University at Albany

Women's Studies Faculty Listing

Core Faculty

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

Virginia Eubanks (Ph.D., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute) Internship Director
Information technology and urban poverty in the United States; the relationship between public policy and feminist and anti-racist activism; collaborative research, design and educational approaches such as popular education and participatory action research.
(On leave 2015-2016)

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

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
Globalization; body politics; women in Latin America; human rights; women's movements; global justice movements; intersections of systems of inequality (race, class, sexuality, nation); qualitative methods.
(On sabbatical leave 2013-2014)

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)
Effective Fall 2015.

Joanne M. Kaufman (Ph. D., Emory University)
Effective Fall 2015.

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)
Joanne M. Kaufman (Sociology)
Eric Keenaghan (English)
Deborah LaFond (University Libraries)
Karyn Loscocco (Sociology)
Andi Lyons (Theater)
Loretta Pyles (Social Welfare)
Judith Saidel (Public Administration & Policy)
Patricia de Santana Pinho (Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latino Studies)
Helene Scheck (English)
Torrey Shanks (Political Science)
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).