WGSS Faculty and Advisory Board

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Faculty

Please see below for Affiliate Faculty & Advisory Board.

Tanja Aho Professorial Lecturer CAS - Critical RGC Studies

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

  aho@american.edu

Irene Calis Professorial Lecturer 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. It is rooted in the radical transformat

  calis@american.edu

Robert B. Connelly, Jr. Sr Adjunct Professorial Lecturer

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

  robertc@american.edu

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

  efindla@american.edu

  (202) 885-6264

Sarah Marsh Sr Professorial Lecturer CAS - Literature

Sarah Marsh is appointed jointly in AU's Department of Literature and Department of Critical Race, Gender, and Culture Studies, where she teaches at the intersections of literature, medical humanities

  marsh@american.edu

  (202) 885-2984

Elke Stockreiter Associate 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

  estockre@american.edu

  (202) 885-6740

Sybil Williams Director of African American and African Diaspora Studies CAS - Performing Arts

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

  sroberts@american.edu

  (202) 885-3482

Affiliate Faculty and Advisory Board

Juliet Bellow Associate 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

  juliet.bellow@american.edu

  (202) 885-6477

Mary Ellen Curtin Associate 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

  maryellen.curtin@american.edu

  (202) 885-6168

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

  efeder@american.edu

  (202) 885-2931

Nikhat Ghouse Associate Librarian University Library

Nikhat J. Ghouse is Associate Librarian for the Social Sciences to the College of Arts & Sciences and the Coordinator of the Diversity Alliance Residency Program at American University. In addition to

  ghouse@american.edu

  (202) 885-3245

Mary Gray Distinguished Professor CAS - Math and Statistics

A statistician and lawyer, Professor Gray’s areas of research include applications of statistics to human rights, economic equity, legal issues, and education. She is the founder of the Association fo

  mgray@american.edu

  (202) 885-3171

Kate Haulman Associate Professor CAS - History

Kate Haulman researches and teaches the history of early North America and U.S. women's and gender history. She is the author of The Politics of Fashion in Eighteenth-Century America (University of No

  haulman@american.edu

  (202) 885-2417

Leena Jayaswal Professor 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

  ljayasw@american.edu

  (202) 885-2662

Brigid Maher Associate Professor SOC - School of Communication

Brigid Maher is the Director of the Film and Media Arts Division and a tenured, associate professor in the School of Communication. She is the Director of the Community Voice Project and Senior Fellow

  bmaher@american.edu

  (202) 885-2664

Juliana Martinez Assistant Professor CAS - World Languages and Cultures

Professor Martínez focuses on the intersection of violence and body politics in the Latin-American and US Latino context. Her two main areas of research are: representation of historical violence rece

  jmartinez@american.edu

  (202) 885-2586

Ying-Chen Peng Assistant 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

  peng@american.edu

  (202) 885-6475

Vidyamali Samarasinghe Professor SIS - School of International Service

Vidyamali Samarasinghe is a Professor in the International Development Program of the School of International Service, American University, Washington D.C. Currently she is the Director of the Interna

  svidy@american.edu

  (202) 885-1487

Diane Singerman Associate Professor SPA - Government

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

  dsinger@american.edu

  (202) 885-2362

Salvador Vidal-Ortiz Associate Professor CAS - Sociology

Dr. Vidal-Ortiz's scholarship cuts across racialization, sexuality, gender, migration and religion, and is interdisciplinary. He coedited two award winning books: The Sexuality of Migration, and Queer

  vidalort@american.edu

  (202) 885-2443

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

  gyoung@american.edu

  (202) 885-2254