Core Faculty

The Women’s Studies Department and Program is a community and network of core and affiliate faculty members throughout the University of Maryland campus. This innovative structure explains the strength of Women’s Studies at the University of Maryland, inclusive of many disciplinary perspectives and methodologies, yet capable of encouraging new scholarship that is broadly interdisciplinary.

Twelve core faculty administer the Women’s Studies Department and Program and teach the required courses for the major, undergraduate and graduate certificates and graduate degrees.

Bobby Benedicto, Assistant Professor
(Currently completing a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship at McGill University)
Research areas: cultural studies; queer studies; postcolonial studies; urban studies

Elsa Barkley Brown, Associate Professor
barkleyb@umd.edu, 301-405-4290
Research areas: theories of collectivity and citizenship; political narrative; African American political culture; black women’s arts and culture; black gender studies

A. Lynn Bolles, Professor
lbolles@umd.edu, 301-405-6879
Research areas: women of Africa and the African Diaspora; ethnography; political economy of women; black feminist anthropology; Caribbean Studies

Seung-kyung Kim, Professor and Chair
skim2@umd.edu, 301-405-7293
Research areas: gender and labor politics; transnational migration; education and family; feminist theory and social movements; Asian and Asian-American women

Katie King, Professor
katking@umd.edu, 301-405-7294
Research areas: feminist theory, including LGBT studies; cultural production, including literary history and contemporary media studies; feminist technoscience, including cyberculture and technology

Alexis Lothian, Assistant Professor
alothian@umd.edu, 301-405-2446
Research areas: queer theory and queer of color critique; media and cultural studies; speculative fiction in literature, film, and television; fan cultures and communities; new media and digital humanities; remix video

Deborah Rosenfelt, Professor
dsr@umd.edu, 301-405-6883
Research areas: women’s literature and progressive culture in the U.S.; women’s studies and curriculum change in higher education; gender, culture, and globalization; contemporary North American women writers

Michelle V. Rowley, Associate Professor
mrowley1@umd.edu, 301-405-0981
Research areas: gender and development; transnational feminisms; feminist pedagogies; women in the African diaspora; Caribbean Studies

Catherine A. Schuler, Associate Professor
cschuler@umd.edu, 301-405-4552
Research areas: cultural production in Russia; the theatrical avant-garde; gender and performance

Ashwini Tambe, Associate Professor
atambe@umd.edu, 301-405-7209
Research areas: transnational feminist theory; global political economy; modern South Asian history; sexuality; girlhood studies; state theory; interdisciplinarity, transdisciplinarity and disciplinarity

Bonnie Thornton Dill, Professor and Dean, College of Arts and Humanities
btdill@umd.edu
Research areas: intersections of race and gender; African-American women and families; work, family, and poverty

Ruth E. Zambrana, Professor
rzambran@umd.edu, 301-405-0451
Research areas: intersections of gender, race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, Hispanic/Latino subgroups, and structural determinants with a focus on inequalities in population health indicators and higher education

Evelyn Beck, Professor Emerita
etb@umd.edu
Research areas: Jewish Women’s Studies, Lesbian Studies, feminist perspectives on psychology, creative aging, and healing power of art and dance

Claire Moses, Professor Emerita
cmoses@umd.edu
Research areas: feminist theory; history of feminist movements; European women’s history; colonialism; the political economy of globalization

Adjunct Faculty

Julie Enszer, Visiting Assistant Professor
jenszer@umd.edu, 301-405-6877
Research areas: twentieth century U.S. feminist and lesbian histories, literatures, and cultures; lesbian print culture; literary studies