Current Graduate Students
MA in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
Liyanga graduated in Spring 2020 with BA’s in Women’s Studies and English Language and Literature from the University of Maryland, College Park. She is interested in post-colonial literature, queer of color critique, non-profit work, and social justice. She hopes to research the intersection of literature and activism/non-profits.
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.
Lizz earned a BSBA in Economics with minors in Creative Writing and Business Law from the University of Miami and then joined the Brandeis community as a staff member in 2018. She is academically and personally interested in the intersections of race, gender, and religion.
Joint MA in Anthropology & Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
Jennifer graduated from the University of Kansas in 2013 with a BA in Anthropology and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies. Her research interests center on the intersection of fashion, sexuality, and identity. She is largely concerned with the material and aesthetic embodiment of marginalized sexualities in the U.S.
Joint MA in English & Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
Kailoni earned their BA in Africana Studies from San Francisco State University in 2019. Their interests are Queer Studies, Critical Race Theory and African Diaspora aesthetics.
Joint MA in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies & Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
Kelsie earned her BA at George Washington University in Archaeology and History. She is particularly interested in the archaeology and texts of Mesopotamia in the 1st millennium BCE. She also applies critical theory to archaeological and textual evidence, especially theory relating to gender, ritual, performance, colonialism, and orientalism. She has excavated at the sites of Tel Kabri and Tel Megiddo in Israel.
Elizabeth earned their BA in History from SUNY New Paltz (2019). They are interested in queer community history based in the lineage of Allan Bérubé and Joan Nestle. Their research focuses on the influence of halacha and Jewish communal values in the roles that queer Jews played in the liberation movements of the 1960s and 1970s. They are newly interested in researching the intersection between queer Jewry and the Yiddihist movement.
Ashley Stern-Mintz is pursuing a joint MA in Jewish Studies and Women’s Studies. In 2019, she graduated from Emory University with a BA in History, Religion, and Jewish Studies. Ashley currently works as a copyeditor for www.thelehrhaus.com, which publishes short scholarly articles pertaining to Jewish thought. She also works as an academic copyeditor at Emory School of Law in the Center for the Study of Law and Religion, where she assists professors with their publications. Ashley currently lives in Atlanta, GA with her husband, Ariel.