University at Albany

Women's Studies Faculty Listing

Core Faculty

Rajani Bhatia (Ph.D., University of Maryland) Undergraduate Director, Honors Director
Feminist science and technology studies, reproductive technologies, reproductive justice, and transnational feminist theory.

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

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

Vivien W. Ng (Ph.D., University of Hawaii)
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)
mental health practice interventions with traditionally under-served populations, social justice advancement for Black women and their families

Joanne M. Kaufman (Ph. D., Emory University)
Causes and Risk Factors for Deviant and Criminal Behavior, Inequalities and Crime, Life Course Criminology, Identities and Emotions

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.

Donna Young (L.L.M., Columbia University School of Law)
Race, gender, and work; law and public policy; criminal justice and sexual violence

Affiliated Faculty (partial list)

Kate Avarett (Sociology)
Tamika L. Carey (English)
Angie Chung (Sociology)
Joanna Dreby (Sociology)
Rachel Dressler (Art History)
Kyra Gaunt (Music)
Delicia Greene (Literacy Teaching and Learning)
Mike Hill (English)
Trevor Hoppe (Sociology)
Eric Keenaghan (English)
Deborah LaFond (University Libraries)
Karyn Loscocco (Sociology)
Andi Lyons (Theater)
Sarah Mountz (School of Social Welfare)
Loretta Pyles (Social Welfare)
Judith Saidel (Public Administration & Policy)
Helene Scheck (English)
Patricia Strach (Political Science & Public Administration)
Eszter Szalczer (Theater)
Laura Tetreault (English)
Stacy Torres (Sociology)
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).