Kadji Amin

Assistant Professor of Queer Studies Literary and Cultural Theory

Ph.D. Duke University | 631.632.7429 | 2112 Humanities Building

Queer studies, queer historiography and temporality, affect studies, literary modernism, transgender studies, and French cultural studies.



Brooke Belisle

Faculty Fellow American Council of Learned Societies | 631-632-1436 | 2122 Humanities Building

Ph.D.  University of California, Berkeley

Comparative media studies and visual culture studies; the history and theory of digital media, cinema and photography.


Mary Jo Bona


Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison| 631.632.1762 | 2116 Humanities Building

Multiethnic American literature/culture, Italian American literature/culture, women's literature and feminist theory, theories of narrativity, theories of ethnicity/migration/diaspora.


Ritch Calvin

Assistant Professor

Ph.D. SUNY Stony Brook| 631.632.7607 | 2119 Humanities Building

Feminist theory, Latina literature and culture, Latina feminisms, feminist science fiction, reproductive technologies.



Françoise Cromer


Ph.D. University of California, Santa Barbara| 631.632.7459 | 2126 Humanities Building

Race, class and gender in health (specifically Black Women's health, breast cancer policy,complementary and alternative medicine), gender and social movements, transnational feminisms and globalization, ancient healing practices.


Robyn Stein DeLuca


Ph.D. SUNY Stony Brook | 631.632.4861 | 2115 Humanities Building

Social psychological theory; psychological aspects of women’s reproductive health (predictors of health behaviors during pregnancy, childbirth satisfaction, postpartum depression, and the cognitive and emotional consequences of cesarean delivery).


Lisa Diedrich

Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies

Ph.D. Emory University | 631.632.1765 | 2117 Humanities Building

Critical medical studies, disability studies, feminist theories, interdisciplinary methods.


Melissa M. Forbis

Assistant Professor

Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin| 631.632-4872 | 2123 Humanities Building

Transnational gender theories and politics, race/ethnicity, indigenous rights, Mexico and LatinAmerica, feminist ethnography.


Krin Gabbard


Ph.D. Indiana University-Bloomington|631.632.7465|2118 Humanities Building

Film theory and history; jazz; interrelations of literature, art, music and film; comparative literature methodology; psychoanalytic approaches to the arts; Ancient Greek literature,drama; literary theory.


Raiford Guins

Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies

Ph.D. University of Leeds |631.632.7466|2121 Humanities Building

History of technology, video game history and preservation, material and
object culture, visual culture and design studies, technological
governance and media regulation, cultural studies and cultural history.


Robert Harvey

Distinguished Professor and Chair

Recipient of the President's & Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, 1996

Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley|631.632.7460|2050 Humanities Building

Primary: twentieth- & twenty-first century literatures in French, critical theory, history of ideas, relations between philosophy & literature in an ethical context, terror & surveillance. Secondary: literature & the arts, film & theory of film, sexuality & literature, queer theory.



Victoria Hesford

Associate Professor

Ph.D. Emory University |631.632.4987 | 2064 Humanities Building

Gender, sexuality, queer and feminist theory, U.S. queer and feminist history, popular and mass culture in the postwar era, and critical theory.


Nancy Hiemstra

Assistant Professor and Program Advisor for Women's and Gender Studies

Ph.D. Syracuse University | 631.632.7430|2067 Humanities Building

Global migration, migration policy-making, immigration enforcement practices, 'homeland security' at the scales of home and community, processes of racialization, constructions of borders and sovereignty, Latin America, and feminist epistemology and methodologies.


Izabela Kalinowska-Blackwood

Associate Professor

Ph.D. Yale University |631.632.7461|2127 Humanities Building

Russian and Polish literature; culture and film.


E. Ann Kaplan

Distinguished Professor

Ph.D. Rutgers University |631.632.7765|1013 Humanities Building

Contemporary theory-- world cinema, media, and gender; trauma, ethnicity, and memory studies; humanities for the environment.



Liz Montegary

Assistant Professor

Ph.D. University of California, Davis |631.632.7427| 2114 Humanities Building

Feminist and queer theory; transnational American studies; LGBT/queer activism; travel,tourism, and mobility studies; cultural studies of militarization.


Patrice Nganang

Associate Professor

Ph.D. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe-University, Frankfurt/Main (Germany) |631.632.1436|2124 Humanities Building

European philosophy; critical theory; African literature; cinema and colonialism; theories of violence; media theory; media theory; creative writing.


Gregory Ruf

Associate Professor

Ph.D. Columbia University|631.632.7652|2068 Humanities Building

Socio-Cultural Anthropology, Gender & Social Organization, Cultural Ecology & Environmental History, Social Theory, Research Design, Ethnographic Methods & Writing, Political & Legal Anthropology, Economic Development, Historical Anthropology.


E.K. Tan

Associate Professor

Ph.D. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign |631-632-7457|2120 Humanities Building

Modern Chinese and Sinophone Literature, Cinema, and Culture, Comparative Literature, Southeast Asian studies, Critical Race/Ethnic studies, theories of Cultural Translation, Comparative Literature, Diaspora, Postcolonialism, Globalization, Transnationalism, and Cinema.





Ilona Rashkow 

Associate Professor Emerita                                                                                      

Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, University of Maryland.            ,                                                                 

Hebrew Bible, Judaic studies, religious studies, feminist literary criticism; psychoanalytic literary theory, women's studies, literary theory, comparative literature.


Louise O. Vasvari 

Professor Emerita                                                                                                   

Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley                                                                    

Medieval literature, literature and folklore,literature and linguistics, translation theory,Romance philology, semiology, art and literature, sexuality and literature.


Sandy Petrey 

Professor Emeritus       

Ph.D. Yale University  

19th-century fiction, theories of the novel; contemporary criticism.



Lou Charnon-Deutsch


Ph.D. University of Chicago

18th- and 19th-century Peninsular literature; feminist theory.


Daniela Flesler

Associate Professor

Ph.D. Tulane University

Contemporary Spanish Literature and Cultural Studies,Postcolonial Theory, Spain and NorthAfrica, Immigration, Tourism.

Serene Khader

Serene J. Khader

Assistant Professor

Ph.D. Stony Brook University

serene.khader@stonybrook edu/ Harriman Hall 239

Feminist Theory (especially feminist ethics), Transnational Feminisms, French Feminism, Global Justice

Kimmel M

Michael Kimmel


Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley

Comparative and historical development; social movements; gender and sexuality.


Shirley Jennifer Lim

Associate Professor

University of California at Los Angeles

U.S. racial minority women's cultural history.



Sara Lipton

Associate Professor

Yale University

Religious identity and experience, Jewish-Christian relations, and art and cultural in the high Middle Ages (11th-14th centuries).


Iona Man-Cheong

Associate Professor

Ph.D Yale University

Chinese history, culture and society, particularly Qing dynasty; women,gender and sexuality in China.


Celia Marshik

Associate Professor

Ph.D. Northwestern University

20th Century British Literature; Modernism; Feminist Studies.


Adrián Perez-Melgosa

Assistant Professor

Ph.D. University of Rochester

Cinema and the novel in the Americas; cultural studies.


Adrienne Munich


City University of New York

Victorian cultural studies, feminist theory, popular culture.


Zabet Patterson

Assistant Professor

Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley

Media archaeology, contemporary art and technology, history of digital representation, history of art, critical theory and psychoanalysis.


Mary C. Rawlinson


Ph.D. Northwestern

Aesthetics, literature, and philosophy; Proust, mystery, and detective fiction; 19th-centuryPhilosophy (esp. Hegel); philosophy of medicine.


Jeffrey Santa Ana

Assistant Professor

Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley

American literature and culture; Asian American literature and film; Filipino diaspora;global migration and transnationalism; gender and sexuality studies; race and ethnicity;emotion studies.


Kathleen M. Vernon

Associate Professor

Ph.D. University of Chicago

Contemporary Spanish and Latin American cinema and cultural studies; gender and popular culture; contemporary Hispanic literature.


Tracey Walters

Associate Professor

African American literature;Black British literature and culture.


Pamela Block

Associate Dean for Research in the School of Health Technology and Management, Associate Professor in the Occupational Therapy Program, Director of the Concentration in Disability Studies for the Ph.D. Program in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, and a Fellow of the Society for Applied Anthropology

Ph.D. Duke University

Researches disability experience on individual, organizational and community levels, focusing on socio-environmental barriers, empowerment/capacity-building, and health promotion.



Ruth B. Bottigheimer

Research Professor

D.A. University at Stony Brook

Tale collections, children's literature, fairy tales; socio-cultural analysis of literature.



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New MA/PhD in Women's and Gender Studies

The Department is pleased to announce that the new MA/PhD program in Women's and Gender Studies has received official certification.  "Click here for more information"


Nancy Hiemstra has been selected to receive the 2014 Graduate and Faculty Research Program in the Arts, Humanities and Lettered Social Sciences.

Robert Harvey has been appointed to the rank of Distinguished Professor.

Izabela Kalinowska-Blackwood is curating a film series at the IWM in Vienna.


Beth Tsai has been selected to receive the 2014 Graduate and Faculty Research Program in the Arts, Humanities and Lettered Social Sciences.

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July 2014

The Humanities Institute

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