Faculty

WMGS TEACHING FACULTY & AFFILIATED MEMBERS

Accounting | African American Studies | Anthropology | Art & Design | Classics and General Humanities | College Hall | Counseling, Human Development, and Educational Leadership | Curriculum and Teaching |
Educational Foundations | English | Family and Child Studies | Health and Nutrition Sciences | History | Justice Studies | Latin American and Latino Studies | Linguistics | Mathematical Sciences | Philosophy and Religion | Political Science and Law | Psychology | Sociology | Spanish/Italian | Sprague Library | Women's Center | Women's and Gender Studies | [adjuncts]

Faculty


Fawzia Afzal-Khan headshot Fawzia Afzal-Khan

Webpage: fawziaafzalkhan.webs.com
E-mail: khanf@mail.montclair.edu
Office: Dickson Hall room 121
Phone: 973-655-7309

Director of Women's & Gender Studies
BA: Punjab University (India), MA: Tufts University, PhD: Tufts University


Biography
Fawzia Afzal-Khan is Professor of English, University Distinguished Scholar, and Director of Women and Gender Studies at Montclair State University. Afzal-Khan received her BA from Kinnaird College for Women, Lahore, Pakistan, and her MA and PHd in English Literature from Tufts University, Ma.

She is a cultural materialist who works at the intersection of Feminist Theory, Cultural and Performance Studies, and Postcolonial Studies. She is author of 5 books, her latest a controversial memoir entitled Lahore With Love; Growing Up With Girlfriends Pakistani-Style (Syracuse University Press 2010; rep Insanity Ink 2010; can be ordered here). She is a frequent contributor to Counterpunch and Express Tribune, and a published poet and playwright.
She is a Contributing Editor to TDR (The Drama Review), and serves on the Advisory Board of SAR (the South Asian Review.

She is also a trained vocalist in the North Indian Classical tradition. Her music videos exploring themes of gender, religion, class , set in Pakistan, can be viewed on youtube (FAK Lahore, FAK Payal, FAK Smokescreen, FAK Sacrifice). She was a founding member of the experimental theatre collective Compagnie Faim de Siecle, with whom she toured and performed in Europe and N America.

Her current research work is focused on Pakistani Popular Culture.

For WMGS, Dr. Khan has taught:

WMGS301 Feminist theory
WMGS Global Feminism
ENLT 372: Women Prose Writers
ENLT 230: 20th Images of Muslim Women in Twentieth Century Literature and Culture

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WMGS Teaching Faculty


Cynthia Eller headshot Cynthia L Eller

Webpage: Cynthia Eller's books and projects
E-mail: ellerc@mail.montclair.edu
Office: Dickson Hall room 450
Phone: 973-655-7416
Fax: 973-655-7755

BA: University of LaVerne, MA: University of Southern California, PhD: University of Southern California

Biography
Professor Cynthia Eller teaches Women and Religion, Wicca and Neopaganism, Feminist Theory, and the Women and Gender Studies Seminar. She has published on feminist theory ("Am I a Woman? A Skeptic's Guide to Gender"), feminist spirituality ("Living in the Lap of the Goddess"), and matriarchal ideas, both contemporary and historical ("The Myth of Matriarchal Prehistory; Gentlemen and Amazons").

For WMGS, Dr. Eller has taught:
WMGS 102: Introduction to Women's & Gender Studies
WMGS 301: Feminist Theory
WMGS 402: Research Seminar in Women's Studies

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Julia Landweber headshot Julia Landweber

Webpage: Personal Home Page & Academia.edu Page
E-mail: landweberj@mail.montclair.edu
Office: Dickson Hall room 412
Phone: 973-655-7482

BA: Reed College, PhD: Rutgers University

Biography
I am an assistant professor of early modern European history and women's studies at Montclair State University in Montclair, New Jersey. I received my Ph.D. in history from Rutgers University (2001), and my B.A. from Reed College (1993).

My recent research has focused on reconstructing the impact early modern relations between France and the Ottoman Empire had upon eighteenth-century French culture and identity formation. Today's strained relationship between the civilizations of Islam and the West demonstrates a profound need to better understand the ties which have historically bound these two worlds. Using diplomatic records, travel and literary works, and popular engravings, my work of the past ten years examines how conflicting French images of the Turks and the Ottoman Empire were employed in the creation of individual and national identities within Old Regime France between the 1660s and the 1780s.

I have published five essays on eighteenth-century turquerie and one essay on Sophie Germain, a Napoleonic-era French mathematician.

For WMGS, Dr. Landweber has taught
WMGS 102: Introduction to Women's & Gender Studies
WMGS 201: Inventing Feminism
WMGS 402 research seminar

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Jill Hersh headshot Jill Hersh

E-mail: hershj@mail.montclair.edu
Office: Dickson Hall room 120 (WMGS office)
Phone: 973 655-7911 (Connects to the WMGS office)
Fax: 973-655-7755

BA: University of LaVerne, MA: University of Southern California, PhD: University of Southern California

Biography
Jill Hersh currently teaches the special topics course, Gender & Popular Culture and the foundation course, Introduction to Women's Worlds with Service-Learning, for the Program in Women's and Gender Studies at Montclair State University. She has been afiliated with the Women's and Gender Studies program since 2004 and has previously taught classes in Women's Worlds and Feminist Media Criticism. Her research interests include virtual communities, cyberfeminism, female fandoms, and media history, theory & criticism. She has also been awarded a Service Learing Fellowship.

For WMGS, Dr. Hersh has taught
WMGS 102: Introduction to Women's & Gender Studies
WMGS 302: Selected Topics in WMGS: Gender & Popular Culture
WMGS 201: Inventing Feminism
WMGS 102: Service Learning

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Jessica Restaino headshot Jessica Restaino
E-mail: restainoj@mail.montclair.edu
Office: Dickson Hall room 463
Phone: 973-655-7312

BA: Franklin and Marshall College, PhD: Temple University

Biography
Currently, I am Assistant Professor of English and Associate Director of English Education at Montclair State University. I teach undergraduate and graduate classes in the fields of composition and rhetoric, English education, and Women's and Gender Studies. I also serve as the coordinator and advisor for the graduate teacher certification programs in English. My research interests include writing teacher preparation, pedagogical theories and their relationship to writing instruction, the political theory of Hannah Arendt as a lens for understanding writing pedagogy and the preparation of teachers, and representations of maternity in popular discourse. My book, First Semester: Graduate Students, First-Year Writing, and the Challenge of Middle Ground, is forthcoming from the Studies in Writing and Rhetoric series, published by Southern Illinois University Press and the Conference on College Composition and Communication.

Specialization
My areas of specialization fall under the fields of composition and rhetoric, and include: writing teacher preparation; pedagogical theory; community-based writing and teaching; the political theory of Hannah Arendt; and representations of maternity in popular discourse.

For WMGS, Dr. Restaino has taught:
WMGS 102: Introduction to Women's & Gender Studies.
WMGS/ENWR 350: Women Writing Safe: Writing, Rape Prevention, and Community Activism

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Venezia Michalsen headshot Venezia Michalsen
E-mail: michalsenv@mail.montclair.edu
Office: Dickson Hall
Phone: 973-655-5154

BA: Barnard College, Columbia University, MA: John Jay College of Criminal Justice, PhD: The Graduate Center, CUNY

Biography
Professor Venezia Michalsen is an Assistant Professor of Justice Studies at Montclair State University. Dr. Michalsen's research interests focus on gender and the American correctional system. She came to Montclair State University after working at the Women's Prison Association, the nation's oldest organization serving women with criminal justice system Involvement. Dr. Michalsen teaches courses cross-listed with the Women's and Gender Studies program, including "Gender and Crime" and the very popular "Human Trafficking."

For WMGS, Dr. Michalsen has taught:
WMGS 102: Introduction to WMGS
WMGS/JUST 355: Human Trafficking
JUST 403: Seminar on Gender and Crime
WMGS 401: Independent Study: Women’s and Gender Studies

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Yasemin Besen headshot Yasemin Besen
E-mail: beseny@mail.montclair.edu

Biography

Dr. Yasemin Besen-Cassino is Associate Professor of Sociology at Montclair State University She received her Ph.D. from SUNY Stony Brook in sociology. Her work focuses on work, gender and youth with a global comparative perspective. Her work appeared in prestigious journals such as Contexts, Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, National Women’s Studies Association Journal and Theory and Society.

Supported by grants from the W.E. Upjohn Foundation and American Association of University Women, her work on the gender wage gap in the teenage labor market has receives numerous paper awards including the James Prothro Award.
Her books include The Jessie Bernard Reader(with Michael Kimmel) on the life and the works of the prominent feminist and Consuming Work: Jon Stewart, Branding and Youth Work in America(with Dan Cassino).

Yasemin Besen-Cassino teaches Men and Masculinities(WMGS 208), Intro to Women and Gender Studies and the Research Seminar and Consuming Work: Jon Stewart, Branding and Youth Work in America(with Dan Cassino). Currently, she is working on a book (under contract at Temple University Press) on teenage employment in America and a text book on research methods(under contract at Pearson Press)

For WMGS, Dr. Besen has taught:
WMGS 208: Men and Masculinities
WMGS 102: Introduction to WMGS
WMGS 402: Intro to Women and Gender Studies and the Research Seminar and Consuming Work

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Elizabeth Valdez del Alamo headshot Elizabeth Valdez del Alamo
E-mail: delalamoe@mail.montclair.edu
Office: Calcia Hall room 218
Phone: 973-655-4442, Fax: 973-655-7833

BA: Sarah Lawrence College, MAT: Yale University, MA: Columbia University, MPhi: Columbia University, PhD: Columbia University

Biography
Elizabeth Valdez del Álamo is an art historian with special interest in medieval Spain, monasticism, the funerary arts, and audience reception. Her book on the medieval monastery of Santo Domingo de Silos in Spain is in press at Brepols.

Her publications and research have been supported by The Howard Foundation, The Kress Foundation, The National Endowment for the Humanities, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Program for Cultural Cooperation Between Spain's Ministry of Culture and United States Universities, and Montclair State University.

As Chair of the Advocacy committee for the International Center of Medieval Art, she coordinated the writing of a Statement of Ethics for historians of medieval art. She served on the Board of Directors of The International Center of Medieval Art (2002-2005), and served as a member of the Development Committee (2005-2006).

For WMGS, Elizabeth Valdez del Alamo has taught:
ARHS 108: WOMEN IN ART

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David Lee Keiser headshot David Lee Keiser
E-mail: keiserd@mail.montclair.edu
Office: University Hall Room 2117
Phone: 973-655-7199, Fax: 973-655-7084

BA: University of Michigan, MA: San Francisco State University, PhD: University of California at Berkeley

Biography
I am interested in the ways in which the purposes of public education intersect with notions of democracy and social justice, how school/university partnerships work to provide the ethical and effective teachers to public schools, and how the nexus of mindfulness and teacher education can help navigate unchartered waters of the current high-stakes testing climate. As the coordinator of the Agenda for Education in a Democracy, I try to include many teachers and university faculty members in ongoing professional development for school renewal and change.

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Gilbert Zicklin headshot Gilbert Zicklin
E-mail: zickling@mail.montclair.edu
Office: Dickson Hall room 313
Phone: 973-655-4168

BA: Columbia University, MA: University of California, Davis, PhD: University of California, Davis

Biography
As a faculty member is the Sociology Department, I regularly teach courses in Sexuality and Family, and the Senior Research Project. For 2009-2011 I am the Coordinator of the recently begun Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer Minor (GLBTQ) housed in the Women and Gender Studies(WMGS)department. I regularly teach a section of the Contemporary Civilization course in the Honors Program as well.

I am interested in shifting public attitudes toward the GLBTQ population and homosexuality. I am also involved in theorizing the problematics of what is perceived as certain transgressive forms of sexual behavior.

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Ofelia Rodriguez-Srednicki headshot Ofelia Rodriguez-Srednicki

E-mail: rodriguezo@mail.montclair.edu
Office: Dickson Hall room 241
Phone: 973-655-7925, Fax: 973-655-5121

BA: Jersey City State College, MA: Seton Hall University, PhD: Seton Hall University


Biography
Dr. Ofelia Rodriguez-Srednicki is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Montclair State University. She received her Ph.D. from Seton Hall, in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in child and adolescent psychopathology. Dr. Rodriguez-Srednicki, has an MA in Psychological Studies and an Ed.S in School Psychology. She is a licensed psychologist and a certified School Psychologist.

Dr. Rodriguez-Srednicki, is the president of Montclair State University’s Latino/a Caucus and the adviser to the Psychology Club. She is married and has two sons.

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Amanda Birnbaum headshot Amanda S Birnbaum
E-mail: birnbauma@mail.montclair.edu
Office: University Hall 4175
Phone: 973-655-7115

 Biography
My research interests relate to understanding and intervening on the social contexts and influences on health behaviors. Most of my work has been school-based and focused on early adolescents, though I am also interested in a broad range of populations.

Currently, I am the principal investigator of the Good Fit Project, a National Cancer Institute-funded study to promote after-school physical activity among multiethnic urban 11-14 year olds. This is a mixed-methods formative evaluation study to promote after school physical activity among multiethnic adolescents living in urban areas.

I have worked on large-scale intervention studies to promote healthy eating and physical activity in middle school students as well as observational studies of violence and pregnancy prevention. I also am involved with the Healthy Children Healthy Futures Initiative to promote healthy eating and physical activity in young people. I am fascinated by trying to understand how schools and other social environments interact with personal characteristics to affect behavior. For example, I have published papers on assessing school functioning and examining its effect on students' self-reported violent behavior, and measuring middle school girls' perceptions of school climate regarding physical.

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Emily Isaacs headshot Emily J Isaacs

E-mail: isaacse@mail.montclair.edu
Office: Dickson Hall room 465
Phone: 973-655-7321

BA: Colby College, PhD: University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Biography
Dr. Emily Isaacs is Director of the First-Year Writing Program and associate professor of English, specializing in writing and teaching of writing, at both undergraduate and graduate levels.  Her edited book collection (with Phoebe Jackson) Public Works: Student Writing as Public Text, was published with Heinemann Boynton/Cook in 2001.  Currently her scholarship is focused on best practices for writing assessment, the national state of writing instruction and support at U.S. four-year universities, and methods for supporting pre- and in-service language arts instruction. Recently her articles have appeared in Pedagogy, College English, Writing Center Journal, and various book collections. Chapters and articles are forthcoming in such publications as WPA, and The Journal of Teaching Writing.

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ACCOUNTING
Joann Pinto

AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES
Sandra Lewis

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ANTHROPOLOGY
Julie Farnum
Elaine Gerber
Fran Rothstein

ART & DESIGN
Elizabeth Del Alamo

CLASSICS AND GENERAL HUMANITIES
Aditya Adarkar
Senta German
Susan Hussein
Patricia Salzman

COLLEGE HALL
Joan Ficke, VPAA

COUNSELING, HUMAN DEVELOPMENT, AND EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP
Gloria Pierce

CURRICULUM AND TEACHING
David Keiser

EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATIONS
Maughn Gregory
Tamara Lucas

ENGLISH
Monika Elbert
Emily Isaacs
Sharon Lewis
Deena Linett (retired)
Patricia Matthew
Alyce Miller
Wendy Nielsen

FAMILY AND CHILD STUDIES
Daniel Chesir-Teran
Kathryn Herr

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HEALTH AND NUTRITION SCIENCES
Amanda Birnbaum
Eva Goldfarb
Jhon Velasco

HISTORY
Nancy Carnevale
Julia Landweber
• Negin Nabavi
Amy Gilman Srebnick

JUSTICE STUDIES
Norma Connolly
Venezia Michalsen
Francine Raguso
Jessica Henry

LATIN AMERICAN AND LATINO STUDIES
Diana Guemarez-Cruz

LINGUISTICS
Alice Freed
Susana Sotillo

MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES

PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGION
Dorothy Rogers

POLITICAL SCIENCE AND LAW
Trish Bogle
Brigid Harrison
Elizabeth Wishnick

PSYCHOLOGY
Saundra Collins
Jason Dickinson
Robert McCormick
Debra Fish Ragin
Ofelia Rodriguez-Srednicki

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SOCIOLOGY
Kathryn Keller
Laura Kramer (retired)
Gil Zicklin

SPANISH/ ITALIAN
Raul Galoppe
Linda Gould Levine
Diana Guemarez-Cruz
Marta Lopez-Luaces
Gina Miele
Pamela Smorkaloff

SPRAGUE LIBRARY
Joyce Schaffer

WOMEN’S CENTER
Esmilda Abreu

WOMEN’S AND GENDER STUDIES
Julia Landweber

[adjuncts]
Susan Freedman
Carmen Reyes-Cuevas