s expertise encompasses art and design educator pedagogy and professional development for K-12 teachers, university professors, and community arts leaders. Daiello's arts-based research and applied compassion studies are a catalyst for her teaching which emphasizes development of inclusive dialogues and compassionate classroom communities. The Art of Words course, pioneered by Daiello in 2013, employs arts-based writing as a method of artistic inquiry and mode of reflective practice that support students’ development of tools for communicating their creative research. Daiello's research and creative practice are entwined with her teaching, en ongoing project, Accumulation of Uncertainties, is a pedagogical research endeavor that uses iterative, cumulative, and dialogic forms of writing and artmaking to reveal subtle structures of affective labor within educators’ and students’ shared learning experiences.

A 2019-2020 UC Transdisciplinary Research Leadership Scholar, Daiello's teaching, research, and mentoring extend across disciplines, including collaborations through the Narrative Medicine Network (NMN), a group of UC and community interdisciplinary scholars, writers, artists, educators, physicians, and activists whose individual or overlapping research seeks to promote equity, inclusivity, and healing in education, health institutions, public spaces, and communities through narrative, storytelling, and the arts.

Daiello's writing appears in peer-reviewed publications, including the Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy, Visual Arts Research Journal, The Journal of Social Theory in Art Education, Studies in Art Education, and Creative Approaches to Research Journal. She also co-authored, with Dr. Candace Jesse Stout, "Arts-Based Writing: The Performance of Our Lives" in the Handbook of Arts-Based Research (P. Leavy, Ed.). Daiello’s research papers and collaborative projects are also featured in cross-disciplinary national and international meetings, including the proceedings of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry (ICQI), the National Art Education Association (NAEA), International Association of Societies of Design Research (IASDR); Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC), Foundations in Art: Theory and Education (FATE), 1st Conference on Arts-Based and Artistic Research, the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru), and the International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media Conference (CUMULUS).

Honors and Awards include DAAP Award for Outstanding Teaching, 2011; DAAP Professor of the Year, 2019; and The Ohio State University’s Marantz Distinguished Alumni Award, 2016.
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Sharon G Dean

Associate Professor, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Sharon Dean teaches American ethnic and women's literature, film, and composition. She has an extensive teaching and publishing background in films by and about women, with an emphasis upon the aesthetics of independent African American women filmmakers. Her article on the politics of invisibility in the films of Julie Dash and Kathleen Collins has appeared in Jump Cut and is part of a longer work. Through the Center for Women's Studies, where she previously served as Acting Associate Director, she has offered courses on American women writers, black women in film, and the "peculiar sisterhood" that exists among black and white women in fiction. Her dissertation, which she is completing at Indiana University, discusses the creation of surrogate communities in the work of black women writers of the Harlem Renaissance; her edition of A Hairdresser's Experience in High Life, an 1859 autobiography of a free black woman hairdresser in Cincinnati, is part of the Schomberg Collection of Nineteenth Century Black Women Writers. Her current scholarship focuses on the storytelling strategies used by returning women students to negotiate their cultural positions in first-year composition classes, on racial impersonation in slave narratives written by white women, and on the parallel cultural functions of theatrical minstrelsy and cinematic cross-dressing. Professor Dean has published widely in the area of Black Women's Studies and the Harlem Renaissance, most recently in the Oxford Companion to African American Literature.
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Laura D. Dudley Jenkins

Professor of Political Science, Faculty Affiliate WGSS and Asian Studies , Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies



Laura Dudley Jenkins' research focuses on social justice policies in the context of culturally diverse democracies, including India, Indonesia, South Africa, and the United States.

Her book Religious Freedom and Mass Conversion in India (Penn Press 2019) won the Hubert Morken Best Book Prize from the Religion and Politics Section of the American Political Science Association (APSA). A study of mass conversions to Christianity, Buddhism, and Judaism and ongoing efforts to prevent conversions, Jenkins reveals how "religious freedom" arguments and laws have actually undermined the religious freedom of women, lower castes, and religious minorities. 

Jenkins' book Identity and Identification in India: Defining the Disadvantaged (Routledge, 2003, 2009) examines competing demands for affirmative action on the basis of caste, religion, class, and gender and the ways the government identifies recipients through the courts, census, and official certificates. Her research as a Fulbright New Century Scholar in South Africa and India resulted in Affirmative Action Matters: Creating Opportunities for Students Around the World, co-edited with Michele S. Moses (Routledge 2014).

In her articles, she analyzes religious freedom and conversion, competing minorities’ claims for affirmative action, colonial and contemporary government anthropology, the role of social science in anti-discrimination law, reserved legislative seats for women, and the role of culture and the arts in sustainable development.

Jenkins' book chapters examine anti-Muslim political communication in the US and India, religious family laws, mass religious conversion as protest, comparative affirmative action, minority rights, historically Dalit colleges, anxious secularism, women and development, regulation of religion, and methodological diversity in political science. 

In addition to two Fulbrights, Dr. Jenkins has received fellowships from the Dartmouth Humanities Center and the United States Institute of Peace.

Religious Freedom and Mass Conversion in India. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2019. 
Hubert Morken Best Book Award 
APSA Religion and Politics Section 

Affirmative action matters: Creating opportunities for students around the world. (with Michele S. Moses). New York: Routledge, 2014.

Identity and Identification in India: Defining the Disadvantaged. London and New York: RoutledgeCurzon 2003, reissued in paperback by Routledge 2009.

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Anjali Nichole Dutt

Assoc Professor, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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My research focuses on psychological processes that are associated with resistance to oppression and increasing the realization of human rights in different contexts. I collaborate with grassroots community organizations to conduct mixed-methods research, exploring how structural changes in communities such as women’s ownership of land, and women’s participation in educational workshops and cooperative enterprises impact women’s empowerment and well-being. I have also recently begun projects on neoliberal ideology and refugee rights. I teach courses in community and social psychology at the graduate and undergraduate levels. 
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Jenn Dye

Asst Dean, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies



Dr. Dye combines her interdisciplinary research, scholarly background, and community work to continue her work in the space of race, gender, and social justice in her current role as Director of the Nathaniel R. Jones Center for Race, Gender, and Social Justice.  As Director, she is responsible for overseeing programming, community outreach, Social Justice Fellows, among other initiatives.   

With a Ph.D. in political science, J.D., and graduate certificate in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Dr. Dye's earlier research focused on marginalized communities, access to resources, and the resulting relationship to political power and structures.  Her more recent research focuses on race and gender and how these impact identity, agency, and political power, looking at systems and structures within soceity.  Dr. Dye has taught the following courses: Introduction to American Politics, International Relations, Introduction to Women's Studies, Women and Politics, International Human Rights, Criminal Justice Policy and Legislative Advocacy, and Political and Legal Processes.
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Wendy R. Eisner

Professor , Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Paleoecology, paleoclimatology, Arctic system science, human impacts on the environment, human cultural evolution
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Leslie Elrod

Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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Muhammad U. Faruque

Inayat & Ishrat Malik Assistant Professor and Taft Center Fellow (AY 23-24), Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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Muhammad U. Faruque is the Inayat Malik Assistant Professor and a Taft Center Fellow at the University of Cincinnati. He also holds a Visiting Scholar position at Harvard University. He earned his PhD (with distinction) from the University of California, Berkeley, and served as Exchange Scholar at Harvard University and as George Ames Postdoctoral Fellow at Fordham University. He was also educated at the University of London and Tehran University. In addition to his formal college education, he has traveled throughout the world to learn and explore, and studied with many scholars in South Asia, Iran, Turkey, Egypt, North Africa, and Malaysia.

His book Sculpting the Self (University of Michigan Press, 2021) won the prestigious Iran's 31st World Book Award. The book addresses “what it means to be human” in a secular, post-Enlightenment world by exploring notions of selfhood and subjectivity in Islamic and non-Islamic philosophical literatures, including modern philosophy and neuroscience. He is the author of three books and over fifty academic articles, which have appeared (or are forthcoming) in numerous prestigious, peer-reviewed journals and edited volumes such as Philosophy East and West, Arabic Sciences and Philosophy (Cambridge), Sophia, Journal of Sufi Studies (Brill), Religious Studies (Cambridge), The Oxford Handbook of Islamic Ethics, and Ancient Philosophy. He has delivered lectures in many North American, European, Asian, and Middle Eastern universities. He gives public lectures on a wide range of topics such as climate change, spirituality, meditation, AI, Islamic psychology, and Islam and the West. He is also a recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, including the prestigious Templeton Foundation Global Philosophy of Religion grant and the Title IV Grant, U.S. Dept. of Education.

While his past research has explored modern and premodern conceptions of selfhood and identity and their bearing on ethics, religion, and culture, his current project investigates whether or not Sufi philosophy and practice—as articulated in the School of Ibn ʿArabī—support and foster an active engagement toward the planet's well-being and an ecologically viable way of life and vision. He is also at work on a book on AI and the ethical challenges of information technology. His edited volumes include From the Divine to the Human: Contemporary Islamic Thinkers on Evil, Suffering, and the Global Pandemic (Routledge, 2023) and A Cultural History of South Asian Literature, Volume 3: The Early Modern Age (1400-1700) (co-edited with S. Nair).

His interests and expertise encompass self and subjectivity, environmental humanities, religion and climate change, cross-cultural philosophy, Sufism, Perso-Arabic mystical literature, Islamic philosophy and ethics, history and philosophy of science, Islamic Psychology, and Graeco-Arabica. He teaches courses on climate change, environmental humanities, religion and mysticism, philosophy, as well as on selfhood and identity.
In his personal life, he loves gardening (plant life fascinates him), spending time in nature, traveling, cooking, photography, and watching movies. He also has a passion for classical Indian (raag) and Persian music, and for art, music, and poetry in general.

He is affiliated with the departments of Philosophy, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Environmental Studies, and the Religious Studies Certificate program.

CV: https://muhammadfaruque.com/curriculum-vitae/

Website: ​https://muhammadfaruque.com/
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Bonnie Fisher

Distinguished Research Professor, Emerita, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Dr. Fisher received her Ph.D. in political science from Northwestern University in 1988. After serving three years on the faculty of the Department of City and Regional Planning at the Ohio State University, she joined the faculty at UC in 1991. During the 2007-2008 academic year, Professor Fisher was a Visiting Scholar in the Division of Prevention and Community Research at Yale University School of Medicine, a Visiting Professor in the Department of Sociology, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Violence Against Women at the University of Kentucky.

Dr. Fisher was the principal investigator for four federally funded research projects involving the victimization of college students, the sexual victimization of college women, violence against college women, and campus-level responses to a report of sexual assault. She is currently the co-PI on NIJ- and NIH-sponsored research grants.  Her research interests include issues concerning the sexual violence against women, repeat victimization, fear of crime, the measurement of victimization, injury detection of rape victims, and the court’s use of digital images in the prosecution of rape cases.  She has published in Criminology, Justice Quarterly, The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, Research in Crime and Delinquency, Violence and Victims, Crime and Delinquency, and American Journal of Emergency Medicine. Professor Fisher is the co-editor of the Security Journal and the Encyclopedia of Victimology and Crime Prevention.

In 2012, she was awarded the George Rieveschl Jr. Award for Creative and/or Scholarly Works, the University of Cincinnati’s highest award for distinguished research.

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Angela Christine Fitzpatrick

Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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Chandra Nirmala Frank

Asst Professor, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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Chandra Frank is Assistant Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Cincinnati. She writes in the areas of feminist queer diaspora in Europe, archival methodologies, the politics of water, sexuality, race and Dutch empire, and visual cultures.
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Elizabeth B. Frierson

Associate Professor , Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies



Professor Frierson came to the study of the Middle East and North Africa after beginning to see the wide gap between reality in the Middle East and U.S. perceptions of the region in the early 1980's. She took her B.A. in Comparative Religion from the University of Vermont and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton University. She has published several articles on late-Ottoman politics and society, co-edited with Camron Amin and Benjamin C. Fortna The Modern Middle East: A Sourcebook for History (Oxford University Press), and is finishing a manuscript entitled Patriarchal Feminism for Syracuse University Press. She has received several fellowships and awards for research, development of teaching materials, and acquisition of library materials for UC, including from Fulbright, Fulbright-Hays, and the American Research Institute in Turkey, and has been an invited speaker and workshop participant in the U.S., Turkey, Israel, and Europe, as well as a visiting fellow at Middle East Technical University (Ankara), Hacettepe University (Ankara), Cornell University, UCSB, Princeton University. Her Ph.D. students have been Carole Woodall and Lerna Ekmekcioglu of NYU, Julia Phillips Cohen of Stanford, Ufuk Adak and Ali el-Tarhuni at the University of Cincinnati, and Harry Bastermajian of the University of Chicago.  She has served on fellowship committees for the American Research Institute in Turkey, the Institute of Turkish Studies, the Social Science Research Council, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and served for two years as a mentor to the Mellon-funded Minority Access to Research Careers summer program at Princeton.  She speaks frequently to community groups and the media about the history of the Middle East and North Africa, and current events. Her current research focuses on refugee management in WWI, and the changes in science, personnel, and practices of pharmacology in the 19th and early 20th centuries in Europe and the Middle East.
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Jan Marie Fritz

Professor, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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Dr. Jan Marie Fritz is a Professor in the School of Planning (and affiliated with the Department of Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies and the Department of Sociology) at the University of Cincinnati as well as a Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Johannesburg. She has been a Fulbright Scholar at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, a Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Human Rights and International Studies at the Danish Institute of Human Rights in Copenhagen, Denmark and a Woodrow Wilson Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. She has received many awards including the DAAP College Award (University of Cincinnati) for Outstanding Research and Creative Work, the American Sociological Association’s Distinguished Career Award for the Practice of Sociology, the Ohio Mediation Association’s Better World Award for a distinguished career in mediation and awards from the Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology and the practice division of the American Sociological Association.  She is a past Vice-President of the International Sociological Association (ISA), the lead representative of the ISA to the United Nations and a member of the ISA Executive Committee.  She was  the founder and convener of the Cincinnati for CEDAW Community Coalition (CCCC) that led to a Gender Study of Cincinnati's city administration and the establishment of the Mayor of Cincinnati's Gender Equality Task Force.  She was appointed by the Mayor to be a member of the Task Force.  She also was appointed by the director of the US Environmental Protection Agency to be member of two US EPA advisory councils.  She currently is a member of NEJAC - the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council.  She has written or edited more than 130 publications including the award-winning International Clinical Sociology, “Special Education Mediation in the United States,”  “Women, Peace, Security and the National Action Plans, “Addressing Environmental Racism,”  “Including Sociological Practice” inThe Shape of Sociology for the 21st Century, “Practicing Sociology: Clinical Sociology and Human Rights,” Moving Toward a Just Peace: The Mediation Continuum, (with Jacques Rhéaume) the award-winning Community Intervention: Clinical Sociology Perspectives and (with Tina Uys) Clinical Sociology for Southern Africa.  She edits Springer's Clinical Sociology book series.
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Jennifer Glaser

Associate Professor and Head of Department, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies



Jennifer Glaser received her B.A. in English from Columbia University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory from the University of Pennsylvania. Her research and teaching interests include 20th and 21st century American literature, comparative ethnicity, diasporic and transnational studies, Jewish studies, gender and sexuality, digital humanities, disability studies, and comics and the graphic novel. Her book, Borrowed Voices: Writing and Racial Ventriloquism in the Jewish American Imagination, is was published by Rutgers University Press in 2016. She publishes work on  race, Jewish studies, viusal culture and disability studies. She is currently finishing a scholarly book on Jews, disability, and modernity. In addition to her scholarly work, she writes essays, short fiction, and cultural criticism, and is working to expand one of her published narrative non-fiction pieces into a full-length manuscript on mourning and technology. She has published or has publications forthcoming in venues such as PMLA, MELUS, Safundi, American Literature, ImageText, Images, Prooftexts, Early American Literature, the LA Review of Books, the New York Times, the Faster Times, the Forward, the UK Telegraph, and an anthology of personal essays from Random House.
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Michael R Gott

Professor of French & Department Head (RALL) and Professor of Film & Media Studies (SCFMS), Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies



My research and teaching interests include transnational film and screen media, global screen industries and networks, border studies, mobility studies, contemporary French and Francophone cultures (including cinema, TV, bande dessinée and literature), Belgian cinema, the cinema of Quebec, diaspora and migration, mobility studies, and European Studies. My latest book, Screen Borders: From Calais to cinéma-monde, was released in 2023 by Manchester University Press. I am working on an edited collection about contemporary cinema from Quebec that will be released by Liverpool University Press in 2024 and a journal issue on francophone streaming industries.

I teach graduate seminars and undergrad gourses on global screen media, travel and identity in cinema and comic books, francophone culture and cultural studies, migration and identity, cinéma-monde, road movies and mobility in cinema, and global screen industry networks andplatforms.

I am an affiliate faculty member in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and the director of programming for UC's Niehoff Center for Film & Media Studies.
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Jenny D Grubbs

Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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Kathryn J Gutzwiller

Professor, emerita, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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Kathryn Gutzwiller holds an M.A. in Latin from Bryn Mawr College and a Ph.D. in classics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her interests include Greek and Latin poetry, ancient gender studies, literary theory, and the interaction between text and image.  She has published several books on Hellenistic poetry: Studies in the Hellenistic Epyllion (1981), Theocritus' Pastoral Analogies: The Formation of a Genre (1991), Poetic Garlands: Hellenistic Epigrams in Context (1998), and The Guide to Hellenistic Literature (2007). She edited a volume on a new collection of epigrams by Posidippus found on a papyrus, The New Posidippus: A Hellenistic Poetry Book (2005, rev. ed. 2008). She has served as a Director of the American Philological Association and as monograph editor of the APA's American Classics Series. Professor Gutzwiller has also received a number of grants, including an NEH, a Fellowship at All Souls College, Oxford, a Fellowship to the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, an ACLS Fellowship, and a Loeb Classical Foundation Grant.  She was the 2001 recipient of the Charles J. Goodwin Award of Merit from the American Philological Association (that organization's highest scholarly award) for Poetic Garlands, has twice won the Gildersleeve Award for the best article in the American Journal of Philology, and received the 2002 Rieveschl Award for scholarly excellence at the University of Cincinnati.
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Valerie Gray Hardcastle

Professor of Philosophy, Psychology, and Psychiatry & Behavioral Neuroscience | Co-Director and Scholar-in-Residence, Weaver Institute for Law and Psychiatry | Director, Medicine, Health, and Society Program | Executive Director, UC LEAF | Affiliated Facu, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

An internationally recognized scholar, Valerie is the author of five books and over 150 essays. She studies the nature and structure of interdisciplinary theories in the cognitive sciences and has focused primarily on developing a philosophical framework for understanding conscious phenomena responsive to neuroscientific, psychiatric, and psychological data.  Currently, she is investigating the neuroscience of violence and its implications for both our understanding of human nature and the criminal justice system.  She is also trying to figure out whether notions of embodied cognition help or hinder theorizing about consciousness.

Most recently, Valerie has received research fellowships from the Medical Humanities Program at the University of Texas-Medical Branch, the Center for Mind, Brain, and Cognitive Evolution at Ruhr-University Bochum, and the Institute for Philosophy/School of Advanced Study at the University of London.  She received a bachelor’s degree with a double major in philosophy and political science from the University of California, Berkeley, a master’s degree in philosophy from the University of Houston, and an interdisciplinary PhD in cognitive science and philosophy from the University of California, San Diego.  
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Janine C Hartman

Professor of History,, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies



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My field is the history of ideas. Current research interests are Catulle Mendés,Parnassian poet and his role as  witness to the  Franco-Prussian war, the Commune  insurrection and fall  of Paris in 1871, as  refracted through "ruin studies." Additional fields include witchcraft, ritual in early modern society and symbolic sovereignty in French colonial history..
Affliiate: History,Judaic Studies, Women & Gender Studies
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Tamar Heller

Associate Professor, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies



Tamar Heller teaches Victorian literature, with an emphasis on gender issues and on the genres of Gothic and sensation fiction; she also teaches a large-enrollment class on the Harry Potter novels. The author of Dead Secrets: Wilkie Collins and the Female Gothic (1992), she has co-edited two essay collections: Approaches to Teaching Gothic Fiction: The British and American Traditions (MLA, 2003) and Scenes of the Apple: Food and the Female Body in Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Women’s Writing (SUNY, 2003). The editor of Rhoda Broughton’s 1867 sensation novel Cometh Up as a Flower for Pickering and Chatto’s Varieties of Women’s Sensation Fiction series (2004), she is currently preparing an edition of Broughton’s Not Wisely but Too Well for Valancourt Press, and is working on a book-length study of Broughton’s fiction entitled A Plot of Her Own: Rhoda Broughton and English Fiction.
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Todd Herzog

Professor in the School of Communication, Film, and Media Studies and the Department of Asian, East European, and German Studies. Director of the Niehoff Center for Film and Media Studies and the Digital Media Collaborative., Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies



Todd Herzog holds faculty appointments in the Department of Asian, East European, and German Studies and the School of Communication, Film, and Media Studies at the University of Cincinnati, where he also directs the Digital Media program and the Niehoff Center for Film & Media Studies. He is author or editor of six books and has published over three dozen articles on topics ranging from the modernist crime story to the representation of history in the films of Quentin Tarantino. He is currently working on a book project on Vienna’s Prater and the History of Amusement.
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Caitlin Hines

Assistant Professor (she/her/hers) Affiliate Faculty in Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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Caitlin Hines (PhD, University of Toronto 2018) is a philologist specializing in Latin and Greek poetry, particularly the works of Vergil and Ovid, and is Affiliate Faculty in the Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Her research interests include intertextuality, metapoetics, and the sexual and fertility politics of the Augustan age. Her current book project, Rome's Visceral Reactions: Politics and Poetics in Flesh and Blood, examines the transformation of the Latin word viscera into political and reproductive metaphors during crisis moments in Roman history. She has published on intertextual blossoms in Vergil's Georgics, acoustic techniques in archaic Greek ekphrasis, and gestational time in Ovidian mythography; she has co-authored, with Prof. T.H.M. Gellar-Goad, two chapters on antiracist pedagogy in Classics, and with her brother, Prof. Zachary Hines, a first edition, commentary, and translation of a neo-Latin oration from 15th century Italy. She brings a background in dance and performance to collaborations with UC's College Conservatory of Music, including original choreography for the Greek chorus in a production of Euripides' Trojan Women in Fall 2022. 

CV: https://classics.uc.edu/cv/Hines_CV_1_9_23.pdf
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Miki Hirayama

Assoc Professor, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies



Professor Hirayama ​teaches courses on Japanese and Chinese art history.  
Her research focuses on Japanese art criticism of the early twentieth century. Her recent publications include  “Inner Beauty: Kishida Ryūsei (1891-1929)’s Theory of Realism.” Edited by Minh Nguyen. New Essays in Japanese Aesthetics:  Philosophy, Politics, Culture, Literature, and the Arts. Lanham, MD: Lexington Press, 2017,  “Ishii Hakutei and the Journal Hōsun.”  Edited by Chris Uhlenbeck, Amy Riegle Newland, and Maureen de Vries. Waves of Renewal: Modern Japanese Prints, 1900-1960. Leiden: Hotei Publishing, 2015, “‘Fictionalized Truth’: Realism as the Vehicle for War Painting” in Art and War in Japan and Its Empire, 1931-1960 (2012),  “From Art without Borders to Art for the Nation: Japanist (Nihonshugi) Painting by Dokuritsu Bijutsu Kyōkai during the 1930s” in Monumenta Nipponica (2010), and Reflecting Truth: Japanese Photography in the Nineteenth Century (co-editor, 2005).  

She has delivered papers at venues such as the College Art Association conference, Association for Asian Studies conference, and Asian Studies Conference Japan.   Hirayama's service to the field included serving as an anonymous reviewer for Art Bulletin and Ars Orientalis.

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Emily Houh

Gustavus Henry Wald Professor of the Law and Contracts | Co-director, Center for Race, Gender, and Social Justice, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies



Emily Houh, the Gustavus Henry Wald Professor of the Law and Contracts at the University of Cincinnati College of Law, has been teaching contracts, commercial law, and critical race theory since 2003 at UC Law, where she has twice won the Goldman Prize for Teaching Excellence and also serves as co-director of the College’s Center for Race, Gender, and Social Justice. 
Prior to joining the faculty at UC Law, Professor Houh was an assistant professor of law (2000-2003) at the Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University.  A graduate of Brown University, Professor Houh earned her JD from the University of Michigan Law School, where she was a founding member and article editor of the Michigan Journal of Race & Law.  After law school, Professor Houh served as law clerk to the Honorable Anna Diggs Taylor, U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan, and then as a staff attorney with the Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago and later as a commercial litigation associate at Miller, Canfield, Paddock & Stone, PLC, in Detroit. 
Much of Professor Houh’s past and current scholarship focuses on the interplay between contract law, critical race theory, and socioeconomic (in)equality.  Additionally, her recent research with UC Law colleague Prof. Kristin Kalsem looks at how participatory action research methods can be used to engage in critical race/feminist praxis, by exploring the raced and gendered nature of the “fringe economy.”  
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Joanna Seung Ah Huh

Asst Professor, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies



Joanna Huh is an Assistant Professor of early modern literature and culture and an affiliate faculty member of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Cincinnati. She received her dual B.A. in English and Biology from Cornell University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in English from Vanderbilt University, where her dissertation earned the Robert Manson Myers Award for best dissertation in English in 2020. Her work and teaching focus on early modern English drama, queer and anti-racist approaches to Shakespeare, and (early) modern theories of community and selfhood.
Her current project, Damaging Intimacy: Reimagining Communities in Shakespeare and Marlowe, explores the portrayal, in Renaissance texts as well as in early modern and current political theory, of how radical risk-taking and vulnerability can form the basis for community. Damaging Intimacy works to disrupt the narrative that as the subject becomes more modern, the subject becomes more bounded and then joins a community in order to protect those bounds. As an alternative, she envisions communities that are dependent on selves willing to embrace experiences, both costly and pleasurable, offered by unprotected existence. At a juncture consumed with security, protection, and boundaries, her work rethinks radical ways of being and belonging that reimagines new visions of how to ethically share life with others.
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C. Jeff Jacobson Jr

Professor, University of Cincinnati, Department of Anthropology, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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I am a clinically oriented medical and psychological anthropologist who specializes in the application of qualitative cultural and ethnographic methodologies to patient- and provider-centered health services research, and to problems of interpretation, validity, and translation of behavioral and psychological constructs and measures in health research. As a social scientist, my theoretical and methodological commitments align broadly with meaning- and discourse-centered approaches in the social sciences and with phenomenological, constructivist, and socio-linguistic traditions in medical and psychological anthropology. In my research, as in my teaching and advising, I emphasize attention to the kinds of humanistic, person-centered, and “experience-near” interviewing and analytic approaches highlighted in these traditions, particularly the focus within psychological anthropology on how people in the context of language, culture and socialization come to understand, characterize and construct their own and others’ minds, intentions, emotions or subjectivities. The wider aims and products of my research collaborations are not strictly anthropological nor are the venues in which they are published. I have three main areas of interest and collaboration which cover most of my publications as sole, lead, or major co-author: Trauma, Coping and Sense-Making; Health Services Research; and Occupational Health and Safety.
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Melissa Jacquart

Asst Professor, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies



My research focuses on epistemological issues in the philosophy of science, specifically on the use of models and computer simulations in astrophysics. My research also examines the role philosophy can play in general public understanding of science, and in science education. I’m also interested in ethics & values in science, science policy, feminist philosophy, and philosophy of education, particularly developing effective teaching methodologies for philosophy.

Please visit my website for more information on my research and teaching:  melissajacquart.com​
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Nancy A Jennings

Professor, Interim School Director, and Director of the Children's Education and Entertainment Research (CHEER) Lab;, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies



Dr. Jennings studies the impact of media on the lives of children and their families and public policies and practices involved with children’s media.  Her research focuses on children's cognitive and social development and their use of media.  She employs experimental design as well as qualitative methodologies to explore children’s relationships with media characters.  She has also conducted evaluation research on educational media and outreach programs and content analyses and textual analyses of media content.  She has authored Tween Girls and Their Mediated Friends (2014) and co-edited The Marketing of Children's Toys with Rebecca Hains (2021), and 20 Questions about Youth and the Media with Sharon Mazzarella (2018).  Dr. Jennings has published on other topics including virtual environments, children’s advertising, families and media, and media violence. She provides parent education programs on children’s media use, directs the Children’s Education and Entertainment Research (CHEER) Lab, and has published peer-reviewed journals articles in journals such as New Media & Society, Journal of Family Communication, Journal of Children and Media, and Learning, Media and Technology.  She has also published book chapters in the Handbook of Family Communication, the Handbook of Children and Media, and 20 Questions about Children and Media.
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Cassandra L Jones

Assistant Professor, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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Kristin Kalsem

Charles Hartsock Professor of Law | Co-director, Center for Race, Gender, and Social Justice, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies



Professor Kalsem teaches in the areas of commercial law, bankruptcy, feminist legal theory, and law and literature, receiving several teaching awards since joining the faculty in 2001.  She also is co-director of the College’s Center for Race, Gender, and Social Justice and the university's joint-degree program in Law and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, a pioneer program for which the College of Law is nationally known.
Professor Kalsem writes in the areas of women's legal history and the cultural study of law and received the 2012 Harold C. Schott Scholarship Award for her book In Contempt: Nineteenth-Century Women, Law, and Literature. She also writes about issues of gender, race, and class in the contexts of bankruptcy reform and consumer protection. Her scholarship has been published in such journals as the Harvard Women's Law Journal, the Southern California Review of Law and Women's Studies, the UCLA Women's Law Journal, and The Michigan Journal of Race and Law.
Professor Kalsem has presented papers at national and international conferences, including meetings of the Law and Society Association and the Association of Law, Culture, and the Humanities. She has served as chair of the American Association of Law School's Section of Law and the Humanities and currently sits on the Executive Board of the Section.
Prior to joining the UC faculty, Professor Kalsem taught at the University of Iowa's College of Law and Department of English while completing her doctoral studies. Her interdisciplinary scholarship on 19th-century women and the law was supported by numerous fellowships and grants, including a Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation Grant and an American Fellowship from the Association of University Women.
Professor Kalsem practiced law in Chicago with the law firm Sidley & Austin before entering academia.
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Elizabeth Lanphier

Assistant Professor of Clinical-Affiliate, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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Elizabeth Lanphier is a faculty member in the Ethics Center and in the Division of General and Community Pediatrics at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the UC College of Medicine and a Research Assistant Professor in the UC Department of Philosophy. Elizabeth is also affiliated faculty in the UC Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department and Center for Public Engagement With Science as well as a non-resident Fellow at the George Mason Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy.

In addition to her published scholarship in peer reviewed journals and book volumes, Elizabeth has written for a variety of outlets including the Hastings Bioethics Forum and Ms. Magazine. Her research has also been featured in "The ethical questions raised by COVID-19 vaccines: 5 essential reads" and "50 years after Roe, many ethics questions shape the abortion debate" in The Conversation as well as "What is Trauma Informed Care?" in Health, and "We're All Second Guessing Ourselves" in The Atlantic. She was quoted in TIME Magazine for the article "How Do You Even Calculate Covid-19 Risk Anymore?" and was an expert cited in "Motivated Reasoning: Emily Oster's COVID Narratives and the Attack on Public Education" in Protean Magazine.

Elizabeth currently chairs the Committee on Accessibility and Inclusion for the North American Society for Social Philosophy, and is an elected Board Member of the Bioethics Network of Ohio. From 2021-2024 she was a co-chair of the Feminist Approaches to Bioethics Affinity Group for the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities.
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Theresa Leininger-Miller

Professor, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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Professor Leininger-Miller (Ph.D., Yale University) teaches 19th-21st-century American and European art history.  Multiple students have nominated her such teaching awards as the Dolly Cohen Award, Professor of the Year, and the Dean's Award for Outstanding Teaching.  Four times, UC senior class officers recognized her teaching achievement. Leininger-Miller won the Dean's Award for Outstanding Research thrice (2023, 2001, and 1994), the Outstanding Academic Advising Award in 2006, the Marian Spencer Diversity Ambassador Award in 2009, and the President's Quality Service Award in 2005. Publications include New Negro Artists in Paris: African American Painters and Sculptors in the City of Light, 1922-1934 (Rutgers, 2001); essays in Imprinted:  Illustrating Race; Reading Southern Art (forthcoming); Routledge Companion to African American Art HistoryDeborah Grant; Women Artists of the Harlem Renaissance; Out of Context:  American Artists Abroad; The Modern Woman Revisited:  Paris Between the WarsBlack Paris; Paris Connections: African American Artists in Paris; Picture Cincinnati in Song, Panorama, Source:  Notes in the History of Art; and multiple book and exhibition reviews in 19th-Century Art Worldwide, Journal of American History, caa.reviews, and elsewhere.  Leininger-Miller has lectured throughout the U.S., France, and Germany, and appeared on radio, television, and in documentaries. She has curated exhibitions at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Yale University Art Gallery, Weston Art Gallery, Auburn University, and Langsam, Blegen, and DAAP Libraries at UC. Awards are from Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Norman Rockwell Museum, the NEH, Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Research Center, Kress, Luce, and Smithsonian Institution.  She was Chair of the national professional organization, the Association of Historians of American Art.  She leads Honors seminars and a class with a study abroad component to London and Paris, "The Black Body in European Art," among other courses.  Currently she is co-editing anthology on illustrated sheet music for Bloomsbury Press.
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Annulla Linders

Associate Professor, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

1001 Crosley Tower


Qualitative Methods; Historical and Comparative; Social Movements; Culture; Capital Punishment; Abortion

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Michael Evan Loadenthal

Asst Professor - Research, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies



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Johanna W Looye

Associate Professor, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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Johanna Looye has over thirty-five years of experience in Latin American development. Her work in Brazil includes studies of small business in Ceará and throughout the Northeast. She has also conducted research on urban environmental issues in the City of Rio de Janeiro and in 1999 she was awarded a Senior Fulbright Fellowship to teach and conduct research at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. Dr. Looye has worked on micro-and small-business development in Brazil, Thailand (handicrafts and sustainable development), Crete (alternative economic development for Hersonissos), and the U.S. In Cincinnati, Looye has served on the Board of Directors for the Cincinnati Business Incubator. She has also worked with the City of Cincinnati to identify local capacity for developing microenterprises and with Smart Money Community Services to develop a 12-week training program for aspiring entrepreneurs from Over-the-Rhine and the Findlay Market area. Dr. Looye teaches urban and regional theory, international development planning and economic development, primarily at the graduate level. She also teaches quantitative and research methods.
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Sharrell D Luckett

Professor, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies



Sharrell D. Luckett, PhD, is a Charles P. Taft Distinguished Professor of Drama and Performance Studies and the Director of the Helen Weinberger Center for Drama & Playwriting. You can learn more about her dynamic career at www.sdluckett.com and www.BlackActingMethods.com.
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John A. Lynch

Professor, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies



Dr. Lynch studies bioethics, health communication, and the rhetoric of science and medicine. He was previously the clinical research ethicist at the Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training at UC’s College of Medicine, and he has collaborated for more than 15 years with faculty at Cincinnati Childrens Hospital Medical Center to research social and ethical issues related to returning genetic research results to families and adolescents. He is the author or editor of three books and more than 60 essays and articles. His 2011 book, What Are Stem Cells? Definitions at the Intersection of Science and Politics, received the 2016 Distinguished Book Award from the National Communication Association’s Health Communication Division, and his most recent book The Origins of Bioethics: Remembering When Medicine Went Wrong received the Association for the Rhetoric of Science, Technology, and Medicine’s 2020 Book award.
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S. Elizabeth (Betsy) E. Malloy

Andrew Katsanis Professor of Law, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies



Professor Betsy Malloy is the Andrew Katsanis Professor of Law at the University of Cincinnati College of Law.  She teaches courses in the areas of health law, disability law, and torts.  She has served as the faculty director for the Glenn M. Weaver Institute of Law and Psychiatry and as editor of the HealthLawProf Blog, part of the Law Professors blog network.
Professor Malloy’s scholarship focuses on disability law and health law. She has written on a variety of topics including end-of-life treatment, the impact of physician restrictive covenants on the delivery of health care, and the intersection of the Family Medical Leave Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act.  She has been published in a number of law reviews, including the Boston College Law Review, the William and Mary Law Review, the Georgia Law Review.  She has also contributed several book chapters to a textbook detailing the changes in health care under the Patient Protection Affordable Care Act. 
Before entering academe, Professor Malloy practiced law as a litigation associate with Covington and Burling in Washington, DC. She also served as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Eugene A. Wright of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Professor Malloy earned her bachelor’s degree from the College of William and Mary and her law degree from the Duke University School of Law where she was Notes Editor of the Duke Law Journal and was inducted into the Order of the Coif.
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Bradford Clayton Mank

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, James B. Helmer, Jr. Professor of Law, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies



Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor Mank teaches and writes in the areas of environmental law and administrative law.  A prolific scholar, he has authored many articles and book chapters on environmental justice, regulatory reform, standing, and statutory interpretation. He also has worked with the City of Cincinnati on a number of environmental ordinances and implementation matters, including climate change, environmental justice, recycling, and air pollution issues. 
He was named the James B. Helmer, Jr. Professor of Law in 2001 in recognition of his scholarly and teaching accomplishments. Professor Mank’s has also been honored with the 2004 Harold C. Schott Award and in 2001 with the Goldman Prize for Teaching Excellence. He was also awarded the Dean’s Award for Faculty Excellence in 2016.
Before joining the College of Law faculty in 1991, Professor Mank served as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Connecticut.  He also was an associate with the Hartford, Conn., law firm of Murtha, Cullina, Righter and Pinney, where his emphasis was environmental law. 
Professor Mank received his A.B. summa cum laude from Harvard University and his J.D. from Yale University where he served as the Editor of the Yale Law Journal.  After graduation, he clerked for Justice David M. Shea of the Connecticut Supreme Court.
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Wanda McCarthy

Professor, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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Laura R. Micciche

Area Director of Rhetoric and Composition, Professor, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies



Laura R. Micciche teaches a wide variety of writing courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels as well as interdisciplinary workshops for faculty and students. Her research focuses on the collaborative, material realities that encompass writing, teaching, administrative, and editorial practices. She has published two monographs and three edited collections on writing-related themes: revision, writing pedagogy, collaboration and materiality, and rhetorics of emotion. In addition, she has published over 30 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, many with collaborators, demonstrating her commitment to shared authorship. She has served in a variety of administrative roles while at UC, including Director of Composition, Assistant Director of Composition, Area Director of the Rhetoric and Composition Graduate Program, and Co-Director of the Copyediting & Publishing Certificate program. For six years, she served as editor of Composition Studies, an independent journal in rhetoric and composition, and is currently co-editor, with Chris Carter, of the WPA Book Series for Parlor Press. See complete CV for more info.
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Sally M. Moffitt

Librarian-Associate, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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Janet Moore

Professor of Law, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies



Janet Moore is a Professor at the University of Cincinnati College of Law and interim co-director of the College’s Center for Race, Gender, and Social Justice. Her courses include Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Evidence, Civil Rights Litigation, and Capital Punishment.  She received J.D. and M.A. (Philosophy) degrees from Duke University and a M.A. in Divinity from the University of Chicago. At Duke, she served as Editor-in-Chief of Law & Contemporary Problems. After graduation, she clerked for the Honorable J. Dickson Phillips, Jr., on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Professor Moore’s scholarship has been published or is forthcoming in journals such as Washington Law Review, Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law, and Behavioral Sciences & the Law. Her research focuses on empowering low-income people to reduce the scope and harmful impacts of the carceral state. Her work draws on critical theory, interdisciplinary community-based research partnerships, and long experience in both capital defense and justice reform advocacy.

Professor Moore co-convened the Indigent Defense Research Association, a national organization of practitioners, researchers and policy makers who use data to improve public defense. She has served or is serving as an invited expert for the American Bar Association’s Indigent Defense Advisory Group, the Indigent Defense Commissions of Michigan and Texas, the National Center for State Courts, and the Steering and Amicus Committees of the National Association for Public Defense. Professor Moore’s scholarship also led to her roles co-chairing a national task force on discovery reform, drafting a model criminal discovery reform bill, and serving as an advisor during the drafting and passage of the Michael Morton Act, which reformed criminal discovery procedures in Texas.

Awards include the 2018 University of Cincinnati Cohen Award for Excellence in Teaching, the 2018 University of Cincinnati College of Law Faculty Excellence Award,  two University of Cincinnati College of Law Goldman Prizes for Teaching Excellence (2012 and 2015), and a Junior Scholar Paper Competition Award sponsored by the Criminal Justice Section of the Association of American Law Schools. Grants include a University of Cincinnati Research Council award to support an investigation into quality communication in the public defense setting, and an Ohio Transformation Fund award to undertake community-based participatory research on redefining and pursuing true public safety.
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Maria Paz Moreno

Professor of Spanish, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies



Prof. Moreno holds a Licenciatura en Filosofía y Letras from the University of Alicante, Spain, and a Phd. in Spanish Literature from The Ohio State University. Her research focuses on Contemporary Spanish Poetry, Food Studies (Gastronomy and Culinary Literature), and Spanish Women Writers. She is the author of several scholarly books and critical editions, among them El culturalismo en la poesía de Juan Gil-Albert (IGA, 2000), the critical edition of Juan Gil Albert, Poesía Completa (Pre-Textos, 2004), the volume Cartas a Juan Gil-Albert. Epistolario selecto (IGA, 2016), and the poetic anthology Concha Zardoya. Antología Poética (IGA, 2008). In the area of food studies, she has published two monographs: De la página al plato. El libro de cocina en España (Trea, 2012), and Madrid: A Culinary History (Rowman & Littlefield, 2018).

As a poet, she has published ten books of poetry and has been included in several anthologies, among them Poetisas Españolas 1976-2001 (Ed. Torremozas, 2003), El poder del cuerpo (Ed. Castalia, 2009), and Nueva poesía alicantina (2000-2005) (IGA, 2016)Her anthology From the Other Shore/ De la otra orilla was published in 2018 by Valparaíso Editors. Her most recent books include Amiga del monstruo (Ed. Renacimiento, 2020) and the bilingual edition of The Belly of an Iguana/ El vientre de las iguanas (Valparaíso Eds., 2021), translated by Jennifer Rathbun.

Prof. Moreno is a recipient of the George Rieveschl Jr. Award for Creative and/or Scholarly Works (2019), and the Distinguished Research Professor Award (2023).

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Kristi Ann Nelson

Professor Emeritus, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies


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Erica Nichols

Asst Professor - Visiting, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies



Erica Nichols is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Philosophy Department at the University of Cincinnati and Faculty Affiliate in the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department. Her research focuses on the intersection of metaphysics and ethics, most notably in questions of Personal Identity, with a recent focus on issues in Dissociative Identity Disorder, answering questions on whether an alternate personality counts as a separate moral person with their own sets of rights and what rights those personalities would have, if so. She also has research interests in general philosophy of psychology, philosophy of mind, philosophy of science, and applied ethics. Prior to joining UC, Erica was a graduate assistant at Bowling Green State University.

B.A. Purdue University Northwest. Hammond, Indiana. 2015 (Philosophy)
M.A. Bowling Green State University. Bowling Green, Ohio. 2020 (Applied Philosophy)
Ph.D. Bowling Green State University. Bowling Green, Ohio. 2022 (Applied Philosophy)

(Dissertation) Multiple Personhood in Dissociative Identity Disorder: The Lives and Deaths of Invisible People.

(UC) PHIL 1089: Sex and Death
(UC) PHIL 1003: Introduction to Ethics
(BGSU) Philosophy of Death and Dying
(BGSU) Introduction to Logic
(BGSU) Introduction to Philosophy
(BGSU) Introduction to Ethics
(BGSU) Contemporary Moral Issues
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Rachael Diane Nolan

Associate Professor Educator, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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Dr. Nolan is a current fellow in the Royal Society for Public Health. Her professional roles include Assistant Professor and Concentration Director for Health Services Management in the Public Health Sciences Division of the University of Cincinnati’s College of Medicine. Dr. Nolan received her Ph.D. in Prevention Science from Kent State University and became certified as a Public Health Educator and Grief Recovery Specialist®. Prior to earning her Ph.D., Dr. Nolan received her MPH in Social Behavioral Science from Kent State University and her certification in Gerontology. Dr. Nolan also graduated from Kent State University with a BS in Public Health Education and Promotion, with a minor in LGBTQ* studies.
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Vesna Dominika Novak

Associate Professor, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

833 Rhodes Hall


Vesna D. Novak (formerly D. Novak) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Cincinnati. She received her diploma and PhD in electrical engineering from the University of Ljubljana in 2008 and 2011, respectively. She was a postdoctoral fellow in the Sensory-Motor Systems Lab at ETH Zurich, Switzerland, from 2012 to 2014, and then an Assistant and Associate Professor at the University of Wyoming from 2014 to 2021. Her research interests include rehabilitation robotics, wearable robotics, virtual reality, serious games, affective computing, and human activity recognition.
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Tanja U Nusser

Professor of German Studies & Director of Graduate Studies, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies



Tanja Nusser is interested in animals, artificial reproductions and artificial humans, science (and maybe mad scientist too), in terror and catastrophes, and questions of the real. Her main research interests are literature since the 19th century, film studies, and history of science, disability studies, and gender studies, postcolonial and transnational theory.

She is author of a book on the German filmmaker Ulrike Ottinger (2001) and one on artificial reproductions in literature and film (2011). She is co-editor of the book series Szenen / Schnittstellen (Fink Verlag, Germany) and co-edited volumes on the Berlin Republic. Reflections on / of German Unification (1990-2015) (2019), Kathrin Röggla (2017), Catastrophe and Catharsis: Perspective on Disaster and Redemption in German Culture and Beyond (2015), Engineering Life. Narrationen vom Menschen in Biomedizin, Kultur und Literatur (2008), Askese. Geschlecht und Geschichte der Selbstdisziplinierung (2005), Rasterfahndungen. Darstellungstechniken – Normierungsverfahren – Wahrnehmungskonstitution (2003), Techniken der Reproduktion. Medien – Leben – Diskurse (2002) and Krankheit und Geschlecht: Diskursive Affären zwischen Literatur und Medizin (2002).
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Maura O’Connor

Associate Professor, Department Head, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies



    The comparative focus of my research and writing is the social and cultural history of Britain and its Empire, across c18th-c20th, and encompassing France, Italy, and the United States. I also have keen interdisciplinary interests that range from literature and the performing arts to economics and neuroscience.  I teach a wide variety of classes at both the undergraduate and graduate levels that explore these interests. After graduating from Mount Holyoke College, I taught history and literature in secondary schools in the Bronx and Surrey, England and worked for an investment firm in San Francisco, the year before starting graduate school at UC Berkeley.
    My current book project reflects an ongoing curiosity about cultures of  finance capitalism. It attempts to write a cultural history of risk and speculation by assessing how capital moved across all kinds of borders and boundaries around the 'stock-jobbing globe' during the nineteenth century. Titled "Risking the World: The London Stock Exchange and the British Financial Empire, 1801-1910," it tells the story of the world of international finance, the culture of risk capital, and the gendered politics of speculating and investing in the British Empire from the Napoleonic Wars when the financial center shifted from Amsterdam to London to the aftermath of the South African War when London's financial supremacy was seriously challenged.
    I have another book in the making, this one, a collection of essays. "Desire in the Archive," is about grief, the body, intimacy and desire, characters in nineteenth century novels and the metaphorical arc of time's passage in coming to terms with loss. Part memoir and part historian’s meditation, this book attempts to use the tools of our trade and the particular idioms of history to analyze houses with their shifting perspectives in place and time; the evidence of (personal) experience and to explore, at the same time, the ways in which memories and emotions become embodied in representations and material culture as well as embedded in the landscape.
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Erna Olafson

Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Dr. Erna Olafson is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Director of the Program on Child Abuse Forensic and Treatment Training for The Childhood Trust, CHMCC and the UC Medical Center and Director of the Training, Trauma Treatment Training Center at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC).

Dr. Olafson received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley and a Psy.D. from California Graduate School of Family Psychology.
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Don OMeara

Academic Administrator III, Professor, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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Carmella Scorcia Pacheco

Asst Professor - Visiting, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies



Dr. Scorcia Pacheco's research focuses on utilizing the folkoric record to recover Nuevomexicana feminine-voiced oral narratives of the 19th century and early 20th century. She includes archival studies, community engaged scholarship and fieldwork, folkloristics and expressive culture of the U.S. Southwest Borderlands in the form of literature, music, art, and language in her research. Specifically, she focuses on the poetic nature of oral art traditions and oral literature—connecting its form to meaning, also known as ethnopoetics. Through the lens of balladry, she is currently investigating child marriage in the U.S. Southwest from the territorial period and relates it to today's women's and girl's lack of bodily autonomy, especially regarding women of color. She also relates feminine-voiced balladry of New Mexico across time and space, conducting a transatlantic genealogy of the feminine voice from the earliest recorded literary traditions of the Iberian Peninsula to Mexico, and greater Mexico of the U.S. Southwest Borderlands.

Dr. Scorcia Pacheco is interested in literary, vernacular, social, and environmental justice initiatives for underrepresented communities. She co-directed the pilot program Biocultural Diversity and Social Justice in Ecuador (2013) and taught in the Conexiones summer immersion program in Granada, Nicaragua (2012) with the University of New Mexico. She has extensive teaching and supervising experience in the Spanish as a Heritage Language Programs at the University of Arizona and the University of New Mexico.

At the University of Arizona, she was the Interim Director for the Spanish department's International Internship (SPAN 493) and collaborated with La Universidad de La Rioja, Spain (2021). This virtual exchange program worked towards the United Nations "Envision 2030" Sustainable Development Initiative. Specifically, it focused on Immigration in relation to the UN's sustainable development goal, "Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions."

Currently, Dr. Scorcia Pacheco is teaching Latin American Film and Spanish Conversation and Composition. Cross-listed between the Department of Romance and Arabic Languages and Literatures and the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, she will also be teaching the graduate seminar: "Tracing the Feminine Narrative Voice: Trans-Atlantic and Hemispheric Perspectives" and the undergraduate course, "Mexican World Cultures" (Spring 2024).
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Shailaja D Paik

Taft Distinguished Professor of History and Affiliate Faculty in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and Asian Studies, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies



I am Charles Phelphs Taft Distinguished Research Professor of History and Affiliate in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Asian Studies. My research, writing, and teaching interests lie at the intersection of a number of fields: Modern South Asia; Dalit studies; women's, gender, and sexuality studies; social and political movements; oral history; human rights and humanitarianism. As a historian, I specialize in the social, intellectual, and cultural history of Modern India. My first book Dalit Women's Education in Modern India: Double Discrimination (Routledge, 2014 ) examines the nexus between caste, class, gender, and state pedagogical practices among Dalit ("Untouchable") women in urban India. My second book The Vulgarity of Caste: Dalits, Sexuality, and Humanity in Modern India (Stanford University Press, 2022 https://www.sup.org/books/title/?id=34163) analyzes the politics of caste, class, gender, sexuality, and popular culture in modern Maharashtra. The book won the American Historical Association's 2023 John F. Richards Prize for "the most distinguished work of scholarship on South Asia" (https://www.historians.org/awards-and-grants/past-recipients/john-f-richards-prize-recipients) and the Association of Asian Studies 2024 Ananda Kentish Coomaraswamy Prize (https://www.asianstudies.org/aas-2024-prizes/). I am working on several new book projects: Becoming "Vulgar": Caste Domination and Normative Sexuality in Modern India, Caste, Race, and Indigeneity in and beyond South Asia, and the Cambridge Companion to Dr. B.R. Ambedkar. My research is funded by the American Council of Learned Societies, Stanford Humanities Center, National Endowment for the Humanities, American Institute of Indian Studies, Yale University, Emory University, the Ford Foundation, and the Charles Phelps Taft Research Center, among others. I have published several articles on a variety of themes, including the politics of naming, Dalit and African American women, Dalit women’s education, new Dalit womanhood, and kissing and nationalism in prestigious international journals. My scholarship and research interests focus on anti-colonial struggles, transnational women’s history, women-of-color feminisms, and particularly on gendering caste and subaltern history. I co-organized the "Fifth International Conference on the Unfinished Legacy of Dr. Ambedkar" at the New School of Social Research and I direct the "Ambedkar-King Justice Initiative" at the University of Cincinnati.
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Courses Developed and Taught
  • Gender, Sexuality, and Society
  • Caste and Race
  • Global Racisms
  • Women in South Asia
  • Gender and Empire
  • World History
  • Ambedkar and Gandhi
  • South Asian Civilizations
  • The Making of Modern India
  • Indian Nationalism and Anti-colonialism
  • Film and Empire
  • Caste, Gender, and Nation
  • Caste and Identity in India
  • India on Film
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Leland S. Person

Professor of English , Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Lee Person is Nathaniel Ropes Professor of English.  He is the author of Aesthetic Headaches: Women and a Masculine Poetics in Poe, Melville, and Hawthorne (Univ. of Georgia Press, 1988), Henry James and the Suspense of Masculinity (Univ. of Pennsylvania Press, 2003), and The Cambridge Introduction to Nathaniel Hawthorne (2007). He is the editor of the Norton Critical Editon of Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter and Other Writings (2005, 2017) and A Historical Guide to James Fenimore Cooper (Oxford Univ. Press, 2007), and co-editor of The American Novel to 1870 (Ocford Univ. Press, 2014), Hawthorne and Melville: Writing a Relationship (Univ. of Georgia Press, 2008), and Roman Holidays: American Writers and Artists in Nineteenth-Century Italy (Univ. of Iowa Press, 2002). An affiliate faculty member in the Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, he teaches courses on 19th-century American literature, gender and sexuality, and literature and the environment.
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Rhonda Pettit

Professor, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies



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Angela Potochnik

Department Head; Professor; Director of the Center for Public Engagement with Science, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies



Potochnik's research interests include philosophy of biology, philosophy of science, and history of logical empiricism, including especially the role of idealization in science, the properties of scientific explanations, arguments against levels of organization, the relationships between science and the public, and Otto Neurath. 

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Susan H. Prince

Associate Professor, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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Susan Prince's research interests are in the history of ancient Greek thought and literature, especially the Socratic traditions. Her primary projects are on Antisthenes and the ancient Cynics. Her teaching interests cover Greek and Roman literature from its beginnings, Homer and Hesiod, to the prose authors of the high Roman Empire, especially those who wrote in Greek.
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Carla C Purdy

Associate Professor, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Prof. Carla Purdy has authored or co-authored over 80 journal and refereed conference papers in computer engineering, computer science, mathematics, mentoring, and teaching since 1975.  She has graduated four Ph.D. students and 90 M.S. students and has advised a number of M.Eng. and Senior Project students since joining the University of Cincinnati faculty in 1986.  She is a member of the standing committee for the International IEEE Symposium on Circuits and Systems and she co-chaired the symposium in 2005 and 2013.  She is also an affiliate faculty member in the Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and a founding member of UC's WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) Committee.  She is currently head of the EECS B.S. in Computer Engineering program.  Her up-to-date vita can be found on her webpage, eecs.ceas.uc.edu/~cpurdy
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Daisy Quarm

Professor Emerita, Sociology, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Race; Class; Gender

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Cheli M Reutter

Associate Professor, Educator, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies



My specializations are African American literature and medical humanities.  Many of my courses include a service learning component and community engagement.
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Stephanie N Sadre-Orafai

Associate Professor, Director of Undergraduate Studies, Co-Director of the Critical Visions Certificate Program, Taft Professor of Social Justice 2023–26, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

448 Braunstein Hall


Affiliate Faculty, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Affiliate Facuty, Film and Media Studies 
Affiliate Faculty, The Cincinnati Project

Stephanie Sadre-Orafai is a sociocultural anthropologist whose research focuses on the production of difference and types among expert communities in the United States. Her ethnographic work examines media and cultural producers, emerging forms of expertise, the intersection of race, language, and visual practices in aesthetic industries, and forms of evidence and the body. She studied anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley (BA, 2000) and received her Ph.D. from the Department of Anthropology at New York University in 2010, when she also joined the faculty at UC. She co-edited Visual Anthropology Review, the journal of the Society for Visual Anthropology, a section of the American Anthropological Association from 2018–2021. 

Her essays on casting, model development, and fashion reality television have appeared in several edited volumes (PDFs). She is currently working on her first book, tentatively titled Real People, Real Models: Casting Race and Fashion in 21st Century America, which examines the history of casting in the New York fashion industry, the rise of non-professional or "real people" models, and how modeling and casting agents produce models' bodies as forms of media, creating new articulations of mediation, visibility, and difference in the process. Building on four years of ethnographic fieldwork in the New York fashion industry, the book explores the political implications of how these new articulations are refracted through idioms of beauty, desirability, and justice. 

She is also working on a comparative project, Type by Design, that explores the overlapping concerns of inanimate (typefaces) and animate (models) type production in the commercial font and high fashion modeling industries in New York City. In both sites, there are tensions between visibility and invisibility, legibility and aesthetic nuance, and the management of lay and expert visions in producing culturally recognizable types and individual faces. Joining together ethnographic and archival research, she examines the mutually vivifying and dehumanizing dimensions of type production and what their professional practices can reveal about underlying changes in cultural ideas of “difference” and how they are visually encoded across time, technologies, and markets. This project extends her earlier comparative work on fashion and policing, where she examined the temporal dimensions of mug shots alongside casting photographs, and the spatial dimensions of street scouting and stop-and-frisk practices. 

She co-directs the Critical Visions Certificate, a joint effort between faculty in the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning and College of Arts and Sciences, which she established with Jordan Tate in 2011. The program is aimed at teaching students how to effectively combine critical theory and social analysis with art, media, and design practice. She co-edits CVSN, the experimental publication of student work from the program. Themes have included "space" (2013), "the future" (2015), "color" (2016), "surface" (2018), "identity" (2020), "land/water" (2022), and "subject/object" (2023). 
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Rebecca Sanders

School of Public & International Affairs , Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies



Website: https://www.rebeccasandersphd.com

I am an Associate Professor of Political Science in the School of Public and International Affairs and an affiliate faculty member in the Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Cincinnati. I previously completed my Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of Toronto and received my M.A. and B.A. from McGill University.

My research agenda addresses pressing global challenges at the intersection of international human rights, international security, and public health. I am especially interested in how societies grapple with rights tradeoffs in real and perceived emergencies and the dynamics of rights advancement and retrenchment.  

My book, Plausible Legality: Legal Culture and Political Imperative in the Global War on Terror (Oxford University Press, 2018), and related journal articles examine the capacity of international human rights and humanitarian law to constrain controversial state security practices such as torture, indefinite detention, targeted killing, and mass surveillance. Further ongoing research examines the consequences of authoritarian populism for international legal norms as well as uneven state responses to the rapid proliferation of far-right political violence and terrorism.

My next major project is focused on backlash against international women's rights and sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) rights at the United Nations and across comparative national cases. Transnationally coordinated attacks on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and conservative efforts to revive biologically deterministic understandings of gender roles and identities threaten to erode rights protections and reverse efforts to achieve gender equity. My concern for women’s rights also animates my participation in a community-engaged feminist research initiative with the Cities for CEDAW movement, which aims to promote international human rights norms through local politics.

Alongside this work, I have received National Science Foundation funding for a large study of public perceptions of civil rights and public health tradeoffs during the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States. This project examines similarities and differences between tradeoffs in the post-9/11 counterterrorism context and the current pandemic crisis and analyzes the dynamics of threat construction and blame attribution. Additional research investigates the opportunistic securitization of health and implications for migration and asylum policy around the world. 
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Simone Nicole Savannah

Asst Professor - Visiting (F6), Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies



Simone Savannah, Ph.D. is a Black feminist writer and teacher born and raised in Columbus Ohio. She is the author of Uses of My Body (Barrow Street 2020) and Like Kansas (Big Lucks 2018). She is the winner of the Barrow Street Poetry Book Prize chosen by Jericho Brown.
Her work has been published in Apogee, The Fem, Powder Keg, GlitterMob, Shade Journal, BreakBeat Poets, and several other journals and anthologies. She earned her M.Ed and B.A. from Ohio University. She holds a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Kansas. 

Simone is also a certified personal trainer. 
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Amy Elizabeth Schlag

Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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Ronna Schneider

Professor of Law, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Professor Schneider is an expert in constitutional law, with a focus on the First Amendment, and education law.  She is a frequent speaker and commentator on issues involving constitutional law, education law, and educational policy and is the author of the two volume legal treatise, Education Law: First Amendment, Due Process and Discrimination Litigation (Thomson Reuters), and its annual supplements (available in print and online in Westlaw).  Professor Schneider is also the co-editor of Education Law Stories (Foundation Press).  She has published law review articles and a book chapter on topics that include sexual harassment, hate speech, and religion and schools.
Professor Schneider is an elected member of the American Law Institute.  She is also an affiliated faculty member of University of Cincinnati’s Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies. Professor Schneider has been actively involved in the Association of American Law Schools Section on Law and Education, having served as its Chairperson and as a member of its Executive Committee.
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Robin Selzer

Professor, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

120.17 University Pavilion


Associate Professor and Consultant with 22 years of experience leading to broad and deep knowledge of student engagement, strategic program management, and university operations. Consistently promoted for excellent performance. Recipient of numerous leadership awards and recognized for commitment to diversity, inclusion and social justice.

Find me at www.RobinSelzer.com
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Darla Fulton Slagh

Asst Professor - Adj Ann, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

CC West Woods Acad Cntr


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Sarah M Stitzlein

Professor, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

610F Teachers College


View full website, including publications and information about current writing projects, at http://sarahstitzlein.wix.com/portfolio 

I am a Professor of Education and Affiliate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Cincinnati.  As a philosopher of education, I use political philosophy to uncover problems in education, analyze educational policy, and envision better alternatives.  I am especially interested in issues of political agency, educating for democracy, and equity in schools.  I consider how to best educate citizens, with special attention to addressing current struggles in democracy related to matters of truth, political dissent, polarization, populism, and political hope.

I am Co-Editor of the journal, Democracy & Education and President of the Ohio Valley Philosophy of Education Society. I am a scholar of American Pragmatism and previously served as President of the John Dewey Society.

I have received the the University of Cincinnati Jack Twyman Award for Service Learning, the Distinguished Teaching Award, and Golden Apple awards.  At my previous university, I earned the University of New Hampshire Outstanding Professor award.  I am also the recipient of the American Association of University Women Postdoctoral Research Fellowship and the National Endowment for the Humanities Teaching Development Fellowship. 
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Joseph Takougang

Professor, Department Head, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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Dr. Joseph Takougang is Professor of African history and Department Head in the Department of Africana Studies at the University of Cincinnati. He is also an affiliate faculty in the Department of History. Dr.Takougang obtained a BA in history from the University of Yaounde, Cameroon, and an MA and PhD in African history from the University of Illinois, Chicago. He researches and writes on colonial and post-colonial Africa, with a focus on Cameroon. A secondary interest focuses on contemporary African migration, particularly to the United States.
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Tracy L. Teslow

Associate Professor, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies



Tracy Teslow has taught at the University of Cincinnati since 2002. Her teaching and research focuses on race and ethnicity in the United States, especially in the twentieth century. A particular interest is the study of race in biological and anthropological sciences and its relationship to broader social, cultural and political events in America. Her other specialty is Public History, the presentation of the past through popular venues such as museums, film, and heritage sites. Her monograph, Constructing Race: The Science of Bodies and Cultures in American Anthropology (Cambridge University Press, 2014), explores the history of racial science in anthropology, natural history museums, and American culture.

Her current research project examines the role of racial science and scientists in adoption in the United States. In the 20th century child welfare workers and organizations routinely applied notions of race, derived from racial science, to children, foster families, and adoptive families. Concern with “matching” wayward children with “appropriate” families led social service workers to seek out anthropologists for their expertise. In examining the role of racial science in American adoption, my study will explore how the quotidian conceptual and methodological pragmatism of applied anthropology intersects with and often reinforced deeper philosophical, normative commitments. Matching Families: Race and Science in American Adoption asks why and how ideas about race persist in science, and what work they have done and continue to do in society. What kinds of scientific—and more importantly, social—problems has this tool been used to solve? Placing racial anthropology in a broader historical and cultural framework will enable us to better understand the historically specific roles of science, race, and biological essentialization in American society by focusing on its application in the realm of child adoption practices.

She received her B.A. in journalism from the University of Minnesota, and her M.A. in history and Ph.D. in history of science from the University of Chicago. 
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Ryan R Thoreson

Asst Professor, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies



Areas of interest: Constitutional Law, International Law and Human Rights, Torts | Secondary Interests: Antidiscrimination Law, Comparative Law, Law and Sexuality

Ryan Thoreson’s scholarship focuses on contemporary social movements and spans constitutional law, criminal law, tort law, and comparative and international law. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in the California Law Review, Harvard International Law Journal, Yale Law Journal, and Journal of Human Rights.

Previously, Thoreson taught as an Assistant Professor at the University of Hong Kong and was a Clinical Lecturer and Cover-Lowenstein Fellow at Yale Law School. Prior to entering academia, he was a researcher at Human Rights Watch and clerked on the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Thoreson received his J.D. from Yale, where he was Executive Editor of the Yale Law Journal and Managing Editor of the Yale Journal of Law and Feminism. A Rhodes scholar, he also holds a D.Phil. in Anthropology from Oxford and an A.B. magna cum laude in Government and Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality from Harvard University.
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Alexander John Thurston

Assoc Professor, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies



I study Islam and politics in northwest Africa, with a focus on the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. I have conducted field research in Nigeria, Senegal, Mali, Mauritania, and Burkina Faso.
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Evan Torner

Associate Professor of German Studies and Film / Media Studies; Undergraduate Director of German Studies; Director, UC Game Lab, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies



Evan Torner defended his dissertation on race representation in East German genre cinema at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2013, and spent 2013-2014 at Grinnell College as an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow. He has published several articles pertaining to East Germany, critical race theory, DEFA Indianerfilme, science-fiction, transnational genre cinema, and game studies, as well as co-edited several books. His volume Immersive Gameplay: Essays on Role-Playing and Participatory Media co-edited with William J. White was published with McFarland Publishing in 2012, and he is one of the founding editors of the Analog Game Studies journal (http://analoggamestudies.org). His major projects underway include the Handbook of East German Cinema: The DEFA Legacy, co-edited with Henning Wrage and under contract with Walter De Gruyter, and a monograph entitled A Century and Beyond: Critical Readings of German Science-Fiction Cinema.
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Jay Twomey

Professor, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies



Primary areas of interest include the (literary/theoretical/cultural/political) reception of biblical texts.  He is the author two books, The Pastoral Epistles Through the Centuries (2009) and 2 Corinthians: Crisis and Conflict (2013), and the co-editor of Borges and the Bible (2015).  His current work focuses on St. Paul in and around recent American cultural and political contexts.  He teaches courses on the Bible and literature, and the Bible in literary theory.
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Nicasio Urbina

Professor of Latin American Literature., Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies


Professor Nicasio Urbina received his Ph.D. from Georgetown University. He works on literary criticism of contemporary Spanish American literature, with emphasis in Central American literature and culture. He has particular interest in genre theory, semiotics and narratology. He has taught seminars on the Latin American novel, the short story, Central American literature, creative writing, as well as thematic courses such as humor, myth and violence in Spanish American literature. He has published nine books of literary criticism, short stories, and poetry; and has edited nine books on different topics. Has published 99 articles of literary criticism, and 134 conferences and papers. In 2015 he received the Rieveschl Award for Creative and Scholarly Work.
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Patricia Valladares-Ruiz

Professor of Latin American and Caribbean literature and film., Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies



Professor Patricia Valladares-Ruiz's major research and teaching interests focus on race, gender, sexuality, geographical imagination, and political dissent in Latin American and Caribbean literature, cinema, and popular culture.

She is the author of Narrativas del descalabro: La novela venezolana en tiempos de revolución (Tamesis, 2018), Sexualidades disidentes en la narrativa cubana contemporánea (Tamesis, 2012), the editor of Afro-Hispanic Subjectivities (Cincinnati Romance Review, 2011), and the coeditor of El tránsito vacilante: Miradas sobre la cultura venezolana contemporánea (Rodopi, 2013).  Professor Valladares-Ruiz has also published book chapters and articles on Latin American and Caribbean literature and cinema in scholarly journals such as Revista Hispánica Moderna, Revista de Estudios Hispánicos, Studies in Latin American Popular CultureMLN: Modern Language Notes, Revista Iberoamericana, Romance Quarterly, Hispania, La Torre, Neophilologus, Monographic ReviewInti, eHumanista: Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Iberian Studies, Cuadernos de literatura, and Letras Femeninas.

Research and Teaching Interests: Latin American and Caribbean literature, film, and popular culture; Neo-slave narratives; geographical imagination in early colonial Spanish America; cultural politics & aesthetics.

Theoretical interests: Cultural Theory, Postcolonial Studies, Critical Race Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA). 

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Patricia VanVoorhis

Professor Emerita, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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Lisa M Vaughn

Field Service Professor-Affiliate, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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Lisa M. Vaughn, Ph.D.
Professor, Pediatrics
       Emergency Medicine
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
MLC 2008, 3333 Burnet Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45229-3039
phone:  513-636-9424
fax:  513-636-7967

View Vitae: Lisa M. Vaughn.pdf

Joint Appointment, University of Cincinnati College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services--Educational Studies


Office:  Teachers College 610T





Education:  formally trained as a social psychologist, counselor, and medical educator


Ph.D. in Social Psychology (Highest degree from University of Cincinnati 1997)





Current Appointment:  Pediatric Emergency Medicine at UCCOM/Cincinnati Children’s; Joint appointment with UC College of Education, Educational Studies





Research Framework (how I think about research/prevention/intervention):  community psychology, community-engaged research, public health, and community-based participatory research (partnership approach to research with equitable representation, co-design)





Methodologies:  qualitative and participatory research methodologies (e.g., Photovoice, large group level participatory assessments, concept mapping, social network analysis)





Content--Broadly:  sociocultural issues affecting the health and well-being of families focusing on immigrant and minority populations in the U.S.; social determinants of health including education; community-academic partnerships with low-resource schools





Content—Specifically:  parental health attributions for childhood health and illness; social and cultural deter

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Michele E Vialet

Professor of French and Francophone Literatures, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

I teach and do research in French and Francophone studies, especially French Classicism (comic novels; Classical theater; the Moralists; the power of laughter) and 20th- 21st century colonial and post-colonial literatures, cultures and films (Maghreb, Rwanda, exile and immigration, racism, and the representation of Africa in pictures and films). On 17th-century literature, I am the author of various articles and book chapters as well as a monograph on Le roman bourgeois (1666), an iconoclastic novel by Antoine Furetière, Triomphe de l'iconoclaste: “Le roman bourgeois” et les lois de cohérence romanesque. In Francophone studies, I have published articles on contemporary women writers, co-edited a volume on Assia Djebar, Assia Djebar: écrivaine entre deux rives (2011), and most recently a volume on Julia Kristeva, Kristeva in Process: The Fertility of Thought (both available online at www.cromrev.com).

I also enjoy teaching introduction to literary analysis, intermediate and advanced linguistic and cultural literacy. I have coauthored two intermediate and advanced college books: Bravo! [1989] (Cengage, 8th rev. ed. 2015) and À vous d’écrire: atelier de francais (McGraw-Hill, 1996).

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Sarah W Whitton

Professor, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies



Dr. Whitton's research aims to better understand modern couples and families and to help them build and maintain the types of strong, stable relationships that promote health and well-being.  She focuses on understudied and marginalized groups, particularly sexual and gender minorities. Dr. Whitton conducts basic research to identify factors that promote strong relationships in the face of adversity, and uses the findings to develop couple-based interventions to promote individual, couple, and family health. among groups facing stigma and other stressors. See https://sites.google.com/view/tcf
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Rina Williams

Associate Dean for Social Sciences; Professor of Political Science; Affiliate Faculty, Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Sociology, and Asian Studies, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies



Rina Verma Williams received her A.M and Ph.D. in Political Science from Harvard University, and B.A. (Political Science) and B.S. (Chemistry) from the University of California at Irvine. She is currently serving as Associate Dean for the Social Sciences in the College of Arts & Sciences. Her home department is the School of Public and International Affairs, with affiliate appointments in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies; Sociology; and Asian Studies. Her areas of specialization include South Asian politics; women and gender; ethnicity and nationalism; religion and politics; and politics of the developing nations. She has published extensively in these areas, inlcuding numerous articles and two books with Oxford University Press. Before coming to UC, she taught at the University of Virginia and University of Houston.
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Anjuliet Woodruffe

Post Doc Fellow, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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Dr. Anjuliet Woodruffe, is a scholar whose research interests intersect intercultural communication, relational communication, critical cultural studies, and women's and gender studies. Dr. Woodruffe uses autoethnography, poetics and Black Transnational feminism to analyze representations of transnationals living in the United States.

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Ladan Zarabadi

Asst Professor - Adj, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

CC West Woods Acad Cntr


Emeriti Faculty

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Amy A. Elder

Professor Emerita, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

My teaching and research specialty is African literatures and cultures and Ethnic American literatures and cultures, with an emphasis on African and American ethnic women. I began my study of African literature while on a Senior Fulbright Award at the University of Nairobi, Kenya, 1976-7 and introduced an African literature sequence into the English Department curriculum after my return to the University of Cincinnati. I also developed a sequence of undergraduate courses in Ethnic American literature, and am past Director of the Ethnic American Studies Certificate Program housed in the English Department. In my new Department of Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies, I am teaching courses in African, ethnic, and 'Third World' women's literature from a feminist/womanist perspective, adding this viewpoint to the traditional western feminist perspective.  My affiliation with the Africana Studies Department allows me to reach additional students interested in African and diasporic writing.
I have been President of WOCALA, the women's caucus of the African Literature Association and am currently ending my third term as Secretary to the Executive Council of the ALA. Previously, I was Treasurer of MELUS, the Society for the Study of the Ethnic Literature of the United States, and was one of the judges of the 2006 and 2007 African Studies Association Women's Caucus African Women Writers Award. My articles and books, The Hindered Hand (1978) and Narrative Shape Shifting (2009) reflect my two primary research interests, the former studying the cultural implications of nineteenth-century African-American fiction and the latter analyzing the aesthetic hybridity of three contemporary African writers.
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Michelle A Gibson

Professor Emerita, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Michelle Gibson is the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Women's Studies. She received her Ph.D. from Ohio University, where her areas of study were American Literature, Composition Research and Pedagogy, and Creative Writing. Her scholarship has continued in all three of these areas. Much of her work applies queer and postmodern identity theories to pedagogical practice and popular culture. She also continues to write and publish poetry. With Jonathan Alexander, she edits QP: Queer Poetry, an online poetry journal, and she and Alexander also edited a strain of JAC: Journal of Advanced Composition entitled "Queer Composition(s)". She co-edited (with Deborah Meem) Femme/ Butch: New Considerations of the Way We Want to Go and Lesbian Academic Couples. With Meem and Alexander she is writing Finding Out, an introductory textbook for use in introductory LGBT courses.
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Deborah T. Meem

Professor of WGSS, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies


Deb Meem specializes in Victorian literature, LGBTQ studies, and 19th C. novels by women. She graduated from Wellesley College in 1971 with a double major in English and music, then after a decade away from the academy returned to graduate school in English at Stony Brook University, where she earned a Ph.D. in 1985. Her work has appeared in Journal of the History of Sexuality, Feminist Teacher, Studies in Popular Culture and elsewhere. She has edited four long-forgotten books by Victorian journalist, novelist, and antifeminist Eliza Lynn Linton: The Rebel of the Family (Broadview, 2002), Realities (Valancourt, 2010), The Autobiography of Christopher Kirkland (Victorian Secrets, 2011, with Kate Holterhoff), and Sowing the Wind (Victorian Secrets, 2015, with Kate Holterhoff). With Michelle Gibson she has co-edited Femme/Butch: New Considerations of the Way We Want To Go (2002) and Lesbian Academic Couples (2005), both published by Haworth Press. Her co-authored book Finding Out: An Introduction to LGBT Studies (with Michelle Gibson and Jonathan Alexander) was published by Sage Press in 2009; its second edition appeared in 2013, and the third edition is due in 2017. Deb served as Head of the Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from 2008-15. When not in that position, she teaches Sexuality Studies in the Department of WGSS and occasionally literature in the English Department. She serves on UC’s LGBTQ Advisory Board, and was also longtime co-chair of the LGBT faculty/staff Task Force at UC.


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Nicole Marie Kaffenberger

Program Manager, A&S Women's Studies

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Graduate Students

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Shannon Leigh Black

Graduate Assistant, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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Laura Diaz Perez

Instructor - Adj Ann, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Old Chemistry Building


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Morgan-Allison Renea Moore

Graduate Assistant, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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Patrick Enson Mwanjawala

Graduate Assistant, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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Felicia Nadel

Graduate Assistant, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Felicia Nadel is an educator and writer currently holding a Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Master's Graduate Assistantship at the University of Cincinnati. She graduated with a dual Bachelor's in Women's & Gender Studies and English Literature from The University of New Hampshire in 2018. Her work background is in Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies, LGBTQ+ Studies, Judaic Studies, English Literature, & Political Science.

Felicia has worked as a WGSS, LGBTQ+ Studies, Judaic Studies, and Art History Teaching Practicum, a queer Jewish feminist theory Research Assistant to Dr. Marla Brettschneider, a WGSS Mentor, a Safe Zones Facilitator, and a WGSS Outreach Intern. 

Areas of Specialization/Research:

Gender Theory, Queer Theory, Jewish Feminisms, Diaspora Studies, Critical Race Theory, Artistic Expression of Feminsisms, Literary Art as Feminism, Post-Colonial Theory

Notable Accomplishments/Publications:

·   Accredited Queer Jewish Feminist Theory research/writing for Dr. Marla Brettschneider in two of her feminist academic publications: LGBTQ Politics: A Critical Reader, and a feminist theory book still within the publishing process (2016, 2017)
·   Poem “Herbs and Spices” published in Lunation: A Good Fat Anthology of 114 Women Poets, a feminist literary anthology (2019)
·   Poem “I want a girlfriend who” published on artist platform One Collect Mediums (2019) & poetry platform Poetica (2020)
·   Poems “because I would recommend counting backwards” (2019) & “winter she sang” (2020) featured on the artist platform The Wicked Collective
·   Poem “heavy” featured on arts & humanities website Untwine Me (2020)
·   Creator of queer feminist literary blog Violet Futch (2018-present) paired with the poetry podcast Violet Futch (April 2020-present) 
·   Featured reader/speaker at a number of literary events such as Feminist Oasis, Prescott Park Arts Festival, and Beat Night of Book & Bar Portsmouth 
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Chase Oneill Owens

Graduate Assistant, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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Prateek Raj Raj

Graduate Assistant, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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Marie-Rose Tshite Botshila

Graduate Assistant, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Marie-Rose Tshite is part of the generation of ambitious young Congolese women ready to put her rich professional experience acquired on governance, electoral issues, political participation of youth and women in the DRC and Africa to the service of the Nation.

As an independent consultant and engaged volunteer on youth and women participation issues for different local and international organizations in the DRC, she has been involved with the NDI NEW Politics Program, a program that aims to train young women involved in politics within the 4 countries of the Mano River Region (Western Africa).

She has also been involved in the training and coaching of women and young women since 2014 on subjects such as leadership, elections and civic responsibility, public speaking, and the rights of women and girls to education. From August 2020 to now, she has been organizing a campaign to stop the spate of kidnappings of women that have taken place recently in Kinshasa with other women organizations. Marie-Rose Tshite, is also a volunteer interviewer for the VOKAL ICON-NECT, a project that captures the leadership journeys of African women.

During her free time, Mrs. Tshite works with many young people from the public speaker club call “Club Paul Panda”, the network of Congolese youth for peace and the community service day to create a new generation of young leaders. Tshite earned an Honors Degree in African Politics and a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Diplomacy from University of South Africa.
Biographie – Marie Rose TSHITE BOTSHILA