women's studies faculty and staff in a zoom event

Meet Our Faculty & Staff


Angela CokerAngela D. Coker
Associate Professor & Director of Inclusive SDSU (Full-time appointment in DDI)
Office: PSFA 164 | Phone: (619) 594-1130
Email: [email protected]

Interests: Counselor Education with an emphasis on the intersections of mental health, gender, and racial identity

birds of paradiseAnne Donadey
Office: SH 224B | Phone: (619) 594-0815
Email: [email protected]

Interests: Representations of race and gender in literature and film; Francophone North African women writers; intersectional and postcolonial feminist theories

Anh HuaAnh Hua
Undergraduate & Internship Advisor (Fall 2021)
Associate Professor

Office: AL 313 
Email: [email protected]

Interests: Cultural studies; postcolonial feminisms; migration and diaspora studies, literary studies (fiction, poetry, and memoir; film studies; humanities and the arts

Amira JarmakaniAmira Jarmakani
Graduate Advisor
Office: AL 311
Email: [email protected]

Interests: Arab American studies; transnational feminisms; cultural studies; representation and the body; orientalism in the Americas

Irene LaraIrene Lara
Undergraduate & Internship Advisor (Spring 2022)
Associate Professor
Office: AL 353 | Phone: (619) 594-7151
Email: [email protected]

Interests: Spirituality and healing; sexuality and the body; women of color feminisms; Chicana/Latina Studies; feminist holistic pedagogies

Kimala PriceKimala Price

Associate Professor
Office: AL 346A | Phone: (619) 594-8442
Email: [email protected]

Interests: Women, law & policy; gender, race and class; reproductive & sexual justice; feminist activism

Jess Whatcott

Jess Whatcott
Assistant Professor
Office: AL 315 | Phone: (619) 594-2861
Email: [email protected]

Interests: Critical disability studies; critical prison studies; queer studies/queer of color critique; political economy; transformative justice; speculative fiction 

Heidi DoyleHeidi Doyle
Administrative Coordinator
Office: AL 346 | Phone: (619) 594-2952
Email: [email protected]


Zamira AbmanZamira Abman
Email: [email protected]
Ph.D., History, University of California, Santa Barbara

Interests: state-centered emancipation of Muslim women in the former Soviet Union/Russia and Middle East

Shogofa AbassiShogofa Abassi
Email: [email protected] 
M.A., Political Science, San Diego State University

Interests: Women: Images and Ideas; Self, Identity, and Society; Sex, Power, and Politics; Women and Work; Global Cultures, Women’s Lives

Kristi AbrechtKristi Abrecht
Email: [email protected]
M.A., Women’s Studies, San Diego State University

Interests: Women: Images and Ideas; History of Women and Sexuality in Modern Europe

Amanda BeardsleyAmanda Beardsley
Email: [email protected]
Ph.D., Art History, Binghamton University

Interests: Feminist science and technology studies; gender and religion; art history; technologies of sound and vision

Sonia BrighentiSonia Brighenti
Email: [email protected]
Ph.D., Romance Languages and Literatures, Harvard University

Interests: Italian transgressive literature, European culture, literature, and pop-culture, black Italy and the “second generation G2” Italians, feminist and gender studies

Christine PayneChristine Payne
Interim Director, Science, Technology and Society Studies
Email: [email protected]
Ph.D., Sociology-Science Studies, University of California San Diego

Interests: Gender, Science, and Technology

pink flower up closeJuliette Maiorana
Email: [email protected]
Ph.D., History, University of California San Diego

Interests: history of race, family, and migration, extractive industries (U.S. Empire), history of Women of Color in the U.S., comparative borders, capitalism and gender, forced removals


Mary MarchanMary Marchan
Email: [email protected]
Ph.D. Candidate, American Studies, University of Minnesota

Interests: LGBTQ+ stdies

Jessica NareJessica Nare
Email: [email protected]
M.A., Women’s Studies, San Diego State University and Associate Chief Diversity Officer for Student Engagement

Interests: Women’s Sexuality and the Body; Global Cultures and Women’s Lives

pink flower up closeGeneva Robinson Darcuiel
Email: [email protected] 
Psy.D. Alliant University

Interests: Psychology of Women

Margaret SlaskaMargaret Slaska
Email: [email protected] 
Ph.D Vrije University, Brussels

Interests: Women and Sexuality, Social constructionist and feminist theories of trauma, intersectionality, and empowerment

Mary StoutMary Stout
Email: [email protected]
M.A, History, San Diego State University

Interests: Women and History

Cat ThompsonCat Thompson
Email: [email protected] 
Ph.D., Clinical Psychology (Emphasis in Cultural Psychology), California School of Professional Psychology

Interests: Psychology of Women

pink flower up closeYazan Zahzah
Email: [email protected]
M.A., Women’s Studies, San Diego State University

Oliva EspinOliva Espin
Professor Emerita 
Email: [email protected]

Huma Ahmed-GhoshHuma Ahmed-Ghosh
Professor Emerita
Email: [email protected]

up close of purple flowerPatricia Huckle
Professor Emerita
Email: [email protected]

Kathleen JonesKathleen Jones
Professor Emerita 
Email: [email protected]

up close of a yellow and orange flowerJanet Kohen
Associate Professor Emerita
Email: [email protected]

Bonnie Kime ScottBonnie Kime Scott
Professor Emerita 
Email: [email protected]

Doreen MattinglyDoreen Mattingly
Professor Emerita
Email: [email protected]

Esther RothblumEsther Rothblum
Professor Emerita
Email: [email protected]

up close of a roseBarbara Watson
Professor Emerita 
Email: [email protected]

Bonnie ZimmermanBonnie Zimmerman
Professor Emerita
Email: [email protected] 

Stuart Aiken
Geography: Critical geography; qualitative methods; children, families, communities; film

Antwanisha Alameen-Shavers
Africana Studies: Gender politics in the Black community, the role of African women in Ancient African Societies and the role of African American women in Black political movements.

Sandra Alcosser
English and Comparative Literature: Women’s poetry; feminist poetics.

Alda Blanco
Spanish and Portuguese: Modern Spanish literary studies; Spanish feminism, women’s literature; contemporary Spain; Spanish feminist theory.

Michael Borgstrom
English and Comparative Literature: Early American literature, 19th century American literature with emphasis on sexuality, gender, and race.

Suzanne Bordelon
Rhetoric and Writing Studies: Literary studies, Rhetoric and Composition.

Joanna Brooks
English and Comparative Literature: American literature; American women’s writing, Native American & Africana-American literature.

Monica J. Casper
Arts and Letters Dean's Office; Sociology: Women's health, reproduction, feminist STS, qualitative methods, trauma studies, critical animal studies, disability studies, and environmental studies.

Adelaida del Castillo
Chicano and Chicana Studies: Cultural studies; women’s studies; development: ethnology.

Yea-Wen Chen
School of Communication: Intercultural communication, intersecting cultural identities, pan-Asian organizing (esp. of/by/for women), immigrant women faculty in US higher education, critical pedagogy.

Olivia Chilcote
American Indian Studies: Interdisciplinary Native American Studies, federal Indian law and policy, Native American identity, and Native California.

Clarissa Clò
European Studies: Italian culture, literature, film, music, popular culture, postcolonial, migration and diaspora studies, feminist and queer studies.

Clare Colquitt
English and Comparative Literature:American Literature 1860-1920; Edith Wharton.

Marie Draz
Philosophy: Feminist theory, queer studies, transgender studies, critical race theory, contemporary continental philosophy.

Raechel Dumas
History: Japanese and global popular culture, trama narratives, digital and feminist poetry, and feminist, affect, and virtual theories.

Laurie Edson
English and Comparative Literature:Contemporary literary theory; feminist theory; multicultural literature.

Sarah Elkind
History: US environmental history, urban political history 1880s to 20th century.

Jill Esbenshade
Sociology: Gender and immigration, labor, global economy, race and ethnicity.

Liana Ewald
Spanish and Portuguese: Peninsular Spanish literature, esp. 19th and 20th-century narrative; women novelists; women in novels; the way literature mediates social, historical & political concerns.

Joanne Ferraro
History: Renaissance and early modern Europe, economic and social.

Shawn Flanigan
Public Affairs: Nonprofit organizations/NGOs in the developing world and low income US communities, public admin. And public policy; religious and ethnic identity in development work.

Patricia Geist-Martin
Communication: Gender and communication; ideology; health.

Juan Godoy
Spanish and Portuguese: Iberian and Latin American literature.

Charles Goehring
Communications: Rhetorical theory and criticism, visual rhetoric, feminist criticism, social movements, transgender rights.

Victoria González-Rivera
Chicana and Chicano Studies: Gender and sexuality, feminism, HIV/AIDS, right-wing politics, race, masculinity, Nicaraguan history, and Chicana/Latin American women's history.

Yetta Howard
English and Comparative Literature: 20th and 21st century literary and cultural studies of gender and sexuality, queer studies, feminist theories of race, contemporary visual, textual and auditory culture.


María Ibarra
Chicana and Chicano Studies: Mexican immigration, gender, domestic employment, emotional labor.

Norma Iglesias-Prieto
Chicana and Chicano Studies: U.S.-Mexican border, gender, and film studies; border cultural production; and visual arts.

Pascale Joassart-Marcelli
Geography: Work, occupational, segregation, immigration, informal work, urban and economic geography, public space, alternative food practices.

Sureshi Jayawardene
Africana Studies: African diaspora theory, global iterations of Black power politics, Africana womanism, and African diasporic spirituality.

David Kahan
Exercise & Nutritional Sciences: Gender issues related to coaching sport; supervision of student teachers, emphasizing behavior and perspectives of cooperating teachers.

Ranin Kazemi
History: history of women, gender, and sexuality in Islam.

Anna Kim
Public Affairs: Immigrant integration, with a focus on civic engagement, community health, and refugee resettlement.

Minjeong Kim
Sociology: Gender, family, and international migration, Asian American studies and the media.

Eve Kornfeld
History: Colonial and revolutionary America; European and American cultural and intellectual history.

Matthew Keufler
History: Medieval History, History of Sexuality.

Martha M. Lauzen
Theatre, Television, and Film: Representations of women in mass media

Risa Levitt
Religious Studies and Jewish Studies: Judaic studies, Women in the Bible.

Carol Macera
Graduate School of Public Health: Chronic disease, aging, injuries, women's health effects of physical activity.

Kristen Hill Maher
Political Science: International Migration, U.S Immigration Politics, Public Policy, cultural and identity politics.

José Mario Martín-Flores
Spanish and Portuguese: Spanish-American/Latin American novel, Mexican contemporary women writers, cinema and novels of the Mexican Revolution, 19th century prose fiction.

Arianne Miller
Counseling and School Psychology: Multicultural and LGBTQ Psychology, Eating Disorders, self care

Esme Murdock
American Indian Studies: Intersections of social/political relations; environmental health, integrity, and agency; social/political injustice; environmental injustice; Indigenous environmental ethics

Bill Nericcio
English and Comparative Literature: Cultural studies, Chicano/a studies, Latin American studies.

Dana Nurge
Public Administration and Urban Studies: Female delinquency, gender and crime, female gang involvement.

Cheryl O’Brien
Political Science: Women’s rights, transnational feminist networks/ing, violence against women, women and politics, feminist theory, human security, social/environmental justice, gender based policy analysis, human rights.

Chuyun Oh
Music and Dance: Identity in dance performance, performance ethnography, and transnational media and popular culture

Norma Ojeda
Sociology: Demography, Family, reproductive health, gender, and U.S. Mexico Border Studies.

Shelly Orr
Theatre, Television, and media: Dramaturg and theatre scholar, specializing in 20th and 21st century theatre

Arzu Ozkal
Art and Design: Interpretations of the body and its relationship to the environment through dogmas, traditions, laws, and patriarchal value systems.

Walter D. Penrose, Jr.
History: Gender and sexuality in the ancient world, prostitution, Amazons and female masculinity; South Asian History; Lesbian and Gay History.


Ramona Pérez
Latin American Studies and Anthropology: Feminist anthropology, Identity politics, gender and sexuality, women/gender and development, third world/post-colonial theory, tourism, applied anthropology, Chicano/a studies.

Jessica Pressman
English and Comparative Literature: Digital Literature, 20th/21st- Century Experimental Narrative, Media Theory

Elizabeth Reed
Public Health: Gender-based violence, including intimate partner violence and teen dating violence; sexual and reproductive health

Randy Reinholz
Television, Theater and Film: Indigenous filmography, indigenous playwrights, community engagement 

Nathian Rodriguez
Journalism and Media Studies: Minority representation in media, specifically LGBTQ and Latinx portrayals and identity negotiation, as well as pop culture, identity, radio broadcasting, and issues of masculinity.

Elizabeth Pollard
History: Roman history, gender in Greece and Rome, magic and witchcraft accusations in Greco-Roman antiquity, Greek and Roman religious.

Emanuele Saccarelli
Political Science: Classical Marxism and the transition to post Marxism; relation between political theory and practice, gender and family relations in history of general thought.

Ronnee Schrieber
Arts and Letters Dean's Office; Political Science: women and American political institutions; women and public policy.

Emily Schuckman-Matthews
European Studies: Human trafficking in Eastern Europe, gender and sexuality in Eastern Europe, 20th century Russian culture, literature, and film.

Veronica Shapovalov
European Studies: Russian 19th/20th Century gender issues.

Stacy Sinclair
University Honors Program: Women’s bodies, postmodern feminism, gender and psychology/counseling/therapy, gender and conflict, popular culture and gender.

Elisa J. Sobo
Anthropology: Alternative approaches to child health and wellbeing, Biomedical & other medical cultures, Rapid/applied ethnographic methods, Vaccination

Eva Struble
Art and Design: Social practice in art, painting, public art including murals relating to, San Diego labor and political histories, climate change, public land in the west and agriculture.

Kate Swanson
Geography: Gender and public space, racialization of indigenous peoples, youth identities and childhood, urban restructuring and exclusion, migration, informal sector strategies.

Charles Toomb
Africana Studies: African literature (African American, African, and Caribeean,) American literature, Black Queer Studies, class and urban studies, interdisciplinary studies, neglected and silenced voices in Africana studies, and expressive culture.

Lianne Urada
School of Social Work: HIV/STI populations, sex trade/sex trafficking

Allison Vaughn
Psychology: Stages and varieties of social relationships and health, mental and physical/cardiovascular health.

Sandra A. Wawrytko
Philosophy: Buddhism, Daoism, comparative Asian-western philosophy/religion, metaphysics, epistemology and postmodern science, philosophy of mind and no mind.

Megan Welsh
Criminal Justice: Women’s experiences of rebuilding their lives after prison, mental health and juvenile justice, criminal justice polices in California.

Susan Woodruff
School of Social Work: Research methods, health disparities, health issues among underserved populations, epidemiology, Latino health promotion, substance abuse and addictive behaviors

Mei Zhong
Journalism and Media Studies: Intercultural communication; communication in Asian cultures; mediated communication in intercultural contexts, East-West cultural comparison.