Esther Ajayi-Lowo holds a B.A in Philosophy from Obafemi Awolowo University, and a Master’s degree in International Law and Diplomacy (MILD) from University of Lagos, Nigeria. Along with her PhD program, she is also pursuing an M.A in Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies at Texas Woman’s University. She’s had professional experience on women’s rights and development issues in Nigeria with governmental and nongovernmental organizations, and now serving on the Board of Projekthope Nigeria. Her research interests include: Feminism, Theory, and Praxis; Global and Transnational Feminism; African Feminisms; Feminist/Womanist Theories; Gender and Human Rights; Politics of Sexual and Reproductive Health; Sexual Violence in Crisis and Conflict Situations; and Women’s Oppression at the Intersection of Cultures and Religions.
Kristin Alder earned an M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Women’s Studies from the University of North Texas. Her research interests include transnational feminisms; women, peace, and security; the political economy of violence against women; Gloria Anzuldúa; feminst/womanist/indigenous epistemologies; speculative realisms; post-genomic gender transgression; and Latin American and Caribbean literatures. Kristin is also pursuing a M.A. in English.
Diana Álvarez earned her M.A. in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida. Her research interests include menstruation; popular culture; fat feminisms; smartphones and new materialisms; art as activism; food studies; posthumanisms; and ecofeminism. Her menstrual art can be viewed at the online exhibition gallery www.wideningthecycle.com. Álvarez has spoken on the topics of menarche and menstrual suppressants on the "Her Turn" radio show on WORT 89.9 fm. Her dissertation will focus on the (de)colonization of menstruation.
Lindsey Bartgis has an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Roosevelt University in Chicago, Illinois. Lindsey's research interests include sexual violence, particularly male sexual assault experiences; popular culture; legal studies; issues involving Title IX and sexual assault; reproductive justice; and ecofeminism. Her dissertation is tentatively titled “Male Rape Culture: Media Representations of Male-on-Male Sexual Assault and Male Survivor Experiences.” She has held board positions with The Center on Halsted, the largest LGBTQ community center in Chicago, and The Texas Equal Access Fund, a reproductive justice organization.
Sheila Bustillos has a M.Ed. in Counseling and Guidance with an Emphasis in Higher Education Administration from Texas State University-San Marcos. Her research interests include motherhood and subalternity; intergenerational removal in foster care; humor as a tool for social change; and speculative realist or materialist views of ethical/moral student development theories. Her dissertation, tentatively titled “Foster Care Parenthood: Exploring Intergenerational Removal,” is a qualitative investigation of cyclical removals in the Texas foster care system focused on former foster care parenthood experiences. She is currently the Vice President for Education Reach for Texans, a non-profit organization championing post-secondary success for foster care alumni in Texas.
Jessica Camp holds an M.A. in Women's Studies and an M.A. in English from Texas Woman's University. Jessica's research interests include Gloria E. Anzaldúa; archival research; feminist pedagogies; multimodal and online education; essential motherhood; motherhood and disability; and composition studies. Her dissertation focuses on Anzaldúan theory. She us currently employed at Texas Woman's University, as the Coordinator of Academic Transitions in Pioneer Center for Student Excellence.
Christina Cavener earned an M.A. in Theological Studies with a Graduate Certificate in Gender and Women's Studies from Southern Methodist University. She currently serves as Director of Education and Programs for youth who are predominantly refugees and immigrants from various countries across Africa. During her PhD, she will examine the ways in which democratic governments have implemented policies that embody feminist values. Her research interests include feminist comparative policy theory; feminist public policy; American international relations; ecofeminism; womanist, mujerista and feminist theories; intersectionality; environmental justice; and how globalization and cultural phenomena affect or contribute to policy change.
Marcella C. Clinard
Marcella C. Clinard received an M.A. in Women's Studies from Texas Woman's University. Her research interests include new materialisms and ecowomanist ontology, epistemology as a tool of resistance, the intersections of queer theory and critical race theory, and Gloria Anzaldúa's revision process.
Lauren Cross holds an M.F.A. in Visual Arts from Lesley University. Lauren's research interests are African-American women artists; representations of Black women in American history; black women in film; colorism; African-American quilt traditions; womanist new media praxis; womanist film; black feminist theory; visual sociology; women in arts; Christian spirituality among African-American women; and East Texas African-American women. Her dissertation research focuses on curatorial practice and the application of womanist methods for art exhibitions and community arts programs featuring the works and experiences of women artists of color.
Allison Davis, MA, MS, LPC, RYT-200 is founder and Program Coordinator for the SPRinG (Supporting & Promoting Resilience in Girls) Program, a trauma-informed, strength-based, and gender-responsive program for girls experiencing incarceration at a post-adjudication Texas Juvenile Justice Department contract facility in Central Texas. She holds a Masters of Arts in Women's Studies and a Masters in Science in Counseling and Development from Texas Woman's University. Her dissertation research focuses on the criminalization of trauma in girls’ pathways to becoming severely in trouble with the law. This work combines her research interests in restorative justice; child and adolescent posttraumatic stress treatment; womanist / multicultural feminist counseling interventions; and the primary prevention of sexual violence. In her work as a Licensed Professional Counselor, Allison combines her advanced training in play, expressive arts, and yoga therapeutic techniques to help young trauma survivors heal.
Pallavi Govindnathan is an artist with an M.F.A. degree in Painting and New Genres from San Francisco Art Institute. Her research in the past has been based on a six-year-long study on Acid Violence against Women in Bangladesh, which prompted the study of religions and patriarchal violence. Her academic research includes women in Bollywood cinema; Hindu mythology and culture; representations of gendered violence in art; religions and cultural veiling; commodity, culture, and ethnic stereotyping; and menstrual taboos and cultural restrictions. Pallavi uses art as a tool to facilitate social awareness and feminist activism.
Paige Hoffmann holds a M.A in Gender and Women’s Studies from University of Wisconsin Madison. Her M.A. thesis examined visual representations of disability building on Alison Kafer’s work on cyborgs and crip political action. Her other research interests include disability/chronic illness personal narratives and ethnographies, queer studies particularly focusing on marginalization of asexuality in queer and disabled communities, accessible and feminist pedagogies, and disability and the intersections of race, gender, and LGBTQ+ in higher education.
Sara Ishii is a Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies Ph.D. candidate currently completing her dissertation, titled “Gloria E. Anzaldúa’s ‘Art as a Mode of Research’: Applications in Feminist Research Methods and Feminist Rhetoric.” She holds an M.A. in Feminist, Gender, and Women’s Studies from York University in Toronto, Ontario and an M.F.A. in Art and Technology from the University of Texas at Dallas. Her research interests include: Anzaldúan theorizing, feminist and womanist theories, feminist new materialisms, qualitative research methodology, and arts-based research methods.
Angela Johnson-Fisher holds an M.A. in Women's Studies and an M.B.A. from Texas Woman's University. Her dissertation, tentatively titled “Womanism, Work, and Wealth,” focuses on the business and community development history of women of color in the Americas. Angela is a serial entrepreneur, fundraising consultant, and coach committed to transforming the marketplace. She works with governments, nonprofit, and for-profit organizations internationally and locally.
Audrey Lundahl is a Ph.D. candidate currently completing her dissertation, titled “DIY Food: Home Food Production and Its Contribution to Food Justice.” She teaches Women's Studies courses at TWU and English courses at North Central Texas College. She also worked as editorial assistant for Films for the Feminist Classroom. Her research interests include food and environmental justice; sustainability studies; womanist spiritual activism; and womanist/feminist theories.
Jennifer V. Martin is a doctoral candidate in Women’s Studies. She obtained a master’s degree in Communication Studies at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. Jennifer is active in multiple professional organizations and presents at a number of academic conferences annually. She has served as both the social chair and professional development chair in our graduate student association. Jennifer has also been an active committee member for campus wide events and serves as a reviewer for academic journals. Her areas of research include feminist and womanist pedagogy, intercultural communication, classroom rhetoric, and activism in the classroom. Her dissertation research focuses on moving beyond oppositional classroom rhetoric through a womanist pedagogical framework.
Reanae McNeal holds an M.A. in Women’s Studies and an M.A. in English from Texas Woman’s University. Currently, Reanae’s research interests include Rhetorics of Survivance, ‘white’ Settler Colonialism, The International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers, African Native American Studies, Indigenous/Womanist/Feminist Theorizing and Epistemologies, Womanist and Indigenous Theologies and Spiritualties, Community Literacies, Decolonial Research Methods, and The Interrelated and Comparative History and Literature of African Americans and Native Americans. She is completing her dissertation, which is titled “African Native American Women’s Rhetorics of Survivance: Decolonization and Social Transformation.”
Kimberly C. Merenda
Kimberly C. Merenda holds a master's degree in women's studies from Texas Woman's University and is currently pursuing her doctoral degree in multicultural women's and gender studies and a second master's degree in English. Her current areas of research include: post-oppositionality as personal/political consciousness, canine-human interrelationality, Anzaldúean autohistoria-teoría, digital literacy, and contemporary dystopian fiction.
April Michels holds an M.A. in English Literature from Duquesne University where she also earned a graduate certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies. Currently, April’s research interests include feminist reconstructions of biblical and cultural archetypes of femininity; the historical pathologizaton of female sexuality; the literary works of 19th-20th century British and American women writers; comparative literature; Chicana feminism and re-interpretations of La Malinche, La Virgen de Guadalupe, and La Llorona; immigration, racialization, and citizenship; and ecofeminism and environmental justice.
Kathy Nguyen earned her MSW at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. Her research interests include cyborgian theory, Harawayian theories, anime and manga studies, posthumanism, network theory/the “mangle,” technology studies, quantum time in Japanese film and literature, quantum fiction, philosophy of time, and consciousness studies.
Foluso Oluade has an M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Women's & Gender Studies from the University of North Texas. Foluso’s area of research includes the policing of female sexuality, African American female expression and sexuality, and the bolstering of wide spread proper education about both womanism and feminism. Foluso aspires to be a professor as well as a prominent activist.
Marcy Paul received her M.A. in Communication from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research interests focus on the intersection of race/ethnicity and sex/gender specifically as it impacts infant mortality. Marcy’s research interests utilize qualitative methodologies including ethnography, focus groups, CBPR, photovoice, and media journaling. Her dissertation is tentatively titled “Women’s Voices Ignite Social Change: A Womanist Spiritual Activist Analysis of Infant Mortality.”
Jennifer Roland earned Masters in Social Work from Indiana University. Jennifer is passionate about using a transdisciplinary approach to transform social work practice and pedagogy. Her research interests include the use of womanist theory in social work practice; womanist theory in social work pedagogy; Black feminist thought to engage African American mothers in social work practice; and global perspectives on mothering. Her research agenda combines women’s studies with the substantive areas of overrepresentation of African American children in the child welfare system; restorative Justice in K-12 public schools; and spiritual/sacred activism among social work professionals.
Jessica Spain Sadr
Jessica Spain Sadr is a PhD Candidate in Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies. She holds an M.A. in Women’s Studies from San Diego State University and an M.A. in Sociology from Texas Woman’s University. Her research interests include multicultural womanist/feminist theories; indigenous epistemologies; global spiritual activism; decolonial food praxis; and transdisciplinary research methods. Jessica’s dissertation research examines the unique potential that Chicana queer-feminist Gloria E. Anzaldúa’s post-Borderlands/La Frontera theories possess for furthering positive self and social transformation.
Sam R. Schmitt
Sam R. Schmitt holds an M.A. in Criminal Justice from Washington State University. Sam's academic and research interests include: the prison industrial complex and trans women’s prison activism; sex worker activism; trans and queer spiritualities; trans and intersex subjectivities in the field of women’s studies; trans autobiography genres; trans women of colors’ literary works; disability/chronic illness and intersex/transgender subjectivities in the work of Gloria E. Anzaldúa; LGBTQIA U.S. politics; LGBT legal movements; womanist self-recovery; epistemologies of whiteness; and feminist-womanist pedagogies.
Michelle Slaughter holds an M.A. in Instruction from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. Her research interests include Girls' Studies; representations of Black females in U.S. culture; education; commercial sexual exploitation of girls in the U.S.; Black feminist thought; social justice pedagogy; social media activism; and politics of beauty. Her dissertation research focuses on the intersections of resilience and resistance in the lives of Black girls.
Pat Spencer earned her MA in journalism with a concentration in media ethics from the University of North Texas Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism in 2009. Her area of research includes transnationalism, diaspora theory and intersectionality tensions and power struggles within government, the criminal justice system and higher education. Pat is a Mayborn Scholar and a 17 1/2 year veteran of the El Paso Police Department.
E.S. Tamplin earned a B.S in Sociology and an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis with an emphasis in Higher Education Administration from the University of Missouri-Columbia. E.'s work applies an integrated approach utilizing women-of-color theories, sociological perspectives, and educational scholarship to E.'s interests in minority women and queer people of color's body-mind-spirit experiences (work and labor) in college athletics and classrooms; social justice issues; intersections of coming out narratives, the construction of self-identity and concept, and mental health; alternative/non-traditional family and intimate relationship structures; the intersection of sexualities, identities, and spirituality. E.'s dissertation topic is yet to be determined but hopes to delve deeper into one of the aforementioned interests with a critical combination of an afrogenderqueer pespective and feminist/womanist thought.
Pam Tise earned a M.A. in Political Science with a concentration in Legal Studies, and a M.A. in Public Administration from Texas State University-San Marcos. Her research interests include: institutional discrimination; women in history; political violence against women; women’s movements and social justice; and feminist pedagogy. Her most recent research examines sacred ecology and the role of spiritual activism in changing governance.
Pamela White Wolsey
Pamela White Wolsey’s M.A. in Government from Texas Woman's University and 10 years in the energy industry inspired her research on the connections between spiritual activism, new materialism, and natural gas exploration. After completing the Appalachian Trail in 2013, changing careers, and relocating to North Carolina, Pamela continues to explore the relationships between living and non-living things, but with an emphasis on ecotourism, invasive species management, environmental racism, and eco-therapy.
Carla Wilson holds an M.A. in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies from Georgia State University. Carla’s research interests include compassionate listening as a form of spiritual activism; Gloria Anzaldúan thought; feminist, womanist, and Indigenous epistemologies, pedagogies, and praxis; and contemplative pedagogies and praxis in higher education, specifically in learning and research environments.
Todd Winkler holds a Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth and a Master of Education in Education Administration from Lamar University in Beaumont. His research interests include disruptive epistemologies; social histories; educational theory and consecrating pedagogies. His dissertation research focuses on the experiences of the WASP attachment located at the largest pilot navigational school during WW2.
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