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Kristin Alder

Kristin AlderKristin earned an M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Women’s Studies from the University of North Texas.  Her research interests include transnational feminisms; women, peace, and security; development and disarmament; the political economy of violence against women; and the role of the United Nations and other international institutional mechanisms on women’s empowerment.  Her most recent research looks at the role of revolutionary movements in the emergence and development of feminisms in Cuba and China.  Currently, Kristin is the United Nations representative for the U.S. section of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom.

Diana Álvarez

Diana AlvarezDiana Álvarez earned her M.A. in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida. She was also Director of the Women's Center during her time at Florida State University. Diana's research interests include menstruation; girl studies; popular culture; masculinity studies and guy culture; fat studies; women's strong bodies; passing and identity negotiation; art as activism; motherhood studies; and ecofeminism. 

Lindsey Bartgis

Lindsey BartgisLindsey Bartgis has her M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Roosevelt University. Her interests revolve around sexual violence, particularly male sexual assault experiences. She also participates in reproductive justice activism.

Sheila Bustillos-Reynolds

Sheila Bustillos-ReynoldsSheila Bustillos-Reynolds has an M.Ed. in Counseling and Guidance with an Emphasis in Higher Education Administration from Texas State University-San Marcos.  Her research interests include feminist/womanist/Indigenous epistemologies; humor as a tool for social change; Chicana theories; and speculative realist or materialist views of ethical/moral student development theories.


Jessica Camp

Jessica Camp Jessica holds an M.A. in Women's Studies from Texas Woman's University.  Jessica's research interests include Gloria E. Anzaldúa; archival eesearch; feminist pedagogies; multimodal and online education; essential motherhood; motherhood and disability; and composition studies.


Marcella C. Clinard

Marcella C. ClinardMarcella C. Clinard received an M.A. in Women's Studies from Texas Woman's University. Her current research interests include women's roles in conservative religious traditions, feminist and womanist pedagogies, sex education in public schools, and applying Gloria Anzaldúa's theories to the experiences of "Third Culture Kids."

Lauren Cross

Lauren CrossLauren holds an M.F.A. in Visual Arts from Lesley University.  Lauren's research interests are African-American women artists; representations of Black women in American history; black women in film; colorism; African-American quilt traditions; womanist new media praxis; womanist film; black feminist theory; visual sociology; women in arts; Christian spirituality among African-American women;  and East Texas African-American women. 

Allison Davis

Allison DavisAllison holds an M.A. in Women's Studies from Texas Woman's University and is currently completing an M.S. in Counseling and Development.  Her research interests include restorative justice; victim “offender” mediation; trauma counseling; and womanist / multicultural feminist counseling interventions.


Pallavi Govindnathan

Pallavi GovindnathanPallavi Govindnathan is an artist who has an M.F.A. degree in Painting and New Genres from San Francisco Art Institute. Her research in the past has been based on a six-year long study on Acid Violence Against Women in Bangladesh, which prompted the study of Religions and Patriarchal Violence. Her academic research includes women in bollywood cinema; Hindu mythology and culture; representations of gendered violence in art; religions and cultural veiling; commodity culture & ethnic stereotyping; and menstrual taboos & cultural restrictions. Pallavi uses art as a tool to facilitate social awareness and feminist activism.

Sara Ishii-Downing

Sara Ishii-DowningSara Ishii-Downing holds an M.A. in Feminist, Gender, and Women’s Studies from York University in Toronto, Ontario as well as an M.F.A. in Art and Technology from the University of Texas at Dallas.  Sara’s research interests include representations of gender and race in video games; feminist perspectives in games studies; and player-based interpretations of social issues existing within video games. 

Angela Johnson-Fisher

Angela holds an M.A. in Women's Studies from Texas Woman's University.  Her research interests are bodies of knowledge and the links between social theory and comparative historical research.

Morgan Klarich

Morgan KlarichMorgan Klarich holds an M.A.L.S. with emphasis on Cultural Studies from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. Her research interests include popular romance studies; women’s spiritual literature; scientific study of literature; female cognitive and social neuroscience; feminist literary theory; women’s cultural studies; media studies; rhetoric; sex and sensuality; multiculturalism; historical cross-cultural depiction of the divine feminine; the racialism of multi-racial women; and women’s psychology.


Audrey Lundahl

Audrey LundahlAudrey received her M.A. from Colorado State University in English Rhetoric. Her research interests include pop culture studies, especially 1950s and 60s pop culture; speculative realisms; womanist theories; spiritual activism; and social justice pedagogies.


Jennifer Martin

Jennifer MartinJennifer obtained an M.A. in Communication from Northeastern State University in Oklahoma. Her research interests are in the representation of women in popular culture; feminist/womanist pedagogies; and the classroom as activist space.  

Reanae McNeal

Reanae McNealReanae has her M.A. in Women’s Studies from Texas Woman’s University. Her research interests include white settler colonialism; global/U.S. women of colors; womanist/feminist/Indigenous theorizing; liberationist epistemologies; African-Native studies; African-American and Indigenous liberation movements; multicultural transformative pedagogies; women of colors and violence; womanist theology; Indigenous/tribal theology; racial genocide; Black womanist/feminist/Indigenous global thought; and the international council of thirteen Indigenous grandmothers.

Kimberly C. Merenda

Kimberly Merenda

Kimberly holds an M.A. in Women's Studies from Texas Woman's University. Her current research interests include critical nonhuman animal studies; speculative realism; the theory and practice of sustenance farming; dystopian fiction; postanthropocentrism; and human-nonhuman hybridity.


April Michels

April MichelsApril holds an M.A. in English Literature from Duquesne University where she also earned a graduate certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies.  Currently, April’s research interests include feminist reconstructions of biblical and cultural archetypes of femininity; the historical pathologizaton of female sexuality; the literary works of 19th-20th century British and American women writers; comparative literature;  Chicana feminism and re-interpretations of La Malinche, La Virgen de Guadalupe, and La Llorona; immigration, racializaton, and citizenship; and ecofeminism and environmental justice.

Kathy Nguyen

Kathy NguyenKathy holds an M.A. in Social Work from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. Her research interests include cultural shifts of women’s perspectives and psychology in popular culture; women in film; the effects of the cultural revolution on Chinese/Asian women; and women’s perspective on death and dying.


Marcy Paul

Marcy PaulMarcy received her M.A. from the University of Illinois at Chicago in Communication.  Her research interests focus on the intersection of race/ethnicity and sex/gender specifically as it impacts infant mortality.  Marcy’s research interests utilize qualitative methodologies including ethnography, focus groups, CBPR, photovoice and media journaling.


L. Vancil Robertson

Lindsay RobertsonLindsay holds an M.A. in Women's, Gender, and Sexulaity Studies from The Ohio State University where she specialized in Visual and Narrative Cultures.  Her current research interests include queer science studies; ecofeminism and queer ecologies; deployments of animality in popular culture; contemporary political theories; theories of citizenship; and ecophenomenology.

Jennifer Roland

Jennifer Roland earned an M.A. in Social Work from Indiana University. Jennifer is passionate about using a transdisciplinary approach to transform social work practice and pedagogy. Her research interests include the use of womanist theory in social work practice; womanist theory in social work pedagogy; Black feminist thought to engage African American mothers in social work practice; and global perspectives on mothering. Her research agenda combines women’s studies with the substantive areas of overrepresentation of African American children in the child welfare system; restorative Justice in K-12 public schools; and spiritual/sacred activism among social work professionals.

Jessica Spain Sadr

Jessica Spain SadrJessica holds an M.A. in Women’s Studies from San Diego State University. Jessica’s research interests include womanist, indigenous, and queer epistemologies; critical transnational feminist praxis; social and ecological justice movements; spiritual activism; and transdisciplinary research methods.  Jessica is also pursuing an M.A. in Sociology.

Sam R. Schmitt

Sam R Schmitt

Sam holds an M.A. in Criminal Justice from Washington State University. Sam's academic and research interests include:    the prison industrial complex and trans women’s prison activism; sex worker activism; trans and queer spiritualities; trans and intersex subjectivities in the field of women’s studies; trans autobiography genres; trans women of colors’ literary works; disability/chronic illness and intersex/transgender subjectivities in the work of Gloria E. Anzaldúa; LGBTQIA U.S. politics; LGBT legal movements; womanist self-recovery; epistemologies of whiteness; feminist-womanist pedagogies.  

Michelle Slaughter

Michelle SlaughterMichelle holds an M.A. in Instruction from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota.  Her research interests include Girls' Studies; representations of Black females in sports, education, and popular culture; commercial sexual exploitation of girls in the U.S.; Black feminist thought; womanist theories; speculative realisms; social justice pedagogy; social media activism; and politics of beauty.


Erlisha Tamplin

Erlisha TamplinErlisha earned an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis with an emphasis in Higher Education Administration from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Her research interests include women of colour theories; women in sport with a focus on college athletics; minority masculinities; theory of moments and situtations; identity construction, development, negotiation, and work; emotional work and labor; theories of emotion; affect theory; narratives of emotional experiences; Black feminist theory; alternative/non-traditional family and intimate relationship structures; queer theory; embodiment; sexualities and identities; education theory.

Pamela White

Pamela WhitePamela holds an M.A. in Government from Texas Woman's University.  Pamela's research interests include making connections amongst spiritual activism, Indigenous theories, new materialism; and object-oriented philosophy and applying these connections to political issues such as natural gas drilling and food justice. 

Carla Wilson

Carla WilsonCarla holds an M.A. in Women’s Studies from Georgia State University. Her research interests include compassionate listening as a tool for social change; Gloria Anzaldúa; spiritual activism; feminist/womanist/Indigenous epistemologies; pedagogies and practices; ecofeminism; and epistolary/journal/diary writings of women in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Todd Winkler

Todd WinklerTodd holds an M.Ed. in Education Administration from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas and an M.Div. in Theology from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.  Todd's research interests include epistemological/ontological theory; religion; masculinities; and education theory.





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