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American Studies

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

Karen Sanchez-Eppler 
Chair of English

Domestic fiction; women's movements and period reforms; women and health;childhood studies

Hampshire College

L. Brown Kennedy 
Professor of Literature

Literature and culture of the Southern U.S., women's writing and the representation of gender

Mount Holyoke College

Christopher Benfey 

Emily Dickinson; 20th-century American women poets

Lynda Morgan 

Afro American gender studies

Elizabeth Young 
English and Chair of Film Studies

Feminist theory; American literature; film

Smith College

Ginetta Candelario 
Sociology and Latin American & Latino/a Studies

Race and ethnicity in the Americas; beauty culture; Latin American and Latina feminisms

Jennifer Guglielmo 

Ethnic and race relations; working-class and transnational feminisms and histories of labor, im/migration and radical political culture

Alice Hearst 

Family and the state as represented in the law

Daphne Lamothe 
Africana Studies

20th century African American literature; black women writers

Alexandra Keller 
Film Studies

Women, gender and feminism in the moving image, visual culture, film theory and cultural studies

Steve Waksman 
Chair of Music Department

Popular culture and the intersection of race, gender and sexuality


Laura Doyle 

Modernism, women writers, and the novel 

Lisa Henderson  

CommMedia and culture; field research; cultural production; the politics of sexual representation

A. Yemisi Jimoh 
Afro-American Studies

African American women writers

Laura Lovett 

Gender, race and family in 20th century America

Dean Robinson 
Political Science

Afro-American political thought and American political thought