Graduate Students

Women's and Gender Studies Master's Students

MA in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Roxie Freeman graduated from The College of Wooster in 2016 with a BA in Psychology and a BA in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. They spent a semester abroad in New Zealand their junior year, where they wrote the foundation for their year-long senior Independent Study. Roxie’s Independent Study was entitled “The Happiness Regime: A Feminist Critique of Positive Psychology,” and utilized quantitative analysis to support and expand on Sara Ahmed’s critiques of the field of positive psychology. Their current research interests include feminist care ethics, trans issues, feminist and queer theory, nonbinary genders, and intersectional feminism. 

Roxie Freeman

Alyssa Martin
Elena Silesky
Riley Thomas

Joint MA in Anthropology and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Amber Brown received her B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies with a depth study in Gender, Literature, and Culture from The University of Alabama in 2014. Before beginning her graduate work at Brandeis, Amber served as a Fellow for the Parker-Adams Living-Learning Community and the Teaching Assistant for the Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies course at UA. Her major research interests include alternative sexualities, feminist theory, and popular culture. She is interested in furthering her understanding in these and other areas through the lenses of sociocultural anthropology and psychohistory. Amber is currently researching the effects of the Fifty Shades series upon the BDSM community, and she hopes to continue her graduate education at the doctoral level upon concluding her M.A. at Brandeis. 

Amber Brown

Talia Coroniti graduated from the University of St Andrews with a joint Scottish MA in International Relations and Social Anthropology. In her graduate research Talia aims to explore and further understandings of cultural attitudes and experiences surrounding freedom, agency, resistance, and power in women’s rights discourse in the United States. Talia is currently conducting ethnographic research on freedom as a diagnostic of power and how this may be used to deconstruct the normative subject of U.S. women’s rights discourse.

Talia Coroniti

Alysa Hodgson graduated in 2016 from Michigan State University with a BA in Women's and Gender Studies and a minor in LGBTQ and Sexuality Studies. She is co-founder of a non-profit called Humans Uniting for an Equal Society (HUES) that serves LGBTQ teens and young adults in the Lansing, Michigan area, and worked as its CEO for over a year. She has served as President of the Lansing Association for Human Rights, worked in campus sexual assault prevention, and given lectures to university underclassmen on the social and legal inequalities faced by LGBTQ people. Alysa’s primary research interests include the history of sexuality, sexual health/development/expression, queer theory, pornography, and body image. 

Alysa Hodgson

Ashlee Moser completed her undergraduate work at St. Cloud State University (St. Cloud, MN), graduating with a B.A. in Women’s Studies and minors in Anthropology and Human Relations and Multicultural Education. Her research focuses on ideology formation, politics, feminisms, rurality and the negotiation of difference in the Midwestern United States. She is currently conducting ethnographic research that focuses on how progressives and/or feminists in North Dakota negotiate living and working in a conservative state.

Ashlee Moser

Joint MA in English and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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Joint MA in Public Policy and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Rebecca Huber graduated from Pratt Institute with a BA in Critical and Visual Studies with a concentration in Women's Studies in 2012. Before coming to Brandeis, she worked in direct service non-profits for women's health and re-entry support for formerly incarcerated women. Her current research surrounds women's economic security, care taking, and familial roles. She spent the summer researching paid family and medical leave and the care workforce for the Institute for Women's Policy Research, and co-founded the interactive website Rebecca Huber
Liz Olson received her BA in English with a minor in Women's and Gender Studies from Boston College. She comes to Brandeis with a variety of experience in direct service and nonprofit advocacy work, including crisis intervention and advocacy with and for homeless survivors of intimate partner violence. Most recently, Liz worked for an affordable housing agency in Portland, OR, whose efforts are focused on mitigating displacement of communities of color and examining the racial wealth gap. Her interests include gendered violence, criminalization, welfare discourse & policy, and housing instability & the built environment.  Liz Olson

Joint MA in Sociology and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Alexa Damaska  
Jessica Shenkel  

Joint MA in Sustainable International Development and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Tiffany Nelson graduated from University of Missouri with a BS in Business Administration and a BA in Spanish in 2012. Before coming to Brandeis, she worked as a Primary Literacy Specialist in the Dominican Republic with the Peace Corps. Her current research interests include sex tourism in the Caribbean, women’s economic empowerment, and vulnerability of female migrants. Photo of Tiffany Nelson