Yi-Chun Tricia Lin (林怡君), Ph.D.
Email: liny4@southernct.edu
Phone: (203) 392-6864

Graduate Assistants:
Bina Walker
Email: walkerb3@owls.southernct.edu
Melanie Lozada
Email: lozadam3@owls.southernct.edu

The Women's Studies Steering Committee (2013-2014)

Rosalyn Amenta
Brandon Hutchinson
Sobeira Latorre
Yi-Chun Tricia Lin
Heidi Lockwood
Annette Madlock Gatison 
Jane McGinn 
Virginia Metaxas


AMENTA, ROSALYN, Adjunct Professor, Women's Studies; B.A., Southern Connecticut State University; M.A.R., Yale Divinity School; Ph.D., Fordham University
amentar1@southernct.edu; (203) 392-5864

Rosalyn Amenta received her Ph.D. in the history of religions at Fordham University, and her Master of Arts in Religion at Yale Divinity School. Her area of specialization is comparative religious philosophy with an emphasis on the image, status and role of women in world religions. Dr. Amenta has taught numerous courses in Women's Studies, Anthropology, Sociology, Religious Studies and Philosophy at Southern including the team-taught interdisciplinary institutes, Woman, Heal Thyself and Women and Professional Ethics.  She served as Co-Coordinator of the Women's Studies Program 1989-2002 and Graduate Coordinator of Women's Studies 1999-2002.

ANTHIS, KRISTINE, Associate Professor, Psychology; B.A., St. Xavier University; M.A., Ph.D., University of Nebraska

Kristine Anthis earned her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Nebraska in 2000. She has been an assistant professor of psychology at SCSU since 2001. Her publications concern the role that stressful life events play in adolescent and adult identity development. She teaches the Women's Studies graduate course Psychology of Women. She was the Graduate Coordinator for Women's Studies during the Spring 2003 semester.

APPLEBY, GEORGE A., Professor, Health and Human Services; B.A., University of Connecticut; M.S.W., University of North Carolina; D.S.W., Columbia University
applebyg1@southernct.edu; (203) 392-6567

APPLEWHITE, HARRIET B., CSU Professor, Professor, Political Science; B.A., Smith College; M.A., Ph.D., Stanford University
applewhiteh1@southernct.edu; (203) 392-5659

ARBOLEDA, CARLOS A., Professor, Foreign Languages; B.A., Universidad de Santiago De Cali, Colombia; M.A., Ph.D., Syracuse University
arboledac1@southernct.edu; (203) 392-6754

BEALS, POLLY, Associate Professor, History; B.A., College of Wooster, Ohio; M.A., University of Pennsylvania; Ph.D., Rutgers University
bealsp1@southernct.edu; (203) 392-5610
Polly Beals received her Ph.D. from Rutgers University where she concentrated in comparative women's history, British history, and modern European history.  She is engaged in a study of a British socialist feminist organization, the Fabian Women's Group, from its origins in the late 19th century up through its contributions to the second wave of feminism in the 1960s.  She has been a member of the SCSU Women's Studies program since 1992.  She has taught in the graduate Women's Studies program (History of Feminist Thought and Research Methods) and supervised graduate Women's Studies teaching internships in her undergraduate Women in Modern Europe course.  She is currently a member of the Women's Studies Steering Committee.

BENNETT, THERESE,  Professor, Mathematics; B.A., Temple University, M.A., Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh
bennettt1@southernct.edu; (203) 392-6997

Terri Bennett is an associate professor of mathematics at Southern.  She earned her Ph. D. in applied mathematics at the University of Pittsburgh , where she wrote her dissertation on a mathematical model of the optical finishing process for telescope lenses.  Since then, she spent a year's sabbatical reviewing the literature on women's issues in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), has written a review essay on bibliographic materials in this area, and has given a talk on gender differences in spatial visualization skills.  She is currently working on an annotated bibliography and on the development of a course on gender issues in mathematics and science.

BIER, LISA, Social Sciences Reference Librarian

Lisa Bier is an associate librarian at SCSU's Buley Library. She is the librarian liaison for the departments of Anthropology, Sociology, Social Work, Political Science, and Marriage and Family Therapy. Her book, American Indian and African American People, Communities, and Interactions: An Annotated Bibliography, was published in 2004 by Greenwood/Praeger Press.

BLACKMER, CORINNE, Associate Professor, English; B.A., M.A., Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
blackmerc1@southernct.edu; (203) 392-6715

Corinne E. Blackmer received her B.A. in English, her M.A. in Ancient and Modern Rhetoric and, in 1991, her Ph.D. in American literature and language from UCLA.  She worked with Lillian Faderman and Paula Gunn Allen and, appointed a Visiting Assistant Professor at UCLA for two years, piloted a seminar in pre-Stonewall Lesbian Literature and Culture as well as another course in Culture, Ethics, and Sexuality.  She was also actively engaged in ACT-UP and is currently a speaker for Love Makes a Family, the non-profit Connecticut organization dedicated to the legalization of same-sex marriage. At Southern, she teaches American literature, "Gay and Lesbian Literature and Film," "Queer Theory," and two university-wide literature requirements: "Sexuality and Ethics in Contemporary Culture" and "Jewish American Literature."   In addition, she teaches "The Literature of the Hebrew Bible."  Her course offerings and her research emerge from her identities as a Jewish lesbian feminist.  She has published numerous articles on queer representations and authorship in American and, on occasion, British literature, and her book "Sapphists, Suffragists, and Streetwalkers" is under submission to U Mass Press.  She has recently completed the second draft of an ambitious project, tentatively titled, "The Exiled Word: Meditations on Post-Holocaust Feminist Biblical Interpretation."

BLOCH, JON, Professor, Sociology; Ph.D., Indiana University
blochj1@southernct.edu;(203) 392-5685

BRENY, JEAN M., Professor, Public Health; MPH, San Jose State University; PhD, University of North Carolina School of Public Health

Jean M. Breny received her BA in Communications from Western Connecticut State University in 1986, her MPH in Community Health Education from San Jose State University in 1994, and her PhD in Health Behavior/Health Education from the University of North Carolina School of Public Health in 2000.  She joined the Department of Public Health as an Assistant Professor in 2000 and currently teaches undergraduate and graduate-level community health education courses.  Dr. Breny's dissertation research was an exploration into social and cultural factors that affect low-income African American women's ability to protect themselves from sexually transmitted diseases. Her work with HIV/AIDS includes program planning and evaluation, HIV behavior modification, and HIV medication adherence research.  Dr. Breny's current efforts focus on eliminating health disparities through research and practice efforts that are participatory, community-based, and culturally sensitive.

BUZZELL, JUDITH, Professor Emerita, Education; M.A., University of Wisconsin; 6th Year, Columbia University.
buzzellj2@southernct.edu; (203) 392-6431

CARTER-DAVID, SIOBHAN, Assistant Professor, History; B.A., Morgan State University; M.A., City College/CUNY; Ph.D., Indiana University—Bloomington

carterdavis1@southernct.edu(203) 392-5858

Siobhan Carter-David teaches in the areas of fashion/beauty studies, and African American, urban, and recent U.S. history. Her research explores the “new” politics of racial uplift as represented in the fashion instruction of African American print media, as well as more broadly, American fashion, beauty culture, and the politics of presentation. She has written and given numerous talks on hip-hop, youth culture, culture and clothing, and urban style. As a public historian, she has worked with museum curators on projects involving various facets of African American cultural history and also curated her own exhibit, “Strong Shoulder: Revisiting the Women’s Power Suit,” which explored the meaning of “power dressing,” its position within third-wave feminism and corporate culture, and the evolution of women’s professional fashions in the 1980s. She is currently working on her book manuscript, Issuing the Black Wardrobe: Fashion and Anti-Fashion in Post-Soul Publications.

CONFORTI, ROSEMARIE, Associate Professor, Media Studies; B.S., Southern Connecticut State University; M.A., Ph.D., New York University
confortir1@southernct.edu; (203) 392-5379

CRAWFORD, ILENE, Professor, English; B.S.S., Cornell College; M.A., State University of New York at Binghamton; Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee  crawfordI1@southernct.edu; (203) 392-7051

Ilene Crawford is an Associate Professor of English and Women's Studies. She holds a PhD in English with a specialization in rhetoric and composition studies from the University of Wisconsin--Milwaukee, an MA in English from the State University of New York at Binghamton, and a Bachelor of Special Studies in Classical Studies from Cornell College. Dr. Crawford teaches courses that examine histories of race, class, gender, nation, and sexuality and their effects on the material lives of individuals and groups. As a teacher and a writer she is particularly interested in questioning traditional definitions of research and scholarly writing. Her publications include articles and chapters on feminist rhetoric and feminist rhetorical methodology. Her most recent work examines the effects of globalization on Vietnamese women's literacy practices.

DISANO, CYNTHIA L.,  Director Emeritus of Student Activities and Special Events; Adjunct Professor, Sociology and Women's Studies; Ph.D., University of Connecticut
disanoc2@southernct.edu; (203) 392-6168

Cynthia L. DiSano has been employed at Southern Connecticut State University since September 1970.  She teaches Gender and the Law in Women's Studies, Juvenile Delinquency and Introduction to Sociology in the Sociology Department.  She is currently a full time administrator at Southern Connecticut State University as the director of the John Lyman Center for the Performing Arts. She also does risk management for the university.

She received her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership with a Concentration in School and University Law from the University of Connecticut, her M.A. in Student Personnel Services in Higher Education from New York University, and her B.A. in Social Sciences/Secondary Education from Rhode Island College.  She was appointed by Governor Rowland to the State Insurance and Risk Management Board for the State of Connecticut and served eight years.  Additionally, for the past four years she has been a member of the Board of Directors of CWEALF (Connecticut Women's Education And Legal Fund), which advocates development of women and girls in the state of Connecticut.

EICH-KROHM, ASTRID, Associate Professor, Sociology; B.A., M.A., Ph.D., State University of New York, Albany
eichkrohma2@southernct.edu; (203) 392-5683

EMMELMAN, DEBRA S., Professor, Sociology; B.A., Indiana University; M.A., Ph.D., University of California at San Diego
emmelmand1@southernct.edu; (203) 392-5686

GARVEY, SHEILA, Professor, Theatre; M.A., Northwestern University; Ph.D., Indiana University .
garveys1@southernct.edu; (203) 392-6102

GORNIAK-KOCIKOWSKA, KRYSTYNA, Professor, Philosophy; Ph.D., Temple University .
gorniakk1@southernct.edu; (203) 392-6784

GUARINO, JENNIFER, Adjunct Professor, English

HAYMES, ELAYNE B., Associate Professor, Social Work; B.A., Hunter College; M.S.W., Adelphi University; Ph.D., Fordham University
haymese1@southernct.edu; (203) 392-5685

HOLBROOK, SUE ELLEN, Professor, English; A.B., M.S., Ph.D., University of California-Los Angeles
holbrooks1@southernct.edu; (203) 392-6740 

HUTCHINSON, BRANDON, Associate Professor, English; B.A., Hobart and William Smith College; M.A., Ph.D., University of Massachusetts, Amherst
hutchinsonb1@southernct.edu ; (203) 392-7114

JACKSON, SHIRLEY A., Professor, Sociology; B.A., Wayne State University; M.A., Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara
jacksons1@southernct.edu; (203) 392-5676

Shirley A. Jackson's areas of research specialization are race/ethnicity, gender, and social movements. She also does work on African American women's organizations, race and class in Cuba, the United States, and Brazil. She is the editor of The Handbook of Race, Class, and Gender published by Routledge/Taylor & Francis in 2014. She is currently working on a book project examining the socio-historical exploration of U.S. and global themes of race/ethnicity and gender in political cartoons during WWII, the Civil Rights Movement and post 9/11. Dr. Jackson has served on a number of committees and boards and as a volunteer for a variety of organizations including New Haven Home Recovery, Girl Scouts of Connecticut, the Literacy Coalition of New Haven, and Literacy Volunteers for Greater New Haven. Dr. Jackson is an active member of several professional sociology associations; having served as President of the New England Sociological Association, Chair of the American Sociological Associations’ Section on Racial and Ethnic Minorities, editorial board member for Contemporary Sociology (journal of the American Sociological Association); Teaching Sociology (journal of the American Sociological Association’s Section on Teaching and Learning; and Humanity and Society (journal of the Association of Humanist Sociology). Dr. Jackson has also served as Department Chair and Graduate Coordinator for the Department of Sociology. In 2003, founded the Ethnic Studies Minor for which she currently serves as a co-coordinator.

KERR, AUDREY E., Professor, English; B.A., Rutgers University; M.A.R., Yale University; M.A., Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park
kerra1@southernct.edu; (203) 392-5114

Audrey Kerr received a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers, M.A. and Ph.D. in English Literature from University of Maryland and a MAR in Religion and the Arts from Yale Divinity School (Gabriel Scholar, 1999-2001).  She has been  an associate professor of English at SCSU since 2001, with a specialization in African American Literature.  She is also Chaplain and Spiritual Director at Leeway, Inc.,a skilled nursing facility for people living with HIV and AIDS.   Audrey joined Women's  Studies as Graduate Director in Fall 2004.

Dr. Kerr has published work in African American spirituality, African American Women's Literature and Literature and AIDS.   Her first book is titled "The Paper Bag Principle: Myth-Making and Rumor in the Growth and Development of Black Washington, D.C." 

LIN, YI-CHUN TRICIA (林怡君), Professor and Director, Women's Studies; B.A., National Taiwan Normal University; M.A., Tamkang University, Taiwan; Ph.D., State University of New York at Stony Brook
liny4@southernct.edu; (203) 392-6864

A 17th-generation daughter of Taiwan, Yi-Chun Tricia Lin (林怡君) is Director and Professor of Women's Studies Program at Southern Connecticut State University.  She traveled from her native island to pursue a doctoral degree in continental philosophy and theory.  In the process, she found herself home in ethnic studies and women's studies.  Her dissertation, a study of Asian American women's cultural and literary productions, was her first step away from her "European" education.  Since her doctoral days, her research and teaching have gone intensely ethnic, feminist, and post-colonial.  Among her recent projects is a comparative cultural studies of Indigenous and diasporic women's writing from the Caribbean and Pacific islands.  Before joining the Women's Studies faculty at Southern in 2004,  Lin taught writing and literature and Asian American literature at City University of New York/Borough of Manhattan Community College from 1994-2004, where she discovered her passion for teaching for liberation of all minds and found her calling in struggle for peace and justice.

LAROCCO, STEVEN M., Professor, English; B.A., University of Massachusetts; M.A., Ph.D., Rice University
laroccos1@southernct.edu ; (203) 392-5494

LATORRE, SOBEIRA, Assistant Professor, World Languages and Literatures; B.A., Amherst College; M.A., Ph.D., Stony Brook University
latorres1@southernct.edu; (203) 392-6774

LOCKWOOD, HEIDI, Professor, Philosophy; B.A., Wellesley College; M.Phil., Ph.D., Yale University
lockwoodh1@southernct.edu; (203) 392-5161

MADLOCK GATISON, ANNETTE., Associate Professor, Communication; B.A., M.A., Bethel University; Ph.D., Howard University
madlocka1@southernct.edu ; (203) 392-5522

MCGINN, JANE, Professor, Communication; B.S., Howard University; MLS, University of North Carolina, Greensboro; Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh
Tel. (203) 392-5086

METAXAS, VIRGINIA A., Professor, History/ Women's Studies
metaxasv1@southernct.edu; (203) 392-5607

Virginia Metaxas received her B.A. in American Studies/Women's Studies at SUNY Old Westbury in 1977, and her Ph.D. in History at SUNY Stony Brook in 1984.  She teaches a variety of courses including U.S. Women's History, Hawaiian History, and Feminist Research Methods.  She's been active in the Women's Studies program at SCSU since 1988, serving on various committees and teaching in the undergraduate and graduate programs.  She has published books and articles on the history of childbirth in America and the history of occupational therapy in America.  In Spring 2003, she participated in a Rockefeller Fellowship Program at the University of Hawai'i titled "Gender and Globalization in Asia and the Pacific."   At present, she is working on two writing projects: a biography of Ruth A. Parmelee, an early twentieth century physician who served in Asia Minor and Greece, and a social history of healers and epidemics in nineteenth century Hawai'i.

NEVEROW, VARA, Professor, English; B.A., Nyack College; M.A., Ph. D., New York University
neverowv1@southernct.edu; (203) 392-6717

Vara Neverow received her Ph.D. from New York University. Her academic research includes work on Virginia Woolf, feminist theory, composition theory and pedagogy. Dr. Neverow is in her second term  as President of the International Virginia Woolf Society and is the editor of the Virginia Woolf Miscellany.   She is currently the chairwoman of the English Department and teaches classes at the undergraduate and graduate level.

PALMA, GIUSEPPINA, Professor, Foreign Languages; Ph.D., Yale University .
palmag1@southernct.edu; (203) 392-6753

Pina Palma is professor of Italian and holds a PHD from Yale U. Her area of specialization is Italian Medieval and Renaissance Literature. In this area she has published numerous articles as well as the book Savoring Power, Consuming the Times: The Metaphor of Food in Italian Medieval and Renaissance Literature (Notre Dame UP). She has also published articles on the intersection of Italian and Spanish literature. Her recent research centers on the role of women during the Italian Resistance and the Holocaust from the Italian perspective. Her publications in this area bring to light long ignored female figures whose activities in the Resistance War ensured the liberation of Italy from the Nazi-Fascist grip.

RHODES, JAMES F., Professor, English; B.S., Holy Cross College; M.A., University of Rhode Island; Ph.D., Fordham University
rhodesj1@southernct.edu; (203) 392-6897

ROFUTH, TODD, Professor, Social Work; B.A., M.S.W., University of Minnesota; D.S.W., University of Pennsylvania
rofutht1@southernct.edu; (203) 392-6557

Todd Rofuth has been a professor at Southern since 1990 and was the director of the Urban Studies Program for 10 years. He has been the chairperson of the Social Work Department since 2001. Prior to his current academic job at Southern, Dr. Rofuth served as the Director of Welfare Employment for the State of Maryland from 1987-1990, and as the Director of Client Rights for Pennsylvania's Mental Health and Mental Retardation hospitals. From 2000-2002 he was the Co-Coordinator with Vara Neverow for Southern's 10-year reaccreditation self study for the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. He has had 24 years of post MSW social work practice experience primarily in social welfare policy analysis, research and supervisory positions in federal and state government and private consulting. For the last 14 years he has provided consulting services to state and local governments and non-profit agencies in the areas of program evaluation, strategic planning, and the development of goals, objectives and outcome measures.

SELVAGGIO, MARIE, Professor, Anthropology; B.A. Douglass College; M.A., Ph.D., Rutgers University
selvaggiom1@southernct.edu; (203) 392-5681

Marie Selvaggio received both her Ph.D. & M.A. in Anthropology from Rutgers University and B.A. in Anthropology & Archaeology from Douglass College.  Her interest in Women's Studies dates back to her undergraduate days at Douglass, one of the oldest women's colleges in the nation. At Douglass, she focused on Native Americans and Women's Studies. As part of her undergraduate education, she excavated Native American archaeological sites in the U.S. and in Latin America. Later, her interest expanded to include African archaeology.  Her Ph.D. research was conducted in East Africa.

She is presently the co-director of SCSU's Tanzania Field School in Anthropology. Her research has been published in Current Anthropology, The Journal of Human Evolution,  Archaeological Science and other academic journals. Dr. Selvaggio is currently writing a book about women's role in prehistory. She has been a member of the Women's Studies faculty at SCSU since 1994.  

SCHOFIELD, CINDY, Women's Studies Reference Librarian

SKOCZEN, KATHLEEN, Professor, Anthropology; B.A., San Diego State University; M.A., Ph.D., Syracuse University
skoczenk1@southernct.edu; (203) 392-5679

Kathleen Skoczen received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Anthropology with a certificate in Women's Studies from the Maxwell School of Citizenship at Syracuse University.  Her research focus is women, health, tourism, development, identity and religion in the Dominican Republic.  She has spent more than five years living in the Dominican Republic since 1985.  She has published in several places including The Women's Health Journal and the American Anthropology News, and presents at regional, national, and international conferences regularly.  She has received a Fulbright Fellowship, National Science Foundation Award, Rockefeller Foundation Grant and other grants for her continued research on Dominican women, health, tourism, development, identity and religion.  She teaches Global Women's Issues and the Anthropology of Women and Health, as well as several courses through the Anthropology Program.

SONNENSCHEIN, DANA L., Professor, English; B.A., University of Iowa; M.A., Johns Hopkins University; M.A., Ph.D., Boston University
sonnensched1@southernct.edu; (203) 392-6735

SUCKLE-NELSON, JESSICA, Associate Professor, Psychology; B.A., Syracuse University; M.A., West Chester University; Ph.D., University of Rhode Island
sucklenelsj1@southernct.edu; (203) 392-5860

VANCOUR, MICHELE L., Associate Professor, Public Health; B.A., Central Connecticut State University; M.P.H., Southern Connecticut State University; Ph.D., New York University
vancourm1@southernct.edu; (203) 392-5530

VILLANI, CHRISTINE J., Professor, Education; B.S., Mercy College; M.A., Hofstra University ; Sixth Year Diploma, SoutConnecticut hern State University; Ed.D., Fordham University

WORDEN, BARBARA, Professor, Social Work; B.A., Pennsylvania State University; M.A., New School of Social Reasearch; M.S. W., University of Connecticut; Ph.D., Columbia University
wordenb1@southernct.edu; (203) 392-6563