Core Faculty 

Sushmita Chatterjee - Interim Director, Associate Professor of Gender, Women's & Sexuality Studies

Dr. Sushmita Chatterjee is Associate Professor of Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies in the Department of Cultural, Gender, and Global 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 studies, democratic theory, 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. Dr. Chatterjee is currently working on a book manuscript that examines post 9/11 identity politics through political cartoons. Also, she is working on a co-edited volume (with Banu Subramaniam) on the intersections between animal studies and food studies. 

Website: https://cgg.appstate.edu/node/13


Ann Pegelow Kaplan - Assistant Professor of Cultural, Gender, & Global Studies

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.




Program Support

Victoria Olender and Vannah Aldridge - Graduate Assistants





Affiliated Faculty

Katie Adams - English Lecturer



Mary Ballard - Professor of Psychology 

Dr. Mary Ballard earned her Ph.D. in developmental psychology from West Virginia University. She teaches an array of classes focusing  on developental 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 videogame play and in day-to-day contexts. She is particularly interested in the how bullying impacts LGBTQ youth.

Phone:828-262-2272 x406



Edward Behrend-Martinez - Professor of History

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. 



Jessie Blackburn - Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Composition

Jessie Blackburn is an Associate Professor 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.




Beth Carroll - Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Composition

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.



Victoria Cox - Professor of Spanish

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. 




Jeanne Dubino - Professor of Global Studies

Jeanne Dubino is professor of English and a member of the Global, Women's, Interdisciplinary, and Honors faculties. She has taught classes in nineteenth- and twentieth-century British, postcolonial, and travel literatures; and in Women's, Global, and Animal Studies.



Jill Ehnenn - Professor of English and Director of Undergraduate Studies in English

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.  



Lynne M. Getz - Professor of History

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.

Email: getzlm@appstate.edu



Sandie Gravett - Professor of Religious Studies



Sarah J. Greenwald - Professor of Mathematical Sciences

I am a professor in the Department of Mathematics and a Gender, Women's and Sexuality Studies core faculty member at Appalachian State University in the northwestern mountains of North Carolina, and a winner of a 2005 MAA Alder Award for distinguished teaching, the 2010 Appalachian State University Wayne D. Duncan Award for Excellence in Teaching in General Education, and the 2011 College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Teacher of the Year. In 2010 I was also inducted into the Appalachian State University College of Arts and Sciences Academy of Outstanding Teachers. I co-edited the 3-volume Encyclopedia of Mathematics & Society, which was named a "Best Reference 2011" by Library Journal. I received my Ph.D. from the Department of Mathematics at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, and my B.S. in math from the Department of Mathematics at Union College in Schenectady, NY. 




Kristina Groover - Professor of English

Kristina K. Groover joined the Department of English at Appalachian State University in 1996. She teaches 20 th 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.

Phone:828-262-2331 x4


Victoria Grube - Associate Professor of Art Education

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.



Alison Gulley - Associate Professor of English

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.



Kim Gunter - Associate Professor and Director of Rhetoric and Composition



Kim Q. Hall - Professor, Philosophy

Kim Q. Hall is Director of Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies and 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.


Davis Hankins - Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Religion

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. 



Rosemary Horowitz - Professor of English 

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.




Amy Hudnall - Senior Lecturer in History

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.



Eva M. Hyatt - Professor of Marketing 

Dr. 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.



Alecia Jackson - Professor of Leadership and Educational Studies 

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.



Linda J. Jencson - Senior Lecturer in Anthropology 

Dr. Linda Jencson is a cultural anthropologist with an M.A. and a Doctorate from the University of Oregon. She teaches in the Department of Anthropology and Watauga College. She researches gender issues as they relate to religion, 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.  



Ellen Key - Assistant Professor of Political Science

Dr. Ellen Key joined the Department of Government and Justice Studies in 2012. She earned a BA from Georgetown University, a M.A. from University of Georgia and a Ph.D. from Stony Brook University. Her areas of teaching and research focus in Judicial Politics, Political Behavior, and Political Economy. Classes she teaches include Constitutional Law, Judicial Decision Making, and the Washington Experience. Some of her recent publications include “Political Science, Time Series, and Pooled Cross-Sectional Time Series Analysis.” Published with Matthew J. Lebo in the journal International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences, 2nd edition and “Time Series Software: Stata 12 versus Rats 8” published with Matthew J. Lebo in the Journal The Political Methodologist Dr. Key is a former rugby player and is interested in a variety of fiber crafts including cross stitch, knitting, and embroidery.




Kathryn Kirkpatrick - Professor of English

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.



Ellen C. Lamont - Assistant Professor of Sociology

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 courtship experiences and narratives and how, in turn, these experiences affect egalitarian outcomes in romantic relationships. She has published articles in Gender & Society and Men & Masculinities and is currently working on a book manuscript. She teaches Constructions of Gender, Sociology of Families, and Women, Crime, and the Justice System at Appalachian State University. 



Cameron Lippard - Associate Professor of Sociology and Director of Undergraduate Studies

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.




Nancy Love - Professor of Political Science and Coordinator of the Humanities Council

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. 




Denise M. Martz - Professor of Psychology and Department Chair

Historically, I've conducted research on eating disorders prevention, body image, and obesity. More recently, my team has studied fat talk and relative size.

"Fat talk" is a form of dialog whereby individuals, usually females, speak negatively about their bodies in social circles. Our research has documented gender and ethnic differences in fat talk for college students and American adults in that women fat talk more, yet men's body talk is different (more about being muscular and in shape). More recently, we have found that fat talk is more of a Caucasian American tendency whereas African and Hispanic Americans are more likely to speak in a self-accepting or positive direction about their bodies. We have also found that competing norms exist for women in college (pressure to fat talk but also pressure to self-accept). Despite early ethnographic research on fat talk in middle school girls suggesting that fat talk serves some positive social functions, overall our research and others suggest it is more harmful than beneficial. Hence, we've been taking a feminist approach to this body of research.

"Relative size" is the body image construct whereby we ask women and men to report their dress or pants clothing size and what would their ideal size if it is any different. We have found that relative size operates more as a body image or affective measure than actual body size (often measured as body mass index). We know that relative size predicts behavioral avoidance, especially avoiding display of one's body) in women, more than men, in Caucasians more than African Americans, and in younger versus older people.

Most recently, we have been used Youth Risk Behavior Survey data on teens in two rural high schools to examine how intimate partner violence (IPV or dating violence) and a rape history are associated with depression, suicide, substance abuse, and poorer academic grades, body image, and eating disorders in yong men and especially so for young women. We have an additional study in the works examining how rural teens who identify as LGBT compared to heterosexual teens have additional similar risk factors.

Phone:828-262-2272 ext 429



Martha McCaughey - Professor of Sociology 

Martha McCaughey (PhD, Sociology, UC Santa Barbara) is Professor of Sociology and currently the Faculty Coordinator of the First Year Experience and the Director of the Common Reading Program at Appalachian.  Her scholarly publications include Real Knockouts, Reel Knockouts, The Caveman Mystique, Cyberactivism, and Cyberactivism on the Participatory Web.  Her interests include gender, bodies, activism, and social media.  She blogs about women's self-defense at www.seejanefightback.com




Lucinda M. McCray - Professor of History

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.”



Layne McDaniel - Lecturer in History 

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.



Elaine O'Quinn - Professor of English 

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.



Maria Patricia Ortiz - Professor of Spanish 



David Orvis - Associate Professor of English



Amy Dellinger Page - Professor of Sociology and Department Chair 

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.



Sheila R. Phipps - Associate Professor of History and Assistant Department Chair

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.



Georgia Rhoades - Professor of English and Director of Writing Across the Curriculum

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.



Curtis Ryan - Professor of Government and Justice Studies 

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.



Renee Scherlen - Professor of Political Science

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.    




Reeves Schulstad - Associate Professor of Musicology 

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.



Lynn Searfoss - Professor of English

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.



stef shuster - Assistant Professor of Sociology

stef shuster is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Appalachian State University. Before joining the faculty at App State, shuster was a postdoctoral fellow in Duke University’s Thompson Writing Program. shuster earned their M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Iowa with a certificate in Gender Studies, and a B.A. in Sociology from Indiana University, Bloomington. Broadly, their research and teaching interests include medical sociology, gender, inequality, and social movements.



Neva J. Specht - Professor of History and Interim Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Neva Specht completed her PhD at the University of Delaware in American History and Material Culture Studies. She has focused her scholarship on issues related to U.S. History (Colonial-Early Republic); American Religion; Migration; the Blue Ridge Parkway; Museum Studies; and Material Culture Studies. Dr. Specht has received numerous awards for her teaching, but outside of the classroom she enjoys traveling, going to the movies, gardening, and coaching soccer. Dr. Specht is also the current Chair for the North Carolina Humanities Council.



Susan C. Staub - Professor of English 

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.




Kyle Stevens - Assistant Professor of English

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 forthcoming 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. 



Gayle M. Turner - Professor of Leadership and Educational Skills




Tammy Wahpeconiah - Associate Professor of English 

Tammy Wahpeconiah received her BA from the University of Miami (Go 'Canes!) in 1996, her MA from Michigan State University in 1998, and her Ph.D. from Michigan State University in 2004. Her research interests include 18th and 19th century Native American writing, with a focus on conversion narratives, diaries, speeches and autobiographies. Additional interests include the 19th century American novel and the creation of the American citizen in the 18th and 19th century. She is currently working on a project that examines Native American diplomacy after the Revolutionary War. Her most recent publication is "This Once Savage Heart of Mine: Joseph Johnson, Wheelock's "Indians," and the Construction of a Christian/Indian Identity, 1764-1776" in Reinterpreting New England Indians and the Colonial Experience.




Anna G. Ward - Senior Lecturer in Theatre and Dance and Director of Scholars with Diverse Abilities 

Anna Ward, MFA, MA, NBCC, has been working at Appalachian as an instructor for 18 years. She has degrees in Theatre Education and Community Counseling. Anna has taught and worked with a variety of populations as both a theatre artist and mental health therapist. In the surrounding region, she has facilitated arts programming for individuals with intellectual disabilities, often by creating community arts performance experiences with mixed groups. Prior to coming on as SDAP director, she worked with the programs Scholars in her courses at Appalachian.



Valerie Wieskamp - Associate Professor of Art

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.


Jennifer Wilson - Associate Professor of English

 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. She is currently working on an analysis of  cinematography in The Madness of King George.



Michael T. Wilson - Associate Professor of English

 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.




Dr. Sushmita Chatterjee
Interim Director of Gender, Women's and Sexuality Studies

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