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Laura Briggs, Professor and Chair

Info: AB, Mount Holyoke College, 1986; MTS, Harvard, 1989; Ph.D., Brown University, 1997
Phone: 413-545-1922
Area(s) of research: studies of U.S. empire; US women's history; politics of reproduction; gender and science; US and Latin America
Classes taught:
Race/Gender: Genealogies, Formations, Politics


Arlene Avakian Arlene Avakian, Professor and Director Emerita

Info: B.S., Columbia, 1961; M.A., Massachusetts, 1975; Ed.D., 1985
Phone: 413-545-1922
Area(s) of research: social construction of identity, autobiography & memoirs, food studies, whiteness
Classes taught:
Social Construction of Whiteness and Women
U.S. Women's Lives in Context: Reading and Creating Political Autobiography
Critical Perspectives in Women's Studies
Gender and Food


Alexandrina Deschamps

Alexandrina Deschamps, Associate Professor

Website

Info: C.Ed., West Indies, 1975; M.Ed., Massachusetts at Amherst, 1988, Ed.D., 1996
Area(s) of research: Third world and global women's issues, development alternatives - theory and practice, feminist pedagogies, Black Feminist theory, transnational feminist activisms
Classes taught:
Theorizing Black Feminisms
Caribbean Women Writing Resistance, Identity and Politics
Introduction to Women's Studies
Critical Perspectives in Women's Studies
Black Feminist/Womanist Theory
Transnational Women's Economic and Political Activisms


Ann Ferguson Ann Ferguson, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies

Info: B.A., Swarthmore, 1959; M.A., Brown, 1961; Ph.D., 1965
Area(s) of research: ethics; feminist theory, race, gender and class, social justice; Foucault, sexuality
Classes taught:
Issues in Feminist Theory
Issues in Feminist Research
Latin American Feminisms
Philosophy of Gender and Sexuality
Philosophy of Women
Social Justice


Tanisha Ford, Assistant Professor

Info: Ph.D., Indiana University 2011
Area(s) of research: Black Women's history, fashion and body politics, gender and social movements, Black Feminist theory, youth cultures, global popular cultures
Classes taught:
Feminism(s) and Fashion in the African Diaspora
Gender and Difference: Critical Analyses


Miliann Kang

 

Miliann Kang, Associate Professor

Website

Info: B.A., Harvard, 1998; M.A., New York University, 1996; Ph.D., 2001
Area(s) of research: Asian American women's work; gender and immigration; feminist research methods; race, gender and class intersections
Classes taught:
Asian American Women: Gender, Race and Immigration
Critical Perspectives in Women's Studies
Introduction to Women's Studies
Issues in Feminist Research


Jacquelyne Luce

Jacquelyne Luce, Visiting Lecture, 2012-2013

Info: BA, University of Toronto, 1993; MA, York University, 1997; Ph.D., York University, 2002
Area(s) of research: Ethnography of science and technology; science and health governance; patient organizations and health activism; gender and sexuality; LGBTQ health; midwifery; assisted reproductive technologies; genetic testing
Classes taught:
Race, Gender, Science
Feminist Health Politics
Junior Year Writing
Gender, Sexuality and Culture
Feminist Cultural Studies of Science
Bodies and Borders: Migration and Racialization in the US and Europe


 

Svati Shah Svati P. Shah, Assistant Professor

Info: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.A., 1992; Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health, M.P.H., 1997; Ph.D., Columbia University, 2006
Areas of research: political economy of migration, sex work, development, and urbanization in South Asia and South Asian diaspora
Classes taught:
Sexuality and Postcolonial Theory
Politics of Gender, Sexuality and Development in South Asia
Introduction to Sexuality Studies


Banu Subramaniam Banu Subramaniam, Associate Professor

Info: B.S., Stella Maris, Madras, 1986 Certificate, Duke, 1993; Ph.D., 1994
Area(s) of research: race, gender and science
Classes taught:
Biology of Difference
Clones and the Politics of Cloning
Critical Perspectives in Women's Studies
Genes and Gender
Introduction to Women's Studies
Politics of Reproductive Cloning
Race, Gender and Science


Angela Willey Angela Willey, Assistant Professor

Info: B.A., Fordham University; M.S., London School of Economics and Political Science; Ph.D. Emory University, 2010
Area(s) of research: feminist science studies; history of race, gender, and sexuality in science; cultural studies; sexuality; monogamy
Classes taught:
LGBT/Queer Studies

Race, Gender, and Sexuality in Science (See Fall 2011 course guide)
Rethinking the Sexual Body (See Fall 2011 course guide)
Introduction to Women's Studies
Contemporary Feminist Theory
Explorations: Race, Class, Gender, and Culture
Introduction to Sociology

Linda HillenbrandLinda Hillenbrand, Office Manager

Linda has been on the staff since 1993. She is responsible for office management, production of publications, the website, database, IT and budgetary responsibilities. Linda has been Vice President of the University Staff Association for many years and works with USA members on reclassifications. She is also treasurer and trustee for the Health and Welfare Trust, which pays for the dental plan that covers staff and faculty on campus and across the state.


Karen LedererKaren Lederer, Chief Undergraduate Advisor

Karen has been an undergraduate advisor in the department since 1986. She writes the newsletter, is the undergraduate field work coordinator, and teaches WOMENSST 295C Career and Life Choices for Women. Karen has been involved in the labor, peace and women's movements. Her other interests are wide ranging from quilts to celiac disease to the intergenerational legacy of the holocaust. Karen is an alum of the University, a STPEC (Social Thought and Political Economy) major and Women's Studies minor.


 

 

Dawn Lovegrove
Dawn Lovegrove
Adina Giannelli

 

 

 

 

  Martha Balaguera
  Jillian Crocker
  Sonny Nordmarken
  Alix Olson
Shakuntala Ray
Shakuntala Ray
Joseph Scherer

 

 

 

Listed below are disciplines with e-mail links to faculty at UMass and at the four colleges whose teaching or research is linked to women, gender, sexuality studies. Please contact the particular departments or programs at the colleges (links below for women and gender programs) or the University for up-to-date information on faculty leaves, schedules and phone numbers.

Amherst College
Women and Gender Studies
Margaret Hunt, Chair
Amy Ford, Secretary
14 Grosvenor House, Box 2257
413-542-5781
Fax 413-542-8192

Mount Holyoke College
Gender Studies Program
Mary Renda, Chair
Bridget Barrett, Administrative Support
4th Floor, Willits Hallowell Library
413-538-2257

Hampshire College
Feminist Studies Program
College of Social Science
Margaret Cerullo
Franklin Patterson Hall
413-559-5514
Smith College
Program for the Study of Women and Gender
Susan Van Dyne, Chair
Tony Jones, Administrative Support
Seelye Hall 207b
413-585-3390

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