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, 301-405-7710
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, 301-405-6879
Research areas: Caribbean women; women of Africa and the African diaspora; qualitative research methods

Seung-kyung Kim, Professor and Chair, 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, 301-405-7294
Research areas: feminist theory, including LGBT studies and materialist feminisms; cultural production, including transdisciplinary media studies; feminist technoscience and posthumanities methodologies

Alexis Lothian, Assistant Professor, 301-405-2446
Research areas: Queer theory; critical race and gender analysis; cultural studies; new media; speculative fiction in literature, film, and television; internet and fan cultures; remix video; technology studies; digital humanities

Deborah Rosenfelt, Professor, 301-405-6883
Research areas: women’s studies and curriculum change in higher education; gender, globalization, and culture; contemporary North American women writers

Michelle V. Rowley, Associate Professor, 301-405-0981
Research areas: gender and development; transnational feminism; feminist pedagogies; women in the African diaspora

Catherine A. Schuler, Associate Professor, 301-405-4552
Research areas: history of Russian theatre; gender studies; critical theory

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

Bonnie Thornton Dill, Professor and Dean, College of Arts and Humanities
Research areas: intersections of race and gender; Black and Latina women in higher education; work, family, and poverty

Ruth E. Zambrana, Professor, 301-405-0451
Research areas: women and health; Latino Studies; racial and ethnic disparities in family, child, and women’s health; maternal and adolescent health and organizational barriers to health care services

Evelyn Beck, Professor Emerita
Research areas: literature, theatre, art, including the healing power of art; lesbian studies; Jewish feminist thought; psychoanalysis

Claire Moses, Professor Emerita
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, 301-405-6877
Research areas: twentieth century U.S. feminist and lesbian histories, literatures, and cultures; lesbian print culture; literary studies