Faculty, Staff, and Students

Faculty, Staff & Students

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Anima Adjepong

Assistant 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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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 Francophone Studies and Head, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

714A Old Chemistry Building


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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Carol 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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Tasha 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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Valerie R. Anderson

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

650H Teachers College


Dr. Valerie Anderson is an Associate Professor in the School of Criminal Justice at the University of Cincinnati (UC). Professor Anderson is a community psychologist by training, receiving her Ph.D. from Michigan State University in 2015. Her approach to research is characterized by utilizing multiple methods to conduct interdisciplinary, community-engaged research to understand system responses to youth offending and victimization, and—more specifically—the circumstances and contexts in which these areas intersect. Her research program includes two substantive areas of inquiry: (1) system-involved youth and responses, and (2) experiences of victimization and trauma (with a primary focus on human trafficking). Given Dr. Anderson's background in community psychology, her examination of these specific topics spans multiple levels of analysis (e.g., individual, relational, environmental, socio-structural), cross-disciplinary theoretical perspectives, and multiple methodological approaches—relying on primary data collection and community-based collaborations with relevant agencies.

Dr. Anderson has served as the principal investigator on numerous studies funded externally by the Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services, the Society for Community Research and Action, and internally through UC's Office of Research and the Center for Clinical & Translational Science & Training. Her recent research has been published in a variety of criminal justice (e.g., Criminal Justice and Behavior, Crime and Delinquency, Criminology & Public Policy), public health (e.g., American Journal of Public Health, Pediatrics, Journal of Adolescent Health), and psychology (e.g., American Journal of Community Psychology) journals.
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Robin Arnsperger Selzer

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

735N Steger Student Life Cntr


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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Omotayo O Banjo

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



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

1120 Crosley Tower


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 HIV/AIDS Prevention, Fibromyalgia, Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease, and Women's Health Issues.
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Danielle Bessett

Associate 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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Brandi Lynette Blessett

Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Brandi Blessett, Ph.D. is an associate professor and Director of the Master of Public Administration program at the University of Cincinnati. She is a native of Detroit, Michigan where she spent most of her life. For many reasons, Detroit remains close to her heart and will forever be home! 

Dr. Blessett earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and holds a Masters in Educational Leadership from Wayne State University in Detroit. After teaching as a high school health and life skills teacher at Highland Park Community High School, she decided to purse her doctorate at Old Dominion University. Her dissertation was titled “Dispersion or Re-segregation: A Spatial and Temporal Analysis of Public Policies and their Impact on Urban African American Mobility.” This work serves as the foundation for her research interests which includes, but is not limited to: administrative responsibility, social equity, community development, and voter disenfranchisement. 

Dr. Blessett’s research seeks to contribute to the iknowledge production in the field of urban policy and public administration through the lens of social justice. Her research seeks to offer insightful perspectives regarding the effects of systemic injustice through an examination of public policies and administrative actions, which perpetuate inequity for people of color and their respective communities. Ultimately, she hopes her research will help public administrators move toward more thoughtful consideration and engagement of all groups in society, particularly historically marginalized groups.

Dr. Blessett has published in peer-reviewed periodicals such as Public Integrity, Administration and Society, Administrative Theory & Praxis, Public Administration Quarterly, and the Journal of Health and Human Services Administration. She has also contributed book chapters to Prison Privatization: The Many Facets of a Controversial Industry and Contemporary Perspectives on Affirmative Action. Currently, she serves on the editorial boards for Public Integrity and the Administrative Theory & Praxis. 
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Steven B. Bowman

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

French Hall


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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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Mary L Brydon-Miller

Professor, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Mary Brydon-Miller, Ph.D. directs the University of Cincinnati’s Action Research Center and is Professor of Educational Studies and Urban Educational Leadership in the College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services. She is a participatory action researcher who engages in both community-based and educational action research. She recently completed work on the SAGE Encyclopedia of Action Research along with co-editor Dr. David Coghlan and has co-edited the volumes, Traveling Companions:  Feminism, Teaching, and Action Research (with Patricia Maguire and Alice McIntyre), From Subjects to Subjectivities: A Handbook of Interpretive and Participatory Methods (with Deborah Tolman), and Voices of Change:  Participatory Research in the United States and Canada (with Peter Park, Budd Hall, and Ted Jackson).  Her other publications include work on participatory action research methods, academic writing in the social sciences, refugee resettlement, elder advocacy, and disability rights.  Her current scholarship focuses on ethics and action research and on the transformation of higher education.
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Edson G Cabalfin

Interior Design Program Coordinator, Associate Professor , Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Edson G. Cabalfin is Associate Professor and currently Coordinator of the undergraduate and graduate Interior Design program in the School of Architecture and Interior Design at the University of Cincinnati.  He is the curator of the Philippine Pavilion at the 16th Venice Architecture Biennale 2018. He received his Ph.D. in Architecture (Major in History of Architecture, Minors in Historic Preservation and Southeast Asian Studies) in 2012 from Cornell University.  Under a Fulbright Fellowship from 2001 to 2003, he received his Master of Science degree in Architecture (Major in History, Theory, Criticism) from the University of Cincinnati.  Prior to coming to the United States, he had received his professional B.S. Architecture (cum laude) and Master of Architecture degrees from the University of the Philippines in 1996 and 2001 respectively.  He has previously taught in various capacities at Cornell University, University of the Philippines, University of Santo Tomas, Far Eastern University and De la Salle University – College of Saint Benilde.    
Edson’s design research in the last decade had focused on the interdisciplinary and transnational intersections of architecture history and theory, cultural studies, gender and sexuality studies, and multi-disciplinary design.  His research interests revolve around issues such as identity politics, colonialism and post-colonialism in architecture, gender and sexuality, power dynamics in the built environment, socio-cultural dimensions in design, human-centered design, humanitarian design/public interest design, and heritage conservation, among others.  He has published articles in various journals, book anthologies, and conference proceedings on queer spaces in the city, Art Deco architecture in the Philippines, colonialism and post-colonialism in modern architecture, informal settlements and the capital city, alternative modernities and national identity in Philippine vernacular architecture, architectural photography and American colonialism, architectural historiography, architectural education, and Philippine pavilions in international expositions.  He published the children's book "What Kids Should Know about Filipino Architecture" published by Adarna House in 2015 and was nominated for the National Children's Book Awards and National Book Award in the Philippines in 2016. He is currently working on two book manuscripts: one on Postcolonial architecture in the Philippines and another on an anthology of essays on discourse of Filipino architecture in the last century.
A licensed architect in the Philippines, Edson previously worked under D.A. Silvestre + Associates in Manila and Cadiz International in Dubai and Manila.  Under D.A. Silvestre, he was involved in residential, commercial and educational projects in Manila, Cebu, Batangas, and Davao in the Philippines.  Between 2007 to 2009 as Senior Design Architect with Cadiz International, he was responsible for conceptual, schematic and design development of commercial, mixed-use, residential, and institutional projects in different parts of the world including Dubai and Ras al Khaimah in the United Arab Emirates, Muscat and Salalah in Oman, Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan, Tbilisi in Georgia, Penang in Malaysia, Jakarta and Surabaya in Indonesia, and Manila, Cebu, and Laguna in the Philippines.   
Edson also runs his freelance multi-disciplinary design consultancy under Talyer Kayumanggi / Brown Workshop, which is involved in architecture, interior, graphic design, exhibition design, fashion, costume design, set design, design strategy and design research with projects in North America, Middle East, Europe, and Southeast Asia in the last 25 years.
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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

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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Jennifer Ann Caplan

Asst 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

Assoc Professor - Educator, 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, or Afro-Hispanic Review.
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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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Danielle Czarnecki

Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

I am currently a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Sociology at the University of Cincinnati and the Ohio Policy Evaluation Network. Prior to this, I was a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Department of Social Studies of Medicine at McGill University. I received my Ph.D. in Sociology and a Graduate Certificate in Science, Technology, and Society (STS) at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
My research focuses on issues related to gender, technology, and reproduction. My current research examines people’s moral lives in the context of their encounters with contested medical technologies and procedures. I have studied Christian women’s experiences with infertility and assisted reproductive technologies, how health care make decisions about participation in abortion care, women’s experiences with genetic carrier testing in reproductive health care settings, and how patients and clinicians are impacted by policy restrictions on reproductive health care. My work has been published in Gender & SocietySocial Science & Medicine, and Health Expectations.
My Research Interests Include:
  • Medical Sociology
  • Gender & Sexuality
  • Reproduction
  • Religion
  • Science & Technology
  • Qualitative Methods
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Vittoria Daiello

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

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Vittoria S. (Vicki) Daiello, B.F.A., M.A., Ph.D., is Associate Professor in the School of Art in the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP) where she teaches in the Art Education and Fine Arts Programs. As a member of the Academy of Fellows for Teaching & Learning (AFTL) at UC, Dr. Daiello's teaching practice focuses on dialogic arts pedagogies and their potential for facilitating inclusive dialogues and compassionate classroom communities. Daiello's research and creative practice are entwined with her teaching, employing writing as both method of artistic inquiry and object of study. An 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. Her 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, and the International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media Conference (CUMULUS).

Honors and Awards include the 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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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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Jennifer Dye

Dir Jones Center, 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’s research lies at the intersection of religion, science, and philosophy, especially in relation to the Islamic intellectual tradition. 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. His highly acclaimed book Sculpting the Self (University of Michigan Press, 2021) 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. Dr. Faruque is the author of over thirty-five academic articles, which have appeared (or forthcoming) in numerous peer-reviewed journals such as Philosophy East and West, Arabic Sciences and Philosophy (Cambridge), Brill Journal of Sufi Studies, Religious Studies (Cambridge), Brill Journal 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 of range of topics such as climate change, spirituality, meditation, A.I., Islamic psychology, and Islam and the West. He is also a recipient of numerous awards, grants, 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 A.I. and the ethical challenges of information technology. He also has two forthcoming edited volumes entitled From the Divine to the Human: New Perspectives on Evil, Suffering, and the Global Pandemic (co-edited with M. Rustom) and A Cultural History of South Asian Literature, Volume 3: The Early Modern Age (1400-1700) (co-edited with S. Nair) respectively.

      His interests and expertise encompass history and theory of subjectivity, environmental humanities, religion and climate change, cross-cultural philosophy, gender hermeneutics, Sufism, Perso-Arabic mystical literature, Islamic philosophy and ethics, history and philosophy of science, Islamic Psychology, and Graeco-Arabica. He teaches courses on Islam and social justice issues, climate change, mysticism, philosophy, as well as on selfhood and identity.
      In his personal life, he loves gardening (plant life fascinates him), spending time in nature, travelling, 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 also affiliated with the departments of Philosophy, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Environmental Studies, and the program in Religious Certificate.
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Bonnie Sue Fisher

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

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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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Martin F. Francis

Henry Winkler Professor of Modern History, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Martin Francis received a BA from the University of Manchester and a DPhil from the University of Oxford. He held several positions in the United Kingdom, most notably at Royal Holloway, University of London, before coming to Cincinnati in 2003. His interests are in the histories of twentieth-century British politics, gender (especially masculinity) in modern Europe and the United States, the cultural impact of modern war, and British cinema between the 1930s and 1960s. He has published on (among other things) ideology and the 1945-51 Labour government, the "emotional economy" of 1950s politics, domesticity and male fantasy in 1940s feature film, the synthesis of repressed political and sexual desires in World War Two British photography, imperial motifs in 1950s British war films, and the rewards of applying post-structuralist conceptions of hauntology to historiographcal conventions surrounding the First World War.  His book The Flyer: British Culture and the Royal Air Force, 1939-1945 (Oxford University Press, 2009) was runner-up for the 2009 Longman-History Today Book of the Year prize.  Francis is currently North American editor of the journal Twentieth Century British History and chair of the AHA's Herbert Baxter Adams Prize committee.  His current major research project is a cultural history of the British war effort in North Africa between 1940 and 1943.  Other current teaching and research interests include the histories of fashion and of romantic love. 
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Chandra Nirmala Frank

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

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Dr. Chandra Frank (she/her/hers) is a feminist researcher who works on the intersections of archives, waterways, gender, sexuality and race. Her curatorial practice explores the politics of care, experimental forms of narration, and the colonial grammar embedded within display and exhibition arrangements. Chandra earned a PhD in the Department of Media, Communications and Cultural Studies with an emphasis on queer and feminist studies from Goldsmiths, University of London. She has published in peer-reviewed journals and exhibition catalogues, including Feminist Review, the Small Axe VLOSA catalogue, The Place is Here publication and the collection Tongues. She recently co-edited a special issue on Archives for Feminist Review. Her curated exhibitions include Re(as)sisting Narratives (Amsterdam/Cape Town), Fugitive Desires (London), and Proclamation 73 (Durban) (co-curated with Zara Julius). Chandra curated the 2016 Archives Matter Conference at the Centre for Feminist Research at Goldsmiths. She is on the international editorial board of Palgrave Studies in (Re)Presenting Gender. In addition, she is the Project Manager of the Experiment Program in International Living, a summer program for US students focused on LGBTQ+ Rights and Advocacy in Amsterdam: https://www.experiment.org/experiment_blog/program-spotlight-the-netherlands-dutch-culture-and-lgbtq-rights/.
Chandra’s dissertation and book project looks at the everyday experiences of the transnational feminist and queer Black, Migrant and Refugee Movement in the Netherlands during the 1980s. Using an innovative methodology based on Dutch colonial water infrastructures, she looks at how water functions as a form of domination, border and control and how, at the same time, it offers a theoretical and methodological framework to look at queer diasporic subjectivities. She frequently is invited to deliver lectures and keynotes at international academic and art institutions. Chandra has taught at Goldsmiths, School for International Training, and California State University Los Angeles. Her areas of teaching include queer and feminist theory, popular culture, visual cultures and critical race studies. Currently, Chandra is a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Charles Phelps Taft Research Center at the University of Cincinnati.
In Fall 2020, Chandra is teaching COMM 4040: Cultural Studies, cross-listed with WGS 4001: Special Topics: Gender, Sexuality, and Visual Cultures. In Spring 2021, Dr. Frank is teaching WGS 4029/7029: Gender, Sexuality and Culture, with an emphasis on visual cultures. For further information, you can reach Dr. Frank at frankc6@ucmail.uc.edu.
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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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Erika A Gasser

Dept. of History & Affiliate faculty in Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies



Erika Gasser researches the history of gender in colonial New England, early modern England, and the Anglo-Atlantic. Her work focuses particularly on ideas of manhood in writings about demonic possession, witchcraft, and religion from the late sixteenth century to the mid-eighteenth century. Her book, Vexed with Devils: Manhood and Witchcraft in Old and New England, was published by New York University Press in 2017. She is currently pursuing two new projects, one that examines competitive manhood among hack writers across the Atlantic world at the turn of the eighteenth century, and one that analyzes Anglo-American witchcraft-possession cases through the lens of sensory history. She teaches a range of undergraduate and graduate courses, such as "Colonial America," "Gender in Britain and North America, 1600-1850," "Witchcraft and Religion in Early America," and "Comparative Atlantic Worlds."
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Tia Sheree Gaynor

Founding Director, Center for Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation & Associate Professor of Political Science, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies


Tia Sherèe Gaynor, Ph.D. (she/her/hers) is founding director for the Center for Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation and an associate professor in the Department of Political Science. Her research focuses on issues related to social (in)justice, cultural competency, and social equity within a U.S. and global context, particularly as it relates to underrepresented and marginalized populations. Specifically, her work explores intersectionality in public management and policy.
Dr. Gaynor’s research examining the perceptions people of color who identify as lesbian, gay and transgender hold of the New Orleans Police Department is currently supported by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs. Under the W.E.B. DuBois Program of Research on Race and Crime, Dr. Gaynor (along with research colleague Brandi Blessett, Ph.D.) was awarded $150,000 for her project titled “Intersectional Subjection and Law Enforcement: Examining Perceptions Held by LGBTQ People of Color in New Orleans, LA”. This research project tests the theory of intersectional subjection and empirically evaluates how policing has been used to ostracize and subjugate individuals with intersecting identities in New Orleans.
As an inaugural recipient of the Social Equity Fellowship offered by the American Society for Public Administration’s Center for Accountability and Performance and the National Academy of Public Administration’s (NAPA) Standing Panel on Social Equity in Governance, Dr. Gaynor was charged with developing strategies to measure and advance the performance measurement of social equity. The CAP Fellowship was designed to provide a balance between academic and practitioner perspectives by drawing from academic literature and empirical operational experiences. Dr. Gaynor’s work, ultimately, offers the field of public administration strategies to meaningfully develop and implement social social equity performance measures.
Dr. Gaynor recognizes that the scholarship and practice of public administrators can either serve as promoters of equity and justice or facilitators of injustice for underrepresented and marginalized populations. Her work is committed to not only recognizing this juxtaposition but offering strategies to foster justice and equity in the field.

She holds a Ph.D. and MPA from the School of Public Affairs and Administration, at Rutgers University – Newark.  She received her BA in Psychology from Rutgers University – New Brunswick.  Additionally, Dr. Gaynor holds a Diversity Management Certification from the University of Houston’s International Institute for Diversity.
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Jennifer Glaser

Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, 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, and comics and the graphic novel. Her book, Borrowed Voices: Writing and Racial Ventriloquism in the Jewish American Imagination, is forthcoming from Rutgers University Press in March 2016. She is also begining two new scholarly projects--one on mourning in the digital era and the other on race and ethnicity in visual culture and comics.  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, entitled A Pocket-Sized Dictionary of Loss. 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 UK Telegraph, and an anthology of personal essays from Random House.
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Michael R Gott

Associate Professor of French and Program Director, Film & Media Studies , Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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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, will be released in 2022 by Manchester University Press. I am also working on an edited collection about contemporary cinema from Quebec. 

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

I am an affiliate faculty member in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Director of the Film & Media Studies Program, and the director of programming for UC's Niehoff Center for Film & Media Studies.
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Jennifer 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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Professor of

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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

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Todd Herzog holds faculty appointments in the School of Communication, Film, and Media Studies and the Department of Asian, East European, and German Studies at the University of Cincinnati, where he also directs the Digital Media Collaborative 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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Mikiko Hirayama

Associate Professor of Japanese Art History, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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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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Gergana Ivanova

Japanese Literature and Culture, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Gergana Ivanova's scholarly interests include the reception of Heian period (794-1185) literature from the seventeenth century to the present, early modern (1603-1867) erotic and didactic literature, and present-day manga representations of the past. Her first book Unbinding The Pillow Book: The Many Lives of a Japanese Classic (https://cup.columbia.edu/book/unbinding-the-pillow-book/9780231187985) examines the transformations of The Pillow Book of Sei Shōnagon (Makura no sōshi, 11th c.) from the seventeenth through twentieth centuries in Japan as documented in a variety of sources, including scholarly commentaries, erotic parodies, instruction manuals for women, high-school textbooks, and comic books. Unbinding The Pillow Book was selected as an Outstanding Academic Title for 2019 by Choice and as one of the Seminary Co-op Notable books for 2021.

Ivanova's recent publications explore the role of Japanese "classics" in manga (https://jll.pitt.edu/ojs/JLL). She is also completing a co-translation of One Hundred Exemplary Women, One Poem Each (Retsujo hyakunin isshu, 1847 https://open.library.ubc.ca/collections/hundred/items/1.0055346). Her current book project centers on the eroticization of tenth- and eleventh-century women writers in early modern Japan.

Ivanova teaches courses in Japanese literary and visual culture. 
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Sarah Jackson

Divisional Dean for Social Sciences, Professor of Anthropology, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies



Sarah Jackson is an anthropological archaeologist with a research focus on ancient Mesoamerica, and particularly Classic Maya culture. She received the PhD from Harvard University in 2005, and held positions at the University of New Hampshire and the University of Toronto before joining the Department of Anthropology at the University of Cincinnati in 2008. She currently serves as Division Dean for Social Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences at UC, working with the departments of Africana Studies, Anthropology, Communication, Journalism, Political Science, Sociology, and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

Her broad thematic and theoretical research interests include: materiality (including the ways in which the material world is used to mediate social interactions and identities, and culturally-based visions of the material world), investigations into ancient identities, ancient ontologies, personhood (including non-human persons), indigenous political organization, and negotiation of culture change.  Methodologically, she works at the intersection of text and the material record. She is particularly interested in bringing together theoretical ideas with archaeological field practices.

Dr. Jackson focuses on theoretical topics related to materiality and material culture. She is working on reconstructing aspects of a Classic Maya material worldview (i.e., how they understood and saw the materials around them, including the capabilities and identities of objects) using data from hieroglyphic and iconographic sources; this work has an applied aspect, in that she is investigating how an understanding of indigenous material perspectives might impact and transform archaeological field practices. These topics, along with an innovative digital field recording system that unites archaeological and Maya views on material culture, are also explored in the field at the site of Say Kah, Belize. Recent publications on these topics have appeared in The Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory (2016), Advances in Archaeological Practice (2016), Ancient Mesoamerica (2019), and Cambridge Archaeological Journal (2020). Dr. Jackson is also currently teaming with the Digital Scholarship Center at UC to work on a big data project related to analysis of archaeological publications to illuminate implicit archaeological narratives about artifacts and excavated materials, turning her interest in culturally-specific material beliefs onto our own profession.

She co-directs an archaeological projects at the ancient Maya site of Say Kah, just outside of La Milpa, Belize, where she has excavated in 2009, 2011, 2015, 2017, and 2018 together with Dr. Linda Brown (University of New Mexico, project co-director) and graduate and undergraduate students from UC, with funding from Wenner-Gren, National Geographic Society/Waitt, National Geographic Society (CRE), the American Philosophical Society, the Brennan Foundation, the Rust Family Foundation, and the Taft Research Center (University of Cincinnati). 

Her doctoral work looked at the Late Classic Maya royal court as a critical political institution for disseminating shifting cultural ideals and responding strategically to changing pressures of the Late Classic era; as part of this research, she conducted excavations at the Maya sites of Piedras Negras and Cancuen in Guatemala, and also analyzed Classic-era hieroglyphic texts and historical linguistic information from the early Colonial era. This research is discussed in detail in her first book, "Politics of the Maya Court: Hierarchy and Change in the Late Classic Period" (University of Oklahoma Press), which was published in 2013.  

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C. Jeff Jacobson Jr

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

466 Braunstein Hall


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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Laura Dudley Jenkins

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

1114 Crosley Tower


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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Nancy A Jennings

Professor, 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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Lindsay N Johnson

Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Lindsay N. Johnson's research interests consist of topics related to diversity & inclusion, leadership, and gender equity in organizations and higher education. Her research explores workplace phenomenon including culture & bias, social identity, discrimination, and incivility towards women and other underrepresented groups. Johnson's current projects investigate intersections of ideology, identity, and work industry and their impact on women & underrepresented minorities in STEM. Her teaching interests include diversity in the workplace, organizational psychology, and similar courses.
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Cassandra L Jones

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

3623 French Hall


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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" in The Conversation, "What is Trauma Informed Care?" in Health, and "We're All Second Guessing Ourselves" in The Atlantic and she was quoted in TIME Magazine for the article "How Do You Even Calculate Covid-19 Risk Anymore?"

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

Professor, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

6489B Aronoff Center


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 Outstanding Academic Advising Award in 2006 and the Marian Spencer Diversity Ambassador Award in 2009. 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; 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; and Picture Cincinnati in Song; and multiple book and exhibition reviews.  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 the NEH, Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Research Center, Kress, Luce, and Smithsonian Institution.  At UC, Leininger-Miller also won  the President's Quality Service Award and the Dean’s Award for Outstanding Research. She was Chair of the national professional organization, the Association of Historians of American Art.
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Annulla Linders

Co-Editor of Social Problems (with Earl Wright II and Derrick Brooms), Associate Professor (PhD, SUNY Stony Brook), Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

1001 Crosley Tower


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

Annulla Linders CV
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Michael Evan Loadenthal

Research Fellow, 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



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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 10 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 40 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, a