Karen Remmler

Chair of German Studies and Gender Studies; Professor of German Studies

Karen Remmler’s interdisciplinary research and teaching in English and German focuses on the politics and cultures of memory in the aftermath of atrocity and war in European and transnational contexts; German literature, film, and sites of memory within transnational contexts; 19th century critical social thought through the lens of contemporary social critics; and the interrelationship between national processes of transitional justice and the work of memory in films by the descendants of genocide survivors and perpetrators in non-western contexts.

Karen Remmler

Christian Gundermann

Associate Professor of Gender Studies

Christian Gundermann understands theory as a daily practice like breathing and eating. He teaches students in different contexts as diverse as the interpretation of films, the history of the queer movement, the questioning of the human/animal boundary, the historical study of horsemanship, the practice of body modifications, the connections between feminism and the sciences, the nexuses of power, knowledge, pleasure, and suffering etc. that there is no practice without theory, and that every theory is always already a practice.

Ren-yo Hwang

Assistant Professor of Gender Studies and Critical Social Thought

Ren-yo Hwang’s interdisciplinary teaching and research focus is queer- and transgender-of-color critique, feminist-of-color anti-violence initiatives, and genealogies, and transformative justice and community accountability. Overall, Hwang questions strategies and responses to intersectional state violence, incarceration and punishment by both social justice movements and reform-based partnerships of the late 20th century. 

Ren-yo Hwang, Assistant Professor of Gender Studies

Jacquelyne Luce

Lecturer in Gender Studies

Jacquelyne Luce’s teaching and research explore the interconnected worlds of activism, research, and care that contribute to the development, use and governance of emerging medical technologies, especially within the fields of assisted reproduction and genetics/genomics. She is the author of Beyond Expectation: Lesbian/Bi/Queer Women and Assisted Conception (University of Toronto Press, 2010). She teaches courses on feminist health politics, reproductive and genetic technologies, transnational medical mobilities, and feminist technoscience governance. She is currently exploring emerging transnational rare disease knowledge cultures and the ‘participatory knowledge politics’ of governing mitochondrial replacement techniques.

Jacquelyne Luce

Erika Rundle

Associate Professor of Theatre Arts and Gender Studies, on leave 2018-19

Erika Rundle's research interests include theatre history; dramatic theory; performance studies; critical animal studies; Darwinian literary criticism; translation

Erika Rundle

Angela Willey

Five College Associate Professor of Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies

Angela Willey's areas of research include feminist science studies; history of race, gender, and sexuality in science; cultural studies; sexuality; and monogamy.

Verónica Zebadúa Yáñez

Visiting Instructor in Gender Studies

Verónica is a doctoral candidate in Politics at the New School for Social Research. The topic of her dissertation is the concept of freedom as lived experience in the political theories of Hannah Arendt and Simone de Beauvoir. Among her research interests are feminist theory and philosophy, queer theory, and transnational gender policy and politics. Verónica worked for over seven years as a programme specialist on women’s rights in various United Nations agencies, most recently UN-Women in New York City.

Verónica Zebadúa Yáñez


Bridget Barrett

Academic Department Coordinator, Gender Studies; Interim Academic Department Coordinator, Critical Social Thought
Bridget Barrett

Affiliated Faculty

Mary Renda

Chair of History; Professor of History

A historian who continually pushes the boundaries of her discipline, Mary Renda focuses her teaching and research on US empire, women and gender, racism, activism, and the transnational contexts in which histories of North America and the Caribbean have taken shape. In addition to her course offerings on U.S. women's history, African-American women, and histories of empire, Renda teaches interdisciplinary gender studies courses. It's not a vacation from her area of specialty, however. "When I teach gender studies," says Renda, "it brings into sharper relief the importance of history."

Mary Renda

Eleanor R. Townsley

Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Sociology and Director of Nexus

Eleanor Townsley is interested in the role of intellectuals in social life. She teaches a range of courses in social theory, media, gender, and social science research methods. Her recent work considers the rise of media meta-commentary in democratic deliberation, the social reorganization of expertise, and the changing social roles of academics as public intellectuals. Townsley served as associate dean of faculty from 2012 to 2016 and is the faculty director of the Nexus Curriculum to Career program. 


Eleanor Townsley