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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

Kimberly Juanita Brown

Associate Professor of English and Africana Studies, on leave fall 2018

Kimberly Juanita Brown's research engages the site of the visual as a way to negotiate the parameters of race, gender, and belonging.  Her book, The Repeating Body: Slavery’s Visual Resonance in the Contemporary (Duke University Press) examines slavery’s profound ocular construction and the presence and absence of seeing in relation to the plantation space and the women who exist there. She is currently at work on her second book, tentatively titled “Their Dead Among Us: Photography, Melancholy, and the Politics of the Visual.”  This project examines images of the dead in The New York Times in 1994 from four geographies: South Africa, Rwanda, Sudan, and Haiti. 

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.

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Erika Rundle

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

Erika Rundle's research interests include theater 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

Affiliated Faculty

Sarah Bacon

Associate Professor of Biological Sciences

Biologist Sarah Bacon is fascinated by the relationship between mother and fetus during pregnancy. "What I'm really interested in is fertility and miscarriage," she says. "Eighty percent of what humans conceive is lost before birth." Bacon says that most pregnancies end before a woman even knows she's pregnant. She's trying to find out why by studying reproduction in rats, which have very similar pregnancies to humans. Bacon also studies the ways in which mother and fetus communicate through the placenta. "It's so powerful, such an enigma," she says. "There's no other relationship that is that physiologically intimate."

Sarah Bacon

Mara Benjamin

Chair of Jewish Studies; Irene Kaplan Leiwant Associate Professor of Jewish Studies

Mara Benjamin specializes in Jewish textual traditions and practices, including biblical, rabbinic, and contemporary hermeneutics; modern Jewish thought; and gender and religion. Her first book, Rosenzweig’s Bible: Reinventing Scripture for Jewish Modernity, examined the theological and political stakes of the endeavor to reinvigorate Jewish intellectual and social responses to the Bible, focusing on the work of Franz Rosenzweig (1886-1929). Her second book, The Obligated Self: Maternal Subjectivity and Jewish Thought,, investigates the religious dimensions of caring for young children in the context of Jewish thought and tradition.

Mara Benjamin, Irene Kaplan Leiwant Associate Professor of Jewish Studies

Iyko Day

Associate Professor of English

Iyko Day's research and teaching focus on race, capitalism, settler colonialism and Asian American literature and visual culture. She is the author of Alien Capital: Asian Racialization and the Logic of Settler Colonial Capitalism (Duke University Press, 2016).

Iyko Day

Lynn M. Morgan

Mary E. Woolley Professor of Anthropology, on leave fall 2018

Lynn M. Morgan, a medical anthropologist and feminist science studies scholar, has authored and edited three books including most recently Icons of Life:  A Cultural History of Human Embryos (University of California Press, 2009), and over 30 articles. Her work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, National Endowment for Humanities, Social Science Research Council, and the School for Advanced Research. She is a founding member of the Five College Certificate in Culture, Health, and Science (CHS), and Five College Certificate in Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice (RHRJ). She is currently writing about the backlash against reproductive rights movements in Latin America.

Lynn Morgan

Susanne Mrozik

Chair of Religion; Professor of Religion

Susanne Mrozik specializes in Buddhist Studies, with a focus on ethics and gender. Currently conducting ethnographic research on Sri Lankan Buddhist nuns, Mrozik has also researched Buddhist literary discourse on bodies, genders, and emotions. Her courses include “Body Images and Practices in Religious Traditions,” “Buddhist Ethics,” “Women and Buddhism,” and “All About Love.” Mrozik is Mount Holyoke College's advisor to the Five College Buddhist Studies Certificate Program.

Suzanne Mrozik

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

Vanessa Rosa

Assistant Professor of Latina/o Studies

Vanessa Rosa is an assistant professor of Latina/o Studies. Her research interests include the study of race and ethnicity, citizenship and national identities, and social stratification in cities. Rosa is currently completing a book manuscript titled Diversifying Cities: Between Gentrification and Revitalization which investigates the national-identity making effects of the urban revitalization of two public housing projects in Toronto, Ontario. Rosa teaches courses on housing, cities, and Latina feminism and incorporates community-based learning and civic engagement in her teaching, including projects with various local organizations in Holyoke and Springfield.

Vanessa Rosa, Assistant Professor of Latina/o Studies

Kate Singer

Chair of Critical Social Thought; Associate Professor of English
Kate Singer

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. 

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Eleanor Townsley

Staff

Bridget Barrett

Academic Department Coordinator, Gender Studies
Bridget Barrett