Women's Studies Governing Board
DIRECTOR: Christina Gerken, Ph.D. (Bowling Green State University, 2007), Associate Professor of Women's Studies, contemporary immigration, immigrant communities, race and ethnicity, reproductive rights, and social movements.
Elizabeth Bennion, Ph.D. (University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2001), Professor of Political Science, American politics, parties and interest groups, public opinion and political participation, race and gender politics.
Catherine Borshuk, Ph.D. (Carleton University, 2000), Professor of Psychology, social psychology, psychology of women.
Louise Collins, Ph.D. (McGill University, 1993), Professor of Philosophy, feminist ethics, social philosophy, and feminist philosophy.
Julie Feighery, subject librarian (MA English, Washington State University, 2000 & Masters of Library Science, Indiana University, 2001).
Chu He, Ph.D. (University of Miami, 2009), Associate Professor of English.
April Lidinsky, Ph.D. (Rutgers University, 2000), Associate Professor, transatlantic representations of race and class in 19th and 20th century women's texts (autobiography, fiction and non-fiction, theory, history, and pop-culture).
Betsy Lucal, Ph.D. (Kent State University, 1996), Professor of Sociology, intersection of gender, race, class, and sexuality, teaching about inequality and theory.
Stacie Merken, Ph.D. (Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 2015). Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice. Violent offenders (both female and male: serial killers, sex offenders, mass murderers, spree killers); stalking offenders and victims; victimology; criminological theory ; media, ideology, and politics of crime/myths vs. reality; criminal justice policy and laws; prison subculture/special populations and prisoner reentry; police personalities/gender/stress.
Andrea Rusnock, Ph.D. (University of Southern Califorinia, 2002), Professor of Art History
Lisa Zwicker, Ph.D. (University of California-Berkeley, 2002), Professor of History, modern German history, processes of cultural change, the impact of religious and ethnic prejudices, and the rise of nationalism in the nineteenth century.
Founding WGS professor, Dr. Patricia McNeal. 1942 - 2018
Dr. Patricial McNeal died on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 in Vero Beach Florida. Trained as an historian, Dr. McNeal served on the faculty in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences from 1986 to her retirement in 2008. She developed the Women's Studies Program, and positively influenced the livesof many students, faculty, and staff in her years of service to IU South Bend.