Women's and Gender Studies

Mosiac of Knowledge

Program Faculty

María Acosta Cruz, Ph.D.
Professor (Spanish), Language, Literature and Culture Department
Born and raised in Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico, María Acosta Cruz received a B.A. from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in comparative literature from the State University of New York at Binghamton. Her main research interests are Caribbean and Latino cultures. She explores issues such as the making and marketability of identities, Puerto Rican cultural history, and national and gender-based stereotypes. Her book Dream Nation: Puerto Rican Culture & the Fictions of Independence is upcoming from Rutgers University Press and is also part of the American Literatures Initiative from NYU, Fordham, Temple and Virginia University Presses. The series has funding from the Mellon Foundation.
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Michael Addis, Ph.D.
Professor, Hiatt School of Psychology
Men’s mental health, masculinity, help-seeking behavior, lay theories of psychopathology and treatment
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Margarete Arndt, D.B.A.
Research Professor, Graduate School of Management
Specialization: Management
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Kiran Asher, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, International Development, Community and Environment Department
Dr. Asher attempts to bring about social change by addressing issues of power related to gender, race, and historical location. Her research and teaching interests include: Culture and power, political economy, gender studies, the politics of biodiversity conservation, and Latin American studies. Her scholarly interests also address postcolonial, marxist, and feminist theories of power, and the nexus of nature/culture and politics.
Tel: 1-508-421-3823
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Belén Atienza, Ph.D.
Associate Professor (Spanish), Language, Literature and Culture Department
Dr. Atienza specializes in the cultures and literatures of Spain from 1492 to the present, with a special focus on history of psychology, marginalized groups, hybrid identities, and drama. Born and raised in Barcelona, Spain, Dr. Atienza received a B. A. from the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, and an M. A. and Ph.D. in Romance Languages from Princeton University. She was also the recipient of an Erasmus European Award which gave her the privilege to study Italian literature at the Universita Ca' Foscari Venezia, Italy. Dr. Atienza teaches courses on minorities in the Hispanic world, representations of violence in Spanish literature and cinema, and the myth of the hero in Spanish narrative, as well as more traditional topics such as Spanish literary analysis, golden Age drama and Cervantes. Her book El loco en el espejo:Locura y melancolia en la Espana de Lope de Vega was published by Rodopi in 2009. In addition to being a scholar of literature, Dr. Atienza ia also a poet and a writer of satires. Her book of short stories entitled Saltaparedes was published in Pontevedra, Spain, in 2011. Dr. Atienza is passionate about sharing her love for poetry inside and outside of the classroom. As a founding member of the Tertulia Julia de Burgos in Worcester, she often does poetry readings for the Hispanic community. Her interest about pedagogy and poetry has brought her to unexpected places such as Chiapas, Mexico, where she established a teaching collaboration with the CELALI (Centro de Estudios de Lenguas y Literaturas Indigenas) and designed and taught workshops about poetry, ritual and symbolism.
Tel: (508) 793-7256
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Denise Bebbington, Ph.D.
Assistant Research Professor of International Development and Social Change (IDSC)
Director, Women’s and Gender Studies Program (as of January 1, 2012)
Socio-Environmental Movement Organizations and Networks, Extractive Industries and Indigenous Peoples, Environmental Justice, Development Administration, Non-Governmental Organizations, Institutional Development, Gender and Development, Community-based Management of Natural Resources.
Tel: (508) 421-3731
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Parminder Bhachu, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Sociology
Dr. Bhachu is interested in emergent cultural forms and cultural identitities in border zones and niche markets innovated from the margins by multiply-moved new global citizens. Her work deals with the production, circulation, and marketing of cultural products and commodities in multiple sites around the globe and their interpretation in local contexts. These research topics build on her long term interests in immigrant enterprises, multiple migrations and diasporas, race and ethnicity, cultural nationalisms, and consumer and popular cultures in global markets.
Tel: 1-508-793-7599
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Sarah Buie, M.F.A.
Professor, Department of Visual and Performing Arts
Director of the Alice Coonley Higgins School of Humanities; Museum exhibition design; graphic design; sacred space; sacred Asian architecture
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Michael Butler, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science
Foreign policy, conflict and cooperation, global governance, political violence and terrorism, international relations theory
Tel: 1-508-793-7186
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Cynthia Caron, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, International Development, Community, and Environment Department
Land and property rights, political and environmental sociology, disaster and conflict-induced displacement, resettlement and reconstruction programming, monitoring and evaluation, qualitative and ethnographic research, and South Asia.
Tel: 1-508-793-8879
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Nicola Curtin , Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Hiatt School of Psychology
The role of social identity and individual differences in commitments to creating social change, with a particular interest in ally and coalitional activism.
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Carol D'Lugo, Ph.D.
Professor of Spanish, Language, Literature and Culture Department
Tel: 1-508-793-7494
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Judith DeCew, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair, Department of Philosophy
Chair of Philosophy; Director, Ethics and Public Policy concentration, Theoretical and applied ethics, philosophy of law, social and political philosophy
Tel: 1-508-793-7326
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Gino DiIorio, M.F.A.
Professor and Chair, Department of Visual and Performing Arts; Adjunct Professor, Department of English; Director, Theater Arts Program
Program Director for Theater Arts, Acting in film and theater; writing plays and screenplays
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Jody Emel, Ph.D.
Professor and Acting Director (Spring 2015), School of Geography
Resource/environmental geography, animal geographies, feminist/social theory
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Patricia Ewick, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair, Department of Sociology
Research methods, gender, law, deviance
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Rachel Falmagne, Ph.D.
Professor, Hiatt School of Psychology
Modes of reasoning, personal epistemology and social location. Thought and societal discourses of knowledge. Feminist perspectives on mind, self, identity and development. Gender, self and thought. Psychology and society.
Tel: 1-508-793-7262
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Odile Ferly, Ph.D.
Associate Professor (French), Language, Literature and Culture Department
Dr. Ferly's research interests are Caribbean literatures and cultures from a comparative perspective, including the Anglophone, Francophone, and Hispanic regions. She studies especially contemporary women's writing from the Caribbean and its diaspora. Her work focuses on the issues of race and gender in connection with history, language, and the Caribbean literary tradition. She teaches interdisciplinary courses on literatures and cultures from Francophone countries, on French popular culture, immigration in France and on Caribbean writing from comparative perspective.
Tel: 508-793-7723
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William Fisher, Ph.D.
Professor, International Development, Community, and Environment Department; Associate Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies
Dr. Fisher's research centers on the social and environmental impact of large dams, forced displacement, transnational advocacy, competition over natural resources and non-governmental organizations. His research and work for such agencies as CARE, USAID, and the UNDP have taken him to several continents. Other research activities, mostly in South Asia, include ethnic associations, competition for natural resources, non-governmental associations, and the role of participation and community-based institutions in development planning and action.
Tel: 1-508-421-3765
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Ellen Foley, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Interim Director, International Development, Community and Environment Department
Associate Professor of International Development and Social Change Neoliberal health reform in West Africa, gender and health disparities, reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, access to health-enabling resources, urban health, youth violence.
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Beth Gale, Ph.D.
Associate Professor (French) and Chair, Language, Literature and Culture Department
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SunHee Kim Gertz, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of English; Director, Leir Center in Luxembourg
Director of Graduate Studies; western European literature of the late middle ages; semiotics and rhetorical theory; contemplative practice
Tel: 1-508-793-7126
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Abbie Goldberg, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Hiatt School of Psychology
Gender, family, and work; the transition to parenthood among diverse families; lesbian- and gay-parent families; adoption; reproductive technologies
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Janette T. Greenwood, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of History
Dr. Greenwood teaches a variety of courses in American history including American race and ethnicity, history of the South, Reconstruction, and the Gilded Age. She is the author of First Fruits of Freedom: The Migration of Former Slaves and Their Search for Equality in Worcester, Massachusetts, 1862-1900, University of North Carolina Press, 2010, which examines the Civil War-era migration of former slaves to Central Massachusetts. Her first book, Bittersweet Legacy (UNC Press, 2004) explores the emergence and interaction of the black and white middle class in a New South city.
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Betsy P. Huang, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of English
Dr. Huang researches and teaches representations of ethnic identities and politics in 20th-century American literature and popular culture. Her scholarship focuses on literary treatments of ethnicity in narratives about immigration, assimilation, and citizenship, and she is particularly interested in the ways in which the "ethnic" and the "American" persist as mutually exclusive terms in the American cultural consciousness. She also investigates the affinities between ethnic literature and science fiction, two bodies of work that, in her view, share similar critical and theoretical aims in their treatments of social, biological, and cultural difference.
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Fern Johnson, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of English
Dr. Johnson is a sociolinguist specializing in the study of ethnicity, race, and gender in discourse. Her teaching and research center on the relationship of cultural systems to language-in-use, especially ideological codes in discourse and language policy issues. She has written on topics including cultural models for understanding language diversity, language policy, gender and discourse, and the language of advertising as cultural text.
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Esther Jones, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, E. Franklin Frazier Chair in African American Literature, Theory, and Culture, Department of English
Dr. Jones specializes in the study of black women writers in the Americas, with a focus on the intersections of race, gender, class, and nationality and theorizations of difference. She has a particular interest in speculative literatures and science fiction by feminists and writers of color, and how such texts attempt to theorize and/or critique how difference operates within contemporary culture.
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Lisa Kasmer, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of English
Dr. Kasmer specializes in gender studies and women's writing in late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century British literature and culture. She is particularly interested in the way in which the sociopolitical milieu and print culture between 1760-1840 shaped gender politics in Britain. Some of her courses include Making Gender in Eighteenth-Century British Literature, Gender and Genre in the Nineteenth-Century British Novel, Jane Austen in Contemporary Culture, and The Terror of the Gothic.
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Sharon Krefetz, Ph.D.
Andrea B. and Peter D. Klein '64 Distinguished Professor; Associate Professor, Department of Political Science; Director, Steinbrecher Fellowship Program
Dr. Krefetz's most recent research is on affordable housing policies in Massachusetts, in several other states, and in Israel. Her other research interests include U.S. urban politics and policies, suburban politics, and women and politics.
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Thomas Kuehne, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of History; Strassler Family Chair in the Study of Holocaust History
Director of Graduate Studies, Holocaust History and Genocide Studies Dr. Kuehne teaches Modern European and German History. His academic and research work is concerned with the relation of war, genocide, and society, with long-term traditions of political culture of Central Europe, above all with the problem of locating the Holocaust and Nazi Germany in the social and cultural history of the 20th century.
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Nina Kushner, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of History
Early modern European social and cultural history, the history of women and gender, and the history of sexuality
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Deborah Martin, Ph.D.
Associate Director, School of Geography; Associate Professor, School of Geography
Director of Urban Development and Social Change Concentration
Urban geography, social movements (particularly neighborhood activism), place identity, local politics, legal geography, and qualitative methodologies.
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Deborah Merrill, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Sociology
Research methods, family, aging, medical sociology, social demography
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Meredith Neuman, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of English; Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of History
Early and antebellum American literature; Puritan literature, religion early modern literature; poetry, poetry performance, manuscript and "amateur" poetry; book history, manuscript culture, material textuality, American print culture.
Personal Web Site
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Amy Richter, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of History
Dr. Richter specializes in 19th and 20th century American and cultural history, with an emphasis on women's and urban history. Her teaching repertoire includes the history of American women, U.S. urban history from the colonial era to the 21st century, Gender and the American City, and American Consumer Culture. Her book, Home on the Rails: Women, the Railroad, and the Rise of Public Domesticity, was published by the University of North Carolina Press in 2005. Her current research looks at marriage and the consumer marketplace at the turn of the twentieth century, and she is working on a primary source reader on 19th-century interpretations of home.
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Juan Pablo Rivera, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor (Spanish), Language, Literature and Culture Department
Assistant Professor, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures
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Heather L. Roberts, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Practice, Department of Education
Writing and literature, literacy, school-university partnerships, collaborative currculum development, school reform
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Dianne Rocheleau, Ph.D.
Professor, School of Geography
Environment and development, political ecology, forestry, agriculture and landscape change, with an emphasis on the role of gender, class and "popular" vs. "formal" science in resource allocation and land use.
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Laurie Ross, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, International Development, Community, and Environment Department
Associate Professor of Community Development and Planning
Associate Director for IDCE Social justice youth development, community based participatory research
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Srinivasan Sitaraman, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science
Program Faculty for Holocaust and Genocide Studies
United Nations and international law, international political economy, and international relations
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Valerie Sperling, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Political Science
Dr. Sperling teaches a variety of courses in comparative politics, including Russian politics; revolution and political violence; mass murder and genocide under communism; transitions to democracy; globalization and democracy; and introduction to women’s studies. Her research interests include globalization and accountability, social movements, gender politics, patriotism and militarism, and state-building in the post-communist region.
Tel: 1-508-793-7679
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Ora Szekely, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science
Dr. Szekely's research and teaching interests include Non-state military actors, the politics of the Middle East, mass violence and civilian protection, new media, propaganda, and political mobilization.
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Shelly Tenenbaum, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Sociology
Coordinator of Undergraduate Activities, Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies
American Jewish Studies, race and ethnicity, social stratification, comparative genocide, gender
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Robert D. Tobin, Ph.D.
Henry J. Leir Chair in Foreign Languages and Cultures; Professor, Language, Literature and Culture Department; Adjunct Professor, English Department
Dr. Tobin specializes in the culture and literature of the German-speaking world from the Age of Goethe to the present, with a special focus on gender, sexuality, psychoanalysis, and human rights. He teaches courses on gay and lesbian studies and queer theory, human rights and literature, and Freud, as well as more traditional topics such as German film and Faust. He is also usually one of the co-professors of the National Imagination course.In the spring of 2013, he was the Fulbright Freud Visiting Scholar of Psychoanalysis at the Sigmund Freud Museum and the Universitat Wien in Vienna. He directs the major in Comparative Literature and advises students who want to self-design a major in German Studies.
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Alice Valentine, M.A.
Lecturer, Language, Literature and Culture Department
Instructor in Japanese


Virginia Mason Vaughan, Ph.D.
Research Professor, Department of English
Early modern English literature, especially Shakespeare and his contemporaries
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Kristen Williams, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair, Department of Political Science
International relations theory, arms control and international security, nationalism and ethnic politics, U.S. foreign policy, women, gender and conflict.
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Kristina Wilson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Visual and Performing Arts; Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of History
Program Director for Art History; Nineteenth and twentieth century painting, modern design and architecture, and the history of photography
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Research Faculty

Cynthia Enloe, Ph.D.
the interactions of feminism, women, militarized culture, war, politics and globalized economics in countries such as Japan, Iraq, the US, Britain, the Philippines, Canada, Chile and Turkey
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Susan Hanson, Ph.D.
Urban/social/economic geography, feminist geography
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Paul Ropp, Ph.D.
Research Professor, Department of History
Chinese social and intellectual history
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Robert Ross, Ph.D.
Research Professor, Department of Sociology and The Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise
Labor and labor rights in global context; urban structures; social policy
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Barbara Thomas-Slayter, Ph.D.
IDCE Research Professor Local institutions, women and public policy, peasant-state relations, gender issues, non-governmental organizations
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Emeriti Faculty

Serena S. Hilsinger, Ph.D.