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Women's and Gender Studies Faculty and Staff Directory

  • Lynn Botelho

    Distinguished University Professor
    Director, Women’s and Gender Studies
    Professor, Department of History
    College of Humanities and Social Sciences
    Stabley 103/HSS 304
    724-357-4483

    Sharon Aikins

    Administrative Assistant
    Women’s and Gender Studies
    Stabley 103
    724-357-4753

    Cori Woods

    Graduate Assistant
    Women’s and Gender Studies
    Stabley 103
    724-357-4753

    Elissa Nolte

    Undergraduate Student Assistant
    Women’s and Gender Studies
    Stabley 103
    724-357-4753

    Abigail Adams

    Assistant Professor
    Department of Anthropology, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
    McElhaney G-12J
    724-357-2841

    Areas of Specialization

    • Reproductive Health
    • Human Rights
    • Political Action
    • Borderlands
    • Geographical Focus on Latin America and US 

    Carrie Cole

    Assistant Professor
    Department of Theater and Dance, College of Fine Arts
    Waller Hall 104
    724-357-2965

    Susan Comfort

    Associate Professor
    Department of English, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
    HSS 506W
    724-357-3202

    Chauna Craig

    Professor
    Department of English, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
    HSS 506DD
    724-357-2576

    Areas of Specialization

    • Creative Writing
    • Contemporary Fiction
    • Feminist Pedagogy

    Alison Downie

    Assistant Professor
    Assistant Chair, Department of Religious Studies
    College of Humanities and Social Sciences
    HSS 505D
    724-357-1360

    Areas of Specialization

    • Christian Feminist Perspectives
    • Ecofeminst theories and Spiritualities 

    Melanie Duncan

    Assistant Professor
    Department of Sociology, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
    McElhaney Hall, 102A
    724-357-2730

    Areas of Specialization

    • Families
    • Sex and Gender
    • LGBTQ+studies
    • Interpersonal Violence
    • Law and Policy

    Oriana Gatta

    Assistant Professor
    Department of English, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
    HSS 506II
    724-357-2261

    Nicole Goulet

    Assistant Professor
    Department of Religious Studies, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
    HSS 505F
    724-357-1360

    Areas of Specialization

    • Race, Class, and Gender in Hinduism
    • Feminist and Postcolonial approaches in Colonial India

    Beth Ann Harrington

    Director, Wood Center at IUP
    Department of Art and Art Education, College of Fine Arts
    Sprowls Hall, G3
    724-357-2530

    Tanya Heflin

    Assistant Professor
    Department of English, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
    McElhaney, 201C
    724-357-7675

    Areas of Specialization

    • 19th- and 20th-century American Literature
    • Women’s Literature and Theory
    • Multi-ethnic Literature (Native American Lit) 

    Melanie Holm

    Assistant Professor
    Department of English, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
    HHS 506PP
    724-357-2261

    Bitna Kim

    Associate Professor
    Department of Criminology, College of Education and Educational Technology
    Wilson Hall 217
    724-357-2720

    Areas of Specialization

    • International and Comparative Criminology
    • Gender and Crime
    • Minority Issues in Criminology
    • Police-Community Corrections Partnerships
    • Evidence-Based Crime Prevention Practice and Meta-Analysis
    • Female Homicide Offender; Domestic Violence    

    Mary McLeod

    Associate Professor
    Chair, Department of Philosophy
    College of Humanities and Social Sciences
    HSS 05H
    724-357-2310

    Areas of Specialization

    • Modern Philosophy and Logic

    Joseph Mannard

    Associate Professor
    College of Humanities and Social Sciences
    HSS 304S
    724-357-2284

    Areas of Specialization

    • 19th-Century US Social History
    • Roman Catholic Nuns

    Elizabeth Ricketts Marcus

    Assistant Professor
    Department of History, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
    HSS 304O
    724-357-2513

    Marissa McClure Sweeny

    Assistant Professor
    Department of Art, College of Fine Arts
    Sprowls Hall 115
    724-357-2530

    Areas of Specialization

    • Feminist Art
    • Feminist Theory
    • Feminist Approaches to Art Education   

    Theresa McDevitt

    Professor
    IUP Libraries
    110 Stapleton Library
    724-357-4892

    Area of Specialization:

    • 19th-Century Women’s History

    mAUREEN mChUGH

    Distinguished University Professor
    Department of Psychology, College Natural Sciences and Mathematics
    204 Uhler Hall
    724-357-2448

    bRENDA mITCHELL

    Associate Professor, Art History
    Department of Art and Art Education, College of Fine Arts
    222 Sprowls Hall
    724-357-2530

    Areas of Specialization

    • Feminist Art
    • Contemporary Japanese Art

    Nurhaya Muchtar

    Assistant Professor
    Department of Communications Media, College of Education and Educational Technology
    129 Stouffer Hall
    724-357-3417

    Gloria Park

    Associate Professor
    MA Coordinator, MA-TESOL Program
    Department of English, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
    346 Sutton
    724-357-3095

    Areas of Specialization

    • Language Teacher Identity
    • East Asian Women's Life Histories
    • Equity and Access Issues in Second Language Teacher Education

    Dr. Heather Powers

    Associate Professor
    Department of ENglish
    506CC Humanities and Social Sciences Building
    724-357-4013

    Areas of Specialization

    • 18th- and 19th-Century British Literature
    • Critical Theory
    • Major British Authors: Jane Austen
    • Major British Authors: J.K. Rowling

    Laurie Roehrich

    Associate Professor
    Department of Psychology, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
    203 Uhler Hall
    724-357-3168

    Michelle Sandhoff

    Assistant Professor
    Department of Sociology, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
    112G McElhaney
    724-357-3930

    Areas of Specialization

    • Military Sociology
    • Sociology of Gender

    Melissa Swauger

    Assistant Professor
    Department of Sociology, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
    112H McElhaney
    724-357-0158

    Areas of Specialization

    • Girl’s Studies
    • Women and Work
    • Women and Education

    Christian Vaccaro

    Associate Professor
    Department of Sociology, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
    102B McElhaney Hall
    724-357-3174

    Areas of Specialization

    • Social Psychology
    • Sociology of Gender
    • Men and Masculinites

    Joan VanDyke

    Associate Professor
    Department of Theater and Dance, College of Fine Arts
    Zink Hall Dance Studio
    724-357-5528

    Distinguished Faculty Award in Creative Arts 2012 

    Areas of Specialization

    • Ballet
    • Jazz
    • Ballroom
    • Kinesiology
    • Yoga
    • Pilates-based Exercise
    • Laban Studies

    Brandon Vick

    Assistant Professor
    Department of Economics, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
    213 McElhaney Hall
    724-357-2640

    Areas of Specialization

    • Gender Inequalities in the Workforce
    • Measuring the Gender Wage Gap
    • Multidimensional Poverty Measurement and Gender Differences

    Lingyan Yang

    Associate Professor
    Department of English, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
    506BB HHS
    724-357-2604

    Areas of Specialization

    • Asian American and Asian Diasporic Women’s Literature and Feminist Criticism
    • Feminist Theories between Worlds
    • 20th-Century Critical Cultural Theories and Literacy Criticism
    • Post-colonial and American Multi-Ethnic Women’s Literature and Criticism