About the Faculty
Jo Ellen Burkholder
Jo Ellen Burkholder is an Associate Professor of Women's and Gender Studies and serves as the Program Coordinator for Anthropology. She teaches a wide variety of courses that touch on her research on gender in prehistoric cultures of Latin America. Her current research focuses on the sacred geography of the southern Andies Mountains and the evolution of Pachamama, the Andean "Earth Mother." She is a registered professional archaeologist. Her M.A. comes from the University of California at Santa Barbara and her Ph.D. from Binghamton University (SUNY).
Monique Liston is finishing her doctoral studies in Urban Education and Women's Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. At UWM Monique has guided several department programs and created the Women and Activism Workshop and Lecture Series. She is an active community member and is co-founder of ALL BLACK EVERYTHING, an organization that provides educational and activist opportunities for youth and adults concerning African-Americans in the city of Milwaukee.
Ellie Schemenauer is an Associate Professor of Women's and Gender Studies at UW-Whitewater. Trained in International Relations, she teaches interdisciplinary courses in the social sciences including Introduction to Women's Studies, Women and Work, Women and Men in Cross-cultural Perspective, Women in International Relations and the general education course, Individual and Society. Her research focuses on gender, security and illicit drug trafficking in the Americas. She also has a research interest in feminist pedagogy. Her Ph.D. comes from Florida International University.
Lauren Smith earned her MFA in creative writing and her Ph.D. in English from the University of Iowa. As a Ph.D. student, her studies focused on feminist and post-colonial literacy theory. She has published two books of literacy non-fiction with the University of Iowa Press, and has numerous poetry and essay publications in literacy journals. She's won the Annie Dillard Award, an Illinois Endowment for the Arts Award and a Wisconsin Arts Board Award for non-fiction. She has served three terms as chair and teaches Women, Race and Ethnicity, Introduction to Women's Studies, Feminist Theories and Advanced Seminar for the Women's and Gender Studies Department.