College of Arts and Sciences

Janet Badia, Ph.D., Ohio State University
Professor & Director of Women's Studies

Janet Badia, Ph.D.

  • Office: Women's Studies, Liberal Arts, Room 35E
  • Phone: 260-481-6895
  • Email: badiaj@pfw.edu

Research Interests: The history of women's reading; feminist theory; girl culture; women and popular culture; women and higher education; and American women writers, most notably Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton.

Courses:
WOST 21000: Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies 
WOST 30200: Girl Culture in the U.S. 
WOST 30200: Women's Self-Portraits in Literature & Art
WOST 30200: Sylvia Plath
WOST 30200: Women Novelists in the U. S. 
WOST 30400: Feminist Theories
WOST 40000: Disciplining Women's Studies

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Teri Luce, Secretary
  • Office: Liberal Arts, Room 209
  • Phone: 260-481-6686
  • Email: lucet@pfw.edu
Hayley King, Secretary
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Limited Term Lecturers (LTL): 

Sierra Austin, PhD, Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies, The Ohio State University

Office: Women's Studies, Liberal Arts, Room 35F
Phone: 260-481-6711
Email: austins@pfw.edu

Research Interests: race, sexualities, and social justice; narrative, culture and representation; popular culture; black feminisms; girlhood studies; critical discourse studies; qualitative methodologies.
Courses: 
WOST 21000: Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies

Lisa Beringer, PhD, American Studies, Purdue University

Office: Women's Studies, Liberal Arts, Room 35F
Phone: 260-481-6711
Email: beringel@pfw.edu

Research Interests: American literature, history, and culture with an emphasis on African-American literature and history. 
Courses:
WOST 22500: Gender, Sexuality and Popular Culture (online)
WOST 24000: Women, Race and Identity (online)

Elizabeth Mannir, PhD, Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies (ABD); MA, Arabic Studies and Literature, State University of New York, Stony Brook

Office: Women's Studies, Liberal Arts, Room 35D
Phone: 260-481-6711
Email: mannire@pfw.edu

Research Interests: post-colonial theory; psychoanalysis; trauma studies; national reconciliation projects; travel writing; migrations between Europe and North Africa; North African literature and cinema; the 'sheik' romance genre and the romance industry; feminist and queer political theory and philosophy; political theology
Courses:
WOST 21000: Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies
WOST 24000: Feminism and Food
WOST 30100: Beyond the Harem: Women in North Africa and the Middle East
WOST 30200: Sexuality and Literature

Theresa Rojas, PhD, English, The Ohio State University

Office: Women's Studies, Liberal Arts, Room 35F
Phone: 260-481-6711
Email: rojast@pfw.edu

Research Interestsmulti-ethnic literature; latino literature; feminist studies; internationally collected artist in acrylics, polymer and gel mediums.
Courses:
WOST 21000: Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies (online)

Sophia Ulmer, MFA, Creative Writing, University of North Carolina Wilmington

Office: Women's Studies, Liberal Arts, Room 35F
Phone: 260-481-6711
E-mail: ulmese01@pfw.edu

Research Interestscreative nonfiction writing; hybrid literary forms; poetics; women in literature; feminist pedagogy; sexual politics; the history of sex work, particularly in North America 1890-1920; literacy, dyslexia & speech disfluency; siren & goddess mythology; film studies; food writing.
Courses:
WOST 21000: Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies
WOST 22500: Gender, Sexuality, and Popular Culture

Malia Lee Womack, PhD candidate, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, The Ohio State University; MA, Human Rights Studies, Columbia University

Office: Women's Studies, Liberal Arts, Room 35F
Phone: 260-481-6711
Email: womackm@pfw.edu

Research Interests: transnational feminisms and critical human rights; neoliberalism, universalism, and globalization; feminist theory and critical race theory; collective identities, identity, and intersectionality; U.S. imperialism, exceptionalism, and humanitarianism; Puerto Rican studies and Latin American studies. 
Courses: 

WOST W30100: Transnational Perspectives: Gender, Sexuality, and Power (online)