Women's Studies

Vivyan Adair, Associate Professor of Women's Studies

B.A., M.A. and Ph.D., University of Washington, Seattle
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Areas of expertise: women’s studies; race, class, gender, sexuality and nation; comparative literature and theories of composition and rhetoric; sexuality studies; welfare reform, education and public policy

Vivyan Adair founded, directed and has analyzed (in press) the ACCESS Project, a pilot program that assisted disadvantaged parents in their efforts to earn college degrees. Her research interests are studying comparative feminist theories of race, class, sexuality and gender, with a focus on representations of women on welfare and the impact of welfare reform, education, law and public policy. Adair wrote From Good Ma to Welfare Queen, A Genealogy of the Poor Woman in American Literature, Photography and Culture, and was co-editor of Reclaiming Class: Women, Poverty; and the Promise of Education in America. She has written numerous book chapters and articles that have appeared in Harvard Educational Review; Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, Feminist Studies and elsewhere. Adair earned a doctorate from the University of Washington, Seattle.

Joyce Barry, Visiting Assistant Professor of Women's Studies

B.A., Concord College; M.A., Radford University; Ph.D., Bowling Green State University
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Areas of expertise: environmental justice, climate change, food politics and feminist research methodologies

Joyce M. 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 elsewhere. 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. Her current research investigates the gendered dimensions of global climate change. Her work has received support from the foundations of the National Endowment of the Humanities and the American Association of University Women. Barry received her doctorate in American culture studies from Bowling Green State University.

Margaret Gentry, the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Women’s Studies

A.B., Duke University; Ph.D., Washington University
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Areas of expertise: women and aging, widowhood, caregiving of elderly, psychology of women/gender and household division of labor

Margaret 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 and elsewhere. Gentry received her doctorate in psychology from Washington University.

Cara Jones, Visiting Assistant Professor of Women's Studies

B.S., Rochester Institute of Technology; B.A., Mansfield University; M.A., Louisiana State University; Ph.D., Louisiana State University
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In 2012, Cara E. Jones' research was awarded a fellowship from the American Association of University Women. Her research looks through a feminist, queer, disability studies lens at medical literature, self-help and memoir about the common chronic gynecological condition endometriosis. She is currently adapting her dissertation into a book manuscript that reads medical and popular discourses about endometriosis to advocate for including disability in intersectional social justice analyses of women's health. Jones earned a bachelor’s degree in biomedical computing at the Rochester Institute of Technology, followed by a bachelor’s degree in English and women’s studies. She earned a doctorate in English at Louisiana State University, specializing in rhetoric, writing and culture, and women’s and gender studies. She taught at LSU and Towson University.

Anne Lacsamana, Associate Professor and Chair of Women's Studies

B.A., Rollins College; M.A., University of Alabama; Ph.D., Bowling Green State University
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Areas of expertise: transnational feminisms, feminist theory, labor and militarization

Anne E. Lacsamana specializes in transnational feminist theory with particular attention to women’s labor and the political economy. Her current research focuses on immigrant women day laborers in the U.S. She is the co-editor of Women and Globalization. Lacsamana was awarded an American Association of University Women postdoctoral research fellowship to complete her manuscript Revolutionizing Feminism: The Philippine Women’s Movement in the Age of Terror, which was published in 2012. Lacsamana has also published articles and book reviews in journals such as Nature, Society and Thought, Socialist Review and elsewhere. She received her doctorate in American Culture Studies from Bowling Green State University.


Margo Okazawa-Rey, the Elihu Root Peace Fund Visiting Professor of Women's Studies

B.A. Capital University; M.S.S.S Boston University; Ed.D. Harvard University
Areas of expertise: critical intersectionality; women, gender, peace and security; transnational feminist praxis and movements; feminist methodologies

Margo Okazawa-Rey’s primary area of research and activism militarism, armed conflict, and violence against women, examined intersectionally. She has been engaged with feminist activists and scholars in East Asia, English-speaking West Africa, and Palestine. Among her publications are: “Critical Ethnic Studies and Gender Studies: Education for Justice, Transformation, and Progressive Social Change,” in The Race Controversy in American Education (2015); Women’s Lives: Multicultural Perspectives (2013) co-edited with Gwyn Kirk; with Julia Sudbury, Activist Scholarship: Anti-racism, Feminism, and Social Change (2009); with Amina Mama, “Militarism, Conflictand Women’s Activism in the Global Era: Challenges and Prospects for Women in Three West African Contexts” (2011). She sits on the boards of the NGOs PeaceWomen across the Globe in Switzerland, Du Re Bang in South Korea, and the Highlander Education and Research Center in New Market TN. She was a founding member of the Combahee River Collective, who articulated a theory of intersectionality in “A Black Feminist Statement” in the 1970s. Her lifetime of teaching, activism, and scholarship has been deeply shaped by the Collective.