Faculty & Staff

Kathy Ashe, (M.S. Ed., SUNY Cortland)

219 Chase Physical Education Bldg
(607) 436-3536

Kathy earned a BA in sociology from SUNY Geneseo and a Masters of Science in Health Education from SUNY Cortland and is an adjunct instructor for both the Women's and Gender Studies Department and the Physical Education Department. Her courses include Gender, Power and Difference, Women's Health, Current Adolescent Health Issues, Current Health Issues and Problems, Personal Health and Stress Management.

Pearlie Rose S. Baluyut (Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles)

Fine Arts Center 304
(607) 436-2714

Pearlie is a lecturer of Art History in the Art Department. She received her B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in Art History from the University of California, Los Angeles, specializing in Modern and Contemporary Art. Her work on the Philippines explores the complex convergence of race, class, and gender in visual art from the colonial to the contemporary period in relation to Spain, France, and the United States, among others. This global scope is exemplified in her master’s thesis on the Filipino painter Juan Luna whose life and work—particularly where women figure as subjects—in late 19th-century Paris were emblematic of the prevailing inconsistencies among the Filipino intelligentsia and the tensions within the Propaganda Movement to which he belonged, as well as the significant complications in the evolution of the Filipino self and the imagining of a nation outside the Spanish colony. Pearlie is also interested in art patronage and cultural policies, writing her doctoral dissertation on the politics and aesthetics of Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos through three institutions of patronage based on American models that were integral to the epic of nation building and the iconography of their rule. Pearlie’s sustained investigation of individuals and institutions across centuries in other research projects and publications has allowed her to teach art history, including the undergraduate course ARTH 220 (Images of Women in Western Art), with a critical focus on the power of representation.

Melinda Q. Brennan (Ph.D., Gender Studies, Indiana University)

210C Schumacher Hall
(607) 436-2014

Melinda is an assistant professor of Women’s and Gender Studies. Her research interests include processes of gendered racialization, Islamophobia and Orientalism; transnational sexualities, diaspora, postcolonial theories, and Chicana feminisms; feminist and queer theorizing of difference and coalition; collective identity construction and social movements. She teaches courses on transnational and diasporic sexualities, racialized embodiments and feminist theory, and representations of cultural and bodily difference via the concept of monstrosity. Her book project investigates the process of gendered racialization that constitutes Islamophobia, through constructions of “Muslim” as an ethno-religious category against the fraught racial category “white.” She argues that gender and sexuality, in mainstream media representations of Muslim life, activate pervasive fears and hatreds that borrow from a history of racism within the U.S. By relaying cultural anxieties about ethnic minorities, anti-immigrant sentiment and the position of women in the U.S., Islamophobia taps into well-worn fears and hatreds. Her second project maps the spaces of disinclusion, hate speech and anti-Muslim social movements as gendered projects of U.S. nationalism, contributing to critical feminist geography and critical race theory. She is a member of the National Women’s Studies Association, Critical Ethnic Studies Association, and Middle East Studies Association.

Michael Brown (Ph.D., City University of New York)

144 Fitzelle Hall
(607) 436-3558

Michael is an associate professor and social-cognitive psychologist who is interested in how individuals make attributions and judgments when presented with novel, complex, and contradictory information. His research has primarily focused on individuals' decision-making processes, prototypes, impression formation, and attitudes--particularly as they apply to issues involving gender, sexuality, and the law.

Suzanne Black (Ph.D., Comparative Literature, University of Michigan)

321 Netzer Administration Building
(607) 436-3033

Suzanne is an associate professor in the English Department where she teaches classes in professional writing and modern world literature. Her research interests include gender and science, as well as gender in modernist literature from Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East. She has published on gender in early X-ray crystallography and on the Egyptian short story writer Alifa Rifaat. She developed and teaches WLIT 242, Muslim Women Writers.

Kristen C. Blinne

B20 Hodgdon Instructional Resource
(607) 436-3625

Kristen is an assistant professor of Communication Studies. She received her Ph.D. in Communication at the University of South Florida. Kristen holds an MA in Medical Anthropology from the Universiteit van Amsterdam and a BA in Creativity Studies from Goddard College. Her research has explored a wide range of topics related to gender, including: partner preferences regarding body hair removal or retention; pole dancing as a recreational fitness activity; online women's health forums centered on alternative birth control methods; and gendered body modification practices such as tattooing, circumcision, and cosmetic surgery. Currently, Kristen's work focuses on cultural sustainability practices, communication and the construction of difference, contemplative philosophy, and activism for social justice work. She teaches classes in Gender Communication, Intercultural Communication, Communication Theory, Listening Theory, New Media, and Public Speaking. For more information about her current work, please visit: www.yogaactivism.com.

Charlene Christie (Ph.D., SUNY Albany)

210B Schumacher Hall

Charlene is a professor of Psychology and currently serves as the WGS department chair. As a social psychologist who specializes in theories of social identity, her primary research interests center around the way in which individuals are evaluated as members of social groups. Each of us belongs to numerous social identity groups, based on factors such as gender, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, occupation, hobbies, nationality, and political affiliation. When are we most likely to identify with a particular ingroup? How does our membership in social groups impact the way we evaluate others who share those identities and those who do not? Dr. Christie's work emphasizes the interaction between our evaluations of other people and the ways in which we perceive ourselves, both as individuals and as members of social groups. Much of Charlene's work specifically focuses on understanding how stereotyping and prejudice, interpersonal comparisons, deviance, and intergroup relations can change the way we perceive ingroup and outgroup members and our evaluations of the self.

Summer Cunningham (Ph.D. University of South Florida)

(607) 436-3401

Summer is an assistant professor of Communication whose interests include social justice and transformation, relationality, and creative forms of inquiry. She teaches classes in gender and communication, interpersonal communication, and communication theory and methods. Though the politics of motherhood has been a central focus of her scholarship, Summer is more broadly interested in how we communicate gender and how gender communicates us—in other words, she is interested in how gender organizes society, dis/empowers, impacts relationships, and shapes identities. Her research connected to gender has explored: dancing, motherhood, embodiment and bodies, performance, activism, music, art, writing, sexualities, and relationships.

E-mail: Summer.Cunningham@oneonta.edu

Janet E. Day (Ph.D., Political Theory, Purdue University)

10A Schumacher Hall
(607) 436-2754

Janet is an associate professor in the Political Science Department where she teaches courses in American Political Thought, Modern Political Thought, Understanding Political Ideas and Gender Politics. Her research interests include late 18th and early 19th-century feminist thought, especially pertaining to political life, its intersection with American social and political movements, and conceptualizations of the individual in social and political institutions as envisioned by feminist theorists.

Sallie Han (Ph.D., University of Michigan)

143 Physical Science Building
(607) 436-2715

Sallie is an associate professor of Anthropology. Dr. Han currently serves as the Chair of the Council on Anthropology and Reproduction (CAR) and Co-Editor of Open Anthropology, the digital journal of the American Anthropological Association. She is the author of Pregnancy in Practice: Expectation and Experience in the Contemporary United States (Berghahn Books, 2013). Her major research and teaching interests include gender, reproduction, and kinship and relatedness. Other areas of interest include studies of material culture and consumption; science and technology studies; anthropology of media; and anthropology of friendship. Her current research incorporates the concerns of linguistic anthropology and medical anthropology and examines the involvement of pediatrics in efforts to promote literacy among children and parents in the U.S. At Oneonta, Dr. Han teaches courses in cultural anthropology (including ANTH 238 Anthropology of Reproduction which is cross-listed with Women’s and Gender Studies), medical anthropology, and linguistic anthropology. A graduate of Williams College, where she majored in English with a concentration in women's studies, Dr. Han is a former staff writer for The Daily News in New York. Follow her on Twitter @SallieHanAnthro and on Academia.edu at oneonta.academia.edu/SallieHan.

Greg Hummel (Ph.D., Southern Illinois University Carbondale)

(607) 436-3424

Greg (he/him/his) is an assistant professor of Communication Studies. Broadly, Greg is interested in conceptualizations of identity, voice, agency, and social justice activism globally and locally. His research is framed within critical, interpretative, and performative paradigms that center questions of power, privilege, marginalization, and oppression across various intersecting identities including race, class, gender, sexuality, disability, religion, ethnicity, nationality, and size. His latest co-authored publication focuses on queering the bully-victim dichotomy to re-narrate and implicate each of us as ‘bully’ in hopes that we reflexively question our communicative engagement with each other differently. Greg also embraces a critical pedagogy in each of his courses. He is currently teaching Intercultural Communication, Rhetoric, Argumentation, and Perspectives on Communication. He’s looking forward to teaching Gender and Communication in Spring 2019 and is developing a course on queering rhetoric.

Shahin Kachwala, (Ph.D., Gender Studies, Indiana University)

Schumacher 210D
(607) 436-3184

Professor Kachwala is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies. Her work focuses on the interconnections between gender, violence, and political cultures. Her research interests include transnational and postcolonial feminisms; gender and colonialism; nationalisms; women’s history; cultural studies. She is working on a book project that analyzes the often-neglected militant or revolutionary struggle for Indian independence (1905-1947), specifically women’s engagement with violence by combining historical (archival sources) and media analysis (film and news). Professor Kachwala’s teaching includes courses on transnational feminisms; feminist theories; women’s political resistance; Bollywood and gender; and gender, power, society.

Cynthia Klink (MA, Anthropology, University of California-Santa Barbara)

E-mail: Cynthia.Klink@oneonta.edu

Cynthia is a New World archaeologist whose research interests include hunter-gatherers, environmental change, and gender in past societies. She developed and teaches the course WMST 253: Women and Gender in Prehistory". She is a 2014 recipient of SUNY’s Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching.

Melissa F. Lavin

E-mail: Melissa.Lavin@oneonta.edu

Melissa is a deviance sociologist and an assistant professor. She received her B.A. in 2003 from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and her Ph.D. in 2011 from University of Connecticut. She teaches diverse courses in sociology and criminology, including Gender and Crime, Drugs and Society, Police and Society, and Race, Crime and Justice. Her areas include crime and deviance, medicalization, delinquency, symbolic interaction, inequalities, and qualitative methods. She is an associate editor for the journal Deviant Behavior, and is on the editorial board for the journal Humanity and Society. Her work includes but is not limited to police raids and sex work, drug use and space, deviantization of marginalized youth, and renditions of gender, race, and sexuality in pop culture.

Bambi Lobdell, (Ph.D., Binghamton)

E-mail: Bambi.Lobdell@oneonta.edu

Bambi received her Bachelor's in Secondary English Education from SUNY Oneonta and a Masters and Ph.D. in English from Binghamton University. Bambi has taught in the Women's and Gender Studies and English departments for over 15 years. She has developed many classes for Women's and Gender Studies: Women of Resistance, Witches, Harlots &Wild Women, Introduction to Queer Studies, Introduction to Transgender Studies, and Masculinities. For our campus, Bambi has presented on rape culture and transgender issues, and organized the first Welcome to Your Coochie symposium in the spring of 2013. Her research on her ancestor, Lucy Ann/Joseph Israel Lobdell resulted in the book A Strange Sort of Being (MacFarland, 2012), the detailed biography of Lucy/Joe Lobdell’s life, analyzed with gender and queer theories and embedded in historical discussions. She has presented on Lucy/Joe at numerous conferences and has been interviewed by The Advocate and Women4Women radio station. She is currently consulting with filmmaker, Geoff Ryan, to turn Joe’s life into a feature film.

Jonathan Sadow, (Ph.D. Comparative Literature, UMass Amherst)

E-mail: Jonathan.Sadow@oneonta.edu

Jonathan is an associate professor of English and a specialist in eighteenth-century British literature. He teaches classes in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century literature that emphasize shifting conceptions of fiction, poetry, theater, gender, print culture, philosophy, and empire, as well as courses on literary theory and postmodernism. He has published articles on genre, gender, puppets, and bagels. His chapter "The Epistemology of Genre" is part of the Pickering & Chatto book Theory and Practice in Eighteenth Century Britain: Writing Between Philosophy and Literature and explores the relationship between Lockean philosophy and eighteenth-century genre theory. His current research interests primarily involve eighteenth-century women writers like Eliza Fenwick, Charlotte Smith, and Eliza Haywood.

Ursula Sanborn-Overby

Fitzelle Hall 127
(607) 436-3230

Ursula is an assistant professor and developmental psychologist interested in how children learn about gender and how peoples’ ideas about gender change over time. She does research relating to reactions to stereotype violations, societal devaluation of femininity, perceptions of masculinity and femininity, and gender in the workforce.

Elizabeth Seale

E-mail: Elizabeth.Seale@oneonta.edu

Elizabeth is an associate professor of Sociology, received her Ph.D. from North Carolina State University in 2010. Her research and teaching interests include race, class, and gender; health and the human body; poverty and social welfare; and global inequality. She teaches sociology of gender, sexuality studies, sociology of family, social policy, and other sociology courses.

Bianca Tredennick

E-mail: Bianca.Tredennick@oneonta.edu

is an associate professor of English who has published on Dickens and Scott. She teaches courses on nineteenth-century British literature, including a class on Jane Austen and another on Madness in Literature. She is currently developing a new course on the Brontes.


Erin A. Cavanagh
Secretary 1
Schumacher 210

Tel: (607) 436-2014
Fax: (607) 436-2656

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