Women's and Gender Studies

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Women's Studies Ph.D. Recipients

Between 1992 and 2009, Clark University offered a Ph.D. in Women's Studies designed for future academics as well as for professionals in public policy, government and the private sector. Here is a list of our graduates and where they are now:

SOLANGE BANDIAKY PH.D. '08

Coordinator, Africa Program Rights & Resources Initiative

Solange Bandiaky joined the Rights and Resources Group in July 2008. Solange also worked as a consultant for the Division of Early Warning (DEWA) and UNEP, the Global Environment Facility/Small Grant Program in Senegal, and the Regional Program on Energy and Poverty/UNDP in Senegal.

ANGELA BOWEN PH.D. '97

Assistant Professor California State University, Long Beach

DEIDRE HILL BUTLER, PH.D. '02

Professor, Union College

Professor Hill Butler's research areas encompass the sociology of African American Culture and African American women's representations in society. Her current focus is the role of African American women in contemporary stepfamilies. She has published articles in Afro-Americans in New York Life and History: An Interdisciplinary Journal and The Journal of the Association for Research on Mothering. She is a lifetime member of the Association of Black Women Historians and contributed an article to the organization's 2008 text, Emerging Voices and Paradigms. She also guest-edited an Africana Mothering-themed edition of The Journal of Pan African Studies. Professor Hill Butler incorporates local service learning experiences into her upper-level courses and teaches courses on comparative American family structures, the intersections of race, class, and gender, and African American feminist practice.

ELORA CHOWDHURY, PH.D. '04

Professor, Women's Studies, University of Massachusetts, Boston

Dr. Elora Chowdhury is a professor in the Department of Women's Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. She is also an affiliated faculty member of the Asian American Studies Program. For the past four years, Dr. Chowdhury has been teaching in the areas of global feminism, human rights, gender and development, and gender politics in South Asia. Dr. Chowdhury also works with a number of women's organizations in Bangladesh and the U.S. in the area of gendered violence. Prior to joining UMASS, she spent several years working as a journalist, as well as in the non-profit sector in Bangladesh, and the higher education unit of the Ford Foundation, New York. Her publications include several articles in journals such as International Feminist Journal of Politics and Women's Studies International Forum.

CLAIRE CUMMNGS, PH.D. '01

Professor, Sociology and Psychology, Newbury College

Dr. Cummings is a professor of sociology, psychology and women's studies at Newbury College in Brookline, Massachusetts, where she has taught for more than three decades. She also provides therapy and counseling at a private practice in Brookline.

LISA KALL, PH.D. '04

Uppsala University, Centre for Gender Research, Crossroads of Knowledge

Lisa Kall specializes in Contemporary Continental Philosophy, and especially the philosophy of Maurice Merleau-Ponty. Her main research interest is in the area of feminist theory of subjectivity, and deals with issues concerning lived embodiment, bodily constitution of sexual difference and sexual identity, intersubjectivity, and the relation between selfhood and otherness. She is currently a visiting researcher at the Center for Gender Research, Uppsala University where she is working on the project "Woman as Other - Nature, Body, Cyborg". She is also involved in the recently established Nordic Network for Research on Gender, Body, and Health which is based at the Center for Gender Research in Uppsala.

DYAN MAZURANA, PH.D. '99

Director, Gender, Youth and Community, Feinstein International Famine Center

Dyan Mazurana is with the Feinstein International Center and also teaches graduate courses at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. Her areas of focus include women's and children's human rights, war-affected civilian populations, armed opposition groups, armed conflict, and peacekeeping. Mazurana has published over 60 scholarly and policy books and essays in numerous languages. Her books include After the Taliban: Life and Security in Rural Afghanistan (Rowman & Littlefield: Boulder & Oxford, 2008) with Neamatollah Nojumi and Elizabeth Stites; Gender, Conflict, and Peacekeeping (Rowman & Littlefield: Boulder & Oxford, 2005) with Angela Raven-Roberts and Jane Parpart; Where Are the Girls? Girls in Fighting Forces in Northern Uganda, Sierra Leone, and Mozambique (Rights & Democracy: Montreal 2004) with Susan McKay and Women, Peace and Security: Study of the United Nations Secretary-General as Pursuant Security Council Resolution 1325 (United Nations 2002) with Sandra Whitworth. Currently, Dr. Mazurana is conducting a multi-year research project on the conflicts in northern and eastern Uganda and South Sudan and the work of local populations to rebuild their communities and achieve peace and justice in the region. She also works in Nepal on a gendered and generational analysis of the various wings of the Maoist party and their evolution during the conflict and now, and the transformation of girl and boys, men and women during the conflict and in the present.

SANDRA MCEVOY, PH.D. '07

Associate Director, Consortium on Gender, Security and Human Rights, University of Massachusetts Boston

As Associate Director of the Consortium on Gender, Security and Human Rights, Dr. McEvoy organizes speakers and events to bring knowledge about gender and security to bear on the quest to end armed conflicts and build sustainable peace. The Consortium is housed at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. The Consortium has been shaping the agenda in gender and security research since its establishment in 2002. The Consortium is made up of scholars and researchers from academic institutions from the Boston area, and linked with researchers internationally. Dr. McEvoy's research focuses on women paramilitaries in Northern Ireland. She recently published a chapter, "Loyalist Women Paramilitaries in Northern Ireland: Beginning a Feminist Conversation about Conflict Resolution," in Gender and International Security: Feminist Perspectives, edited by Laura Sjoberg (Routledge, 2009).

PATRICIA MELZER, PH.D. '01

Assistant Professor in the Departments of French, German, Italian and Slavic, and Women's Studies, Temple University

Dr. Melzer is an assistant professor in the Departments of French, German, Italian and Slavic Languages (FGIS) and Women's Studies. Dr. Melzer's publications include Alien Constructions: Science Fiction and Feminist Thought (University of Texas, 2008).

MICHELLE MORKERT PH.D. '07

Professor of English, Coordinator, Women's and Gender Studies, Concordia University

Dr. Morkert teaches literature, women's and gender studies and diversity courses and is the chair of the Women's and Gender Studies program at Concordia University Chicago. Among her areas of expertise are women, gender and militarization, critical whiteness studies and post-colonialism. Dr. Morkert has been a member of Concordia's faculty since 2005. Her publications include: “Agency and Militarization in the Heartland: Non-Combatant American Women,” Women, War and Violence (Spring 2009); and “Snapshots of Society: A Feminist Analysis of Gendered, Militarized Public Displays in a Midwestern Town,” Banal Militarism (October 2005). She is currently writing and co-editing a Women's and Gender Studies textbook with fellow WGS Ph.D. alumna, Dr. Annalyssa Murphy '08.

ANNALYSSA GYPSY MURPHY, PH.D. '08

Visiting Professor of Sociology, Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA

Dr. Murphy is currently working on several book projects, including a Women's and Gender Studies textbook that she is co-editing and writing with fellow WGS Ph.D. Clark alumna, Dr. Michelle Morkert '07. She has been a visiting professor of Sociology, Political Science, Women's Studies, Anthropology, Ethnic Studies and Native American Studies at Salem State University, Merrimack College, Wheelock College, North Shore Community College, University of Massachusetts, Metropolitan State University in Minnesota and Southern Illinois University.

ISIS NUSAIR PH.D. '03

Professor of Women's Studies and International Studies, Denison University

Dr. Nusair teaches courses on transnational feminism; feminism in the Middle East and North Africa; and gender, war and conflict. Her current research focuses on the impact of war and displacement on Iraqi women refugees in Jordan. She previously served as a researcher on women's human rights in the Middle East and North Africa at Human Rights Watch and at the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network. She is the co-editor with Rhoda Kanaaneh of Displaced at Home: Ethnicity and Gender among Palestinians in Israel (SUNY Press, 2010). She is also a contributor to the Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures and Encyclopedia of the Modern Middle East and North Africa.

YOUNG RAE OUM, PH.D. '00

Korea-Japan Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Pittsburgh

Contact: yroum@pitt.edu

TESS PIERCE, PH.D. '07

Assistant Professor, University of Ontario Institute of Technology

Dr. Pierce is an Assistant Professor in Communication at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT). Pierce's scholarship and research focus on the implications of digital technology and the ways in which people negotiate their cultural identities in order to resolve complex situations when online. The central theme of her research is the production of meaning in everyday life. Current projects include research on online support groups for victims of cyber-bullying and cyber-stalking, transdisciplinary research on the interconnectedness of gender, culture, and computer science with user-produced semantic messages in digital formats, and the role of the cyberconduit in global politics. She is the Faculty Advisor for the student-produced peer-reviewed journal "The Circle@UOIT." She also serves as an advisory faculty for UOIT's Communication and Marketing department and is active in developing community professional development workshops through the Faculty of Criminology Justice and Policy Studies.

MICHELLE ROWLEY, PH.D. '03

Professor, University of Maryland

Dr. Michelle Rowley is a Professor in the Women's Studies Department at the University of Maryland. Before joining the department in 2006 she served in the Women's Studies Department at the University of Cincinnati (2004-2006). Her research focuses on gender and development, representations of black maternal identities, the politics of welfare, as well as state responses to questions of Caribbean women's reproductive health and well being. Her present research looks at the work of feminist NGO movements within the Anglophone Caribbean and examines feminist strategies of state engagement on issues such as abortion, sexual harassment and the rights of sexual minorities. Her publications include “Crafting Maternal Citizens? Public Discourse of the 'Maternal Scourge' in Social Welfare Policies and Services in Trinidad”, “A Feminist's Oxymoron: Globally Gender-Conscious Development” and “When the Post-Colonial State Bureaucratizes Gender: Charting Trinidadian Women's Centrality Within the Margins.”

DENISE SUTTON, PH.D '04

Dr. Sutton developed and taught courses on advertising and gender at the New School University, New York City, and has written for Lingua Franca and Iris: A Journal About Women. She has also worked in communications, creating education, economic development, and public health campaigns for a nonprofit in Harlem. Her most recent publication, Globalizing Ideal Beauty is the forgotten story of a group of women copywriters whose successful ad campaigns went international in the 1920s and spread an American notion of feminine appeal from Bangor to Bangkok. Sutton's approach has all the complexity of the real world and is grounded in a huge body of original archival research that has so far remained largely untapped. Sutton's book, based on her doctoral dissertation, provides a glimpse into the origins of advertising and the key role that women played in creating today's global standard of feminine beauty.

JESSICA L. WILLIS PH.D. '07

Visiting Professor, St. Lawrence University

Dr. Willis received her M.A. in Clinical Feminist Psychology from the New College of California in San Francisco. Her B.A. was completed in Literature and Women Studies at University California, Santa Cruz. Currently, Dr. Willis teaches courses on the Cinema of Childhood, Gender and Society, and Sexual Citizenship. Her research focuses on preadolescent girls and their reformulation of discourses of “femininity.” Her recent publications include: “Sexual Subjectivity: A semiotic analysis of girlhood, sex, and sexuality in the film Juno” (2008, special issue edited by Egan, D. R., and Hawkes G. (Eds.) in the journal of Sexuality & Culture), “Signifying Girlhood – Cultural images of girlhood and semiotic meaning-making by girls in the 21st century, U.S.” (2009, Information Age Publishing), and “Girls reconstructing gender: Agency, hybridity, and transformations of “femininity” (2009, Beghahn Books). Dr. Willis is the Gender Studies Divisional editor of the newly founded Journal of Integrated Social Sciences (JISS.org). She currently serves as a Co-Chair for the Critical Feminist Studies Division of the Cultural Studies Association (2008-2009), Reviewer for the Girlhood Studies Interdisciplinary Journal (2008-2009, Berghahn books), editorial board member for the peer-reviewed Journal of Social, Evolutionary, and Cultural Psychology (JSEC), and Academic Advisor Board Member for Taking Sides: Clashing Views in Human Sexuality (2009, McGraw Hill Contemporary Learning Series).