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Core Faculty

Dr. Barclay Barrios, Interim Director, Associate Professor of English

Dr. Josephine Beoku-Betts, Professor, Women’s Studies and Sociology

Dr. Beoku-Betts arrived at Florida Atlantic University in 1997 as one of two faculty members in Women’s Studies. Prior to coming to FAU, she was on the faculty in the Departments of Women’s Studies and Sociology at the University of Georgia. Her primary research is on postcolonial and feminist standpoint discourses on science with emphasis on the educational and career experiences and perspectives of African scientists. Her current research is on Women’s Peace Movements and Post-War Reconstruction in Sierra Leone. Dr. Beoku-Betts has co-edited one book and several articles and book chapters in feminist and other scholarly journals. She was formerly co-regional editor for Women’s Studies International Forum, and co-Book Review Editor for Gender & Society. She is currently the co-President elect for the RC 32 Committee (Women and Society) of the International Sociological Association. In 2011, she was received the Florida Atlantic University Presidential Leadership Award. In 2012, she received the Florida Commission on the Status of Women Florida Achievement Award.

Dr. Jane Caputi, Professor, Women’s Studies and Communication

Dr. Caputi arrived at Florida Atlantic University in 1997 as one of two faculty in Women’s Studies. Prior to coming to FAU, she was Professor of American Studies at the University of New Mexico. Her primary research is in contemporary cultural studies, including popular culture, gender and violence, and environmental feminism. She is the author of three books, The Age of Sex Crime; Gossips, Gorgons and Crones: The Fates of the Earth; and Goddesses and Monsters: Women, Myth, Power and Popular Culture. She also collaborated with Mary Daly on Webs ters’ First Intergalactic Wickidary of the English Language, and has made an educational documentary, The Pornography of Everyday Life. She also was FAU’s Distinguished Teacher for 2001, and received FAU’s Research and Scholarly Activities award (Professor level) for 2005 and for 2012. In 2013, she was named “Feminist of the Year” by the Palm Beach County National Organization for Women (NOW).


Executive Committee of Faculty

In addition to the core Women’s Studies faculty, a dedicated group of FAU staff and professors serve on the WGGS executive committee in order to facilitate the research, curriculum and programming goals of the WGSS Center.

  • Susan Love Brown, Department of Anthropology
  • Christine Scodari, School of Communication and Multi-Media Studies
  • Traci Baxley, Department of Curriculum, Culture, & Educational Inquiry
  • Sika Dagbovie-Mullins, Department of English
  • Elena Machado Sáez, Department of English
  • Talitha Leflouria, Department of History
  • Graciella Cruz-Taura, Department of History
  • Nora Erro-Peralta, Department of Languages, Linguistics & Comparative Literature
  • Mary Ann Gosser-Esquilin , Department of Languages, Linguistics & Comparative Literature
  • Bernadette Lange, Christine E. Lynne College of Nursing
  • Mark Harvey, Department of Sociology


Faculty Associates

In addition to the Women’s Studies faculty, there are over forty faculty associates. They include faculty in the departments of anthropology, communication and media studies, criminal justice, English, history, languages, linguistics and comparative literature, nursing, philosophy, political science, sociology, and social work. Their representation signifies the truly interdisciplinary nature of Women’s Studies. Some of the associates include:

Department of Anthropology

  • Susan Love Brown, Ph.D., University of California-San Diego
  • Mary Cameron, Ph.D., University of Michigan

School of Communication and Multi-Media Studies

  • Patricia Darlington, Ph.D., University of Florida
  • Nanetta Durnell-Uwechue, Ph.D., Ohio State University
  • Noemi Marin, Ph.D., University of Maryland-College Park
  • Becky Mulvaney, Ph.D., University of Iowa
  • Christine Scodari, Ph.D., Ohio State University

Department of Curriculum, Culture, & Educational Inquiry

  • Dilys Schoorman, Ph.D., Purdue University
  • Traci Baxley, Ed.D., Florida Atlantic University

Department of English

  • Barclay Barrios, Ph.D., Rutgers University
  • Eric Berlatsky, Ph.D. University of Maryland
  • Sika Dagbovie-Mullins, Ph.D. University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign
  • Andy Furman, Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University
  • Taylor Hagood, Ph.D., University of Mississippi
  • Wendy Hinshaw, Ph.D., Ohio State University
  • Elena Machado Sáez, Ph.D., State University of New York-Stony Brook
  • Adam Spry, Ph.D., Columbia University
  • Lisa Swanstrom, Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Sunny Xiang, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

Department of Geosciences

  • Maria Fadiman, Ph.D., University of Texas-Austin

Department of History

  • Graciella Cruz-Taura, Ph.D., University of Miami
  • Patricia Kollander, Ph.D., Brown University
  • Talitha Leflouria, Ph.D., Howard University
  • Kelly Shannon, Ph.D., Temple University

Honors College

  • Wairimu Njambi, Ph.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Women’s Studies

Department of Languages, Linguistics & Comparative Literature

  • Carla Carlagé, Ph.D., University of Iowa
  • Nora Erro-Peralta, Ph.D., University of Toronto
  • Yolanda Gamboa, Ph.D., Purdue University
  • Mary Ann Gosser-Esquilin, Ph.D., Yale University
  • Martha Mendoza, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
  • Marcella Munson, Ph. D., University of California, Los Angeles

Department of Mathematical Sciences

  • Daniela Popova, Ph.D., Sofia University, Bulgaria

Department of Music

  • Heather Coltman, D.M.A., University of Texas-Austin, Dean, Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters

Christine E. Lynne College of Nursing

  • Bernadette Lange, Ph.D., Florida Atlantic University

Department of Philosophy

  • Marina Banchetti, Ph.D., University of Miami
  • Lauren Guilmette, Ph.D., Emory University

Department of Political Science

  • Mirya Holman, Ph.D., Claremont Graduate University
  • Rebecca LeMoine, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Angela Nichols, Ph.D., University of North Texas

Department of Sociology

  • Farshad A. Araghi, Ph.D., University of Georgia
  • Mark Harvey, Ph.D. University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Marsha Rose, Ph.D., Ohio State University
  • Patricia Widener, Ph.D., Brown University
  • Naihua Zhang, Ph.D., Michigan State University

Department of Visual Arts and Art History

  • Karen Leader, Ph.D., New York University


 Last Modified 12/16/14