PhD Alumni

Azza Basarudin

Lecturer, Department of Gender Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles

Kimberly Clair

Lecturer, Department of Gender Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles

Kimberly Clair has written and lectured about indigenous healing practices, transnational justice, expressive arts therapies, and gendered traumas.  Her dissertation, The Art of Resistance: Trauma, Gender, and Traditional Performance in Acehnese Communities, 1976-2011, examines the significance of traditional performance (including dance, music, and theatre) as a resource for survivors of separatist conflict and natural disaster in Aceh, Indonesia.  Her most recent work, which appears Peace Review: A Journal of Social Justice, evaluates arts-based trauma interventions for migrants and refugees living in Calais, France and Za’atari, Jordan.   

Gwen D'Arcangelis

Assistant Professor, Department of Gender Studies at Skidmore College

Gwen D’Arcangelis earned her B.A. in Neurobiology from the University of Pennsylvania and her Ph.D. in Women’s Studies at UCLA. She joined the Skidmore faculty in 2016. Her areas of teaching and research include gender, race, and science; feminist science fiction; disease and empire; and feminist and anti-imperial praxis. She has published on the construction of white scientific masculinity in U.S. national security discourse, gendered Orientalism in the U.S. news media during the 2003 SARS disease scare, and on the new forms of security and surveillance in the U.S. biosciences that the War on Terror precipitated. She is currently working on an article chronicling nurse activism during the War on Terror, as well as a book-length manuscript tentatively titled, The War on Bioterror: Neo-colonial regimes of protection, progress, and care, which explores the role that the biosciences and public health—and their gendered and raced dimensions—have played in expanding U.S. Empire during the War on Terror. Her dissertation was titled "The Bio Scare: anthrax, smallpox, SARS, flu and post-9/11 US Empire." She has also been involved in community engagement projects on queer Asian Pacific Islander justice and environmental justice, and has blogged on topics of science justice. 

Karina Eileraas

Lecturer, Dornsife at the University of Southern California

Freda Fair

Assistant Professor, Department of Gender Studies at Indiana University Bloomington

Jacob R. Lau

University of California President's Postdoctoral Fellow in Film and Media Studies at the University of California, Irvine

Jacob R. Lau holds a B.A. in English from UC Berkeley, and a M.T.S. in Women, Gender, Sexuality, and Religion from Harvard Divinity School. Lau's work theorizes transgender through through postcolonial, queer of color, and historical materialist theorizations of time and historicism that push against and suggest alternatives to purely linear temporalities, situating trans within traditions of temporal critique, and affective histories of non-normative embodiment. His dissertation is entitled, Between the Times: Trans-Temporality and Historical Representation. Along with Cameron Partridge, he is the editor of Dr. Laurence Michael Dillon/Lobzang Jivaka's 1962 memoir Out of the Ordinary: A Life of Gender and Spiritual Transitions (Fordham University Press, 2016) for which he also co-authored an introduction.  

Loran Renee Marsan

Visiting Assistant Professor, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program at Ohio University

Dr. Marsan has lived and worked in Athens, Ohio since 2009. She teaches introductory courses in WGSS and LGBTQ Studies as well as advanced courses on media, drag and popular culture, queer theory, and research methods. Her dissertation, Critical Crossings: Intersections of Passing and Drag in Popular Culture,  focused on identity boundary crossing in popular culture. She continues to address the function of identity production and representation in her research and pedagogy. Within this Dr. Marsan has branched out into queer pedagogical work on praxis that incorporates queer theoretical ideas into media and information production. 

Saru Matambanadzo

Moise S. Steeg Associate Professor of Law and Emily Ratner New Day II Professor of Social Entrepreneurship at Tulane University School of Law

Saru M. Matambanadzo, Ph.D., joined the faculty of Tulane University School of Law in 2010. As the Moise S. Steeg, Jr. Associate Professor of Law, Dr. Matambanadzo incorporates her diverse interdisciplinary research interests through law, policy, philosophy, vulnerability theory, and women’s studies, examining questions concerning the ways law and policies facilitate belonging and inclusion or lead to exclusion and marginalization. Dr. Matambanadzo’ s research also spans topics such as feminist legal theory, employment discrimination, animal rights, and food justice. Her publications include writing on legal pedagogy and critical theory, legal sex and trans* identity, legal personhood in historical and contemporary contexts, and pregnancy discrimination against new mothers.

Naveen Minai

Assistant Professor, Department of Social Sciences and Liberal Arts, Institute of Business Administration (Karachi)

Dissertation title: "A Few Good Men: Politics of Masculinity and Nation in Pakistan"

Dr. Minai's research is interdisciplinary and located within the Humanities. She focuses on the cultural and political intersections of religion, race, class, gender, and sexuality in the politics of representation and production in film, television, and literature. Her areas of study include women of color feminism, transnational and Third World feminism, masculinities, critical race and sexuality studies, queer of color critique, and South Asia studies.

Jennifer Musto

Assistant Professor of Women's and Gender Studies at Wellesley College

Dissertation title: Institutionalizing Protection, Professionalizing Victim Management: Explorations of Multi-Professional Anti-Trafficking Efforts in the Netherlands and the United States

Kimberly Robertson

Assistant Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies and American Indian Studies at California State University, Northridge

Kimberly Robertson (Mvskoke) is an activist, teacher, scholar, and mother who works diligently to employ Native feminist theories, practices, and methodologies in each of these roles.  Her academic and politic interests pivot around critical examinations of the relationship between settler colonialism and heteropatrairchy, specifically as they manifest in sexual and gendered violence against Native peoples; Indigenous feminisms; theories of decoloniality; and Indigenous futurity.  Dr. Robertson earned an MA in American Indian Studies and a PhD in Women’s Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles.  

Thesis Title:  Rerighting Herstory: A Case Study of the South Dakota Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.

Dissertation Title: Un-Settling Questions: The Construction of Indigeneity and Violence Against Native Women.