Core Faculty  


Jane Caputi

Jane Caputi, Professor, Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies and Communication

Dr. Caputi is a Professor of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Florida Atlantic University. Dr. Caputi’s primary research is in contemporary American cultural studies, including popular culture, gender and violence, and ecofeminism. Dr. Caputi has written many articles and authored four books: Call Your Mutha' : A Deliberately Dirty-Minded Manifesto for the Earth Mother in the Anthropocene; 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 has made two educational documentaries, The Pornography of Everyday Life (2006) and Feed the Green: Feminist Voices for the Earth (2015). In 2008 she curated the popular culture section of an exhibit “Political Circus 2008: Hating Hillary, Baiting Barak, and Pandering with Palin” and followed this up in 2016 with From (Castrating) Bitch to (Big) Nuts and Beyond: Political Sideshow 2016, co-curated with Adrienne Gionta. Both of these exhibits were sponsored by the Schmidt Galleries, Florida Atlantic University. A new exhibit sponsored by the Schmidt Galleries “Political Pandemonium: Presidential Popular Culture from 2008-2008” opens online on Oct. 1 2020,

Jane Caputi's newest book Call Your “Mutha’: A Deliberately Dirty-Minded Manifesto for the Earth Mother in the Anthropocene, was published by Oxford University Press in a series on “Heretical Thought.” Please visit this link for more information.

Dr. Caputi 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). In 2016, she was named Eminent Scholar of the Year by the American Culture/Popular Culture Association and in 2020 the Association for the Study of Women and Mythology selected her for their Saga Award 2020 for Special Contributions to Women’s History and Culture.



Luisa Turbino Torres, Assistant Professor, Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies and Political Science

Dr. Turbino Torres (she/they) received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Delaware in 2022. She was born and raised in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, where she went to the Federal University of Minas Gerais for her bachelor's and Master's degrees.She specializes in transnational feminist politics, activism, and social movements, culture and politics, and Latin American domestic and international politics. She employs interpretivist methodologies and explores how power dynamics present in different cultural spaces have effects that go beyond the individuals and feed into many systems of oppression. Her most recent work looks at the political participation and resistance of women and LGBTQ+ communities around soccer in Brazil to address gender, sexuality, and other intersections, and it is based on 2 years of digital ethnography, interviews, and archival work. You can learn more about Dr. Turbino Torres' work on her website and follow her on Twitter.


Executive Committee 

In addition to the core Women, Gender, and Sexuality 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.

Faculty Affiliates

In addition to the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies faculty, there are faculty affiliates. They include faculty in the departments across the university. Their representation signifies the truly interdisciplinary nature of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Some of the affiliates include:

Department of Anthropology

School of Communication and Multimedia Studies

School of Criminology and Criminal Justice

Department of Counselor Education

  • Carmen Gill, Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Department of Curriculum, Culture, & Educational Inquiry

Department of Economics

College of Engineering and Computer Science

Department of English

Department of History

Department of Jewish Studies

Department of Languages, Linguistics & Comparative Literature

College of Nursing

Department of Political Science

College of Social Work & Criminal Justice

Department of Sociology

Department of Visual Arts and Art History

University Galleries

Wilkes Honors College


Affiliate Faculty


William Leap

William L. Leap, PhD, is Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at the American University (Washington, DC) and an Affiliate Professor in the Center for Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Florida Atlantic University (Boca Raton, FL).  He is the founding senior editor of the Journal of Language & Sexuality and, since 1993, has coordinated the annual program of the Lavender Language Conference. His writings about language and sexuality address topics as varied as race/class inequities, gender differences, language socialization, homophobia/hate speech, gay pornography, trans-national circulations, subaltern voice, and problems of queer historiography.  Key publications include American Indian English (1993), Word’s Out: Gay Men’s English (1996), Out in Public:  Reinventing Lesbian/Gay Anthropology in a Globalizing World (co-edited with Ellen Lewin), Speaking in Queer Tongues: Gay Language and Globalization (co-edited with Tom Boellstorff), and the widely reprinted papers “Language, socialization and silence in gay adolescence,’ “Queering gay men’s English,"and “Homophobia as moral geography.” He is currently completing a multi-disciplinary study of  language, identity and same-sex desire in the US military, in Renaissance-era Harlem, in women’s softball teams, in cruising sites, and in other locations “before” Stonewall.