Graduate Program Alumni News
Meena completed her master’s degree in women's studies in 2005. She then returned to India to pursue work in the field of HIV and AIDS activism.
Nadine completed her graduate certificate in women’s studies as well as her doctorate in sociology at TWU. Currently, she is the director of health equity at the Duke Cancer Institute. Prior to joining the institute, she was employed by the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Global Initiative.
Krista completed her master’s degree in women's studies in 2007. Krista currently works with students with Asperger’s syndrome in a local school district.
Sharon is a 2006 graduate of our master’s program in women's studies and now works for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as a children and families program specialist.
Edyka completed her master's degree in multicultural women's and gender studies in 2013. She is a literary artist, performer, educator, and cultural worker based in North Texas. She has published numerous articles, essays, and poems including a collection of poetry that explores queer mestizaje in the diaspora titled She Speaks | Poetry. She recently co-organized the Disrupting Displacement: Art vs. Gentrification event with Vicki Meek as part of the Creating Place Learning Exchange series and authored an article about her experience, titled "Gentrifying the Conversation on Gentrification: Resisting the Performative Culture of Whiteness in Dallas Organizing", for AlternateRoots.org. Her life and work were recently featured in the Dallas News article, "From chronic illness to working with Sandra Cisneros, local poet Edyka Chilomé had a year to remember." Edyka released her new poetry chapbook, El Poemario del Colibrí / The Hummingbird Poems, at the Deep Vellum launch on Aug. 30, 2019. She was interviewed by Dallas Voice for a series on queer creatives and their stories, and in April 2020, she was featured in the Dallas Morning News' Art in the City project sharing her work and discussing how she is living life and making art during the COVID-19 shutdown.
Elizabeth completed her graduate certificate in women’s studies as well as an M.F.A. in visual arts with a concentration in photography. In 2012, she received a J. William Fulbright Fellowship during which time she completed her photographic series, “Mother’s Milk, Father’s Blood”, started a youth art club through the National Library in Tirana and documented women nurses at the Organization for the Support of Albania’s Abandoned Babies. Her work has been featured in 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.
Tara L. Conley is an Assistant Professor of Communication and Media at Montclair State University. She is an interdisciplinary scholar and mediamaker. Dr. Conley's research aim is to advance feminist and anti-racist practices in producing scholarship and media work on digital cultures, information and communication technologies (ICTs), and digital histories. In 2013, she founded Hashtag Feminism to locate and archive feminist discourse by way of tracking Twitter hashtags on the web. Her research on social media and hashtags engages scholarship and methods across multiple fields including communication and media studies, science and technology studies, and archival studies. For more on Dr. Conley's research and multimedia projects, visit www.taralconley.org
Lauren Cross graduated with her Ph.D. in Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies in 2017. She is currently employed as a Lecturer in the Department of Art Education Art History’s Interdisciplinary Art and Design Studies (IADS) program at the University of North Texas. She is also the founder of the arts non-profit, WoCA Projects, in Fort Worth, Texas. Cross has been named an Amon Carter Museum Carter Community Artist for 2018-19. She headlined the Thelma Daniels Distinguished Lecture at the Dallas African American Museum in March 2019.
Allison Davis graduated with her Ph.D. in Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies in 2017. She is also an MS, Licensed Professional Counselor, Director of SAFE CARES, and a Wimberley City Council Member.
Rachael completed her master’s degree in women’s studies in 2010. She received her doctor of jurisprudence degree and a certificate in public interest law from Lewis and Clark College in May 2013. She is currently a staff attorney for the Legal Aid Services of Oregon. In 2015, the Berkeley La Raza Law Journal published her paper, "Lifting the 'Lamp Beside the Golden Door': An Argument for Immigration Reform, Advocacy, and Transformation through Testimonios".
Kami completed her master’s degree in women’s studies in 2006. She recently accepted a tenure-track position in African-American history at Delaware State University.
After completing his master’s degree in women’s studies, Michael 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. In Spring 2017, he won the National Education Association's Applegate-Dorros Peace and International Understanding award. View a video of Michael accepting the NEA Human and Civil Rights Award for his work in Honduras with the Alabama Honduras Medical Educational Network and Water with Blessings.
Michael has been accepted into the EdD in Educational Leadership and Learning in Organizations program at Vanderbilt University and was just named Franklin County School's High School Teacher of the Year.
After completing her master’s degree in women’s studies, Victoria completed a master’s degree in Social Work from Akron University and her doctorate in women’s studies from Ohio State University. She formerly taught as an adjunct assistant professor of women’s studies at TWU and is currently an instructional consultant of diversity and inclusivity at the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching.
Susan Harper has written an essay titled "All Acts of Love and Pleasure Are My Rituals" in the forthcoming Sex: Ethnographic Encounters, edited by Dieter Haller and Richard Martin; a chapter titled "For Thou Art Goddess: Creating Affirming Goddess Spirituality Spaces" in the forthcoming Queer Magic: Power Beyond Boundaries, edited by Lee Harrington and Tai Fenix Kulystin; and a chapter titled "The Future of the Goddess" in the forthcoming Seven Ages of The Goddess, edited by Trevor Greenfield.
Sarah completed her master’s degree in women’s studies in 2005 and her doctorate degree in public policy at the University of Massachusetts in Boston in 2015. She is currently an instructor for the Department of Sociology at Bridgewater State University and an adjunct professor at Bryant University.
Lea completed her master’s degree in women’s studies in 2005. She currently works as a medical reviewer for the Dow Corning's Silicone Breast Implant Settlement Facility.
Kimberly completed her master’s degree in women’s studies in 2007. Kimberly now works as the coordinator of special collections in the at TWU’s Blagg-Huey Library.
Shilpa completed her master’s degree in women’s studies in 2005 and went on to receive her doctorate degree in sociology at TWU in 2012. She is now an assistant professor of criminal justice and sociology at New Mexico Highlands University.
Karen completed her master’s degree in women’s studies in 2001 and received her doctorate degree in sociocultural anthropology with a minor in feminist studies at the University of Minnesota in 2008. She currently works as a lecturer in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Washburn University.
Kari completed her master’s in women’s studies in 2001. She currently works as a sexual and reproductive health educator and consultant for King County, Washington.
Amanda completed her master’s in women’s studies in 2007, and currently works as a sixth-grade world cultures teacher at a local public school.
Amie completed her master’s in women’s studies in 2011 and was hired in 2016 as the project coordinator for the Legal Resource Center on Violence Against Women. She began her current position at Equal Justice Works in July 2018.
Audrey Lundahl graduated with her Ph.D. in Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies in 2017. She is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Multicultural Women’s & Gender Studies Department at Texas Woman’s University.
Jill completed her master’s in women’s studies in 2005 and is now a counselor for the Office for Disability Services at the Ohio State University.
Flannery completed her master’s in women’s studies in 2012 and works for Teach For America in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area.
Nery completed her master’s in women’s studies in 2007. In 2012 she graduated from the University of Maryland Law School and currently works as an attorney for legal and compliance in wealth management at Morgan Stanley.
Janice completed her master’s in women’s studies in 2006. She works as a vocational rehabilitation teacher at the Texas Division for Blind Services where she teaches confidence building, independent living, Braille, job readiness and retention skills.
Jessicah completed her master’s in women’s studies with a concentration in child development in 2013. She currently works at Denton County Friends of the Family as a community education specialist. Her work consists of educating students in Pre-K through 12th grade and also college and university students.
Courtney O’Dell Chaib
Courtney completed her master's degree in 2007 and M.T.S. degree from Brite Divinity School in 2009. She recently received her PhD in Religious Studies from Syracuse University, as part of an all-female 2019 graduating class. Courtney is also working on a book titled Desiring Devastated Landscapes: Love After Ecological Collapse.
Marcy L. Paul
Marcy L. Paul graduated with her Ph.D. in Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies in 2016. She is an Assistant Professor in the Health Behaviors & Health Systems at the University of North Texas.
Mary Jane Philpy
Following the completion of her master’s degree in 2007, Mary worked for Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas, Inc. 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 completed her master’s in women’s studies in 2006 and also her doctorate degree in sociology at TWU in 2010. She is currently an assistant professor at Jacksonville State University.
Daisy Salinas, a graduate of the MWGS M.A. program, compiles a DIY Xicana feminist fanzine titled Muchacha. In its eighth issue, “Nuestros Cuerpos/Our Bodies,” Salinas examines reproductive justice in Texas. She covers the formation of the Cicada Collective – a Texas organization dedicated to making sure marginalized communities have access to resources and information about reproductive health – and includes women’s stories about abortion. Her work was featured in The Lily, a blog published by the Washington Post. Muchaca was included in a list of zines shared by librarians and archivists who work with zines.
Deepti received her master’s degree in women’s studies in 2010. Deepti now works as a program coordinator at Chetna, a non-profit agency that supports the needs of domestic violence victims of South Asian communities in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area.
Muriel Whetstone Sims
Muriel received her master’s degree in women’s studies in 2008. She is a published magazine journalist whose work experience includes editorial positions at The Chicago Reporter, Ebony, Essence, The Dallas Observer and The Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Her work has also been published in a number of university-level textbooks. She continues to write scholarly and freelance magazine articles and blogs about women, health and education issues at In The Company of Women. In July 2009, Muriel was diagnosed with stage I genetic breast cancer and now 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 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, Muriel ultimately works towards empowering women and men living in Fort Worth’s underserved communities.
Carol received her master’s degree in women’s studies in 2005, completed her doctorate degree in philosophy, interpretation and culture at Binghamton University and is now an assistant professor in women’s studies at Kansas State University.
MWGS M.A. graduate Jenny Venable, now a Ph.D. student at Oregon State University, recently published an article about her dissertation work: "Cajun Identity Through Food: Between the Exotic "Other" and the White Culinary Imaginary," The Southern Quarterly, vol 56, no. 1, pp. 118-29.
Doreen completed her master’s degree in women’s studies in 2005. She currently works as an assistant professor of sociology at Regis University.
Shamethia completed her master’s degree in women’s studies in 2011. In 2012 she accepted a position as a field organizer for the Texas Hunger Initiative.
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