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Jacqueline C. Nanfito, Associate Professor of Spanish and Comparative LiteratureJaquiline NanfitoSpecialization: Latin American and Latino Women writers and artists.

“Women’s and Gender Studies has both motivated and inspired me to study and write about Latin American and Latina women writers and artists, with the objective of rescuing them from oblivion. Since my arrival to Case, WGST has been supportive of all of my initiatives, allowing me to collaborate with several Chilean women writers and poets, which has resulted in the publication of my translations of their works in both prose and poetry. I have also had the support of WGST to organize exhibits of works by Latin American women artists, which have given our students and the greater Case community a better understanding of the role of women in the cultural production of contemporary Latin American society.”

 

Michelle McGowan, Assistant Professor of Bioethics, School of Medicine

Michelle McGowanResearch specializations: Gendered aspects of reproductive and genetic technologies, women’s health, and feminist approaches to bioethics.

“My interest in the academic field of Women’s and Gender Studies began when I enrolled in an Introduction to Feminisms course as an undergraduate at Boston College. I was hooked after just one class! This course, coupled with my volunteer work with a homeless shelter for women and my strong interest in the politics of reproductive health, put me on a path to major in Sociology and minor in Women’s Studies at Boston College. I was so taken with the field that I subsequently pursued a PhD in Women’s Studies at University of Washington, and my research today engages feminist epistemologies, methodologies and topics pertaining to women’s engagement with biomedicine. Women’s and Gender Studies has had a transformative impact on my personal and professional life.”

 

Shannon Lundeen, Director of the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women

Shannon Lundeen Specialization: Feminist Theory, Bioethics, Sexuality Studies, and Social and Political Philosophy

The Center for Women is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year and Dr. Lundeen is working on strengthening the Center’s existing partnerships and building new ones both here on campus and in the surrounding community. Over the course of this academic year, Dr. Lundeen and the staff at the Center for Women will continue to provide superior services, resources, and programming while building a vision for the next ten years of the Center that will position it as a champion for gender equity throughout CWRU’s campus.

Dr. Lundeen received her Ph.D. in Philosophy from Stony Brook University where she also earned an Advanced Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies. Before joining Case Western Reserve University in July of 2013, Dr. Lundeen spent eight years as the Associate Director of the Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Program (GSWS) and the Alice Paul Center for Research on Gender, Sexuality, and Women (APC) at the University of Pennsylvania. As a Core Faculty member of the Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies Program, Dr. Lundeen taught courses on gender and sexuality ranging from introductory lectures to graduate level seminars, organized and led a series of pedagogy workshops for graduate students, and taught secondary students in Penn’s Social Justice Summer Research Institute. In the spring of 2013, she was awarded the highly selective Dean’s Award for Distinguished Teaching in the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Lundeen will be working with the WGST program to make its course offerings and its faculty more visible and accessible to a broader constituency at CWRU. By spring of 2014, the Center for Women will host works-in-progress seminars where CWRU faculty members can share their current research on women, gender, and/or sexuality and get feedback from other faculty members and graduate students.

 

Renee Sentilles, Associate Professor of History

sentillesSpecialization: History of American women, girls, and children; 19th century cultural history.

“When in college, Women’s and Gender Studies opened my eyes to power structures governing daily life. Once visible, the world became both more exciting and more vexing; I felt less at the mercy of forces, and charged with the need to reveal them to others. Women and Gender Studies enriched my life immeasurably, and engaging in its scholarship is integral to my career and success–as a person, as well as a professor.”