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

Sumaya Ahmed
MA Women and Gender Studies, University of Toronto; BA Criminology and Ethics, University of Toronto

Mary E. Bazemore
JD, Certificate of Advanced Study in Women’s Studies (2007), Syracuse University; MS, Telecommunications and Network Management (2007), Syracuse University; BA (2001), Westfield State College

Rajani Bhatia
Diplom Politikwissenschaft (1996), University of Bremen; BA (1991), University of Maryland
Dissertation in progress: Contemporary U.S. Sex Selection: Shifting Forms of Local/Global, Social Relations, and Inequality in Transnational Reproductive Situations

Donnesha Blake
Ronald E. McNair Scholar; Bachelor of Applied Arts (Summa Cum Laude), Communication (2012), Central Michigan University

Laura A. K. Brunner
MA (2011), University of Maryland; Graduate Diploma (2010), Monash University; BA (2004), New York University

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

Julie R. Enszer
MFA (2008), University of Maryland; BA (1990), University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Dissertation in progress: “The Whole Naked Truth of Our Lives:” Lesbian-Feminist Print Culture in the United States from 1969-1989

Robyn Allison Epstein
MA (2005), University of Maryland; BA (2000), DePaul University
Dissertation in progress: Same-sex Marriage and other Queer Concepts

Eve Grice 
BA Women’s Studies and French (2011), The College of William & Mary

Sara Haq
MA Interdisciplinary Studies, George Mason University; BA Psychology, George Mason University

Tangere Hoagland 
BA with High Distinction in Women’s Studies (2011), Duke University

Renina Jarmon
BA (2000), New School University

Bettina Judd
MA Women’s Studies (2007), University of Maryland; BA Comparative Women’s Studies and English (2005), Spelman College
Dissertation in progress: Feelin’ Feminism: Black Women’s Art, Affect and Feminist Thought

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

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

Mel Michelle Lewis
MA (2008), University of Maryland; MS (2005), Towson University; BA (2002), Goucher College
Dissertation in progress: Body of Knowledge: Black Queer Feminist Thought, Performance, and Pedagogy

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

Anaya McMurray
MA (2006), University of Maryland; M Ed (2004), Miami University; BA (2002), Miami University
Dissertation in progress: The Whole and not the half of it: Black Women’s Spirituality and Popular Music in the Hip-Hop Generation

Angel Love Miles
MA (2007), University of Maryland; BA (2003), Pennsylvania State University
Dissertation in progress: A Mixed Methods Study of Homeownership Characteristics for African American Women with Physical Disabilities

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

Geneviève Pagé
MA (2006), Carleton University; BA (2004), Concordia University
Dissertation in progress: Title TBA

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

Ana M. Perez
MA (2007), University of Maryland; BA (2004), University of South Florida
Dissertation in progress: Latina Ethnorace: Gendered Identities and Racialized Locations

Cristina Perez
MA (2009), Western New Mexico University; BA (2006), Williamette University, Salem

Michelé Prince
BA (2008), University of Washington

Melissa S. Rogers
BA (2010), Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Denise Shupiko
MA (2005), University of Maryland; MA (1999), University of Pittsburgh; BA (1997), East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania
Dissertation in progress: Russian – Western Anti-Trafficking Networks

Jing Song
MA (2006), University of Maryland; MA (2003), Beijing University; BA (1994), People’s Republic of China
Dissertation in progress: Global Assimilation and Global Alienation: Lives of Professional Women in Contemporary China

Jeannette Soon-Ludes
BA (2006), University of North Carolina at Asheville

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

Kimberlee Staking
BA (1976); MA (2000) ARTH; Graduate Certificate (2001) WMST; MA (2007) WMST
Dissertation in progress: Teaching Women’s Studies: Exploring Student Engagement in Technology-Rich Collaborative Learning Communities

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

Lara Piccolo Torsky
MA (2008), New York University; BA (2003), University of Maryland

Jessica A. Vooris
BA (2009), Bucknell University

Katie White
MA (2009), San Diego State University; BA (2003), Georgetown University

Yuenmei Wong
MA (2001) and BA (1998), University of Science Malaysia in Penang, Malaysia

Current Graduate Certificate Students

Angela Lawrence, Education
Lindsey Fox, Communication
Anya Galli, Sociology
Phuong Hoang, Modern French Studies
Amy Karp, English
Claire Robbins, Counseling and Personnel Services
Jennifer Collins, Kinesiology
Joy Bauer, Kinesiology
Anita Baksh, English
Melda Baysal, Germanic Studies
Dawn Reynolds, American Studies
Nihal Celik, Sociology
Khady Diene, French/Italian Studies
Robin Scholz, Communication
Tiffany Lewis, Communication
Artesha Taylor, Communication
Maria Velazquez, American Studies
Kristi Tredway, Physical Cultural Studies
Kara Morillo, English
Tiffany King, American Studies
Heidi Temple, American Studies
Gina Callahan, American Studies
Darius Bost, American Studies
Mara Hobler, Communication
Alyssa Samek, Communication
Gabriel Peoples, American Studies