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Sushmita Chatterjee

Sushmita Chatterjee

Associate Professor and Director of Gender, Women's and Sexuality Studies
(828) 262-8992

Dr. Sushmita Chatterjee is Associate Professor and Director of Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies in the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies at Appalachian State University.  She earned her dual degree PhD from the Departments of Political Science and Women's Studies at Penn State. Her research interests include feminist theory, queer theory, transnational gender and sexuality studies, postcolonial theory, animal studies, and visual politics. She has published in journals such as Hypatia: Journal of Feminist Philosophy, Gender, Place, and Culture, PS: Political Science and Politics, Studies in South Asian Film and Media, and Antennae: The Journal of Nature in Visual Culture. She is currently working on a book about postcolonial theory and some of its queer and spectral manifestations as seen in a politics of play. She is co-editor for Meat! A Transnational Analysis, with Banu Subramaniam, forthcoming from Duke University Press.

Website: https://interdisciplinary.appstate.edu/faculty/sushmita-chatterjee

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Dylan McCarthy Blackston

Visiting Assistant Professor

Dylan McCarthy Blackston is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies in the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies. He earned a PhD in Gender and Women's Studies from the University of Arizona, a MA in Women's Studies from Georgia State University, and a BFA from the University of Georgia. He has taught courses on transgender studies, sexuality studies, and queer and trans cinema and visual cultures at Georgia State, the University of Arizona, and Hamilton College, where he was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Women's and Gender Studies. He is hard at work on his first book, Trans*plantations of Life: How Capital Makes and Changes Kinds, which examines the connections between trans* aesthetics, regenerative medicine, and the transnational political economy of LGBTQ philanthropy. He is also working with co-editor Susan Stryker on an invited proposal for The Transgender Studies Reader, Revised 2nd Edition. He has published in Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities and TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly. In the early 2000s, he was a co-founder of the Athens Boys Choir, a southern spokenword performance and education act signed to Daemon Records that toured the U.S. and Canada doing performances, workshops, and activism on trans/gender issues.

Avery Dame-Griff

Visiting Assistant Professor

Avery Dame-Griff is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies in the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies. Avery received his PhD in Gender and Women's Studies from the University of Maryland, College Park. He also holds a BA in English from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, and an MA in American Studies from the University of Kansas. He has taught courses on transgender studies, bodies and difference, queer and LGBT studies, and feminist media studies at the University of Maryland, Winona State University and Gonzaga University. He is the primary curator of the Queer Digital History Project. In 2016-2017, Dame-Griff was the Winnemore Digital Dissertation Fellow at the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH), where he studied how transgender-identified people used Usenet, an early digital communication platform. His research interests include gender and transgender studies, digital humanities, web history, new media, sociolinguistics, and discourse analysis. His work has appeared in Internet Histories, Feminist Media Studies, Journal of Language and Sexuality, Critical Studies in Media Communication, and TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly. He served as Assistant Editor of AMSJ: American Studies from 2010 to 2012.

Jill Ehnenn

Jill Ehnenn

Professor of English and Director of Undergraduate Studies in English
(828) 262-2334

Jill Ehnenn joined Appalachian State University's English department in 2001, is a member of the Graduate Faculty, and affiliate of the Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies Program. Recent seminars on Victorian Literature have been The Bildungsroman, Sexual Politics and Victorian Culture; The British Aesthetic Movement; The Victorian Visual Imagination; and Victorian Women's Poetry. Other courses include Gender Studies: Queer Theories and Feminisms; Intro to Lesbian and Gay Studies; and Queer Stories: LGBT Lives in Fiction and Film.

Her research interests focus upon intersections of subjectivity, sexuality, and embodiment as they are represented in nineteenth-century literary and visual texts. Current projects include continued archival work on the two late-Victorian women who wrote collaboratively under the pseudonym "Michael Field,"and editing a scholarly edition of Vernon Lee's 1884 novel, Miss Brown. She also is working on two book projects, the first titled Forms of Embodiment: Disability, Sexuality, and Nineteenth-Century Literary Form, and the second titled Art Objects and Women's Words: Victorian Women Writing Ekphrasis. Work-in-progress on contemporary queer issues include an article on queerness and choice.

Website: https://english.appstate.edu/faculty-staff/jill-ehnenn

Recent GWS Scholarship

  • Haptic Ekphrasis: From Sympathy to Einfühlung" (Under review)

  • "'Thy Body Maketh a Solemn Song': Desire and Disability in Michael Field's Catholic Poems" in Michael Field, Decadent Moderns. eds. Sarah Parker and Ana Vadillo, Ohio University Press. Forthcoming, 2019.

  • "Sexuality." The Cambridge Companion to Victorian Women's Poetry. Ed. Linda K. Hughes. Cambridge UP, 2019. pp. 213-229.

  • (Reprint). "Reorienting the Bildungsroman: Progress Narratives, Queerness, and Disability in The History of Sir Richard Calmady and Jude the Obscure." in Lucas Malet, Dissident Pilgrim: Critical Essays eds. Jane Ford and Alexandra Gray. Among the Victorianists and Modernists series, Routledge, 2019. pp.147-164. 

  • "From 'We Other Victorians' to 'Pussy Grabs Back': Thinking Gender, Thinking Sex, and Feminist Methodological Futures in Victorian Studies Today." Victorian Literature and Culture. Vol. 47.1 (2019): 35-62.

  • "On Art Objects and Women's Words: Ekphrasis in Vernon Lee (1887), Graham R. Tomson (1889), and Michael Field (1892). BRANCH: Britain, Representation, and the Nineteenth Century. ed. Dino Felluga. October, 2017.

  • "Reorienting the Bildungsroman: Progress Narratives, Queerness, and Disability in The History of Sir Richard Calmady and Jude the Obscure." Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies. 11.2 (2017): 151-168.
Kim Hall

Kim Q. Hall

Professor of Philosophy
(828) 262-7603

Kim Q. Hall is a Professor of Philosophy at Appalachian State University. Her areas of research interests include Feminist Theory, Disability Studies, Continental Philosophy, Queer Theory, Critical Race Theory, Ethics, and Environmental Philosophy. In March 2017 Dr. Hall will be a Visiting Professor at University of Paris Diderot. For more information, visit http://philrel.appstate.edu/kim-hall.

Recent GWS scholarship

Books and Edited Volumes in Progress:

Oxford Handbook of Feminist Philosophy, co-editor with Ásta (under contract)

Queering Philosophy (under contract)

Articles and Book Chapters:

“Romancing the Pig: A Queer Crip Tale from BBQ to Xenotransplantation.” In Meat: A Transnational Politics, eds. Sushmita Chatterjee and Banu Subramaniam (Duke University Press, accepted and forthcoming).

“Queer Epistemology and Epistemic Injustice.” In The Routledge Handbook on Epistemic Injustice, eds. Gaile Pohlhaus, Jr., Ian Kidd, and José Medina (Routledge, 2017).

 “Thinking Queerly about Sex and Sexuality.” In The Philosophy of Sex: Contemporary Readings, 7th edition, eds. Raja Halwani, Sarah Hoffman, and Alan Soble (Rowman and Littlefield, 2017).

“Feminist and Queer Intersections with Disability Studies.” In The Routledge Companion to Feminist Philosophy, eds. Ann Gary, Serene Khader, and Alison Stone (Routledge, 2017).

“Cripping Sustainability, Realizing Food Justice.” In Disability Studies and the Environmental Humanities: An Anthology, eds. Sarah Jacquette Ray and J.C. Sibara (University of Nebraska Press, 2017).

Articles and Book Chapters Under Review:

“On Being Slow: Philosophy and Disability in the U.S. South” (under review).

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Katie Adams

English Lecturer
(828) 262-3098
Mary Ballard

Mary Ballard

Professor of Psychology
(828) 262-2272 x406

Dr. Mary Ballard earned her Ph.D. in developmental psychology from West Virginia University. She teaches an array of classes focusing on developmental psychology and on gender. Dr. Ballard directs a video game lab where she and her students examine the impact of violence, competition, cooperation, etc. during video game play on aggression, positive and negative affective responding, desensitization, and physiological responding, including cardiovascular responses, EMG, and sleep. In addition, Dr. Ballard and her students and colleagues examine bullying, both in the context of video game play and in day-to-day contexts. She is particularly interested in the how bullying impacts LGBTQ youth.

Website: https://psych.appstate.edu/faculty-staff/mary-ballard

Edward Behrend-Martinez

Edward Behrend-Martinez

Professor of History
(828) 262-6023

Born in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, Ed Behrend-Martínez has spent most of his life in various mid-western cities and now lives tucked in the green mountains of Western North Carolina. He married his fiancée of many years in 1997 and added her surname to his own, becoming Edward Behrend-Martínez. He and his wife, Abril Martínez-Behrend spent 2000-2001 in Northern Spain supported by a Fulbright scholarship. During that period Ed conducted research in Spanish archives for his book Unfit for Marriage: Impotent Husbands and Wives on Trial in the Basque Region of Spain 1650-1750 (Reno and Las Vegas: University of Nevada Press, April, 2007). He is broadly interested in the everyday lives of early Modern Europeans, particularly Basques and Spaniards. As an associate professor at Appalachian State University, Ed teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on the History of Marriage, Spain, the Inquisition, and early modern Europe. He has recently published works on male and female impotency court cases, early modern castration, and the Catholic Church's regulation of marriage and sex in the past.

Website: https://history.appstate.edu/faculty-staff/full-time-faculty/edward-behrend-martinez

Recent GWS Scholarship

"Affection and Passion in Early Modern Spanish Separations" in Courtship, Marriage and Marriage Breakdown: Approaches from the History of Emotion, edited by Katie Barclay, Jeffrey Meek, Andrea Thomson (Routledge, November, 2019).

"Introduction" and "Chapter Two, Religion: Defending Continuity in an Age of Change," in a text I edited titled A Cultural History of Marriage in the Age of Enlightenment (1650-1800) Edited by Edward Behrend-Martinez (Appalachian State University, USA), Bloomsbury, December, 2019.

Jessie Blackburn

Jessie Blackburn

Assistant Chair of the Department of English and Director of Rhetoric and Composition
(828) 262-2890

Jessie Blackburn is Assistant Chair of the Department of English and Director of Rhetoric and Composition, and she teaches courses in rhetoric, composition, pedagogical theory, feminist rhetorics, and digital rhetorics. Her research and scholarly interests include the teaching of writing, rhetorics of resistance, feminist theory and pedagogy, and digital media studies.

Website: https://english.appstate.edu/faculty-staff/jessie-blackburn

Julia Kark Callander

Visiting Assistant Professor

Dr. Julia Kark Callander is a Visiting Assistant Professor and Teaching Fellow in Watauga Residential College in the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies at Appalachian State University. She earned her Ph.D. and M.A. in English at UCLA, and her B.A. in music and English from Lawrence University. She works primarily in eighteenth-century and Romantic British and transatlantic literature. Her research and teaching interests include gender, sexuality, authorship, medical humanities, and food studies. Dr. Callander’s current book project, "Perverse Incorporations: Authorship and the History of Sexuality, 1740-1820," examines how conflicting theories of masculinity and intellectual property played out in the work and reception histories of Thomas Gray, Charles Brockden Brown, Matthew G. Lewis, and their contemporaries. Her work has appeared in 1650-1850 and Studies in English Literature.

Beth Carroll

Beth Carroll

Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Composition
(828) 262-8014

Beth Carroll directs the University Writing Center and teaches courses in rhetoric and composition. She graduated from ASU in 1993 with a BA in English and, after completing graduate degrees, she returned in 2002 to join the English Department faculty. Her research and scholarly interests include the teaching of writing, writing center theory and practice, and ethnography.

Website: https://english.appstate.edu/faculty-staff/beth-carroll

Victoria Cox

Victoria Cox

Professor of Spanish
(828) 262-2928

Victoria Cox is a professor at Appalachian State University. She specializes in Colonial Andean literature, Argentine popular theatre, Contemporary Latin American Studies, and Latin American Women Studies. Her articles have been published in journals and anthologies specializing in Latin American literature.

Website: https://dllc.appstate.edu/cox

Avery Dame-Griff

Visiting Assistant Professor of Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies

Avery Dame-Griff is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies in the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies. Avery received his PhD in Gender and Women's Studies from the University of Maryland, College Park. He also holds a BA in English from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, and an MA in American Studies from the University of Kansas. He has taught courses on transgender studies, bodies and difference, queer and LGBT studies, and feminist media studies at the University of Maryland, Winona State University and Gonzaga University. He is the primary curator of the Queer Digital History Project. In 2016-2017, Dame-Griff was the Winnemore Digital Dissertation Fellow at the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH), where he studied how transgender-identified people used Usenet, an early digital communication platform. His research interests include gender and transgender studies, digital humanities, web history, new media, sociolinguistics, and discourse analysis. His work has appeared in Internet Histories, Feminist Media Studies, Journal of Language and Sexuality, Critical Studies in Media Communication, and TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly. He served as Assistant Editor of AMSJ: American Studies from 2010 to 2012.

Jeanne Dubino

Jeanne Dubino

Professor of English and Global Studies, and Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies
(828) 262-7598

Jeanne Dubino is a professor of English and Global Studies, and Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies, at Appalachian State University in North Carolina. Before she came to Appalachian in 2006, she taught at Plymouth State University in New Hampshire, and Southeastern Louisiana University. She has also been a visiting assistant professor of literature and Women’s Studies at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey; a Fulbright Scholar/Researcher at Egerton University in Njoro, Kenya; and a Fulbright Specialist at Northeastern University in Shenyang. Some of her most recent publications include the edited volume Virginia Woolf and the Literary Marketplace (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010); the coedited Representing the Modern Animal in Culture (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), Virginia Woolf: Twenty-First-Century Approaches (Edinburgh University Press, 2014), Politics, Identity, and Mobility in Travel Writing (Routledge, 2015), and The Edinburgh Companion to Virginia Woolf and Contemporary Global Literature (forthcoming; Edinburgh University Press, 2019); and essays, articles, and reviews on women and travel, Woolf, and Animal Studies. She is currently working on a book, Global Subjects on the Move: Stray Dogs in Contemporary Global Literature. Over the course of her career, she has also served in various administrative capacities: as English Department chair and head, Women’s Studies chair, interim Global Studies director, and Diversity Scholar. She teaches courses in Global Studies, Animal Studies, and Honors. Women’s issues are an important part of all her classes.

Michael Eng

Dr. Michael Eng

Assistant Professor of Philosophy
(828) 262-2420

Michael Eng teaches in the Department of Philosophy and Religion at Appalachian State University. He specializes in philosophies of race, gender, and disability, and in contemporary continental aesthetic theory. His work has appeared in Feminist Media HistoriesparallaxDeleuze Studies, and Comparative & Continental Philosophy, as well as in the collections Race, Philosophy, and Film and The Oxford Handbook of Chinese Cinemas. He has articles forthcoming in Feminist Formations and in the second volume of Rethinking Women's and Gender Studies. Currently, he is completing a book manuscript titled “The Scene of the Voice: Thinking Language after Affect.”

Recent GWS scholarship

Journal Articles: 

“Diversity Work and the Narcissisms of Affective Exits.” Feminist Formations 31.1 (Spring 2019). Special Issue on Critical Feminist Exits, Re-Routings, and Institutional Betrayals in Academia,” Marta Maria Maldonado and Katja M. Guenther, eds.

 “Lights! Race! Gender! Adrian Piper and the Pseudorationality of Data.” Feminist Media Histories 3.3. Special Issue: Data. (Summer 2017).

 “The Sonic Turn and Theory’s Affective Call.” parallax. Special Issue: Sounding/Thinking. 23.3 (July 2017).

 Essays in Collections: 

“Genealogy,” Keyword for Rethinking Women’s and Gender Studies—Volume II, ed. Catherine M. Orr and Ann Braithwaite (Routledge/Taylor and Francis, forthcoming 2020)

“Philosophy’s Mother Envy: Theory, Affect, and the Possibility of Deconstructing the Mother Tongue,” in Untying the Mother Tongue, ed. Federico Dal Bo and Antonio Castore (Berlin: ICI Berlin, forthcoming 2020)

“Theory’s Affective Scene: Or, What to Do with Affect after Language,” in Public Spheres of Resonance: Constellations of Affect and Language, ed. Anne Fleig and Christian von Scheve (Routledge, 2019)

Allison Fredette

Dr. Allison Fredette


  Allison Fredette earned her Ph.D. in American History from the University of Florida in 2014. She has taught in the history department at Appalachian State since that time. Her research explores the connections between regional identity and marital roles through an analysis of marriage and divorce in the border South states of Kentucky and West Virginia in the mid-nineteenth century. She has published in West Virginia History: A Journal of Regional Studies, as well as in edited collections on the history of marriage and new perspectives on emancipation. Her book manuscript is currently under review at the University Press of Kentucky. She teaches Society and History, American History, Women in American History, as well as a course on how to teach controversial issues in the classroom and museums. 

Lynne Getz

Lynne M. Getz

Professor of History
(828) 262-6012

Dr. Lynne Getz earned her Ph. D from the University of Washington, Seattle. She currently teaches courses pertaining to U.S. History, the American West, Race and Gender, Family History, and Mexican American History. Her book, "Circumstances Peculiar to Ourselves": the History of the Wattles-Faunce-Wetherill Families, is in the publication process with the University Press of Kansas. Dr. Getz is also working on a follow-up book to her first publication.

When not writing or teaching, Dr. Getz is the co-director of the St. Luke's Community Garden in Boone. They grow fresh produce for the homeless shelter, Hospitality House, and the Hunger Coalition.

Website: https://history.appstate.edu/faculty-staff/lynne-m-getz

Sandie Gravett

Sandie Gravett

Professor of Religious Studies
(828) 262-3089
Sarah Greenwald

Sarah J. Greenwald

Professor of Mathematics
(828) 262-2363

Sarah J. Greenwald is Professor of Mathematics at Appalachian State University and was Interim Director of Gender, Women's and Sexuality Studies in Spring 2018. Her PhD in mathematics is from the University of Pennsylvania in Riemannian geometry. She investigates connections between mathematics and society, such as women, minorities, and popular culture. She has won several awards for teaching, scholarship, and service, most recently a 2018 Association for Women in Mathematics Service Award. She co-edited the 3-volume Encyclopedia of Mathematics & Society, which was named a "Best Reference 2011" by Library Journal, and the 2018 Springer volume Women in Mathematics: Celebrating the Centennial of the Mathematical Association of America. She has taught courses on women and minorities in mathematics (MAT 4010/IDS 3530) as well as gender, media, and popular culture (GWS 3350).

Website: http://cs.appstate.edu/~sjg/

Recent GWS scholarship


Co-Editor of Women in Mathematics: Celebrating the Centennial of the Mathematical Association of America, with Janet Beery, Jackie Jensen-Vallin and Maura Mast, Springer’s Association for Women in Mathematics Series 10, 2018, ISBN 978-3-319-66693-8.


Associate Editor of the Association for Women in Mathematics Newsletter, 2011–present. Six issues per volume

Refereed articles:

“Teaching Students About Women and Mathematics,” with Jacqueline M. Dewar. In Women in Mathematics: Celebrating the Centennial of the Mathematical Association of America (eds. Janet Beery, —, Jackie Jensen-Vallin and Maura Mast). Springer’s Association for Women in Mathematics Series 10, 2018, pp. 343–358.

“Popular Culture in Teaching, Scholarship, and Outreach: The Simpsons and Futurama,” in Mathematics Education: A Spectrum of Work in Mathematical Sciences Departments (eds. Jackie Dewar, Pao-sheng Hsu, and Harriet Pollatsek) Springer’s Association for Women in Mathematics Series 7, 2017, pp. 349–362.

Peer-reviewed Newsletter articles:

“Body of Proof,” with Jill Thomley, AWM Newsletter 49(4), Jul–Aug 2019, pp. 22-23.

“Equalities and Inequalities in The Orville,” with Laurie Zack, AWM Newsletter 49(1), Jan–Feb 2019, pp. 14-15.

“Representations in Young Sheldon,” with Lauren N. Murray, AWM Newsletter 48(5), Sep–Oct 2018, pp. 14–15.

“Bones: A Mathematical Retrospective,” AWM Newsletter 48(1), Jan–Feb 2018, p. 9. 

“Actuarial Science and an All-Women’s College on The Blacklist,” with Ruth Haas, AWM Newsletter 47(6), Nov–Dec 2017, p. 16.

“Gifted,” AWM Newsletter 47(4), Jul–Aug 2017, pp. 21–22.

“Blindspot,” AWM Newsletter 47(1), Jan–Feb 2017, p. 9

“Choices on Chicago Med,” AWM Newsletter 46(5), Sep–Oct 2016, p. 17.

“Project Mc2 : Whose Project?,” with Sushmita Chatterjee, AWM Newsletter 46(2), Mar–Apr 2016, pp. 25–26.

 Invited talks and keynotes:

 Mathematical Identities: Representing the Underrepresented, UNC Chapel Hill, Workshop on Inclusive Teaching Practices, April 13, 2019.

Promoting Women in Mathematics, Brigham Young University, March 14, 2019.

 Popular Culture and Mathematics: Gender, Race, and More Sonia Kovalevsky Day, 

Winthrop University, May 19, 2018. 

Saint Louis University, April 27, 2018. 

Furman University, April 3, 2018. 

Mathematical Association of America Southeastern Section Meeting, March 24, 2018. 

Association for Women in Mathematics Triangle Conference for Undergraduate and Graduate Students, February 17, 2018. 

UNC Chapel Hill, Girls Talk Math: Engaging Girls Through Math Media program, June 28, 2017. 

Columbia State Community College, March 15, 2017.

 Incorporating the Contributions of Women and Minorities into Classrooms: David Blackwell, Evelyn Boyd Granville and Mary Gray, AWM Research Symposium, History of Mathematics Session, April 8, 2017.

 Peer-Reviewed presentations:

 Women in Mathematics Badge/Patch for Girl Scouts, MAA Contributed Paper Session on Inclusive Excellence— Attracting, Involving, and Retaining Women and Underrepresented Groups in Mathematics, Joint Mathematics Meetings, Baltimore, MD, January 19, 2019.

 Incorporating the Contributions of Women and Minorities into Classrooms: David Blackwell, Evelyn Boyd Granville and Mary Gray. MAA Session on The Contributions of Minorities to Mathematics Throughout History, Joint Mathematics Meetings, Seattle, WA, January 8, 2016

Kristina Groover

Kristina Groover

Professor of English
(828) 262-2331 x4

Kristina K. Groover joined the Department of English at Appalachian State University in 1996. She teaches 20th century British and American literature, women's literature, and African American literature. Her recent research is on literary constructs of spirituality and intersections between feminist theology and women's literary texts.

Website: https://english.appstate.edu/faculty-staff/kristina-groover

Victoria Grube

Victoria Grube

Associate Professor of Art Education
(828) 262-2891

Vicky Grube, Associate Professor of Art, received her M Ed from the University of Illinois, her MFA in Theatre Arts and her PhD in Art Education from the University of Iowa. She has taught painting, theatre design, art education and early childhood education at the University of Iowa and surrounding colleges in the midwest. She has a national and a regional NEA in the Visual Arts, has shown her work throughout the midwest notably at the Chicago Cultural Center, the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City and at the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha and won Best of Show at the Nelson Atkins and at the Des Moines Art Center where her work is in their permanent collection.

She has designed sets and costumes for University of Iowa theater productions working with Rinde Eckert and Ducks Breath Mystery Theatre, Leon Martell. In 1988 she received a Diverse Visions Grant from the Mc Knight Foundation of Minnesota for her theatre troupe Pinkys Custom Cakes. Pinkys has performed at the University of Iowa Museum of Art and at the Catherine Nash Gallery at the University of Minnesota. Her doctoral research concerns critical theory and ethnographic methodology.

Grube has presented her research nationally and internationally. She has published in Visual Arts Research, Art Education, International Journal of Education and the Arts, Journal of Aesthetic Education, Cultural Studies˜Critical Methodologies, and in the collection The Heart of Art Education: Holistic Approaches to Creativity, Integration, and Transformation. Eds. Laurel Campbell and S. Simmons. The November 2012 issue of Art Education (the publication of the NAEA) featured Grube's article on Room 13 as the cover story.

She has earned four grants and fellowships to study art education internationally in Reggio Emilia, Italy, Fort William, Scotland, Bristol/ Eastbourne/and Birmingham, England. In 2009, Grube was named North Carolina Teacher of the Year, Higher Education Division.

Website: http://art.appstate.edu/faculty.php

Alison Gulley

Associate Professor of English
(828) 262-7303

Before joining the ASU English Department in 2008, Dr. Gulley taught at Lees-McRae College and Randolph-Macon College. Her primary research focus has been the hagiographical writings of the Old English abbot and church reformer Ælfric of Eynsham, and her book, The Displacement of the Body in Ælfric's Lives of the Virgin Martyrs, compares his Old English hagiographical writings to their 3rd- and 4th-century Latin sources. Her current work involves the apocalyptic context of Ælfric's Lives of the Virgin Spouses. Dr. Gulley is also in the process of editing a collection of essays on ethical approaches to teaching medieval rape narratives.

Website: https://english.appstate.edu/faculty-staff/alison-gulley

Recent GWS Scholarship

Edited volume: Teaching Rape in the Medieval Literature Classroom: Approaches to Difficult Texts. Ed. Alison Gulley. Teaching the Middle Ages 1. Amsterdam and Kalamazoo: University of Amsterdam Press/ARC Humanities Press, 2018.

 The volume includes two of my essays:

“Introduction: Teaching Rape: Challenges in the 21st-Century Classroom.” 1-11.

 “‘How do we know he really raped her?’: Using the BBC Canterbury Tales to Confront Student Skepticism When Teaching the `Wife of Bath’s Tale.’” 113-127

Journal article: “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door: Sexual Renunciation, Apocalyptic Anticipation, and Liminality in Ælfric’s Lives of the Virgin Spouses.” Journal of English and Germanic Philology 117 (2018): 141-159.

Cara Hagan

Assistant Professor

Cara Hagan is an interdisciplinary artist whose practice is informed by movement, words and digital space. Ms. Hagan has the pleasure of sharing her artistic pursuits across the United States and abroad. Most recently, Cara has set choreographic works on students at the UNC School of the Arts, Missouri State University and on professional dancers at the Dance Barn Festival in Battle Lake, MN. Her recent guest residencies have included Thirak India, where she taught, performed and lectured across the north region of India, at James Madison University, where she taught a series of workshops on dance film, and at UC Boulder, where she was a guest artist as part of the 2017 U.N. {W.R.A.P} Series. Further, Cara has made recent performance appearances at the Asheville Wordfest, the Taos Poetry Festival, the On Site/In Sight Dance Festival, and the Visual Art Exchange, Raleigh.  A recipient of several grants and awards, Cara recently received a 2014-2015 NCAC Choreographic Fellowship Award, a 2015 Sustainability in the Arts Grant and a 2015-2016 University Research Council Grant. Ms. Hagan serves on the dance studies faculty at Appalachian State University, as well as serving as director and curator for ADF's Movies By Movers, an annual, international dance film festival that hosts events at both the American Dance Festival and Appalachian State University. Cara's scholarly and creative work can be found in various publications, including the Snapdragon Journal of Art and Healing, Headwaters Journal of Expressive Arts, the International Journal of Screendance, and in the book, Dance's Duet with the Camera: Motion Pictures, edited by Telory D. Arendell and Ruth Barnes. Currently Cara is under contract to complete her first solo authored book through McFarland Publishing.

Recent GWS scholarship

Publications (peer-reviewed):

Hagan, Cara. The Feminist Body Reimagined in Two Dimensions: An Exploration of the Intersections Between Dance Film and Contemporary Feminism. Dance's Duet with the Camera: Motion Pictures. Ed. Ruth Barnes and Telory Arendell. London: Palgrave McMillan, 2016. 49-65. Print.

Hagan, Cara. "Visual Politics in American Dance Film: Representation and Disparity. International Journal of Screendance Vol. 8 (2017): 104-112.

Hagan, Cara. "Five Poems: Cruel Men and False Gods; Bursting at the Seams; A Man Runs a Van into Midnight Prayer, or, God and Allah Concur; In the Days After the Verdict; Men with Pistols." Seven Day Weekend Vol. 1 (2017).

Hagan, Cara. "Curatorial Practices for Intersectional Programming. International Journal of Screendance Vol. 9 (2018): 133-151. 

Hagan, Cara. "Twenty Crimes Punishable by Death." Snapdragon Journal of Art and Healing Issue 4.3 (Fall 2018): 14.

 Hagan, Cara, and Theresa Redmond. "Creative Social Stewardship, Artistic Engagement, and the Environment." Journal of Sustainability Education Vol. 20 (April 2019).

Hagan, Cara. "Illuminating Diverse Voices in Collegiate Dance Education: Problems in the Academy and Creative Approaches to Practice." Journal of Dance Education (2020 currently under review).

 Conference and Panel Presentations (peer-reviewed/juried):

"The Art of Forgetting: Examining Cultural Reassignment in African American Dance Forms," National Women's Studies Association, 2016.

"Mindfulness and Resistance: the Body as Chronicle", Embodied Learning Summit, Duke University, 2017.

Women of Color Leadership Sessions Co-Chair and Presenter, National Women's Studies Association, 2017.

"Collective Strategies for Women of Color in Dance (roundtable)," International Association of Blacks in Dance Conference, 2017.

"Between Peace and Power: Five Essential Questions for Inner and Outer Liberation," Embodied learning Summit, Duke University, 2018.

"Ode to an Unapologetic and Sacred Booty," in collaboration with Dr. Sonja Thomas, National Women's Studies Association, 2018.

Women of Color Leadership Sessions Co-Chair and Presenter, National Women's Studies Association, 2018.

"Visual Politics in American Dance Film," Loikka Screendance Festival/Future Screens of Dance Conference, 2018.

"Creative Social Stewardship," Scottish Conference on Geopoetics, 2018.

"Artistic Surrogacy," Revolve Gallery, 2019.

"Digital Space as Fluid Space for the Black Dancing Body," Collegium for African Diasporic Dance, 2020 (accepted).

Performances and Exhibitions (juried):

"The Body and the Breath (In Color!), conceptualized and performed by Cara Hagan for the Interlude Series, Asheville, NC, 2016.

"Ritual of 100 Tiny Circles," choreographed and performed by Cara Hagan for International Women's Day TV broadcast/Thirak India, Jaipur, India, 2016.

"The Body and the Breath (In Color!)," conceptualized and performed by Cara Hagan at the Visual Art Exchange, Raleigh, NC, 2017.

"Time in a Mind Gone Elsewhere," choreographed and performed by Cara Hagan for LadyFest CLT,  Charlotte, NC, 2018.

"Declaration," choreographed and performed by Cara Hagan for Performatica Festival, Puebla, Mexico, 2018.

"LOAM," choreographed and performed by Cara Hagan for the Scottish Conference on Geopoetics, Edinburgh, Scotland, 2018.

"LOAM," choreographed and performed by Cara Hagan for DIDA Split Bill, Durham, NC, 2018.

"A Minute of Your Time, Please?" Films by Cara Hagan presented at Art Produce Gallery, San Diego, California, 2019.

"A treatise on Generational Trauma," multi-media work by Cara Hagan, Ekua Adisa, and Kate Morales presented at Revolve Gallery, Asheville, NC, 2019

Davis Hankins

Davis Hankins

Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Religion
(828) 262-6610

I study biblical literature, religion, and society in light of modern literary theory and philosophy. I'm currently writing a book on Ecclesiastes and the history of its use and influence. My research focuses on the Bible's wisdom literature and its reception, but I have published widely on a range of topics such as the concept of sovereignty in the stories about Elisha, feminist biblical interpretation, and the shifting boundaries delimiting religion in the history of biblical interpretation. My first book, published in 2015, demonstrates why the book of Job is an important philosophical voice on contemporary concerns such as the limits and possibilities of desire, subjectivity, ideology, ontology, and ethics. I regularly teach surveys of the Old and New Testaments, plus courses on Gender and Sexuality, Prophecy and Justice, and Literary Theory and Cultural Studies.

Website: https://philrel.appstate.edu/hankins

Carrie Hart

Dr. Carrie Hart

Dr. Carrie Hart earned her Ph.D. in Educational Studies and her M.A. in Women's & Gender Studies, both from the University of North Carolina Greensboro. She teaches courses that focus on gender, sexuality, feminist theory, and education. Her research interests include feminist pedagogies, transnational feminisms, visual literacy, media studies, and queer theory. She has published in Feminist Media StudiesAtlantis: Critical Studies in Gender, Culture & Social Justice, and The International Journal of Critical Pedagogy. She is an independent filmmaker and a community organizer for LGBTQ+ youth in North Carolina.

Recent GWS Scholarship

“Social Justice Pedagogy, Deconstruction, & Teaching What Makes a Baby,” The International Journal of Critical Pedagogy 7(2)(2016).

“Viewing as Text: Theorizing Visual Literacies in Introduction to Women’s & Gender Studies”, Atlantis: Critical Studies in Gender, Culture, & Social Justice 37(2) (2016).

Rosemary Horowitz

Rosemary Horowitz

Professor of English
(828) 262-2253

Rosemary joined the faculty of Appalachian State University in 1995. Prior to her teaching career, she worked as a writer, editor, and trainer for several organizations. In addition to teaching at Appalachian's Boone campus, she has participated in several ASU initiatives in other locations, most notably in Puebla, Mexico and at the Appalachian Loft in New York City. She also co-directs ASU's Office of Judaic, Holocaust, and Peace Studies.

Website: https://english.appstate.edu/faculty-staff/rosemary-horowitz

Amy Hudnall

Amy Hudnall

Senior Lecturer in History
(828) 262-6025

Amy C. Hudnall, M.A., was educated in History (MA) and History and German Studies (BA) at Appalachian State University, including studies at the Bayerische Julius-Maximilians-Universität, Germany and Florida State University. She holds dual appointments as a senior lecturer in ASU's Department of History and Department of Cultural, Global, and Women's Studies. Hudnall's work focuses on key aspects of genocide, in particular trauma theory, human rights, perpetrators, and cross-cultural conflict. She has written numerous articles and book chapters as well as presenting, with her colleagues, at multiple venues, including, UNESCO, Paris; Kampala, Uganda; Amman, Jordan; Berlin, Germany; San Jose, Costa Rica; and across the United States and Canada.

Website: http://www.appstate.edu/~hudnallac/

Eva Hyatt

Eva M. Hyatt

Professor of Marketing
(828) 262-2926

Hyatt's publications have appeared in Journal of Consumer Research; Popular Music and Society; Journal of Public Policy and Marketing; Consumption, Markets and Culture; Journal of Business Research; Journal of Marketing Communications; Journal of Food Products Marketing; Food Quality and Preference; The Journal of Marketing Theory and Practice; Advances in Consumer Research; Proceedings of the American Marketing Association; Proceedings of the Marketing and Public Policy Conference; Proceedings of the Society for Marketing Advances; and Proceedings of the ACR Conference on Gender, Marketing and Consumer Behavior. Her paper entitled "A Critical Appraisal of Demand Artifacts in Consumer Research" received the Best Article Award (1990-1992) for Journal of Consumer Research, the top journal in Consumer Behavior, her field of specialization. She also received in 2001 the Excellence in Research Award for the Walker College of Business at Appalachian State University.

Currently, she is investigating such issues as the cognitive bases of visual persuasion, children's brand preference and identification, myths and stereotypes surrounding women and guns, and dog-related consumer behavior. She is also writing a book called Ethical and Social Issues in Marketing.

She is a regular reviewer for the Association for Consumer Research, the Society for Marketing Advances, the Marketing and Public Policy Proceedings, and the National Women's Studies Association. She provides marketing consulting services for the National Organization for Women (Washington, DC), artist Irmaly (Boone, NC), Watauga County Democratic Party, Watauga Humane Society, and the Watauga Hunger Coalition.

Website: https://marketing.appstate.edu/directory/eva-m-hyatt-phd

Alecia Jackson

Alecia Jackson

Professor of Leadership and Educational Studies
(828) 262-6037

Alecia Jackson holds a PhD in Language Education from The University of Georgia, where she also obtained a Women's Studies Graduate Certificate and a Qualitative Studies Graduate Certificate. She teaches educational research at the master's, specialist's, and doctoral levels in the College of Education at Appalachian State University.

Dr. Jackson's research interests bring feminist and poststructural theories of power, knowledge, language, and subjectivity to bear on a range of overlapping topics: deconstructions of narrative and voice, cultural studies of schooling (with an emphasis on the rural), and qualitative method in the postmodern. She has publications in The International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, Qualitative Inquiry, The International Review of Qualitative Research, and the British journal Qualitative Research. Her co-edited book Voice in Qualitative Inquiry (with colleague Lisa Mazzei) was published in September 2008 by Routledge Press. She and Lisa Mazzei are currently working on another book, Thinking with Theory in Qualitative Research: Using Epistemological Frameworks in the Production of Meaning, to be published by Routledge Press in 2011.

In spring 2010, Dr. Jackson received The Board of Governor's/ASU's Excellence in Teaching Award for the Reich College of Education.

Website: http://www.appstate.edu/~jacksonay/rcoe/

Linda Jencson

Linda J. Jencson

(828) 262-6713

Dr. Linda Jencson is a cultural anthropologist with an M.A. and a Doctorate from the University of Oregon. She teaches in Watauga College. She researches gender issues as they relate to religion, and popular culture, as well as disaster vulnerability, risk perception and mitigation. All of her work is united by an interest in ways that symbolic communication through the arts and popular culture can be used to motivate collective social action. Her most recent publication (2016) is a chapter on a popular television series' depiction of gender and family, "Chosen Family, TV and Tradition: Queering Relations in the BBC's Sherlock." in Who Is Sherlock? Essays on Identity in Modern Holmes Adaptations, Lynette Porter, ed. West Jefferson, NC: McFarland. She is currently working on an invited project for Studies in Popular Culture, exploring ways in which the characterization of Eurus and Mycroft Homes (in the Sherlock series) can be utilized to reflect upon the political theories of Jacques Derrida in his work, Politics of Friendship.

Ann Pegelow Kaplan

Ann Pegelow Kaplan

Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies
(828) 262-8991

Professor Kaplan is an interdisciplinary scholar and artist who teaches and researches across the written and visual. Her creative research and written scholarship consider issues of difference and privilege in photographic modes of representation.

Her presentations include College Art Conference's THAT Camp, the 50th Anniversary Meeting of the Society of Photographic Education, Digital Humanities Summer Institute at the University of Victoria, Philippines Arts Congress in Baguio City, Philippines, and F/Stop Festival für Fotografie in Leipzig, Germany

She previously served as Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Art and Art History at Elon University and Visiting Assistant Professor in the School of Fine Arts at Philippines Women's University in Manila. In 2013 and 2015, she was awarded artist residencies with fellowships at the Vermont Studio Center.

Website: https://cgg.appstate.edu/faculty/ann-pegelow-kaplan

Ellen Key

Ellen M. Key

Assistant Professor

Dr. Ellen Key joined the Department of Government and Justice Studies in 2012. She earned an A.B. in Government from Georgetown University, a M.A. in Political Science from the University of Georgia, and Ph.D. in Political Science from Stony Brook University. Her areas of teaching and research focus on judicial politics, public opinion, and political methodology. Her work has appeared in journals such as Political Behavior, PS: Political Science and Politics, Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting, and Financial Management, and The Political Methodologist. She enjoys following college sports and co-teaches a class on the politics of sports. In her spare time, she’s learning how to crochet.

Recent GWS Scholarship

Key, Ellen M. and Jane L. Sumner. 2019. "You Research Like a Girl: Gendered Research Agendas and Their Implications." PS: Political Science and Politics 52(4): 663-668.

Kathryn Kirkpatrick

Kathryn Kirkpatrick

Professor of English
(828) 262-2910

We live in such a beautiful place, I find plenty to do at home. As a breast cancer survivor, I'm a big advocate of local, organic food --if I'm not planning, planting, weeding, or harvesting our garden, I'm learning new ways to prepare slow food. I enjoy hiking with our two Shetland sheepdogs, and I practice yoga as often as I can. I'm convinced that in this historical era one of the greatest powers we have as individuals is the power to consume sustainably by boycotting polluting, unethical companies and spending on organic, Fair Trade products. Like everyone else, I grieve the changing of our climate, and i try to live and teach values that might help prepare myself and others for the challenging times ahead.

Website: https://english.appstate.edu/faculty-staff/kathryn-kirkpatrick

Recent GWS scholarship

The Fisher Queen: New & Selected Poems. Co. Clare, Ireland: Salmon Press, 2019.

(This feminist/ecofeminist volume just won our state’s poetry award, the Roanoke-Chowan Award for Poetry from the NC Literary and Historical Society.)

“Paula Meehan and the Public Poem.” The Cambridge History of Irish Women Writers. Cambridge UP, forthcoming.


Ellen Lammont

Ellen C. Lamont

Assistant Professor of Sociology
(828) 262-7658

Ellen Lamont is an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from New York University, an M.A. in International Relations from the University of Chicago, and a B.A. in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. Her current research uses in-depth interviews to examine how gender and sexuality shape people's hook up, dating, and relationship behaviors and narratives. She has published articles in Gender & Society, Men & Masculinities, and Sociological Forum. Her book project, The Mating Game: Courtship in an Era of Gender Upheaval, is under contract with the University of California Press. She teaches Constructions of Gender, Sociology of Families, Women, Crime, and the Justice System, and Sociology of Intimate Relationships at Appalachian State University.

Website: https://soc.appstate.edu/faculty-staff/ellen-c-lamont-phd

Recent GWS Publications

Lamont, Ellen. Forthcoming February 2020. The Mating Game: How Gender Still Shapes How We Date. University of California Press.

 shuster, stef, and Ellen Lamont. 2020. "Sticks and Stones Break Our Bones, and Words Are Damaging: How Language Regulates Non-binary People." The Emergence of Trans: Essays on Politics, Culture, and Everyday Life, edited by I. Moon, R. Pearce, K. Gupta, and D.L. Steinberg. London, UK: Routledge. Pp. 103-115.

 Lamont, Ellen, Teresa Roach, and Sope Kahn. 2018. "Navigating Campus Hookup Culture: LGBTQ Students and College Hookups." Sociological Forum 33(4): 1000-1022. Lamont, Ellen. 2017 "'We Can Write the Scripts Ourselves': Queer Challenges to Heteronormative Dating and Courtship Practices." Gender & Society31(5): 624-646.

"Affection and Passion in Early Modern Spanish Separations" in Courtship, Marriage and Marriage Breakdown: Approaches from the History of Emotion, edited by Katie Barclay, Jeffrey Meek, Andrea Thomson (Routledge, November, 2019).

"Introduction" and "Chapter Two, Religion: Defending Continuity in an Age of Change," in a text I edited titled A Cultural History of Marriage in the Age of Enlightenment (1650-1800) Edited by Edward Behrend-Martinez (Appalachian State University, USA), Bloomsbury, December, 2019.

Cameron Lippard

Cameron Lippard

Associate Professor of Sociology and Director of Undergraduate Studies
(828) 262-6396

Cameron D. Lippard is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Appalachian State University. His teaching and research interests are in social inequality, focusing on the social problems and racialization Latino immigrants face while living in the American South. Recent publications include two books: Building Inequality: Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration in the Atlanta Construction Industry and Being Brown in Dixie: Race, Ethnicity, and Latino Immigration in the New South. He also has researched the connections between immigrant labor and growing industries in the American South including the construction, meatpacking, and Christmas tree industries.

Website: https://soc.appstate.edu/faculty-staff/cameron-lippard-phd

Nancy Love

Nancy Love

Professor of Political Science
(828) 262-6168

Nancy S. Love joined the Department of Government & Justice Studies in 2009. She received a Ph.D. in 1984 and M.A. in 1981 from Cornell University and an A.B. degree in 1977 from Kenyon College. Her teaching and research emphasize political theory, especially critical theory, democratic theory, and feminist theory. She is the author of Trendy Fascism: White Power Music and the Future of Democracy (2016), Musical Democracy (2006), Understanding Dogmas and Dreams: A Text, 2nd ed. (2006), and Marx, Nietzsche, and Modernity (1986), the editor of Dogmas and Dreams: A Reader in Modern Political Ideologies, 4th ed. (2010), and the co-editor of Studying Politics Today: Critical Approaches to Political Science(2014) and Doing Democracy: Activist Art and Cultural Politics (2013). She has also published numerous articles in prominent journals and contributed invited chapters to multiple edited volumes. She recently completed a six-year term as the co-editor of New Political Science: A Journal of Politics and Culture. Professor Love is an award-winning teacher, who offers classes on political theory and political ideologies. When she is not working, she enjoys playing with her dogs, tending her chickens, and sharing the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Website: https://gjs.appstate.edu/directory/dr-nancy-love

Recent GWS scholarship

Trendy Fascism:  White Power Music and the Future of Democracy (SUNY Press, hdbk. 2016; pbk. 2017) 

"From Settler Colonialism to Standing Rock:  Hearing Native Voices for Peace," College Music Symposium, 58:3, October 2018, https://symposium.music.org/index.php/58-3/item/11412-from-settler-colonialism-to-standing-rock-hearing-native-voices-for-peace

Dr. Bethany Mannon

Visiting Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Composition

Bethany Mannon is a Visiting Assistant Professor of English, specializing in Rhetoric and Composition. She researches religion, gender, and public discourse in the contemporary United States, as well as writing pedagogy and writing center studies. Her articles have appeared in journals including Rhetoric Society QuarterlyCollege English, and Contemporary Women's Writing.

Recent GWS Publications

2020 “The Persuasive Power of Individual Stories: The Rhetoric in Narrative Archives.” Feminist Connections: Transversals in Rhetoric, Media, and Activism, edited by Katherine Fredlund, Kerri Hauman, and Jessica Ouellette (Alabama UP).

2019 “Xvangelical: The Rhetorical Work of Personal Narratives in Contemporary Religious Discourse.” Rhetoric Society Quarterly, vol. 49, no. 2, 2019, pp. 142-162

“Digital Selves: Personal Narrative Pedagogy in the Online Writing Course.” Currents in Teaching and Learning (forthcoming)

2018 “Hester Mulso Chapone and the Gendered Rhetoric of Experience.” Peitho: Journal of the Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric & Composition 21.1

2018 “Spectators, Sponsors, or World Travelers? Engaging with the Lives of Others through Digital Storytelling Projects.” College English 80.4

2018 “Self-Representation, Identity, and Bipolar Disorder in Kay Redfield Jamison’s An Unquiet Mind and Ellen Forney’s Marbles.” Journal of Medical Humanities

2017 “Kay Boyle, Janet Flanner, and the Public Voice in Women’s Memoirs.” Contemporary Women’s Writing, 11. 2

2016 “What do Graduate Students Want from the Writing Center? Tutoring Practices to Support Thesis and Dissertation Writers.” Praxis: A Writing Center Journal 13.2

2016 “A Mighty Clamor to Know”: Revelation and Rhetorical Self-Representation in Styron’s The Confessions of Nat Turner.” Mississippi Quarterly 69.1

Denise Martz

Denise M. Martz

Professor of Psychology
(828) 262-2272 x429

Historically, I've conducted research on eating disorders prevention, body image, and obesity. More recently, my team has studied fat talk, body snarking of others, and how victimization of interpersonal violence is a risk for poor body image and eating disorders in women and anabolic steroid abuse in young men.  "Fat talk" is when girls and women complain about their appearance with others.  "Body snarking" or fat shaming is when individuals bully others by snarking about their physical appearance.  I call both of these forms of messaging our "feminine enemies." I am currently working on a book that includes feminist and scientific analyses of these toxic types of communications.

Website: https://psych.appstate.edu/faculty-staff/denise-m-martz

Recent GWS Scholarship

Martz, D.M. (2019). Fat Talk: A Feminist Perspective. McFarland Publishing: Jefferson, NC.

Ellis, J.M, Schenk, R., Galloway, A.T., Zickgraf, H., Webb, R.M., & Martz, D.M. (2018). A multidimensional approach to understanding the potential risk factors and covariates of adult picky eating. Appetite, 125, 1-9. doi:10.1016/j.appet.2018.01.016

Ballard, M.E., Jameson, J. P., & Martz, D.M. (2017). Sexual identity and risk behaviors among adolescents in the rural southern United States. Journal of Rural Mental Health, 41(1), 17-29. doi:10.1037/rmh0000068

Rogers, C., Martz, D.M., Webb, R.M., & Galloway, A. (2017). Everyone else is doing it (I think): The power of perception in fat talk. Body Image, 20, 116-119. DOI10.1016/j.bodyim.2017.01.004

Martz, D.M., & Rogers, C.B. (November 1, 2016). Understanding and treating women's body image and eating disorders. North Carolina Medicine Journal, November, 77(6), 385-387.

Ellis, J.M., Galloway, A.T., Webb, R.M., & Martz, D. M. (2016). Measuring adult picky eating: The development of a multidimensional self-report instrument. Psychological Assessment: A Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 29(8), 955-966.

Ellis, J.M., Galloway, A.T., Webb, R.M., Martz, D. M., & Farrow, C.V. (2016). Recollections of pressure to eat during childhood, but not picky eating, predict young adult eating behavior. Appetite, 97, 58-63.

Fiery, M., Martz, D.M., Webb, R.M., & Curtin, L.A. (2016). “She’s (and He’s) Got it Going On:” An Exploration of Racial Differences in Favorable and Unfavorable Body Talk. Eating Behaviors, 21, 232-235. doi.org/10.1016/j.eatbeh.2016.03.004

Mikell, C. M., & Martz, D.M. (2016). Women’s Fat Talk Can Kill the Mood for Men. Eating Behaviors, 21, 211-213. doi.org/10.1016/j.eatbeh.2016.03.007

Martz, D.M., Jameson, J.P., & Page, A.D. (2016). Psychological health and academic success in rural adolescents exposed to physical and sexual violence. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry. doi: 10.1037/ort0000174

Martha McCaughey

Martha McCaughey

Professor of Sociology and the Director of the First Year Seminar and the Common Reading Programs
(828) 262-2028

Martha McCaughey (PhD, Sociology, UC Santa Barbara) is Professor of Sociology and the Director of the First Year Seminar and the Common Reading Programs at Appalachian. A past Director of our GWS Program, she is the author of the books Real Knockouts: The Physical Feminism of Women's Self-Defense and The Caveman Mystique: Pop-Darwinism and the Debates Over Sex, Violence, and Science.  She is the editor of several scholarly volumes, including the Special Issue of Violence Against Women on self-defense against sexual assault.  Her interests include gender, bodies, activism, and social media. She blogs about women's self-defense at www.seejanefightback.com.

Website: http://www.appstate.edu/~mccaugheym/main.html

Recent GWS Scholarship

2016                McCaughey, Martha, and Jill Cermele.  “What’s Wrong with the CDC’s Public Health Model for Rape Prevention?” Gender & Society Blog.  Feb. 16. Web. https://gendersociety.wordpress.com/2016/02/16/whats-wrong-with-the-cdcs-public-health-model-for-rape-prevention/

2016                Cermele, Jill and Martha McCaughey.  “Hey Guys, It’s Not About Your Manhood!” The Society Pages, Oct. 5. Web. https://thesocietypages.org/girlwpen/2016/10/05/hey-guys-its-not-about-your-manhood/


Lucinda McCray

Lucinda M. McCray

Professor of History
(828) 262-6011

Dr. Lucinda McCray completed her Ph.D in History at Lancaster University (UK) in 1985. She specializes in the History of Medicine and Public Health in the U.S. and Britain, British History, European History, and Oral History practices. These topics feature heavily in her publications and classes. When asked why she teaches, Dr. McCray explained: "I am convinced that a broad understanding of history enhances people's understanding of the world they live in and improves the quality of the decisions they make. Thus, I am committed to teaching introductory classes tailored for non-majors."

Website: https://history.appstate.edu/faculty-staff/lucinda-m-mccray

Layne McDaniel

Layne McDaniel

Lecturer in History
(828) 262-8098

Dr. McDaniel is a graduate of Wofford college and received her Ph. D. in History and her certificate in Women's Studies from Emory University. Her specialized research interests include women in the 19th century American South, educational history, gender issues, social history, intellectual history, and textile history. She has taught at ASU for the past eight years. Her courses have included History and Society, History and Culture, American history surveys, North Carolina history, and three FYS courses: "Where Did You Get That Tee Shirt," "What if Harry Potter Is Real," and "Steampunk Civilizations." This past spring she taught "Bathing Beauties and Muscled Men: Perceptions of Fitness in the United States, 1845-1945." In the fall, she will be offering a new first year seminar, "How to Think Like Leonardo DaVinci." Before coming to ASU, she taught at Auburn University and Southern Union Community College. She is currently working on a book project dealing with the intersections of race, class, gender, disability, and school desegregation in South Carolina in the 1960s-1970s. Dr. McDaniel's interest in history and women's work connects to her hobbies of fiber art, quilting, drawing, and poetry. At one point, she was the seamstress for an academic theatre department and continues to study cosplay garments and Victorian fashion. She is obsessed with Scrabble.

Website: https://history.appstate.edu/faculty-staff/layne-mcdaniel-0

Elaine O'Quinn

Elaine O'Quinn

Professor of English
(828) 262-6894

Dr. O'Quinn joined the Dept. of English in 1999. She is co-director of the BS in English Education program. She is also a member of the Women Studies faculty and the Appalachian Studies faculty. Her courses address the complex issues of teaching English in American society. Dr. O'Quinn's research interests include critical literacy, the sociopolitical dynamics of reading and writing, gender in the English classroom, and democracy and literacy. Dr. O'Quinn is a member of the Academy of Outstanding Teachers in Arts and Sciences at ASU, and she has also received the Arts and Sciences Award for Outstanding Advisor. In Spring of 2012, the Belk Library dedicated the Elaine J. O'Quinn Girls' Studies Special Collection in honor of Dr. O'Quinn's donation of vintage books for girls. She is also the 2012 recipient of the North Carolina Board of Governors Teaching Award.

Website: https://english.appstate.edu/faculty-staff/elaine-oquinn

Maria Patricia Ortiz

Professor of Spanish
(828) 262-7356

David Orvis

Associate Professor of English
(828) 262-7299

Website: https://english.appstate.edu/faculty-staff/david-orvis

Recent GWS scholarship

Edited Books:

Queer Milton. Palgrave Macmillan, 2018.

The Noble Flame of Katherine Philips: A Poetics of Culture, Politics, and Friendship, co-edited with Ryan Singh Paul. Duquesne University Press, 2015.

Articles and Book Chapters:

"Sodomites and Mollies." In Early Modern Bodies. Ed. Sarah Toulalan. Routledge. [Under contract]

“Queer Comedy.” In Oxford Handbook of Shakespearean Comedy. Ed. Heather A. Hirschfeld. Oxford University Press, 2018. 298-312.

“‘Which is worthiest love’ in The Two Gentlemen of Verona?” In Queer Shakespeare: Desire and Sexuality. Ed. Goran Stanivukovic. Arden Shakespeare. Bloomsbury Publishing, 2017. 33-49.

“Figuring Marital Queerness in Shakespeare’s Sonnets.” In Magic, Marriage, and Midwifery: Eroticism in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Ed. Ian Frederick Moulton. Rodopi, 2016. 131-50.

Amy Dellinger Page

Amy Dellinger Page

Professor of Sociology and Department Chair
(828) 262-2201

Amy Dellinger Page is Professor of sociology and Chair of the Department of Sociology at Appalachian State University. She regularly teaches courses about gender and interpersonal violence, and has published in the areas of police officers' attitudes toward women and rape, North Carolina sexual offender policy, interpersonal violence, and gender variance, including transgender issues. She serves as co-chair of Appalachian's Interpersonal Violence Council and also co-chaired the university's committees for training and assessment of the campus climate. Additionally, Page is involved with OASIS Inc., the local non-profit organization serving survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. In addition, she co-founded and currently serves on the leadership team for ASUnity, a Residential Learning Community for LGBTQ students.

Website: https://soc.appstate.edu/faculty-staff/amy-dellinger-page-phd

Recent GWS scholarship

Page, Amy Dellinger, Davison, Elizabeth, and Dale, Jessica Pittman.  2019. Say Something: A Preliminary Assessment of a Peer-Educator Training Program.  Feminist Teacher 28 (1), 32-44.

 Martz, Denise, Jameson, John Paul, and Page, Amy Dellinger.  2016.  Psychological Health and Academic Success in Rural Appalachian Adolescents Exposed to Physical and Sexual Interpersonal Violence.  American Journal of Orthopsychiatry.


Invited Featured Panelist for National Public Radio’s 1A.  “Boys to Men: Masculinity and the Next Mass Shooting”.  February 28, 2018. https://the1a.org/audio/#/shows/2018-02-28/boys-to-men-how-masculinity-is-made/113680/@00:00.         

Elizabeth M. Perego

Assistant Professor of History

Elizabeth M. Perego is an historian of contemporary Algeria and its global and regional connections. She earned her Ph.D. in Middle Eastern, African, and gender history from the Ohio State University and has authored articles that have appeared in the Journal of North African Studies and the International Journal of Middle East Studies, among other publications. Her scholarship examines the intersection of politics, culture, and gender in Algeria well as the modern Maghreb more broadly. She is presently completing a book project entitled, Satire, Subversion, State: Political Humor and Popular Contention in Algeria, 1930s to the Present, which explores comedy as a site of identity and social memory formation and political expression at times of heightened repression. In 2020, she served as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Princeton University's Institute for the Transregional Study of the Contemporary Middle East, North Africa, and Central Asia (Department of Near Eastern Studies). She joined Appalachian State University's Department of History in January 2021 as a specialist in Middle Eastern and North African History after holding a tenure-stream position at Shepherd University (West Virginia) from 2017 to 2019.  

Sheila Phipps

Sheila R. Phipps

Associate Professor of History and Assistant Department Chair
(828) 262-6005

Dr. Sheila Phipps completed her Ph.D in History at the College of William & Mary in 1998. She primarily studies issues pertaining to women, gender, colonial and nineteenth-century America, and the Civil War. In addition to teaching, Dr. Phipps acted as the Undergraduate Advising Coordinator between 2011-2015.

Website: https://history.appstate.edu/faculty-staff/sheila-r-phipps

Georgia Rhoades

Georgia Rhoades

Professor Emeritus of English
(828) 262-2250

Georgia Rhoades was Director of Composition in the English Department at ASU for ten years. Her doctorate in Rhetoric and Composition is from the University of Louisville, and her research interests include issues of non-tenure track working conditions and professional development, embodied rhetoric, and Irish Women's Literature. She is a founding member of Black Sheep Theatre and has performed her plays in Ireland, Northern Ireland, England, and the U.S.

Website: https://wac.appstate.edu/node/272

Recent GWS scholarship


“In Support of Contingent Faculty: Lessons from an Ongoing Struggle for Writing Program Independence,” [with Beth Carroll and Kim Gunter] in Minefield of Dreams: The Promise and Peril of Independent Writing Programs, ed. Justin Everett and Cristina Hanganu-Bresch, WAC Clearinghouse, 2016  Available at https://wac.colostate.edu/books/minefield/

“The Evolution of Best Practice:  Teaching Genre and Analysis Across the Curriculum,” (with Lynn Moss Sanders) Currents, Mar 2016, Vol 8.1, 40-45

Forthcoming:   "Faculty Development Across the Curriculum," Digital Commons


 “From Theory into the Classroom” (with Sherry Alusow Hart, Dennis J. Bohr, Brendan Hawkins, Julie Karaus, Amanda Finn, and Katelyn Stark), Georgia Southern Success in Student Writing Conference, Savannah, March 2016


Commission from The Playhouse, Derry Northern Ireland, to write a play about Margaret Cousins for production 2020


ASU Global Symposium, Nov 2019  

"The Cook and the Medium"


"Waterwoman," Great Writing Conference, London Imperial College, July 2019

"The Sheela-na-gig," Great Writing Conference, London Imperial College, June 2018

Curtis Ryan

Curtis Ryan

Professor of Government and Justice Studies
(828) 262-6348

Dr. Curtis Ryan specializes in International Relations and Comparative Politics, with particular interests in Middle East Politics, Islam & Politics, and International Terrorism. Dr. Ryan holds a Ph.D from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is also a Fulbright Scholar to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and the author of Jordan in Transition: From Hussein to Abdullah and Inter-Arab Alliances: Regime Security and Jordanian Foreign Policy.

Website: https://gjs.appstate.edu/directory/dr-curtis-ryan

Renee Scherlen

Renee Scherlen

Professor of Political Science
(828) 262-6094

Dr. Renee Scherlen has a Ph.D from the University of Texas, Austin in political science. Her research focuses primarily on Latin America, US foreign policy, and the war on drugs. In the past she has taught courses on gender and politics and gender and international relations. She includes gender perspective in all of her classes. Gender-related research has included articles and papers on NAFTA and sexual harassment law and gender differences in the use of Twitter by politicians. She is currently the Vice President of SPSAWomen, an organization within the Southern Political Science Association for women within the organization.

Website: https://gjs.appstate.edu/directory/dr-renee-scherlen

Dr. Anastacia Schuhoff

Assistant Professor of Sociology
(828) 262-6897

Anastacia Schuhoff is an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Missouri-Columbia, an M.A. in Sociology from the University of South Florida, a B.A. in Sociology and Human Services (double-major) from Black Hills State University, and an AAS degree in Legal/Paralegal Studies from Western Dakota Technical Institute. Dr. Schulhoff’s current research looks at Native American tribal nursing homes and the culture and identities of elders, staff, and administrators within. Her additional regional research projects center upon examining identity narratives of older adult volunteers in Watauga and Ashe counties and examining cultural sites that construct Native American identities in the state of N.C. She has published articles in Narrative Inquiry, Qualitative Health Research, and the International Journal of Psychology: A Biopsychosocial Approach journal. Her research employs social construction, narrative, critical race, and feminist theoretical approaches and methods. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Gerontology, Health Inequalities, Race & Ethnicity, Sociology of Adult Development, and Health Disparities.

Website: https://soc.appstate.edu/faculty-staff/anastacia-schulhoff-phd 

Reeves Schulstad

Reeves Schulstad

Associate Professor of Musicology
(828) 262-8166

Reeves Shulstad has been a member of the Appalachian faculty since 2009. With earned degrees that include a Masters and Ph.D. in Historical Musicology, Shulstad teaches music history and appreciation, world music and music and gender courses at the Hayes School. In addition to teaching, Shulstad is working on a book about microtonalist composer Tui St. George Tucker, a contemporary of John Cage who split her time between Greenwich Village and Camp Catawba, a boys camp outside of Blowing Rock, NC. Shulstad is also working on a critical edition of Tucker's music. Other research interests include the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning with her most recent project on student engagement. Shulstad is also active in curriculum development and assessment, serving as the chair of the Hayes School of Music's curriculum committee and on university-wide general education assessment committees.

Website: https://music.appstate.edu/faculty-staff/directory/dr-reeves-shulstad

Lynn Searfoss

Lynn Searfoss

Professor of English
(828) 262-7109

Lynn received her BA and MA from the University of Toledo in 1988 and 1990, and her Ph.D. from Purdue University in 2002. Her research interests include the history of American rhetoric; gender issues in writing pedagogy, particularly professional writing pedagogy; and the rhetoric of imperialism and post-colonialism. Recent talks include ""Medea's Virtue: Aesthetics, Violence, and Hysteria in Margaret Fuller's Summer on the Lakes, in 1843," presented to the American Studies National Conference, Washington, DC (November 2005), and "Constructing Niagara, Constructing Ourselves," presented for the ASU Humanities Thematic Series (January 2006). She is currently working on several articles, including one on Emersonian rhetoric in English Traits and one on feminist strategies for the teaching of business writing. She is also collaborating with Karen Reesman on an article describing the use of metaphor and metonomy in women's domestic abuse narratives.

Website: https://english.appstate.edu/faculty-staff/lynn-searfoss

Neva Specht

Neva J. Specht

Professor of History and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences
(828) 262-3078

Dr. Neva J. Specht [spake] serves as the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Professor of History at Appalachian State University.  She has taught courses on museum education, public programming, and material culture, as well as the history of pirates and the Blue Ridge Parkway. A native Iowan, Specht received her B.A. from Grinnell College and her M.A., Museum Studies Certification, and Ph.D. from the University of Delaware.  Before coming to ASU in 1996, she worked for the Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums, Historical Society of Delaware, and the Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake, NY.  Her research has focused on community formation among the Society of Friends in trans-Appalachia in the years following the American Revolution with a focus on gender and religion.  For six years, she served as the University Liaison to the Blue Ridge Parkway. During that time, she completed an Historic Furnishing Report for the Blowing Rock home of Moses and Bertha Cone for the National Park Service, directed two NEH Landmarks workshops on the Blue Ridge Parkway, and conducted a number of oral histories for the NPS including interviews with former CCC workers for King’s Mountain National Military Park. She was a member of the North Carolina Humanities Council from 2009-2016 and served two years as its Board Chair. She has received the Transforming North Carolina Faculty Research Award; ASU Board of Governor’s Teaching Award; Jimmy Smith Service Award; and the Communal Studies Association Starting Scholar Award.

selfie photograph of Albert Stabler

Dr. Albert Stabler

Assistant Professor of Art Education

I am a nearsighted cis white man from Ohio who spent almost eighteen years in Chicago, making art with young people around the city, and participating in the independent art world. In graduate school I wrote my dissertation on an artist named Laurie Jo Reynolds, who led a successful fight to close a state supertax prison; I also coordinated a prison-based peer-led trauma informed community counseling group, and worked with a group that fought local jail-building and advocated for public services. My wife and I also ran an art gallery out of our backyard. Here in Boone, I am trying to find ways to delicately introduce my preoccupation with state racism into my work teaching art education.

Recent GWS scholarship


Stabler, A. (2019). Race and ‘disability passing’ in a Chicago public school classroom. International Journal of Art and Design Education (forthcoming)

Susan Staub

Susan C. Staub

Professor of English
(828) 262-2335

Dr. Staub is a professor in the Department of English. In addition to teaching Early Modern Literature, she serves as the department's director of graduate studies. Her scholarly research focuses on aspects of gender in the Renaissance period. She is the author of three books, and was awarded the Board of Governor's Appalachian State University Excellence in Teaching Award in 2012, Outstanding Graduate Mentor in 2013, and Outstanding Graduate Faculty Award in 2013.

Website: https://english.appstate.edu/faculty-staff/susan-c-staub

Kyle Stevens

Kyle Stevens

Assistant Professor of English
(828) 262-2888

Kyle Stevens is Assistant Professor of Film Studies at Appalachian State University. He is the author of Mike Nichols: Sex, Language, and the Reinvention of Psychological Realism (Oxford University Press), and co-editor of the two-volume collection Close-Up: Great Screen Performances (Edinburgh University Press). He has written extensively on depictions of queer subjectivity in popular culture. These essays have appeared in Cinema Journal, Critical Quarterly, Film Criticism, World Picture, as well as several edited collections. He is also editor-in-chief of New Review of Film and Television Studies. He is one of the few academic members of GALECA, the largest organization for queer film and tv critics.

Website: https://english.appstate.edu/faculty-staff/kyle-stevens

Recent GWS scholarship

2019    “Elaine May: Subverting Machismo ‘Step by Tiny Step’.” The Other Hollywood Renaissance. Eds. R. Barton Palmer, Murray Pomerance, and Dominic Lennard. Edinburgh University Press. (Forthcoming.)

 2018    “Michel Surreault in La cage aux folles.” Close-Up: Great Cinematic Performances, Volume 2: International. Eds. Murray Pomerance and Kyle Stevens. 

 2017    “Queer Movements: Color, Performance, and Rhythm in John Huston’s Reflections in a  Golden Eye.” John Huston as Adaptor. Ed. Wesley King and Douglas McFarland. SUNY Press.

2019    “Bewitched by Olivia.” LA Review of Books.  https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/bewitched-by-olivia/

2019    “Can You Ever Forgive Me? and Marielle Heller’s Queer Art of Transparency.” Adaptation. Vol. 12, No 1. pp. 58–60.

2017    “Look at the Politics: On Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures.” TheJournal of American History. Volume 104, Issue 1. p. 307–309.

2017    “Welcome to Night Vale’s Cecil Baldwin on Finding the Queerness in His Character.”  Interview with podcast voice actor Cecil Baldwin. Slate.com. 

Matthew Thomas-Reid

Matthew Thomas-Reid

Assistant Professor

Matthew Thomas-Reid (he/him/his pronouns) is Assistant Professor of Educational Foundations and Affiliate Faculty with Gender, Women's and Sexuality Studies. Matthew is faculty advisor for GAPP (Gay and Progressive Pedagogy) and is editor of the South Atlantic Philosophy of Education Society Journal.  His areas of research include philosophy of education, social justice education, and queer pedagogy.  His current research projects focus on utilizing LGBTQIA histories and narratives with a view toward 'queering' pedagogy, praxis, and, most recently, digital literacies. 

Gayle Turner

Gayle M. Turner

Professor of Leadership and Educational Skills
(828) 262-3103
Tammy Wahpeconiah

Tammy Wahpeconiah

Associate Professor of English
(828) 262-7689

Tammy Wahpeconiah received her BA from the University of Miami in 1996, her MA from Michigan State University in 1998, and her Ph.D. from Michigan State University in 2004. Her research interests include Native American writing, with a focus on the novel, conversion narratives, diaries, speeches and autobiographies. Additional interests include Science Fiction and Fantasy, the 19th century American novel and the creation of the American citizen in the 18th and 19th century. Selected publications:

  • “’An Evening’s Curiosity’: Image and Indianness in James Welch’s The Heartsong of Charging Elk.” Transmotion. Vol. 2. Nos 1&2. 2016.

  • “’That We May Stand and Walk Ourselves’: Indian Sovereignty and Diplomacy after the Revolutionary War”. Ed. Deborah Madsen. Routledge Companion to Native American Literature. Routledge. 2015.

  • “Catch and Release.” Ed. Chris Arvidson, et al. Reflections on the New River: New Essays, Poem, and Personal Stories. McFarland Press. 2015.

  • “Navigating the River of the World: Collective Trauma in Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. Ed. Leon Lewis. Critical Insights: Sherman Alexie. Salem Press. 2010.

  • “Postmodern Magic, Traditional Rage: The Critical Reception of Sherman Alexie’s Work.” Ed. Leon Lewis. Critical Insights: Sherman Alexie. Salem Press. 2010.

  • This Once Savage Heart of Mine: Rhetorical Strategies of Survival in Early Native American Writing. Lambert Academic Press. 2009.

  • "This Once Savage Heart of Mine: Joseph Johnson, Wheelock's "Indians," and the Construction of a Christian/Indian Identity, 1764-1776." Eds. Colin G. Calloway and Neal Salisbury. Boston: The Colonial Society of Massachusetts, 2003.

Website: https://english.appstate.edu/faculty-staff/tammy-wahpeconiah

Belinda Walzer

Dr. Belinda Walzer

Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Composition

I am an Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Composition in the English Department at Appalachian State University. I am former Director of the Writing Center and Assistant Teaching Professor in the English Department’s Writing Program at Northeastern University. Before Northeastern, I was faculty at Wake Forest University where I taught writing and gender studies. I received my Ph.D. in English from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro specializing in rhetoric and composition, human rights discourse, and transnational gender studies. While completing my Ph.D. I spent time as a Research Associate at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon. 

My current research focuses on human rights and temporality. My monograph, provisionally titled _The Right Time: Human Rights, Temporality and Rhetorical Invention_ examines temporality and invention in difficult human rights claims. My work has been published in collections by MLA, Ohio State Press, and Routledge and journals including Philosophy and RhetoricCollege Literature, and Comparative Literature Studies
My teaching focuses on introductory and advanced level writing, including advocacy, social justice, and community-based writing, rhetoric and composition studies, gender studies, human rights, postcolonial studies, and global studies.  

Recent GWS scholarship

"The Public Fallout of the Humanities’ Crisis: Critiquing the Public Turn in Rhetoric and Composition Studies.” Co-authored with Tonya Ritola and Mary Beth Pennington. Rendezvous Journal of Arts and Letters (Crisis in the Humanities Special Edition). Idaho State University. 43.1 (2017): 95-109. Print

“Precaritization in the Security State: Ambient Akairos in Mohamedou Ould Slahi’s Guantánamo Diary:” Co-authored with Alexandra Moore. Precarious Rhetorics. Ed. Wendy S. Hesford; Adela C. Licona; Christa Teston. First Issue of New Directions in Rhetoric and Materiality, published by The Ohio State University Press, 2018.

Anna G. Ward

Anna G. Ward

Senior Lecturer in Theatre and Dance and Director of Scholars with Diverse Abilities
(828) 262-6971

Anna Ward, MFA, MA, Program Director, Senior Lecturer, Scholars with Diverse Abilities (SDAP),  has taught and worked with marginalized identities as both a theatre artist and mental health practitioner. Prior to coming on as SDAP director, she taught and directed plays for Appalachian Theatre and Dance Department with a focus on theatre education and theatre for social change. In the surrounding region, she has facilitated arts programming for individuals with intellectual disabilities, creating inclusive community arts and expressive arts performance experiences.

headshot of Dr. Wieskamp

Valerie Wieskamp

Assistant Professor of Communication
(828) 262-2226

Dr. Wieskamp started teaching in the Communication Department at Appalachian State in 2015 and became an affiliate faculty of the Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies Program in 2016.

She brings both her experience working as a communication professional for non-profit and advocacy organizations as well as her academic background in rhetoric into her classes. This means that her teaching focuses on civic engagement, or how folks use their voices to participate in and think critically about public life.

In her research and writing, she studies media and public advocacy in the intersections of gender, race, and violence. She has written about sexual violence in U.S. wars, gendered representations of heroism, and public advocacy and social movements that address sexual violence, including the use of comic books in challenging the social norms that contribute to gendered violence.

Recent GWS scholarship

Valerie Wieskamp and Cortney Smith, “‘What to Do When You’re Raped’: Critiquing and Coping through a Rhetoric of Survivance,” Quarterly Journal of Speech (Forthcoming, 2020)

Valerie Wieskamp “‘Learning to “Speak Without Shame’: A Feminist Response to Gendered Violence,” The Comics World: Comics, Graphic Novels, and Their Publics (Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, Forthcoming 2020) 

Kate Lockwood Harris, Megan McFarlane, and Valerie Wieskamp, “The Promise and Peril of Agency as Motion: A Feminist New Materialist Approach to Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment,” Organization (2019): 1350508419838697.

Valerie Wieskamp, “‘I’m Going Out There and I’m Telling This Story’: Victimhood and Empowerment in Narratives of Military Sexual Violence,” Western Journal of Communication 83, no. 2 (2019): 133-150.

Valerie Wieskamp, “Research on Rape Culture: The Missing Piece in Reporting on the #MeToo Movement,” Media Ethics, 30 no. 1 (2018).

Jennifer Wilson

Jennifer Wilson

Associate Professor of English
(828) 262-2338

Jennifer Wilson joined the Appalachian State faculty in 2000. She specializes in Eighteenth-Century British Literature with interests in the Novel and in Literature and the Other Arts. Her recent articles include “On Honor and Consequences: The Duel in The Small House at Allington” (Dickens Studies Annual), “’We know only names, so far’”: Samuel Richardson, Shirley Jackson, and Exploration of the Precarious Self” (Shirley Jackson: Influences and Confluences), and “’I have you in my eye, sir’: The Spectacle of Kingship in The Madness of King George” (The Cinematic Eighteenth Century).  She is currently working on an analysis of portable property in Charlotte Brontë’s Villette.

Website: https://english.appstate.edu/faculty-staff/jennifer-wilson

Mike Wilson

Michael T. Wilson

Associate Professor of English
(828) 262-4957

Michael T. Wilson is an associate professor of English at Appalachian State University. His most recent publications include "'you give a damn about so many things I don't': Hemingway's Gendered Sentimentalism in 'The Snows of Kilimanjaro' and 'The Short, Happy Life of Francis Macomber'" in The Sentimental Mode: Essays in Literature, Film and Television (2014), "'Absolute Reality' and the Role of the Ineffable in Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House in The Journal of Popular Culture (2015), and "'We know only names, so far'": Samuel Richardson, Shirley Jackson, and Exploration of the Precarious Self" with Jennifer Wilson in Shirley Jackson: Influences and Confluences (2016). He is currently exploring the depiction of violence in popular American mystery and crime novel series.

Website: https://english.appstate.edu/faculty-staff/michael-t-wilson

Program Support

Graduate Assistant