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Graduates of the M.A. and Graduate Certificate Programs in Women’s Studies

Here's what some of our alumnae are doing:

Michael Franklin completed a Master’s degree in Women’s Studies. He now works as a Spanish teacher at Franklin County High School in Tennessee. When he isn’t teaching, he leads community development workshops for the Alabama Honduras Medical Educational Network (AHMEN), a Christian ministry program that promotes community empowerment, networking, and sustainable planning in Honduras through medical relief and educational development. Recently, Michael was elected as Franklin County Education Association’s Vice President. He also served as a keynote speaker for the Tennessee Education Association’s annual Committees and Commission Meeting 2015-2016 on the Status of Women in Education. His presentation included information about women as agents of change in communities, the importance of women’s leadership in education, and establishing gender equity within schools.

Elizabeth Claffey completed her Graduate Certificate in Women's Studies as well as an MFA in Visual Arts with a concentration in Photography. In 2012-13 she received a William J. Fulbright Fellowship during which time she completed the photographic series, “Mother’s Milk, Father’s Blood,” started a Youth Art Club through the National Library in Tirana, and documented the women nurses at the Organization for the Support of Albania’s Abandoned Babies (OSAAB). Her work has been recognized by PDN Magazine, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Dallas Morning News, The Kinsey Institute, and various galleries. She is now serving as an Assistant Professor of Photography at Indiana University.

Meena Anbunathan completed her M.A. in Women's Studies in 2005. Meena then returned to India to pursue work in the field of HIV/AIDS activism.

Dr. Nadine BarrettNadine Barrett completed her Graduate Certificate in Women's Studies as well as her Ph.D. in Sociology at TWU.  Currently, she is the Director of Health Equity at the Duke Cancer Institute. Prior to joining the Duke Cancer Institute, she was employed by the Susan G. Komen for the Cure-Global.

Krista Benson completed her M.A. in Women's Studies in 2007. Krista works with students with Asperger's Disorder in a local school district.  

Jennifer Brockman
completed her M.A. in Women's Studies in 2003 and is pursuing her Ph.D. in Rhetoric at TWU. Jennifer is currently a Writing Instructor and Lecturer at Lamar University in the Department of English and Modern Languages.

Sharon Butler, a graduate of the M.A. program in 2006, works for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as a Children and Families Program Specialist.

Tara ConleyTara Conley completed her M.A. in Women's Studies in 2008. Tara is the Founder and President of Media Make Change. Tara is currently in Columbia University's doctoral program in Communication and Education. Tara has been awarded Voqal's Media ideation Fellows "tackling concrete social justice issues using a diversity of perspectives and technological platforms." She also has an interesting article entitled The Feministing Five

Tara Conley has also been a co-host on HuffPost Live episodes related to the March on Washington. Here's one of the segments:

Rachael FedericoRachael Federico completed her M.A. in Women's Studies in 2010. She received her Juris Doctor and a certificate in Public Interest Law from Lewis and Clark College, Oregon in May 2013 and is currently a judicial clerk for the Oregon Court of Appeals. Rachel has a paper, "Lifting the 'Lamp Beside the Golden Door': An Argument for Immigration Reform, Advocacy, and Transformation through Testimonios," pending publication in Berkeley La Raza Law Journal

Angela JohnsonAngela Johnson-Fisher completed her M.A. in Women's Studies in 2007. Angela is the Executive Director of the Deaf Action Center in Dallas, Texas. Angela also began her Ph.D. in Women's Studies at Texas Woman's University in Fall 2010.

Kami FletcherKami Fletcher completed her M.A. in Women's Studies in 2006. Kami recently accepted a tenure-track position in African-American history at Delaware State University.




Victoria GenetinAfter completing her M.A. in Women's Studies, Victoria Genetin completed a master's degree in Social Work from Akron University and her Ph.D. in Women's Studies from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.  Her dissertation title was “Shifting Toward A Spiritualized Feminist Pedagogy: Gloria E. Anzaldúa And Thich Nhat Hanh in Dialogue.”  Victoria is currently teaching as an adjunct assistant professor of Women’s Studies at TWU and is also teaching online for Ohio State.

Sarah Hogue completed her M.A. in Women's Studies in 2005. Sarah is currently an instructor for the Department of Sociology at Bridgewater State University and she is completing her Ph.D. in Public Policy at the University of Massachusetts in Boston.

Aimee HowarthAimee Howarth completed her M.A. in Women's Studies in 2013. Aimee is currently working as a Program Specialist for the Elisa Project.

Lea IvyLea Ivy completed her M.A. in Women's Studies in 2005. She is currently working as a medical reviewer for Dow Corning's Silicone Breast Implant Settlement Facility.


Kimberly Johnson completed her M.A. in Women's Studies in 2007. Kimberly works as the Coordinator of Special Collections in the Woman's Collection at TWU's Blagg-Huey Library.

Shilpa Kabhari completed her M.A. in Women's Studies in 2005 and went on to receive her Ph.D. in Sociology at TWU in 2012 and is now an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice/Sociology at New Mexico Highlands University.

Karen Kapusta-Pofahl completed her M.A. in Women's Studies in 2001 and has since received her Ph.D. in Sociocultural Anthropology with a minor in Feminist Studies at the University of Minnesota (2008). Karen is currently working as a Lecturer in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas.

Kari Kesler completed her M.A. in Women's Studies in 2001. Kari is currently employed as a Sexuality Health Educator for Public Health -- Seattle & King County.

Amanda Lemon, who completed her M.A. in Women's Studies in 2007, is employed as a sixth-grade world cultures teacher in a local Texas public school.

Amie Lewis, who completed her M.A. in Women's Studies in 2011, was recently hired as the Project Coordinator at Legal Resource Center on Violence Against Women in April 2016.

Jill Malolepszy completed her M.A. in Women's Studies in 2005 and is now a Counselor for the Office for Disability Services at the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.

Flannery MitchellFlannery Mitchell, completed her M.A. in Women's Studies in 2012 and has accepted a position with Teach For America. Flannery is currently teaching in the DFW area.

Nery Morales completed her M.A. in Women's Studies in 2007. In Spring 2012 she graduated from the University of Maryland Law School.

Janice MoranJanice Moran completed her M.A. in Women's Studies in 2006. Janice is a Vocational Rehabilitation Teacher with the Texas Division for Blind Services where she teaches confidence building, independent living, Braille, job readiness, and retention skills. Janice is pictured with her guide dog, Norwood.



Jessicah Murrell
Jessicah Murrell
completed her M.A. in Women’s Studies with a concentration in Child Development in 2013. She is currently working at Denton County Friends of the Family as a Community Education Specialist. Her work consists of educating students in Pre-K through 12th grade, as well as college and university students.

Courtney O'Dell Chaib completed her M.A. in 2007 and M.T.S. degree from Brite Divinity School in 2009. She is now a doctoral student in Religious Studies at Syracuse University.

Mary Jane PhilpyFollowing the completion of her M.A. in 2007, Mary Jane Philpy worked for Planned Parenthood of North Texas as the Professional Training Institute Coordinator. She is currently pursuing an Associate Graduate Certificate in Sex Education at the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality.

Erin Rider completed her M.A. in Women's Studies in 2006 and completed her Ph.D. in Sociology at TWU in Spring 2010. Erin will be an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Jacksonville State University, Alabama beginning in August 2010.

Deepti SihotaDeepti Sihota received her M.A. in Women's Studies in 2010.  Deepti is now working as a program coordinator at Chetna, a non-profit agency that supports the needs of domestic violence victims of South Asian communities in Dallas Fort Worth area (

Murial Whetstone SimsMuriel Whetstone Sims received her Master's degree in Women's Studies in 2008.  She is also a published magazine journalist whose work experience includes editorial positions at The Chicago Reporter, Ebony, Essence, and The Dallas Observer magazines as well as The Fort Worth Star-Telegram newspaper. Her work is published in a number of university-level textbooks.

Muriel continues to write scholarly and freelance magazine articles, and she blogs about women, and health and education issues on In July 2009, Muriel was diagnosed with Stage 1 genetic breast cancer, and so she now also speaks to groups about the importance of early detection in the fight to reduce breast cancer-related deaths in the African-American community of women.

Muriel teaches high school English, and serves as a Democratic precinct chair in Fort Worth, TX, where she lives with her husband and their cat. She is the mother of two adult children, and grandmother to four. Born and raised in Chicago, IL, Muriel ultimately works towards empowering women, and men, living in Fort Worth's underserved communities.

Carol TushabeA 2005 recipient of the M.A. in Women's Studies, Carol Tushabe completed her Ph.D. in Philosophy, Interpretation, and Culture at Binghamton University and is now an Assistant Professor in Women's Studies at Kansas State University.

Dr. Doreen Watson completed her M.A. in Women's Studies in 2005 as well as her Ph.D. in Sociology. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Regis University in Colorado.

Shamethia WebbShamethia Webb completed her M.A. in Women's Studies in 2011. Shamethia accepted a position starting in February 2012 as a Field Organizer for the Texas Hunger Initiative in McLennan County.

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