Faculty

Meet Our Faculty

Bernadette Brooten
Bernadette Brooten
Myra and Robert Kraft and Jacob Hiatt Professor of Christian Studies
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Bernadette Brooten, Kraft-Hiatt Professor of Christian Studies; of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; of Classical Studies; and of Religious Studies at Brandeis University, is founder and director of the Brandeis Feminist Sexual Ethics Project. She has written Women Leaders in The Ancient Synagogue: Inscriptional Evidence and Background Issues, Love Between Women: Early Christian Responses to Female Homoeroticism for which she received three awards, and she has edited Beyond Slavery: Overcoming Its Religious and Sexual Legacies.

Wendy Cadge
Wendy Cadge
Professor of Sociology and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
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Wendy Cadge is a Professor of Sociology, Social Science Division Head and former chair of the of the Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program at Brandeis University. She is an expert in contemporary American religion, especially related to religion in public institutions, religious diversity, religion and immigration, and religious and moral aspects in healthcare. She is the author of two books, Paging God: Religion in the Halls of Medicine and Heartwood: The First Generation of Theravada Buddhism in America.

V Varun Chaudhry
V Varun Chaudhry
Assistant Professor in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program

V Varun Chaudhry is a South Asian trans queer boi originally from outside of Baltimore, MD. V is currently a PhD Candidate in the Department of Anthropology at Northwestern University, and a visiting scholar in the Center for the Study of Women in Society at the University of Oregon. Beginning in fall 2019, V will be an Assistant Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Brandeis University.

Peter Kalb
Peter Kalb
Associate Professor of Contemporary Art on the Cynthia L. and Theodore S. Berenson Chair and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
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Peter Kalb is the Cynthia L. and Theodore S. Berenson Associate Professor of Contemporary Art at Brandeis University where he teaches modern and contemporary art history. He is also a member of the core faculty of the Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program. His most recent publication is Art Since 1980: Charting the Contemporary which details the expanding contemporary art world from its New York explosion in the early 1980s to its global expanse in the 21st century.

Keridwen Luis
Keridwen Luis
Lecturer in Anthropology and in the Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program
781-736-4884 Rabb Graduate Center, Rabb 107

Keridwen Luis is lecturer in the Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies program and the Departments of Anthropology and Sociology at Brandeis University. She is also a lecturer at in Departments of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Sociology at Harvard University. She recently published her first book, Herlands: Exploring the Women’s Land Movement in the United States.

Shoniqua Roach
Shoniqua Roach
Assistant Professor, Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies

Shoniqua Roach is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at the University of Oregon, where her research and teaching focuses on Black Feminism, Black Sexuality Studies, and Black Literary and Visual Cultures. In Fall 2019, she will be joining the African and African American Studies Department and the Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program at Brandeis University as an Assistant Professor.

Harleen Singh
Harleen Singh
Associate Professor of Literature and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
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Harleen Signh is Associate Professor of South Asian Literature and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies. She served as Chair of the South Asian Studies Program from 2007-2016. She has published articles on novels from India and Pakistan, on Indian film, and reviewed books on Hip-Hop music, sexuality, and feminism. Her book The Rani of Jhansi: Gender, History, and Fable in India interprets the conflicting, mutable images of an historical icon as they change over time in literature, film, history, and popular culture.

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Kim Westheimer
Director of Strategic Initiatives
Kim Westheimer has led LGBTQ youth initiatives for the past 25 years, leveraging the power of education, advocacy and research in local, state and national governmental organizations and non-profits. Currently a consultant for Gender Spectrum, Kim launched and directed the Welcoming Schools Program at the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. She co-authored with Jeff Perrotti, When the Drama Club is Not Enough, a book that chronicles lessons learned from the Safe Schools Program for LGBTQ students in Massachusetts. Her work has also been featured in publications for professional organizations such as the National Association of School Psychologists, the American School Counseling Association, and the National Association of Elementary School Principals. As a teaching fellow in the Psychology Department at Harvard, Kim was awarded The Harvard University Certificate of Distinction in Teaching.  She was also an adjunct professor at Wheelock College, where she taught a class on LGBTQ youth and families. Kim is currently a board member of the American Friends of the Parents Circle, an organization that supports Palestinian and Israeli Jewish Dialogue in Israel and Palestine.