Graduate Students

Students in the Department of Women’s Studies are leaders across campus in a variety of fields and other majors. At the undergraduate level, our students regularly hold positions in student government organizations, community service groups, intramural sports and clubs devoted to public activism.

Our graduate students are emerging at the forefront of the interdisciplinary field of Women’s Studies. Their research strengthens and expands on the department’s traditional specialization in intersectionality and multi-racial feminism. University of Maryland Women’s Studies graduate students are building a presence in the field through their work on topics such as social movements, transnational feminism, popular culture, labor, citizenship, sexuality and identity. In addition to emerging scholars, they are also activists, writers, critics, artists and poets.

Graduate students play a vital role in undergraduate education. Their innovative approaches to feminist pedagogy encourage students to question social inequalities and give voice to struggles for social justice. Beyond the classroom, they provide valuable service to the department, the University of Maryland, and the community at large.

Because of the interdisciplinary nature of Women’s Studies, our graduate students often play prominent roles in other departments and programs, on-campus research centers and off-campus organizations. Our students also hold internships at local and national organizations, such as media outlets, nonprofit advocacy groups, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and federal and state agencies. Many of our students have been recognized for their achievements through awards given by the University of Maryland and a variety of off-campus groups.

Current Graduate Students

Nat Baldino
BA Philosophy (College Honors, Cum Laude, 2015), Knox College

DB Bauer
MA Women’s Studies (2013), San Diego State University; BA American Studies and English (2008), University of New Mexico

Donnesha Blake
Ronald E. McNair Scholar; MA Women’s Studies (2014), University of Maryland; BA Communication (Summa Cum Laude, 2012), Central Michigan University

Jocelyn Coates
BA Women’s Studies, Black Women’s Studies Minor (2014), University of Maryland

Courtney Cook
MS Nonprofit Management (2013), The New School; BA English, Women’s Studies Certificate (2008), University of Maryland

Avery Dame
MA American Studies (2012), University of Kansas; BA English (2010), University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa

Eve Grice 
MA Women’s Stuides (2014), University of Maryland; BA Women’s Studies and BA French with Highest Honors (2011), The College of William & Mary; Licensed Massage Therapist (expected Feb. 2017), Potomac Massage Training Institute

Damien Hagen
MS Women and Gener Studies (2012), Towson University; BS Political Science (2009), Towson University

Sara Haq
MA Interdisciplinary Studies, Concentration in Women and Gender Studies (2012), George Mason University; BA Psychology (2004), George Mason University

T. Laurance Hoagland
MA Women’s Studies (2014), University of Maryland; BA with High Distinction in Women’s Studies (2011), Duke University

Renina Jarmon
BA Psychology (2000), The New School for Social Research

Sun Hye Kim
MA Sociology (2008), Yonsei University; BA Sociology (2004), Yonsei University

Lenora R. Knowles
MDiv Interdisciplinary Studies (2014), Union Theological Seminary; BA Africana Studies (2011), Brown University

Sina Lee
MA Sociology (2011), Yonsei University; BA Government and Politics/Sociology (2008), Yonsei University

Amira Lundy-Harris
BA Black Studies and Sexuality, Women’s & Gender Studies (2016), Amherst College

Jaime Madden
MA Women’s and Gender Studies (2007), University of Texas at Austin; BS Psychology and Women’s Studies (2005), Berry College

Clara Montague
BA Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies and English (2013), Grinnell College

Safoura Nourbakhsh
MA (1992) and BA (1989), San Francisco State University

yh Patt
MA Women’s Studies (2011), University of Maryland; JD (1993), District of Columbia School of Law; BA (1987), Elizabethtown College

Eva Peskin
MFA Performance & Interactive Media Art (2015), Brooklyn College; BA Music (Summa Cum Laude, 2009), Barnard College

Michelé Prince
BA (2008), University of Washington

Melissa S. Rogers
MA Women’s Studies (2014) University of Maryland; BA English and Spanish (2010), Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Cara Snyder
BA Economics and International Relations (2009), Agnes Scott College

Justin Sprague
MA Women’s Studies (2014), University of Maryland; MA Humanities (2012), Old Dominion University; Women’s Studies Teaching Certificate (2012), Old Dominion University; BA Communications (2009), Old Dominion University

Melissa Cheyenne Stevens
BA Ethnic Studies (2010), University of California, San Diego

Anna Storti
BA/BS Gender, Ethnicity, and Multicultural Studies and Business Administration (2013), California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Current Graduate Certificate Students

Aqdas Aftab, English
Hagar Attia, Communication
Molly Benitez, American Studies
Katie Brown, Communication
Jillian Bruns, Modern French Studies
Stephanie Cork, Kinesiology
Khady Diene, Modern French Studies
Shaun Edmonds, Kinesiology
Lissette Escariz, English
Alyson Farzad-Phillips, Communication
Megan Fitzmaurice, Communication
Lindsey Fox, Communication
Ian Funk, American Studies
Anya Galli, Sociology
Pallavi Guha, Journalism
Lauren Harris, Communication
Cae Joseph-Massena, Modern French Studies
Melissa Lucas, Communication
Donte McGuire, Higher Education
Elizabeth Novara, History
Joanna Pepin, Sociology
Leticia Ridley, Theatre and Performance Studies
Stephanie Stevenson, American Studies
Meridith Styer, Communication
Artesha Taylor, Communication