Women's and Gender Studies

Mosiac of Knowledge

Program Faculty

María Acosta Cruz, Ph.D.
Professor, Language, Literature and Culture Department
Born and raised in Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico, María Acosta Cruz received a B.A. from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in comparative literature from the State University of New York at Binghamton. She teaches all levels of Spanish language and literature. Her main research and teaching interests are Caribbean and Latino cultures. She explores issues such as the making and marketability of identities, Puerto Rican cultural history, and national and gender-based stereotypes. Her book Dream Nation: Puerto Rican Culture & the Fictions of Independence (Rutgers University Press 2014 is also part of the American Literatures Initiative from NYU, Fordham, Temple and Virginia University Presses. The series has funding from the Mellon Foundation).
Tel: 1-508-793-7677

Michael Addis, Ph.D.
Professor, Hiatt School of Psychology
Men’s mental health, masculinity, help-seeking behavior, lay theories of psychopathology and treatment
Tel: 508-793-7266

Belén Atienza, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Language, Literature and Culture Department
Spanish Program Coordinator
Dr. Atienza specializes in the cultures and literatures of Spain from 1492 to the present, with a special focus on history of psychology, marginalized groups, hybrid identities, and drama. Born and raised in Barcelona, Spain, Dr. Atienza received a B. A. from the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, and an M. A. and Ph.D. in Romance Languages from Princeton University. She was also the recipient of an Erasmus European Award which gave her the privilege to study Italian literature at the Universita Ca' Foscari Venezia, Italy. Dr. Atienza teaches courses on minorities in the Hispanic world, representations of violence in Spanish literature and cinema, and the myth of the hero in Spanish narrative, as well as more traditional topics such as Spanish literary analysis, golden Age drama and Cervantes. Her book El loco en el espejo:Locura y melancolia en la Espana de Lope de Vega was published by Rodopi in 2009. In addition to being a scholar of literature, Dr. Atienza is also a poet and a writer of satires. Her book of short stories entitled Saltaparedes was published in Pontevedra, Spain, in 2011. Dr. Atienza is passionate about sharing her love for poetry inside and outside of the classroom. As a founding member of the Tertulia Julia de Burgos in Worcester, she often does poetry readings for the Hispanic community. Her interest about pedagogy and poetry has brought her to unexpected places such as Chiapas, Mexico, where she established a teaching collaboration with the CELALI (Centro de Estudios de Lenguas y Literaturas Indigenas) and designed and taught workshops about poetry, ritual and symbolism.
Tel: 1-508-793-7256

Denise Bebbington, Ph.D.
Associate Research Professor of International Development and Social Change (IDSC)
Director, Women’s and Gender Studies Program (as of January 1, 2012)
Socio-Environmental Movement Organizations and Networks, Extractive Industries and Indigenous Peoples, Environmental Justice, Development Administration, Non-Governmental Organizations, Institutional Development, Gender and Development, Community-based Management of Natural Resources.
Tel: (508) 421-3731

Parminder Bhachu, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Sociology
Dr. Bhachu is interested in emergent cultural forms and cultural identities in border zones and niche markets innovated from the margins by multiply-moved new global citizens. Her work deals with the production, circulation, and marketing of cultural products and commodities in multiple sites around the globe and their interpretation in local contexts. These research topics build on her long term interests in immigrant enterprises, multiple migrations and diasporas, race and ethnicity, cultural nationalisms, and consumer and popular cultures in global markets.
Tel: 1-508-793-7599

Michael Butler, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science; Director, Leir Center in Luxembourg
Foreign policy, conflict and cooperation, global governance, political violence and terrorism, international relations theory
Tel: 1-508-793-7186

Cynthia Caron, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, International Development, Community, and Environment Department
Land and property rights, political and environmental sociology, disaster and conflict-induced displacement, resettlement and reconstruction programming, monitoring and evaluation, qualitative and ethnographic research, and South Asia.
Tel: 1-508-793-8879

Ed Carr, Ph.D.
Professor and Director, International Development, Community and Environment Department; Adjunct Professor, Graduate School of Geography
Livelihoods, International Development, Adaptation to Global Change, Vulnerability and Resilience, Food Security, Climate Services, Gender and Identity, Humanitarian Assistance
Tel: 1-508-421-3895

Gino DiIorio, M.F.A.
Professor, Department of Visual and Performing Arts; Adjunct Professor, Department of English; Director, Theater Arts Program; Chair of the Faculty
Program Director for Theater Arts, Acting in film and theater; writing plays and screenplays
Tel: 508-793-7456

Patricia Ewick, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Sociology
Research methods, gender, law, deviance
Tel: 1-508-793-7529

Anita Häusermann Fábos, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, International Development, Community, and Environment Department
Associate Professor of International Development and Social Change Refugees and forced migrants, especially refugees in urban areas in the Middle East and Africa; population displacement and mobility; gender, diaspora, and citizenship; anthropology of ethnicity and race; transnational Islam; Arab League states’ immigration and naturalisation policies; music and migration; Muslim Arab Sudanese diaspora.
Tel: 1-508-421-3826

Rachel Falmagne, Ph.D.
Professor, Hiatt School of Psychology
Modes of reasoning, personal epistemology and social location. Thought and societal discourses of knowledge. Feminist perspectives on mind, self, identity and development. Gender, self and thought. Psychology and society.
Tel: 508-793-7262

Odile Ferly, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Language, Literature and Culture Department
Dr. Ferly's research interests are Caribbean literatures and cultures from a comparative perspective, including the Anglophone, Francophone, and Hispanic regions. She studies especially contemporary women's writing from the Caribbean and its diaspora. Her work focuses on the issues of race and gender in connection with history, language, and the Caribbean literary tradition. She teaches interdisciplinary courses on literatures and cultures from Francophone countries, on French popular culture, immigration in France and on Caribbean writing from a comparative perspective.
Tel: 1-508-793-7723

Ellen Foley, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, International Development, Community and Environment Department
Associate Professor of International Development and Social Change Neoliberal health reform in West Africa, gender and health disparities, reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, access to health-enabling resources, urban health, youth violence.
Tel: 1-508-421-3815

Beth Gale, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Chair (spring 2019), Language, Literature and Culture Department
Dr. Gale's main scholarly focus is depictions of female adolescence since the late nineteenth century. Her research explores such topics as education, the body, family dynamics, friendship and sexuality from a sociohistorical perspective. Her publications focus on adolescent identity, postcolonial autobiography, coming-of-age narratives, and the problematics of space in the novel of adolescence. Dr. Gale’s recent courses include coming of age in the novel, contemporary francophone youth culture as portrayed in literature, film, music, and magazines, fairy tales of the world, and advanced oral expression.
Tel: 1-508-421-3781

Abbie Goldberg, Ph.D.
Professor, Hiatt School of Psychology
The transition to parenthood among diverse families; lesbian- and gay-parent families; adoption; reproductive technologies; family diversity and schools; transgender students
Tel: 508-793-7289

Janette T. Greenwood, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of History
Dr. Greenwood teaches a variety of courses in U.S. history including Race and Ethnicity in American History, History of the American South, Reconstruction, The Gilded Age, and Public History. She is the author of First Fruits of Freedom: The Migration of Former Slaves and Their Search for Equality in Worcester, Massachusetts, 1862-1900 (2010); Bittersweet Legacy: The Black and White "Better Classes" in Charlotte, (1994); and The Gilded Age: A History in Documents (2000. She is also co-author of an innovative U.S. History survey text, American Horizons: U.S. History in a Global Context (3rd edition, 2017). She is co-curator of Reimagining an American Community of Color: The portraits of William Bullard, 1897-1817, an exhibition at the Worcester Art Museum which opened in October 2017, and co-editor of the exhibition catalogue.
Tel: 1-508-793-7286

Betsy P. Huang, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of English; Andrea B. and Peter D. Klein '64 Distinguished Professor
Dr. Huang researches and teaches representations of ethnic identities and politics in 20th-century American literature and popular culture. Her scholarship focuses on literary treatments of ethnicity in narratives about immigration, assimilation, and citizenship, and she is particularly interested in the ways in which the "ethnic" and the "American" persist as mutually exclusive terms in the American cultural consciousness. She also investigates the affinities between ethnic literature and science fiction, two bodies of work that, in her view, share similar critical and theoretical aims in their treatments of social, biological, and cultural difference.
Tel: 508-793-7145

Esther Jones, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of English; Associate Provost and Dean of the Faculty; E. Franklin Frazier Chair in African American Literature, Theory, and Culture
Dr. Jones specializes in the study of black women writers in the Americas, with a focus on the intersections of race, gender, class, and nationality and theorizations of difference. She has a particular interest in speculative literatures and science fiction by feminists and writers of color, and how such texts attempt to theorize and/or critique how difference operates within contemporary culture.
Tel: 1-508-793-7141

Lisa Kasmer, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Chair (fall 2018), Department of English
Dr. Kasmer specializes in gender studies and women's writing in late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century British literature and culture. She is particularly interested in the way in which the sociopolitical milieu and print culture between 1760-1840 shaped gender politics in Britain. Some of her courses include Making Gender in Eighteenth-Century British Literature, Gender and Genre in the Nineteenth-Century British Novel, Jane Austen in Contemporary Culture, and The Terror of the Gothic.
Tel: 508-793-7136

Thomas Kuehne, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of History; Strassler Chair in the Study of Holocaust History; Director, Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies
Director of the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Dr. Kuehne teaches Modern European and German History. His academic and research work is concerned with the relation of war, genocide, and society, with long-term traditions of political culture of Central Europe, above all with the problem of locating the Holocaust and Nazi Germany in the social and cultural history of the 20th century.
Tel: 1-508-793-7523

Nina Kushner, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Chair (fall 2018), Department of History
Early modern European social and cultural history, the history of women and gender, and the history of sexuality

Deborah Martin, Ph.D.
Professor and Director, Graduate School of Geography
Program Coordinator, Urban Development and Social Change Concentration
Urban geography, social movements (particularly neighborhood activism), place identity, local politics, legal geography, and qualitative methodologies.
Tel: 508-793-7104

Deborah Merrill, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Sociology
Research methods, family, aging, medical sociology, social demography
Tel: 1-508-793-7284

Meredith Neuman, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of English; Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of History; Director, Higgins School of Humanities
Early and antebellum American literature; Puritan literature, religion early modern literature; poetry, poetry performance, manuscript and "amateur" poetry; book history, manuscript culture, material textuality, American print culture.
Personal Web Site
Tel: 508-793-7298

Nicole Overstreet, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Hiatt School of Psychology
The relation between stigma, stereotyping, and health in marginalized groups. I am particularly interested in examining the role of stigma and stereotyping on mental and sexual health outcomes as it relates to experiences of intimate partner violence (IPV) and sexual objectification.
Tel: 508-793-7231

Jennifer Plante, M.A.
Director of Writing Center & Writing Program
Tel: 508-793-7469

Amy Richter, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Chair (spring 2019), Department of History
Dr. Richter specializes in 19th and 20th century American and cultural history, with an emphasis on women's and urban history. Her teaching repertoire includes the history of American women, U.S. urban history from the colonial era to the 21st century, Gender and the American City, and American Consumer Culture. Her book, Home on the Rails: Women, the Railroad, and the Rise of Public Domesticity, was published by the University of North Carolina Press in 2005. Her current research looks at marriage and the consumer marketplace at the turn of the twentieth century, and she is working on a primary source reader on 19th-century interpretations of home.
Tel: 1-508-793-7216

Juan Pablo Rivera, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Language, Literature and Culture Department
A graduate of Yale and Harvard universities, Professor Rivera is the author of two poetry collections, and has published over a dozen articles on Latin American literature and the study of gender and sexuality. His current book project analyzes the ways in which different types of bodies (the “fat” body, the black body, the absent one…) have been represented in contemporary Puerto Rican poetry. A finalist for multiple awards in teaching excellence at Harvard and at Clark, Professor Rivera teaches courses on Latin American literature, language and culture from Modernism on.
Tel: 1-508-793-7236

Heather L. Roberts, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Practice, Department of Education
Writing and literature, literacy, school-university partnerships, collaborative currculum development, school reform
Tel: 1-508-793-7146

Laurie Ross, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, International Development, Community, and Environment Department
Associate Professor of Community Development and Planning
Social justice youth development, community based participatory research
Tel: 1-508-793-7642

Marianne Sarkis, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor (non-tenure track), International Development, Community, and Environment Department
Health disparities and social determinants of health, immigration and health, culture in clinical encounters, diasporic health, demographic anthropology, Participatory Action Research (PAR), Community-Based Health Research (CBHR), Patient-Centered and Community-Engaged Research, Somali history and culture, advocacy anthropology, Social Networks Analysis (SNA).
Tel: 1-508-421-3898

Gohar Siddiqui, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Visual and Performing Arts
Transnational film remakes, popular Hindi cinema, transnational feminism
Tel: 508-793-7285

Heather Silber Mohamed, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science
Latino politics, immigrant socialization and participation, immigration policy, identity politics in the U.S.
Tel: 1-508-793-7797

Srinivasan Sitaraman, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science
Program Faculty for Holocaust and Genocide Studies
United Nations and international law, international political economy, and international relations
Tel: 1-508-793-7684

Valerie Sperling, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Political Science
Dr. Sperling teaches a variety of courses in comparative politics, including Russian politics; revolution and political violence; mass murder and genocide under communism; transitions to democracy; globalization and democracy; and introduction to women’s studies. Her research interests include globalization and accountability, social movements, gender politics, patriotism and militarism, and state-building in the post-communist region.
Tel: 1-508-793-7679

Andrew L. Stewart, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Hiatt School of Psychology
Intergroup relations, ideology, intergroup violence, violence prevention, gender
Tel: 508-793-7656

Ora Szekely, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science
Dr. Szekely's research and teaching interests include Non-state military actors, the politics of the Middle East, mass violence and civilian protection, new media, propaganda, and political mobilization.
Tel: 1-508-793-7360

Shelly Tenenbaum, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair, Department of Sociology
Coordinator of Undergraduate Activities, Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies
American Jewish Studies, race and ethnicity, social stratification, comparative genocide, gender
Tel: 1-508-793-7241

Robert D. Tobin, Ph.D.
Professor, Language, Literature and Culture Department; Henry J. Leir Chair in Foreign Languages and Cultures; Adjunct Professor, English Department
Comparative Literature and German Program Coordinator
Dr. Tobin specializes in the culture and literature of the German-speaking world from the Age of Goethe to the present, with a special focus on gender, sexuality, psychoanalysis, and human rights. He teaches courses on gay and lesbian studies and queer theory, human rights and literature, and Freud, as well as more traditional topics such as German film and Faust. He is also usually one of the co-professors of the National Imagination course.In the spring of 2013, he was the Fulbright Freud Visiting Scholar of Psychoanalysis at the Sigmund Freud Museum and the Universitat Wien in Vienna. He directs the major in Comparative Literature and advises students who want to self-design a major in German Studies.
Tel: 1-508-793-7353

Rosalie Torres Stone, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Sociology Department
Racial and ethnic disparities in health and mental health
Tel: 1-508-793-7376

Alice Valentine, M.A.
Lecturer and Chair (fall 2018), Language, Literature and Culture Department
Chinese and Japanese Program Coordinator
Instructor in Japanese

Tel: 1-508-793-7726

Kristen Williams, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Political Science
Director, women's and gender studies; International relations theory, arms control and international security, nationalism and ethnic politics, U.S. foreign policy, women, gender and conflict.
Tel: 1-508-793-7446

Kristina Wilson, Ph.D.
Professor of Art History and Chair, Department of Visual and Performing Arts; Program Coordinator, Art History; Adjunct Professor, Department of History
Director, women's and gender studies; ; Nineteenth and twentieth century painting, modern design and architecture, and the history of photography
Tel: 508-793-7639

Research Faculty

Cynthia Enloe, Ph.D.
Research Professor, Department of International Development, Community, and Environment
The interactions of feminism, women, militarized culture, war, politics and globalized economics in countries such as Japan, Iraq, the US, Britain, the Philippines, Canada, Chile and Turkey

Barbara Thomas-Slayter, Ph.D.
Research Professor, International Development, Community and Environment
Tel: 1-508-793-7454

Visiting Faculty

Jacque Micieli-Voutsinas, Ph.D.
Visiting Assistant Professor, Women's and Gender Studies, Peace Studies
9/11 and the war on terrorism, North American cultural landscapes, transnational memory studies, emotion and affect, feminist methodology, feminist peace studies, feminist critical geopolitics, spatial narratives of trauma, islamophobia and homonationalisms

John Palella, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Gender, Race and Area Studies
Historical constructions, productions and experiences of race, gender and sexuality in the United States and the Atlantic World
Tel: 508-793-7584

Emeriti Faculty

Margarete Arndt, D.B.A.
Professor Emerita, Graduate School of Management

Sarah Buie, M.F.A.
Research Scholar, Department of Visual and Performing Arts
Museum exhibition design; graphic design; sacred space; sacred Asian architecture
Tel: 508-793-7560

Marcia Butzel, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Visual and Performing Arts; Adjunct Associate Professor; Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures

Serena S. Hilsinger, Ph.D.
Professor Emerita, English
Modernist literature; literature by women

Fern Johnson, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of English
Dr. Johnson is a sociolinguist specializing in the study of ethnicity, race, and gender in discourse. Her teaching and research center on the relationship of cultural systems to language-in-use, especially ideological codes in discourse and language policy issues. She has written on topics including cultural models for understanding language diversity, language policy, gender and discourse, and the language of advertising as cultural text.
Tel: 1-508-793-7142

Dorothy Kaufmann, Ph.D.

Sharon Krefetz, Ph.D.
Associate Professor Emerita, Department of Political Science
Tel: 1-508-793-7300

Distinguished University Professor Emerita/Emeritus

Susan Hanson, Ph.D.
Urban/social/economic geography, feminist geography