The Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies Program is enriched by the following Staff, Fellows, Research Scholars, and Lecturers:
Christine Poggi is Professor of the History of Art and the Faculty Director of the Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies Program and the Alice Paul Center for Research on Women, Gender and Sexuality. Her book, Inventing Futurism: The Art and Politics of Artificial Optimism was awarded the Howard R. Marraro Prize from the Modern Language Association for a book on any phase of literature, comparative literature, or culture dealing with Italian. Read More
Demie Kurz is the Co-Director of the Alice Paul Center for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality and the Co-Director of the Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies program. Her primary research and teaching interests are in contemporary issues of gender, with a specific focus on the family. She has written on the topics of divorce and domestic violence and also has a strong interest in the area of "carework". Read More
Shannon B. Lundeen
Shannon Lundeen is the Associate Director of the Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies Program and the Associate Director of the Alice Paul Center. Her fields of interest include feminist theory, social and political philosophy, and queer theory. She is currently working on a project that examines contemporary claims of right and recognition as they are articulated in a legal-juridical context in modern liberal states. Read More
Luz Marin is the Program Coordinator for the Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies Program. Read More
Matt Goldmark is the Graduate Associate in the Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies Program. He is a PhD candidate in Romance Languages at Penn where he works on narratives of kinship in the early modern Iberian world. His dissertation, "Future Perfect: Kinship, History, and the Colonial Queer in Latin America," reconsiders diverse histories of colonial gender and sexuality through readings of New World kinship. Read More
Sabina Spigner is the Office Assistant for the Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Program. She is a first-year student in the College of Arts & Sciences. Her major is Biological Bases of Behavior with a minor in GSWS and Psychology. Her goal is to become a Pediatric Surgeon and an OB/GYN. She wants to implement what she learned from the GSWS Program into her eventual field of medicine. Originally from Southern California, Sabina is excited to have this opportunity to be across the country working with experts in the fields that interest her. She is also an avid member of the Penn Band!
Sheila Shankar is the Media Outreach Coordinator for the Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Program. She is currently a first-year student in the College of Arts and Sciences studying GSWS and Biology. Her academic interests include women’s reproductive health and feminist theory. Sheila currently interns in a stem cell research lab at the School of Veterinary Medicine and is also involved in various social justice groups on campus, such as Abuse and Sexual Assault Prevention (ASAP) and Amnesty International.
Jeanne Vaccaro received her Ph.D. in Performance Studies at New York University and B.A. in Women's Studies at Smith College. She works at the intersections of feminist art historical practice, affect, and queer theory. Her book project, "Handmade: the Everyday Feelings and Textures of Transgender Embodiment," is an interdisciplinary study of transgender performance art and visual culture. Read More
Cathy Hannabach holds a PhD in Cultural Studies from the University of California, Davis and a BA in Gender and Women's Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. Her research and teaching focus on queer transnational feminist cultural studies and visual culture. Her current book project, "Unruly Bodies: Disability, Queerness, and the Biopolitics of Excess," examines how a variety of embodiments are positioned as “excessive” in relation to contemporary neoliberal logics, and the ways specific biopolitical technologies are employed to construct, surveil, and manage those bodies and their attendant populations. Read More
Katie Eyer, J.D.
Katie Eyer is an Alice Paul Center Research Affiliate and Assistant Professor of Law at Rutgers Camden Law School. Her research focuses on using transcontextual approaches to identify and address major under-theorized questions in the area of civil rights law. Current projects involve an investigation of the ways in which family law has historically been treated differently as a locale for civil rights reform, and a series of projects investigating the reasons why discrimination litigants fare so poorly in obtaining successful litigated outcomes. Read More