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Samantha Allen

Samantha Allen Samantha graduated from Rutgers University with BAs in Women's & Gender Studies and Linguistics. Her areas of study include feminist theory, queer theory, affect theory and psychoanalysis. Samantha's dissertation places practices of sexual fetishism in conversation with Silvan Tomkins' theory of affect as a way to revisit Freudian theories of perversion and fetishism.

Ayisha Al-Sayyad

ayishaAyisha's primary interests lie in queer theories, rural sex politics in the American South, transnational human rightsdiscourses, and sexuality in the Arab world. Ayisha earned her Master's in Women's Studies from the University of Arizona in Tucson where she completed a thesis on representations of queer Arab Muslim women deployed by gay nationalists and queer resistance movements. From this research, which employed ethnographies to read against transnational incitements for universal sexual equality, Ayisha continues to be interested in thinking about how oral history informs theories of subjectivity. She plans to complete field work in Lebanon for her dissertation on (queer) sexual politics, rights-seeking, and ideologies of transgression. In brief interludes between academic terms, as well as the occasional extended hiatus, Ayisha prefers to spend her time on the roof-top of a New Orleans Creole-revival on Royal Street.

Stephanie AlvaradoStephanie Alvarado

Stephanie’s research is centered on studying the criminalization and policing of Latinas and immigrant bodies through a reproductive and social justice lens, while examining the impact on the national discourse about these groups in terms of policy formation, social justice movements, and media representation. Stephanie holds a BA’s in Psychology and Latino Studies from NYU.

Kelly H. Ball

kelly ballKelly is currently a Ph.D. candidate in WGSS. She holds an M.A. in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from The Ohio State University and a B.A. in Philosophy and Women's Studies from Transylvania University. Her research interests include girlhood, sexual violence, feminist psychologies of girlhood, and queer and feminist theory. She is currently completing her dissertation, "'So Powerful a Form': Using Queer and Feminist Theory to Rethink Girls' Sexuality." Her dissertation uses a queer-feminist theoretical framework to analyze feminist psychological models of girlhood sexuality.

  Suyun ChoiSuyun Choi

 Suyun graduated from Seoul National University with BA in Aesthetics and Ewha Womans’ University with MA in Women’s studies in South Korea. Her research is centered on women’s migration within Asia by redirecting attentions from structural understandings of inequality within nation-states to the lived experience of inequality in transnational space. She is also interested in transnational feminism emerged from gendered migration in Asia with critically examining categories of women and Asia represented in current transnational discourses.

Chanel Craft

chanelChanel's research interests include hip-hop feminism, womanism, black feminism, and the prison-industrial complex. She holds a B.A. in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland, College Park and an M.A. from the Women's Studies Institute at Georgia State University.

Rachel Dudley

dudleyRachel is a third year PhD Student working in the general areas of Black Feminist Studies and Feminist Disability Studies. She plans to explore lines of inquiry pertaining to African-American women, Health, and the body.

Abidemi Fasanmi

Abidemi FasanmiAbidemi  Fasanmi, 2012-13 Hubert Humphrey fellow at the Rollins School of Public health, at Emory University, has a MD degree from Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Nigeria and a Masters in Global genders from the University of Leeds, United Kingdom. She has 10 years’ experience in the public health field, specifically in the areas of health promotion, HIV prevention and policy, health and community systems strengthening and maternal and child health. She has worked in several technical and managerial capacities in International non- governmental organizations in Nigeria and the UK and for the Federal Ministry of Health in Nigeria mostly on projects sponsored by CDC, PEPFAR, Global funds and other uni and bilateral donor agencies. Abidemi successfully started up the youth blood donor program (Club 25) in Nigeria, and received the Minister of State for Health recognition at its inauguration ceremony in 2005. The club 25 has been adopted by the National Blood Transfusion Service and replicated in 15 states and zonal blood transfusion services. Her interests are in the area of gender violence, social determinants of health and the role of social protection systems in addressing violence. She also advocates for gender sensitive policies in Nigeria. She is currently a first year PhD graduate at the Women’s gender and sexuality studies department, Emory University.

Hemangini Gupta

BA University of Mumbai; MA University of London - School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)

hemangini Hemangini's current project examines the anthropology of panic with special focus on the circulation of moral discourses in Bangalore, India between right-wing groups, the feminist and queer movement, the neoliberal state and media. She is interested in the interactions between these groups and forms of consumption and the circulation of bodies and sexualities in public spaces. She was a TV and print journalist for four years before coming to Emory.Current interests: anthropology of the state; feminist anthropology; activist anthropology; colonial/postcolonial studies of gender and nation; media anthropology.

Jordan Johnson

Jordan's research interests include interrogating the relationship between bodies and environments in the rural U.S. South, exploring how marginalized groups function within agricultural communities and the ways in which rural knowledge contribute to environmental debate and critiques of agribusiness, consumerism, neo-liberalism, and homonormativity.  Jordan holds BAs in Feminist Studies, English, and Spanish from Southwestern University.

Prakiti KC

prakitiPrakiti was born and raised in Kathmandu, Nepal. After receiving an MA in Sociology from Tribhuvan University in Kathmandu, she worked as a researcher and development worker for five years with various non-profit organizations in Nepal. Currently she is working on her PhD in Women's Studies and MPH in Global Health. Her PhD dissertation focuses on development idealism, global/transnational feminisms and constructions of modernity among Nepali transnational community in the U.S. and their families in Nepal. She received an MPH from Rollins School of Public Health (RSPH) at Emory in August 2008. Prakiti has received fellowships such as Association of American University Women (AAUW) International fellowship and Center for Health, Culture, and Society (CHCS) fellowship.

Nikki Karalekas

NikiNikki holds a BA in African-American Studies and Anthropology from Smith College and a MA in Women's Studies from San Francisco State University. Her areas of study are feminist politics and law. She is interested in criticisms of law in contemporary feminist and queer theories. Her dissertation explores these criticisms through a case study of the legal reform of the strip club industry.

Ingrid Meintjes

IngridIngrid hails from South Africa and is an HIV/AIDS activist, development practitioner and gender scholar. She holds a BA in Government and African Politics from the University of Notre Dame, as well as Social Science Honors and Masters degrees in Gender and Development Studies from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Her professional work has included policy development in HIV/AIDS care and public mental health. During her studies at WGSS, Ingrid hopes to explore further the embodied intersections of health, social exclusion, sex and gender. Specifically, she is interested in new possibilities emerging from the 'biological turn' in feminist scholarship: complicating our understanding of biological sex variance holds epistemic and practical value for the health sciences in particular, and commensurately, for social justice imperatives related to re-forming policies that (re)marginalize and pathologize bodies which confound binary sex normativity. 

Noemi Y. Molitor

Noemi is currently completing her dissertation ‘Re-Imagining Migration through Visual Art: Queer Movements through Time and Space'. The project traces artistic reconfigurations of migration in contemporary Germany, specifically through painting and drawing. Works by Katharina Grosse, Katrin Plavčak and Petja Dimitrova frame migration as a perpetual movement through time and space rather than a one-directional movement from one nation-state to another. As such, they all move beyond nationalist frames of perception in particular ways. While queer figures emerge that re-write essentializing tropes of racio-cultural Otherness and transcend the geopolitical restrictions assigned to unwanted migrants in the work of Plavcak and Dimitrova, in Grosse’s work, space and time become malleable and mobile entities through the creation of multi-dimensional, heterochronic pictorial fields that enable color to literally travel anywhere.

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Whitney Peoples

whitneyWhitney is a Texas native who received her B.A. in Political Science from Agnes Scott College in Decatur, GA. She earned her M.A. in Women's Studies from the University of Cincinnati as an Albert C. Yates Fellow. She is currently in her second year of coursework in the Women's Studies PhD program at Emory. Whitney's research interests include the relationship between popular culture, social justice resistance and hegemonic systems of power. Her work has explored new directions and formations of Black American feminism as well as the gender dynamics of American hip-hop. She is currently looking at the relationship between advertising and women's reproductive health as well as continuing her interest in hip-hop culture and rap music.

Kristin Petersen

kristinKristin graduated magna cum laude from the University of Southern California with degrees in journalism and economics. She next attended New York University's Draper Interdisciplinary program, and received her master's degree in the spring of 2008 with an emphasis in gender politics. Currently, Kristin's research focuses on issues of reproduction, human rights, and cultural narrative.

Allison Pilatsky

 Allison's research is focused on the intersections of queer theory and disability studies, with an emphasis on identity formation through place in contemporary literature.  Her work is derived largely from crip theory and its emphasis on the body/lived experience and rejection of the neo-liberal, capitalist construction of queerness. Allison graduated from Smith College with a double major in Women and Gender Studies (Queer Studies concentration) and English Literature, with an additional concentration in Archival Studies.

Shani Settles

BA, Anthropology/Religious Studies, University of Missouri

Sarah Stein

B.A., University of Virginia
J.D., Emory University (2013)

sarahSarah is a concurrent degree student in Law and Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies. She is interested in investigating the relationship between gender and the legal, social, and geographical aspects of property ownership. In her legal studies, Sarah has researched the legal formation and survival of Community Land Trusts, a form of homeownership that aims at preserving affordability by geographic location. She plans to integrate this work into her developing doctoral research. Sarah is also actively involved in academic and popular discussions of abortion access in the United States and Mexico.

Mairead Sullivan

Mairead SullivanMairead has a BA in Religious Studies and Women's Studies from The College of the Holy Cross and a MSW from Boston University. Mairead spent several years working in LGBT and Women's health prior to coming to Emory in 2010. Mairead's research interests include embodiment, psychoanalysis, and feminist and queer theory.  She is currently writing a dissertation entitled: "Strange Matter: Thinking Breastedly in Feminist and Queer Theory."

Natalie Turrin

Originally from Toronto, Canada, Natalie received a B.Sc. in Genetics and an M.A. in Women's Studies from the University of Western Ontario. Her research interests include feminist science studies, clinical research, public health, and science and technology studies.

 Samantha VanHorn

Samantha Vanhorn

Originally from Hawaii, Samantha received her BA and MA in psychology from New School University in New York City. Her current research interests include studying any differences that may be observed in body image across varying sexual orientations of women. She plans to explore lines of inquiry pertaining to psychology, public health, and anthropology and is concurrently pursuing a doctoral certificate in bioethics.

Lauran Whitworth

Lauran graduated from The University of Georgia (BA, English and Art History) and The Ohio State University (MA, History of Art). Her Masters qualifying papers were entitled "Externality and Expectations in John Singer Sargent'sThe Daughters of Edward D. Boit" and "Picturing 'Naked Life': At the Margins in the Photography of Parminder Sekhon." Also at Ohio State, Lauran participated in a transnational coalition, The Gender & Emancipation Project. Lauran's intellectual pursuits continue to pertain to corporeality, particularly depictions of bodies and space in film and photography. Lauran envisions a dissertation project on filmic representations of queer desire and habitations of space therein. She is also increasingly interested in performance theory, biopolitics (i.e. vulnerability studies), and bodily protest. Lauran has intermittently taught high school English and Humanities; she remains committed to exploring innovative forms of teaching and learning.

Rachel Weitzenkorn

rweitzenkornRachel received her BA in Neuroscience from Colorado College in 2010. She will be a first year PhD student this year. Her research will combine her science background with psychoanalytic theory and queer theory. She is interested in embodiment and ways to use biological research about psychotherapy to inform feminist psychoanalysis.