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

 

Eddy Francisco Alvarez, JrEddy Francisco Alvarez, Jr., received his PhD in Chicana and Chicano Studies from University of California, Santa Barbara with a doctoral emphasis in Feminist Studies. He  holds an MA in Chicana and Chicano Studies, also from UCSB, and a BA and MA in Spanish from California State University, Northridge. Dr. Alvarez’s research interests include Latina/o performance, Latina/o popular culture, queer latinidad, queer oral history, queer migrations, Los Angeles Studies, Fat Studies, critical feminist geography, SWAPA (Spoken-Word-Art- Performance-as-Activism) and decolonial consciousness. He has been published in the Oral History Review and Aztlan: A Journal of Chicano Studies, as well in the 2014 Lambda Literary nominated anthology, Queer in Aztlan: Chicano Male Recollections of Consciousness and Coming Out. His forthcoming publications include poetry and prose in Joto: An Anthology of Queer Xicano and Chicano Poetry and in an anthology on Queer Chicana/o, Xicana/o Spiritualities both by Kórima Press. He is working on an essay on Mexican pop icon Gloria Trevi and her queer Latina/o fandom, an edited anthology on queer LGBTQ immigrant experiences, and a book project, based on his dissertation, “Space, Identity and Memory in Queer Brown Los Angeles: Finding Sequins in the Rubble.” Dr. Alvarez is a member of the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies, the Oral History Association, and a founding member of the queer Chicana/o, Latina/o organization AJAAS, the Association for Jotería, Arts, Activism and Scholarship.In addition to scholarly work, Dr. Alvarez is also a spoken word performer and poet. At UCSB he was a member of W.O.R.D (Women of Color Revolutionary Dialogues) and Yolotl de Papalotl (Heart of Butterfly), both collectives of women and queer people of color who practiced healing and transformation through writing, dialogue and spoken word, performing on campus and in community venues.  http://www.ajaas.com/

Email: eddy.alvarez@oneonta.edu

 

BernardinSusan Bernardin, (B.A., Princeton University; Ph.D., University of California, Santa Cruz) is Chair of Women’s and Gender Studies and Professor of English. A specialist in American Indian and U.S. 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 Andre 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 forthcoming publications on contemporary Indigenous mixed-media and comic/graphic arts. Dr. Bernardin 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. She currently serves as Co-President of the Western Literature Association and is organizing its annual conference. Dr. Bernardin teaches courses in Native American literatures, women's literatures, environmental writing, memoir, 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.

"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."

E-mail: Charlene.Christie@oneonta.edu

 

Jorge EstradaJorge Estrada (PhD-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.

E-mail: Jorge.Estrada@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 (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.

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 British literature who received his PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. 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.

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

 

BlinneKristen C. Blinne is an assistant professor of Communication Studies. She received her Ph.D. in Relational and Health Communication with an emphasis in Feminist Communication and Sexuality Studies 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. She teaches in classes in Gender Communication, Introduction to Communication Theory, Listening Theory, New Media, and Public Speaking. For more information about her current work, please visit: www.yogaactivism.com.

E-mail: Kristen.Blinne@oneonta.edu