Women's & Gender Studies Faculty & Staff

Summer Cunningham

Dr. Summer Cunningham

Department Chair, Women's and Gender Studies
Assistant Professor, Communication Studies

Schumacher 210

Summer is an assistant professor of Communication whose interests include social justice and transformation, relationality, and creative forms of inquiry. She completed her Ph.D. at the University of South Florida. 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.

Chloe Diamond-Lenow

Dr. Chloe Diamond-Lenow

Assistant Professor, Women's and Gender Studies
Schumacher 210D

Dr. Diamond-Lenow (she/they) is an Assistant Professor in Women’s and Gender Study. She has a Ph.D. in Feminist Studies from the University of California Santa Barbara, an MSc in Gender Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science and her BA in the Study of Women and Gender from Smith College.

Their research and teaching interests include feminist and queer theory, race and empire, cultural studies, postcolonial animal studies, feminist pedagogy, and embodiment. Her book project in-progress “Boundary Affects: Race, Sex, and Species in U.S. Empire,” analyzes the racialized borders of humanity and animality and frames of heteropatriarchal nationalisms in U.S. militarism during the U.S. occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan as part of the “war on terror,” with particular attention to dogs. Their work has been published in The Routledge Companion to Gender and Affect, The Journal of Intercultural Studies, Humanimalia: A Journal of Human/Animal Interface Studies, and is forthcoming in the Global Journal of Animal Law.

She teaches courses including: Feminist Theories; Queer Theory; Women of Color Feminisms; Queer Cinema; Introduction to Queer Studies; Feminist and Queer Theories of the Non/Human; and Gender, Power, and Difference.

Shahin Kachwala

Dr. Shahin Kachwala

Assistant Professor, Women's and Gender Studies
Schumacher 210C

Professor Kachwala is an Assistant Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies. She completed her Ph.D. in Gender Studies at Indiana University. 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.

Suzanne Black

Dr. Suzanne Black

Associate Professor, English
321 Netzer Administration Building

Suzanne is an associate professor in the English Department where she teaches classes in professional writing and modern world literature. She earned her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Michigan. 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 2042, Muslim Women Writers.

Kristen C. Blinne

Dr. Kristen C. Blinne

Associate Professor, Communication Studies
B20 Hodgdon Instructional Resource

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.

Michael Brown

Dr. Michael Brown

Associate Professor, Psychology
144 Fitzelle Hall

Michael is an associate professor and social-cognitive psychologist who completed his Ph.D. at CUNY. He 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.

Maria Chaves Daza

Dr. Maria Chaves Daza

Assistant Professor, Africana Lantinx Studies
265 Fitzelle Hall

Charlene Christie

Dr. Charlene Christie

Professor, Psychology
210B Schumacher Hall

Charlene is a professor of Psychology. She received her BA in psychology from Bard College and earned a Ph.D. in Social Psychology from SUNY Albany. Much of Charlene's work specifically focuses on understanding how stereotyping and prejudice, interpersonal comparisons, and intergroup relations can change the way we perceive ingroup and outgroup members and our evaluations of the self. 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.

Laura Felschow

Dr. Laura Felschow

Assistant Professor, Media Studies

Sallie Han

Dr. Sallie Han

Professor, Anthropology
143 Physical Science Building

Sallie is a 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 3303 Anthropology of Reproduction which is cross-listed with Women’s and Gender Studies), medical anthropology, and linguistic anthropology. Sallie earned her Ph.D. at the University of Michigan. 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

Dr. Greg Hummel

Assistant Professor, Communication Studies

Greg (he/him/his) is an assistant professor of Communication Studies, and earned his doctorate at Southern Illinois University. 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, Gender and Communication, and Perspectives on Communication.

Kristie Kemmerer

Dr. Kirsten Kemmerer

Assistant Professor, Sociology
Schumacher 14B

Professor Kemmerer (she/her) is an Assistant Professor in the Sociology and Criminal Justice Department. She earned her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of New Hampshire. Her work broadly focuses on gender, intimate relationship violence, and crime. She teaches numerous courses related to sociology and criminology, including Criminology, Gender and Crime, Violence in Relationships, Sociology of Gender, and many others.

Cynthia Klink

Cynthia Klink

Adjunct Lecturer, Anthropology
140 Physical Science
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 WGS 3730: Women and Gender in Prehistory". She is a 2014 recipient of SUNY’s Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching. Professor Klink earned her MA in Anthropology from UC Santa Barbara.

Melissa F Lavin

Dr. Melissa F. Lavin

Associate Professor, Sociology
14P Schumacher Hall
E-mail: Melissa.Lavin@oneonta.edu

Melissa is a deviance sociologist. 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.

Chelsea McCracken

Dr. Chelsea McCracken

Assistant Professor, Media Studies

Elyse Purcell

Dr. Elyse Purcell

Assistant Professor, Philosophy
Philosophy of Mind and Psychology, Bioethics, Social and Political Philosophy
Office: Fitzelle 156
Email: Elyse.Purcell@oneonta.edu

Dr. Alanna Rudzik

Dr. Alanna Rudzik

Assistant Professor, Biological Anthropology
136 Physical Science
E-Mail: Alanna.Rudzik@oneonta.edu

Jonathan Sadow

Dr. Jonathan Sadow

Associate Professor, English
173 Fitzelle Hall
Email: Jonathan.Sadow@oneonta.edu

Jonathan is an associate professor of English and a specialist in eighteenth-century British literature. He earned a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at UMass Amherst. 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

Dr. Ursula Sanborn-Overby

Assistant Professor, Psychology
Fitzelle Hall 127

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

Dr. Elizabeth Seale

Associate Professor, Sociology

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

Dr. Bianca Tredennick

Associate Professor, English

E-mail: Bianca.Tredennick@oneonta.edu

Dr. Tredennick 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.


Constance Jones
Administrative Assistant
Schumacher Hall 111

Tel: 607-436-2520
Fax: (607) 436-2656

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