Women's & Gender Studies Faculty


AsheKathy Ashe, (M.S. Ed., SUNY Cortland) earned a BA in sociology from SUNY Geneseo and a Masters of Science in Health Education from SUNY Cortland and is an adjunct instructor for both the Women's and Gender Studies Department and the Physical Education Department. Her courses include Gender, Power and Difference, Women's Health, Current Adolescent Health Issues, Current Health Issues and Problems, Personal Health and Stress Management.

E-mail: Kathy.Ashe@oneonta.edu


BernardinSusan Bernardin, (Ph.D, University California, Santa Cruz) Chair of Women's and Gender Studies and Professor of English. A specialist in American Indian and American literatures, Dr. Bernardin has published articles and book chapters on foundational and contemporary Native writers, including Gertrude Bonnin, Mourning Dove, Sherman Alexie, Louis Owens, Eric Gansworth, and Gerald Vizenor. Recent work includes an essay on Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) artists Jolene Rickard, Shelley Niro, Eric Gansworth, and Melanie Printup Hope, published in Visualities: Perspectives on Contemporary American Indian Film and Art (Michigan State Univ. Press, 2011). She is a co-author of Trading Gazes: Euro-American Photographers and Native North Americans, 1880-1940 (Rutgers University Press, 2003), an interdisciplinary study of white women who found personal and professional fulfillment working in embattled Native communities in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. She also facilitated a new edition of In the Land of the Grasshopper Song (Bison Books, Univ. Nebraska Press, 2011), in collaboration with several Karuk tribal members. She is a 2013 recipient of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and a two-time recipient of Western Literature Association’s Don D. Walker Award for best published essay in Western American Literary Studies. Her courses include Native American literatures, women’s environmental writing, gender and autobiography, American literatures (including Mark Twain), and Post-Colonial Literatures of the Americas.

E-mail: Susan.Bernardin@oneonta.edu


BrownMichael Brown (Ph.D., City University of New York) is a social-cognitive psychologist who is interested in how individuals make attributions and judgments when presented with novel, complex, and contradictory information. His research has primarily focused on individuals' decision-making processes, prototypes, impression formation, and attitudes – particularly as they apply to issues involving gender, sexuality, and the law.

E-mail: Michael.Brown@oneonta.edu


BlackSuzanne Black (Ph.D., University of Michigan) is an assistant professor in the English Department, where she specializes in modern world literature and professional writing. Trained first as a chemist and then as a scholar of comparative literature, she has a long-standing interest in gender and science, as well as modernist literature from Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East. She has published on the Egyptian short story writer Alifa Rifaat and teaches the Muslim Women Writers course; she is also developing a course that looks at the English writings of W. H. Auden and Christopher Isherwood in relation to queer theory.

E-mail: Suzanne.Black@oneonta.edu


ChristieCharlene Christie (Ph.D., SUNY Albany) is a social psychologist who specializes in theories of social identity. Her primary research interests center around the manner in which individuals are evaluated as members of social groups. She specifically focuses on the impact of stereotypes, deviance, and intergroup relations on perceptions of ingroup and outgroup members, as well as their impact on evaluations of the self.

E-mail: Charlene.Christie@oneonta.edu


FrancisLeigh-Anne Francis (Ph.D., Rutgers University) is an Assistant Professor with a dual appointment in the departments of History and Africana and Latino Studies. Prior to joining the faculty at SUNY Oneonta, Leigh-Anne completed a Ph.D. in United States and African American History at Rutgers University, an M.A. in U.S. and World History at SUNY Brockport, and a Bachelors degree in Fine Arts Painting and Illustration. Her dissertation, “Burning Down the Cage: African American Women’s Prison Communities in Auburn, New York, 1893-1933,” analyzes the intersections of gender, race and class by exploring crime and punishment, labor and community, through the lens of black women’s experiences while offering comparisons with imprisoned native-born and European immigrant white women. As a Ph.D. candidate, she was a volunteer instructor at Mountainvew Youth Correctional Facility for Men New Jersey. The incarcerated and formerly incarcerated young people with whom she worked taught her many things, including how valuable and unexamined the privilege of freedom is in her life; for this gift, she is deeply grateful. When she’s not teaching or researching, she enjoys spending time with her partner, Jenny, and their cats, Anarchy and Blessing.

E-mail: Leigh-Anne.Francis@oneonta.edu


HanSallie Han, Sallie Han, (Ph.D., University of Michigan) is an associate professor of Anthropology. Her research has focused on ideas and practices of kinship, gender, and reproduction in everyday life in the United States. Currently, she is initiating research on parenting / mothering, children, and literacy. Her book, * Pregnancy in Practice: Expectation and Experience in the Contemporary US *, is due from Berghahn Books in July 2013. Her research on "belly talk" during pregnancy or communication directed to an imagined child in utero has been reported in The Wall Street Journal and on National Public Radio. Recent publications include a chapter on men's "belly talk" in the edited volume, Reconceiving the Second Sex: Men, Masculinity, and Reproduction (Berghahn Books, 2009), and an article on "belly talk" and reproductive politics in Anthropology News (February 2009). Other publications include chapters on fetal ultrasound imaging in the edited volumes Imagining the Fetus: The Unborn in Myth, Religion, and Culture (Oxford University Press, 2009), and The Changing Landscape of Work and Family: Reports from the Field (Lexington Books, 2008). At Oneonta, Dr.Han teaches courses in cultural anthropology (including field methods and ethnographic writing), medical anthropology, and linguistic anthropology. A graduate of Williams College, where she majored in English with a concentration in women's studies, Dr. Han is a former staff writer for The Daily News in New York.

E-mail: Sallie.Han@oneonta.edu


KlinkCynthia Klink (MA, Anthropology, University of California-Santa Barbara) is a New World archaeologist whose research interests include hunter-gatherers, environmental change, and gender in past societies. She developed and teaches the course WMST 253: Women and Gender in Prehistory". She is a 2014 recipient of SUNY’s new Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching.

E-mail: Cynthia.Klink@oneonta.edu


LavinMelissa F. Lavin, Ph.D. received her B.A. in 2003 from University of Colorado at Boulder, her M.S. in 2006 from Southern Connecticut State University, and her Ph.D. in 2011 from University of Connecticut. Dr. Lavin teaches diverse courses in sociology and criminal justice, including police and society, criminology, drugs and society, and race, crime and justice. She is also adviser to the criminal justice club, and is affiliated faculty with women and gender studies. Her research interests include crime and deviance, gender and sexuality, sociological psychology and symbolic interaction, inequalities, and qualitative methods. Her work appears in the Journal of Deviant Behavior.

E-mail: Melissa.Lavin@oneonta.edu


LubdellBambi Lobdell, (Ph.D., Binghamton) received her Bachelor's in Secondary English Education from SUNY Oneonta and a Masters and PhD in English from Binghamton University . Bambi has taught in the Women's and Gender Studies and English departments for over 12 years. She has developed the following classes for Women's and Gender Studies: Women of Resistance, Archetypes of the Wild Woman, Introduction to Queer Studies, Introduction to Transgender Studies, and American Masculinities. For our campus, Bambi has presented on rape culture and transgender issues, and organized the first Welcome to Your Coochie symposium in the spring of 2013. Her research on her ancestor, Lucy Ann/Joseph Israel Lobdell resulted in the book A Strange Sort of Being (MacFarland, 2012), the detailed biography of Lucy/Joe Lobdell’s life, analyzed with gender and queer theories and embedded in historical discussions. She has presented on Lucy/Joe at numerous conferences and has been interviewed by The Advocate magazine and Women4Women radio station. She is currently consulting with film maker, Geoff Ryan, to turn Joe’s life into a feature film.

E-mail: lasavagefemme@yahoo.com


Cindy MillerCynthia Miller, (Ph.D., U. Wisconsin) is a developmental psychologist whose research interests include gender identity and women's conceptions of power.

E-mail: Cynthia.Miller@oneonta.edu


Omara Dr. Kathleen O'Mara received her Ph.D. in African History from Columbia University in 1986. Her primary areas of teaching and research are African and Near Eastern history and within those fields her research has focused on urban history and the economic and cultural history of Islamic West and North Africa. She also studied at the Bourguiba Institute, Université de Tunis, taught at the Université d'Alger, Faculté des Arts et Sciences Humaines, and was a Fulbright Fellow in Egypt. She has published on Saharan Studies, particularly on the Sultanate of Ahïr (Niger), African urban history, and sexuality and gender, especially on emergent lgbtiq social networks and communities in West Africa. In addition she researches and publishes on the impact of neoliberal managerialism in US and global higher education, especially on “diversity.” Her other professional activities have included two decades as editor of Praxis: Gender & Cultural Critiques (formerly Phoebe), expert testimony (pro bono) in lgbtiq West African asylum applications in NY, NJ & CA, and consultant on West African economic and community development, e.g., World Bank (Washington D.C.) and local NGOs in West Africa, e.g., BBUD, SSSJE, QAYN. As internship coordinator for the Africana & Latino Studies Dept. she has successfully placed students with varied NGOs and QUANGOs in West Africa. This is in addition to conducting courses in Ghana annually since 2005. Office-310B Milne Library.Phone: 607-436-2593.

E-mail: omarakk@oneonta.edu.

Recent publications:
Queering Paradigms III: Queer Impact and Practices. (Oxford & Bern: Peter Lang, 2013) co-edited with Liz Morrish; “Kodjo Besia, Supi, Yags & Eagles: Being Tacit Subjects in Contemporary Ghana,” In Toyin Falola & Nana Akua Amponsah, eds. Women, Gender and Sexualities in Africa (Durham, NC: Carolina Academic); “Making Community and Claiming Sexual Citizenship in Contemporary Ghana,” In Sybille N. Nyeck & Marc Epprecht eds., Sexual Diversity in Africa: Politics, Theory, and Citizenship (McGill-Queens University Press, 2013) “Tacit Understandings: claiming non-normative citizenship in Ghana,” in Queering Paradigms II: Agendas, In Burkhard Scherer & Matthew Ball, eds. (Oxford & Bern: Peter Lang, 2011. Interrogating “Diversity, Queers and Minoritized Groups in the Neoliberal Academy: discourse matters co-authored with Liz Morrish, Journal of Homosexuality, Vol. 58 ( Summer, 2011).


Sadow Jonathan Sadow is a specialist in eighteenth-century literature who received his PhD from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. He teaches the class "Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Women Writers", along with other classes that emphasize shifting conceptions of gender, fiction, poetry, theater, print culture, philosophy, and empire. He is currently researching the novels of Eliza Haywood and the poetry of Charlotte Smith, and has presented papers on both authors at several conferences. His recent article "The Epistemology of Genre" is part of the book "Theory and Practice in Eighteenth Century Britain: Writing Between Philosophy and Literature", and explores the relationship between Lockean philosophy and eighteenth-century genre theory. He has also taught at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec and Western New England College.

E-mail: Jonathan.Sadow@oneonta.edu


SealeElizabeth Seale received her PhD from North Carolina State University in 2010. Her research and teaching interests include race, class, and gender; health and the human body; poverty and social welfare; and global inequality. She teaches sociology of women, theories in family studies, and other sociology courses.

E-mail: Elizabeth.Seale@oneonta.edu


TreddenickBianca Tredennick is an Associate Professor in the Department of English who has published on Dickens and Scott. She teaches courses on nineteenth-century British literature, including a class on Jane Austen and another on Madness in Literature. She is currently developing a new course on the Haunted House in literature.

E-mail: Bianca.Tredennick@oneonta.edu


WambuiBetty Wambui (Ph.D., Binghamton University), Assistant professor with a dual appointment in Women's and Gender Studies and Africana Latino Studies and received her Ph.D. in Philosophy from Binghamton University and her M.A. from the University of Nairobi. Her areas of specialization within social and political philosophy include African philosophies, feminist philosophies, critical race theories and critical legal studies, social contract theory, and discrimination and morality. She is a member of the Women's Caucus of the African Studies Association and the executive board of the New York African Studies Association. Her most recent publication is "Testing Conversations: Women, children, goats and land" in Listening to Ourselves: A Multilingual Anthology of African Philosophy edited by Chike Jeffers (2011). She teaches courses including Intro to ALS; Race, Class, Gender, Culture; Race, Gender and Law; Gender, Power and Difference; and Transnational Feminisims, among others.

E-mail: Betty.Wambui@oneonta.edu