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Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Faculty

From physiology to cinema and photography, Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies is comprised of a wide variety of core faculty and staff. We want your education to cover all bases that effect every topic that you're passionate about!

Lisa Brooten, Associate Professor

Radio, Television, and Digital Media

Lisa Brooten holds a Ph.D. in international telecommunications and an MAIA in international development studies from Ohio University. Prior to that, she worked for years in community radio in Philadelphia and had a professional stint in radio production with the show “Fresh Air with Terry Gross” distributed by National Public Radio.



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Lisa Brooten

Office: COMM 1050G
lbrooten@siu.edu

Cindy Buys, Professor of Law

Professor Buys joined the SIU School of Law faculty in 2001, where she has served as a Professor, Director of International Law Programs, and Interim Dean. She is a two-time Fulbright Senior Specialist and was a Visiting Professor at Bangor University in Wales. She has been named both the Outstanding Teacher of the Year and the Outstanding Scholar of the Year and has received multiple state and national awards for her work and her service.



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Cindy Buys

Office: Lesar Law Building 238
Phone: 618-453-8743
Email: cbuys@siu.edu
Twitter: @cindy_buys

Francesca Dennstedt, Assistant Professor

Spanish, Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies

Dr. Francesca Dennstedt received her Ph.D. in Hispanic Studies from Washington University in St. Louis, where she also completed a certificate in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Her main areas of research are twentieth-century and contemporary Mexican literature and culture with a focus on gender and queer theory. Her work engages with questions of queer temporality, canon formation, and the nation through critical readings of Mexican women’s cultural production.



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Francesca Dennstedt

Office: Faner 2021
Phone: 618-453-5429
francesca.dennstedt1@siu.edu

Jane Elizabeth Dougherty, Associate Professor, Writing Studies Director

Jane Elizabeth Dougherty is an Associate Professor specializing in Irish literature of the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries. Her scholarship focuses on the social and political master narratives of Irish history and the ways in which these narratives enable and disable the production, form, style, and reception of Irish literary narratives. The author of articles on Anthony Trollope, Nuala O’Faolain, and Edna O’Brien, she is currently working on a book project, Joyce’s Sisters: National Maturation and Irish Women Writers of the 1990s, an exploration of gender and contemporary Irish coming-of-age narratives. Dr. Dougherty has held fellowships from the Mellon Foundation, the Keough-Notre Dame Centre, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Midwest Modern Language Association and the Newberry Library, and the National University of Ireland-Galway. She regularly teaches Introduction to Literary Analysis and the second half of the Irish Literature Survey, as well as offering seminars on Irish women writers, Irish maturation narratives, Irish film, and Ireland in theory. Professor Dougherty holds a dual appointment in Women's Studies.



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Jane Elizabeth Dougherty Office: Faner, Room 2262
Phone:
618-453-5296
dohugany@siu.edu

Laurel Jean Fredrickson, Associate Professor

Art History

Laurel Jean Fredrickson (Ph.D., Duke, 2007) is a historian of contemporary and modern art with a global emphasis. Her interdisciplinary research focuses on cross-cultural and transnational intersections of experimental art and political dissent from the 1960s to the present.



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Laurel Jean Fredrickson

Phone: 618-453-4987
lfredrickson@siu.edu
Office: Allyn Building 6D
Curriculum Vitae

Maria Johnson, Associate Professor

Music

Maria Johnson is Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology in the School of Music at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale where she regularly teaches two CORE Curriculum courses-- Music 203 - Diversity & Popular Music in American Culture and Music 303I - Women, Blues & Literature, offers topics courses in Ethnomusicology-- Women in Music and Music and Social Change, and supervises graduate and undergraduate independent studies in ethnomusicology.



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Maria Johnson Office: OBF 215
Phone: 618-453-2073
Email: mariavj@siu.edu

Jacob Juntunen, Associate Professor, Dramatic Theory, Criticism, and Playwriting

Jacob Juntunen is a playwright and theatre scholar whose work focuses on theatre’s role in forming national imagined communities, paying particular attention to marginality.

His first book, Mainstream AIDS Theatre, the Media, and Gay Civil Rights: Making the Radical Palatable, was published by Routledge (2016). It shows ideological change over time by examining receptions of plays with an AIDS focus from 1985-2000. It intervenes in the notion that mainstream theatre, because it relies on capitalism, must be inherently conservative. He published related research in three different McFarland anthologies, two articles on HowlRound.com, and an article in the journal Peace and Change. He also gave invited talks on the subject at Adam Mickiewicz University (Poznań, Poland), Ohio University, and SIU. Based on this work, he was named the 2016 James Fisher Fellow in the American Theatre and Drama Society (ATDS).



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Jacob Juntunen jjuntunen@siu.edu
Phone: 618-453-5741
Office: Comm 1033B
Personal Website: JacobJuntunen.com
Short Plays: RiposteToTheWorld.blogspot.com

Bobbi Knapp, Associate Professor

Kinesiology, Sport Administration

Dr. Knapp is an tenured Associate Professor of Sport Studies and current Program Director for the KIN 210 Diversity in Sport course.  Her primary focus of training and study is in the sub disciplinary area of sport sociology.  She also serves as Co-Director of the Socio-Psychology Laboratory, and serves as the faculty advisor for the Sport Studies Association (SSA).



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Bobbi Knapp

Office: Davies Hall, 160B
Phone: 618-453-3324
bknapp@siu.edu

Sarah Lewison, Associate Professor

Radio, Television, and Digital Media

Associate Professor Sarah Lewison is a media producer, artist, and writer whose work examines power, economics and political subjectivity. Her teaching and research areas include media and social change, ecological pedagogy and experimental performance. Her video work includes the documentary Fat of the Land which screened on PBS and in museums, festivals and community spaces worldwide, and is nationally noted for stimulating the do-it-yourself waste-grease bio-diesel movement. Prof. Lewison's writing about media aesthetics, social history, sustainability and culture has been published in Tema (Denmark), Journal of Northeast Studies (Hamburg, Germany), Area (Chicago), and "Failure! Experiments in Aesthetics and Social Practices" (Aesthetics and Protest Pub., LA). She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from University of California San Diego.



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Sarah Lewison

Office: Comm 1050E
slewison@siu.edu
Website: sarahlewison.com

Christopher Mullins, Professor

Criminology and Criminal Justice

Christopher Mullins joined the faculty of SIUC in Fall 2008.



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Christopher Mullins

Office: Faner 4226
Phone: 618-453-6368
mullinsc@siu.edu
CV (PDF)
ResearchGate Profile

José Najar, Assistant Professor

Dr. José Najar received his Ph. D. from Indiana University in 2012. He teaches classes in Latin American and world history.



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Jose Najar

Office: Faner Hall 3374
Phone:
 618-453-7872
jnajar@siu.edu

Jay Needham, Professor

Radio, Television, and Digital Media

Jay Needham is a sound artist, musician, image maker, writer-editor and cultural producer who utilizes multiple creative platforms to produce his works, many of which have a focus on sound and site-specific field research. As a hearing-divergent person, Needham makes work that often involves sensing and experiencing sound across many modalities. His sound art, works for radio, visual art, performances and installations have appeared at museums, festivals and on the airwaves, worldwide. His most recent sound installation is on permanent display in the BioMuseo, designed by Frank Gehry in The Republic of Panama.



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Jay Needham

Office: COMM 1050D
jayn@siu.edu

Sandy Pensoneau-Conway, Coordinator, Associate Professor

Communication Studies

Sandy Pensoneau-Conway is an Associate Professor of Communication Studies at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. She received a B.S. (cum laude) in Speech Communication from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (1999), an M.S. in Speech Communication from Southern Illinois University Carbondale (2001), and a Ph.D. in Speech Communication from Southern Illinois University Carbondale (2006). 



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Sandra Pensoneau-Conway

Office: Comm Building 2008B; Fanner 3340
Phone: 618-453-2291
sandypc@siu.edu

Jennifer Smith, Professor, Spanish Section Head and Advisor

Spanish, Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies

Dr. Jennifer Smith received her Ph.D. in Hispanic Literature from Indiana University.  Her main areas of research are late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Iberian literature and culture, with a special focus on medical discourses on gender and sexuality and their dialog with literary works. Her book Women, Mysticism, and Hysteria in Fin-de-siècle Spain (Vanderbilt UP, 2021) explores the use of medical discourses on female sexuality to diagnose mysticism in woman as a symptom of a sexual “disease” in order to discredit viable models of emancipated women. Her research also explores questions of race and class.



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Jennifer Smith

Office: Faner 2028
Phone: 618-536-5571
smithjen@siu.edu
Personal Website

LaShonda Stewart, Professor

Professor LaShonda M. Stewart received her Ph.D. from Mississippi State University in May 2008. Her general research area focuses on local governments’ financial management practices, state’s rainy-day funds, global budgeting, participatory budgeting, and health information technology. She is, however, most recognized for her research on local governments’ unreserved fund balances with research appearing in Public Budgeting and Finance, Public Finance and Management, Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting & Financial Management, and Administration & Society. In her current research, she seeks to develop a model to explain how local governments accumulate savings. She teaches courses in public administration which includes public budgeting, financial management, research methods for public administrators and statistics. She also serves as Director of the Chancellor’s Scholars Program.



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LaShonda Stewart

Faner Hall 3136
Office: 618-453-5695
lms10@siu.edu
Curriculum Vitae

Diana Tigerlily, Professor of Practice

Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies

Dr. Diana Tigerlily is a Professor of Practice in the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program, and in the University Honors program. Her teaching and research interests include autoethnography and performance as feminist methodologies, spoken word as public advocacy, contemporary feminist theories, and yoga philosophy and practice. She earned a Ph.D. in Communication Studies with a Performance Studies emphasis (2009) and a Graduate Certificate in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (2006) from Southern Illinois University, and an M.A. in English (1995) and B.A. in Psychology (1993, magna cum laude) from Eastern Illinois University.



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Rebecca Walker, Director of Graduate Studies, Associate Professor

Communication Studies

Rebecca Walker is an Associate Professor of Communication Studies at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. She received her B.A. and M.A. from the University of North Texas, both in the area of Communication Studies with an emphasis in performance studies (1998; 2004), and her Ph.D. from Louisiana State University in Communication Studies with an emphasis in performance studies (2011).  She currently also serves as the Director of Graduate Studies for the School of Communication Studies. 



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Rebecca Walker

Office: Comm Bldg, Room 2002J
Phone: 618-453-1885
r.walker@siu.edu

Rachel Whaley, Associate Professor, Coordinator of Graduate Studies

Dr. Whaley's research and teaching interests are in the sociology of gender and criminology and the intersection of the two subfields. Past research has examined the macro-level correlates of rape and female homicide victimization using data on US cities and micro-level correlates of adolescent substance use. Of particular focus is the role of gender as a social structure on both macro-level and micro-level phenomenon. Dr. Whaley is trained in quantitative research methods and statistical analyses. Current works in progress relate to men’s coping with obesity and how it relates to ideas about masculinity, subjective feelings about gender identity and belief in cultural gender stereotypes, criminal victimization and fear among people opting for life on the road, college students’ views about social inequalities, and explaining trends in traditional gendered expectations. Dr. Whaley also has experience working in applied research centers and is working on developing related courses.



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Rachel Whaley

Office: Faner 3434
Phone: 618-453-7631
whaley@siu.edu
Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Chris Wienke, Associate Professor, Director of Undergraduate Studies

Dr. Wienke joined Sociology in Fall 2008. His work is primarily in the areas of mental health, family, gender, and sexuality.



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Chris Wienke

Office: Faner 3432
Phone: 618-453-7629
cwienke@siu.edu
Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

List of all graduate instructors


Graduate Instructors
Name Title Office Bio
Janine Armstrong Graduate Instructor janine.armstrong@siu.edu Janine Armstrong is a doctoral student in Communication Studies at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. She is also working on her graduate certificate in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Her teaching and research interests include gender and sexuality studies; intersectionality; interpersonal communication; identity studies (with emphasis in gender, sexuality, faith, and race); communication pedagogy; experiential learning; and applied communication