Jessica Restaino

Director of Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies

Email: ‌restainoj@montclair.edu
Office: Conrad J. Schmitt Hall 304
Phone: 973-655-7312




Anthropology | Classics and General Humanities | Curriculum and Teaching | English | Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies | History | Justice Studies | Modern Language | Political Science and Law | Religion | Sociology | Spanish | Writing Studies


GSWS Teaching Faculty

Andrea Dini

Director of GLBTQ Minor

Email: dinia@mail.montclair.edu
Office: Conrad J. Schmitt Hall 241F
Phone: 973-655-7056
BA: Laurea, Universita degli Studi di Firenze (Italy)PhD, University of Wisconsin, Madison


Dr. Dini is Associate Professor of Italian and Italian Language Program Coordinator in the Modern Languages Department. For the academic years 2015-2018 he will also coordinate the GLBTQ Studies Minor (housed in the Gender, Sexuality and Women Studies program). Currently, Dr. Dini is also Academic Director of the Study Abroad Program "Montclair in Florence." He teaches all levels of Italian language and literature, in face-to-face and online courses. He collaborates with the Honors Program teaching "Great Books and Ideas I-II." ‌

For GSWS - Dr. Dini has taught:
GLQS 100 - Introduction to GLBTQ
GLQS 302 - Selected Topics - Queering the Broadway Musical

Fawzia Afzal-Khan headshotFawzia Afzal-Khan

Webpage: fawziaafzalkhan.webs.com
E-mail: khanf@mail.montclair.edu
Office: Dickson Hall room 454
Phone: 973-655-7309

BA: Punjab University (India), MA: Tufts University, PhD: Tufts University

Fawzia Afzal-Khan is Professor of English, University Distinguished Scholar 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

Yasemin Besen headshotYasemin Besen Cassino

E-mail: beseny@mail.montclair.edu


Dr. Yasemin Besen-Cassino is Professor of Sociology at Montclair State University. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from SUNY Stony Brook. Her research focuses on work, gender and youth with a global comparative perspective. Her work has 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 the American Association of University Women, her work on the gender wage gap in the teenage labor market has received 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: Youth Labor in America, and Social Research Methods by example (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) among others.

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

‌Danné E. Davis

E-mail: davisd@mail.montclair.edu


Dr. Danné E. Davis holds degrees from Northeastern University (B.S.),Wheelock College (M.S), and Boston College (Ph.D) all in Massachusetts. Her research interests center on multicultural education, the arts, and teacher education. Presently she is involved in increasing elementary teacher candidates' responsiveness to LGBT/Q diversity. In particular, Dr. Davis is exploring the role of LGBT/Q Children's Picture Storybooks to foster awareness as well as meet expected academic outcomes. Among awards received, Dr. Davis is the 2013 MSU, LGBT Center's Faculty/Staff LGBTQ Ally of the Year and 2012 Distinguished Faculty, Excellence in Teacher Preparation award given by NJ's Office of the Secretary of Higher Education and the NJ Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. Danne is also active with GLSEN-Northern NJ.

Julie Farnum headshotJulie Farnum, PhD

Email: farnumj@montclair.edu
Office: Dickson Hall 142
Phone: 973-655-4108

Research/Inte‌rests: Research interests include health, gender, inequality, and structure violence. She has published in the prestigious journal Current Anthropology and has a chapter on the structural violence and gender- in the Archaeology of Gender and Violence. 

For GSWS - Dr. Farnum has taught:
WMGS 302 - Selected Topics - Archaeology of Gender

‌Sidney Gardner

Dr. Sidney Gardner is the Director for the Office of Equity and Diversity and the Women's Center. She came to Montclair State in January 2016 from Texas A&M University where she served as the Program Coordinator for their GLBT Resource Center. She served for two years as the Program Advisor/Graduate Assistant for the LGBT Center at Minnesota State University, Mankato. She worked for the next three years at Capella University as a university services representative and an academic advisor. In 2006, she was able to pursue her passion for equity and diversity work by becoming the Coordinator for LGBT and Women’s Services at Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, MN. During this time, she was also one of the founding members and co-chair of the MN GLBTA Campus Alliance, which is a statewide coalition of students, staff, faculty, alumni, and community members working towards a better campus climate for LGBTQ people on MN campuses. In the fall of 2012, she returned to her home state of Texas as the Program Coordinator for the GLBT Resource Center at Texas A&M University which she proudly ran for three and a half years before leaving to join us here to do broader Equity and Diversity work at Montclair State University.

She earned her A.A. degree from Cottey College, her B.A. in English at Texas Woman’s University, and her M.S. degree in Women’s Studies from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Recently, she completed her Doctorate in Higher Education Administration from St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, MN. Her dissertation was on “Assessing the Needs of Non-Monosexual Students Related to Campus LGBTQ Services”

Jill Hersh headshotJill Hersh

E-mail: hershj@mail.montclair.edu
Phone: 973 655-7911 (Connects to the GSWS office)
Fax: 973-655-7755

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

Jill Hersh has taught 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

David Lee Keiser headshotDavid 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

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.

Julia Landweber headshotJulia 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

I am an associate 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 GSWS, Dr. Landweber has taught
WMGS 102: Introduction to Women's & Gender Studies

WMGS 402 research seminar

Venezia Michalsen headshotVenezia 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

Professor Venezia Michalsen is an Associate 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

Anuj Vaidya

Email: vaidyaan@mail.montclair.edu

BHA: Carnegie Mellon University, MFA: School of the Arts Institute of Chicago


Apart from teaching in the WMGS Program, Anuj Vaidya is also an artist and a curator. His practice straddles the cusp between performance and film, and addresses the intersections between gender, sexuality, and ecology. His works Chingari Chumma (2000), Bad Girl with a Heart of Gold (2004) and Aur Paschim: Transvestites in Space (2010) have been screened at numerous venues, both nationally and internationally. In addition to being an independent curator, he is also co-director of the 3rd San Francisco International South Asian Film Festival which takes place annually in November. 

For WMGS, Prof. Vaidya has taught
WMGS 102: Introduction to Women's & Gender Studies
GLQS 302: Select Topics: The Trouble with Normal


Julie Farnum

Alison Beringer

David Keiser

Fawzia Afzal-Khan
Emily Cheng


Donna Meeker O'Rourke
Anuj Vaidya

Nancy Carnevale
Julia Landweber

 • Venezia Michaelsen

Andrea Dini (Italian)

Trish Bogle


Dorothy Rogers

Yasemin Besen-Cassino
Sangeeta Parashar

Marta Lopez-Luaces

Caroline Dadas
Dennell Downum
Laura Anne Field
Dayna Arcurio