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    Jo Ellen Burkholder

    Jo Ellen BurkholderJo Ellen Burkholder is an Associate Professor of Women's  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).


    Ellie Schemenauer

    Ellie SchemenauerEllie 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

    Lauren SmithLauren 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.



    Women's and Gender Studies Department Affiliated Faculty 

    Devaleena Das, Women's and Gender Studies
    Melissa Deller,
    Sociology, Criminology, and Anthropology
    Holly Denning,
    Sociology, Criminology, and Anthropology
    Mary Emery,
    Languages and Literatures
    Jane Ferencz,
    Zohreh Ghavamshahidi,
    Political Science
    Donald Jellerson,
    Languages and Literatures
    Margo Kleinfeld,
    Geography and Geology
    Cindy Konrad,
    Career and Leadership Development
    Crista Lebens,
    Philosophy and Religious Studies
    Nikki Mandell,
    Geneva Moore,
    Languages and Literatures
    Adam Paddock,
    Andrea Romero,
    Biological Sciences
    Joan Schwarz,
    Languages and Literatures
    Jennifer Thibodeaux,
    Jessica Walz,
    Women's and Gender Studies; General Education
    Akiko Yoshida, Sociology, Criminology, and Anthropology


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