Academic Programs

Why women's studies?

In 1999, the National Women’s Studies Association described the growing scope of opportunities for women’s studies graduates in their report "Defining Women’s Studies Scholarship." Following are ways to apply women’s studies theory and scholarship to everyday life and social structure:

  • Developing global or international perspectives that prepare students for both governmental and non-governmental organization work

  • Applying feminist theory to create new models for organization and for processes of dialogue with community and non-profit organizations

  • Working in conjunction with community groups to develop better understandings of the relationship between gender and race structures and law enforcement and the criminal justice system

  • In conjunction with feminist scholars in law, working to develop models for critical race law

  • Bringing feminist theory to social and public policy analysis

Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Faculty

  • Simona Fojtova

    Simona Fojtova, Associate Professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; Program Director

    Ph.D., M.A., University of New Mexico, 2006, 1998; B.A., Masaryk University, 1996
  • Ellen Cox

    Ellen Cox, Associate Professor of Philosophy

    Ph.D., M.A., DePaul University, 2001, 1997; B.A., Miami University of Ohio, 1993
  • Avery Tompkins

    Avery Tompkins, Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology and Women's Studies

    Ph.D., M.A., Syracuse University, 2011, 2004; B.A., University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire, 2003
  • Carole Barnsley

    Carole Barnsley, Assistant Professor of Religion

    Ph.D., Indiana University, 2009; M.A., Miami University, 2000; B.A., Middlebury College, 1998
  • Brown

    Sharon C. Brown, Professor of Exercise Science

    Ph.D., M.S., University of South Carolina, 1994; B.S., Eastern Illinois University, 1984
  • Liz Corsun

    Elizabeth Corsun, Associate Professor of English

    Ph.D., University of Iowa, 2005; B.A., University of California–Santa Cruz, 1991
  • Deaton

    Gary D. Deaton, Instructor in Writing, Rhetoric, and Communication

    M.A., Miami University, 1987; B.S., Miami University, 1983
  • Fortner

    Melissa R. Fortner, Associate Professor of Psychology; Program Director

    Ph.D., M.S., Penn State University, 2004, 2000; B.A., Transylvania University, 1996
  • Jackson

    Mark A. Jackson, Associate Professor of Psychology

    Ph.D., M.A., University of Kentucky, 1999, 1996; B.A., University of Memphis, 1993
  • Katzarska-Miller

    Iva Katzarska-Miller, Associate Professor of Psychology

    Ph.D., M.A., B.A., University of Kansas, 2009, 2005, 2003
  • Amy B. Maupin

    Amy B. Maupin, Associate Professor of Education

    Ed.D., Curriculum and Instruction, University of Tennessee, 2000; M.A., B.A., Eastern Kentucky University, 1996, 1991
  • McEuen

    Melissa A. McEuen, Professor of History

    Ph.D., M.A., Louisiana State University, 1991, 1986; B.A., Georgetown College, 1983
  • Slepyan

    Kenneth D. Slepyan, Professor of History

    Ph.D., M.A., M.A., University of Michigan, 1994, 1991, 1990; B.A., Williams College, 1987
  • Kremena Todorova

    Kremena Todorova, Associate Professor of English; Program Director

    Ph.D., M.A., University of Notre Dame, 2003, 2001; B.A., Hope College, 1997

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