LISA ANDERSON-LEVY (Assistant Professor of Anthropology)
KULVINDER ARORA (Visiting Assistant Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies for the 2011-12 academic year). She earned her B.A. in Psychology at New York University, her M.A. in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University, and her Ph.D. in English and American Literature from the University of California, San Diego.
GREG BUCHANAN (Associate Professor of Psychology) teaches WGST 155: Introduction to Gender Studies. This class explores the variability and specificity of gendered identities, taking into account popular culture, post-structuralism, the queer, and embodied subjectivity across cultures and disciplines. He started at Beloit in1999 and is an associate professor of psychology. His degrees include an M.A. from the University of Hawaii and M.A. and a Ph.D. degrees from the University of Pennsylvania.
EMILY CHAMLEE-WRIGHT (Professor of Economics and Associate Dean)
SUZANNE COX (Professor of Psychology and Chair of Women's & Gender Studies) teaches WGST 225: Psychology of Women. This course examines theoretical viewpoints on the development of gender identification and gender-typed behavior; research evidence for the existence/ non-existence of gender differences; female social development across the life span; psychological aspects of women's roles in the family and in the workplace; clinical issues relevant to women, such as depression and eating disorders; and additional topics selected by class members. Cox joined Beloit College in 1994 and has M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Chicago.
SONJA DARLINGTON (Professor of of Education and Youth Studies) teaches an advanced theory course, WGST 360: East African Women's Practice. Given the range of feminisms, and the debates over the label of feminism for African women, this class teases out of women's practices their relationship to feminist theory. Darlington started at Beloit in 1992 after receiving a B.A. from Baldwin-Wallace College, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Iowa State University.
CARLA DAVIS (Assistant Professor of Sociology)
GEORGIA DUERST-LAHTI (Professor of Political Science) teaches WGST 150: Introduction to Women's Studies and WGST 210. Gender and US Politics in a Global Context. Introduction to Women's Studies examines women's experiences within institutions such as family, religion, media, economy, health, and the state. In Gender and US Politics, considerations of theoretical aspects of gender, as well as the gendering of political participation, governing institutions such as the presidency and congress, war, citizenship, and ideas such as liberty are discussed. Duerst-Lahti started at Beloit in 1986 after receivng her MA and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in Political Science.
RACHEL ELLETT (Assistant Professor of Political Science)
JENNIFER ESPERANZA (Assistant Professor of Anthropology)
MARION FASS (Professor of Biology) is one of a number of instructors who teach WGST 252: Women's Health (faculty from Psychology, Chemistry, and Anthropology have taught the course as well). Women's Health focuses on the biological, social, psychological, cultural, and political factors that impact women's experience of health and illness in the United States and around the world. Fass started at Beloit in 1990, and earned her Sc.D. at Johns Hopkins University's School of Hygiene and Public Health.
KATHY GREENE (Associate Professor of Education and Youth Studies) teaches EDYS 204: Diversity and Youth Studies. This course explores the major theories and significant research on the development and explanation of individual differences—including race, class, gender, language—and how those differences affect the education of youth. Greene earned her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
NATALIE GUMMER (Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies) focuses her research and teaching on the comparative study of religion. Her courses look at questions of meaning, value, personal decision-making processes, and the responsibilities of global citizens. Through the examination of the distinctive institutions, beliefs, rituals, sacred writings, ethics, and myths of the world's diverse cultures and civilizations, she asks students to consider the power of religious movements in shaping human history and current events. Gummer came to Beloit in 2001 after receiving her Ph.D. from Harvard University.
KOSTA HADAVAS (Associate Professor of Classics) has taught a number of women's and gender studies courses including WGST 230: Nothing with Dionysus. Kosta started at Beloit in 1997 with a B.A. from Oberlin College and a M.A. and Ph.D. from University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. His interests include Classic epic, drama, history, philosophy, democracy, art, gender studies, comparative literature, Greek New Testament, early christianity; (general) music (classical, opera, operettas, musicals), 20th-century literature (e.g., Cavafy, Ritsos, Joyce, etc.), 19th and 20th-century art, Medieval Literature.
TAMARA KETABGIAN (Associate Professor of English) teaches a number of different WGST 200 courses including Victorian Garbage, The Rise of the Self-Help Book, and Steam, Speed and Modernity. The Victorian Garbage course examines dirt, both literally and metaphorically, and how works of English fiction address disgust. The Rise of the Self-Help Book conceptualizes "self-help" as a narrative and rhetorical mode, a historical movement, and a continuing contemporary preoccupation. Steam, Speed, and Modernity considers how machinery served as a suggestive metaphor in literature. Ketabgian earned a B.A. from Harvard and a Ph.D. in English Literature from Princeton University in 1999. She came to Beloit in 2004.
NANCY KRUSKO (Professor of Anthropology) She is one of a number of instructors who teach WGST 252: Women's Health (faculty from Psychology, Chemistry, and Anthropology have taught the course as well), which examines women's experience of health and illness, including childbirth, breast cancer, aging, HIV/AIDS, and other forms of psychological and physical violence. She also occasionally teaches women, feminism, and science. Krusko earned her B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley, and she started at Beloit in 1989.
DIANE LICHTENSTEIN (Professor of English) teaches WGST 150: Introduction to Women's Studies and WGST 230: African American Women's Novels. Introduction to Women's Studies examines women's experiences within institutions such as family, religion, media, economy, health, and the state. Lichtenstein has published articles on U.S. women writers as well as Writing Their Nations: The Tradition of Nineteenth-Century American Jewish Women Writers (Indiana University Press, 1992. She started at Beloit in 1987 after receiving a B.A. from Brown University and a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.
KATHRYN LINNENBERG (Associate Professor of Sociology) teaches WGST 220: The Sociology of Sex & Gender and 210: Families in Transition. The Sociology of Sex and Gender is an examination of sex and gender as sociological constructs and as central organizing features of social structures. Families in Transition examines dominant demographic changes in U.S. families (broadly defined) such as mating selection, family violence, and divorce in family structure and investigates how differences of social class, ethnicity, and religion affect this change. Linnenberg came to Beloit in 2004 after receiving a B.A. and M.A. from the University of Virginia and a Ph.D. from Northwestern University.
SYLVIA LOPEZ (Associate Professor of Spanish)
JINGJING LOU (Assistant Professor of Education and Youth Studies)
DEBRA MAJEED (Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies) teaches WGST 200: Writing Women's Lives: Biography and Autobiography. This class draws attention to the spiritual quests, ritual practices, social struggles and religious attitudes of women of the African Diaspora and in other selected cultures. Majeed started at Beloit in 1999 and has a Ph.D. from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary at Northwestern University.
NANCY McDOWELL (Professor of Anthropology) teaches WGST 210: Gender and Ideology in Melansia. This course examines a number of Melanesian societies that reveal a wide range of social and cultural constructions of gender. McDowell received her PhD in cultural anthropology from Cornell University in 1975 after completing fieldwork in Papua New Guinea. She has returned there several times to do additional research. Her particular interests are in conceptions of gender and how that affects American cultural anthropology.
CATHERINE ORR (Professor of Women's and Gender Studies) teaches WGST 160: Introduction to Feminisms, WGST 255: International Perspectives on Women and Gender, WGST 258: Gender and Media, WGST 301: Feminist Theorizing, and WGST 370: Senior Seminar. Her research interests include institutional analyses of women's and gender studies in the US academy, social justice movements and higher education, and third wave feminisms. Orr received an M.A. in Communication Studies from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Ph.D. In Communication Studies and Feminist Studies from University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. She is on sabbatical during the 2011-12 academic year.
JO ORTEL (Associate Professor of Art and Art History) teaches WGST 230: Eve Was Framed: Women and Gender in Art. This course considers the multiple ways in which women have engaged with visual culture at different moments in time and place. Students analyze key images of women in art and popular culture, as well as images and representations by women artists. Ortel came to Beloit in 1997 with a Ph.D. in art history from Stanford University. Her research interests include nineteenth- and twentieth-century and contemporary art, including feminist and post-colonial art and theory.
LAURA PARMENTIER (Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry)
SUSAN RICE (Assistant Professor of Music)
LINDA STURTZ (Professor of History) teaches WGST 210: Survey of U.S. Women's History. This class examines women's economic, political, and cultural position in the United States from the 17th century to the present and how differences in ethnicity, class, and conditions of freedom transform women's roles and change the family, men's roles, and the economy. Sturtz completed her Ph.D. in history at Washington University in St. Louis. Her current projects include completing a manuscript on the history of propertied women in Virginia during the colonial period.
OSWALDO VOYSEST (Associate Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures) teaches WGST 200: Women Writers and the Image of Women in Latin American 19th Century Letters. Voysest came to Beloit in 1997 after receiving his Ph.D. from the University of California-Berkeley. His area of research deals with issues related to 19th century literati women in Latin America, in particular the Peruvian author Mercedes Cabello de Carbonera (1842-1909).
CAROL WICKERSHAM (Adjunct Instructor of Sociology and Director of The Duffy Community Partnerships and the Leadership Initiative)
LISA HAINES WRIGHT (Associate Professor of English) teaches WGST 320: Undoing the Dimorphic Paradigm: Gender-Bending, Actual and Imaginative. This course problematizes the gender system dominant in Western cultures: heterosexualized sex-gender dimorphism. It focuses on "third-ness"—figures and phenomena, queerness, cross-dressing, transgender, transsexuality, intersexuality--that bridge the divide between female/ feminine and male/ masculine. Wright arrived at Beloit in 1990 with a Ph.D. from Indiana University. Her research interests include the relationships between individual consciousness and the social world as mediated by language.