Women's Studies and Resource Center

Women's and Gender Studies Faculty List

Greta Bliss (Foreign Languages & Literature) teaches Introductory French II, Introduction to the Francophone World: "Cultural Manifestoes", Reading Strategies: "Reading Other Worlds" and Grammar and Composition I. Her research explores the intersections between literature and cinema, feminist theory, translation theory, and postcolonial studies.

Mark Boren (English) teaches courses on literary theory, gothic literature, masculinity in literature, and madness. His research areas of interest include Romantic literature, Gothic literature, psychoanalysis, madness, sexuality, metaphors of gender, and linguistic constructions of the feminine.

Candice Bredbenner (History) teaches courses in U. S. history, including women's history and Constitutional history. Her current research involves on a book project on the evolution of ideas about the obligations of citizens in twentieth century America.

Kate Bruce (Psychology) teaches classes on Human Sexual Behavior and Evolutionary Psychology. Her research interests are in the areas of attitudes about human sexual behavior (especially risky sexual behavior) and also comparative cognition (similarities in learning across species).

Carrie L. Buist (Sociology & Criminology) teaches criminology courses in corrections, theory, and women, crime, and justice. Her research includes but is not limited to women in policing, gender and sexuality, feminism, and pop culture.

María Camí-Vela (Foreign Languages & Literatures) teaches literature and film courses focusing on gender, class, and sexuality. Her current research explores the representation of desire and sexuality in films directed by women.

Kim Cook (Sociology and Criminology) teaches courses on criminology and social justice. Her current areas of research interest include the death penalty, restorative justice, and violence against women

Andrea Deagon (Foreign Languages & Literatures) teaches classical studies. Her research interests include women's dance and women's experience of the sacred.

Janet Ellerby (English) teaches courses that focus on women writers, issues of gender, and the memoir. She is currently working on a cultural analysis of adoption practices in literature and history.

Florentina Andreescu (International Studies) teaches courses in interanational studies, her work investigates through films issues of legitimization and social authority, gendered, national and ethnic identities, transitions, trauma and space.

Sarah Hallenbeck (English) teaches courses feminist rhetorical theory, history of rhetoric, professional and technical communication.

Jennifer Horan (Public & International Affair) teaches courses focusing on the status of women in the American political system. Her current research interests include environmental policy and policymaking in Latin America and the impact of environmental degradation on women in the developing world.

Michaela Howells (Anthropology)teaches courses in human biological variation and human growth and development.  Her research interests include reproduction, maternal and child health, intergenerational growth and development, health education, and medical anthropology.

Donna King (Sociology & Criminology) teaches sociology courses focusing on gender, race, and class. Her current research interests include eco-feminism and feminist critiques of consumer culture.

Jacquelyn Lee (Social Work) routinely teaches classes in crisis intervention and human behavior.  Her current research focuses on pedagogical and curricular innovation, workforce wellness, and the effects of and responses to secondary traumatic stress, including mindfulness and caregiving.

Diane Levy (Sociology & Criminology) teaches courses in the sociology of the family, gender and society, and the sociology of work and occupations. She is interested in gender and globalization, tourism, and women's travel accounts.

Rania Mahmoud (World Languages and Cultures) teaches courses in Arabic and on the Middle East.  Her research focuses on gender, colonialism, and postcolonialism in the Middle East.

Victor Malo-Juvera (English) typically teaches courses required for English majors in the Teacher Licensure Option. His current research interests include examining the effects of literary instruction on adolescent readers' attitudes, such as rape myth acceptance and homophobia, examining the effects of culturally relevant language arts pedagogy on student performance, and examining preservice teachers' attitudes toward using LGBTQ literature.

William McCarthy (History) teaches courses in European history, global history, and the history of science, addressing masculinity and gender in European, colonial and postcolonial contexts. His research interests focus on masculinity in maritime and colonial settings, with particular attention to sexuality, verbal insults and personal violence

Lori Messinger (Social Work) teaches Social Work courses that focus on social welfare, issues in diversity, and social diversity and social work practice.  Her research focuses on social work practice with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender populations, comprehensive community planning processes, cultural competence in social work education and practice, and organizational change processes, especially in institutions of higher education.

Katherine Montwieler (English) teaches courses related to gender and literature. Her current research interests are eighteenth- and nineteenth-century women writers and constructions of gender and sexuality.

Diana Pasulka (Philosophy & Religion) teaches courses on women and religion. Her research focuses on gender representations in world religions as well as religion and popular culture.

Laurie Patterson (Computer Science) teaches introduction to computer science courses.. Her research looks at the differences between the genders in areas such as how technology is used and why women leave the computer science major at higher rates than men do.

Katie Peel (English) teaches courses in young adult and children's literatures, as well as GLBTQ literature and studies. Her research interests include issues of gender and sexuality, young adult and Victorian literatures.

Jamie Pond (Sociology) teaches introduction to women's and gender studies, sexuality and gender, and masculinity and film. Her research interests include gender, education, religion, and pop culture. She is completing her dissertation on Female Atheists in the South.

Paula Reid (Nursing) teaches courses in Women's and Community Health. Her research includes scholarship on HIV/AIDS education & training for care providers and computer assisted Instruction as a strategy for HIV/AIDS Education & Training for healthcare professionals. She is a current manuscript reviewer for Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (JANAC).

Colleen Reilly (English) teaches courses in professional writing and computers and writing, including a course in gender and technology. Her current research explores how gender and sexuality help to construct and are constructed by technologies.

Sue Richardson (Film Studies) teaches courses about women filmmakers, representations of the female form on screen, and issues that include the interconnections of gender, sexuality, race, and class.

Chadwick Roberts (Communication Studies) teaches courses in media literacy and popular culture. His research interests include gender and popular culture, sexuality and obscenity. He is currently completing his dissertation on the use of feminist rhetoric in Playgirl magazine.

Carolyn A. Jost Robinson (Anthropology) teaches courses in physical anthropology, cultural anthropology, and behavioral ecology.  Her research draws on feminist perspectives in science, technology, and environmental studies and has focused on human-environment interactions, primatology, and cultural child-rearing practices.

Donyell Roseboro (Watson School of Education) is the Director of the Professional Development System Office and Associate Professor in the Watson College of Education, UNC Wilmington, NC. She teaches courses in foundations of education with particular emphasis on the ways that race, gender, and class shape educational processes. She published The Sexuality Curriculum & Youth Culture (2010), co-edited with Dennis Carlson as well as several other journal articles in 2012 in Teaching and Learning: The Journal of Natural Inquiry and Reflective Practice and Urban Education.

Karen Sandell (Social Work) teaches social work courses focusing on issues relating to women, children, and society. Her current research interests include teaching innovations in social work education, technology and social work education, and feminist practice.

Michelle Scatton-Tessier (World Languages and Culture) is the director of the Women's Studies & Resource Center. She teaches courses on French language, culture and French/Francophone film.

Julie-Ann Scott (Communications Studies) teaches courses in performance studies, storytelling, and qualitative methods. Her research focuses on the intersections of gender, disability, and the cultural performance of identity.

Michael Seidman (History) teaches courses on Western Civilization, the rise of Fascism, and the rise of Anti-Fascism.  His books include Atlantic Antifascisms, 1936-1945 (Cambridge UP 2017), The Imaginary Revolution: Parisian Students and Workers in 1968 (Berghahn Books 2004), and Republic of Egos: A Social History of the Spanish Civil War (University of Wisconsin P 2002).

Shannon Silva (Film Studies) teaches courses in experimental and documentary film production. Her current research focuses on issues of gender, consumer culture, celebrity and fan studies.

Helena Spencer (Music) teaches courses in music. Her current research explores the conflation of landscape and gender in nineteenth-century Parisian music theater, and she has published on Scandinavian supernatural folklore in Bournonville's ballet La Sylphide and in Ibsen art song settings.

Jean-Anne Sutherland (Sociology): teaches sociology courses that examine gender, work and family, theory, and social psychology. Her research areas include sociology through film (women and feminism in film) and, the sociology of mothering.

Olga Trokhimenko (Foreign Language) teaches all levels of German language, literature, and culture, but particularly specializes in medieval culture and mythology, gender studies, and literary folklore. Her research includes medieval German Studies, gender and feminist studies, and literary folklore.