MA Alumni Profiles

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2015

Isabella Restrepo

Bio

Isabella graduated with a B.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2012 with a major in English and a minor in Feminist Studies. In her year off, Isabella worked on public outreach for Equality California, the largest and oldest LGBT lobbying organization in California. In this time, Isabella also worked for the Mayor of Los Angeles as the LGBT liaison intern. Her current research interests are the social ramifications of gender non-conforming individuals in Western cultures. Isabella hopes to eventually work with gender non-normative youth in the greater Los Angeles area.

Post-MA Employment/Education

  • Pursuing PhD in Feminist Studies, UC-Santa Barbara (2015)

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title

Practicum: Latin@ Equality Alliance with Latino Equality Alliance (Los Angeles, CA)

Committee

Mary Hawkesworth, Brittney Booper, Carlos Decena

Bo Jia

Bio                                

As an undergraduate, Bo Jia majored in History. This not only taught her how to properly analyze facts and increased her knowledge, but it also painted a historical map of the many ups and downs that various countries' women's liberation movements had to navigate through. With her understanding of Gender Studies, she wrote a series of related papers. She also enrolled in a 3-month course at Peking University on Gender Studies, which made her realize that the common knowledge about gender is often misconstrued, as it is a very complex issue. Furthermore, in order to broaden her horizon in the current status of Women's Studies, she has done her internship in Dalian Women’s Studies Institute from July to Sept. 2009. After she graduated, she worked in Dalian Women’s Studies Institute from Sept. 2010 to Jan. 2011, which gave her the opportunity to understand the development process of Women’s Studies.

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title

Thesis: Gender, Women's Liberation, and the Nation-State: A Study of the Chinese Opera 'The White-Haired Girl' 

Committee

Julie Rajan

Deyana Ibrahim

Bio                               

Deyana Ibraham received a B.A. in Women's and Gender Studies and Sociology from Rutgers University in 2009. After graduation, she has held various positions at SHI International Corp. based in Somerset, NJ.

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title

Thesis: Domestic Violence: Challenges for Egyptian Women

RU Core Link

https://rucore.libraries.rutgers.edu/rutgers-lib/46359/

Committee

Mary Hawkesworth, Zakia Salime, Fakhri Haghani

 

 2014

Roya Amirniroumand

Bio

Roya received a B.A. in Psychology with double minors in Substance Abuse and Women and Gender Studies from Ramapo College of NJ. After completing her M.A., she worked as the Women with Pride Coordinator at the Pride Center in South Florida. Roya was accepted into the Clinical Psychology PhD program at Nova Southeastern University and will begin her studies Fall 2015.

Post-MA Employment/Education

  • Pursuing Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, FL (2015) 
  • Women with Pride Coordinator, Pride Center in South Florida

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title

Practicum: Personal Narratives: Finding Universality in Our Lived Experiences with the Tyler Clementi Center (Rutgers)

Committee

 Julie Rajan

Kimberly Rose Buckley

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title                               

Thesis: Prevention or Perpetuation: An Analysis of Youth Sexual Violence Prevention Programs

RU Core Link

https://rucore.libraries.rutgers.edu/rutgers-lib/42367/

Committee

Judith Gerson, Mary Trigg, Marisa Fuentes

 Daniela Gutiérrez

Bio

Daniela Gutiérrez was born in Bogotá, Colombia, where she lived most of her life, except for her elementary school years, when she lived in Piscataway, NJ, and Raleigh, North Carolina. For her bachelor's degree, she majored in Literature, particularly researching gender issues in 19th century French and English, and 20th century Latin American authors.

Post-MA Employment/Education

  •  Pursuing Ph.D. in Gender Studies at Indiana University (2014)

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title

 Thesis: The Displays, Silences, and Aesthetic Possibilities of Museum Fashion's Gendered Geopolitics

RU Core Link

https://rucore.libraries.rutgers.edu/rutgers-lib/44110/

Committee

 Louisa Schein, Abena Busia, Julie Rajan

 Joss Greene

Bio

Joss Greene received his B.A. from Scripps College with a dual major in History and Gender & Women's Studies. His most exciting intellectual work has arisen at the synthesis of his political, creative, academic interests. In his undergraduate years, these projects included examining the racialized citizenship discourses circulating around people with HIV/AIDS and exploring the erasure of race and class differences in the positioning of transgender students as a threat to "shared womanhood" at women's colleges. After graduating college, Joss began working at a San Francisco high school, performed a new dance piece about privilege and representation of trans experience, and deepened his commitment to grassroots queer politics.

Post-MA Employment/Education

  •  Pursuing Ph.D. in Sociology at Columbia Univeristy (2014) 

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title

Practicum: Epistemologies Incarnate: Organizational Systems for Prison Abolitionists with Justice Now (Oakland, CA)

Committee

Mary Hawkesworth

 Amelia Hawbaker

Bio

Amelia holds a B.A. in Sociology from Penn State, and she worked as an AmeriCorps Youth and Community Outreach Coordinator with the American Red Cross, Greater Steuben Chapter prior to her time at Rutgers.

Post-MA Employment/Education

  •  Pursuing Ph.D. in Sociology at Indiana University (2014) 

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title

 Practicum: Politicizing Global Health Inequailty

Committee

 Mary Hawkesworth

 Jeremy LaMaster

Bio

Jeremy LaMaster grew up in both Louisville, KY & Harrisburg. Jeremy held many leadership roles as an undergraduate in a variety of organizations including Fly Magazine, Penn State's only feminist publication, Rainbow Roundtable, the leadership council of Penn State's LGBTA groups, and Delta Lambda Phi, an international social fraternity. Jeremy also interned for Penn State's LGBTA Student Resource Center for 2 years and served as a teaching assistant for introductory Women Studies classes. Recently, Jeremy completed a summer internship with Advocates for Youth, a comprehensive sex education advocacy group in DC. While at Rutgers, Jeremy worked as a Program Assistant for the Institute for Women's Leadership and as a Program Director for the Community Leadership, Action, and Service Project, a program of the IWL. 

Post-MA Employment/Education

  • Administrative and Research Coordinator, Douglass Residential College, Rutgers University 

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title

Practicum: Community Leadership, Action, and Service Program (CLASP): Exploring Pedagogy in Community-Service Learning with the Institute for Women's Leadership (Rutgers University)

Committee

 Mary Hawkesworth, Mary Trigg, Julie Rajan

 Lauren Rankin

Bio

Lauren is a feminist activist and freelance writer living in Asbury Park, NJ. She is a reproductive justice advocate and focuses on the use of shame in teen pregnancy prevention campaigns and abortion restriction laws, as well as state policing of women's bodies and sexualities.

Post-MA Employment/Education

  • Marketing/Communications Associate, Center to Advance Palliative Care, New York City

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title

 Thesis: Shame and Blame Campaign: The Use of Shame in Teen Pregnancy Prevention Campaigns

RU Core Link

https://rucore.libraries.rutgers.edu/rutgers-lib/44215/

Committee

 Cynthis Daniels, Julie Rajan, Charlotte Bunch

 Kiyanna Stewart

Bio

During her undergraduate study at Rutgers, Kiyanna Stewart double majored in Journalism and Africana Studies with a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies. She is interested in the intersections between race and gender, centering her research on black women's literary/poetic cultural production. 

Post-MA Employment/Education

  •  Assistant Director, Paul Robeson Cultural Center, Rutgers University

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title

Thesis: Silence, Syntax, and Sex: Black Women Poets Moving Past a Culture of Dissemblance in the Post-Black Arts Movement

RU Core Link

https://rucore.libraries.rutgers.edu/rutgers-lib/45693/

Committee

 Cheryl Clarke, Nikol Alexander-Floyd, Mary Gossy

 Laura Transue

Bio

 Laura received a B.A. in film from Cornell University in 2010.

Post-MA Employment/Education

  •  Video Production Coordinator, Office of Instructional & Research Technology, Rutgers Univeristy 

 Kaitlyn Wojtowicz

Bio

Kaitlyn received a B.A. in English and Women's and Gender Studies from The College of New Jersey. She is interested in issues of sex, sexuality, intersectionality, popular culture and looking at the world through a feminist lens. Kaitlyn is currently the Sexual Health Education Specialist at Answer’s teen website Sexetc.org. As the Sexual Health Education Specialist, Kaitlyn coordinates timely, medically-accurate, compelling content and works to add new educational features. She also works with the Sex, Etc. magazine’s teen editorial staff.

Post-MA Employment/Education

  •  Sexual Health Education Specialist, Sexetc.org

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title

Thesis: The Construction of an Anti-Feminist Pedagogy in an Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage Curriculum

RU Core Link

https://rucore.libraries.rutgers.edu/rutgers-lib/42487/

Committee

 Mary Trigg, Judith Gerson, Thea Abu El-Haj

 

 2013

 Samantha Bobila

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title

Thesis: The Transcultural Feminist Model: Lived Experiences, Intersectionality & Eating Disorders

RU Core Link

https://rucore.libraries.rutgers.edu/rutgers-lib/39503/

Committee

 Mary Trigg, Judith Gerson, Sarah Rosenfield

 Jordan Greenstein

Bio

Jordan is a graduate of the University of Florida, with a BA in English Literature and a minor in Religious Studies. She was born and raised in Miami, Florida.

Post-MA Employment/Education

  •  Pursuing J.D., Northwestern University School of Law

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title

Thesis: The Story of Soy: A Comparative Analysis of Women in Agriculture in India & the US Using the World's Most Prolific Oilseed

RU Core Link

https://rucore.libraries.rutgers.edu/rutgers-lib/40571/

Committee

 Zakia Salime, Yana Rodgers, Radhika Balakrishnan

 Anastasia Hardin

Bio

Anastasia received a B.A. from Vassar College in Africana/History. Prior to her MA at Rutgers, she worked as an Assistant in the H.E.A.T Department at New York Hotel Trades Council, AFL CIO.

Post-MA Employment/Education

  •  Teacher, Uncommon Schools, New York City 

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title

 Thesis: Making the Dignity of our Labor a Reality: Household Workers Organizing in NYC 1960-1980

RU Core Link

https://rucore.libraries.rutgers.edu/rutgers-lib/39629/

Committee

 Marisa Fuentes, Mary Trigg, Dorothy Cobble

 Megan Kennedy

Bio

Megan Kennedy is a native of a small town in Southwestern Ohio, just north of Cincinnati. She earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, majoring in Mathematics with an emphasis in Statistics, and minoring in Women's Studies.

Post-MA Employment/Education

  •  Campaign Management Analysis, LexisNexis

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title

Thesis: Towards a Feminist Mathematics Pedagogy

 

https://rucore.libraries.rutgers.edu/rutgers-lib/40609/

Committee

 Mary Hawkesworth, Yana Rogers, Kyla Schuller

 Laura Mingers

Bio

Laura Mingers lives in England and graduated in 2010 from Queens’ College, Cambridge University with a BA in history. In her final year she focused on American women’s history and particularly on the history of intimate relations. Whilst at University she also played in the college netball team, served as the President of Queens’ College History Society and was elected as the Communications Officer and then the Secretary for Queens’ College JCR. She received a Fulbright Scholarship for pursing her Masters at Rutgers University where she further explored the relationship between women, work and the family.

Post-MA Employment/Education

  • Desk Officer, Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Association of Southeast Asian Nations Department, London

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title

Thesis: Our Rights are Not for Sale: Motherhood, Citizenship & the U.S. Welfare State 1968-1974

RU Core Link

https://rucore.libraries.rutgers.edu/rutgers-lib/39659/

Committee

 Nancy Hewitt, Marisa Fuentes, Mary Trigg

 Kate Slider

Bio                                

Kate Slider graduated from Juniata College with a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary explorations of gender. Her individualized plan of study has allowed her to explore a range of perspectives on gender from fields such as sociology, peace and conflict studies, and psychology. While at Juniata, Kate became an active member of the college community through various leadership positions and by advocating for social justice on campus. During her undergraduate career, Kate spent a semester in Cheltenham, England which provided her with a valuable international perspective on women. Within the field of women’s and gender studies, Kate is particularly interested in issues relating to gender identity and expression, gender-based discrimination, and violence against women.

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title

Practicum: Reflections on Women's Leadership in Liberia and the Work of Women's Campaign International with Women's Campaign International (Philadelphia, PA)

Committee

Mary Trigg, Radhika Balakrishnan, Julie Rajan

 Sarah Weirich

Bio

Sarah graduated cum laude from Rhodes College in 2005 and was the recipient of the Donald J. Gattas Memorial Award in Middle Eastern Studies for most outstanding work done in the study of the Middle East. Upon graduation, she was awarded the Fulbright Scholarship for 2005-2006 and continued her gender research and Arabic studies as a Pre-Doctoral Fulbright Student Researcher in Jordan. She presented her Fulbright thesis, “Islamist Women in Jordan: Informal Networks, Mobilization, and Islamist Success,” at the Islamic Civilization Initiative in Sidi Bou Saїd, Tunisia in 2006 and remained in Jordan focusing her research on the politics of piety for the next year and a half. After her travels, she graduated from a Master’s program in Near and Middle East Studies with merit at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. Her dissertation proposal entitled “The Da’wa Movement: Spaces for Women to Speak,” received a research and travel grant to Jordan from the Council for British Research in the Levant, which was subsequently published in CBRL’s 2009 Bulletin. During her MA, Sarah worked as a Graduate Assistant to Radhika Balakrishnan and Diane Elson at the Center for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL).

Post-MA Employment/Education

  •  Pursuing Ph.D. in Political Science at Rutgers University

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title

Thesis: Blogging the Gendered Citizen and the Panoptical Web: The Cases of Egypt, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, and Palestine

RU Core Link

https://rucore.libraries.rutgers.edu/rutgers-lib/41947/

Committee

Mary Gossy, Charlotte Bunch, Julie Rajan

 

2012

Genevieve Cato

Bio

Genevieve is a feminist activist who holds a B.A. in International Relations from St. Edward's University with a focus on human rights and women's rights. Her experiences in community and labor organizing informed her undergraduate research focus on issues of social justice, including policies addressing FGM in immigrant communities in the United States and Europe, the Global Gag Rule and its effects on women internationally, and published work on the history of Iraq under the British Mandate in the interwar period. Her work at Rutgers has addressed the human rights of undocumented immigrants and the impact of NAFTA on poverty in Mexico and trends in emigration from Mexico to the United States. Her MA thesis examines "anchor baby" rhetoric on cable news networks through critical discourse analysis and the consequences of this "anchor baby" discourse on the lived experiences of immigrant populations in the United States.

Post-MA Employment/Education

  • Legislative Director, State Representative Mary Gonzalez of Texas.

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title

Thesis: The Anchor Baby: Discursive Constructions of Immigrant Subjects

RU Core Link

https://rucore.libraries.rutgers.edu/rutgers-lib/37385/

Committee

Anna Sampaio, Radhika Balakrishnan, Carlos Decena

Casely Coan

Bio

Casely holds a B.A. in English and Women's Studies from Vassar College.

Post-MA Employment/Education

  • Pursuing Ph.D. in Composition and Rhetoric/Writing Studies at University of Arizona (2013)

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title

Thesis: It feels (w)ri(gh)t(e) to me: Feminist Identity and Academic Writing

RU Core Link

https://rucore.libraries.rutgers.edu/rutgers-lib/37379/

Committee

Mary Trigg, Stacy Klein, Yolanda Martinez-San Miguel

 Neha Kagal

Bio

Neha Kagal has a Masters degree in Social Work from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai with a specialization In Public Health and Therapeutic Counselling. She has worked previously with HIV positive women facing violence, and women in prostitution in Mumbai. For the last three years Neha has been working as an Activist with a Trade Union of Ragpickers in Pune, India. Her work involves rights based advocacy with a focus on health and livelihoods. She is interested in issues related to women, violence and development in the Global South. She also enjoys exploring issues around sexuality, intimacy, caste and class.

Post-MA Employment/Education

  •  Pursuing Ph.D. at the School of Oriental and African Studies at University of London, UK under the supervision of Professor Naila Kabeer.

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title

Practicum: Social Protection Mechanisms: Protecting Rights & Promoting Equality? with the Center for Women's Global Leadership (Rutgers)

Committee

 Savi Bisnath, Mary Hawkesworth

 Lucy Lobo

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title                               

Practicum: Culture & Human Rights with POKATUSA Peace & Development Program (Kenya)

Committee

 Mary Trigg, Julie Ragan, Radhika Balakrishnan

 Aimee Maple

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title                               

Practicum: The Doula Project: Comprehensive Reproductive Justice with the Doula Project (New York, NY)

Committee

 Mary Trigg, Julie Rajan, Cynthia Daniels

 Jennifer Parker

Bio

 Jennifer Parker graduated with honors from Rutgers University in Camden with a B.A. in Women's and Gender Studies. During her undergraduate career, she was awarded a research grant with which she completed a project titled "Mothers of Autistic Children 1940-1978: From Refrigerator Mothers to Neurobiology". With the guidance of Dr. Laurie Bernstein, she inspected how past mental health professionals blamed mothers for their children's autism and traced the etiological shift of the disorder. Jennifer was awarded the Dean's Prize for Undergraduate Research and the Women's Studies Prize for her work on this topic. She participated in and completed the NEW Leadership program run by the Rutgers Center for American Women in Politics, which sparked her interest in women's participation in politics. Jennifer's academic and philanthropic interests are broad, including issues of disability, contemporary and historical constructions of motherhood, women's health, and women and work.

Post-MA Employment/Education

  • Child Protective Services Specialist I, Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, Austin, TX

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title

 Thesis: A Look is Enough: Interviews with Mothers of Children with Autism

RU Core Link

 https://rucore.libraries.rutgers.edu/rutgers-lib/37545/

Committee

 Jocelyn Elise Crowley, Judith Gerson, Mary Trigg

 Sulekha Prasad

Bio

Sulekha Prasad is a graduate of Stony Brook University. She is of South Asian descent, but was born and raised in New York. She has been active in Women's Studies for eight years. Sulekha has worked for the Feminist Majority Alliance of Stony Brook University, Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Association of Stony Brook University, the New York Public Interest Research Group of Stony Brook University, and currently with SAKHI for South Asian Women and Code Pink. Her work has primarily focused on human rights violations of women. On a local level Sulekha has helped educate and orient women who are new immigrants to the U.S., through a program called SAKHI (an anti-domestic violence abuse center).

Post-MA Employment/Education

  • Paid internship program at Kudumbashree, a poverty reduction program in Kerala, India.

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title

Practicum: Engendering the Common's Discourse with the Center for Women's Global Leadership (Rutgers University)

Committee

 Mary Hawkesworth, Marisa Fuentes, Radhika Balakrishnan

 Evan Seehausen

Bio                                 

Evan Seehausen's work focuses on new media studies. He is especially interested in critical games studies and the formation of digital identities. He graduated from Penn State with B.A. degrees in both Philosophy and Women's Studies, where he worked with the Centre County Women's Resource Center as a crisis counselor helping those affected by domestic abuse and sexual assault.

 Abraham Weil

Bio

Abraham Weil completed a B.A. at the University of Redlands, studying Women and Gender Studies, Psychology, Race and Ethnic Studies and Film.

Post-MA Employment/Education

  •  Pursuing Ph.D. in Gender and Women's Studies, University of Arizona (2012)

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title

 Thesis: In Between Bodies: Transitional Space & Feminist Politics

RU Core Link

 https://rucore.libraries.rutgers.edu/rutgers-lib/36672/

Committee

 Jasbir Puar, Judith Gerson, Elizabeth Grosz

Meredith Wells

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title                               

Practicum: City Chickens & Community Gardens :Discussion of Gender & Urban Chicken Farming in NY with Just Food (New York, NY)

Committee

 Ed Cohen, Yolanda Martinez-San Miguel, Mary Gossy

 

 2011

 Alicia Barks

Bio

Alicia Barks graduated in 2006 from Truman State University with a bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, English, and Communications Studies. After a short time as a newspaper reporter, she worked on issues of women's employment and economic security at a national non-profit in Washington, D.C. She came to Rutgers from a social service position in Durham, NC. Her research interests center around the gender dynamics of poverty.

Post-MA Employment/Education

  •  Founder and Designer, Hippocamp Cards, Chicago, IL

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title

 Thesis: Repetition, Alignment & Curvature

RU Core Link

 https://rucore.libraries.rutgers.edu/rutgers-lib/36557/

Committee

 Elizabeth Grosz, Mary Gossy, Karen Alexander

 Kristen Catena

Bio

 Kristen Catena has a B.A. in Sociology from Susquehanna University.

Post-MA Employment/Education

  • Research Associate, Institute for Families (Rutgers University)
  • Research Assistant, Center for Research on Child Wellbeing (Princeton University)
  • Research Assistant, Center for Behavioral Health Services and Criminal Justice Research (Rutgers University)

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title

 Thesis: Coming Out of the Confessional: James E. McGreevey and the Gay American Construct

RU Core Link

 https://rucore.libraries.rutgers.edu/rutgers-lib/31017/

Committee

 Louisa Schein, Ethel Brooks, Carlos Decena

 Tara Chetty

Bio

Tara Chetty is a feminist activist from Suva, who has a long history of engagement with the Fiji Women’s Rights Movement. She was a former FWRM Management Board member, Young Women’s Working Group member and a former Communications Officer. Tara left the Movement in 2009, to pursue a Master of Arts in Women’s and Gender Studies in the United States, on a Fulbright scholarship.  In the course of her academic research, she worked with the Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition (WHRDIC), then based out of the Centre for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL) at Rutgers University. After graduation in 2011, Tara returned to Fiji and human rights work in the Pacific, with the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Pacific Regional Office.

Post-MA Employment/Education

  •  Executive Director, Fiji Women's Rights Movement

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title

Practicum: Imagining Women Human Rights Defenders: Neoliberalism, NGOs and Transnational Feminist Activism with Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition (Center for Women's Global Leadership 

Committee

 Angelique Hauderud, Ethel Brooks, Yana Rodgers

 Thuli Dlamini

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title                                

 Practicum: Spotlight on Girls with Women & Girls in the Media 

Committee

 Cheryl Clarke, Judith Gerson, Yana Rodgers

 Jessica Landers

Bio

Jessica Landers received a B.A. from Indiana University in Psychology, Gender Studies, and Human Sexuality. After completing her M.A. at Rutgers, she worked an an on-call advocate at a rape crisis center in Texas and as a campaign associate for the United Way.

Post-MA Employment/Education

  • Volunteer Coordiantor, Concho Valley Rape Crisis Center, San Angelo, TX.
  • Campaign Associate, United Way Worldwide, San Angelo, TX.
  • On-Call Advocate, Concho Valley Rape Crisis Center, San Angelo, TX

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title

Thesis: The Modern Vampire Phenomenon Paradox: Simultaneous Contradictions and Unlimited Limits

RU Core Link

 https://rucore.libraries.rutgers.edu/rutgers-lib/31111/

Committee

 Ed Cohen, Ethel Brooks, Louisa Schein

 

 2010

Rebecca Brafman

Bio

Rebecca Brafman holds a B.A. from Columbia University in Women's Studies and an M.D. from Mount Sinai School of Medicine of New York University. She is currently a resident physician in emergency medicine at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Rebecca is also a member of the U.S. Women's Eagles rugby team, a team of U.S.A. Rugby.

Post-MA Employment/Education

  • Resident Physician in Emergency Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY. 

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title

Practicum: Tackling Adversity: The Transformative Power of Rugby on the Lives of Teenage Girls with New York Rugby Club (New York, NY)

Committee

 Mary Trigg, Yana Rodgers, Julie Rajan

 Ria DasGupta

Bio

Ariana 'Ria' Dasgupta is a Douglass Alumna. She has worked as a Program Assistant at the Center for Women's Global Leadership and as an adjunct professor at Brookdale Community College and Georgian Court University. Ria is also co-foudner and principal dancer with Kalamandir Dance Company. She currently directs the Global Village and Peer Academic Leaders program.

Post-MA Employment/Education

  • Director, Global Village and Peer Academic Leaders program, Douglass Residential College, Rutgers University. 

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title

Practicum: Women’s Rights as Human Rights and the "End of History:" Contextualizing the Proceeding of the Strategic Conversation on Addressing Gaps in the Defense of Women Human Rights Defender with Women Human Rights Defenders: International Coalition

Committee

 Daniel Goldstein, Radhika Balakrishnan, Yana Rogers

Kayo Denda

Bio

Kayo Denda is the women’s studies librarian at Rutgers University Libraries. Her major responsibilities include collection development of resources on women and gender and the liaison work with the Women’s and Gender Studies Department and the institutes and centers at Rutgers dedicated to examine the women’s issues locally and globally. For the last couple of years, Kayo has been interested in ways to improve access to information in the interdisciplinary fields in general and in women’s studies in particular. She would like to immerse herself in the disciplinary knowledge and culture through the M.A. program and experience the actual information needs of the women’s studies community, as well as to reinvigorate the library services more closely with the needs of its users. Also, as someone who was born in Japan, brought up in Brazil, and a resident of the U.S. since 1979, Kayo has great interest in immigration experiences, movements of people, and subjectivities. Prior to coming to Rutgers Libraries in 2000, she worked at the Institute for Advanced Study, Historical Studies - Social Science Library in Princeton, New Jersey.

Post-MA Employment/Education

  • Head, Margery Somers Foster Center and Women's Studies Librarian, Douglass Library, Rutgers University. 

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title

Practicum: Archival Resources Remiagined: a Feminist Examinatin of  Latin American 20th Century Pamphlets with Rutgers University Libraries (Rutgers University)

RU Core Link

 https://rucore.libraries.rutgers.edu/rutgers-lib/45587/

Committee

 Carlos Decena, Yana Rogers, Nancy Hewitt

Amanda Heimann

Bio

Amanda Avery Heimann received a B.A. in Women's and Gender Studies from Skidmore College in 2007.

Post-MA Employment/Education

  •  Residential Specialist, Capitol Care, Inc. (Flanders, NJ) 

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title

Practicum: Creating the Teen Sex Book for the Masakhane Center with Masakhane Center (Newark, NJ)

Committee

Cheryl Clarke, Judith Gerson, Yana Rodgers

Somer Phegley

Bio

Somer Phegley received a B.S. in Accountancy from Arizona State University, W.P. Carey School of Business.

Post-MA Employment/Education

  • Statewide Senior Accountant / Business Analyst, Arizona Department of Administration, Phoenix, AZ

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title

 Practicum: A Theoretical & Practical Look at Domestic Violence Service Delilvery

Committee

 Sarah MacMahon, Mary Trigg, Yana Rodgers

Rebecca Richman

Bio

 Rebecca Richman received a B.A. in English and Women's Studies from West Chester University of Pennsylvania. While at Rutgers, she worked as an editorial intern for Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society. After completing her M.A., Rebecca held positions at Community Legal Services in Philadelphia and the AIDS Law Project of Philadelphia. She is currently pursuing a J.D. at Brooklyn Law College.

Post-MA Employment/Education

  •  Pursuing J.D. at Brooklyn Law College

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title

Practicum: Unfinished Revolutions and Interdisciplinary Challenges in Feminist Knowledge Production with Signs: Jounral of Women in Culture and Society (Rutgers University)

Committee

 Julie Ragan, Judith Gerson, Phillip Rothwell

Elaine Zundl

Bio

Elaine Zundl is the Dean of the Douglass Project for Rutgers Women in Math, Science, and Engineering at Douglass. As the Dean of the Douglass Project, Elaine works to develop programs that recruit and retain women in the STEM fields. In addition, she also teaches Knowledge and Power: Issues in Women's Leadership. Her research interests include the impact of gender and same-sex programs on women in STEM, feminist science studies, and feminist pedagogy. She also holds a B.A. from Rutgers in English and Religion.

Post-MA Employment/Education

  • Dean, Douglass Project for Rutgers Women in Math, Science, and Engineering, Rutgers University

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title

Thesis: "Coerced and Irrational": Challenging Representations of Muslim Women in the Context of the U.S. War on Terror

RU Core Link

 https://rucore.libraries.rutgers.edu/rutgers-lib/34088/

Committee

 Jasbir K. Puar, Carlos Decena, Elizabeth Grosz

 

 2009

Kathryn Blake

Bio

Kathryn Blake received both a B.A. and an M.A. in Women's and Gender Studies at Rutgers. Upon completing her Master's degree, Kathryn servied as President of the Women's Law Society and held positions at the Stalking Resource Center, Immigration and Human Rights Clinic, and the Juvenile and Special Education Law Clinic. She received a J.D. at the David A. Carke School of Law at the University of the District of Columbia.

Post-MA Employment/Education

  • Law Clerk, American Bar Association Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence, Washington, D.C. 

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title

Thesis: A Contemporary Feminist Critique of Psychoanalysis Through Gilles Deleuze & Felix Guatarri

RU Core Link

 https://rucore.libraries.rutgers.edu/rutgers-lib/25764/

Committee

Liz Grosz, Josephine Diamond, Ed Cohen

 Lindsay Currie

Bio

Lindsay holds a B.A. in History, Political Science, and Women's Studies from Monmouth Univeristy and a Master's certificate in Public Relations from Monmouth University. After completing her M.A. at Rutgers, Lindsay worked as a Membership Coordinator and as a Director of Communications and Membership at the Council on Undergraduate Research.

Post-MA Employment/Education

  • Director, Communications and Membership, Council on Undergraduate Research, Washington, D.C.

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title

Thesis: Consciousness Raised: Women Increasing Health Literacy from Our Bodies, Ourselves to Breastcancer.org

RU Core Link

 https://rucore.libraries.rutgers.edu/rutgers-lib/26151/

Committee

Nancy Hewitt, Joanna Kempner, Yana Rodgers

 Alexandria Dick

Bio

Alexandria holds a B.A. from SUNY Buffalo in Sociology and Spanish. While at Rutgers, she held various research assistant positions. After graduation, she was a volunteer with Sar-El in Israel.

Post-MA Employment/Education

  • Researcher/Youth Development, Education Management, Israel

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title

 Thesis: Transforming Witnesses to Actors: 100+ Men Against Domestic Violence

RU Core Link

 https://rucore.libraries.rutgers.edu/rutgers-lib/26462/

Committee

 Sarah MacMahon, Cheryl Clarke, Yana Rodgers

 Mary Durkee

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title                                

 Thesis: The Haunted Courtyard: Rear Window’s Lost Maternal Spaces

RU Core Link

 https://rucore.libraries.rutgers.edu/rutgers-lib/26264/

Committee

 Beth Hutchison, Jane Sloane, Yana Rodgers

 Katarina Lončarević

Bio

Katarina received an M.Phil in Political Sciences from University of Belgrade, and she is currently an Assistant Researcher at the Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Belgrade. She is Chair of the Belgrade Women’s Studies Board and co-edits the Journal for Feminist Theory. Her research interests include political philosophy, history of political ideas, contemporary political theories, feminist epistemology, feminist philosophy and political theory.

Post-MA Employment/Education

  •  Assistant Researcher, Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Belgrade

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title

 Thesis: Feminist Epistemology and Foucault

RU Core Link

 https://rucore.libraries.rutgers.edu/rutgers-lib/26353/

Committee

 Liz Grosz, Ed Cohen, Harriet Davidson

 Nathalie Margi

Bio

Nathalie Margi is deeply committed to supporting grassroots human rights defenders and ensuring that global priorities are defined and driven by their experiences. She has engaged in international policy advocacy for women's rights in NY with the Center for Women's Leadership, the Women's Environment and Development Organization, the International Women's Health Coalition, and the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders. With Heartland Alliance for Human Needs and Human Rights, she managed projects on LGBTI rights and women's leadership in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake and launched programs in Lebanon to prevent and respond to gender-based violence in the context of the Syrian crisis. She also worked with the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran, taught an intensive college course on the UN, and helped organize workshops in the DRC to help implement UN Security Council Resoultions on Women, Peace, and Security at the local level. Nathalie earned an LL.M. in International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law from the University of Essex in addition to an M.A. from Rutgers.

Post-MA Employment/Education

  •  Senior Program Officer, Urgent Action Fund for Women's Human Rights, New York, NY

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title

Practicum: A Practicum at the Collective for Research and Training for Development in Beirut, Lebanon with Collective for Research and Training for Development (Beirut, Lebanon)

Committee

 Charlotte Bunch, Dorothy Hodgson, Joanna Regulska

 Jessica Mertz

Bio

Jessica holds a B.A. in English at St. Joseph’s University. After completing her MA at Rutgers, she worked as a domestic violence project coordinator and outreach worker at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, as a domestic violence counselor at Women in Transition and as a Victim Advocate for the Victim Services Center of Montgomery County, Pa. Since 2010, Mertz has served as the Associate Director of the Penn Women’s Center and chaired the University-wide Penn Violence Prevention Committee. She serves on campus Title IX and sexual harassment working groups and also on Philadelphia’s Sexual Assault Advisory Council. She began her current position at Penn in 2014.

Post-MA Employment/Education

  • Director of Student Sexual Violence Prevention and Education, University of Pennsylvania

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title

Practicum: Feminist Values vs. Jesuit Ideals: Establishing the Kristin Mitchell Foundation with the Kristen Mitchell Foundation

Committee

 Sarah MacMahon, Cheryl Clarke, Yana Rodgers

 Zara Rapoport

Bio

 Zara holds a B.A. in women's and gender studies, photography, and English from Wesleyan University and an M.A. in International relations and Affairs from Columbia University. She has worked as a consultant and researcher on numerous human and women's rights-related projects, including the Man Up Campaign and various projects under the auspices of Plan International.

Post-MA Employment/Education

  • Adolescent Girl Policy and Advocacy Advisor, Plan International, New York, NY

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title

 Practicum: Bridging Global and Transnational Feminism with UNIFEM

Committee

 Yana Rodgers, Joanna Regulska, Beth Hutchsion

 Lana Sacks

Bio

Lana received a B.A. in History and Art History from Rutgers. After completing her MA, she worked with In the Life Media, Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey, and NJ LEEP, Inc. at Seton Hall Law School.

Post-MA Employment/Education

  •  Domestic Violence Response Team Coordinator, YWCA Union County

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title

 Practicum: A Practicum at the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation with the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation

Committee

 Carlos Decena,Cheryl Clarke, Josephine Diamond

 Julie Salthouse

Bio

Julie Salthouse is the Council Director for Girls on the Run of Hunterdon, Bucks & Warren Counties.  As Council Director, she oversees all council operations, with the goal of providing the best possible experience to the program's girls, their families, and coaches. Julie has 10 years of experience working with girls in various capacities, including within secondary school classrooms, nontraditional educational settings, and nonprofit programs focused on women's and girls' leadership and human rights on local, national, and international scales. Previously she served as the Chapter Director for Girls Learn International, and the Program Coordinator of the 16 Days Campaign at the Center for Women's Global Leadership.  She is a certified English teacher, and holds an MA in Women's and Gender Studies and an EdM in Counseling Psychology, both from Rutgers University. In addition to overseeing Girls on the Run, Julie also brings her passion for social justice to The College of New Jersey, where she teaches in the Women's and Gender Studies Department. Julie loves reading, travel, documentary film, and jogging, and lives in northern NJ with her husband, Matt, and two beagles, Simon and Savannah. 

Post-MA Employment/Education

  • Council Director, Girls on the Run of Hunterdon, Bucks & Warren Counties

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title

 Thesis: Mark My Words: Girls' Voice Development in the High School Leadership Program

RU Core Link

 https://rucore.libraries.rutgers.edu/rutgers-lib/26154/

Committee

 Joanna Regulska, Mary Trigg, Yana Rodgers

 Cassandra Scherr

Post-MA Employment/Education

  • Administrative Secretary, Department of American Indian Studies, University of North Dakota

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title

 Practicum: Narratives of Beauty: An In-Depth Look at How Film Can Further Discussions of Narrative and Knowledge

Committee

 Yana Rodgers, Judith Gerson, Mary Hawkesworth

 

2008

Saundra Addison-Britto

Bio

Saundra Addison-Britto holds a B.A. in Theology from the College of St. Elizabeth and a Certificate in Theological Studies from the Newark School of Theology.

Post-MA Employment/Education

  • Financial and Business Manager, Greater Raritan Workforce Investment Board
  • Adjustct Faculty, Rutgers University, Farleigh Dickinson University and The College of New Jersey

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title

Practicum: Gender and Spirituality: Locating Spaces Within Feminist's Discourse for Theorizing Spirituality with Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society (Rutgers University)

 Kimberly Gomes

Bio

Kimberly Gomes holds a B.A. in Psychology and Women's Studies from the University of Virginia.

Post-MA Employment/Education

  • Educational Coordinator, Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, D.C.
  • Field Director, Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title

Practicum: A Practicum at Girls Inc.

Committee

Yana Rodgers, Louisa Schein, Josephine Diamond

 Melodie Hunter

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title                              

Practicum: At the Crossroads of Theory and Practice: The Women's Environment and Development Organization with Women's Environment and Development Organization (WEDO), NYC

Committee

Ethel Brooks, Harriet Davidson, Judith Gerson

 Allison MacMunn

Bio

 Allison MacMann holds a B.A. in English from Indiana State University.

Post-MA Employment/Education

  • National Director, Media Relations at American Lung Association, Chicago
  • Public Relations Manager, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Chicago

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title

Practicum: Linking Women: Coalition Building and Online Discourse with Center for Women's Global Leadership (Rutgers University)

Committee

 Charlotte Bunch

 Morgan McLoughlin

Bio                                 

Morgan McLoughlin holds a B.A. in Women's Studies from University of California, Santa Cruz.

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title

Practicum: Severed Bodies: Representation, Identity, Reproductive Politics, and Feminism with Women's Medical Fund (Philadelphia, PA). 

Committee

Mary Trigg, Sue Carroll, Cynthia Daniels

 Hoa Thi Mai Nguyen

Bio                                

Hoa Thi Mai Nguyen received a Vietnamese Student Fulbright Scholarship for her study at Rutgers.

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title

Practicum: Feminist Theories and WEDO Practices with Women's Environment and Development Organization (WEDO), NYC

Committee

 Mary Hawkesworth, Yana Rodgers, Robyn Rodriguez

 Colleen Reilly

Bio

 Colleen Reilly holds a B.A. in Gender Studies from Indiana University.

Post-MA Employment/Education

  •  Analyst, Humana Foundation, Louiseville, KY

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title

Practicum: BUST-ing Out: A Theoretical Look at the Work of a Third Wave Feminist Magazine with BUST Magazine (New York CitY0

Committee

Mary Trigg, Barbara Balliet, Yana Rodgers

 Cindy Serrato

Bio                                 

Cindy Serrato was born in Mexico and raised in the United States southwest. She served two AmeriCorps terms under the National Civilian Community Corps (NCC) in Washington, D.C. Thereafter, she returned to Las Vegas where she earned a Bachelors degree in Anthropology from the University of Nevada Las Vegas. Before saying goodbye to UNLV, she spent a semester abroad in Chengdu, China. She also had the privilege of participating in the National Education for Womens (NEW) Leadership, Nevada that furthered her feminist involvement on campus and in the community. Cindy completed her practicum at the Center for American Women and Politics as the NEW Leadership, NJ Program Assistant in 2007. Cindy's interests include women's leadership, leadership development, and munticultural education.

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title

Practicum: Lunch, Business Cards, and Skills Provided: Practicum Report to the Center for American Women and Politics with the Center for American Women in Politics (Rutgers University)

Committee

 Susan J. Carroll, Mary K. Trigg, and Mary S. Hartman

 

2007

Soheli Azad

Bio

After completing her M.A. at Rutgers on a Fulbright Scholarship, Soheli Azad received a Ph.D. from the University of Dhaka with a focus on globalization, internal migration and gender relations, and women working in readymade garment industries. She previously held positions in Human Resources, including at ActionAid Bangladesh.

Post-MA Employment/Education

  • Associate Professor, Department of Women's and Gender Studies, University of Dhaka.

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title

Practicum: Migration, Gender Relations, and Organizational Intervention: Experiences with Manavi, a Non Governmental Organization, New Jersey

Committee

Robyn Rodriguez, Yana Rodgers, Ethel Brooks

 Kristina Gupta

Bio

Upon completing an M.A. at Rutgers, Kristina Gupta pursued a Ph.D. in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Emory University. She graduated in 2013. Kristina also holds a B.A. from Georgetown Unviersity in History and Women's Studies.

Post-MA Employment/Education

  • Assistant Professor, Women's, Gender, and Sexaulity Studies, Wake Forest University

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title

Practicum: Making Women Visible with the National Women's History Museum (Washington, D.C.)

Committee

 Yana Rodgers, Nancy Hewitt, Sue Cobble

 Meredith Hall

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title                                

Thesis: An Aperture in Knowing: The Dangerous Future of Feminist Theory in an Academic Economy of Dissent

Committee

 Ed Cohen, Harriet Davidson, Liz Grosz

 Lisa Hetfield

Bio

Lisa Hetfield is currently the Associate Director and Director of Development for the Institute for Women's Leadership consortium at Rutgers. In that role, she raises funds to support leadership programs, research initiatives, and public service activities of the consortium as well as oversees the day-to-day operations of the organization. She is co-founder of several leadership programs at Rutgers, including the IWL High School Leadership Certificate Program and the Senior Leadership Program for Professional Women. In additon to an M.A. from Rutgers, she also holds a B.A. from Carnegie Mellon University.

Post-MA Employment/Education

  • Associate Director and Director of Development, Institute for Women's Leadership, Rutgers University 

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title

 Practicum: Feminist Interventions: Creating New Institutional Spaces for Women at Rutgers 

Committee

 Mary Hartman, Mary Hawkesworth, Barbara Balliet

 

2006

 Alyssa Best

Bio

Hailing from Richmond, Virginia, Alyssa Best focused her graduate work on reproductive politics, feminist activism, and young women's leadership. She incorporated her graduate training into her pedagogy as an Instructor of Shaping a Life, a first-year mission course at Douglass College. She also spent her graduate career working at the Institute for Women's Leadership at Rutgers, which fueled her passion for leadership development. She completed her practicum at the Pro-Choice Public Education Project in NYC, where she served as the Leadership Coordinator of a national young women's leadership council. She currently serves as a career coach for college women and young professionals with the ultimate goal of helping others find and sustain lifelong careers in the feminist movement. 

Post-MA Employment/Education

  • Career Coach, alyssabest.com
  • Co-founder and contributor, LYJnow.com
  • Career Center Staff, American University

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title

Practicum: Building an Inclusive Movement: Young Women's Leadership and the Future of Reproductive Justice with Pro-Choice Public Education Project (NYC)

Committee

Mary Trigg, Samira Kawash, Cynthia Daniels

 Lara Cassell

Bio

Lara Cassell is originally from Brooklyn, New York. She received dual Bachelor's degrees from Stony Brook University, where she completed majors in Women's Studies and Humanities as well as minors in Philosophy and Studio Art. During her tenure at Rutgers, Lara focused on the field of reproductive politics, including public policy, the political economy of access, and the theoretical frameworks employed by feminists, the state, and anti-"choice" activists in lobbying for, and enactment of, reproductive policy. Lara conducted her practicum in the public policy department of NARAL Pro-Choice NY.

Post-MA Employment/Education

  •  Communications Manager, The White House Project, NYC

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title

Practicum: Advocacy, the State, and the Politics of Contraception with NARAL Pro-Choice NY (NYC)

Committee

 Cynthia Daniels, Ethel Brooks, Susan Carroll

Nicole DeNino

Post-MA Employment/Education

  • Head Teacher Pre-K 4, Saint Stephen of Hungary School, New York, NY

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title

Practicum: Perspectives from the Bottom Up: The Lived Experiences of Grassroots Women's Activism in Africa with Grassroots Organizations Operating Together in Sisterhood

Committee

 Mary Gossy, Joanna Regulska, Julie Livingston

Jessica Gamble

Bio

Jessie Gamblereceived her B.A. with Specialized Honors from Drew University in May 2003. She majored in Women’s Studies and minored in Economics. While at Rutgers, Jesse conducted her practicum on LGBT youth with Graduate Professor Cheryl Clarke.

Post-MA Employment/Education

  • Program Faculty, Women's and Gender Studies, The College of New Jersey

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title

Practicum: Bending the Boundaries of Identity: Creating & Editing a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning/Queer Youth Anthology with the Office of Diverse Community Affairs (Rutgers University)

Committee

Cheryl Clarke, Samira Kawash, Beth Hutchison

 Cynthia Gorman

Bio

Cynthia Gorman received a B.A. in Political Science from Bates College and an M.A. in Women’s and Gender Studies from Rutgers University. While at Rutgers, Cynthia directed the Community Leadership Action and Service Project (CLASP) at the Institute for Women's Leadership, a program which she developed through her Master's practicum with the Institute. After completing her PhD in 2013, Cynthia worked as an Instructor of Leadership Studies at West Virginia University. Her research focuses on the gender politics of nationalisms, the geopolitical context of human rights discourse, refugee-asylum law in the post-Cold War era, and the development of gender-based persecution jurisprudence in the United States. Other interests include community-based activism and feminist pedagogies.

Post-MA Employment/Education

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, West Virginia University

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title

Practicum: Feminist Experiential Learning with Institute for Women's Leadership (Rutgers University) 

Committee

Mary Trigg, Joanna Regulska, Carlos Decena

 Sarah McCoy-Harms

Bio

Sarah's graduate work only galvanized her dedication to issues of gender-based violence. She has over ten years experience working to promote healthy and equitable communities, with emphasis on developing coordinated community response. 

Post-MA Employment/Education

  • Doula, Birth Justice Project, Bay Area, CA
  • Non-profit Consultant, San Francisco, CA

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title

Practicum: Local, Global, or Virtual? Negotiating a Space In-Between for the Transnational Women's Human Rights Movement with International Network for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (NYC)

Committee

 Yana Rodgers, Cheryl Clarke, Evan Stark

 Julie Miele

Bio

Julie Miele came to Rutgers from Glendale, New York, where she has lived for most of her 28 years. She is a graduate of Hunter College of the City University of New York, where she earned a Bachelor of the Arts in English and Secondary Education in 1999. While at Hunter, Julie began her career as a teacher, tutoring at the college's Writing Center and instructing an undergraduate writing course. For the last five years, she has been a high school teacher in New York City teaching English Language Arts both to American students and to foreign students for whom English is a second language. Her professional goal is to combine her background in education with her interest in gender studies to teach others - particularly women - to read literature, to write, to think critically, to appreciate the history of women and to understand and overcome the challenges that women face today. Her interests include reading, writing, traveling, the media, and all things natural. Julie conducted her practicum at the Girls Inc Media Literacy Program in New York City.

Post-MA Employment/Education

  • Assistant Principal, NYC Department of Education, Sunset Park High School, NYC

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title

 Practicum: Media Literacy with Girls, Inc. (NYC)

Committee

 Barbara Balliet, Ed Cohen, Harriet Davidson

 Elizabeth Woodruff

Bio                                 

In the spring of 2001 Elizabeth graduated from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington with a BA in Global Development Studies. Eager to apply a critical feminist lens to areas of inquiry imbued in analyses of commodification, power, and resistance, Elizabeth began work in the Women's and Gender Studies Department at Rutgers as a member of the first incoming class of Ph.D. students in the fall of 2002. Since then, Elizabeth decided to pursue an M.A. degree and received it in October. Her area of sustained study is the corporeality of the Mexican painter Frida Kahlo. She began field-work in Mexico in the summer of 2004 supported by a grant from the North American Mobility Project. She is deeply committed to contributing to feminist writings on embodiment, especially as they relate to theories of resistance and pedagogy. She has taught the W&GS undergraduate introductory course and a theory course. She is currently attempting to integrate her research interests and academic training with a career in radio journalism as a form of creative praxis. Elizabeth is the mother of a budding feminist; two-year-old River Woodruff. 

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title

 Thesis: Writing the Body in Literature and Art

Committee

 Mary Hawkesworth, Harriet Davidson, Elizabeth Grosz

 

2005

 Amy Bain

Bio

Amy Bain received a B.A. from UC Berkeley. After completing her M.A., she worked as an International Advocacy Officer with the Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women in Bangkok.

Post-MA Employment/Education

  • Senior Policy Associate, Center for Women Policy Studies, Washington, D.C. 

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title

Practicum: Creating Asian Women Space on the Rutgers Campus

Committee

Cynthia Daniels, Sue Carroll, Jane Junn

 Andrea Collard

Bio                                 

Andrea Collard graduated in January 2005 with a Master of Arts in Women's and Gender Studies, and a Certificate in Medieval Studies. She defended her thesis in December 2004. Andrea has worked as an adjunct professor of English at Middlesex County College in Edison, New Jersey, and also as a data entry operator at Rutgers University Alumni Records and Gifts Processing. She looks forward to eventually pursuing a PhD in an interdisciplinary field; she has a myriad of interests, and she hasn't settled on one area as yet.

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title

Thesis: On Her Knees: Eros and Elation in the Life of Mary of Egypt

Committee

 Jennifer Jones, Samira Kawash, Stacy Klein

 Ingrid Dahl

Bio

Ingrid directs all Next Generation (youth) programs at BAVC. Formerly a program officer of youth media and editor-in-chief of Youth Media Reporter at the Academy for Educational Development, Ingrid has extensive knowledge of the youth media field as an intermediary, leading a National Youth Media Summit in 2009 and the GFEM Investing in Youth Media funder briefing. She also has a history of working with youth on the ground, launching a middle grade "Youth Create Media Project" throughout the boroughs in New York City and Newark, NJ; and, she is a founding member of the Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls (Brooklyn, NY) where she teaches girls expression/empowerment through music and collaboration. Dahl lectures nationally and internationally on youth media, gender and music, and social change. She has also taught courses at Rutgers University on imagery and culture, media and pop culture, as well as created her own course on Riot Grrrl and public speaking at the Barnard Center for Research on Women.

Post-MA Employment/Education

  •  Director of Next Gen Programs, Bay Area Video Coalition

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title

Practicum: "I Want to Rock Out!" On Acting Rather than Appearing: The Rock n' Roll Camp for Girls with Rock n' Roll Camp for Girls (NYC) 

Committee

Ethel Brooks, Judith Gerson, Mary Trigg

 Sana Khshieboun

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title                                

Practicum: Women, War and Peace with UN Development Fund for Women

Committee

 Louisa Schein, Jasbir Puar, Charlotte Bunch

 Jemima Mawenya

Post-MA Employment/Education

  • Meeting Planner, American Public Transportation Association, Washington, D.C. 

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title

Practicum: Women and Inheritance Laws in Tanzania with International Senior Lawyers Project (NYC)

Committee

Meredith Turshen, Dorothy Hodgson, Charlotte Bunch

 Simpdy Merelan

Bio

Simpdy Merelan, a Haitian-American woman from Neptune, New Jersey, graduated from Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Africana Studies in 2002 and an M.A. degree in October 2005. As Department of Justice Grant/Sexual Assault Response and Prevention Program Coordinator, Ms. Merelan coordinated sexual assault prevention efforts at Bowie State University. She was also responsible for conducting sexual and dating violence outreach on campus. Prior to Bowie State University, she served in various student and academic affairs capacities. She acted as an Academic Counselor for Mercer County Community College, Residence Director for Rutgers University - Douglass College Office of Residence Life, a Residential Director for the Upward Bound Program at University of Maryland-Baltimore County, and a Part-time Lecturer for the Women's and Gender Studies Program at Rutgers University. Ms. Merelan also served as a volunteer domestic violence and sexual assault victim advocate for a non-profit organization that provides resources to those affected by domestic violence and sexual assault, Womanspace, Inc.

Post-MA Employment/Education

  • Crisis Services Manager, DC Rape Crisis Center, Washington, D.C. 

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title

Thesis: Speaking the Unspeakable: Trauma, Memory, and Articulations of Black Women's Subjectivity in the Works of Edwidge Danticat, Gayl Jones, and Toni Morrison

Committee

 Cheryl Clarke, Wesley Brown, Harriet Davidson

 Amber Shipley

Bio

Amber Shipley graduated from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington in 2000 with a degree in politics. She spent the next four years working with nonprofit organizations in Seattle and New York including: Women's Funding Alliance, Washington Community Alliance for Self-Help (CASH), SMARTgirls, Girls Incorporated, and SeattleWomen.org, an organization she founded. Amber also managed the re-election campaign for a State Representative in Washington State and participated in a nine month program for future Democratic leaders. These experiences helped develop her interest in women and politics, which she pursued as a Master's degree student in the Women's and Gender Studies program. Amber also received a Master's in Public Policy with a concentration in Women and Public Policy and worked with Center on Women and Public Policy at the Humphrey Institute at the University of Minnesota. 

Post-MA Employment/Education

  •  Director, Barbary Coast Consulting, San Francisco, CA

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title

Thesis: Practical Theory and Feminist Politics: An Analysis of Feminist Political Organizations and the Current Women's Electoral Movement

Committee

Susan Carroll, Mary Hawkesworth, Judith Gerson

 Rosalie Siemon Lochner

Bio

Rosalie Siemon Lochner earned a B.A. degree in Philosophy from Boston University, and has M.A. degrees in Women’s and Gender Studies from Rutgers University and in Philosophy from DePaul University, where she is completed her Ph.D in 2013. Her dissertation is titled: “Arendt and Spivak: A Feminist Approach to Political Worlding and Appearing.” Her work concentrates on political, ethical and feminist issues. She also works on questions related to child agency in medical ethics. Her M.A. theses considered the ethical dimensions of Martin Heidegger and Gayatri Spivak and the ethical and political margins in Sophocles’ Antigone. She enjoys reading and contributing to food blogs, hiking with her family, and distance running.

Post-MA Employment/Education

  • Visiting Instructor, Department of Philosophy, Loyola Marymount University

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title

Thesis: No One is Never the Other: Translation and an Ethics of Cohabitation in Difference

Committee

Harriet Davidson, Mary Gossy, Jasbir Puar

 Tara Wisniewski

Bio

Tara Wisniewski completed her M.A. in May 2005. She began work at the Center for Reproductive Rights in 2001 as a Development Associate and was promoted to Foundation Relations Manager in 2005. She later served in positions at Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan New Jersey and the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. In addition to this work, she also has a husband and a daughter.

Post-MA Employment/Education

  • Senior Director of Corporate Development, Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers, NYC

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title

Practicum: Mapping Feminist Theory and Litigation: Minors' Sex, Privacy Rights, and the Issue of "Consent" with Center for Reproductive Rights (NYC)

Committee

Samira Kawash, Arlene Stein, Beth Hutchison

 

2004

 Emily Bent

Bio

Dr. Emily Bent earned a doctorate in Global Women's Studies from the National University of Ireland, Galway in 2013. Her dissertation explored girls' political subjectivity and agency at the UN Commission on the Status of Women. She also holds a BA from The College of New Jersey. Her research interests include girls' political agency, youth activism, feminist theories, girls' human rights, third and fourth wave feminist activism, and transnational and global girlhoods.

Post-MA Employment/Education

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Women's and Gender Studies, Pace University, NYC

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title

Thesis: Differential Consciousness and the (Re)Translation of Women's Leadership Programs: From Theory to Practice and Back Again

Committee

Joanna Regulska, Mary Trigg, Mary Hartman

Suzanne Grossman

Bio

Suzanne Grossman is a Brooklyn-based writer, job search coach, and women's leadership specialist. She is a founder of Love Your Job (LYJ), a series of classes and workshops that support women in achieving fulfilling work at the compensation they deserve. She also advises college students, teaching them practical skills and sharing information on how to make the leap to satisfying careers. Suzanne has held professional roles at Omega Women's Leadership Center, Institute for Women’s Leadership at Rutgers University and Woodhull Institute for Ethical Leadership. Suzanne has a BA in Psychology from Tufts University in addition to an Master’s degree in Women's and Gender Studies from Rutgers University. She has worked at the Irish Family Planning Association in Dublin and the Center for Reproductive Rights in NY. Suzanne is an avid Irish music fiddle player and one of the original founders of the Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls.

Post-MA Employment/Education

  • Depty Director of Career Services & Alumni Affairs, Baruch College School of Public Affairs, New York, NY
  • Private Career Consultant

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title

Practicum: Ireland and Abortion: An Analysis of a Social Movement with the Irish Family Planning Association (Dublin, Ireland)

Committee

Joanna Regulska, Mary Gossy, Ethel Brooks

 Valsala Kumar Bhargava

Bio

Valsala Kumar Bhargavi is a feminist activist and a civil servant working for the Government of Kerala, India. She served as the Director of the Social Welfare Department in charge of Women and Children in Kerala state for 3 years and was subsequently appointed as Secretary of the Statutory Women's Commission of Kerala for 2 years. In 1999, she was the recipient of the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship awarded by the US Government for mid-career professionals with proven track record of leadership. Under the auspices of the Humphrey Fellowship, she completed a Master's in Planning and Urban Development at the Bloustein School of Rutgers University. After completing her M.A. in Women's and Gender studies at Rutgers, she went on to pursue a PhD in the department, which she completed in 2011.

Post-MA Employment/Education

  • Executive Director, Kudumbashree State Poverty Eradication Mission, Kerala, India

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title

 Practicum: Center for Rural Studies and Development (Anantapur, India)

Committee

 Joanna Regulska, Charlotte Bunch

 Jiwoon Yu-Lee

Bio

 Jiwoon Lee holds a B.A. in English from Kongju National University and is currently Jiwoon is currently undertaking dissertation field research on feminized janitorial labor in Seoul, South Korea. Her research juxtaposes 1970’s female factory workers’ struggle in the export industry with the contemporary struggle of female janitorial workers under the neoliberal labor regime, attempting to explain the changing gendered and racial division of labor, particularly looking at the rhetoric of labor struggles and legal reforms. Areas of her study include Marxist theories, transnational feminisms, studies on intimacy and modernity, and critiques of neoliberalism.

Post-MA Employment/Education

  • Pursuing PhD in Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies at University of Washington

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title

Practicum: Intersections of politics of identity, politics of location, and politics of translation in transnational feminist practices with Femininst Journal IF (Seoul, South Korea)

Committee

 Ethel Brooks, Joanna Regulska, Mary Hawkesworth

 Elizabeth Montegary

Bio

Liz Montegary received her Ph.D. in Cultural Studies from the University of California, Davis and her M.A. in Women’s and Gender Studies from Rutgers University. Her research and teaching interests include feminist and queer cultural studies, transnational American studies, LGBT activist movements, the militarization of everyday life, and mobility, dis/ability, and the body.

Post-MA Employment/Education

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Cultural Analysis and Theory, Stony Brook University

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title

Practicum: Transnational Feminisms and Virtual North America with Centre on North American Politics and Society (Ottowa, Ontario)

Committee

 Mary Hawkesworth, Louisa Schein, Ethel Brooks

 Kristen Pipes

Bio

 

Post-MA Employment/Education

  • Purchasing Coordinator, KLW Plastics (Monroe, OH)
  • Assistant Director, Women's Center, Miami University
  • Corporate Programs Director, Institute for Women's Leadership & Institute for Women and Work (Rutgers University)

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title

 Practicum: The Lilith Camp Program: The Context of Adolescence, Effective Strategies, and Future Steps with The Lilith Camp Program (Turkey)

Committee

 Mary Hawkesworth, Joanna Regulska, Mary Gossy

 Marisa Ragonese

Bio

Marisa Ragonese is pursuing a PhD in Social Welfare at CUNY Graduate Center. Prior to the M.A. at Rutgers, Marisa received a B.A. in Women's and Gender Studies from NYU.

Post-MA Employment/Education

  • Research Assistant, CUNY Graduate Center and Silberman School of Social Work, Hunter College
  • Adjunct Instructor, Silberman School of Social Work, Hunter College
  • Program Director, Queens Community House (Forest Hills, NY)

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title

 Thesis: No Man's Land: Lesbians, the Michigan Womyn's Music Festival, and Camp Trans

Committee

 Judith Gerson, Joanna Regulska, Mary Gossy

 Sharice Richardson

Post-MA Employment/Education

  • Assistant Dean of First Year Students, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title

Thesis: Locating Female Participation in American Indian Uprisings in South Dakota and Nebraska, 1972-1973

Committee

 Dee Garrison, Barbara Balliet, Mary Hawkesworth

 Amanda Smith

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title                                

 Thesis: Fake-ing It: Toward a Genealogy and Appropriation of a Discourse on the Female Orgasm

Committee

 Elizabeth Grosz, Mary Hartman, Barbara Balliet

 

 2003

 Priti Darooka

Bio

Priti Darooka is the founder and executive director of PWESCR (The Programme on Women's Economic, Social and Cultural Rights). Working in partnership with diverse groups and networks, she continues to provide support and is part of several initiatives on women's poverty, right to livelihoods including right to land, social security and right to food. With expertise on the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, she works closely with the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) and various UN rapporteurs. She has assisted women from civil society groups from several countries to participate in CESCR review process. She was previously at the Ford Foundation, in New York and assisted the Foundation in its grant making in the areas of International Human Rights; Women's Rights and Gender Equity; and International Economic Policy. She also helped the Foundation in the creation of ESCR net and in linking works of feminist economist with human rights advocates. Prior to the Ford Foundation, she was at UNIFEM (United Nation's Development Funds for Women) where she worked on violence against women indicators and assessment and coordinating UNIFEM's work in Afghanistan. As a consultant to the Center for Women's Global Leadership, she organized a women's rights hearing at the UN conference against Racism in Durban, South Africa

Post-MA Employment/Education

  • Executive Director, Programme on Women's Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights 

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title

 Thesis: Creating Asian Women Space on the Rutgers Campus

Committee

 Jennifer Jones, Charlotte Bunch

 Jodi Delaney

Bio

Jodi Delaney has raised funds for and managed numerous large-scale initiatives for over 20 years. Most recently Los Angeles Program Director at the Trust for Public Land, she spent six years in the administration of New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, in both the Economic Development Department and Department of Cultural Affairs. She was also Executive Director of New Mexico’s statehood centennial, a wide-ranging commemoration that involved over 300 projects among diverse communities in 33 counties, as well as the establishment of the Centennial Children’s Legacy Fund. Jodi’s career began as Development Director at Dance Theater Workshop and Dancing in the Streets in New York, where she raised funds from government, corporations, foundations and individuals to support the work of hundreds of artists, including youth and family programming. Jodi lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two children

Post-MA Employment/Education

  •  Chief Development Officer, The Youth Policy Institute

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title

Thesis: Monsters and Angels: Discourse and Counter-Discourse on Stepmothers in the United States, 1830-1860

Committee

 Nancy Hewitt, Margaret Marsh, Jennifer Jones

 Diane Erbe-Maltabes

Post-MA Employment/Education

  •  Career Coach, Henkels & McCoy

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title

 Practicum: Center for Women's Global Leadership

Committee

 Charlotte Bunch, Ethel Brooks, Jennifer Jones

 Soo Jung Jang

Bio

After completing an M.A. in Women's and Gender Studies, Soo Jung recevied a Ph.D. at the School of Social Work at Rutgers.  She has worked to assist projects related to issues of depression care and HEDIS measures of depression in the Institute for Health. Her interests include women, social policy, and non profit organization. Recent research is focusing on the relationships of leave polices and work-life balance. Her dissertation explores how parents with serous illnesses children manage work-life balance and the effects of health outcomes, emotional well-being, family stability, and job stability. She teaches at Dankook University, Cheonan, Korea.

Post-MA Employment/Education

  • Professor, Department of Social Welfare, Dankook University (Yongin, South Korea)

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title

Practicum: The Politics of Diversity Issues in the Workplace with the Center for Women and Work (Rutgers University)

Committee

Mary Trigg, Ethel Brooks, Mary Hawkesworth

 Elizabeth Spohr

Post-MA Employment/Education

  •  Assistant Director of Residential Life, Temple University 

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title

Practicum: 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence with the Center for Women's Global Leadership (Rutgers University)

 

2002

 Judith DeVries

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title                                

Thesis: Examining the Margins in the Life and Thought of Jane Addams

Committee

 Nancy Hewitt, Jennifer Jones, Josephine Diamond

 Jennifer Miller

Post-MA Employment/Education

  • Associate Professor, Historical Studies, Souther Illinois University (Edwardsville, IL)

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title

Thesis: When Boy Meets Girl: The De-Politicalization of Fraternization in the American-Occupied Zone of Germany, 1945-1947

Committee

 Belinda Davis, Jennifer Jones, Margaret Marsh

 Carolina Núñez Puente

Bio

Carolina undertook the M.A. degree at Rutgers while in the midst of a Ph.D. program in Spain. Upon completion of the M.A., she returned to Spain to complete her doctorate, and then held a postdoc position in the English Deparment at the University of La Coruña, Spain. She was also a fellow at the John F. Kennedy Institut für Nordamerikastudien at Freie Universität (Berlin), and was a postdoc professor and fellow in the Bakhtin Centre at the Univseristy of Sheffield, where she taught her first graduate seminars on Feminism and Gender Studies.

Post-MA Employment/Education

  •  Associate Professor, Department of English, Universidade de Coruña (Spain)

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title

Thesis: The Feminist Dialogics of Charlotte Perkins Gilman and Meridel Le Sueur: Gender, Genre, and the (Female) Subject

Committee

 Ben Sifuentes-Jaragui, Jennifer Jones, Mary Gossy

 Jessica Valenti

Bio

Jessica Valenti is a blogger, feminist writer, and founder of Feministing.com. She is the author or co-author of four books on women's issues, including Full Frontal Feminism (2007), He's a Stud, She's a Slut (2008), The Purity Myth (2009), and Why Have Kids? (2012). Her work appears in Ms., The Nation, The Washington Post, Alternet, and The Guardian. In 2011, The Guardian named her one of their "top 100 women" for her work to bring the feminsit movement online.

Post-MA Employment/Education

  •  Writer, columnist, founder of Feministing.com 

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title

Practicum: Feminist Organizing? An Examination of a Global Campaign in the United Nations' Commission on the Status of Women with the Women's Environment and Development Organization's Gender and Governance Program

Committee

 Mary Hawkesworth, Ethel Brooks, Joanna Regulska

 Amy Weintraub

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title                               

Practicum: Domestic Violence Support Groups: Theories and Observations with Women Aware, Inc. (New Brunswick, NJ)

Committee

Particia Roos, Mary Hawkesworth, Joanna Regulska

 Fu-Chia Yang

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title                              

Practicum: WOW's Café Theater with Women's One World

Committee

Mary Gossy, Mary Hawkesworth, Judith Gerson

 

2001

 Tracy Budd

Post-MA Employment/Education

  •  Writing Program Faculty, Rutgers University

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title

Thesis: Homoglossia: Do Queers and Their Theorists Speak the Same Language?

Committee

Joanna Regulska, Mary Gossy, Jennifer Jones

 Shana Fried

Bio

Shana Fried graduated from the M.A. program in January of 2001. Her master's thesis, “Feminists Publishing Feminist Poetry," was a critical survey on 20th century feminist activism through independent publishing by feminist presses. Upon graduation, Shana worked at the United Nations as director of a fundraising office in the Department of Protocol and Diplomatic Affairs. While working at the U.N., she returned to Rutgers in 2002 as a part-time evening lecturer in the undergraduate course, Women, Culture and Society. From 2002-03, Shana volunteered as the women's program director for the Latin American Workers Project (El Proyecto) in Brooklyn, where she coordinated language and immigrants rights programs for women day laborers. In 2006, Shana completed a Juris Doctorate degree at Rutgers Newark Law School, and currently operates her own law firm focusing on music and entertainment business law. 

Post-MA Employment/Education

  • Owner/Manager, The Fried Firm, PLLC (Brooklyn, NY)
  • Co-founder, Feel Up Records (Brooklyn, NY)

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title

 Thesis: Feminists Publishing/Feminist Poetry

Committee

 Harriet Davidson, Cheryl Clarke, Alicia Ostriker

 Karen Herman

Bio

Karen has worked in academia and community and governmental organizations as an adjunct professor, clinician, researcher, and administrator to promote action on poverty, violence, animal and human rights, and for progressive social change. She has extensive experience in research, strategic planning, program development and evaluation, teaching, and fund development. Karen currently serves as the director of sexual assault services for New Mexico. She is the author of Art, Violence, & Social Change: Challenging Violence Against Women and Girls Through Entertainment Education (2008).

Post-MA Employment/Education

  • Founder and President, Sky Mountain Wild Horse Sanctuary (Tesuque, New Mexico)
  • PhD in Social Work, Rutgers University

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title

 Practicum: Feminist Teaching in the Social Work Classroom: One Path for Educating Extraordinary Social Workers

Committee

Leela Fernandes, Lynn Warner, Jennifer Jones

 Nora Kindley

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title                                

Practicum: Lesbian Herstory Archives: Looking at "Theory" in Relation to a Lesbian Feminist Space with Lesbian Herstory Archives (Brooklyn, NY)

Committee

Jasbir Puar, Jennifer Jones, Judith Gerson

 Sharon Kenney

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title                                

Thesis: Girl Talk: Use of the Internet and the Adolescent Female Body as an Alternative Space of Discourse

Committee

Mary Gossy

 Jennifer Moberly Westra

Post-MA Employment/Education

  •  Administrative Assistant, Community Colleges of Spokane Foundation (Spokane, WA)

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title

Practicum: The Politics of Feminism with American Civil Liberties Union

Committee

Cynthia Daniels, Susan Carroll, Jennifer Jones

 Mohini Mukherjee

Bio

Mohini Mukherjee first came to Rutgers as an international student in 1999 to pursue her graduate education after the completing her undergraduate major in English from India. She earned two Master's degrees from Rutgers -- Women's Studies and Human Resource Management. Mohini has worked in various capacities within Residence Life and student services offices at Rutgers before joining the Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs as an International Student Adviser in August 2006. In her current role as Associate Director for Student Services, she executes the Center’s regulatory compliance responsibilities as they pertain to international students and oversee the coordination of the Center’s student services and programs, including our cornerstone International Student Orientation program.

Post-MA Employment/Education

  • Associate Director for International Student Services, Global Affairs, Rutgers University

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title

Practicum: Non-Governmental Organizations and their Capacity to Facilitate Social Change: The Empowerment of Women in Musabani, India with The Socio Economic Educational Development Society (Tamilnadu, India)

Committee

Beth Hutchison, Linda Steiner, Jennifer Jones

 Lea Popielinski

Post-MA Employment/Education

  • Academic Copywriter, Your Words Pop (Columbus, OH)
  • PhD in Women's Studies, The Ohio State University

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title

Thesis: Queer Theory and Activism: Forging a Postmodern Identity Politic

Committee

Jennifer Jones, Cathy Greenblatt, Harriet Davidson

 Sara Radjenovic

Bio

Sara Radjenovic completed a development internship at the Women's Sports Foundation in East Meadow, NY, after receiving her Master's in 2001. From there she made the move to the District of Columbia where she worked in fundraising and event planning for several women's organizations, including NARAL Pro-Choice America and the National Women's Law Center. Sara also worked as an events consultant for the Hoop Dreams Scholarship Fund. After leaving DC, she worked briefly for a workers' rights/compliance organization called Verite in Amherst, MA, and was the interim executive director for the Washington County Literacy Council in southwestern Pennsylvania. She received a Master's in public policy (with a self-designed concentration in international feminist organizations and minors in population studies and human rights) at the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute at the University of Minnesota.

Post-MA Employment/Education

  •  Digital Segment Marketing Manager, US Bank, Minneapolis, MN

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title

 Practicum: Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation

Committee

 Beth Hutchison, Linda Steiner, Jennifer Jones

 Seunghee Ryu

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title                               

Thesis: Women and Childcare Policy in South Korea

Committee

Barbara Balliet, Jennifer Jones, Harriet Davidson

 Mayumi Yamasaki

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title                               

 Practicum: Mentoring for Corporate Women

Committee

 Jennifer Jones, Barbara Balliet, Mary Trigg

 Ellen Yeagle

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title                              

Thesis: Feminist Constructions of Subjectivity

Committee

 Leela Fernandes, Sarah Rosenfield, Jennifer Jones

 

2000

Amal Abou Halika

Bio

Amal Abou Halika is a feminist and human rights activist from Egypt. She is a member of the Sterring Committee of the Arab regional Coalition "Equality Without Reservation" oN CEDAW and the planning committee of Musawah (Equality and Justice in the Muslim Family). She has published and conducted extensive research and advocacy in the field ofwomen's rights, particularly with regard to reproductiev health, violence against women, and female genital mutilation. She served on a number of international and regional boards and coalitions, and is a founding member of the New Woman Foundation, the Task Force Against Female Genital Mutilation, and the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights.

Post-MA Employment/Education

  •  Founder and Director, New Woman Foundation, Cairo, Egypt

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title

Practicum: Women's Studies

Committee

Joanna Regulska, Charlotte Bunch, Jennifer Jones

 Jennifer Burke

Post-MA Employment/Education

  •  Pursuing PhD in Sociology at University of California - Santa Cruz

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title

Thesis: Representing Girl Zines: the Politics of Culture

Committee

Judith Gerson, Joanna Regulska, Jennifer Jones

 Patricia Ditillio

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title                               

Practicum: Institute for Women's Leadership at The College of New Jersey

Committee

Leela Fernandes, Harriet Davidson, Jennifer Jones

 Ellen Edens-Richardson

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title                              

Thesis: Christian Feminist Healing Rites: The Potential for Women's Healing in Christian Feminist Liturgies, Communal Worship Services, Group Studies, Devotionals, and Public and Private Prayer

Committee

Mary Gossy, Jennifer Jones, Harriet Davidson

 Eleanor Esmond

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title                             

Practicum: Searching for Feminist Motives in Women Who Choose Midwives

Committee

Jennifer Jones, Harriet Davidson, Jennifer Morgan

 Jennifer Hedges

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title                            

Practicum: Gender Equality in Education

Committee

Jennifer Jones, Harriet Davidson

 Wen-Lung Hung

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title                           

Practicum: New York Men Against Sexism (NYC)

Committee

Mary Gossy, Jennifer Jones, Harriet Davidson

 Yoshiko Konishi

Post-MA Employment/Education

  • Visiting Scholar, Institute for East Asian Studies, UC Berkeley (2010)
  • PhD in Anthropology, UC Berkeley (2009)

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title

Thesis: A Study of Gangurol Gonguro Gyaru (Gals): the Meaning of Blackness in Contemporary Japanese Society

Committee

Dorothy Ko, Mary Gossy, Louisa Schein

 Chun-Ming Liu

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title                              

Practicum: Women and Social Change: Communicating and Organizing Across Cultures with the Center for Women's Global Leadership (Rutgers University)

Committee

Barbara Balliet, Jennifer Jones, Harriet Davidson

 Anastasia Ordonez

Bio

After receiving her Master's degree from Rutgers University, Anastasia worked as a Researcher/Liaison for INSTRAW, a United Nations agency located in the Dominican Republic that provides comprehensive research and training on gender issues for the international community. Following her work at INSTRAW, Anastasia began work on a multi-media website, BehindTheLabel.org, geared at developing a global network of activists and labor unions to end sweatshops. Her interests and work in multi-media communications technologies have helped her utilize innovative "e-activism" tools to assist in organizing the global labor movement. She has also worked as a Communications Director for several labor organizations, including UNITE HERE, California Labor Federation, and for the David and Lucille Packard Foundation. 

Post-MA Employment/Education

  • Communications Director, Children & Families Program at Next Generation, San Francisco, CA

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title

Practicum: International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Committee

Meredith Turshen, Charlotte Bunch, Judith Gerson

 Johanna Willems

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title                               

Practicum: What 'Global' Means in the Daily Work of a Feminist Organization with The National Council for Research on Women (NYC)

Committee

Joanna Regulska, Judith Gerson, Jennifer Jones

 

1999

 Catherine Burkhart

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title                              

Thesis: On Loving Women and Writing: Contemporary Lesbian Love, Poetry and Politics

Committee

Mary Gossy, Jennifer Jones, Harriet Davidson, Barbara Balliet 

 Lisa Clarke

Bio

Lisa Clarke is a National Board Certified Teacher in Adolescent Young Adult Social Studies-History and the Director of Policy and Partnerships. Prior to joining the staff of the National Board, she was the Team Lead for the U.S. Department of Education Teaching Ambassador Fellows. As a fellow, Clarke learned about education policy and advocated to have teachers’ wisdom at the policy table. Clarke taught social studies in Kent, WA and Brooklyn, NY. She held a variety of leadership positions in the Kent School District, including serving on the Superintendent Professional Learning Community, assisting with curriculum development, and acting as a Social Studies curricular leader. In 2011, she was honored as the World Affairs Council 2011 World Educator and was chosen to be a World Affairs Council Fellow based on her work to promote and improve global education. She came to teaching after six years at Rutgers University, where she studied gender and public policy and worked at the Center for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL). Clarke is a graduate of Providence College and holds Master’s degrees from Rutgers University and Brooklyn College.

Post-MA Employment/Education

  • Director of Policy and Partnerships, National Board for Professional Teaching Standards

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title

Practicum: Transformative and Negotiable Leadership: Lessons Learned at the United National Development Fund for Women with United Nations Development for Women

Committee

Barbara Balliet, Harriet Davidson, Jennifer Jones

 Sukrittaya Jukping

Post-MA Employment/Education

  • Full time Lecturer, College of Interdisciplinary Studies, Thammasat University, Bangkok, Thailand
  • PhD in Leadership and Educational Policy Studies, University of Iowa (2008)

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title

Practicum: The Trafficking in Women and Women's Human Rights with Center for Women's Global Leadership (Rutgers University)

Committee

Barbara Callaway, Jennifer Jones, Barbara Balliet

 Ophrah Kaunda

Bio

Justice Kaunda Kamanga was appointed Judge of High Court of Malawi on 4 November 2012. She graduated from the University of Malawi in 1995 with a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) Degree. She proceeded to pursue postgraduate programmes and obtained a Master of Arts degree in Women’s Studies from Rutgers University, USA in 1997 and a Master of Laws degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Cape Town, RSA in 2013.She also holds certificates in NGO Management obtained from the Imperial College, University of London obtained in 2003 and in Investigating, Monitoring and Reporting on Human Rights Violations from FAHAMU/University of Oxford obtained in 2005.

She commenced has legal career in 1995 as an Associate with Messrs Racane Associates before joining the public service as a Legal Aid Advocate. From the Department of Legal Aid she joined Women and Law in Southern Africa as a Research Associate in the year 2000. She was appointed as a Principal Resident Magistrate in 2003 and rose through the various judicial ranks before being appointed Registrar of the High Court and Malawi Supreme Court of Appeal in 2008. Her areas of interest are in gender, criminal justice and the law.

Post-MA Employment/Education

  •  Judge of High Court of Malawi

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title

Thesis: Making Domestic Violence Invisible: the Construction of Gender Relations in Malawi's Judicial System

Committee

Barbara Callaway, Jennifer Jones, Belinda Davis, Harriet Davidson

Susannah Orenstein

Post-MA Employment/Education

  • Online Franchise Owner, Shop.com
  • Senior Consultant for Motives, Market America

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title

Thesis: Deceptive Discourse: The Intersection of Women's Bodies, Science, and the Media

Committee

Harriet Davidson, Jennifer Jones, Barbara Balliet

 

1998

Varaporn Chamsanit

Bio

Varaporn Chamsanit, PhD, is program manager of the Women’s Wellbeing and Gender Justice Program of the Thai Health Promotion Foundation, a nationwide, multi-sectoral program. Prior to this, she worked for over 12 years at the Center for Human Rights Studies and Social Development at Mahidol University, as faculty and then as acting director. She holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the Australia National University, and her research interests include Gender, Sexuality and Human Rights; Culture, Religion and Human Rights; Human Rights Theory. She has most recently been engaged in research on topics such as the promotion and protection of the rights of women and children with the ASEAN Commission, and the study of sexuality in Thailand.

Post-MA Employment/Education

  • Program Manager, Women's Wellbeing and Gender Justice Program, Thai Health Promotion Foundation
  • PhD, Department of Anthropology, Australia National University

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title

Thesis: Repositioning "Phooying Chao Baan": Perspectives and Struggles of Grassroots Women Activists in Thailand

Committee

Leela Fernandes, Charlotte Bunch, Barbara Balliet

Jill Fink

Post-MA Employment/Education

  •  Executive Director, Weavers Way Community Programs 

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title

Practicum: ACLU Practicum Experience with American Civil Liberties Union

Committee

Cynthia Daniels, Mary Gossy, Harriet Davidson, Charlotte Bunch

 Marcia Hanjian

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title                               

Thesis: The Heroine Transformed: a Comparative Study of the Barber of Seville

Committee

Jennifer Jones, Floyd Grave, Mary Gossy

 Stephanie Harzewski

Bio

Stephanie Harzewski teaches contemporary British and American literature, and, more generally, British literature since 1800, as well as female sexuality and popular culture. She taught the first online course of the department and has contributed regularly to eUNH’s initiatives, whether piloting software or participating as a panelist in course development and pedagogy-related forums. Her book, Chick Lit and Postfeminism (University of Virginia Press, 2011), received critical acclaim internationally and was a bestseller (top-ten ranking in Amazon.com’s Nonfiction—Women Writers category); this project was supported by grants and fellowships from the Kosciuszko Foundation, AAUW, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, and the Romance Writers of America. Harzewski has published in peer review journals such as Contemporary Women’s Writing, The Age of Johnson, The Eighteenth-Century Novel, and Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies, and several edited book volumes. She has served as a judge and judges’ chair for AAUW’s Grants and Fellowship division as well as a reviewer for Blackboard’s Exemplary Course competition. Harzewski received her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania with a graduate certificate in women’s studies.

Post-MA Employment/Education

  • Lecturer in English, University of New Hampshire
  • PhD in English, University of Pennsylvania (2006)

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title

Thesis: A Womb Divided: Theorizing Menstruation and Feminism

Committee

Mary Gossy, Jennifer Jones, Barbara Callaway

 Thanya Jaidee

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title                               

Thesis: A Contemporary Feminist Critique of Psychoanalysis Through Gilles Deleuze & Felix Guatarri

Committee

Barbara Callaway, Mary Gossy, Barbara Balliet

 Juyeon Son

Bio

 After completing the MA in 1998, Dr. Son received a PhD in Sociology from the University of Oregon in 2007. She is a medical sociologist and she has published articles that examine issues such as health service utilization and immigrant incorporation, postpartum care, health disparities, transnationalism, and technology. Her current research interests are ageing, elderly care, and end-of-life decision making processes along the lines of class, race, and gender categories.

Post-MA Employment/Education

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Wisconsin 
  • PhD in Sociology, University of Oregon (2007)

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title

Thesis: Economic Restructuring and Part-Time Pink-Collar Working Women in Korea

Committee

Leslie McCall, Barbara Callaway, Mary Gossy

 

1997

 Gordana Duhaček

Bio

Daša Duhaček holds a PhD in Political Philosophy from Rutgers University. She is the Coordinator of the MA program in Gender Studies and and the Director of the Center for Gender and Politics at the Faculty of Political Sciences in Belgrade. She also founded and coordinates the Belgrade Women’s Studies Center. Gordana is currently Director of the Course in Feminist Criticism at Inter-University  Center IUC - Dubrovnik. She taught at the Rutgers  University, USA, Central European University (CEU) in  Budapest, Hungary, and others. Her research areas include feminist  theory and political philosophy.

Post-MA Employment/Education

  • Faculty of Political Science and Director of the Center for Gender and Politics, University of Belgrade
  • PhD in Political Philosophy, Rutgers University

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title

Thesis: Gender Perspectives on the Reconstruction of Political Identities in Yugoslavia

Committee

Joanna Regulska, Barbara Callaway, Harriet Davidson

 Insook Kwon

Bio

Insook Kwon is a Professor in the College of Bangmok Basic Studies at Myongji University, South Korea. She received her doctoral degree in women’s studies at Clark University. Her research interests are masculinities,women and militarism, and state-centered nationalism. Currently, she is working on a new project regarding military nurses.

Post-MA Employment/Education

  • Professor, Bangmok College of Basic Studies, Myong Ji University, Seoul, South Korea
  • PhD, Women's Studies, Clark University (2000)

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title

Thesis: The Relationship Between Feminis and Nationalism in Korea

Committee

Louisa Schein, Barbara Callaway, Sherry Gorelick

 Katherine McGuire

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title                                

Thesis: The Building of Graduate Programs in Women's Studies

Committee

Nancy Hartsock, Harriet Davidson

 

1996

 Barbara Brancaccio

Bio

Barbara Brancaccio served as the Executive Deputy Commissioner for Public Information at the New York City Department of Social Services/Human Resources Administration. As the agency’s chief spokesperson and communications director, Brancaccio serves as liaison to the Mayor’s press office and is a principal advisor to the agency’s Commissioner. Prior to her appointment in 2006, Brancaccio was Executive Director for WomenCare Inc. and College and Community Fellowship, two nonprofit organizations for incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women. Brancaccio served as the Treasurer of the Advisory Board for Bayview Correctional Facility and is a Founding Board Member for the Learning Center for Women in Prison, a college program sponsored by Bard College for women incarcerated at the facility. Additionally, Brancaccio curated the Film Festival at the 10th National Roundtable for Women in Prison,and produced Surviving Justice: The Women in Prison Film Showcase, held in 2001 at Anthology Film Archives in New York City. Brancaccio began her career as Special Assistant to New York City Council Member Ronnie Eldridge, and in 2005 she was the Campaign Manager for New York City Council member Margarita Lopez, a candidate for Manhattan Borough President. With Joshua Zeman, she co-directed the documentary Cropsey (2009).

Post-MA Employment/Education

  • Administrative Public Information Specialist, Department of Homeless Services, New York City

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title

Thesis: Not Quite White, Not Quite Black

Committee

Sherry Gorelick, Louise Barnett, Dawn Esposito, Barbara Callaway

 Deevy Holcomb

Bio

Deevy Holcomb is a Management Analyst for a county Juvenile Community Justice department in Central Oregon. After her masters degree, she lived and worked in Johannesburg/Pretoria South Africa as writer/editor and research coordinator for a local government NGO called Idasa, for four years, which assisted in building local government institutions and practices in communities disenfranchised during apartheid. During this time, she conducted a significant amount of research, training and consulting on women's role in local government. She’s also involved in the regional Peace movement in her private life, trying to keep this part of the world connected to the rest of the world, and understand better its role in the greater community of our planet. No further school since Rutgers; she has discovered through the Masters program that her feminist energies and skills were most satisfied and productive outside the academy. She does miss participating in a community of thinkers and philosophers, though.

Post-MA Employment/Education

  • Management Analyst, Deschutes County Community Justice, Redmond, Oregon

Thesis/Practicum Information

Title

Thesis: Woman, Nation, Violation: Spectacle or Strategy?

Committee

Susan Carroll, Louisa Schein, Charlotte Bunch

 Li Ma

Thesis/Practicum Information

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Practicum: Asian & Pacific Islander Coalition HIV/AIDS, Inc (NYC)

Committee

Cathy Greenblat, Sherry Gorelick, Barbara Callaway

 Ha Nguyen

Thesis/Practicum Information

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Practicum: HIV/AIDS and Asian American Women with NJ Women and AIDS Network, Asian & Pacific Islander Coalition on HIV/AIDS, Inc.

Committee

Meredith Turshen, Sherry Gorelick, Sara Rosenfeld

 Ann Wallace

Thesis/Practicum Information

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Thesis: Women With Cancer: Writing their Way Out of Abjection

Committee

Harriet Davidson

 

 

 

 

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