Women's Studies


Vivyan Adair, Ph.D., The Elizabeth J. McCormack Associate Professor of Women's Studies

Areas of Expertise: representations of women on welfare and the impact of welfare reform, education, and public policy.
Vivyan Adair came to Hamilton College in 1998. She earned a Ph.D. and master's degree in English from the University of Washington, Seattle. More >>

Adair’s research interests are studying representations of women on welfare, and analyzing the impact of welfare reform, education, and public policy. Adair was the founder and director of the ACCESS Project, a pilot program that assists disadvantaged parents in their efforts to earn college degrees.

She is the author of From Good Ma to Welfare Queen, A Genealogy of the Poor Woman in American Literature, Photography and Culture (Garland 2000) and the co-editor of Women, Poverty and the Promise of Education in America (Temple University Press, 2003). She has also written articles that have appeared in Harvard Educational Review; Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society; Feminist Studies; Labor: Studies in Working Class History of the Americas; Pedagogy; Public Voices; Radical Teacher; On Campus with Women: Journal of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, and as numerous book chapters. 

In 2000 Adair received the John L. Hatch Teaching Award, awarded each year to a Hamilton faculty member "who demonstrates extraordinary commitment to teaching." In 2002 she was appointed as the Elihu Root Peace Fund Professor in Women's Studies, and in 2004 she was named the CASE/Carnegie New York State Professor of the Year, the first women’s studies professor in the nation to receive this honor.

Joyce Barry, Ph.D., Visiting Assistant Professor of Women's Studies

Areas of Expertise: environmental justice, climate change, food politics and feminist research methodologies.
Joyce M. Barry received her Ph.D. in American culture studies from Bowling Green State University. Barry’s interdisciplinary research examines the connections between gender and environmental justice thought and praxis. More >>

Barry’s interdisciplinary research examines the connections between gender and environmental justice thought and praxis. She has published reviews and articles in Environmental Ethics, Women’s Studies Quarterly, Environmental Justice and The National Women’s Association Studies Journal. In addition, Barry’s book Standing Our Ground: Women, Environmental Justice and the Fight to End Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining was published by Ohio University Press in 2012.

Barry’s current research investigates the gendered dimensions of global climate change. Her work has received support from the National Endowment of the Humanities and the American Association of University Women foundations.

Barry teaches courses on gender and environmentalism, health and technology, gender and the cultural politics of food, and feminist research methodologies.

Cara Jones, Ph.D., Visiting Assistant Professor of Women's Studies

Jones earned her Ph.D. in English at Louisiana State University, in 2013, specializing in rhetoric, writing and culture and women’s and gender studies. More >>

Cara E. Jones’ research was awarded a fellowship from the American Association of University Women in 2012. It reads medical literature, self-help, and memoir about the common chronic gynecological condition endometriosis through a feminist, queer, disability studies lens to explore how health discourses are gendered. After completing a B.S. in biomedical computing at the Rochester Institute of Technology in 2002, Jones earned a B.A. in English and women’s studies, researching civil rights autobiography and fiction. She has taught at LSU and Towson University and will teach on issues of gender, sexuality, disability and health at Hamilton. Jones’ work is forthcoming in Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal.

Anne Lacsamana, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Women's Studies

Areas of Expertise: transnational feminisms, feminist theory, labor, and women and militarization.
Anne E. Lacsamana joined the Hamilton faculty in 2005. She received her Ph.D. in American Culture Studies from Bowling Green State University, and specializes in transnational feminist theory with particular attention to women’s labor and the political economy. More >>

Lacsamana is the co-editor of the anthology, Women and Globalization (Humanity Press 2004). In 2009, she was awarded an American Association of University Women (AAUW) Postdoctoral Research Fellowship to complete work on her manuscript Revolutionizing Feminism: The Philippine Women’s Movement in the Age of Terror, which was published in 2012 by Paradigm.

Lacsamana has also published articles and book reviews in journals such as Nature, Society and Thought, Socialist Review, Critical Asian Studies and Amerasia.

Her current research focuses on immigrant women day laborers in the U.S. At Hamilton Lacsamana teaches courses on feminist theory, transnational feminisms, and women and militarization. In 2011 she was awarded the Class of 1963 Excellence in Teaching Award.

Margaret Gentry, Ph.D., Professor of Women's Studies

Areas of Expertise: women and aging, widowhood, caregiving of elderly, psychology of women/gender, and household division of labor.
Margaret Gentry has been a member of the Hamilton faculty since 1982. She received her Ph.D. in psychology from Washington University. More >>

Gentry’s areas of teaching and research include widowhood, women and aging, marriage and family life, violence against women, and feminist pedagogics.

Before joining the academic world she was a mental health worker in Boston and a research associate for the National Institute on Aging, studying needs and behavioral strategies of widows throughout the lifespan.

She is co-author of the book, Gender and Thought: Psychological Perspectives (1989), and is the author of numerous articles that have been published in journals such as Psychology of Women Quarterly, Psychology and Aging, Journal of Gerontology, Transformations, and Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.