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Fighting for justice

This program has the benefit of a core faculty and a campus-wide affiliate faculty in an array of disciplines —the result is a tremendous collection of experts whose knowledge and expertise is matched by their passion. Women's Studies faculty share interests in and commitments to diverse women's issues, as well as feminist scholarship and pedagogies. Please feel free to contact faculty to discuss a course, program or topic of interest to you.

Faculty and staff can find descriptions of committee work at Blugold Insider.

The faculty of the women's studies department have been wonderful in helping me engage with complex material for class. I can tell that the faculty really enjoy teaching due to the passion and the willingness to help they bring to the classroom everyday.

Current WMNS major
Professor teaching class

Women's Studies Faculty & Staff      

Rose-Marie Avin
  • Ph.D., University of Maryland-College Park, 1986
  • B.B.A., Baruch College, City University of New York, Summa Cum Laude, 1978

I'm originally from Haiti and I have been teaching in the Department of Economics at UWEC since the fall of 1987. I teach courses on the economies of the developing world (Econ 355), the economies of Latin America (Econ 356), and women in the developing world (Econ/WGSS 357). I also teach Transnational Feminism (WGSS 335) and Capstone: Social Justice Practicum (WGSS 496), which are core courses in the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Program.

In my research, I focus primarily on women in the developing world, especially Nicaragua. I have written articles on gender issues in the developing world, more specifically on economic restructuring, the empowerment of Nicaraguan women, free-trade zones, female entrepreneurs in Vietnam and the role of international organizations in economic development. I enjoy conducting research with our students. To that end, I received two grants from the International Fellowship Program (IFP) to conduct research abroad with our undergraduates. I travelled to Nicaragua with one student to conduct research on the women working in the free trade zone. For the second grant, I travelled to Vietnam with 2 students to conduct research on female entrepreneurs.

I have the honor to have been the recipient of two Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Awards: one to Brazil in 2000 and the second one to India in 2005. Although I have conducted research and led many study abroad programs in developing countries, the countries that I have studied in more depth include Argentina, Nicaragua and Vietnam.


Lori Jahnke

Affiliate faculty + staff

Creanna Cote
  • MLS, University of Minnesota- Twin Cities (Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Feminist Science)
  • B. S., University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire (Biology)


Teaching Interests
  • Women in Sciences
  • Traditional Ecological Knowledge


  • Academic Advisor for Life and Health Sciences
  • Advisor for Women in STEM Group
  • Women's Studies Affiliate
  • Women's Studies Liaison
Communication and Journalism
Ellen Mahaffy
  • MFA, The College at Brockport and the Visual Studies Workshop, State University of New York (Visual Studies)
  • BFA, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, Maryland (Photography)
Teaching Interests
  • Photography
  • Photojournalism
  • Video
  • Graphic Design
  • Visual Communication
  • Documentary Film
Research Interests
  • Queer Cinema
  • Social Landscape
  • Surreal Landscape
  • Artists' Books
  • Affiliate, Women's Studies Program
  • Women's Studies Program Steering Committee
  •  University Senate Technology Committee
  •  UWEC Shotokan Karate Club
  •  UWEC Photography Club
  •  Eau Queer Film Festival (Executive Director)

After earning my BFA in photography I could have become a commercial photographer, who created images for others. Instead I remained committed to fine art photography, and supplemented my income by with jobs in sales, photo assisting, freelance, and darkroom work. Graduate school at the Visual Studies Workshop expanded my photographic repertoire to include the written word, giving me new tools with which to create and preserve stories, including my artist's book, Nothing Was Ever Said. I also developed my skills as a graphic designer, which enabled me to enter the ad agency world, as both a print production manager and advertising director. 

Through my avocation, Shotokan Karate, where I led self defense, I entered academic teaching with an array of real world experiences to share. Before landing at the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire, I taught at Rochester Institute of Technology, the University of Nevada, Reno, and South Lake Tahoe Community College. 

My passion for teaching derives from my interest in preserving stories. I assist my students in using multimedia technologies to share people's stories. Some of their work is available at CJ 184.002 video projects, This Is Women's Studies, which was created as part of the university's centennial celebration.

Nicole Schultz
  • Ph.D., Bowling Green State University (Communication)
  • M.A., Minnesota State University-Mankato (Speech Communication)
  • B.A., Winona State University (Organizational Communication)
  • Graduate Certificate, Bowling Green State University (Women's Studies) 
Teaching Interests
  • Organizational Communication  
  • Women's Studies Program
  • Gender, Race, & Class-The Social Construction of Identity
  • First-Year Experience
  • Fundamentals of Speech
  • Research Methods
  • Small Group Communication
  • Women in the Mass Media
  • Training and Human Resource Development
  • Academic Apprentice Development
  • Communication in Interpersonal and Cultural Contexts
  • Communication Studies Capstone/Senior Research Seminar
  • Independent Study Development
  • Women, Work, & Family Issues
  • Women's Studies Capstone
Research Interests
  • Generational Diversity
  • Work-Life Balance/Integration
  • Gender Issues
  • LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning) Issues in Education
  • Critical Pedagogy
  • Social Media and Integrated Organizational Communication
  • Social Justice Issues 
  • Liberal Education & Integrative Learning
  • Associate Professor, Department of Communication and Journalism
  • Affiliate, Women's Studies Program
  • Faculty Advisor, Communication & Journalism Organization
  • Advisory Board Member, Positive Avenues-LSS
  • Board Member, Fierce Freedom 

I have had the pleasure of attending and/or co-coordinating the Something New domestic intercultural immersion program, on which UWEC staff and faculty travel to Clarkston, Georgia and Selma, Alabama to focus on community service, refugee issues, and civil rights history and engagement affiliated with the CJ/WMNS 111: Gender, Race, Class, & Communication course. I have also been actively engaged in collaborative activist and integrative learning endeavors with students and colleagues in the College of Arts and Sciences surrounding issues of homelessness and mental illness with which community members live. In addition, I have been involved in the not-for-profit Clear Vision Poverty Summit in the Chippewa Valley. 



I serve as an Editorial Review Board member for the Western Journal of Communication, Communication Studies, Communication Teacher, and Speaker and Gavel. In addition, I regularly serve the discipline as a Reviewer for the Feminist and Women's Studies, Instructional Development, Basic Course, and Master's Education divisions of the National Communication Association. When I'm not working, I enjoy my neighborhood, collaborating with local not-for-profit organization initiatives, listening to oldies, grilling out, campfires, playing cards, thrifting, local arts in the Chippewa Valley, and playing with members of my animal far including Kima La Pooch the Pomerianian, Facha the Ferret, and Whimzy the Budgie Perrot! 

Computer Sciences
Heather Amthauer
  • Ph.D., University of Kansas (Computer Science)
  • M.S., University of Kansas (Computer Science)
  • B.A., Macalester College (Chemistry, Biology minor)
Teaching Interests
  • Introduction to Computer Science
  • Data Structures and Algorithms
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Knowledge-Based Systems
  • Data Mining
Research Interests
  • Natural Language Processing
  • Data Mining
  • Bioinformatics
  • LGBTQA Advisory Board Member
  • Women's Studies Affiliate
  • Women in Information Technology Systems (WITS) Faculty Adviser
  • ALD-PES Faculty Adviser
Academic Skills Center
Patti See
  • M.A., University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire
  • B.A., University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire


Teaching Interests
  • Third Wave Feminism
  • Masculinities Studies
  • Men and Film
Research Interests
  • Creative non-fiction
  • Third Wave Feminism
  • Masculinities
  • Teach WMNS 210 and 260
  • Serve on the Liaison Committee

As a Distinguished Student Services Coordinator in the Academic Skills
Center (my main job on campus), I run tutoring programs and teach GEN courses
for first year students or students in academic difficulty. Each summer I
teach in the Upward Bound Program for local high school students.

In Women's Studies, I am a Senior Lecturer. I created and regularly
teach two courses, WMNS 210: Culture of Third Wave Feminism, and the umbrella
course WMNS 260: Masculinities Studies and Feminist Theories (as "Boy to
Man: Males in Contemporary American Film"). These two classes are
not only great fun to teach, but I know that the material—on contemporary
gender justice or on the effects of hyper masculinity—offers concepts that
students have sometimes never discussed much less even considered. I love
being a part of that "awakening" with students. I was a long-time member
of the Steering Committee, and I currently serve on the Liaison Committee which
plans our annual Women's History Month Awards and the spring newsletter. 

As a freelance writer, I often give voice to women's experiences. My
stories, poems, and essays have appeared in Salon Magazine, Women's
Quarterly, Journal of Developmental Education, The
Wisconsin Academy Review
, The Southwest Review, HipMama, Inside
, as well as many other magazines and anthologies. I am the
co-editor (with Bruce Taylor) of a first-year experience textbook, Higher
Learning: Reading and Writing About College
, 3rd edition
(Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2011), and a poetry collection, Love's Bluff
(Plainview Press, 2006). I wrote the blog "Our Long Goodbye: One
Family's Experiences with Alzheimer's" (
which has been read in over 90 countries. In addition, I'm a frequent
contributor to "Wisconsin Life" on Wisconsin Public Radio (

In 2011 I moved into a small cabin on Lake Hallie with my husband, and I
started writing about getting to know my neighbors as well as the strangers who
fish the lake. Recently I mentored two public history students, and we
collected the oral histories of people who have lived on Lake Hallie the
longest. An ORSP grant funded a project to create the documentary "Lake
Hallie Lives: An Architectural and Oral History Project," which included these
voices along with old and new still photos. This is the first of its kind
to document the history of Lake Hallie and its few lakeside residents. (

My projects often grow out of my own experiences
as a woman: whether caring for a dying parent, mentoring students, or sitting
on my dock with a Mojito. All appear in my writing.


David Jones
  • Ph.D., University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN (English Language and Literature)
  • M.A., University of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV (English Language and Literature)
  • B.A., University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA (English and Secondary Education)

I am a Professor of English and Honors Education at the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire. I also serve as the Director of Graduate Studies for the English Department at UWEC. In the past, I have had leadership roles for the UWEC Honors Program, the Liberal Studies Program, and several diversity initiatives. It is a lifelong goal to help improve how public institutions serve our whole communities equitably.

As a professor, my primary field is African American literature. My faculty peers in English would probably describe my approach to teaching as "New Historicism" or "Cultural Studies." For me, historical and cultural contexts are just as important as literary expression, and in a typical class of mine, nonfiction readings supplement works of poetry, fiction, and drama. Some of the courses I teach have conventional titles such as "Making Sense of the Movies," "Survey of American Literature," etc., but you can get a stronger sense of my teaching interests from more specialized courses I have taught:

  • Black Feminism in the Humanities
  • Sexism in the 60s
  • American Childhood and the Culture Wars
  • Fordism and the Great Depression
  • Analytical Thinking about Social Issues
  • Rock and Roll and the American Experience (1950s/1960s/1970s)

Whenever I get the chance to write for publication, I greatly enjoy the opportunity. My publications tend to examine U.S. cultural history in relation to social movements, group identities, and popular trends in literature, film, and public politics. Recently, I've published a book chapter on the film 12 Years a Slave (published in 2014 in the collection, Movies in the Age of Obama) and a book chapter in 2016 on strategies for improving diversity and equity in Honors programs. Going further back, there are two book projects that I am proud to have completed: a book on the Black Arts Movement (A New Breed of Black Consciousness) and a collection of essays that I co-edited with Dr. JoAnne Juett (Coming Out to the Mainstream: New Queer Cinema in the 21st Century). 

I am also a professional musician (a vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter) who performs under the names Davey J & Friends and Davey J and the Jones Tones. Music is definitely a passion, as I have published five original music CDs with my own independent label, B Major Productions (the most recent CD is called Chippewa Love). In music industry language, our style would probably be "Americana" or "Roots," but there are elements of rock, blues, reggae, indie, folk, and even jazz in my music. You can hear some of my music and see my live show calendar at

In my past creative work, I also produced and hosted two radio programs on popular music and Wisconsin culture for Wisconsin Public Radio: Jazz, Blues, and Beyond and Wisconsin Wealth. I really enjoy maintaining a flexible and relevant range of academic interests, and I'm so thankful that innovation is welcome in our English Department!

Theresa Kemp
  • Ph.D., Indiana University, Bloomington (British Literature 1350-1660; Graduate Minors in Medieval and Women's Studies)
  • M.A., University of Washington, Seattle
  • B.A., University of Washington, Seattle, cum laude
Teaching Interests
  • Shakespeare (early modern and post-colonial revision)
  • Medieval and early modern British literature
  • Women's literature (early modern and contemporary)
  • Women's studies and feminist theory
  • British/US representations of witchcraft
  • Feminist Teacher Editing Practicum

Theresa D. Kemp joined UWEC's English department in 1999 after having taught at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. After serving for several years as UWEC's Director of Undergraduate Studies, she served as Director for Women's Studies (2010-2013).

Since 1993, Dr. Kemp has been a member of the Editorial Collective for Feminist Teacher (University of Illinois Press), and helped co-edit The Feminist Teacher Anthology: Pedagogies and Classroom Strategies (Teachers College Press, 1998).

She has been the recipient of several university as well as state and national awards, including a Newberry Library fellowship, a Wisconsin Humanities Council grant, and a NEH faculty grant to the Folger Shakespeare Library. In 2008, she was the UWEC nominee for UW-System Regents Teaching Excellence Award.

Cathy Rex
  • Ph.D., Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama (English: Early American literature)
  • M.A., University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii (English)
  • B.S., Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama (English Education)
Teaching Interests
  • Race and gender in early America (1830 and before)
  • Early American texts by and about women writers
  • Early American texts by and about Native American writers
  • Early American material and visual culture (gubernatorial seals, portraiture, heraldry)
Cathy Rex's work has appeared in Studies in American Indian Literatures, Women's Studies, American Quarterly, and College and Research Libraries. Her book Anglo-American Women Writers and Representations of Indianness, 1629-1824 was released by Ashgate Publications in 2015. Her most recent essay appeared in Women's Narratives of the Early Americas and the Formation of Empire, a collection edited by Mary McAleer Balkun and Susan Imbarrato (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016).
Jennifer Shaddock
  • Ph.D., Rutgers University (English)
  • M.A., University of Colorado-Boulder (English)
  • B.A., The Colorado College (English)
Teaching Interests
  • Victorian and Modern British Literature
  • Women's Literature
  • Women and War Literature
  • Gender Studies
Research Interests
  • Anglophone Women and Twentieth-Century War Literature
  • The Grotesque in Women's Literature
  • Victorian Literature
  • Victorian and Modern British Literature
  • Women's Literature
  • Internship Director
  • Composition
After I graduated college, I spent four important years learning to apply the critical thinking, deep reading, and communications skills I had learned as an English major to journalism and public relations. I then went on to get my graduate degree in literary studies, and have been teaching at UW-Eau Claire for over 20 years. During that time, I was Director of the Women's Studies program for two years and the Director of Graduate English for nine years. In 2016, I will begin serving as the English department's Internship Director. While these kinds of administrative roles are sustaining, I find my greatest rewards in the day-to-day teaching of students and the power of literature to change us.
Geography + Anthropology
Ari Anand
  • Ph.D., University of Arizona (Anthropology)
  •  M.A., University of Arizona (Comparative Cultural & Literary Studies)
  • A.B., Hope College (History)


Research Interests
  • Aspects of subject formation, including gender/ethnic/class processes, nationalism, state-formation, civil society, capital/labour relations and religious tradition, in a context that appears to be increasingly saturated by processes of globalization.
  • Contemporary socio-political debates in South Asia 
  • ANTH/AIS 161: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
  • ANTH 315/515: Language in Culture and Society
  • ANTH 463: Anthropology of Religion
  • ANTH 491-02: Anthropology of South Asia 
Teresa Sanislo
Janice Bogstad
  • Ph.D.   University of Wisconsin - Madison (Comparative Literature, Minor: Chinese)
  • MLS  University of Wisconsin - Madison (Library and Information Studies)
  • M.A., University of Wisconsin - Madison (Comparative Literature, Chinese, French, German)
  • B.A., University of Wisconsin - Madison
  • 3 month - Summer School, Taiwan Normal University, Taipei, Modern Chinese Fiction
  • 2-week Oxford Bodleian Library Seminar on Modern Librarianship (2001, 2005)
  • Harvard Seminar on Academic Library Management
Teaching Interests
  • Women's Studies, especially theory and research
  • Women's Literature, Anglo-American, French and Chinese
  • Science Fiction and Fantasy, esp. Women writers, and Tolkien
Research Interests
  • Women's Studies, especially theory and research
  • Women's Literature, Anglo-American, French and Chinese
  • Science Fiction and Fantasy, esp. Women's Science Fiction, Chinese Science Fiction
  • J.R.R.Tolkien
  • Chinese Cultural Studies, especially early Tang (8th c), S. Sung (12th C) and modern popular culture
  • Popular Culture, especially fiction and film: Studies of narrative forms
  • Head of Technical Services, McIntyre Library
  • Instructor in English, Honors, Women's Studies, and Graduate Program

I have been involved with the Women's Studies program in some capacity since 1990 when I joined the faculty of the McIntyre Library. I have been an 'Affiliate' since the beginning of that designation.  I have served on various committees in Women's Studies over the years, most recently several times on the Curriculum Committee, and as a judge for Women's Studies Awards at least four times and received a Faculty award and certificates from the program. I enjoy teaching and working with students on their women's studies research. I've also taught and either designed or assisted in design of Women's Studies 100, 200, 250, 396, 496, on such topics as Introduction to Feminist Theory, Women and Chinese culture, Women and Literature, and Research Methods, served on MA committees on feminist topics for English, and supervised a number of independent-studies students. 


Dandrielle Lewis
  • Ph.D., SUNY Binghamton University (Mathematics)
  • M.S., University of Iowa (Mathematics)
  • B.S., Winston-Salem State University (Mathematics with minor in Computer Science) 
Research Interests
  • Finite Group Theory
  • Lattices and Subgroup Lattices
  • Direct Products and Products of Groups
  • Centralizer-Like Subgroups 
  • Mathematics Professor 
  • Sonia Kovalevsky Day Project Director 
  • Somali Immersion Facilitator
Lori Bica
  • Ph.D., The Ohio State University
  • M.A., The Ohio State University
  • B.A., Michigan State University
Teaching Interests

I teach three courses for our campus: Introduction to Psychology (Psyc 100), Human Development (Psyc 230), and Psychology of Women (Psyc/Wmns 336/536). I am delighted to have my fall semester sections of Introduction to Psychology included in UW-Eau Claire's First Year Experience program. I am also very fortunate to teach multiple sections of Human Development as components of Liberal Education Bundles. Bundled classes afford the opportunity for me to collaborate closely with faculty from Biology, English, and Nursing as we team teach students co-enrolled in our courses. My connection to the Women's Studies Program is the Psychology of Women course---a class shared by the Psychology Department and the Women's Studies Program that serves as an elective for the Certificate in LGBTQ Studies .

Research Interests

I enjoy working with a diverse team of undergraduate student research collaborators. The majority of students on the team have chosen to continue working with me on projects that often span several years. I view these long-term, highly individualized learning experiences as extremely important components of both my scholarship and my teaching. As a faculty research mentor, my goal is to advance students' understanding of the fundamentals of research design: conducting a literature search;forming hypotheses;submitting IRB proposals;collecting, entering, and analyzing data;conforming to APA-style;and preparing results for conference presentation and/or publication. In addition to recruiting student researchers for projects in my own areas of expertise, I work with many students on research projects rooted in their own interests. For example, students in Psychology of Women are required to write a proposal for a research proposal. As the semester ends, I invite them all to follow up on this proposal as a collaborative research project with me, aiming at presenting their findings at a professional conference.

Jeffrey Goodman
  • Ph.D., University of Maine (Psychological Science - Social)
  • M.A., University of Maine (Social Psychology)
  • B.S., University of Pittsburgh at Bradford (Psychology


Teaching Interests

One of my favorite things about this university is the priority given to high-quality teaching and student learning. I endeavor to foster a classroom environment that is respectful of all students and is genuine and interactive. I hope that my passion for Psychological Science is apparent and that students are inspired to make connections between course content and their own lives.

In most semesters, I teach one of more sections of Introduction to Psychology and Social Psychology. I typically teach Stigma, Prejudice, and Intergroup Relations once a year, and have recently taught several sections of the Big Issues capstone.

Research Interests

My primary area of research focuses on the social psychology of stigma (and the related topics of stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination) which cuts across ethnic/racial, sexual orientation, social status, ability, and religious stigmas. One particular question I am interested in is, "Should, and if so when, should a person mention a potentially stigmatizing aspect of one's identity?" I am also interested in the study of small group processes, especially those pertaining to minority and majority influence ("Under which situational constraints might the typical top-down pattern of social influence break down?"). Additionally, I am involved in several areas of research into attitudinal and behavioral implications of holding religious and political beliefs ("What are the relationships between religious beliefs and attitudes toward others?"). Most recently, I have taken an interest in regional personality differences and implications such differences may have for social interactions.

In addition to basic research in social psychology, I frequently conduct program analysis and evaluation research on the effectiveness of educational programs (such as those intended to improve K-12 Math and Science Teachers knowledge and pedagogical expertise). Furthermore, I am a Methodological and Statistical Consultant for fellow faculty and staff.

Melissa Bonstead-Bruns
  • Ph.D. University of Iowa, 2000
  • M.A. University of Iowa, 1992
  • B.A. Wartburg College, 1989
  • SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology
  • SOC 314 Sociology Inequality
  • SOC 332 Sociology Methods
Margaret Cassidy
  • Ph.D., Washington State University - Sociology
  • M.A., Washington State University - Sociology
  • B.A., Washington State University - Sociology
  • A.A., Spokane Falls Community College - Liberal Arts


Teaching Interests
  • Family Sociology
  • Social Gerontology
  • Sociology of Gender
Research Interests
  • Gender and Occupations
  • Gender Issues in Families and Relationships
  • Full time appointment as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
  • Curriculum in the College of Arts and Sciences     
Pamela Forman
  • Ph.D. Sociology, University of California Davis, 2001
  • M.A. Sociology, University of California Davis, 1992
  • B.S. Individual Curriculum, Cornell University, 1986
  • SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology
  • SOC 202 Sociology of Gender
  • SOC 419 Sociology of Women
  • SOC Sociology Capstone
Kathleen Nybroten

  • Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin, 2006
  • MA University of Texas at Austin, 1999
  • B.A. Augsburg College, 1994

  • SOC 101, Introduction to Sociology
  • SOC 164, Family Relations
  • SOC 316, Sociology of Family
  • SOC 426, Sociology of Sexuality
Meghan Licon
  • M.A., University of Wisconsin - Madison (Spanish) 
  • B.A., St. Norbert College (Spanish and German)
Teaching Interests
  • Spanish Language Courses
  • Latin American Studies
  • Women's Studies
Research Interests
  • Visual Culture
Women's Studies
  • Ph.D. Feminist Studies, University of California Santa Barbara
  • M.A. Feminist Studies, University of California Santa Barbara
  • B.A. Women's Studies | Spanish Literature | Minor in Criminal Justice, Washington State University
Teaching Interests

At UW-Eau Claire, I teach Feminist Theories (WMNS 200), Examining Women's Studies (WMNS 301), and Introduction to Women's Studies (WMNS 100). I also have a background in teaching Introduction to LGBTQ Studies, Queer of Color Critique, and Transnational Feminisms.

Research Interests
  • Queer Migrations
  • Women of Color feminisms
  • Third World and transnational feminisms
  • Queer of Color critique
  • Home, homebuilding, and belonging
  • Healing and trauma
  • Self- and community-healing
  • Anti-racist, feminist, and decolonial research methods
  • Critical feminist, anti-racist, and decolonial pedagogies

"Caminante, no hay puentes, se hacen puentes al andar " - Gloria Anzaldúa.

My research looks at processes of homebuilding among LGBTQ migrant Latinx women in the U.S. and Mexico. Specifically, I examine the various ways in which LGBTQ migrant Latinx women living in Los Angeles and in Mexico City understand and experience the concept home. Through conducting oral histories, participant observation, and borrowing from feminisms of color and queer of color critique, I document concrete ways in which systems of power currently in place actively create precarious circumstances, violence, and displacement in their lives.

My work has appeared in the academic journals Chicana/Latina Studies: The Journal of Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social and Diálogo: An Interdisciplinary Journal. I have also published blog pieces in the United States and México with This Bridge Called Our Health and Morelos 3.0.

Jeni Haddad

M.A., Minnesota State University - Mankato (Gender and Women's Studies)
B.A.. University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire (Women's Studies and English Literature)

Teaching Interests
  • Intersectional Feminism 
  • Transnational Feminism 
  • Gender and Violence
Christopher Jorgenson
  • M.A., University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (English Literature &Textual Interpretation)
Teaching Interests
  • Gender Studies
  • Feminism
  • Masculinity Studies

Jorgenson provides resources and referrals for women as well as members of the LGBTQ community on campus. In addition, he plans and implements events consistent not only with national observances that promote equality through diversity and education (National Coming Out Day, Love Your Body Day, National Day of Silence, Women's History Month, etc.) but also with UW-Eau Claire's equity, diversity, and inclusion initiatives. He is a member of UW-Eau Claire's LGBTQA Advisory Board, serves on the Commission on the Status of Women, is a Women's Studies Affiliate as well as a member of the Collaboration-Inclusion and Intercultural Relations committee, and coordinates Peer Haven, UW-Eau Claire's premier LGBTQ peer mentoring program. 

Barbara Kernan
  • B.A., University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (English and French)
  • M.A., Bread Loaf School of English, Middlebury College (English)
  • Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison (American Literature) (Minor-Women's Studies and Art History)
Teaching Interests
  • Women's literature
  • Women's liberation movement
  • African-American literature
  • Native American literature
  • Material Culture Study
  • Feminist Studies
  • Feminist Pedagogy
Research Interests
  • Women's literature
  • Feminist Studies
  • Material Culture Study
  • Domestic Space
  • Edith Wharton's fiction and non-fiction, architectural design
  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Alumni liaison
  • Program historian
  • Hired at UWEC in Women's Studies, 2001.
  • Taught and served in both Women's Studies and English, 2002-2011. Steering Committee, Women's Studies. Literature Committee, English.
  • Assistant Professorship, Women's Studies, 2011. Steering Committee, Curriculum Committee, Liaison Committee, Women's Studies.
  • Professor Emerita, 2014-present.
Hannah Luedtke
  • UW-EC - BA English and Women's Studies
  • UNC - Greensboro - MA Women's and Gender Studies 
Research Interests
  • Breastfeeding Research and Support
  • Maternity Care
  • Inclusive Reproductive Care
  • Literature, Feminist Theory 
Kong Pha
  • Ph.D., University of Minnesota (American Studies)
  • B.A., University of Minnesota (Psychology, minors in Sociology, History, & Asian American Studies)
Research Interests
  • Southeast Asian American/Hmong communities
  • Asian American studies
  • Critical refugee studies
  • U.S. migration and immigration cultural politics
  • Feminist cultural studies, theories, and methodologies
  • Critical race and ethnic studies
  • Queer theory/queer studies/queer diasporas

My research focuses on Hmong American communities, specifically constructions of race, gender, and sexuality within the Hmong diaspora in the post-refugee migration era. I chart out the contestations over the heterogenization of Hmong culture and experiences and its implications for Hmong American social and political belonging. Furthermore, I examine how queer Hmong American youth narratives and critical imaginations unsettle dominant discourses of Hmong American racial, gender, and sexual formation.  

I teach courses for both Critical Hmong Studies and the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program. Some of my courses include HUMS 110: Hmong History, Culture and Civilization, WMNS 206: Perspectives on LGBTQ Studies, WMNS 308: Asian American Women’s, Feminist, and Queer Cultural Productions, and WMNS 406: Queer Theories and Sexual Politics. Beyond the classroom, I have published in scholarly books, as well as in scholarly journals and popular newspapers, including Hmong Today and The Twin Cities Daily Planet. I also work with Hmong American communities on issues related to civic participation, racial and queer justice, and student engagement.

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