Women's and Gender Studies
Faculty and Staff

Dr. Martha Anderson Professor of Art History, is in the midst of an ongoing research project on Jonathan Adagogo Green, Nigeria’s first photographer, who worked in the late 1800s. Anderson traveled to Jamaica to interview the Ijaw people about Green’s photographs and to Sierra Leone to do more research. She believes that photography includes a rich sense of history and reveals important information about culture, which effects developments in many other areas of study. Anderson teaches Women in Art. The course looks at early African and Native American women’s art and continues through history to the feminist movement of the 1970s.

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Dr. Cecilia Beach, Professor of French, Cecilia teaches a variety of courses on French language, literature, cinema and culture, including a course on French Women Writers. Her research interests include French women’s theater and feminist novels of the nineteenth century. Her book Staging Politics and Gender: French Women’s Drama, 1880-1923 (NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005) analyses political and feminist theater by French women playwrights. She is currently preparing a book on the works of the feminist and socialist novelists André Léo (1824-1900) and Marie-Louise Gagneur (1832-1902). Recent publications include "André Léo: Feulletoniste" and "Les Romans Italiens" in Les Vies d’André Léo (Rennes: Presses universitaires de France, forthcoming 2014) and "Marie-Louise Gagneur: La Force de l’idée" in Cahiers Charles Fourier (n. 23 Dec. 2012).

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Dr. Luanne Crosby, Professor of Music/Voice and Choirs. While 2013 was Luanne's first year of being actively involved with WMST as a member of the executive committee, she has often visited the class "Women in Society" as a guest lecturer talking about one of her favorite subjects, "Women in Music", specifically Women Composers. A few years ago, Luanne presented an "informance" (part lecture, part performance) Bergren Forum, talking about the life of Clara Schumann and performing some of her songs as a part of the lecture. She has explored and performed the music of women throughout the ages from the Medieval chant of Hildegarde to emerging composers of the current generation. She performed a recital featuring the works of french composers of the early 20th century and has included songs by Germaine Tailleferre, the only female member of "Les Six". Luanne is hoping to develop a new course entitled "Women's Voices, Women's Song" focusing on choral music composed by women for women's voices.

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Dr. Bill DibrellDr. Bill Dibrell, Professor of Philosophy, has been on the Women’s and Gender Studies faculty for 26 years. In fact, he introduced Women, Knowledge and Reality, a course focusing on feminist theory, to Alfred. He is also the only male professor to date to teach the introductory Women’s and Gender Studies course, Women in Society, and he still makes guest lecture appearances every year. He teaches two upper-level topics courses, Freedom and the second, Equality. One class read Amartya Sen’s Development as Freedom, which postulates that one of the only ways to develop a nation is to increase women’s rights. When asked if he feels women’s issues can be incorporated into his philosophy classes he replied, “I may teach Sartre, but I also teach Simone de Beauvoir.”

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Dr. Elizabeth Ann DobieDr. Elizabeth Ann Dobie, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Professor of Theory and BAFA. Arming her students with disposable cameras, Professor of Art Theory Beth Ann Dobie asked her honors class, appropriately titled Mirror, Mirror, to try to capture beauty on film. This and other creative assignments, such as using mirrors for introspective study, investigating how beauty is influenced by culture and rank ordering pictures of faces online, attempted to end the debate over whether beauty is subjective or objective. When she’s not teaching or taking walks with her dog, Dobie enjoys attending the Bergren Forum. She gave a riveting lecture called “Women Artists, Feminist Art?” in which she discussed the connection between politics, art and feminism. Dobie published an article based on her Bergren lecture which would incorporate the different ways people have come to use the term “art” in society.

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Dr. Vicki EaklorDr. Vicki Eaklor, Professor of History, has taught the required core course, Women in Society, nearly every year since 1985.  She loves keeping up with changes in the field and finds the most rewarding part is having “the chance every year to introduce new generations to the ideas of feminism.” Her research often focuses on women, and LBT women figure prominently in her text, Queer America: A People’s GLBT History of the United States, released by The New Press in paper in 2011. Eaklor continues to be busy with different projects, from investigating the “wave” theory of feminism to researching and writing on lesbians in Hollywood films (“research” meaning watching a lot of movies). Besides her work in History and Women’s and Gender Studies, Eaklor stays involved in Music, teaching percussion at AU and occasionally playing in the ensembles.  When not watching TV or movies she can be found on eBay searching for items for her latest avocation of collecting, building, and restoring drums.

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Dr. Robyn GoodmanDr. Robyn Goodman, Professor of Communication Studies, encourages students to investigate gender, sexuality and women’s-issue perspectives in all of her courses, which range from news reporting to global communication. She also created and teaches AU’s “Gender, Race, Class and Media” course, and she brought Safe Zone training to campus, which supports a safe environment for LGBTQ+ students. She is a Women’s and Gender Studies Executive Committee member and serves on the FYE (First-Year Experience) Steering Committee. She actively promotes women’s leadership initiatives on the national and international level, and she is a founding member of the World Journalism Education Congress (WJEC), which helps journalism educators worldwide better prepare future journalists for quality coverage.

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Dr. Larry Greil Dr. Arthur L. (Larry) Greil, Professor of Sociology, has been doing research in gender and women’s studies for over thirty years. He is a principle investigator for the National Survey of Fertility Barriers, a project funded by the National Institutes of Health that interviewed a nationwide random sample of women and their partners at two points in time three years apart. Greil and his colleagues have written articles on determinants of service utilization for infertility, factors affecting the importance of the motherhood identity for women and the fatherhood identity for men; fertility intentions, childlessness, and racial differences in sterilization and sterilization regret. Greil is the author of a book entitled Not Yet Pregnant: Infertile Couples in Contemporary America, which was based on interviews with both partners of infertile couples. When he's not researching or engaging students in the classroom, Greil enjoys listening to jazz, gardening, doing crosswords, and playing bridge.

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Dr. Laura Greyson, Professor of Political Science. Issues of women and gender come up frequently in Greyson's political science courses. Her course on "Sex and the Body Politic" addresses them directly, but she inevitably finds these issues arising in other classes as well. Discussions of gendered understandings of politics, ideas about the family's role in the political community, or public policies that affect women take place regularly when her students study American politics and political thought. These issues also arise in the international programs she has led. She loves to experience other cultures and has brought students on short study tours to a number of different countries. The most recent of these were in Morocco and Turkey, one a very traditional Islamic country and the other a highly secular but also predominantly Muslim society. As attitudes toward women are often quite different in these places, visits to them offer students many opportunities to talk (both among themselves and with people of other cultures) about questions such as the role of women, family law, and women's employment. In particular, the intense debate about the "head scarf" in secular Turkey has given students a valuable window into another culture. When not teaching or traveling, Greyson enjoys long walks, spending time with her dogs, and keeping up with national and international politics.

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Dr. Jennifer Griffith, Assistant Professor of Management, earned her PhD in Industrial-Organizational Psychology, with a focus on Leadership and a minor in Quantitative Methodology, from the University of Oklahoma. She brings to Alfred nearly a decade of combined managerial and organizational research and consulting experience, including work on leadership development and career aspirations assessment with a talent management specialist at a Fortune 500 company. Her current research interests include leadership, emotions, creativity and innovation, computer-mediated communication, and race, class, and gender stratification in the workplace. In conjunction with WGST, Dr. Griffith has developed a course that explores current salient gender issues in organizations, including similarities and differences between men and women leaders, cultural and societal impacts on implicit ideas about leaders, and organizational policy that contributes to inequity in the workplace.

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Dr. Allen GroveDr. Allen Grove, Professor of English and Chair of the Division of English, says that at his company, Whitlock Publishing, “Most of what I’m publishing is women’s stuff.” He is currently working on getting Dainsbury House, “a Victorian novel about alcoholism and abstinence,” back into print. Grove’s edition of the Gothic novel The Monk will come out soon from Barnes and Noble. Grove continues to teach women writers in all of his classes, and teaches an English course on his favorite author, Jane Austen. When he is not teaching, Grove “moonlights” as the guide for college admissions on About.com. Of his children, Nathan, 7, and Abby, 4, Grove says, “They always keep me busy."

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Dr. Beth Johnson, Assistant Professor of Psychology. Dr. Beth Johnson joined the Alfred faculty in fall 2011 as part of the Psychology Division. Her PhD is in experimental social psychology and she combines that with her interest in the scholarship of teaching and learning. Dr. Johnson regularly teaches a variety of courses that reflect her focus in experimental social psychology and its applications to other areas within psychology, including Introductory Psychology, Social Psychology, Human Sexuality (WMST 351), Psychology of Gender (WMST 372), and Learning and Behavior Modification. Dr. Johnson is also the faculty advisor of the LGBTQ+ student group Spectrum, and enjoys seeing the students in their element outside of the classroom, attending performances, events, and meetings.

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Dr. Kerry KautzmanDr. Kerry Kautzman, Associate Professor of Spanish, Chair of the Division of Modern Languages, hit the ground running in the fall of 2008 as the new Director of Women’s and Gender Studies. She once brought three students to the Seneca Falls Dialogues Biannual Conference. Through events like the conference and WMST lunches, Kautzman hopes to foster more of a sense of community among the Women’s and Gender Studies minors. As for her own scholarship, Kautzman presented a paper at the International Conference on Masculinities, Femininities, and More, and an Interdisciplinary Conference on Gender and the Humanities. Kautzman’s paper was titled “Femininity versus Queer Ideology in My Mother Likes Women and Beatriz and the Celestial Bodies.” Kautzman has also taught her first Honors class, Purity and Porn, in which students discuss, among many other things, what effects participating in and viewing pornography have on women.

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Dr. Lou Lichtman, Professor of Psychology. Lou chaired the committee that introduced the Women’s and Gender Studies minor in 1982.  Five years later, he introduced a Parenting Seminar course which he has now taught over 90 times.  In 2011 he wrote a book titled A Practical Guide for Raising a Self-Directed and Caring Child, which is one of the books he uses in the seminar.  He is also interested in eating disorders and the biological bases of gender differences, topics he covers in his Neuropsychology course.  Lou was the first male recipient of the Abigail Allen Award, honoring those who have helped to improve the quality of women’s lives on campus and in the community. His passions high altitude trekking (2-4 week-long hiking trips) in remote regions including the Himalayan and Andes mountains. 

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Dr. Susan MayberryDr. Susan Mayberry, Professor of English. “I followed Professor McGonagall into a drugstore long before she became a dame,” says Professor of English Susan Mayberry. When she’s not stalking famous thespians like Maggie Smith, Mayberry writes about them. Having completed chapters on Dame Diana Rigg and Dame Judi Dench, she carries on with her current book project, Dames of the English Theater. She also continues to write on Toni Morrison. Since the Nobel laureate published two novels after Can’t I Love What I Criticize?, Mayberry’s monograph on Morrison’s representation of masculinity, came out, there’s plenty of work to be done. Mayberry converted one of her most popular classes, Shakespeare in Cinema, into a course on Shakespeare: Page, Stage, and Screen. This seminar allows her to incorporate a favorite annual event, accompanying AU students to the Stratford, Ontario, Shakespeare Festival, into her teaching.

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Laurie McFaddenLaurie McFadden, Herrick Librarian and University Archivist and Director of the Women's and Gender Studies Program. When she’s not hiking in the summer or snow-shoeing in the winter, Herrick Librarian and University Archivist Laurie McFadden is generally reading, travelling, working on house projects or learning more about local history. She is also the president of the local historical society for Baker’s Bridge, known today as Alfred Station. McFadden explains that there is a lot of “hidden history” at Alfred; Abigail Allen and Ella Eaton Kellogg, she says, were just a few prominent female figures that attended the University. She hopes to do more teaching, possibly a research or honors class on the subject, in the near future. McFadden is a 1991 graduate of Alfred University, with a Women’s and Gender Studies minor.

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Dr. Mary McGee, Professor of Religious Studies, brings a rich background in both religious studies and WMST to her new position at Alfred. McGee, who worked as an administrator and professor at Columbia and Vassar before Alfred, used to teach two WMST courses—Women in Religion and The Feminine in Indian Tradition. McGee has worked with Madhu Kishwar, founder and editor of Manushi, the oldest feminist journal in India, on getting the journal articles into books. McGee also once held a workshop in India on women’s health and traditional medicine, with a focus on how allopathic (Western) medicine can be influenced by traditional medicine. McGee says, “Most of my writings have to do with women and gender issues.” McGee is a member of the WMST faculty committee at Alfred, which she enjoys “partly because it is so democratic—we can all be involved.”

Dr. Susan MorehouseProfessor Susan Morehouse, Professor of English, Chair of the Division of English, teaches courses on women and literature for the university core curriculum and the English major. As an essayist and a fiction writer, she focuses on the relationships between mothers and daughters and women and the patriarchal world. She observes, “One can’t pay attention and not be a feminist.” Of course, that does not mean all work and no play: in the spring of 2013, she and her Honors students published an original (feminist!) romance on Kindle, written by the students and edited by Morehouse. Any proceeds will go to a women’s shelter because, as the students said: “our book is about new beginnings, so it makes sense.” Check out Recipe for Love at Amazon Kindle.

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Dr. Gary OstrowerDr. Gary Ostrower, Professor of History, has researched the subject of woman's suffrage in California and, more recently, on the women's conferences sponsored by the United Nations (Mexico City, Copenhagen, Nairobi, and Beijing). He taught Alfred University's first course on women's history. Most of his published works have focused on the United Nations and the League of Nations. He recently researched an American who renounced his citizenship to serve as Nazi propagandist during World War II. He enjoys skiing, jogging, tennis, and golf, and served for six years as Alfred's mayor. He notes that his wife, while a college student, was the first woman to play on AU's (formerly) men's tennis team.

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Dr. Julia Overton-Healy, Director of the Women’s Leadership Center, provides leadership education and opportunities for AU’s students. Special programs are available for women, including the Women’s Leadership Academy, the Women of Influence Speaker Series, seminars and conferences. Julia’s professional interests include mentoring and networking for women. She and her husband Kelly, who is a high school English teacher, live in Potter County PA with their dog Caesar. They enjoy hiking, reading, landscaping, antiquing and historical travel.

Dr. Karen PorterDr. Karen L. Porter, Professor of Sociology Chair of the Division of Social Science has been busy expanding her progress in service learning by requiring students in her Social Welfare Policy class to serve hours with a local agency. She’s also the faculty advisor of the students working with the Gary Horowitz Center for Service Learning on our campus. Porter helped organize a conference on Alfred’s campus called “Collaboration in Action: Coordinating Legal, Social and Community Based Services for Rural Families and Youth,” where she presented a talk called “Why (Not) Collaborate Now?” Porter directed a two-year project funded by the U.S. Department of Justice.

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Dr. Becky ProphetDr. Becky Prophet, Professor of Theater, isn’t working on political campaigns (she was Hillary Clinton’s greatest supporter), she enjoys teaching her honors class, Earth Works: The Nature of Life and Literature, which was inspired by the local scenery. She is particularly interested in the relationships between authors and the environment and the impact the public has on nature. Prophet continues to debunk the myth that the history of theater is reserved for “dead white guys” by insisting that her students learn about the roles women in theater have played “beyond acting.” She is currently teaching a Performance Lab in Improvisation course, where her students plan to write their own script and perform it at local schools. Viewing free time as “something to fill,” Prophet recently took fourteen female students to a directing seminar at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival.

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Dr. Erin Redmond, Assistant Professor of Spanish. Dr. Erin Redmond’s research and teaching focus on questions of gender and sexuality in Latin American literature and film.  The Women’s and Gender Studies courses she has taught at AU include “Violence, Memory, & Trauma: Latin American Women’s Literature,” “Framing Gender: Latin American Film,” and “Cuba: Film and Revolution.”  Dr. Redmond’s recent scholarship includes articles on gender, mass culture, and Peronism in the fiction of Manuel Puig, the Argentine author best-known for the novel Kiss of the Spider Woman.  She has also presented at international conferences on the theme of violence against women in fiction by women writers from Argentina and Brazil. Dr. Redmond serves on the Women’s and Gender Studies Executive Committee.

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Dr. Robert Reginio, Assistant Professor of English, serves on the WMST Executive Committee and has recently taught courses on Virginia Woolf and Modernist Women writers, classes in which his abiding interest in experimental, modernist writing and feminist literary theory intersect. He is currently writing on the poetry of Myung Mi Kim and Susan Howe and is at work with students in the WMST program on thesis projects that ask if a distinctly “feminine” writing exists, if only women can write it, and how those questions have influenced female and male writers in the 20th century. At home he likes to make up stories with his children about foxes and to construct feminist analyses of the films of Stanley Kubrick with their mother.

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Dr. Melissa RyanDr. Melissa Ryan, Associate Professor of English, Co-Director of the First-Year Experience Program

A veteran of the WMST executive committee, as well as former advisor to the Alphadelphian and the deep-thinking activist group formerly known as the Women's Issues Coalition, Ryan has been privileged to be a part of the WGST community at Alfred for nearly a decade. Discussions in Ryan's literature classes almost always make their way toward gender as an area of inquiry, and she loves to work with individual students on WGST thesis projects. Her teaching and research interests center on intersections of race and gender, which form the core of the crosslisted ENGL/WGST course she teaches most often, American Multicultural Literature.

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Dr. Pamela SchultzDr. Pamela Schultz, Associate Professor of Communication Studies, weaves gender issues into many of the courses she teaches, including Interpersonal Communication, Persuasion, and Gender in American Film.  Schultz is engaged in an active research program focused on how gender, power and control contribute to sexual abuse and the public policies aimed at dealing with the crime.  Her most recent publications include a book (Monstrous Crimes and the Failure of Forensic Psychiatry, 2013, with  J. Douard) and a book chapter (“Revelations and Cardinals’ Sins: Moral Panic over ‘Pedophile Priests’ in the United States, 2013, C. Krinsky, ed., The Ashgate Research Companion to Moral Panics, pp. 107-124). In November 2013, she presented, “Sex Offenders as Scapegoats for Social Sins:  The Rhetorical Function of the Monster Metaphor,” in Washington, D.C., at the National Communication Association’s annual convention.  Aside from the academic stuff, which Schultz claims “really isn’t as stiflingly dull as it sounds,” she enjoys spending time with her husband, Brien Pye, and her children, Eileah and Brysen.

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Dr. Sandra Singer, Associate Professor of German. When Professor of German Sandra Singer isn’t teaching, she enjoys listening to NPR and learning about different global issues. Recently, she has become very interested in the water crisis around the world. Also, Singer has found herself reading German literature that deals with women and aging. This topic, she says, interested her when she was in graduate school, and it’s the first time she has gotten back to it since then. The books, Singer admits, are a bit weird; one includes a scene of “women being churned up in a mill and spat out as young women.” Singer also makes sure to find time to take walks with her dog and folk dance with students.

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Dr. Robert SteinDr. Robert Stein, Associate Professor of Political Science, Director of the First-Year Experience Program. Discussion of race, as well as gender, plays a large part in Assistant Professor of Political Science Bob Stein’s research at the moment. Stein says, “One of my goals is to make everyone aware of having a race.” He is currently working on a pedagogy piece exploring how different people react to or are aware of race when viewing a popular rap music video. Stein is exploring the idea that white people as well as black people need to confront their racial past in a direct way, and that appreciation of rap and hip-hop may be an attempt to do that.

Stein has spent much time reading writer and civil and gay rights activist James Baldwin’s essays, and is writing a piece about how, despite Obama’s election to the presidency, we do not live in a “post-racial society.” Stein is also working on an analysis of all the State Senate candidates’ campaign websites, and he’s interested in what, if any, effect the websites had on the campaigns.

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Women's and Gender Studies: Faculty: Retired

Dr. Sharon Hoover, Professor of English Emerita, worked on an extensive bibliography of Willa Cather's reading. "Her reading is not obtrusive in her writing," Hoover said, "but it lies just under the surface in almost every story and novel." Hoover and her partners for the project compiled approximately 1,500 entries of seven fields each, which have "clearly presented and accurate." The final product, however, is a dynamic document; published on The Willa Cather Archive Web site (http://cather.unl.edu), other Cather scholars "who have studied particular novels in depth" and submited further titles for addition into the bibliography.

Zakia Robana, Assistant Professor of French. A product of post-revolutionary Tunisia, Robana attributes her love of education both to her mother and to the former President of Tunisia, Habib Bourguiba, whom she describes as “the father of the feminists.” Although Bourguiba provided Tunisian women with several unprecedented rights such as access to education, chances to participate in government and opportunities to travel without male consent, it was Robana’s mother who encouraged her to reach her highest academic potential by telling her that an education leads to financial wealth, which in turn leads to freedom. In Robana's research, she documents the lives of pre-revolutionary Tunisian women like her mother.

Dr. Frances Viggiani, Associate Professor of Management Emerita, a longtime radical, made gender issues a focus in College of Business classrooms. Her students "examined notions of 'male’ and 'female’ management styles," explored changing gender roles in the workplace and in the home, and discussed diversity in a global business environment." Her classes also addressed "the strains and successes of combining a corporate management role with managing a household" and considered how corporate policy could be shaped by "a vision for work-life integration." Viggiani presided over a joint meeting of her graduate class and the Women's Leadership Academy seminar, giving students an opportunity to discuss sexuality in the workplace. In her research, Viggiani pursued questions raised in her doctoral dissertation, "Democratic Hierarchies in the Workplace." Her several works in progress use case studies to explore "cultures of democracy," analyzing the implications of corporate structure and asking, for example, "What does it mean if [a company] says it is a collective organization?" Proving that CoB professors are not necessarily conservative, Viggiani owns a surfboard and has taken surfing lessons.