Associated Faculty

The associated faculty of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies represent most of the departments of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences as well as other schools within Emory, including Anthropology, Art History, Comparative Literature, English, Film Studies, French, History, the Institute of Liberal Arts, Philosophy, Psychology, Religion, Sociology, Spanish, Public Health, Theology and Law. Many of our associated faculty members teach WGSS courses, serve on dissertation committees, and are closely involved in the life of the Department.

Candler School of Theology

  • Elizabeth Bounds (Ph.D., Union Theological Seminary, 1994); Associate Professor of Christian Ethics; peace-building and conflict transformation; restorative justice and the prison system; democratic practices and civil society; feminist and liberation ethics; and transformative pedagogical practices.
  • Joy Ann McDougall (Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1998) Associate Professor of Systematic Theology; twentieth-century German theology, political and liberation theologies, and feminist-womanist debates in the doctrines of God and Christology.

Department of African American Studies

  • Dwight A. McBride (Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles, 1996) English Literature Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Asa Griggs Candler Professor of African American Studies at Emory University. His research and teaching interests include American and African American literature, and the intersections of race, gender, and sexuality.
  • Kimberly Wallace-Sanders (Ph.D, Boston University, 1996); Associate Professor of American and African American Studies in the department of African American Studies; 19th century American and African American literature, African American material culture, Ethnic stereotypes, race and the female body, contemporary feminism and visual culture 
  • Nagueyalti Warren (Ph.D., University of Mississippi, 1985); Professor of Pedagogy, Department of African-American Studies; Black literature with special emphasis on African, African-American and Caribbean women's fiction.

Department of Anthropology

  • Michael Peletz ( Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1983); Professor of Anthropology; social and cultural theory, gender, sexuality, kinship, law, religion (especially Islam), social history, and modernity, particularly in Malaysia, Indonesia, and other parts of Southeast Asia and the Pacific Rim.
  • Peggy Barlett (Ph.D., Columbia University, 1975); Goodrich C. White Professor of Anthropology and Faculty Liaison to the Office of Sustainability Initiatives; agricultural systems and farm families in Latin America and US; gender, power, and sustainability in food systems.

Department of Art History

  • Judith Rohrer (Ph.D., Columbia University, 1984); Professor Emerita, Associate Professor of Art History; modern architecture; space and gender theory.
  • Mary E. Odem (Ph.D., University of California-Berkeley, 1989); Associate Professor of History; U.S. history with a focus on women, gender, and sexuality; Latin American-U.S. immigration; race and ethnicity.

Department of Biology

  • Patricia A. Marsteller (Ph.D., University of Florida, 1985); Professor of Practice, Department of Biology; evolutionary ecology and behavior; biology education.

Department of Comparative Literature

  • Angelika Bammer (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin at Madison, 1982); Associate Professor Interdisciplinary Humanities in The Graduate Institute of Liberal Arts and the Department of Comparative; twentieth-century literature and culture; women writers; film; critical and feminist theory.
  • Munia Bhaumik (Ph.D., University of California-Berkeley, 2012); Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature; American and World lliterature political philosophy; post-colonial studies; critical theory; dramatic form; lyric poetry; translation; citizenship; comparative racialization; queer feminism.
  • Sean Meighoo (Ph.D., York University, 2005); Director of Undergraduate Studies and Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature; twentieth-century continental philosophy and literary theory; race and postcolonial studies; feminism and queer studies; posthumanism and animal studies.

Department of English

  • Barbara G. Ladd (Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1990); Professor of English; post-Civil War and twentieth-century American literature; southern literature.
  • Craig Womack (Ph.D., University of Oklahoma, 1995); Associate Professor of English; Native American literary studies.
  • Sheila T. Cavanaugh (Ph.D., Brown University, 1988); Professor of English; Renaissance literature; Shakespeare; literary criticism; feminist theory.
  • Martine Watson Brownley (Ph.D., Harvard University, 1975); Goodrich C. White Professor of English and the Director of Emory's Bill and Carol Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry; eighteenth-century literature; women's studies.
  • Michelle Wright (Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1997) Longstreet Professor of English at Emory. Her research focuses on literary, cultural, philosophical and political discourses on Blackness and Black identity in the Anglophone, Francophone, and Germanophone African Diaspora, from the 18th to 21stcenturies.
  • Patricia A. Cahill (Ph.D., Columbia University, 2000); Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of English; Shakespeare; Renaissance drama; early modern literature and culture; critical theory; feminist theory.
  • Paul Kelleher (Ph.D., Princeton University); Assistant Professor, Department of English; 19 th Century British Lit, the culture of sentiment, contemporary literary theory, LGBT Studies, literature and philosophy, literature and psychoanalysis, feminism and queer theory.
  • Walter Kalaidjian (Ph.D., Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 1982); Professor of English; twentieth-century American literature and culture.

Department of Film and Media

  • Matthew H. Bernstein (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin at Madison, 1987); Department Chair and Professor of Film & Media Studies; African-Americans in film; documentary, Japanese, post-war European and Hollywood cinemas; the American film industry; historical film research methods; gender and film censorship.
  • Michele Schreiber (Ph.D., University of California-Los Angeles, 2006); Director of Undergraduate Studies and Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies; Gender in American film, television, and popular culture; feminist film and media theory and criticism; film genres; contemporary American cinema.

Department of French and Italian

  • Dalia Judovitz (Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University, 1976); National Endowment for the Humanities Professor of French and Italian.; seventeenth-century French literature.
  • Elissa Marder (Ph.D., Yale University, 1989); Chair of the Department of French and Italian, Interim Director of the Psychoanalytic Studies Program and Professor of French and Comparative Literature; French feminism; feminist film theory; psychoanalysis; women writers in French.
  • Valérie Loichot (Ph.D., Louisiana State University, 1996) Professor of French and English; Literature and cultures of the Americas (Caribbean and U.S.).

Department of History

  • Dawn Peterson (Ph.D., New York University, 2011); Assistant Professor of History; early North American and U.S. history; race, gender, and kinship in the history of U.S. capitalism, settler colonialism, and slavery.
  • Sharon Strocchia (Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley, 1981); Professor of History; women in early modern Europe; gender and medicine in premodern Europe.
Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies
  • Ruby Lal (Ph.D., University of Oxford, U.K., 2001); Professor of South Asian History.
  • Scott Kugle (Ph.D., Duke University, 2000); Associate Professor of Islamic Studies and South Asian Civilization; gender identity and sexual orientation in Islamic culture, law, ethics and mysticism.

Department of Philosophy

  • Cynthia Willett (Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University, 1988); Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Philosophy and Interim Director of Graduate Studies; ethics and social theory; race and gender studies; ethics and music; philosophy and literature (especially comedy and friendship studies).
  • Noelle McAfee (Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, 1998); Professor of Philosophy; social and political philosophy; ethics; feminist theory; contemporary Continental philosophy; and American philosophy. 
  • Dilek Huseyinzadegan (Ph.D., DePaul University, 2012); Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy; Kant and German Idealism, Social and Political Philosophy, 20th Century Continental Philosophy, Critical Philosophy of Race, and Feminism.

Department of Psychology

  • Patricia Owen-Smith (Ph.D., Georgia State University, 1986); Professor of Psychology and Women's Studies; women and poverty; gender and violence.
  • Robyn Fivush (Ph.D., City University of New York, 1982); Associate Vice-Provost for Academic Innovation; Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Psychology; narrative identity; gendered identity.

Department of Religion

  • Barbara (Bobbi) Patterson (Ph.D. Emory University, 1994); Professor of Pedagogy in Religion; contemplative practices; place-based studies and pedagogies, ecosystem resilience and community engagement, Christianity and Tibetan Buddhism.
  • Deborah E. Lipstadt (Ph.D., Brandeis University, 1976); Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish and Holocaust Studies; modern Jewish studies.
  • Dianne M. Stewart (Ph.D., Union Theological Seminary, 1997); Associate Professor of Religion; theologies and religious practices of the African diaspora with special emphases on Black/womanist theologies and African-derived religions.
  • Gary Laderman (Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara, 1994); Department Chair and Professor of Religion; history of religions in America; religion and culture.
  • Joyce Burkhalter Flueckiger (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, 1984); Professor of Religion; performance studies and anthropology of religion, women and religion, life history; geographic/linguistic focus: South Asia/Hindi.
  • Pamela M. Hall (Ph.D., Vanderbilt University): Associate Professor of Religion; ethics, moral psychology, philosophy and literature, and feminist thought.
  • Rosemarie Garland-Thomson (Ph.D., Brandeis University, 1993); Director of the Graduate Division of the Department of Religion and Professor of Religion; disability studies, American literature and culture, feministy theory, bioethics

Department of Sociology

  • Cathryn Johnson (Ph.D., University of Iowa, 1990); Senior Associate Dean of Laney Graduate School and Professor of Sociology; social psychology; sociology of work; organizations.
  • Kathryn M. Yount (Ph.D., Johns Hopkins, 1999); Associate Professor of Sociology and Asa Griggs Candler Chair of Global Health; social demography; public health, methods; gender inequality and health outcomes in Egypt.
  • Timothy Dowd (Ph.D., Princeton University, 1996); Department Chair and Professor of Sociology; cultural sociology, economic sociology, mass media, work and industry, formal organizations.

Department of Spanish and Portuguese

  • Karen A. Stolley (Ph.D., Yale University, 1985); Professor of Spanish; colonial Latin American literature; global Enlightenment; Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz; women's religious writing.

Department of Surgery

  • Rachel Niehuus (M.D., Ph.D., University of California-San Francisco, 2014 and 2016); Medical House Staff, Department of Surgery; medical anthropology; care and intimacy; phenomenology; affect theory; racial health disparities; gun violence and war; feminist and queer theory; global surgical education; sub-Saharan Africa.

Emory Law

  • Martha A. Fineman (J.D., University of Chicago, 1975); Robert W. Woodruff Professor of Law; Feminist Legal Theory, Family Law.
  • Teemu Ruskola (J.D., Yale Law School, 1995); Professor of Law

Emory School of Medicine

  • Stefanie Speanburg (Ph.D., Emory University, 2012); Adjunct Assistant Professor Emory School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Adjunct Assistant Professor Smith School for Social Work; clinical and applied psychoanalysis, gender and sexualities studies, psychoanalytic process and psychotherapy research.

Institute of Liberal Arts

  • Allen E. Tullos (Ph.D., Yale University, 1985); Professor of History; Co-director, Emory Center for Digital Scholarship; senior editor, Southern Spaces; digital humanities, critical regional studies.
  • Kim A. Loudermilk (Ph.D., Emory University, 1997); Senior Lecturer, Graduate Institute of Liberal Arts; feminist theory, contemporary American literature; popular culture.

Rollin School of Public Health

  • Claire E. Sterk (PhD, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, 1990; Doctorate, University of Utrecht, 1986). President of Emory and the Charles Howard Candler Professor of Public Health (and Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs); women's health; health disparities; addiction; feminist approaches to research.
  • Gina M. Wingood (Sc.D., Harvard University, 1995); Professor of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education. Examining socio-cultural influences on women's sexuality such as the media, partner violence and body image; designing HIV prevention trials for African-American women; theories of gender and power. 

Russian and East Asian Languages and Culture

  • Cheryl Crowley (Ph.D., Columbia University, 2001); Associate Professor of Japanese language and literature and Director of the East Asian Studies Program; classical and early modern Japanese poetry and fiction; Japanese visual arts, modern Japanese women writers; classical Japanese poetry and painting.
  • Juliette Stapanian-Apkarian (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1980); Associate Professor of Russian and Eurasian Studies; Russian avant-garde art and theory; gender politics and national identity; women writers and visual artists in Soviet/PostSoviet Russia.
  • Julia C. Bullock (Ph.D., Stanford University, 2004); Associate Professor of Japanese Language and Literature, Department of Russian and East Asian Languages and Cultures; Modern Japanese Literature, Culture, and History, Women Writers, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Feminist Theory.
  • Rong Cai (Ph.D., Washington University-St. Louis, 1995); Associate Professor of Chinese and the Chinese Program Advisor; twentieth-century Chinese literature; Chinese women writers; Chinese cinema.