• Administration

  • Advisors

    • Trudi Beckman

      Administrative Assistant
      Email: tbeckman@uta.edu
      Office: 223 University Hall

  • WGS Advisory Board

    • Donna Akers (Women's & Gender Studies)
      Brittanie Ash (School of Social Work)
      Amy Austin (Modern Languages)
      Molly Cummins (Communication)
      Dustin Harp (Director, Women's & Gender Studies)
      Desiree Henderson (English)
      Penny Ingram (English)
      Jeffrey Robbins (Nursing)
      Rachel Voth Schrag (School of Social Work)
      Amy Speier (Sociology)
      Naoko Witzel (Linguistics & TESOL)
  • Affiliated Faculty

    • Donna Akers
      Areas of Specialty: Women's Studies, Native American Studies, Decolonization, Genocide, Comparative Settler Colonialism
      Home Department:  College of Liberal Arts
      Dr. Donna L. Akers (Ph.D., University of California, Riverside) an enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and Associate Professor at the University of Texas, is the author of three books and numerous journal articles.  Her research and publications center on indigenous and Native American peoples and their experiences with colonization by invading Europeans and Americans.  Her latest publication is a book highlighting Native American women leaders and their stories, entitled, Indigenous Activism:  Profiles of Native Women in Contemporary America.
    • Karla Arenas-Itotia
      Areas of Specialty: Trauma, Mental Health, Relationship and Sexual Violence, Violence Prevention, Victim Services and Advocacy, Student Success and Support Services
      Home Department: School of Social Work
      Dr. Karla Arenas-Itotia (MSSW, University of Texas at Arlington), LMSW, has primarily spent her career working in higher education, mental health, and with victims of violence. She currently holds a position as Assistant Professor of Practice at the University of Texas at Arlington’s School of Social Work, teaching both undergraduate and graduate students.
    • Brittanie Ash
      Areas of Specialty:  Queer Studies
      Home Department:  School of Social Work
      Dr. Brittanie Atteberry Ash (she/her/hers Ph.D., University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work) is an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work. She uses research on LGBTQ populations as an exemplar for understanding oppression dynamics in communities and in social work practice and education; she is committed to promoting social justice and inclusion across contexts. Her work relies on an intersectional lens to deepen the discipline’s understanding of risk and resilience among people living at the crossroads of marginalized identities. She also focuses on promoting justice and inclusion within the classroom, identifying strategies for educators to more fully integrate a critical social justice lens into their pedagogy.
    • Amy Austin
      Areas of Specialty:  Medieval and early modern peninsular literature
      Home Department:  Modern Languages
      Dr. Amy Austin (Ph.D., Emory University) is an Assistant Professor of Instruction. Her research focuses on the practices and theories of medieval reading, mysticism and spiritual constructions, visual studies, and theater and spectatorship. She is co-editor of Ramon Llull and His Legacy (1232-1316) (Brill Press, 2018) and has published articles on Ramon Llull and Golden Age minor theater. At UT Arlington, Professor Austin teaches third- and fourth- year undergraduate courses, as well as graduate-level courses in medieval and early modern Literature.  She was awarded the Provost’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2018 and the Texas Board of Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award in 2019.
    • Estee Beck
      Area of Specialty: Gender/identity and technology, digital and algorithmic surveillance.
      Home Department: Department of English
      Dr. Estee Beck (Ph.D., Bowling Green State University) is an Assistant Professor who offers courses in professional and technical writing, digital rhetoric, and digital humanities. Her work has been published in Computers & Composition: An International Journal; Computers & Composition Online; and Hybrid Pedagogy. Her research and teaching approaches mix cyber- and techno-feminist theories and practice.
    • Myrtle P. Bell
      Areas of Specialty:  Diversity, Discrimination, Social Issues
      Home Department:  Department of Management
      Dr. Myrtle Bell (Ph.D., University of Texas at Arlington) is a Professor of Management in the College of Business. She earned a BBA in Finance from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from Louisiana State University.  She is the Thomas McMahon Professor in Business Ethics and the Associate Dean for Diversity Racial Equity, and Inclusion in the College of Business.  She has recently published articles in Gender, Work, and Organization; Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal; and Journal of Management. She is the author of the textbook, Diversity in Organizations, and is currently working on the 4th edition.
    • Karabi C. Bezboruah
      Areas of Specialty:  Women's development; Microfinance institutions; Community organizing
      Home Department:  College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs
      Dr. Karabi Bezboruah (Ph.D., University of Texas at Dallas) is an Associate Professor of Public Administration.  Her teaching and research interests are in organizational behavior, policy analysis, cross-sector collaborations, and international NGO impact. She focuses on organizational and policy impacts on women in developing nations, community sustainability through policy analysis, advocacy, capacity building, collaborations, and networks. She has published articles on the behavior of nonprofit organizations, state-NGO relations, and impact of microfinance on women. Dr. Bezboruah is active in the community as well and has facilitated the creation of strategic plans for local governments, neighborhood associations, and nonprofit arts organizations in the Dallas Fort Worth metropolitan area of Texas. 
    • Kyrah K. Brown
      Areas of Specialty: Maternal Health Equity
      Home Department: Kinesiology
      Dr. Kyrah Brown (Ph.D., Wichita State University) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Kinesiology (public health), and the Director of the Maternal and Child Health Equity Lab. Her research focuses on addressing social and structural inequities in Black maternal and infant health. She is also trained in community-based participatory research and evaluation science.
    • Shelley Christie
      Areas of Specialty: Gothic Literature, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Victorian Literature, Rhetorical Studies, Digital Teaching and Learning
      Home Department:  Department of English
      Dr. Shelley Christie (Ph.D., Texas Christian University) is an Assistant Professor in Practice and the Director of Digital Teaching and Learning in English. In her research and teaching, she explores how gothic texts work to unhinge gender and sexuality hierarchies. She also engages in recovery work with particular interest in recovering women's gothic writings at the fin de siècle. Her scholarly work appears in Victorian Periodicals Review and The Housman Society Journal. In addition to her scholarship in print, she has also discussed her research findings on Dallas's NPR affiliate station, KERA. She teaches composition and rhetoric courses and literature classes that explore the enduring legacy of the gothic and the genre's ability to promote social and political reform.
    • Stephanie Cole
      Areas of Specialty:  US women's and social history, particularly the intersections of gender, race, work, and sex
      Home Department:  Department of History
      Dr. Stephanie Cole (Ph.D., University of Florida) is the co-editor of several volumes, including Beyond Black and White: Race, Ethnicity and Gender in the US South and Southwest; (Texas A&M, 2004) and Texas Women/American Women: Their Lives and Times (University of Georgia Press, 2015). She has published on domestic violence, interracial marriage, and domestic service, including articles in Social Science History and Ohio Valley History. She currently offers two courses for WGS—HIST 3324: US Women’s History, and HIST 4302: Women & Work in Transatlantic Perspective—as well as a graduate course in US history entitled Gender, Race, Sex and Marriage.
    • Jandel Crutchfield
      Areas of Specialty:  Well-being of African American women, children, and families; experiences of colorism among women of color
      Home Department:  School of Social Work
      Dr. Jandel Crutchfield (Ph.D., LCSW, Louisiana State University) is an Assistant Professor.  She researches individuals’ lived experiences of racial injustice in education, housing, transportation, and economics as well as barriers and facilitators to racial justice in these areas. Additionally, she highlights how skin tone bias (colorism) operates globally to privilege Eurocentrism within communities of color. She and her UTA College of Education colleagues were awarded a $1 million grant from the US Department of Education to cross-train school social workers and special education teachers. She teaches the School Social Work and Diverse Populations courses. Her social work practice background is in K-12 schools as a school social worker.
    • Molly Wiant Cummins
      Areas of Specialty: Mother studies; critical communication pedagogy; critical studies
      Home Department: Communication
      Dr. Molly Wiant Cummins (she/her) is a Lecturer and the Introductory Course Coordinator for Public Speaking in the Department of Communication. Her research branches into a variety of interests but tries to always use an intersectional feminist perspective. Outside of the university, she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling to national parks to enjoy the beauty of nature, and reading.
    • Jaya Davis
      Areas of Specialty: Women and girls and the justice system
      Home Department:  Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice
      Dr. Jaya Davis (Ph.D., Prairie View A&M) is an Associate Professor. Her research interests include juvenile justice, reentry, and girls' and women's experiences with the justice systems. She has published research highlighting victimization experiences and perception of victimization by justice officials as well as experiences of mothering while incarcerated. She serves as a founding board member for Girls Embracing Mothers, Inc. (GEM) whose mission is to support girls experiencing maternal incarceration. She was inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Teachers in 2017.
    • Rebecca Deen
      Areas of Specialty:  Women in the Political Process, US Presidency, Civic Engagement
      Home Department:  Department of Political Science
      Dr. Rebecca Deen (Ph.D., Ohio State University) is an Associate Professor of Political Science and Chair of the Political Science Department. She has published articles in journals such as Women in Politics, Presidential Studies Quarterly, Congress & the Presidency, State and Local Governance Review and Judicature. She has served on the Women’s Studies Advisory Board, has taught WOMS 2310 and regularly teaches POLS/WOMS 4316, Women in the Political Process.
    • Rashaan DeShay
      Areas of Specialty:  Offender decision-making; Corrections; Wrongful convictions; Qualitative research methods
      Home Department:  Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice
      Dr. Rashaan DeShay (Ph.D., University of Texas at Dallas) is an Assistant Professor. She received her J.D. from Louisiana State University. Dr. DeShay's research has explored the harm reduction strategies utilized by women who use heroin. She has also studied the connection between personal relationships and an individual's participation in criminal activity, as well as the impact of incarceration on personal relationships. Her research has been published in outlets such as Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Crime & Delinquency, International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, and Deviant Behavior. She previously served as a member of the WGS Program Advisory Board.
    • Sarah A. El Sayed
      Areas of Specialty: Gender and criminal outcomes; Developmental and life-course criminology; Quantitative methods
      Home Department: Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice
      Dr. Sarah El Sayed (Ph.D., University of Texas at Dallas) is an Assistant Professor. Dr. El Sayed’s scholarly papers have been published in outlets such as Journal of Quantitative CriminologyDeviant BehaviorCrime and Delinquency as well as Criminal Justice and Behavior. Previous works examining gender have compared gender-specific criminological theories and the effect of absent fathers on female biological maturity.
    • Sophia Fantus
      Areas of Specialty:  LGBTQ+ Issues, Clinical Ethics, Bioethics, Moral Distress
      Home Department:  School of Social Work
      Dr. Sophia Fantus (Ph.D., University of Toronto) is Assistant Professor. She received her MSW from New York University's Silver School of Social Work.  Prior to her time at UTA, Dr. Fantus completed a two-year clinical ethics post-doctoral fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine in conjunction with Weill Cornell Medicine.  Dr. Fantus' research interests are focused on the intersection of clinical ethics and social work, exploring LGBTQ+ issues across the lifespan, ethical decision-making, and experiences of moral distress among allied health professionals.  She is a certified healthcare ethics consultant.
    • Jacqueline Fay
      Areas of Specialty:  Early Medieval literature and culture
      Home Department:  Department of English
      Dr. Jacqueline Fay (Ph.D., University of Notre Dame) is Associate Professor of English, Associate Chair of the Department of English, and Chair Elect of the Faculty Senate. She is co-editor of A Handbook of Anglo-Saxon Studies (Blackwell, 2012), and Associate Editor for Old English and Old Norse for the five-volume Blackwell Encyclopedia of Medieval British Literature (2017). She has published articles on a wide range of topics, including documentary texts, saints’ lives, plants, gender, riddles, and aging, and is the author of Engaging Matter in Early Medieval England, forthcoming from Oxford University Press. She is currently at work on a second book, Sinuous Histories: The Role of Worms in Early Medieval England. She teaches a range of courses on medieval literature, language, and adaptation; exploring the role of gender and sexuality within texts and for their audiences is central to her pedagogy regardless of the course topic.
    • Megan Fitzmaurice
      Areas of Specialty:  Race, Gender, Commemoration
      Home Department:  Department of Communication
      Dr. Megan Fitzmaurice (Ph.D., University of Maryland) is an Adjunct Assistant Professor.  She earned her Ph.D. in Communication and Doctoral Certificate in Women’s Studies. She’s interested in the different ways that black activists have challenged communities to confront their slave history and its racist legacies.  She has taught Rhetoric of Black America, Women and Public Address, and other courses that help students interrogate history, identity, and public discourse.  Her research has been published in Feminist Media Studies, Rhetoric & Public Affairs, and the Southern Journal of Communication.
    • Dustin Harp
      Areas of Specialty:  Women, Marginalized Communities, Media, Journalism
      Home Department:  Department of Communication
      Dr. Dustin Harp (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin at Madison) is the current Director of Women's & Gender Studies and an Associate Professor for the Department of Communication. She teaches “Race, Gender and Media” and journalism courses. Her research explores intersections of women, journalism, and media, with interest in politics and the influence of social media on public discourse. Books include Gender in the 2016 US Presidential Election: Trump, Clinton and Media Discourse (Routledge), Feminist Approaches to Media Theory and Research (Palgrave McMillan, 2018), and Desperately Seeking Women Readers (2007), which argues news media has historically constructed men as citizens and women as consumers.
    • Kiva Harper
      Areas of Specialty: Trauma, Military social work, Mental health, Domestiv violence, Substance abuse, Grief
      Home Department:  School of Social Work
      Mrs. Kiva Harper (MSSW, University of Texas at Arlington; BS Criminal Justice, University of North Texas) is a licensed clinical social worker and an Associate Professor in Practice.  She serves as a faculty affiliate for the Center for African American Studies and the Women's & Gender Studies Program.
    • Florence Haseltine
      Areas of Specialty: Women’s Health, Genetics and Sexual Dimorphism
      Home Department: Executive Director for Health Research; Medical Director North Texas Genome Center; Presidential Distinguished Professor of Nursing; Director of COVID testing at NTGC
      Dr. Haseltine (Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology; MD Albert Einstein College of Medicine) received her BA in Biophysics from UC-Berkeley in 1964; her Ph.D. in Biophysics in 1970 from MIT, and her MD from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 1972, interned at the University of Pennsylvania, and did a residency at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital. Before moving to NIH, she was an Associate Professor of OB/Gyn at Yale University School of Medicine. She is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and the National Academy of Inventors, and in 2012 she received the Lifetime Achievement Award for the Health and Dignity of Women and Girls from the Friends of the United Nations Population Fund.
    • DesirĂ©e Henderson
      Areas of Specialty:  Early American literature, women writers, autobiography studies
      Home Department:  Department of English
      Dr. Desirée Henderson (Ph.D., University of California San Diego) is an Associate Professor of English. She is the author of How to Read a Diary: Critical Contexts and Interpretive Strategies for 21st-Century Readers (Routledge, 2019), as well as essays published in academic journals such as a/b: Auto/biography Studies, Studies in American Fiction, and Legacy: A Journal of American Women WritersShe was Director of the Women's & Gender Studies program from 2011 to 2014. She frequently teaches upper-division and graduate courses on women writers and gender issues in literature.
    • Wendell A. (Alex) Hunnicutt
      Areas of Specialty:  LGBTQ+ history in US, Europe
      Home Department:  Department of History
      Dr. Alex Hunnicutt (Ph.D., University of Texas at Arlington) is an Adjunct Assistant Professor as well as departmental advisor. He received his Ph.D. in Transatlantic History, specifically focusing on the legal history of punishment and execution. Within those studies, a significant subset concentrated on the "other" -- marginalized people who were not mainstream and did not fit convenient societal norms, such as Jews, women, homosexuals, and people of color.
    • Penelope Ingram
      Areas of Specialty:  Feminist Theory; Race and Gender Theory; Film Theory
      Home Department:  Department of English
      Dr. Penny Ingram (Ph.D., University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia) is an Associate Professor of English. Ingram is the author of The Signifying Body: Toward an Ethics of Sexual and Racial Difference (SUNY Press, 2008). She has published articles in Jump Cut, Feminist Review, Cultural Critique, New Literary History, Philosophy and Literature, and elsewhere. Her forthcoming book, Imperiled Whiteness: How Hollywood Navigates Fears and Fantasies in "Post-Racial" America, examines racial representations in film and television during the Obama and Trump eras. She regularly teaches the capstone course in feminist theory for the graduate certificate in WGS.
    • Heather Jacobson
      Areas of Specialty:  Reproduction, Sociology of Families, Qualitative Research Methods
      Home Department:  Department of Sociology and Anthropology
      Dr. Heather Jacobson (Ph.D., Brandeis University) is Professor of Sociology and Director of Graduate Studies for Sociology. Her research centers primarily on various routes to family formation in the contemporary United States. She is the author of Labor of Love: Gestational Surrogacy and the Work of Making Babies (Rutgers University Press, 2016) and Culture Keeping: White Mothers, International Adoption, and the Negotiation of Family Difference (Vanderbilt University Press, 2008). She teaches courses on families, reproduction, and qualitative research methods. Since arriving at UT Arlington in 2006, she has served several times on the Women’s Studies Advisory Board.
    • Kent Ryan Kerley
      Areas of Specialty:  Corrections, religion, drug careers
      Home Department:  Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice
      Dr. Kent Ryan Kerley (Ph.D., University of Tennessee) is Professor and Chair of CRCJ. He has conducted research on women’s experiences in prisons and halfway houses, including how many women use faith and faith-based programs to cope with confinement.. He has also studied women’s use and abuse of many licit and illicit substances, such as cocaine (powder and crack forms), methamphetamine, prescription opioids, and heroin. He has nearly 70 peer-reviewed publications, including 36 refereed journal articles. His research has appeared in top journals such as Aggression and Violent BehaviorJournal for the Scientific Study of ReligionJustice Quarterly, Social Forces, and Social ProblemsHe is author of Religious Faith in Correctional Contexts (2014).
    • Mia M. Kirby
      Areas of Specialty:  Qualitative Research examining intersectional approaches, race, ethnicity, gender, mental health, discrimination
      Home Department:  School of Social Work, Center of African American Studies
      Dr. Mia Kirby (Ph.D., Texas Woman's University) is a Professor in Practice. She received her MSW in 2006 from the University of Maryland, Baltimore.  As a licensed clinical social work supervisor, Dr. Kirby’s practice experience includes the Baltimore Juvenile Justice System, Foster Care, Outpatient Mental Health, Private Practice, and Nursing and Rehabilitation facilities. She has over ten years of Social Work and Sociology teaching experience. Her most recent research examined the relationship between the strong Black woman archetype and mental health help-seeking behaviors of Black women. Additionally, Dr. Kirby has recently completed the Association of College and University Educators, Certificate in Effective College Instruction.
    • Peggy Kulesz
      Areas of Specialty:  Women's Literature, Life Writing, 19th-Century poets/hymnists
      Home Department:  Department of English
      Dr. Peggy Kulesz (Ph.D., University of Texas at Arlington) is a Senior Lecturer.  Her past research focuses on 19th-century hymns and songs written by women poets and analyzes how these texts both reflect and influence notions of American identity.  Current research focuses on life writing and writing pedagogy.  She regularly teaches Engl/Woms 3370: History of Women’s Writing, offering topics such as Women, Life Writing, and Food which explores the ways women writers use food as metaphor in their life writing and how food serves as a memory aid in recalling and telling stories of a life.
    • Catherine LaBrenz
      Areas of Specialty: Child welfare; family engagement; family and community resilience
      Home Department: School of Social Work
      Dr. LaBrenz (she/her/hers, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin) is an Assistant Professor at the School of Social Work. The goal of her research is to empower families and communities to break cycles of maltreatment. As a former child welfare practitioner, Dr. LaBrenz continues to collaborate with several community partners to bridge the gap between child welfare research and practice. She currently teaches theory courses. She has evaluated programs targeting mothers at-risk for child maltreatment, and more recently, given the gender disparities exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, she is examining maternal stress and resilience among mothers of infants and young children since March 2020.
    • Pamela A. Malone
      Areas of Specialty:  Grief and Adolescents, Gender Differences in Loss and Grief, Superhero Grief, Substance Use Intervention and Treatment, Trauma and Disaster, Clinical Supervision
      Home Department:  School of Social Work
      Dr. Pamela A. Malone (Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin, MSW Adelphi University, MA Columbia University) is an Assistant Professor of Practice. Her clinical practice and supervision, research, publications, and presentations focus on grief and loss. She authored Counseling Adolescents through Loss, Grief, and Trauma (Routledge, 2016). Book chapters include "Children and Adolescents Growing Up in the Shadow of Divorce," and "Grief and Youth in Crisis" in Children and Loss (Pomeroy & Garcia, 2010, Oxford Press). Her recent book chapter, "Wonder Woman and Delayed Grief" is in Superhero Grief: The Transformative Power of Loss (Harrington & Neimeyer, 2021, Routledge). She developed the Adolescent Grief and Loss group normed on adolescent girls struggling with the death of a peer. Current research is on COVID-19 gains and losses experienced by adolescents.
    • Jennifer Miller
      Areas of Specialty: Queer Studies, Gender/Sexuality, Chlldren's Literature, Childhood Studies, Digital Culture
      Home Department:  Department of English
      Dr. Jennifer Miller (Ph.D, George Mason University) is an Adjunct Assistant Professor teaching literature, writing, and theory.  Her scholarship appears in the Journal of HomosexualityFast Capitalism, Oxford Press's The Year in Critical and Cultural Theory, the European Journal of American Studies, and several edited collections. She co-edited and  contributed to The Dialectic of Digital Culture (2019) and her manuscript, The Transformative Potential of LGBTQ+ Children's Picture Books, is forthcoming with The University Press of Mississippi (2022).  She co-edited and contributed to a groundbreaking open access textbook, LGBTQ+ Studies: A Multidisciplinary Approach (2021). She blogs about inclusive, socially relevant children's books at RaiseThemRighteous.com.
    • Michael Nelson
      Areas of Specialty:  Cardiovascular Physiology
      Home Department:  Department of Kinesiology
      Dr. Michael Nelson (Ph.D., University of Alberta, Canada) is an Associate Professor. He is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Bioengineering, and a Visiting Faculty Scientist at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA, where he completed his postdoctoral training. He has a broad background in integrative human physiology, with particular research interests in Women’s Heart Health. He has published extensively in leading cardiology, imaging, and gerontology journals, and has received investigational grants from the National Institutes of Health, the American Heart Association, the Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas, and from Gilead Sciences.
    • Patty Newton
      Areas of Specialty: Women's History, Women's Rights, Media Representation, LGBTQIA+ History, LGBTQIA+ Rights, LGBTQIA+ Representation (domestic and global)
      Home Department:  Department of Art + Art History
      Ms. Patricia Newton (MFA, University of Texas at Arlington) is an Assistant Professor of Practice, Area Coordinator for Film/Video at UTA. Newton was the 2016 President of Women in Film Dallas, and she works in fiction as well as documentary. Her award-winning short film Pursuit premiered at Palm Springs International Shortfest, playing for over three years, domestically and internationally. She co-produced the award-winning drama Dawn that airs on HBO. Newton shot/directed/produced the full-length documentary Alchemy: Portrait of a Wood Fire Kiln, which debuts in 2021.
    • Diana M. Padilla-Medina
      Areas of Specialty:  Intimate Partner Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Violence, Latinos
      Home Department:  School of Social Work
      Dr. Diana M. Padilla-Medina (Ph.D., NYU; MSW, Columbia University) is a Fulbright Alumna and Assistant Professor. She is currently conducting an evaluation study in collaboration with the Universidad Nacional de Colombia Faculty of Medicine and Asociacion Creemos en Ti to assess a treatment protocol for sexual offending behaviors among Colombian adolescents. Additionally, she is also conducting a study to develop a measure to assess Puerto Rican adolescents' intentions to engage in abusive behaviors in their dating relationships. She, along other colleagues at UTA and abroad, conducted a study to assess the relationship among COVID-19 and intimate partner violence in a racially diverse sample of US adults. She combines her research experience with practice experience with Latino children, adolescents, and families, and policy experience in the areas of citizen security, democracy, and human rights in Latin America. 
    • Vijayan K. Pillai
      Areas of Specialty:  Women's reproductive rights; human rights; reproductive health
      Home Department:  School of Social Work
      Dr. Vijayan K. Pillai (Ph.D., University of Iowa) is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health (FRSPH) and also a Fellow of the American Academy of Epidemiology (FACE). He has conducted several socio-demographic studies in the areas of adolescent fertility, women’s health and welfare issues, HIV/AIDS in Africa, women’s reproductive health in developing countries, and gender issues. He is also interested in global health, national and international social policies related to health and also environmental issues particularly as it affects women and children. He is currently engaged in investigating the impact of stigma on psychosocial health of children living with parents with HIV in Botswana.
    • Kenton Rambsy
      Areas of Specialty:  Black Short Fiction, Hip Hop & Pop Culture, Digital Humanities, Black Feminist Thought
      Home Department:  Department of English
      Dr. Kenton Rambsy (Ph.D., University of Kansas) is an Assistant Professor of African-American literature. His areas of research include 20th- and 21st- century African American short fiction, Hip Hop, and book history.  He is the author of two digital books:  #TheJayZMixtape (2018) and Lost in the City: An Exploration of Edward P. Jones’s Short Fiction (2019).  His on-going Digital Humanities projects use datasets to illuminate the significance of recurring trends and thematic shifts as they relate to black writers and rappers.
    • Jeffrey A. Robbins
      Areas of Specialty: Clinical setting; Psychiatric disorders
      Home Department:  College of Nursing and Health Innovation
      Mr. Jeffrey A. (Jeff) Robbins, RN, BSM (MBA, Amberton University) is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Nursing.  He specializes in teaching in the clinical setting as well as conducting lectures on various psychiatric disorders and medications needed to treat clients both in the hospital and outpatient setting. In addition, he is a life-long advocate of LGBTQA and women's rights and has spent over half his life fighting for animal rights.
    • De'An O. Roper
      Areas of Specialty:  Clinical Social Work and LGBTQ+ Issues
      Home Department:  School of Social Work
      Dr. De'An Roper (Ph.D., Texas Woman's University) is an Assistant Professor of Practice in the School of Social Work. She teaches a variety of courses including direct practice in mental health, macro social work, research methods and substance use disorders courses. She has more than 20 years of clinical experience in social work, including program development and implementation in complex systems of care. Her research interests include sexual and gender minority health disparities, health risk behaviors, substance abuse, mental health and the intersection of technology and health behavior change. She has been trained by the ATTC YMSM+LGBT Center of Excellence to deliver the SAMHSA LGBTQ+ training.
    • Alicia Rita Rueda-Acedo
      Areas of Specialty: Literary Journalism, Contemporary Transatlantic Literature (Mexico and Spain), Hispanic Women Authors, Community Translation
      Home Department: Department of Modern Languages
      Dr. Alicia Rueda-Acedo (Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara) is an Associate Professor of Contemporary Spanish Literature and Translation and Interpreting. She has published in journals such as Hispanófila; Romance Notes, Bulletin of Hispanic Studies and Hispania, and is the author of El periodismo literario de Elena Poniatowska y Rosa Montero (Purdue University Press, 2012). She was a member of the Women’s and Gender Studies Advisory Board from 2009 to 2012 and has taught WOMS 4327/5327: Women in Hispanic Literature, and other graduate and undergraduate courses on Hispanic women authors.
    • Rachel Voth Schrag
      Areas of Specialty:  Intimate Partner Violence, Sexual Assault
      Home Department:  School of Social Work
      Dr Rachel Voth Schrag (she/her) (Ph.D., MSW, Washington University in St. Louis) is an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work.  Her research focuses on secondary and tertiary prevention strategies for survivors of intimate partner violence, particularly community-based survivor centered services.  On-going projects focus on campus-based advocacy, outcomes for survivors who engage with transitional housing programs, and the implementation of evidence-based practices in the violence against women service sector.  She has been working in both research and practice capacities in the field of intimate partner violence intervention for 15 years.
    • Beth Anne Shelton
      Areas of Specialty:  Gender, Work (paid/unpaid, domestic/volunteer), Family
      Home Department:  Department of Sociology and Anthropology
      Dr. Beth Anne Shelton (Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin) is a Professor of Sociology, and Chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. Her published work has focused primarily on the relationship between work and family, with emphasis on the household division of labor between women and men and the implications of this division of labor for women’s employment and earnings. In a current project, she is exploring gender differences in civic engagement and willingness to run for elected office. Dr. Shelton served as the Director of the UTA Women’s Studies Program from 1997 to 2010.
    • Antoinette Sol
      Areas of Specialty: Eighteenth Century Novels, Women's Writing, Francophone Literature, Feminism, Literary Theory
      Home Department: Modern Languages
      Dr. Antoinette Sol (Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles) earned her BA at Loyola Marymount University and her PhD at UCLA before coming to the University of Texas Arlington in 1995 as faculty. After working abroad, she and her husband opened a restaurant-pastry shop in Santa Monica, California. Dealing with customers is helpful for any faculty member. Dr Sol left the patisserie for graduate school. Her area of research concerns identity politics of gender and race in literature of eighteenth-century France. Antoinette Sol was chair of her department and served as chair of the Faculty Senate. She is currently Vice Provost of Faculty Affairs.
    • Amy Speier
      Areas of Specialty:  Medical Anthropology, cross-border reproductive travel
      Home Department:  Department of Sociology and Anthropology
      Dr. Amy Speier (Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh) is an Associate Professor, Medical Anthropologist. She is interested in the reasons that people cross borders to access various kinds of health care, including balneotherapy and assisted reproductive technologies. She is currently writing her second book about international intended parents who travel to the United States for assisted reproduction, including egg donation and surrogacy.
    • Michael F. TenEyck
      Areas of Specialty:  Drugs and crime; Criminological theory; Gendered pathways into delinquency; Developmental and life course criminology
      Home Department:  Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice
      Dr. Michael TenEyck (Ph.D., University of Cincinnati) is an Assistant Professor.  His other research interests include psychological correlates of crime.  He is the recipient of the 2021 Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences Outstanding Mentor Award and has published in outlets such as Social Networks, PLoS ONE, Journal of Quantitative Criminology, and Journal of Psychiatric Research.
    • Amy L. Tigner
      Areas of Specialty:  Early Modern Women's Writing, Food Studies, Shakespeare
      Home Department:  Department of English
      Dr. Amy Tigner (Ph.D., Stanford University) is an Associate Professor of English, teaching Shakespeare, early modern literature, food studies, and knowledge-making courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Author of Literature and the Renaissance Garden from Elizabeth I to Charles II (Ashgate, 2012), she has also co-written with Allison Carruth Literature and Food Studies (Routledge, 2018) and co-edited with David B. Goldstein Culinary Shakespeare (Duquesne UP, 2017). She is the founding editor of Early Modern Studies Journal and a founding member of Early Modern Recipes Online Collective (EMROC), a digital humanities project dedicated to manuscript recipe books.
    • Mary Vaccaro
      Areas of Specialty:  Women as patrons of art, rhetoric of female beauty
      Home Department:  Department of Art History
      Dr. Mary Vaccaro (Ph.D., Columbia University) is a Distinguished Professor of Art History who specializes in sixteenth-century northern Italian painting and drawing. She has published widely on topics ranging from the connoisseurship of Old Master drawings, to spiritual kinship among artists as godfathers, to women as patrons of art, and the rhetoric of female beauty. She is deeply committed to teaching and empowering her students to become better critical thinkeers.
    • Naoko Witzel
      Areas of Specialty:  Psycholinguistics, Lexical acquisition and processing, Bilingualism
      Home Department:  Linguistics & TESOL
      Dr. Naoko Witzel (Ph.D., University of Arizona) is an Associate Professor of Linguistics, and a co-director of the Psycholinguistics Lab. Her research interest is in psycholinguistics, focusing mainly on how first and second language words are acquired, represented, and processed. She has published articles in Cognition, Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, and Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology. She teaches courses on psycholinguistics, second language acquisition, and bilingualism. This AY 2020-2021 is the first time for her to be on the Women’s and Gender Studies Advisory Board.