The Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies has two full-time faculty members at its core. In addition, more than 30 faculty members from other departments, divisions, and programs participate by offering courses, serving on the Steering Committee, advising students, supervising honors projects and internships.

WGSS Core Faculty

Sonita Sarker
  • Sonita Sarker
  • Professor, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (Chair) and English
  • Feminist and literary theories; cultural studies of globalization as it intersects with nationalism, democracy, and imperialism; "minoritized" literatures, with a transnational comparative basis in Western Europe and Asia.
  • 651-696-6316
Myrl Beam
  • Myrl Beam
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
  • Queer and trans social movements, critical race theory, affect, political economy, oral history, and feminist and queer theory

WGSS Cross-Listing Faculty

Links direct you to profile pages in their home department.

Samuel Asarnow
Beth Cleary
Paul Dosh
  • Paul Dosh
  • Associate Professor and Chair, Political Science
  • Comparative politics, Latin American politics, urban social movements
  • 651-696-6776
Susanna Drake
Rachel Gold
  • Rachel Gold
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, English
  • Fiction writing: especially young adult and middlegrade; LGBTQ+ Literature, comic book literature, game narratives
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Duchess Harris
Joanna Inglot
  • Joanna Inglot
  • Edith M. Kelso Associate Professor, Art History
  • Focuses on modern and contemporary art, particularly in Europe and the United States
  • 651-696-6657
Liz Jansen
Morgan Jerald
James W. Laine
Brian Lush
  • Brian Lush
  • Associate Professor and Chair, Classical Mediterranean and Middle East
  • Greek and Latin Languages and Literatures, Greek Drama
  • 651-696-6820
Victoria Malawey
Alicia Muñoz
  • Alicia Muñoz
  • Associate Professor, Spanish & Portuguese
  • Contemporary Latin American narrative, popular culture, gender studies, border studies, and U.S. Latino/a literature
  • 651-696-6509
Joan Ostrove
Jessica Pearson-Patel
Jenna Rice Rahaim
  • Jenna Rice Rahaim
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, International Studies
  • Charity, Humanitarianism, and Gifts; Empathy and Obligation; Migration and Refugees; National and Sectarian Sentiment; Genealogy and Kinship; Postcolonial and feminist literatures; the Middle East and Islamic World
  • 651-696-6847
Khaldoun Samman
  • Khaldoun Samman
  • Professor, Sociology
  • Focuses on world historical-comparative and urban sociology, globalization, sociology of religion, and modes of identities in the Middle East
  • 651-696-6845
Beth Severy-Hoven
Dianna Shandy
  • Dianna Shandy
  • Professor, Anthropology
  • Socio-cultural anthropology, gender, migration and refugees, political conflict, research methods, Africa, Europe, North America
  • 651-696-6439
Satoko Suzuki
Cláudia Tatinge Nascimento
Xin Yang
  • Xin Yang
  • Associate Professor and Chair, Asian Languages and Cultures
  • Office Hours: Monday 2:30-4:30, Wednesday 2:30-3:30
  • 651-696-6423

Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Steering Committee

Myrl Beam (WGSS faculty)
Devavani Chatterjea (Biology)
Adrienne Christiansen (Political Science)
Susanna Drake (Religious Studies)
Victoria Malawey (Music)
Khaldoun Samman (Sociology)
Sonita Sarker (WGSS)
Xin Yang (Asian Languages and Cultures)