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Faculty Profiles

Undergraduate and graduate students work closely with dedicated multidisciplinary core faculty and affiliated faculty to develop knowledge of WGS theories and methods through an investigation of the issues, questions, and tasks deemed central to feminist inquiry.

Core Faculty


Leslie Bloom


Leslie Rebecca Bloom

Associate Professor, Educational Leadership & Women's and Gender Studies

PhD, Indiana University

Qualitative and feminist research methodologies; social inequality; women, poverty, and social policies; and community organizing and activism

WGS Related Courses:

  • WGS 404: Women, Social Class, and Social Policy 

Carrie Brecke


Carrie Brecke

Instructor, English & Women’s and Gender Studies and Writing Center Director

MA, University of Illinois at Chicago

Contemporary feminist theories and pedagogy; ecofeminism; activism; gender, sexuality, and literature; literature and politics of LGBT communities

WGS Related Courses:

  • WGS 110 Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies
  • WGS 306/406 Gender, Race, and Environmental Justice
  • WGS 495 Internship in Feminist & Critical Pedagogy at the Writing Center
  • WGS 306/406 War on Women: Rhetorics at Home and Aboard

Ann Brigham


Ann Brigham

Associate Professor, English & Women’s and Gender Studies

PhD, English, University of Arizona

http://sites.roosevelt.edu/abrigham

Gender, sexuality, and American culture; contemporary feminist theories; gender, space and place; 20th and 21st-century American women’s literature

WGS Related Courses:

  • ENG 328/428 Gender & the Politics of Mobility in 20th-century Fiction
  • WGS 402 Feminist Modes of Inquiry
  • WGS 405 Women and Food

Gina Buccola


Regina Buccola

Associate Professor, English & Women’s and Gender Studies

PhD, English, concentration in Women’s Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago

http://sites.roosevelt.edu/rbuccola

Feminist performance; early modern women's writing; feminist theatre theory; British and American 20th-century feminist drama

WGS Related Courses:

  • ENG 310/410 Early Modern Women Writers
  • WGS 305/405 Feminist Theories of Performance

Jeff Edwards


Jeffrey Edwards

Associate Professor, Political Science & Women’s and Gender Studies and Political Science and Public Administration Department Chair

PhD, Political Science, University of Minnesota

http://sites.roosevelt.edu/jedwards

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer politics; relationships between sexualities and urban political economy

WGS Related Courses:

  • POS 312/412 The Politics of Lesbian and Gay Communities
  • POS 367/467 Social Movements
  • WGS 307/407 Queer Histories: Place, Culture, Politics

Marjorie Jolles


Marjorie Jolles

Assistant Professor, Women's and Gender Studies

PhD, Philosophy, concentration in Women's Studies, Temple University

http://sites.roosevelt.edu/mjolles

Feminist philosophy, with emphasis on theories of subjectivity, agency, the body, and ethics; media and cultural studies; sexuality studies

WGS Related Courses:

  • WGS 110 Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies
  • WGS 211 Feminist Theory
  • WGS 304/404 Global Feminist Ethics
  • WGS 404 Feminism and Western Philosophy
  • WGS 404 The Body: Agency, Pain, Desire
  • WGS 495 Internship in Teaching Women's and Gender Studies

Ellen O'Brien


Ellen O’Brien

Associate Professor, English & Women’s and Gender Studies

PhD, English, University of Connecticut

http://sites.roosevelt.edu/eobrien

Postcolonial feminism; global feminism; women's poetry and poetics; 19th and 20th-century British literature; cultural representations of gendered crimes and sexual violence

WGS Related Courses:

  • ENG 315/415 Contemporary Irish Women's Writing and the Politics of Gender
  • ENG 342/442 Imagining Terror
  • WGS 110 Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies
  • WGS 303/403 Comparative Feminisms: India, Morocco, and the United States

Affiliated Faculty



Bethany Barratt

Associate Professor, Political Science and Director of the Joseph Loundy Human Rights Project

Affiliated Faculty, Women's and Gender Studies
PhD, Political Science, University of California, Davis

http://sites.roosevelt.edu/bbarratt/

International protection of human rights; foreign development assistance; sustainable development; political tolerance; counterterrorism; public opinion in international relations; political messages inherent in popular culture.

WGS Related Courses:

  • • POS 327: Sexuality, Gender, and International Human Rights

Jill Coleman


Jill Coleman

Assistant Professor of Psychology & Women’s and Gender Studies

PhD, Social Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

http://sites.roosevelt.edu/jcoleman/

Gender stereotypes and self-stereotyping; attitudes about relationship violence and prevention; representations of gender and violence in the media

WGS related courses:

  • PSYC 345/445 Psychology of Women

Sandra Frink


Sandra Frink

Associate Professor, History

Affiliated Faculty, Women’s and Gender Studies

PhD, History, University of Texas at Austin

http://sites.roosevelt.edu/sfrink/

Cultural history and geography of the United States; history of women, gender and sexuality; race and ethnicity in the Atlantic World; popular culture

WGS Related Courses:

  • HIST 383/483: History & Politics of Women in the U.S.

Associate Professor, Public Administration Jeannine M. Love  


Jeannine Love

Assistant Professor, Public Administration

PhD, Public Policy and Public Administration, George Washington University

http://sites.roosevelt.edu/jmlove/

Antipoverty Policy, Political Rhetoric, Economic Justice, Collaborative Democracy, Political and Organization Theory

WGS Related Courses:

  • PADM 408/ POS 390: Antipoverty Policy

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Pamela Robert

Associate Professor of Sociology

Affiliated Faculty, Women’s and Gender Studies

PhD, Sociology, University at Albany, SUNY

Organization and delivery of health care, maternal-child health, comparative health care systems, and disability and workforce issues

WGS Related Courses:

  • SOC 381/481: Family and Kinship
  • SOC 360/460: The Body
  • SOC 381/481: Reproductive Justice