Women's Studies Faculty

WST Faculty   Professors Jennings, Napierski-Prancl, Brownell, and Meaney at Fall Convocation.


Dr. Patricia Acerbi - History

Prof. David Baecker - Creative & Performing Arts

Dr. Maureen McLeod - Sociology & Criminal Justice

Dr. Shealeen Meaney - English / Coordinator of Women's Studies

Dr. Nancy Michela - Nursing

Dr. Tonya Moutray - English/ Honors

Dr. Michelle Napierski-Prancl - Sociology

Dr. Manijeh Sabi - Economics

Dr. Andor Skotnes - History


Why Study Women's Studies?

  • As a historian of Latin America,  the study of women allows me to explore issues of democracy, transnational and indigenous cultures, and gendered power relations in the diverse regions of Latin America. Women's struggles for democracy and justice have been particularly important in bringing down authoritarian governments. Their movements help us understand that democracy is a necessarily ongoing process. The cultural diversity of women in Latin America, including African, European, and indigenous heritages, brings to light the global and local connections of their complex lives. I find it important to explore gendered power relations in these multiple sites in order to educate ourselves and preparedly approach the issue of gender inequity in the 21st century.   --  Dr. Patricia Acerbi, Assistant Professor, History and Society

  • I have been a lifelong feminist although I didn't know there was a title until I was a "women's libber" in school.  I embraced the second women's movement.  It was in ungraduate study where I learned about and experienced advocacy for women. And the doctoral dissertation put it ALL together when I studied feminist learning strategies in nursing education.  -- Dr. Nancy Michela, Associate Professor, Nursing

  • The work I do in women's studies provides a deeper context for the literary and cultural texts that I study in American Literature.  It is the interdisciplinary nature of Women's Studies that makes it so exciting and rewarding to me.  There is no limit to the depth and richness that it can bring to work in traditional disciplines like English.  The work of feminist literary theorists makes me question my assumptions about why literature matters and what counts as "literature" in the first place.  The work of feminist geographers offers valuable insights into the ways that where a writer can go shapes what she will see and how she will interpret it.  The work of feminist historians challenges me to think about how the place of women in the the workplace, the voting booth, and their own homes has shaped the kinds of things they write about and the very ways that they write about them  By placing issues of gender and social justice at the center, Women's Studies changes not only what I read, but also what I notice about what I read, and hence what kinds of questions I ask about literature.  It enriches every part of my experience as a reader, a scholar, and a teacher.  -- Dr. Shealeen Meaney, Assistant Professor, English and Director of the Helen M. Upton Center for Women's Studies