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Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies Department

Affiliated Faculty

ANTONIOLI, KATHLEEN, Assistant Professor of Modern Languages. PhD Romance Studies, Duke University. Research Interests:  Modern French literature, literary history, the sociology of literature, theories of modernism, women's writing, feminist theory, Québec literature and theories of francophone literature.

BAIRD, CHARDIE, Associate Professor of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work. BS 1996, Sociology, College of Charleston; MS 2000, Sociology, Florida State University; PhD 2005, Sociology, Florida State University.  Research interests: Youth and the life course, gender and work; work and the family.

BARDHAM, SOUMIA, Assistant Professor and Director of Global Communications Initiatives, of Communication Studies. BA, University of Calcutta; MA, University of Madras; PhD, University of New Mexico.Research Interests:  interdisciplinary and informed by intercultural/international communication, rhetoric, and Islamic studies. Her scholarship focuses on the intersections of culture, religion, politics, gender, and new media, particularly the interactional dynamics of Western and Arab Islamic rhetorical traditions; the multivocal discourses and discursive practices within Islam; the rhetoric of Muslim counterpublics (moderate Islamists, women, Shia communities in India); and the role of new media/social media in the cultural-political transformation of Arab societies in the Middle East-North Africa region. A commitment to promoting intercultural empathy, civic engagement, and social justice drives Bardhan’s research.

BENDER, REBECCA, Assistant Professor of Modern Languages. BA, BS 2005, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania; MA 2007,University of New Mexico; PhD 2013, The Pennsylvania State University. Research Interests: 19th and 20th Century Spanish literature, golden age theater and prose. issues of gender, sexuality and corporeality often approaching these themes through feminist and/or queer theories.

BHATTACHARYA, KAKALI, Professor of Educational Leadership. BS 1995, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada; MS 2000, Southern Illinois University of Carbondale, IL; PhD 2005, University of Georgia, Athens  Research interests: De/colonizing epistemologies, social and organizational context of transnational education and gender, qualitative inquiry, social foundation of higher education in the U.S., gender, race and ethnic studies in education, technology-integrated learning and social environments.

BREEN, LOUISE, Associate Professor and Department Chair of History. PhD 1993, University of Connecticut. Research interests: Colonial American History, Puritanism, American Revolution.

BRIMHALL, TRACIAssociate Professor of English. BA 2003, Florida State University; MFA 2008, Sarah Lawrence College; PhD 2014 Western Michigan University. Research Interests: 20th-century American Women poets working in hybrid forms; creative writing.

BROYLES-GONZALEZ, YOLANDADepartment Head and Distinguished Professor of American Ethnic Studies. 

CHRONISTER, NECIA, Associate Professor of Modern Languages. BA, 2003, University of Oklahoma Honors College; MA 2006, Washington University in St. Louis; PhD 2011,Washington State University in St. Louis. Research interests: 20th and 21st century literature, film and popular culture with an emphasis on literature and film post-1989; German women's writing; gender and queer theory; feminist theory and methodology; multicultural studies; memory studies.

COOPER, CORA, Professor of Music. BM 1978, University of Vermont; MM 1982, Eastman School of Music; DM 1992, Florida State University. Research interests; Violin music by women composers.

DEPAOLI, MARÍA TERESA, Professor of Spanish, Modern Languages. PhD 2001, Purdue University.

DODD, ELIZABETH C., Professor of English. BA 1983, Ohio University; MFA 1986, PhD 1989, Indiana University. Research interests: 20th-century American and British women writers; creative writing.

EARLES, BEVERLEY, Associate Director of English Language Program. DipTESL 1979, PhD 1989, Victoria University Wellington, New Zealand.

FALCONE, JESSICA, Associate Professor of Anthropology. MA in Development Anthropology from George Washington University; PhD 2010 in Sociocultural Anthropology from Cornell University.

FRANCHITTI, ABBY, Curriculum and Assessment Director of English Language Program. BA 1968, New York State University College at New Paltz; MA 1971, University of Tours, France; PhD 2006, University of Tours, France. Research interests: Women's suffrage and anti-suffrage movements.

FRITCH, MELIA ERIN, Associate Professor of Undergraduate and Community Services Hale Library. BA 2000, Chadron State College; MA 2004, Kansas State University, MLS 2010, Emporia State University.

GARNI, ALISA, Associate Professor of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work. BS 1998, Santa Clara University; MA 2002, University of California, San Diego; PhD 2008 University of California, Los Angeles. Research Interests: International migration, economy and society, sociology of development, comparative and historical methods, political sociology, qualitative research methods

GONZÁLEZ, TANYA, Professor of English. BA 1995, Scripps College; MA 2000, PhD 2004, University of California Riverside. Research interests: Chicana and U.S. Latina literature and popular culture.

GOTT, TRISHA, Assistant Director for Service-Learning of School of Leadership Studies. BA 2007, Kansas State University; MS 2011, Kansas State University.

HEDRICK, DONALD K., Professor of English. BA 1969, University of Kansas; MA 1972, PhD 1974, Cornell University. Research interests: Shakespeare and the Renaissance cultural studies; theories of language, gender, sociolinguistics; feminist criticism; film and popular culture.

JANETTE, MICHELE, Professor of English. BA 1988, MA 1991, MPhil 1993, PhD 1997, Yale University. Research interests: Vietnamese American Literature and film; Asian American literature; cultural studies; film.

KANOST, LAURA, Associate Professor of Spanish. BA 2001 Kansas State University; MA 2003, PhD 2007 University of Kansas. Research interests: Disability studies, women writers, translation, and service learning

KARLIN, KATHERINE, Associate Professor of English. MFA 2004, University of Pittsburgh, PhD 2009, University of Southern California.

KNOBLAUCH, ABBY, Associate Professor of English.  PhD 2008, University of New Hampshire. Research interests: The Intersection of gender languague, and power; maverick rhetorics; and teacher development.

KURTZ, DONALD, Professor of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work. BSW 1997, Washburn University; MSW 1999, University of Kansas; PhD 2006, Kansas State University.

LEADER-PICONE, CAMERON, Associate Professor of English. BA 2003, Yale University; MA 2006, Harvard University; PhD 2009, Harvard University.

LONGMUIR, ANNE, Associate Professor and Coordinator of Instructional Technology of English . MA 1996, PhD 2003, University of Edinburgh.

LULY, SARA, Associate Professor of Modern Languages, BA 2002, State University of New York, MA 2004, Michigan State University, PhD 2011, The Ohio State University.

MADAN, ANUJA, Assistant Professor of English. M.Phil 2008, University of Delhi; Ph.D. University of Florida, 2016. Research interests: South Asian Studies, postcolonial studies, children's literature, comics, visual studies, cultural studies, childhood studies, gender and women's studies.

MATLOCK, WENDY, Associate Professor of English. PhD 2003, Ohio State University. Research interests: medival studies and renaissance literature and humanities, British literature, and women in literature; the cultural significance of Middle English debate poems from the thirteenth through fifteenth centuries.

MELANDER, LISA, Associate Professor of Sociology. PhD 2010, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; MA 2007, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; BA 2004 Cornell College. Research interests: Crime, delinquency, intimate partner violence, family.

MCCREA, HEATHER, Associate Professor of History. PhD, Stony Brook University, 2002. Research interests: Colonial and modern Mexico; peasant and indigenous studies; history of public health, medicine and disease, and environmental Hhstory.

MUTURI, NANCY, Associate Professor of Journalism and Mass Communications. BA 1989, MA, 1998, University of Iowa; PhD 2002, University of South Carolina. Research interests: Gender and health communication with a focus on HIV/AIDS prevention, communication & social change.

NEL, PHILIP W., Professor of English. BA 1992, University of Rochester; MA 1993, PhD 1997, Vanderbilt University.

PAKASTE, MERVI, Associate Professor of Art. MFA 2004 Penn State University; BFA 2000, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.

PETILLO, APRIL, Assistant Professor of American Ethnic Studies. MA, American University; PhD, University of Arizona.

ROSHANRAVAN, SHIREEN, Associate Professor of American Ethnic Studies. BA 2000, Southwestern University; MA 2002, PhD 2007, Binghamton University. Research interests: Feminist of color theory, Asian American studies, critical race theory.

SARMIENTO, TOM, Assistant Professor of English. BA, BS 2005, University of California, San Diego; PhD 2014 University of Minnesota, American Studies, Minor in Feminist and Critical Sexuality Studies. Research interests: feminist and queer of color theories: Filipina/o/American literature and cultural studies; Critical Midwestern Studies; Asian American Studies; cultures of US imperialism.

SHAPKINA, NADIA, Assistant Professor of Sociology. MA, Saratov State Technical University (Russia), PhD, Georgia State University 2008.

SPEARS, JACQUELINE, Interim Associate Dean for Academic and Research Programs, Olathe. BS 1969, MS 1972, PhD 1988, Kansas State University. Research interest: contextual issues in education, focus on gender, rurality and ethnicity.

TATONETTI, LISA, Professor of English. Ph.D. 2001, Ohio State University. Research interest: cultural studies, ethnic literature (Native American) and women's studies.

TIEMEYER, PHIL, Associate Professor in History. PhD 2007, University of Texas at Austin. Research interests: US gender history, history os Sexuality, US social history and US foreign relations.

TOLAR, MARY H., Director & Assistant Professor of School of Leadership Studies. BA Kansas State University, M.Litt Oxford Univerisity, Ed.D Kansas State University. Research interests focus on the art and practice of civic leadership development, women’s pathways to public service leadership, and undergraduate leadership development through applied learning.

TUSHABE, Associate Professor of American Ethnic Studies. MA, 2008, Texas Women's University; PhD 2008, SUNY Bingham Philosophy; 2008 Graduate Certificate in Feminist Theory. Research interests: global sexual identities, African cultures and philosophy, colonialism and post-colonial theories, critical race theory.

VELLENGA, JENNIFER, Associate Professor and Program Director, School of Music, Theater, Dancce. MFA, Ohio University, Directing; BFA, University of Miami, Acting; BFA.

WHEATLEY, ALISON E., Associate Professor of English, Assistant Dean of Arts and Sciences. AB 1974, Barnard College; MA 1980, PhD 1994, University of Virginia.

WOOD, NAOMI, Professor of English. PhD 1991, Duke University. Research interests: children's literature; Victorian studies; gender and feminist theory.

YELICH BINIECKI, SUSAN, Associate Professor of Educational Leadership. Research Interests: International Adult Education and Adult Learning.