Kathy 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.
Melinda Q. Brennan (Ph.D., Gender Studies, Indiana University) is an assistant professor of Women’s and Gender Studies. Her research interests include processes of gendered racialization, Islamophobia and Orientalism; transnational sexualities, diaspora, postcolonial theories, and Chicana feminisms; feminist and queer theorizing of difference and coalition; collective identity construction and social movements. She teaches courses on transnational and diasporic sexualities, racialized embodiments and feminist theory, and representations of cultural and bodily difference via the concept of monstrosity. Her book project investigates the process of gendered racialization that constitutes Islamophobia, through constructions of “Muslim” as an ethno-religious category against the fraught racial category “white.” She argues that gender and sexuality, in mainstream media representations of Muslim life, activate pervasive fears and hatreds that borrow from a history of racism within the U.S. By relaying cultural anxieties about ethnic minorities, anti-immigrant sentiment and the position of women in the U.S., Islamophobia taps into well-worn fears and hatreds. Her second project maps the spaces of disinclusion, hate speech and anti-Muslim social movements as gendered projects of U.S. nationalism, contributing to critical feminist geography and critical race theory. She is a member of the National Women’s Studies Association, Critical Ethnic Studies Association, and Middle East Studies Association.
Susan Bernardin, (Ph.D., University of California, Santa Cruz) is Chair of Women’s and Gender Studies and Professor of English. A specialist in Native literatures, Dr. Bernardin has published articles and book chapters on foundational and contemporary Native writers, including Gertrude Bonnin, Mourning Dove, Sherman Alexie, Eric Gansworth, Gerald Vizenor, and Louis Owens. 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 (University of Nebraska Press) in collaboration with André Cramblit and Terry Supahan, Karuk tribal members. She served as guest editor for Western American Literature’s special issue on Indigenous Westerns in 2014 and has recent publications on contemporary Indigenous mixed-media and comic/graphic arts, appearing in SAIL (Studies in American Indian Literatures) and the Routledge Companion to Native American Literature. Dr. Bernardin is a 2016 recipient of the Susan Sutton Smith Award for Academic Excellence, 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. In 2014-2015, she served as Co-President of the Western Literature Association with David Fenimore of University Nevada Reno and organized its annual conference. Dr. Bernardin teaches courses in Native American literatures, women's literatures, environmental writing, memoir, and post-colonial literatures of the Americas.
Michael Brown (Ph.D., City University of New York) is an associate professor and 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.
Suzanne Black (Ph.D., Comparative Literature, University of Michigan) is an associate professor in the English Department where she teaches classes in professional writing and modern world literature. Her research interests include gender and science, as well as gender in modernist literature from Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East. She has published on gender in early X-ray crystallography and on the Egyptian short story writer Alifa Rifaat. She developed and teaches WLIT 242, Muslim Women Writers.
Kristen C. Blinne is an assistant professor of Communication Studies. She received her Ph.D. in Communication at the University of South Florida. Kristen holds an MA in Medical Anthropology from the Universiteit van Amsterdam and a BA in Creativity Studies from Goddard College. Her research has explored a wide range of topics related to gender, including: partner preferences regarding body hair removal or retention; pole dancing as a recreational fitness activity; online women's health forums centered on alternative birth control methods; and gendered body modification practices such as tattooing, circumcision, and cosmetic surgery. Currently, Kristen's work focuses on cultural sustainability practices, communication and the construction of difference, contemplative philosophy, and activism for social justice work. She teaches classes in Gender Communication, Intercultural Communication, Communication Theory, Listening Theory, New Media, and Public Speaking. For more information about her current work, please visit: www.yogaactivism.com.
Charlene Christie (Ph.D., SUNY Albany) is an associate professor and 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.
"My research explores the psychological consequence of group membership and the process of identification. I am particularly interested in how our evaluations of other groups and individuals impact the way we perceive ourselves, both as individuals and as members of social groups. Through this lens, I study issues related to stereotyping and prejudice, inter-group relations, the maintenance of a group identity, and interpersonal comparisons.
My work examines theories of identity, at both a personal and group level. We all belong to dozens of social identity groups, based on factors such as gender, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, occupation, hobbies, nationality, and political affiliation. When are we most likely to identify with a group? How does our membership in social groups impact the way we evaluate others who share those identities and those who do not? When and how do we use our membership in social groups to protect or enhance our evaluations of self? When do we choose to highlight membership in one identity group vs. another?
All of my research touches on issues of stereotypes and prejudice in some aspect. I have examined a variety of issues such as the influence of stereotypes on social comparison strategies, the measurement of prejudicial attitudes, and the development of negative evaluations toward outgroups. I am particularly interested in examining how our reactions to fellow ingroup members can impact the way we feel about our group and ourselves as members of that group, as well as how evaluations of the self and focal ingroups are influenced by perceptions and evaluations of outgroups. I am also interested in various aspects of intergroup relations, with the aim of determining how we can encourage people to perceive outgroups in a more positive manner."
Janet E. Day (Ph.D., Political Theory, Purdue University) is an associate professor in the Political Science Department where she teaches courses in American Political Thought, Modern Political Thought, Understanding Political Ideas and Gender Politics. Her research interests include late 18th and early 19th-century feminist thought, especially pertaining to political life, its intersection with American social and political movements, and conceptualizations of the individual in social and political institutions as envisioned by feminist theorists.
Jorge Estrada (Ph.D.-ABD, University of New Mexico) is a scholar who dances at the tune of his own drums, and is a Dissertation Fellow and Visiting Assisting Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies. He is currently completing his doctoral dissertation at the University of New Mexico in Spanish with an emphasis on Mexican culture and literature. His dissertation, “Monstrous Masculinities: Vampirism, Cannibalism and Homosexuality in Mexican Literature,” examines how Mexican writers incorporate metaphors of monstrosity, vampirism, cannibalism, and other supernatural phenomena in their literary production, within a theoretical framework informed by feminism, critical literary theory, queer theory, and cultural studies.
When not reading or writing about cannibals, monsters, or vampires, Professor Estrada likes to indulge in reading and analyzing Chicano/a, Latino/a, and Native American works of literature. He is fascinated by the rich use of language and history in these works, especially those from his beloved New Mexico.
Dr. Susan Goodier: Influenced by her passion for nineteenth- and early twentieth-century women’s history, Dr. Goodier focuses on U.S. women’s activism from the period of the Civil War through the First World War. She did her graduate work at SUNY at Albany, earning a master’s degree in Gender History in 1999 and a doctorate in Public Policy History, with subfields in International Gender and Culture and Black Women’s History, in 2007. She then completed a second master’s degree in Women’s Studies in 2008. Before coming to Oneonta, she taught classes in U.S., World, Women’s History, and Research and Analytical Writing at SUNY Polytechnic Institute in Utica. Her book, No Votes for Women: The New York State Anti-Suffrage Movement was published in 2013 (Univ. Illinois Press). She is a public scholar for the New York Council for the Humanities and is the coordinator for the Upstate New York Women's History Organization (UNYWHO). Her forthcoming website project, “How Did Women Anti-Suffragists in New York Try to Reconcile the Contradictions between Their Strategies and Arguments?,” is part of the Women and Social Movements Document Project (Thomas Dublin and Kathryn Kish Sklar, eds.; Alexander Street Press). Dr. Goodier’s current book project is on the New York State Woman Suffrage Movement, with publication expected in 2017, just in time to celebrate the centennial of women voting in New York State.
Sallie Han (Ph.D., University of Michigan) is an associate professor of Anthropology. Dr. Han currently serves as the Chair of the Council on Anthropology and Reproduction (CAR) and Co-Editor of Open Anthropology, the digital journal of the American Anthropological Association. She is the author of Pregnancy in Practice: Expectation and Experience in the Contemporary United States (Berghahn Books, 2013). Her major research and teaching interests include gender, reproduction, and kinship and relatedness. Other areas of interest include studies of material culture and consumption; science and technology studies; anthropology of media; and anthropology of friendship. Her current research incorporates the concerns of linguistic anthropology and medical anthropology and examines the involvement of pediatrics in efforts to promote literacy among children and parents in the U.S. At Oneonta, Dr. Han teaches courses in cultural anthropology (including ANTH 238 Anthropology of Reproduction which is cross-listed with Women’s and Gender Studies), 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. Follow her on Twitter @SallieHanAnthro and on Academia.edu at oneonta.academia.edu/SallieHan.
Cynthia 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 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching.
Melissa F. Lavin is a deviance sociologist and an assistant professor. She received her B.A. in 2003 from University of Colorado at Boulder, and her Ph.D. in 2011 from University of Connecticut. She teaches diverse courses in sociology and criminology, including Gender and Crime, Drugs and Society, Police and Society, and Race, Crime and Justice. Her areas include crime and deviance, medicalization, delinquency, symbolic interaction, inequalities, and qualitative methods. She is an associate editor for the journal Deviant Behavior, and is on the editorial board for the journal Humanity and Society. Her work includes but is not limited to police raids and sex work, drug use and space, deviantization of marginalized youth, and renditions of gender, race, and sexuality in pop culture.
Bambi Lobdell, (Ph.D., Binghamton) received her Bachelor's in Secondary English Education from SUNY Oneonta and a Masters and Ph.D. in English from Binghamton University. Bambi has taught in the Women's and Gender Studies and English departments for over 15 years. She has developed many classes for Women's and Gender Studies: Women of Resistance, Witches, Harlots &Wild Women, Introduction to Queer Studies, Introduction to Transgender Studies, and 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 and Women4Women radio station. She is currently consulting with filmmaker, Geoff Ryan, to turn Joe’s life into a feature film.
Cynthia Miller, (Ph.D., U. Wisconsin) is a developmental psychologist whose research interests include gender identity and women's conceptions of power. A longtime faculty advisor to G.E.A.R.S (Gender Equality & Rights Society), Dr. Miller teaches courses such as Psychology of Women.
Jonathan Sadow (Ph.D. Comparative Literature, UMass Amherst). is an associate professor of English and a specialist in eighteenth-century British literature. He teaches classes in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century literature that emphasize shifting conceptions of fiction, poetry, theater, gender, print culture, philosophy, and empire, as well as courses on literary theory and postmodernism. He has published articles on genre, gender, puppets, and bagels. His chapter "The Epistemology of Genre" is part of the Pickering & Chatto 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. His current research interests primarily involve eighteenth-century women writers like Eliza Fenwick, Charlotte Smith, and Eliza Haywood.
Elizabeth Seale, associate professor of Sociology, received her Ph.D. 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 gender, sexuality studies, sociology of family, social policy, and other sociology courses.
Bianca Tredennick is an associate professor 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 developoing a new course on the Brontes.
Betty Wambui (Ph.D., Binghamton University): Assistant professor with a dual appointment in Women's and Gender Studies and Africana& Latino Studies, Dr. Wambui 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; Transnational Feminisms, among others.