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Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies


Amherst College
Sexuality, Women's and Gender Studies

Amrita Basu, Chair

Stephanie Orion, Academic Department Coordinator
14 Grosvenor House, Box 2257
Fax 413-542-8192


Mount Holyoke College
Gender Studies Program
Christian Gundermann, Chair

Bridget Barrett, Administrative Support
109 Shattuck Hall

Hampshire College
Feminist Studies Program
Margaret Cerullo
215 Franklin Patterson Hall

Queer/Women's Services
Emily Rimmer, Director

Smith College
Program for the Study of Women and Gender
Carrie Baker, Chair

Rachel Siegel, Administrative Coordinator
Seelye Hall 207b

Please contact the faculty member’s department or program at each of the colleges or UMass for up-to-date information on faculty leaves, schedules and phone numbers.  If you want to be listed on this page, send an email [mail link to] with your teaching/research interests.

Amherst College

Michele Barale

Gender and lesbian studies

Amrita Basu

Women in India; women and social change

Aneeka Henderson

African American women’s literature

Biddy Martin

German and Sexuality

Manuela Picq

Gender and the environment; political economy of gender in Latin America

Khary Polk

Black studies; gender in the U.S. military

Sahar Sadjadi

Science and technology, gender and sexuality and childhood studies

Martha Saxton

Feminist theory; Women in history and politics

Krupa Shandilya

Postcolonial literature and theory, feminist theory, South Asian literature and cinema

Hampshire College

Margaret Cerullo

Feminist theory; queer theory; sociology of culture; social movements

Stephen Dillon

Queer studies, race and white supremacy, critical prison studies, transgender studies, American studies, critical theory, and feminist studies

Marlene Gerber Fried

Abortion rights and access; reproductive and sexual rights and health; legal theory

Ellie Siegel

Feminist studies

Mount Holyoke College

Christian Gundermann

Queer theory

Ren-Yo Hwang  

Jacquelyne Luce

Feminist health politics

Karen Remmler

Gender, memory and space; contemporary German and Austrian women writers

Mary Renda 20th-century U.S. women's history; gender and imperialism

Erika Rundle

Performance art

Eleanor Townsley

Sociology of gender; family sociology; sociology of intellectuals; history of sociology; classes and elites in comparative perspectives

Angela Willey

Feminist science studies; history of race, gender, and sexuality in science; cultural studies; sexuality; monogamy

Veronica Zebadua Yanez Feminist theory and philosophy, queer theory

Smith College

Martha Ackelsberg

Gender, race, and class in urban politics and activism; Women's political participation; Feminist theory; Women in Spanish anarchist movements

Kelly Anderson


Elizabeth Armstrong

Women's activism; Transnational feminism; NGOs

Carrie Baker

Gender and law; Sexual harassment; Sex trafficking

Darcy Buerkle

Modern European women's and gender history with an emphasis on German and German Jewish women's intellectual and cultural history

Ginetta Candelario

Race, Feminsim and Transnationalism

Marguerite Itamar Harrison

Gender, class and race marginality in Brazilian culture

Ambreen Hai

Postcolonial women writers and film-makers from South Asia

Michelle Joffroy

Gender and representation in North Mexican border narratives; Post-68 women's writing in Mexico

Alexandra Keller


Kimberly Kono

Constructions of gender in Modern Japanese women's writing; Feminine literary tradition of pre-modern Japan

Gary Lehring

Politics, gender and sexuality; Gay and lesbian politics; Queer theory

Naomi Miller

Gender studies

Cornelia Pearsall

Victorian Sexualities

Kevin Everod Quashie

Gender and Black culture

Nancy Saporta Sternbach

Latina and Latin-American women writers

Marilyn Schuster

Contemporary women's fiction in French and English; feminist theory; women and sexuality, queer theory

Elizabeth V. Spelman

Feminist theory


Arlene Avakian (Emerita)

Culture and feminism; Ethnic women

Kiran Asher

Gendered and raced dimensions of social and environmental change in the global south, Postcolonial feminist marxist critiques of development, Political economy of environmental conservation

Laura Briggs

Studies of U.S. empire; US women's history; politics of reproduction; gender and science; US and Latin America

Alexandrina Deschamps

Third World and global women's issues, development alternatives - theory and practice, Feminist pedagogies, Black Feminist theory

Ann Ferguson (Emerita)

Ethics; Feminist theory, race, Gender and class, Foucault, Sexuality

Lezlie Frye Historical production of disability, race, gender, and sexuality in the United States; histories of state violence, changing forms of citizenship, and social movements between the 1970s and the present

Miliann Kang

Asian American women's work; gender and immigration; feminist research methods; race, gender and class intersections

Karen Lederer

Career and life choices for women

Kirsten Leng History of gender and sexuality; History of sexual science; History of feminism; Modern European history; feminist theory; Sexuality studies
Svati Shah Political economy of migration, Sex work, Development, and urbanization in South Asia and South Asian diaspora
Banu Subramaniam Race, gender and science
Angela Willey Feminist science studies; History of race, Gender, and sexuality in science; Cultural studies; Sexuality; Monogamy