Sep 23, 2023  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Gender and Women’s Studies



Carole McCann
B.A., Temple University, 1978; Ph.D., University of California, Santa Cruz, 1987


Carole McCann
B.A., Temple University, 1978; Ph.D., University of California, Santa Cruz, 1987

Associate Professors

Amy Bhatt
B.A., Emory University, 2002; Ph.D., University of Washington, 2011

Assistant Professors

Mejdulene Shomali
B.A.,University of Michigan, Flint, 2005; M.A., Ohio State University, 2007; Ph.D. University of Michigan, 2015

Senior Lecturer

Kathryn Drabinski
B.A., Barnard College, 1997; M.A., University of California, Berkeley, 2000; Ph.D., 2006

Affiliate Professors

Jessica Berman
A.B., Princeton University, 1983; M.A., The University of Chicago, 1986; Ph.D., 1993

Gloria I. Chuku
B.A., University of Nigeria (Nsukka), 1986; M.A., University of Port Harcourt (Nigeria), 1989; Ph.D., University of Nigeria (Nsukka), 1995

Amy Froide
B.A., University of San Diego, 1988; M.A.T., 1990; M.A., Duke University, 1992; Ph.D., 1996

Christine Mallinson
B.A., The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2000; M.A., North Carolina State University, 2002; Ph.D., 2006

James Smalls
B.A., University of California, Los Angeles, 1981; M.A., 1986; Ph.D., 1991

Constantine Vaporis
B.A., The Ohio State University, 1979; M.A., Princeton University, 1984; Ph.D., 1987

Affiliate Associate Professors

Rebecca Adelman
B.A., Oberlin College, 2001; M.A., Ohio State University, 2005; Ph.D., Ohio State University, 2009

Dawn Biehler
B.A. Williams College, 1997; M.S. 2003; Ph.D. University of Wisconsin, 2007

Nicole Else-Quest
B.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1999; M.S., 2002; Ph.D., 2006

Jean Fernandez
B.A., University of Madras (India), 1976; M.A., 1978; M.Phil., 1987; Ph.D., The University of Iowa, 2001

Brandy Harris-Wallace
B.S., University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, 1998; M.A., 2001; M.S., Florida State University, Tallahassee, 2003; Ph.D., Florida State University, Tallahassee, 2006

Marjoleine Kars
B.A., Duke University, 1982; Ph.D., 1994

Christine A. Mair
B.A., University of Florida, 2005; M.S., North Carolina State University, 2007; Ph.D., 2011

Susan McDonough
A.B., Princeton University, 1996; M.A., Yale University, 2001; Ph.D., 2005

Michelle Scott
B.A., Stanford University, 1996; M.A., Cornell University, 2000, Ph.D., 2002

Orianne Smith
B.A., Bennington College, 1986; M.A., Loyola University Chicago, 1999; Ph.D., 2005

Lisa Pace Vetter
B.A., University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 1991; M.A., Fordham University, 1994; Ph.D., Fordham University, 2000

Affiliate Assistant Professor

Loren Henderson
B.A., Johnson C. Smith University, 1994; M.A., Bowling Green State University, 1997; Ph.D.,University of Maryland at College Park, 2009

Tania Lizarazo
B.A., Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Columbia, 2005; M.A. 2009; Ph.D., University of California, Davis, 2015

Susan McCully
B.A., Allentown College of St. Francis de Sales, 1985; M.F.A., The Catholic University of America, 1989; Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1997

Elizabeth Patton
B.A., New York Univeristy, 1998; M.A., Drexel University, 2005; Ph.D., New York University, 2013

Bryce Peake
B.Mus., Eastern Illinois University, 2008; M.A. Brandeis University, 2009; Ph.D., University of Oregon, 2015

Clinical Associate Professor

Beverly Bickel
B.A., Alternative Education Systems, Duke University, 1976; M.A., ESOL/Bilingual Education, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 1994; Ph.D., Language, Literacy and Culture, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 2005

Affiliate  Senior Lecturers

Kathy Bryan
B.A., Drake University, 1979; M.A., University of Maryland, College Park, 1981; Ph.D., 1991

Eileen O’Brien
B.S., University of Pittsburgh, 1973; M.S., The Catholic University of America, 1977; M.A., 1984; Ph.D., 1987

Affiliate Lecturer

Timothy Phin
B.A., University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 2004; M.A., The Johns Hopkins University, 2009; Ph.D., The Johns Hopkins University, 2014

Courses in this program are listed under GWST.

Gender and Women’s Studies is an interdisciplinary field of inquiry that investigates how gender and sexuality operate as organizing axes of social, cultural, economic and political institutions, as well as in the everyday lives and cultural products of people who must live within them. Emphasizing the importance of historical and cross-cultural perspectives, the Gender and Women’s Studies Department at UMBC critically examines the intersections of gender and sexuality with other differences, including, class, race, ethnicity, nationality, age, and ability to make visible structures of power that otherwise remain hidden.

The Gender and Women’s Studies Department offers a major, undergraduate certificate, and two minors, Gender and Women’s Studies and Critical Sexuality Studies.

Career and Academic Paths

Each of the Gender and Women’s Studies Department options - the undergraduate major, the certificate, and the minors - reflects a deep commitment to the interdependence of theory and practice. In this way, the program equips students with the substantive knowledge and critical skills required to respond to rapidly changing environments in areas such as government, business, education, public service, the health professions, social services and the law, at local, national and global levels.

Academic Advising

Each student is assigned an academic advisor from one of the program’s faculty upon declaring a major, certificate or one of the minors. Students may also request to be assigned to a particular faculty member. Advisees are urged to consult regularly with faculty advisors, utilize information on the Gender and Women’s Studies Department Web site (, and to take part in Department activities.

Special Opportunities

Women Involved in Learning and Leadership (WILL). All students academically connected to the Gender and Women’s Studies Department through a declared major, certificate or minor are encouraged to participate in the WILL program, a learning community that promotes academic excellence, leadership development and civic engagement. Through WILL, students have the opportunity to develop their leadership skills by planning and executing projects on campus and in the community, meeting with powerful activists and leaders from around the region, and attending co-curricular cultural events, all with other students similarly committed to diverse gender and social justice issues. In conjunction with WILL, the Gender and Women’s Studies Department sponsors a single-sex, living-learning floor in the residence halls. In addition, students have the opportunity to apply their Gender and Women’s Studies course work in a wide variety of internship options available in the Baltimore Washington region, including such organizations as the Feminist Majority Foundation, the National Organization for Women, and Planned Parenthood. More information about Gender and Women’s Studies at UMBC and elsewhere can be found at:


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