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College of Arts & Sciences
Women’s & Gender Studies

Faculty & Staff

Courses are taught by distinguished faculty from many colleges and departments. These active teachers and researchers contribute to scholarship on women and other underrepresented groups through books and articles, ongoing research, speeches, papers, and presentations. In addition to their contributions to women's and gender studies scholarship nationally, they are involved in University and community life, serving on committees and boards, guest lecturing, and volunteering with community service agencies.

Core Faculty

The Women’s and Gender Studies Core Faculty hold joint appointments in Women’s and Gender Studies and other departments. These faculty build bridges to their departments and colleges to create a collegial, interdisciplinary, and diverse community of scholars and teachers.

Drucilla BarkerAnthropology

Ed MaddenEnglish

Emily Mann, Health Promotion, Education & Behavior

DeAnne K. MessiasNursing

Stephanie Y. MitchemReligious Studies

Carla Pfeffer, Sociology 

Ann F. RamsdellSchool of Medicine

Suzanne SwanPsychology

Laura WoliverPolitical Science

Adjunct Faculty

Women's & Gender Studies would not be the same without the dedicated services of our adjunct faculty members. This year our adjuncts include:

Dawn Campbell

Becky Collier

Julia Elliott

Kathryn Luchok

Mary Baskin Waters


Affiliate Faculty

In addition to its small core faculty, the WGST Program at U.S.C. depends on a large number of Affiliate and Adjunct Faculty and staff in other departments of the University and in the community. The Women’s and Gender Studies Affiliate Program includes over 120 faculty and staff at the main Columbia campus and the various regional campuses. Affiliate faculty have full-time appointments in their home departments.

Affiliate status is granted to individuals through an application process. Affiliate appointments are for three years. Appointments can be renewed at the end of three years. The Women’s and Gender Studies Advisory Board reviews affiliate applications and makes recommendations to the Director. New applications for affiliate faculty status are accepted throughout the year.

Affiliate Faculty Application

Affiliate Faculty List

Administrative Faculty and Staff

Ed Madden, Director

Dr. Danny Jenkins, Graduate Director

Leah McClimans, Undergraduate Director

Anna Sykes, Program Coordinator