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New Cross-Appointed Faculty

Dr. Liz Bucar, PhD from the University of Chicago, teaches Islam and the Construction of Gender through WGS and Religious Studies. Her goals for students include openness to new ideas, an informed concern about contemporary gender issues and their historical groundings, and an appreciation for other cultural and religious traditions. Her research explores the relationship between Islam, gender, and the politics of dress.

Dr. Nancy Meyers, PhD from Texas Christian University, specializes in rhetoric and composition studies with an emphasis on the history of the discipline and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in composition, linguistics, and rhetorical history and theory. In addition to her current duties as Director of Graduate Studies in English, she previously served four years as the Director of English Education. She is the Vice-President of the Coalition of Women Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition.

Dr. Mark Rifkin, PhD from University of Pennsylvania, is teaching Queer Theory through WGS and English. Dr. Rifkin’s research primarily focuses on Native American writing and politics from the eighteenth century onward, exploring the ways that Indigenous peoples have negotiated US racial and imperial formations. More recently, he has been drawing on queer theory to rethink the role kinship systems have played in Native governance and internationalism and to address the ways US imperialism can be thought of as a system of compulsory heterosexuality.

Dr. Susanne Rinner, PhD from Georgetown University, is teaching German Women’s Literature/Feminist Theory. With a focus on twentieth century and contemporary German literature, film, and culture, her interdisciplinary research interests include cultural memory and social movements. Dr. Rinner has been awarded the 2011-12 UNCG Alumni Teaching Excellence Award for an untenured faculty member.

Program Faculty Updates

Danielle Bouchard is scheduled to publish her first book this spring, A Community of Disagreement: Feminism in the University, with Peter Lang Press.

Sarah Cervenak’s book, tentatively titled Wandering: Roaming Enactments of Black, Female Freedom is now under contract with Duke University Press. Sarah presented work from her second project at the March 2nd meeting of the Gender and Sexuality Merge Workshop at UNCG.

Lisa Levenstein co-authored an op-ed that was published in the Los Angeles Times. The op-ed focused on current attacks on our nation’s food stamps program. The piece was reprinted in local newspapers across the country and selected as one of the top five opinion columns of the day by The Atlantic magazine’s online site, the Atlantic Wire.

Emily Edwards is finishing an animated film, The Ballad of Mary Laurie, which was screened as a work- in-progress in Boston. She plans to also screen it with the WGS Night of Shorts films April 4, 2012 in the EUC.

Cybelle McFadden published an article “Reflected Reflexivity in Jane B. par Agnès V.” in the Quarterly Review of Film & Video 28 in the summer of 2011.

Alexandra Moore is working with Stephen Sills in the Sociology Department to develop an Academic Think Tank for 2012-2013 that will focus on Bhutanese and Burmese refugee resettlement in the area. It is a year-long three credit program for Honors students.


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