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Catherine Fosl

Catherine Fosl, Ph.D.

Professor, Director of the UofL Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research.

Trained in modern U.S. southern and women's history (PhD, Emory University Department of History, 2000), I have evolved into an interdisciplinary scholar of twentieth-century U.S. social justice movements.  I am an oral historian whose areas of concentration include women, white allies, and grassroots-level activism in the modern African American freedom movement in the US-South.

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Jo Ann Griffin, Ph.D.

Senior Lecturer and Undergraduate Advisor

My research focuses on women's voices and the rhetoric of agency and instrumentality as well as rhetorical constructions of gender in public speech. I also work in the area of writing pedagogy -- how best to facilitate progress in honing writing skills.

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Dawn Heinecken, Ph.D.

Professor and Chairperson

My research focuses on critical/cultural approaches to the study of gender representation in popular media, cultural studies, media audience reception and feminist criticism.

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Kaila Story

Kaila Story, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Dr. Story's research examines the intersections of race and sexuality, with special attention to Black feminism, Black lesbians, and Black queer identity. Her current research explores the intersections of race, class, and sexuality in identity performance, mass media, body politics, and the like. Dr. Story's other research interests include, but are not limited to, Gender Socialization, Transnational Sexualities, Black feminisms, and Transnational Feminisms.

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Nancy M. Theriot, Ph.D.


My most recent research focuses on medicine as a gendered practice and on the relationship between medical practitioners and patients in the nineteenth century. I am particularly interested in the impact of medical ideology and practices on women's experience of embodiment.

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