GCWS People Summaries

Stacey Lantz

Program Manager

Stacey Lantz is the Program Manager for the Consortium for Graduate Studies in Gender, Culture, Women, and Sexuality. She manages the day to day operations of GCWS in collaboration with the faculty Board of Directors. She manages course development, creation of events for faculty and student events, social media and communications, and coordinating with the nine member institutions of GCWS. 

Stacey holds an MA in Gender and Sexuality Studies from The George Washington University and a BA from Randolph-Macon Woman's College. Previously, she worked with the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center and US Navy; she coordinated sexual assault prevention and education strategies and led a 24-7 crisis response team.

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Marilynn S Johnson

Boston College

Marilynn S Johnson is Professor of History at Boston College where she teaches modern US urban and social history. She received her Ph.D. in history at New York University and has taught at Southern Methodist University and the Graduate Consortium in Women’s Studies at MIT. Her research focuses on migration, urban social relations, race, gender and violence. Her books include The Second Gold Rush: Oakland and the East Bay in World War II (1993) and Street Justice: A History of Police Violence in New York City (2004). Most recently, she published The New Bostonians: How Immigrants Have Transformed the Metro Area Since the 1960s (2015). She now directs a public history website called Global Boston, which explores and documents immigration history in greater Boston.

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Sandra McEvoy

Boston University

Sandra McEvoy is a Clinical Associate Professor of Political Science and Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies at Boston University. McEvoy’s primary research interests include the dynamics of political change including women’s participation in political violence; and gender-focused strategies that incorporate perpetrators of political violence into long-term conflict resolution strategies. She has written extensively on the Northern Irish conflict including, the gendered motivations for women's participation in political violence and the impact that such participation has on notions of men and masculinity. McEvoy’s secondary area of interest explores the vulnerabilities of LGBT+ populations during conflict and natural disasters. Her current project is as coeditor of The Oxford Handbook on Global LGBT Politics (expected fall 2019). The Handbook is one of the earliest collections that uses sexuality as a critical lens through which to understand global politics.

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Gannit Ankori

Brandeis University

Gannit Ankori, Professor of Art History and Theory at the Department of Fine Arts, Women, Gender and Sexuality Program and the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies at Brandeis University.

Gannit Ankori has published and lectured extensively about modern and contemporary art from a global perspective, with emphasis on issues pertaining to gender, nationalism, identity, religion, trauma, exile, hybridity and their manifestations in the creative arts. Her geographical regions of expertise, include the Middle East and Mexico.

Gannit is internationally renowned for her ground breaking scholarship on Frida Kahlo. Her books include "Frida Kahlo" ['Critical Lives' series (2013; reissued in 2018 and translated in Chinese in 2018)]; “Frida Kahlo: Art, Life Diary” (2004; in Hebrew); and "Imaging Her Selves: Frida Kahlo’s Poetics of Identity and Fragmentation" (2002). Major essays include: “Frida Kahlo: The Fabric of her Art” (Tate Modern, 2005); and “Frida Kahlo: Posing, Composing, Exposing” published in conjunction with the 2018 Victoria and Albert Museum exhibition “Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up.”

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Durba Mitra

Harvard University

Durba Mitra is Assistant Professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality and Carol K. Pforzheimer Assistant Professor at the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University. Mitra works at the intersection of feminist and queer studies. Her research and teaching focus on the history of sexuality, the history of science, and women and gender in the colonial and postcolonial world. In her current book project, Mitra examines the central place of sexuality in the development of social thought in India and across the colonial world.

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Lerna Ekmekçioğlu

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Lerna Ekmekçioğlu is McMillan-Stewart Associate Professor of History at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she is also affiliated with the Women and Gender Studies Program. She received her PhD from the New York University’s joint program of History and Middle Eastern/Islamic Studies (2010). In 2006, together with Melissa Bilal, she published the first anthology in any language dedicated to Armenian feminists. The co-edited book is in Turkish and titled A Cry for Justice: Five Armenian Feminist Writers from the Ottoman Empire to the Turkish Republic (1862–1933). Her first monograph, Recovering Armenia: The Limits of Belonging in Post-Genocide Turkey(Stanford U. Press, 2016), focuses on the surviving Armenians who remained in Istanbul after the genocide. Currently she is collaborating with Melissa Bilal for a book and digital humanities project titled Feminism in Armenian: An Interpretive Anthology and Digital Archive which focuses on the life and works of twelve pioneering women intellectuals who were active from 1860s to 1960s.

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Linda Blum

Northeastern University

Linda Blum, Professor of Sociology at Northeastern University, is a qualitative, ethnographic sociologist interested in persistence, change, and contradictions in contemporary U.S. gender relations. She began her sociological career studying women’s grassroots movements for comparable pay, but more recently has focused on ideologies of motherhood, how we judge fit and unfit, respectable and disreputable, and measure mothers against each other in ways that reinforce class and race inequality. She is the author of Between Feminism and Labor: The Significance of the Comparable Worth Movement (1991, University of California Press); At the Breast: Ideologies of Breastfeeding and Motherhood in the Contemporary United States (1999, Beacon); and Raising Generation Rx: Mothering Kids with Invisible Disabilities in an Age of Inequality (2015, NYU Press), which received the 2016 Outstanding Publication Award from the Disability and Society Section of the American Sociological Association.

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Denise Horn

Simmons University

Denise M. Horn is an Associate Professor and Chair of Political Science and International Relations  and Associate Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at Simmons University.

She is the author of Democratic Governance and Social Entrepreneurship: Civic Participation and the Future of Democracy (Routledge 2013) and Women, Civil Society and the Geopolitics of Democratization (Routledge 2010). Dr. Horn is an International Relations scholar, whose work explores the relationship of civil society development to democratic growth, focusing on women’s transnational activism and trends in global development strategies, such as social entrepreneurship. She has facilitated workshops in social entrepreneurship and community development in Thailand, Indonesia and India. Her current research focuses on the effects of US and Japanese family planning aid in Southeast Asia.

Dr. Horn is a 2014 Fulbright Senior Scholar, where she conducted seminars in Democratization and Human Rights at Universitas Andalas, in West Sumatra, Indonesia. In fall 2018, Dr. Horn was a Visiting Associate Professor at Osaka University, Osaka, Japan. She currently serves on the editorial board for Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, and is the current Chair of the Feminist Theory and Gender Studies section of the International Studies Association.

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Freeden Blume Oeur

Tufts University

Freeden Blume Oeur is Associate Professor of Sociology at Tufts University, and faculty affiliate with the program in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. He is the current senior co-chair of GCWS. His research interests include masculine power, feminist theory, neoliberalism, and Black politics. He is the author of two books: Black Boys Apart: Racial Uplift and Respectability in All-Male Public Schools (2018), and (with Edward W. Morris) Unmasking Masculinities: Men and Society (2017). Blume Oeur has been recognized multiple times for his teaching and mentoring, most recently as the 2018 recipient of the Tufts University Recognition of Undergraduate Teaching Excellence Award.

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Chris Bobel


Chris Bobel is Associate Professor of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston where she teaches courses on Gender and the Body, Feminist Theory, Feminist Research Methods, Women in US Social Movements and Feminist Activism. Her scholarship lies at the intersection of social movements, gender, health and embodiment, or how feminist thinking becomes feminist doing at the most intimate and immediate levels. Her books include The Managed Body: Developing Girls and Menstrual Health in the Global South (Palgrave Macmillan) and a co-edited collection (with Samantha Kwan) titled Body Battlegrounds: Transgressions, Tensions, and Transformations (Vanderbilt University Press) due out in 2018 and 2019 respectively. She is also at work co-editing the first ever Palgrave Handbook of Critical Menstruation Studies.

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Carol Hurd Green

Carol Hurd Green is an Associate Professor of English at Boston College. Formerly an Associate Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences, she continues to have responsibility for the Arts and Sciences interdisciplinary programs while directing the Donovan Urban Teaching Scholars in the Lynch School of Education. She currently teaches in the Boston College Capstone program.

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Joyce Antler

Joyce Antler is the Samuel Lane Professor of American Jewish History and Culture at Brandeis University, where she teaches in the American Studies Department and Women's and Gender Studies Program. Her major fields of interest include women's history, American Jewish history and culture, the history of education, and history as theater. 

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Alice Jardine

Alice Jardine is Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures and of Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Harvard University. Her research interests include 20th and 21st century French and Francophone literature, feminist theory, Women, Gender and Sexuality studies, postmodern and trnasmodern theories of culture and society, and the American 1950s.

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Ruth Perry

Ruth Perry, Ruth Perry, is the Ann Fetter Friedlaender Professor of Humanities at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the founding director of MIT's Women's Studies Program.  The author of numerous books and articles, she has written on such canonical figures as Pope, Sterne, Richardson, and Austen as well as on contemporary women writers such as Grace Paley and Mary Gordon.

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Laura Frader

Laura Frader is Professor of History and the Chair of the History Department at Northeastern. She specializes in French social and labor history and European women's and gender history. and has written extensively on these topics. Her publications include Gender and Class in Modern Europe (co-edited with Sonya O. Rose, 1996), and Peasants and Protest: Agricultural Workers, Politics and Unions in the Aude, 1850-1914 (1991),Race in France: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Politics of Difference (with Herrick Chapman) and Breadwinners and Citizens: Gender in the Making of the French Social Model (forthcoming).

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Barbara Haber

Barbara Haber served as Curator of Books at the Radcliffe Institute's Schlesinger Library at Harvard University. She developed a major collection of over 16,000 volumes on cooking and food. She established the Radcliffe Culinary Friends and sponsored lectures and panel discussions by food-world notables.

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