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Core Research Faculty

Karen Beckwith, Professor of Political Science, College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)

Comparative perspectives: gender and politics, with particular attention to issues of class, women and party leader positions in Western Europe, women’s access to cabinet positions, women’s mobilization in strike support in the labor movement in Britain and the US, comparative women’s movements

Joy R. Bostic, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, CAS

Womanist and feminist approaches to the study of religion and culture

Susan Case, Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior, Weatherhead School of Management

Gendered culture of science, brain biology differences and the persistence of gendered communication

Margaretmary Daley, Associate Professor of German, CAS

18th and 19th century German women authors

Gilbert Doho, Associate Professor of French and Francophone Studies, CAS

Women’s oral literature in Cameroon

Laura Hengehold, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Philosophy, CAS

Feminist philosophy, Anglo-American and French philosophies of feminism, gender and sexuality, gender and political violence, Simone de Beauvoir, feminist philosophy

Susan W. Hinze, Associate Professor of Sociology, CAS

Sexual harassment and gendered experiences in medical training; gender, work and family lives of physicians; race/class/gender disparities in physician decision-making; race/class/gender approach to health outcomes for older women.

Justine Howe, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies

Women and gender in Islam, female religious authority, Islamic family law, Muslim feminism

Lihong Shi, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, CAS

Politics of reproduction; gender, marriage and kinship; the birth-planning policy and family relations in China

Megan Swihart Jewell, Instructor of English, Director of the Writing Resource Center, CAS

Women’s poetry

Jennifer Karas Montez, Assistant Professor of Sociology, CAS

Health disparities among U.S. women across socioeconomic status and geography; state policies and U.S. women’s health

Jacqueline Nanfito, Associate Professor of Spanish, CAS

Latin American and Latino women writers and artists

Renee Sentilles, Associate Professor of History, CAS

History of women, girlhood, childhood, gender, and culture in the United States

Cheryl Toman, Associate Professor of French and Francophone Studies, Director of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program, CAS

African and Arab women’s writing and activism,;African Francophone feminist literature of Cameroon, Gabon, Mali; African feminisms; Women in the Middle East

Athena Vrettos, Associate Professor of English, CAS

Current research on Vernon Lee, a lesbian writer from the 1890′s, and the portrayal of homoerotic attraction in her ghost stories and its intersections with parapsychological theories of the period