University at Albany

Women's Studies Faculty Listing

Core Faculty

Rajani Bhatia (Ph.D., University of Maryland) Undergraduate Director
Sex selection practices, reproductive rights and population control, race and gender.

Janell Hobson (Ph.D., Emory University) on sabbatical
Women in the African Diaspora, postcolonial feminist theories, critical race theories, film and popular culture.

Wen Liu (Ph.D., CUNY Graduate Center), effective Fall 2017
Queer and LGBT studies, Asian American and transpacific studies, transnational feminism, critical psychology and affect theory.

Vivien W. Ng (Ph.D., University of Hawaii) Department Chair
Asian American studies, U.S. women's and LGBTQ history, film and documentary studies.

Barbara Sutton (Ph.D., University of Oregon) Graduate Director
Body politics; human rights; women's activism; transnational and global processes; women in Latin America; intersections of systems of inequality; qualitative methods.

Visiting Assistant Professor

Carolina Diaz (Ph.D., Rutgers University)

Joint Faculty

Sarah R. Cohen (Ph.D., Yale University)
Representations of the body, gender, and gesture in early Modern European visual culture (1500-1800); animals in visual culture and natural philosophy in the early modern era.

Lani V. Jones (Ph.D., Boston College)

Joanne M. Kaufman (Ph. D., Emory University)

Nancy Newman (Ph.D., Brown University)
Representations of gender, race, and class in musical works and soundtracks; women in music; feminist approaches to music history and production.

Julie Novkov (J.D., New York University; Ph.D., University of Michigan)
Law, gender, race and constitutional/political development in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries in the United States.

Affiliated Faculty (partial list)

Tamika L. Carey (English)
Angie Chung (Sociology)
Joanna Dreby (Sociology)
Rachel Dressler (Art History)
Mike Hill (English)
Eric Keenaghan (English)
Deborah LaFond (University Libraries)
Karyn Loscocco (Sociology)
Andi Lyons (Theater)
Loretta Pyles (Social Welfare)
Judith Saidel (Public Administration & Policy)
Helene Scheck (English)
Patricia Strach (Political Science & Public Administration)
Eszter Szalczer (Theater)
Katherine Trent (Sociology)


Bonnie Spanier
Science and politics of breast cancer; women's health policy; feminist science studies; gender, race, class, sexuality, and ableness in the sciences; ideologies of difference in biology, particularly molecular biology.

Edna Acosta-Belén
Iris Berger
Christine E. Bose
Glenna Spitze


Deborah LaFond (M.L.I.S., University of California, Berkeley).