Department Staff

ChaeRan Yoo Freeze
ChaeRan Yoo Freeze
Department Chair, Professor of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
Frances and Max Elkan Chair in Modern Jewish History
781-736-2987 Lown Center for Judaica Studies, 312

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Expertise: Jewish History, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Jill S. Greenlee
Jill S. Greenlee
Undergraduate Advising Head and Study Abroad Adviser
Associate Professor of Politics, and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
781-736-2760 Olin-Sang American Civilization Center, 205

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Expertise: American Politics, Political Behavior, Political Socialization, Public Opinion, Women and Politics, Research Methods

Keridwen Luis
Keridwen Luis
Director of Graduate Studies
Lecturer in Anthropology, and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
781-736-4884 Rabb Graduate Center, 106

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Expertise: Culture Theory, Women's Studies, Gender Studies, Gender Theory, Nonheternormative Sexualities, Fandom and Fan Identity, Agency and Identity, Medical Anthropology, Anthropology of the Body, Intentional Communities, Consciously Created Culture, Folklore, Magical Practice

Alexandra (Alix) Brandon
Academic Administrator
781-736-3045 Rabb 105

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Alix is currently finishing her PhD in American Studies with a concentration on Islam and gender in post-9/11 Euro-America. She has degrees from the School of Oriental and African Studies - University of London; the University of Exeter; and the College of William & Mary. Her past research centered on literary criticism of postcolonial Maghreb literature through the work of Assia Djebar and using the framework of zina (adultery) as a framework for analysis and the early origins of the performance of Islam and gender and codeswitching in 19th century America. Her current research focuses on sites of identity development in millennial Muslim women through the Islamic State (IS) and other mechanisms of terror and virtual communities of gendered identities. Her publications appear in a variety of mediums including through Oxford Islamic Studies, Sage Books, and Arabesques.

Undergraduate Department Representatives (UDRs)

Cassipea Stith
Cassipea Stith
Undergraduate Departmental Representative - WGS

Cassipea is non-binary Black student and Posse scholar at Brandeis. Along with Cassipea's major in WGS, they intend on minoring in AAAS. In May 2020, Cassipea was awarded the Raskin Award for their creativity, service and activism in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies. As a 2019-20 recipient of the Rapaporte Summer Internship Grant, Cassipea worked at Charis Circle, the nonprofit organization affiliated with Charis Books, the South's oldest feminist bookstore located in Atlanta, Georgia. After undergrad, Cassipea hopes to enter law school and legally advocate for women of color. For now, Cassipea takes advantage of The Right to Immigration Institute (TRII), which provides a student-based model for legal advocacy by increasing the likelihood of approval for applicants seeking status in the U.S. Cassipea's interest in Black feminism, abolitionist work, and legal studies encourages them to imagine possibilies, while accepting and attempting to better reality.

Izzy Hochman
Undergraduate Departmental Representative - WGS

Graduate Department Representatives (GDRs)

Lianne Gallant
WGS Graduate Student Representative
Graduate Student
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Monica Keel
WGS Graduate Student Representative
Graduate Student

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Monica graduated with a BA in Spanish & French (double major) with a minor in sociology from Manhattanville College in 2019. She is interested in racial theory, intersectionality, social justice and global feminisms. She wants to further research the experiences of women of color worldwide through an intersectional lens to move towards equal representation for women in all fields.