Due to COVID-19 safety guidelines, the Department of Gender and Women's Studies main office and building are closed effective 10 Sep, 2020 until further notice. The GWS office can be reached by voicemail at 520-621-7338 or by email at SBS-GWS@email.arizona.edu.

We at the Department of Gender and Women's Studies stand with UA’s Institute for LGBT Studies to “vehemently oppose the continued attack on transgender rights. We stand in solidarity with our trans* family, friends, colleagues, and community and are committed to support movement toward inclusive education in Arizona, which encompasses trans* peoples’ right to participate in sports and athletic teams.”

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Marcia Klotz, Ph.D.'s picture
Marcia Klotz, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Email: mklotz@email.arizona.edu

Marcia Klotz is an assistant professor in English and Gender and Women's Studies who focuses primarily on contemporary literature, film and theory. Her teaching and research interests span a broad field, including: Marxism, queer theory and sexuality studies, Christianity and Judaism, genocide...
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Josephine Korchmaros
Director, SIROW
Email: jkorch@email.arizona.edu
TEL: 520-621-3330

Dr. Korchmaros is Director of the University of Arizona’s Southwest Institute for Research on Women (SIROW). Since earning her doctoral degree in Social Psychology with a focus on quantitative research methods in 2003, Dr. Korchmaros has developed, implemented, evaluated, and provided training...
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Mary Koss Ph.D.
Regents’ Professor for Department of Health Promotion Sciences
Email: mpk@email.arizona.edu
TEL: (520) 626-3998
Office: Drachman 248A

(PhD University of Minnesota, 1972)

Mary Koss, PhD, is a Regents’ Professor. The title Regents’ Professor is the awarded by the Arizona Board of Regents and she is among three so honored in the Arizona Health Sciences Center. In her work on gender-based violence Dr. Koss served on the...
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Barbara Kosta Ph.D.
Professor and Department Head, German Studies
Email: bkosta@email.arizona.edu
TEL: (520) 621-7389
Office: German Studies - LSB 322

Barbara Kosta received her Ph.D. in German from the University of California, Berkeley.

She is the author of Recasting Autobiography: Women's Counterfictions in Contemporary German Literature and Film (Cornell UP, 1994), and co-editor of Writing Against Boundaries: Gender, Ethnicity and...
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Elena L'Annunziata Monge
Ph.D. Student
Email: lannunziata@email.arizona.edu

Elena is a first year Ph.D student whose research interests include postcolonial, Chicana, and U.S. Third World feminisms, immigration, social movements, food sovereignty and food justice. Previously Elena received her M.A. in an interdisciplinary program titled Environment and Community from...
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Jamie Ann Lee
Assistant Professor
Email: jalee2@email.arizona.edu

Jamie A. Lee is Assistant Professor of Digital Culture, Information, and Society in the School of Information (Arizona’s iSchool) at the University of Arizona. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on Digital Storytelling & Culture, Information Environments from Latino and Native...
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Jenny J. Lee Ph.D.
Professor, Educational Policy Studies and Practice
Email: jennylee@email.arizona.edu
TEL: 520-621-0954
Office: 305 Education Building

Jenny J. Lee, Professor
(UCLA, 2002)

Research Interests:

Dr. Lee's research encompasses a range of key higher education issues that center on organizational cultures and the underlying influences as they relate to important patterns of organizational behaviors and change in...
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Geta LeSeur Ph.D.
Professor, English, Emerita
Email: getal@email.arizona.edu
TEL: 520-621-1836
Office: Modern Languages 445
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Adela C. Licona Ph.D.
Associate Professor, English
Email: aclicona@email.arizona.edu
TEL: 520-626-0777
Office: Modern Languages 460

Affiliations / Service

National Women's Studies Association
National Women's Studies Association, Elections Chair, 2014-17
National Women's Studies Association, Co-Chair, 2015 and 2016
National Communication Association
Rhetoric Society of America...
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Eithne Luibheid Ph.D.
Professor and Director of Graduate Studies
Email: eithne@email.arizona.edu
TEL: 520-626-2746
Office: Tyndall 109

Eithne Luibhéid is Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies. She holds a Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies from Berkeley, and her research focuses on the connections among queer lives, racialization processes, state immigration controls, and citizenship. She served as the Director of the Institute for...
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Linda Lumsden Ph.D.
Professor, Journalism
Email: lumsden@email.arizona.edu
TEL: (520) 243-0533
Office: Marshall 338

Assistant Professor (2006)
Director of Graduate Studies (2008)
B.A., Central Connecticut State University;
M.A., Syracuse University;
Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Linda Lumsden is director of graduate studies at the School of Journalism. She...
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Eileen Luna-Firebaugh Ph.D.
Associate Professor, American Indian Studies, Retired
Email: eluna@email.arizona.edu
TEL: (520) 621-2262
Office: Harvill 214

Area of Interest:
Tribal Governments; Law Enforcement on Reservations; Federal Indian Policy
Academic Degree:
J.D., 1978, University of San Diego
M.P.A., 1996, Harvard University
Eileen Luna-Firebaugh (Choctaw/Cherokee; MPA, 1996, Harvard...
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Patricia MacCorquodale Ph.D.
Professor and Dean Emerita, Honors College
Email: pmac@email.arizona.edu
TEL: 520-621-2848
Office: GWS 108

Patricia MacCorquodale is the author of many essays including "Women in the Law: Tokens or Partners?" (Gender & Society 1993), and of Changing our Minds: Feminist Transformations of Knowledge (State University of NY Press, 1988, with Aiken, Anderson,...
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Sallie A. Marston Ph.D.
Professor, School of Geography and Development
Email: marston@email.arizona.edu
TEL: 520-621-3903
Office: Richard P. Harvill Building

Ph.D. 1986, Geography, University of Colorado
M.A. 1982, Geography, University of Colorado
A.B. 1974, Geography and Psychology, Clark University

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Shoshana Mayden
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Leerom Medovoi Ph.D.
Professor, Department of English
Email: medovoi@email.arizona.edu
TEL: (520) 621-3287
Office: 445 Modern Languages Bldg

Lee Medovoi is a Professor of English at the University of Arizona.  A graduate of the Ph.D. program in Modern Thought and Literature at Stanford University, he was the founding director of the Portland Center for Public Humanities and is currently a member of the PMLA editorial board.  He is...
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Lindsay Montgomery
Assistant Professor
Email: lmmontgomery@email.arizona.edu
TEL: 520-621-5109

Lindsay M. Montgomery is an Assistant Professor in the School of Anthropology at the University of Arizona who teaches and writes about colonialism, indigenous ontologies, nomadism, resistance, and resiliency. She investigates the material practices of mobile indigenous communities, including...
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Maha Nassar
Associate Professor, School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies
Email: mtnassar@email.arizona.edu

Maha Nassar is an Associate Professor in the School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies at the University of Arizona, where she specializes in Arab cultural and intellectual history with a focus on Palestinians. Her book, which received a 2018 Palestine Book Award, is titled Brothers...
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Gloria Negrete-Lopez
Ph.D Student
Email: gnegretelopez@email.arizona.edu

Gloria Negrete-Lopez is a Doctoral Candidate in Gender and Women’s Studies with a Minor in Mexican-American Studies at the University of Arizona. Her developing dissertation focuses on the role of abolitionist cultural work in disrupting narratives of (im)migrant criminality. Her research...
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Z Nicolazzo
Associate Professor
Email: znicolaz@email.arizona.edu
TEL: 520-621-4686

Dr. Z Nicolazzo is an Associate Professor of Trans* Studies in Education at the Center for the Study of Higher Education and a member of the Trans* Studies Initiative at the University of Arizona.  She earned her Ph.D. in Student Affairs in Higher Education at Miami...
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Leslye Obiora J.S.D.
Professor of Law, Law
Email: obiora@law.arizona.edu
TEL: 520-621-1881
FAX: 520-621-9140
Office: College of Law Building

Courses Taught:
Human Rights Public International Law Jurisprudence Gender and Law

Stanford Law School, J.S.D. (2000)
Yale Law School, LL.M. (1988)
University of Nigeria, LL.B. (1984)

Admitted to Practice...
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Juan Ochoa
Ph.D. Candidate
Email: ochoaj1@email.arizona.edu
Office: Gender & Women's Studies

Juan Ochoa's dissertation, "Desiring Chicanismo: Gay Chicano Art and the Intersecion of Race and Sexuality" explores gay Chicano/Latino men's subject formation through cultural production. His dissertation interprets the art objects of 3 gay Chicano/Latino artists (photographer Christopher...
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Justin Ostrowski
Email: jostrowski@email.arizona.edu
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Anna O’Leary Ph.D.
Department Head/ Mexican American Studies
Email: olearya@email.arizona.edu
TEL: 520-626-8134
Office: Cesar E Chavez Building

Dr. Anna Ochoa O’Leary received her Doctorate Degree in Anthropology from the University of Arizona, where she specialized in applied anthropology. She is a 2006-2007 Fulbright Scholar and is currently an associate professor at the Department of Mexican American Studies at the University of...
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Emma Pérez
Research Social Scientist and Professor
Email: emmaperez@email.arizona.edu
Office: 108B

Dr. Emma Perez earned a PH.D. in history from UCLA and taught in the Department of History at the University of Texas, El Paso from 1990 to 2003, where she also functioned as Chair. From 2003 to 2017, she taught in the Department of Ethnic Studies at University of Colorado, Boulder, also serving...
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Erika Perez Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of History
Email: erikaperez@email.arizona.edu
TEL: 520-626-8648
FAX: 520-621-2422
Office: Chavez 326

In 2018, I published my first book on interethnic godparenting, sexuality and marriage in early Southern California. My study shows how people wielded and responded to colonial power in their everyday intimate encounters. My book traverses the Spanish, Mexican and early American periods from...
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V. Spike Peterson Ph.D.
Professor, School of Government and Public Policy
Email: spikep@email.arizona.edu
TEL: 520-621-7600

Bio or Research Areas:
V. Spike Peterson is a Professor in the School of Government and Public Policy (website) with courtesy appointments in the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies (website), Institute for LGBT Studies, Center for Latin American Studies (website), and International...
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Jadwiga Pieper Mooney Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of History
Email: jadwiga@email.arizona.edu
TEL: (520) 621-5486
Office: GWS 110

In my research and teaching, I focus on Latin America, Gender, and Comparative/Global and World History. I am especially interested in human rights, women's rights, gender equity, and notions of inclusion and exclusion in the making of modern nations. My first book, The Politics of Motherhood:...
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Ivy L. Pike Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Anthropology
Email: ilpike@email.arizona.edu
TEL: (520) 626-2099
FAX: (520) 621-2088
Office: Emil W. Haury Building

Associate Professor of Anthropology

My research blends the impacts of inequality on health with the acknowledgement that human biology is shaped by our evolutionary heritage.   I am interested in blending evolution and embodiment - what evolutionary mechanisms allow us to track our social...
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Eric Plemons
Associate Professor of Anthropology
Email: eplemons@email.arizona.edu
TEL: 520-621-3102
Office: Haury 315

I am a medical anthropologist focused on surgical practice and the production, circulation and application of expert knowledge on gendered bodies. My first book, The Look of a Woman (2017, Duke University Press), examines facial feminization surgery, a series of bone and soft...
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