Jun 23, 2024  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Gender, Women’s, + Sexuality Studies



Carole McCann


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

Assistant Professor

Maria Celleri
B.A., Binghamton University, 2009; M.A., Stony Brook University, 2011; M.A., The Ohio State University, 2013; Ph.D., University of California, San Diego, 2019

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

Principal Lecturer

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


Kathryn Kein
B.A., Cornell University, 2007; Ph.D., The George Washington University, 2016

Affiliate Professor

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

Marina Adler
B.A., University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 1981; M.A., 1984; Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park, 1990

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; Ph.D., 1995; M.A., University of Port Harcourt (Nigeria), 1989

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

Kathryn McKinley
B.Phil., Pennsylvania State University, 1980; M.A., University of Toronto, 1984; Ph.D., University of Delaware, 1992

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

Affiliate Associate Professor

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

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

Loren Henderson
B.A., Northeastern Illinois University, 2006; M.A., University of Illinois at Chicago, 2008; Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2014

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

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

Elizabeth Patton
B.A., New York University, 1998; Ph.D., 2013; M.A., Drexel University, 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., 2000

Affiliate Assistant Professor

Keegan Finberg
B.A., Sarah Lawrence College, 2006; M.A., University of California, Santa Cruz, 2012; Ph.D., 2015 

Aubrey L. Jackson
B.A., Rice University, 2005; M.A., Ohio State University, 2008; Ph.D., 2013

Tania Lizarazo
B.A., Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (Colombia), 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

Thania Muñoz Davaslioglu
B.A., California State University, Los Angeles, 2007; M.A., University of California, Irvine, 2011; Ph.D., 2015

Jules Rosskam
B.A., Bennington College, 2001; M.F.A., School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2008

Sharon Tran
B.A., Queens College, 2010; M.A., University of California, Los Angeles, 2013; Ph.D., 2017

Yolanda Valencia
B.A., Eastern Washington University, 2002; M.A., University of Washington, 2014; PhD, University of Washington, 2019

Affiliate Professor of the Practice

Deborah Rudacille
B.A., Loyola College, 1980; M.A., Johns Hopkins University, 1998

Affiliate Clinical Associate Professor

Beverly Bickel
B.A., Duke University, 1976; M.A., University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 1994; Ph.D., 2005

Affiliate Principal Lecturer

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

Affiliate Senior Lecturers

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

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

Affiliate Lecturer

Tammy Henderson
B.A., Johnson C. Smith University, 1994; M.A., Bowling Green State University, 1996; Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park, 2009

Lindsay Johnson
B.A., Salem College, 2005; M.A., University of California, Los Angeles, 2008; Ph.D., 2013)


Courses in this program are listed under GWST.

Gender, women’s, and sexuality 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 and transnational perspectives, Gender, Women’s, + Sexuality Studies 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. Students are empowered to imagine a more just future and equipped with the tools to collectively enact it. 

The Gender, Women’s, + Sexuality 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, Women’s, + Sexuality 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 justice, 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, Women’s, + Sexuality Studies Department website and to take part in department activities.

Special Opportunities

Women Involved in Learning and Leadership (WILL+).

All students academically connected to the Gender, Women’s, + Sexuality 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, Women’s, + Sexuality Studies Department sponsors a living-learning floor in the residence halls for interested members.

In addition, students have the opportunity to apply their Gender, Women’s, + Sexuality 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 the Gender, Women’s + Sexuality Studies website.


    Critical Sexuality StudiesGender and Women’s Studies