Faculty

The Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Department at Brandeis enjoys a distinctive international reputation as a pioneering program. Our core and associate faculty, drawn from 23 Brandeis departments and programs, includes some of the most renowned women’s, gender, and sexuality studies scholars in their fields.

Together, our faculty have received nearly every major national fellowship — including ACLS, Carnegie, Fulbright, Ford, Guggenheim, MacArthur, NEH, NSF, and Radcliffe awards, have collectively published dozens of important books and scores of articles, have received a significant percentage of the university’s teaching awards, and have held many offices in professional organizations.

Department Faculty

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

Pronouns: she/her/hers

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

Elizabeth Brainerd
Elizabeth Brainerd
Susan and Barton Winokur Professor in Economics, and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
781-736-4816 Lemberg Academic Center, Room 164

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Expertise: Labor Economics, Economic Demography, Health Economics, Health and Fertility in Post-Socialist Countries

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V Varun Chaudhry
Assistant Professor of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
Interim Chair, Asian American and Pacific Islander Studies, 2021-22
Rabb Graduate Center, 109
Office Hours: On-Leave from teaching Fall 2022

Pronouns: he/him/his

Expertise: Nonprofit Organizations and Foundations, Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Communities of Color, Queer of Color Critique

Yuri Doolan
Yuri Doolan
Assistant Professor of History, and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
Chair of Asian American and Pacific Islander Studies
781-736-2350 Olin-Sang American Civilization Center, 216
Office Hours: On-Leave Fall 2022

Pronouns: he/him/his

Expertise: Asian American Studies, Transnational U.S. History, Modern Korea, Women’s History, Gender and Sexuality, Oral History, Critical Mixed Race Studies

Karen V. Hansen
Karen V. Hansen
Professor of Sociology, and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
781-736-2651 Pearlman Hall, 209

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Expertise: Sociology of Gender, Class and Race/Ethnicity, Families and Kinship, Historical Sociology, Community Studies

Sarah Lamb
Sarah Lamb
Undergraduate Advising Head
Professor of Anthropology, and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
781-736-2211 Brown Social Science Center, 208

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Expertise: Social-Cultural Theory, Anthropology of Aging, Gender and Sexuality, Person and Self, Medical Anthropology, Immigrant and Transnational communities, Understandings of Modernity, South Asia, South Asian Americans, US Cultural-Historical Practices of Aging

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Shoniqua Roach
Assistant Professor of African and African American Studies, and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
781-736-8564 Jack, Joseph, & Morton Mandel Center for the Humanities 206
Office Hours: On-Leave 2022-23

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Expertise: Black Feminism, Black Sexuality Studies, Performance Theory, African-American Literary and Visual Cultures

Harleen Singh
Harleen Singh
Associate Professor of Literature, and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
Director, Women's Studies Research Center
781-736-8485 Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for the Humanities, 114
Office Hours: On-Leave Fall 2022

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Expertise: Postcolonial Literature and Theory, Colonial Studies, South Asian Novel, Indian Film, Immigrant Literature, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, South Asian Studies

Core Faculty

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Gannit Ankori
Henry and Lois Foster Director and Chief Curator, Rose Art Museum
Professor of Fine Arts, and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
781-736-7254 Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for the Humanities, 312

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Expertise: Modern and Contemporary Art and Culture with Emphasis on Gender, Hybridity, Trauma and the Immigrant Experience, Palestinian and Israeli Art, Frida Kahlo

Jill S. Greenlee
Jill S. Greenlee
Undergraduate Advising Head
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

Anita Hill
Anita Hill
University Professor of Social Policy, Law, and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
781-736-3896 Heller-Brown Building, 374

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Expertise: Anti-Discrimination Law and Policy (Gender and Race)

Peter R. Kalb
Peter R. Kalb
Cynthia L. and Theodore S. Berenson Chair of Fine Arts
Associate Professor of Contemporary Art, and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
781-736-2772 Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for the Humanities, 208

Pronouns: he/him/his

Expertise: Modern and Contemporary Art

Ellen Schattschneider
Ellen Schattschneider
Associate Professor of Anthropology, and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
781-736-2219 Brown Social Science Center, 202

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Expertise: Religion, Psychoanalytic Theory, Memory and Trauma, Anthropology of the Body, Commodification, East Asia, Japan

Faith Smith
Faith L. Smith
Marta F. Kauffman Chair in African and African American Studies
Associate Professor of African and African American Studies, English, and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
781-736-2094 Mandel Center for the Humanities, 217

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Expertise: Caribbean Literatures in English, Literary and Sexual Histories of the African Diaspora, Sovereignty and the Postcolonial Imagination

Ilana Szobel
Ilana Szobel
Associate Professor on the Joseph H. and Belle R. Braun Chair in Hebrew Literature
Associate Professor of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies and, Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
781-736-5230 Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for the Humanities, 313

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Expertise: Modern Hebrew Literature, Israel Studies, Feminist Theory, Psychoanalysis, Trauma Studies, Disability Studies, Film Studies

Gowri Vijayakumar
Gowri Vijayakumar
Assistant Professor of Sociology, and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
781-736-2633 Pearlman Hall 211
Office Hours: On-Leave Fall 2022

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Expertise: Gender, Sexuality, Transnational Social Movements, Development, Labor and Labor Movements, Feminist Theory, HIV/AIDS, Ethnographic and Interview Methods, South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa

Sabine von Mering
Sabine von Mering
Professor of German, and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
781-736-3227 Shiffman Humanities Center, 209

Pronouns: she/her/hers

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

Lecturers and Fellows

Deirdre Hunter
Deirdre Hunter
Lecturer in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
Rabb Graduate Center, 107

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Expertise: Intersection of Feminist, Social Science, and Public Health Theory, Current Practice in Intimate Partner Violence, Sexual Assault, Child Abuse, Animal Abuse, and Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Supervising Internships

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

Pronouns: she/her/hers

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

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Evangelina Macias
Helaine B. Allen and Cynthia L. Berenson Distinguished Visiting Professorship
Indigenous Women, Genders, and Sexualities

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Aamskapipikuni Blackfeet, A'aninin Gros Ventre
Research focus: Dance Studies, Native American and Indigenous Dance, Gender, and Sexuality
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Carmel Ohman
Visiting Assistant Professor in Black Feminist Studies
WSRC, Room 126

Pronouns: she/her/they

Expertise: African American literature and visual culture, Black feminist theories, sexuality studies

Anya Wallace
Florence Levy Kay Fellow in Black Feminist Studies
Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and African and African-American Studies
Art Theory, Black Girlhood Study, Critical Art Writing, Pleasure and Sexual Politics.  

Faculty Emeritae

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Pamela Allara
Associate Professor Emerita of Contemporary Art
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Joyce Antler
Samuel J. Lane Professor Emerita of American Jewish History and Culture
Professor Emerita of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
Silvia Arrom
Professor Emerita of History
Bernadette Brooten
Bernadette Brooten
Professor Emerita of Christian Studies
Professor Emerita of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
Pronouns: she/her/hers
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Dian Fox
Professor Emerita of Hispanic Studies, and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
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Janet Giele
Professor Emerita of Sociology, Social Policy and Women's Studies
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Erica Harth
Professor Emerita of Humanities
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Susan Lanser
Professor Emerita of English; Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies; and Comparative Literature
Pronouns: she/her/hers