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Amy Allen

  • Department Head, Philosophy
  • Liberal Arts Research Professor of Philosophy and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Phone: (814) 865-1647

Email: ara17@psu.edu

Michelle Bae-Dimitriadis

  • Assistant Professor of Art Education, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and Asian Studies.

Email: mxb1065@psu.edu

Lee Ann Banaszak

  • Professor of Political Science and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Phone: (814) 865-6573

Email: lab14@psu.edu

Gail Boldt

  • Professor of Education and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Phone: (814) 865-0655

Email: gmb15@psu.edu

Christopher Castiglia

  • Distinguished Professor of English and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Phone: (814) 865-9034

Email: cxc67@psu.edu

John Christman

  • Professor of Philosophy, Political Science, and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
  • Director of the Penn State Humanities Institute

Phone: (814) 865-1135

Email: jchristman@psu.edu

Claire Mary Colebrook

  • Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of English, Philosophy, and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Phone: (814) 865-6413

Email: cmc30@psu.edu

Sarah Damaske

  • Associate Professor of Labor & Employment Relations, Sociology and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Phone: (814) 865-9090

Email: sad32@psu.edu

Amira Rose Davis

  • Assistant Professor of History, African American Studies, and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Phone: (814) 865-4134

Email: ard51@psu.edu

William Doan

  • Professor of Theatre and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Phone: (814) 863-0408

Email: wjd13@psu.edu

Lorraine Dowler

  • Professor of Geography and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Phone: (814) 865-3433

Email: lxd17@psu.edu

Martha Few

  • Professor of Latin American History and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Phone: (814) 865-1367

Email: mzf52@psu.edu

Yvonne Gaudelius

  • Assistant Vice President and Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education,Professor of Art Education and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Phone: (814) 863-1864

Email: ygaudelius@psu.edu

Cheryl Glenn

  • Distinguished Professor of English and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Phone: (814) 863-0271

Email: cjg6@psu.edu

Pearl Gluck

  • Assistant Professor of Film-Video and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Phone: (814) 865-0127

Email: pxg28@psu.edu

Amy Greenberg

  • George Winfree Professor of History and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Phone: (814) 863-0162

Email: asg5@psu.edu

Jennifer Hamer

  • Professor of African American Studies and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
  • Senior Faculty Mentor, Office of the Vice Provost for Educational Equity

Email: jfh5819@psu.edu

Marie Hardin

  • Dean, Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications
  • Professor of Communications and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Phone: (814) 865-1395

Email: mch208@psu.edu

Charlotte Holmes

  • Professor of English and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Phone: (814) 865-9126

Email: cxh18@psu.edu

Rosemary Jolly

  • Weiss Chair in the Humanities and Professor of Comparative Literature; English; Bioethics; Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and African Studies

Phone: (814) 865-1188

Email: rjj14@psu.edu

Julia Kasdorf

  • Professor of English and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Phone: (814) 865-0025

Email: jmk28@psu.edu

Karen Keifer-Boyd

  • Professor Art Education and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Phone: (814) 863-7312

Email: ktk2@psu.edu

Wanda Knight

  • Associate Professor of Art Education, African American Studies and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Phone: (814) 863-7313

Email: wbk10@psu.edu

Peggy Lorah

  • Director, Center for Women Students and Affiliate Assistant Professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Phone: (814) 863-2027

Email: mal273@psu.edu

Janet Lyon

  • Associate Professor of English and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Phone: (814) 865-9681

Email: jwl12@psu.edu

Stephanie Madden

  • Assistant Professor of Advertising and Public Relations and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Phone: (814) 865-2175

Email: szm962@psu.edu

Katherine Maich

  • Assistant Professor of Labor and Employment Relations, Sociology, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Latin American Studies

Phone: (814) 867-5698

Email: kem394@psu.edu

Matthew McAllister

  • Professor of Communications, Communication Arts & Sciences and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Phone: (814) 863-3322

Email: mattmc@psu.edu

Sophia McClennon

  • Professor of International Affairs, Comparative Literature, and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Phone: (814) 865-0032

Email: sam50@psu.edu

Carla J. Mulford

  • Professor of English and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Phone: (814) 865-2082, but use email instead

Email: cjm5@psu.edu

Christopher Reed

  • Distinguished Professor of English, Visual Culture, and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and Art History

Phone: (814) 865-4242

Email: cgr11@psu.edu

Matthew Restall

  • Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Colonial Latin American History, Anthropology and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Phone: (814) 863-1121

Email: mxr40@psu.edu

Michelle Rodino-Colocino

  • Associate Professor of Film/Video, Media, and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Phone: (814) 863-2370

Email: michelle@psu.edu

Joshua Rosenberger

  • Assistant Professor of Biobehavioral Health and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Phone: (814) 865-8120

Email: jgr17@psu.edu

Jessica (Jaime) Schultz

  • Associate Professor of Kinesiology and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Phone: (814) 865-1032

Email: jls1024@psu.edu

Kathleen Sexsmith

  • Assistant Professor of Rural Sociology and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Phone: (814) 867-2871

Email: kjs95@psu.edu

Stephanie Shields

  • Professor of Psychology and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Phone: (814) 863-1729

Email: sashields@psu.edu

Judith Sierra-Rivera

  • Associate Professor of Spanish and Latina/o Studies and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Phone: (814) 865-0167

Email: jus55@psu.edu

Sandra Spanier

  • Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of English and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Phone: (814) 865-9702

Email: sxs74@psu.edu

Jeanine Staples

  • Associate Professor of Literacy and Language Education, African American Studies, and Women's,
  • Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Phone: (814) 867-2734

Email: jms1098@psu.edu

Bonj Szczygiel

  • Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Phone: (814) 863-8596

Email: bxs28@psu.edu

Samantha Tornello

  • Assistant Professor of Health and Human Development and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Email: slt35@psu.edu

Maria Truglio

  • Professor of Italian and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Phone: (814) 865-1155

Email: mxt34@psu.edu

Pamela VanHaitsma

  • Assistant Professor of Communication Arts and Science and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
  • Associate Director of the Center for Humanities and Information

Email: prv5@psu.edu

Theresa Vescio

  • Professor of Psychology and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Phone: (814) 863-1714

Email: tkv1@psu.edu

Linda Wray

  • Associate Professor of Biobehavioral Health and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Phone: (814) 865-0764

Email: law30@psu.edu

Cynthia A Young

  • Department Head, African American Studies
  • Associate Professor of African American Studies, English, and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Email: cay9@psu.edu

Penn State Altoona

Roselyn Costantino

  • Professor of Spanish and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and Latin Studies

Phone: (814) 949-5245

Email: rxc19@psu.edu

Brooke H. Findley

  • Associate Professor of French and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Phone: (814) 949-5835

Email: bhf2@psu.edu

Suzanne K. Kuhn

  • Associate Teaching Professor of Nursing and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Phone: (814) 949-5217

Email: skk6@psu.edu

Karyn D. McKinney

  • Associate Professor of Sociology and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Phone: (814) 949-5206

Email: kdm12@psu.edu

Kim S. Ménard

  • Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Phone: (814) 940-3320

Email: kmm157@psu.edu

Lee Peterson

  • Assistant Teaching Professor of English and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Phone: (814) 940-3147

Email: lmp28@psu.edu

Elizabeth M. Seymour

  • Associate Teaching Professor of Anthropology, Communications, History and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Phone: (814) 949-5335

Email: ems22@psu.edu

Megan Simpson

  • Associate Professor of English and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Phone: (814) 949-5288

Email: mbs12@psu.edu

Penn State Berks

Michele Ramsey

  • Associate Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences and Women's Studies

Phone: (610) 396-6148

Email: emr10@psu.edu

Jessica Schocker

  • Associate Professor of Social Studies and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Phone: (610) 396-6457

Email: jbs213@psu.edu

Penn State Brandywine

Maureen Fielding

  • Associate Professor of English and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Phone: (610) 892-1439

Email: mdf6@psu.edu

Julie Gallagher

  • Associate Professor of History and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Phone: (610) 892-1464

Email: jag63@psu.edu

Margaret Signorella

  • Distinguished Professor
  • Psychology and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Phone: (610) 892-1267

Email: msignorella@psu.edu

Penn State Hazleton

Margaret Froehlich

  • Associate Professor of English and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Phone: (724) 983-4546

Email: mgf10@psu.edu

Molly Meijer Wertheimer

  • Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and Arts and Humanities

Email: mmw9@psu.edu

Penn State Mont Alto

Alice Royer

  • Assistant Teaching Professor of English and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Penn State New Kensington

Andrea Adolph

  • Director of Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of English and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Email: aea13@psu.edu

Jennifer Wood

  • Associate Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Phone: (724) 334-6727

Email: jwk7@psu.edu

Penn State Wilkes-Barre

Lynda Goldstein

  • Associate Professor of English and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Phone: (570) 675-9236

Email: lrg4@psu.edu

Judith Sierra-Rivera

Judith Sierra-Rivera

Associate Professor of Spanish and Latina/o Studies and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

148 Burrowes Building
University Park , PA 16802
Email:
Office Phone: (814) 865-0167

Office Hours:

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Education:

  1. Ph.D. in Romance Studies, University of Pennsylvania
  2. M.A. in Comparative Literature, University of Puerto Rico
  3. B.A. in Latin American Studies, University of Puerto Rico

Biography:

Judith Sierra-Rivera's research focuses on twentieth-century and contemporary Caribbean, Latin American, and U.S. Latinx literary and cultural productions. The keywords that organize her publications and courses are: intellectual thought and networking, affect, emotions, anti-colonialism, feminism, queer studies, race and intersectionality studies, masculinity studies, and youth cultures.

In Affective Intellectuals and the Space of Catastrophe of the Americas (Ohio State University Press, 2018), she weaves together five different contexts (Mexico, Chile, Puerto Rico, Cuba, and the U.S.-Central America relationship) to argue that there is an intellectual tradition in the Americas rooted in the stories, desires, and needs of those who have been systematically pushed out of the public sphere (indigenous peoples, Afro-descendants, immigrants, LGBTQ sexualities, and inhabitants of poverty). This argument leads the author to analyze a number of writers whose emotional discourses during catastrophic circumstances have had a measurable impact on the formation of communities that organize civil efforts to surpass a crisis and, even more, to demand their full political inclusion in society.

Currently, she is working on a second monograph, entitled Mongo Heroes: Laboring Vulnerable Masculinities for Anti-Colonialism in Puerto Rico. In this project, she proposes that a number of women's, gay men's, and transmen's reproductive labor has created vulnerable (old, ill, or maimed) representations of anti-colonialist male fighters that contradict the portrayal of a normatively strong leader guiding Puerto Rico towards independence from the United States. Through the identification and examination of what she calls a mongo (limp) hero in a series of twentieth-century literary and artistic productions, she analyzes political junctures where vast consumption of this labored masculinity has being at the center of ephemeral consensuses on the precarity of the colonial condition among Puerto Ricans in the island and the diaspora. This analysis guides her in arguing that the laborers of mongo heroes have been the true revolutionaries working for a Puerto Rican sovereignty that can defy, not only U.S. imperialism, but capitalist and neoliberal economic and environmental catastrophes, too.

 
Along with her colleagues Krista Brune and Maria Truglio, Sierra-Rivera is also developing a digital humanities project on Latina, Brazilian, and Italian women living in central Pennsylvania. The project concentrates on tracing an oral history, through interviews of women from these ethnic backgrounds, that can inform us of migrations to the USA that have been less studied. This collaborative project aims to establish a more fruitful relationship between Penn State and the communities of Centre County. The leading researchers are working, too, to integrate the gathered knowledge to the teaching of Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese languages and literatures.

Stephanie Madden

Stephanie Madden

Assistant Professor of Advertising and Public Relations and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

220 Carnegie Building
University Park , PA 16802
Office Phone: (814) 865-2175