GSWS Faculty Mentors

The faculty listed below are able to serve GSWS undergraduate majors and minors as informal mentors for the research areas listed after their names, as well as give advice on class projects or serve as potential co-advisors and readers for GSWS senior thesis projects. 

Please click on each mentor's name to learn more about them and their research. 

If you are interested in becoming a faculty mentor please contact Associate Director, Melanie Adley at madley at sas.upenn.edu.

 

David Azzolina: folklore; ethnographic research; and popular culture

 

Kathleen Brown: nursing; women's health; and sexual assault

 

Max Cavitch: psychoanalytic approaches to gender and sexuality; LGBTQ history and theory; and American women writers, especially before the 20th century

 

Linda Chance: women and literature; Japanese literature, language, and culture; feminine voice

 

Timothy Corrigan: film history & theory and film & literature

 

Karen Detlefsen: the history of women in intellectual thought in the 17th and 18th centuries; girls and women and education; race and education

 

André Dombrowski: queer studies and history of feminism, esp. within 19th century visual culture in Europe

 

C. Neill Epperson: neuroendocrinology and women's health, particularly as these relate to mood and cognition across the lifespan

 

Julie Fairman: nursing; history of 20th Century health care; and the relationship between gender, nursing, and technology (critical care)

 

Marie Gottschalk: social policy; criminal justice policy; race; and health care

 

Alexander Guerrero: philosophy of gender; feminist philosophy (particularly feminist ethics and feminist epistemology); sexuality and law (discrimination, criminalization, family law, etc.)

 

Kathleen Hall: immigration and gender, gender and social stratification, and gendered experiences related to schooling and social mobility

 

Tsitsi Jaji: Africa and gender, including feminism(s), masculinities, queer studies in Africa

 

Sarah Kagan: ageing and illness experience

 

Andrew Lamas: development; political economy; capitalism; critical theory; liberation theology (and radical currents within religion); alternative economy (e.g., cooperatives, microfinance); and radical pedagogy

 

Robin Leidner: relationship between work, gender, and identity

 

Ania Loomba: postcolonial and global feminisms and sexualities; South Asia; and early modern literature and culture

 

Heather Love: queer theory, the literature and culture of modernity; affect studies; sociology and literature; and disability studies

 

Catriona MacLeod: German Studies; word-image; and figurations of androgyny

 

Ann Matter: religion; European history up to 1700

 

Marjorie Muecke: gender issues in countries outside the USA; nurse-anthropology   

 

Christine Poggi: gender, sexuality and modern art

 

Gerald Prince: modern and contemporary French literature; theory of narrative

 

Simon Richter: 18th century homoeroticism; gender, sex and body in eighteenth century; 19th/20th century German sexology; sex and gender in cinema

 

Betsy Rymes: linguistics

 

Marilyn (Lynn) Sommers: health disparities; health equity; women's health; and violence against women

 

Susan Sorenson: violence against women, specifically, sexual assault and intimate partner violence

 

Brian Spooner: Islamic world and Muslim perspective

 

Deborah Thomas: violence; nationalism; migration; and popular culture

 

Ilona Zsolnay: ancient, particularly ancient Near East. and masculinities

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