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Anne Caldwell

Associate Professor and Graduate Director

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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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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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Cara Snyder

Cara K. Snyder, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

My work focuses on transnational feminist politics, culture, and social movements in Latin America from the 20th century to the present, examining the political maneuvers of women and LGBTQ+ athletes to address questions of how race, gender, sexuality, and class affect national belonging. I earned my Ph.D. in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, with additional training in digital humanities, feminist pedagogy, physical cultural/sport studies, and Latin American and Brazilian Studies. 

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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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