Department Staff

ChaeRan Yoo Freeze
ChaeRan Yoo Freeze
Frances and Max Elkon Chair in Modern Jewish History
781-736-2987 Lown Center for Judaica Studies, 312
Pronouns: she/her

Expertise: Jewish history, women's, gender and sexuality studies

Yuri Doolan
Yuri Doolan
Undergraduate Advising Head
Assistant Professor of History, and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies; Chair, Asian American and Pacific Islander Studies Program
781-736-2350 Olin-Sang American Civilization Center, 216
Pronouns: he/him

Expertise: Asian American studies, transnational U.S. history, modern Korea, women’s history, gender and sexuality, oral history, critical mixed race studies

Sabine von Mering
Sabine von Mering
Director of Graduate Studies
Professor of German, and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
781-736-3227 Shiffman Humanities Center, 209
Pronouns: she/her

Expertise: German as a foreign language, climate change and the humanities, fairy tales, Jewish-German dialogue, German women writers, German cinema, Age of Goethe, German drama

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Alexandra Brandon
Academic Administrator
781-736-3045 Rabb 105
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Dr Alexandra Brandon is the Academic Administrator for the Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and the Asian American and Pacific Islander Studies (AAPI) Program at Brandeis University.

To schedule an appointment to discuss administrative matters related to WGS or AAPI with Dr Brandon, please email her directly or contact the WGS Office.

Undergraduate Department Representatives

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Logan Shanks
Undergraduate Department Representative (UDR)
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Logan Shanks is a junior, triple majoring in AAAS/WGS/English. Through her current art and research project, “Playing in Excess,” she is exploring how Black women express subjectivity and interiority through their aesthetics and bodily capital. Logan’s work enhances the places where Black people spend most of their time and energy by creating authentic spaces for community members to engage with their histories, cultural nuance, and aesthetics through more intentional means.

Logan defines herself as a “Black feminist curator” who demystifies traditional “academic” understandings of blackness by pairing Black theoretical knowledge with everyday, familiar encounters of Black culture and art to create spaces where Black ways of knowing are validated and elevated.