WGSS Program Faculty and Affiliates


Program Faculty

Please see below for Faculty Affiliates.

Tanja Aho Sr Professorial Lecturer CAS - Critical RGC Studies

Dr Tanja Aho is a Senior Professorial Lecturer in American Studies, where Dr Aho teaches classes focused on disability and madness, settler colonialism and racial capitalism, and gender and sexuality.


Irene Calis Director, Arab World Studies CAS - Critical RGC Studies

Irene Calis is a decolonial scholar, educator, and organizer. Her research focuses on emancipatory politics from the perspective of those living their struggle, aiming to imbed critique and the disman


K. Tyler Christensen Professorial Lecturer CAS - Critical RGC Studies

K. Tyler Christensen holds a PhD in American Literature & Culture from the English Department at The George Washington University. The expanse of his doctoral work is concerned with storytelling that


Mali Collins Asst Professor CAS - Critical RGC Studies

Mali Collins’ research areas include Black motherhood studies, Black archival studies, 20th and 21st century literature and art, medical humanities, digital technology, and reproductive health and jus


Robert B. Connelly, Jr. Adj Sr Prof Lecturer CAS - Critical RGC Studies

Bob Connelly is a senior adjunct professorial lecturer of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies. Bob received his M.F.A. in Film and Electronic Media at American University, and began teaching LGBTQ f


Mary Ellen Curtin Assoc Professor CAS - American Studies

Mary Ellen Curtin has a Ph.d from Duke University and is a historian of modern African American and women's social and political history. Her first book Black Prisoners and Their World documented the


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Eileen Findlay Professor and Department Chair, Critical RGC Studies CAS - Critical RGC Studies

Eileen Findlay graduated from Oberlin College and the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where she held a Jacob Javits fellowship. Both her books, 'We Are Left Without a Father Here': Masculinity, Dome


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Elizabeth Rule Asst Professor CAS - Critical RGC Studies

Dr. Elizabeth Rule (enrolled citizen of the Chickasaw Nation) is an Assistant Professor of Critical Race, Gender, and Culture Studies at American University in Washington, DC. Rule’s research on issue


Elke Stockreiter Assoc Professor CAS - History

Elke Stockreiter is a historian of modern Africa. Her research and teaching interests include the histories of colonialism, gender, race, and slavery in Africa and the Indian Ocean World. Trained as a


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Sybil Williams Director of African American and African Diaspora Studies CAS - Critical RGC Studies

Sybil R. Williams has spent the past twelve years cultivating her craft as a playwright and dramaturg. Her work has been professionally produced by Chicago’s ETA Creative Arts Theatre; New York’s Nati


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Faculty Affiliates

Juliet Bellow Assoc Professor CAS - Art

Juliet Bellow’s research centers on visual artists' experimentations with intermediality in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Her book Modernism on Stage: The Ballets Russes and the P


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Tim Doud Professor CAS - Art

Tim Doud’s paintings and drawings address two seemingly distinct bodies of work, one figurative and one abstract. These bodies of works serve as a backdrop to broader discussions around constructed id


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Ellen Feder Professor CAS - Philosophy and Religion

Ellen K. Feder is the William Fraser McDowell Professor of Philosophy and Social Policy. She works at the intersection of contemporary continental philosophy and feminist and critical race theory, par


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Dustin Friedman Assoc Professor CAS - Literature

Dustin Friedman's fields of research and teaching are Victorian and modernist literature, aestheticism and decadence, queer theory, the history and theory of aesthetics, and global nineteenth-century


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Kate Haulman Assoc Professor CAS - History

Kate Haulman researches and teaches the history of early North America and US women's and gender history. She is the author of The Politics of Fashion in Eighteenth-Century America (University of Nort


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Leena Jayaswal Interim Dean, School of Communication SOC - School of Communication

Leena Jayaswal is a documentary filmmaker, award-winning photographer and Professor in the School of Communication at American University in Washington DC, where she is the director of the new BA in P


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Juliana Martinez Assoc Professor CAS - World Languages and Cultures

Professor Martínez focuses on the intersection of violence and body politics in Latin America. Her two main areas of research are: representation of historical violence recent cultural production; and


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Amy Oliver Assoc Professor CAS - Philosophy and Religion

Professor Oliver's teaching and research on Latin America explore philosophical topics such as marginality, feminism, nepantlismo, and transfronterismo. She works on the Hispanic ess


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Jane Palmer Assoc Professor SPA - Justice, Law and Criminology

Dr. Jane Palmer is an Associate Professor with a primary focus on community-participatory research and anti-oppressive research methods.

Palmer’s current projects include a mixed methods rese


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Ying-Chen Peng Assoc Professor CAS - Art

Dr. Peng specializes in late imperial and modern Chinese art history with a focus on gender issues and globalization of material culture. Before joining the American University she worked at the Natio


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Diane Singerman Associate Prof Emeritus

Dr. Singerman is an Associate Professor and comparativist whose research interests focus on political change from below, particularly in the Middle East, and more specifically Egypt. Her work examines

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Lauren Weis Sr Professorial Lecturer and Director of Undergraduate Studies in Philosophy CAS - Philosophy and Religion

I earned a PhD in Philosophy from Boston College specializing in Continental and History of Philosophy with a focus on ethics, metaphysics and epistemology, gender studies and feminist theory. Since j


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Sherri Williams Asst Professor SOC - School of Communication

Dr. Sherri Williams is a race and representation researcher who teaches about how media images are connected to and uphold oppression and inequality. Williams, who was a journalist for a decade before


Gay Young Department Chair, Sociology CAS - Sociology

(Gloria A.) Gay Young has a longstanding focus on gender and development (GAD) which has led her to study a range of issues, including the nature and consequences of women’s labor force participation


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Perry Zurn Provost Assoc Professor CAS - Philosophy and Religion

Perry Zurn is Provost Associate Professor of Philosophy at American University, and affiliate faculty in the Department of Critical Race, Gender, and Culture Studies, the Honors Program, and the Antir


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