Graduate Alumni

Rajani Bhatia, Ph.D. (2012)
Assistant Professor, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, SUNY, Albany

Dissertation Title: Lifestyle Sex Selection: Shifting Forms of Reproduction, Transnational Flows, and Inequality

Donnesha Blake, Ph.D. (2018)
Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Alma College

Dissertation Title: Stylin’ BlaQueer Feminisms: The Politics of Queer Black Women’s Fashion Activism

Barbara Boswell, Ph.D. (2010)
Associate Professor of English, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa

Dissertation Title: Black South African Women Writers: Narrating the Self, Narrating the Nation

Avery Dame-Griff, Ph.D. (2017)
Fixed-Term Assistant Professor of Mass Communication, Winona State University

Dissertation Title: Talk Amongst Yourselves: “Community” in Transgender Counterpublic Discourse Online, 1990-2014

Julie Enszer, Ph.D. (2013)
Scholar, Poet, Author of Avowed (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2016), Lilith’s Demons (A Midsummer Night’s Press, 2015), Sisterhood (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2013), and Handmade Love (A Midsummer Night’s Press, 2010)

Dissertation Title: “The Whole Naked Truth of Our Lives”; Lesbian Print Culture in the United States from 1969 until 1989

Sara Haq, Ph.D. (2018)
Provost’s Postdoctoral Scholar in the Department of Gender and Sexuality Studies at the University of Southern California

Dissertation Title: Sufiminism: The Sexual, the Spiritual, the Self

Clare Jen, Ph.D. (2008)
Associate Professor and Director, Women’s and Gender Studies Program, and Department of Biology, Denison University

Dissertation Title: Technoscience Race–Nation–Gender Formations in Public Health Discourses

Bettina Judd, Ph.D. (2014)
Assistant Professor, Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies, University of Washington

Dissertation Title: Feelin’ Feminism: Black Women’s Art, Affect, and Politics

Laura A. Kalman Brunner, Ph.D. (2016)
Affiliate Faculty, Metropolitan State University of Denver

Dissertation Title: Screening Diversity: Women and Work in the Twenty-First Century Popular Culture

Sunhye Kim, Ph.D. (2018)
Postdoctoral Fellow, Assistant Research Professor, International Affairs at the GW Institute for Korean Studies at the Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University.

Dissertation Title: “Baby Miles”: Reproductive Rights, Labor, and Ethics in the Transnational Korean Reproductive Technology Industry

Na Young Lee, Ph.D. (2006)
Professor of Sociology, Chung-Ang University, Seoul, South Korea

Dissertation Title: The Construction of U.S. Camptown Prostitution in South Korea: Transformation and Resistance

Sina Lee, Ph.D. (2019)
Dissertation Title: Leaving “Home” In Search of the “Homeland”: Transnational Solidarity Among Adopted Korean Returnees, Adoptive Mothers, and Birth Mothers.

Mel Michelle Lewis, Ph.D. (2012)
Associate Professor of Gender/Sexuality at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), Humanistic Studies Faculty

Dissertation Title: Body of Knowledge: Black Queer Feminist Thought, Performance, and Pedagogy

Laura A. Logie, Ph.D. (2008)
Director of Research, Nueva Vida

Dissertation Title: An Intersectional Gaze at Latinidad, Nation, Gender, and Self-Perceived Health Status

Jaime Madden, Ph.D. (2017)
Fixed Term Assistant Professor, Gender & Women’s Studies, Minnesota State University-Mankato

Dissertation Title: Phantom Futures: The Cultural Politics of Education-Related Debt

Angel Love Miles, Ph.D. (2016)
Health/HCBS Policy Analyst at Access Living

Dissertation Title: Barriers and Facilitators to Homeownership for African American Women with Physical Disabilities

Safoura Nourbaksh, PhD (2017)
Lecturer, Georgetown University, Washington D.C.

Dissertation Title: Towards a Feminist Reconstruction of Persian Sufism

Genevieve Page, Ph.D. (2012)
Professeure, Political Science, University of Quebec, Montreal, Canada

Dissertation Title: Feminism à la Quebec: The Travelings of American and French Feminist Thought (1970-2005)

yh Patt, Ph.D. (2018)
Dissertation: “Feminists Transforming Their Worlds: A Collective Oral-history of Salvadoran Protagonists”

Ana Perez, Ph.D. (2013)
Assistant Professor, Gender and Women’s Studies, Minnesota State University, Mankato

Dissertation Title: Gueras, Morenas, y Prietas: Mexicana Color Lines and Ethnoracial Sameness-Difference

Cristina J. Perez, Ph.D. (2016)
National Center for Institutional Diversity Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Women’s Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Dissertation Title: Bodies on the Line: Violence, Disposable Subjects, and the Border Industrial Complex

Heather Emily Rellihan, Ph.D. (2007) 
Professor and Coordinator, Department of Gender and Sexuality Studies, Anne Arundel Community College, Maryland

Dissertation Title: Ad/ministering Education: Gender, Colonialism, and Christianity in Belize and the Anglophone Caribbean

Melissa S. Rogers, Ph.D. (2017)
Teaching artist, MAKESHOP, Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh

Dissertation Title: Soft Circuitry: Methods for Queer and Trans Feminist Maker Cultures

JV Sapinoso, Ph.D. (2009)
I.A.P. Advisor, College of Letters and Sciences, University of Maryland, College Park

Dissertation Title: From “Quare” to “Kweer”: Towards a Queer Asian American Critique

L. Ayu Saraswati, Ph.D. (2007)
Associate Professor and Chair, Women’s Studies, University of Hawaii-Manoa

Dissertation Title: The Maze of Gaze: The Color of Beauty in Transnational Indonesia

Ryan Shanahan, Ph.D. (2013)
Research Director, Youth Justice, Vera Institute of Justice, New York

Dissertation Title: Youth Engaging in Prostitution: An Examination of Race, Gender, and Their Intersections

Denise Shupiko, Ph.D. (2014)
Student Aide/Substitute Teacher, Lower Cape May Regional School District.


Dissertation: “The Development of the Russian Counter-Trafficking Movement: The Angel Coalition and International Politics on Civil Society, Feminism and Human Trafficking”

Cara Snyder, Ph.D. (2019)
Assistant Professor, Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Louisville, Kentucky

Dissertation Title: Which Team Do You Play For?: Visibility and Queering in Brazilian Soccer

Jing Song, Ph.D. (2012)
Dissertation Title: “Global Assimilation and Global Alienation: Lives of Professional Women in Contemporary China.”

Jeannette Soon-Ludes, Ph.D. (2016)
Director, Institutional Support at Themis Insight, LLC

Dissertation Title: Belonging and the Making of Community: Native Hawaiian Claims to Selfhood and Home

Justin Sprague, Ph.D. (2018)
Assistant Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies, West Chester University

Dissertation Title: Cooking with Mama Kim: The Legacy of Korean Women (Re)Defining Cultural Authenticity

Kimberlee Staking, Ph.D. (2013)
Lecturer, Diablo Valley College, Pleasant Hill, CA, and Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA

Dissertation Title: Teaching Women’s Studies: Exploring Student Engagement in Technology-Rich Classroom Learning Communities

Nikki Ayanna Stewart, M.A. (2003)
Academic Dean for the Excel Charter School, Washington, D.C.’s first public charter school for girls.

Anna Storti, Ph.D. (2020)
Guarini Dean’s Postdoctoral Fellow in Asian American Studies, Dartmouth College

Dissertation Title: A Host of Memories: Mixed Race Subjection and Asian American Performances Against Disavowal

Sarah Tillery, Ph.D. (2007) 
Dean for Engineering & Industrial Technology, Portland Community College, Oregon

Dissertation Title: Performing Fatness and the Cultural Negotiations of Body Size

Jessica A. Vooris, Ph.D. (2016)
Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Dickinson College

Dissertation Title: Life Uncharted: Parenting Transgender, Gender-Creative, and Gay Children

Red Washburn, Ph.D. (2010) 
Associate Professor of English and Co-Director of Women’s and Gender Studies, Kingsborough Community College (CUNY)

Dissertation Title: Slave Ships, Shamrocks, and Shackles: Transatlantic Connections in Black American and Northern Ireland Women’s Auto/biographical Writings, 1960s-1990s

Katie White, Ph.D. (2015)
Director of Social Action, Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart

Dissertation Title: Food on the Move: Gendered Representation, Cultural Sustainability, and Culinary Practices of Gullah Women

Kimberly Williams, Ph.D. (2008) 
Associate Professor and Program Coordinator, Women’s and Gender Studies, Mount Royal University, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Dissertation Title: Casualties of Cold War: Toward a Transnational Feminist Ecology of U.S. Russia Policy

 

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