Current Graduate Students

MA in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies

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Liyanga de Silva
Graduate Student

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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.

Imani Dorsey
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.

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Elizabeth (Lizz) Kurian
Graduate Student

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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

Emaan Abidi
Graduate Student
Mordecai Chapman
Graduate Student
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Jennifer Crowder
Graduate Student

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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.

Raphael Figueroa-Miller
Graduate Student
Samuel Jia
Graduate Student
Sara Schmieder
Graduate Student

Joint MA in English & Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies

Lianne Gallant
WGS Graduate Student Representative
Graduate Student
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Kailoni Green
Graduate Student

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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.

Allie Woodlee
Graduate Student

Joint MA in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies & Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies

Kelsie Ehalt
Graduate Student
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Elizabeth [Ned] Nicholson
Graduate Student

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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.

Joint MA in Sociology & Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies

Thelma Wang
Graduate Student

Joint MA in Sustainable International Development and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Caitlin Denton
Rachael Friedman