Core Faculty

The Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program 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 MacArthur, Guggenheim, Radcliffe, NEH, NSF, Ford and ACLS 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.

Jill S. Greenlee
Jill S. Greenlee
Interim Chair, Undergraduate Advising Head, WGS & SQS Study Abroad Adviser
Associate Professor of Politics
781-736-2760 Olin-Sang American Civilization Center, 205

Expertise: American politics, political behavior, political socialization, public opinion, women and politics, and research methods

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

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

Bernadette Brooten
Bernadette Brooten
Myra and Robert Kraft and Jacob Hiatt Professor of Christian Studies
781-736-2978 Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for the Humanities, 113

Expertise: Christian studies, New Testament, Post-Biblical Judaism, Early Christian Literature and History, Women and Religion, History of Sexuality, Feminist Sexual Ethics (including focus on law and sexuality), History of Slavery

Wendy Cadge
Wendy Cadge
Professor of Sociology and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
Social Science Division Head
781-736-2641 Rabb Graduate Center, 120

Expertise: Sociology of Religion, Culture, Health and Medicine, Immigration, Sexuality, Research Methods, Buddhism, Chaplaincy.

ChaeRan Yoo Freeze
ChaeRan Yoo Freeze
Director of Graduate Studies
Professor of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
781-736-2987 Lown Center for Judaica Studies, 312

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

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

Expertise: Sociology of gender, class & race/ethnicity; families and kinship; historical sociology; community studies.

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

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

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

Expertise: Modern and Contemporary Art

Sarah Lamb
Sarah Lamb
Professor of Anthropology
781-736-2211 Brown Social Science Center, 208
Office Hours: Thursday 3:30-5:30 p.m.

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.

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

Expertise: Religion. Psychoanalytic theory. Memory and trauma. Anthropology of the body. Commodification. East Asia. Japan.

Harleen Singh
Harleen Singh
Associate Professor of Literature, and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
781-736-8485 Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for the Humanities, 114

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

Faith Smith
Faith L. Smith
Associate Professor of African and Afro-American Studies and English
781-736-2094 Mandel 217

Expertise: African and Afro-American literature. Caribbean literature.

Ilana Szobel
Ilana Szobel
Associate Professor on the Joseph H. and Belle R. Braun Chair in Hebrew Literature
781-736-5230 Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for the Humanities, 313

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

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

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.

Faculty Emerita

Pamela Allara
Associate Professor Emerita of Contemporary Art
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
Dian Fox
Professor Emerita of Hispanic Studies, and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
Janet Giele
Professor Emerita, The Heller School for Social Policy and Management
Erica Harth
Professor Emerita of Humanities
Susan Lanser
Professor Emerita of English, Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies, and Comparative Literature