Department Chair
Elizabeth Lee
Associate Professor of Art History (2006).
Weiss Center for the Arts Room 225
(717) 245-1259
Department Faculty
Amy E. Farrell
(on sabbatical 2014-15)
Professor of American Studies and Women's and Gender Studies; John J. Curley '60 and Ann Conser Curley '63 Faculty Chair in the Liberal Arts (1991).
B.A., Ohio University, 1985; M.A., University of Minnesota, 1988; Ph.D., 1991.
Dickinson Award for Distinguished Teaching, 2005-06

Amy E. Farrell is the Ann and John Curley Chair of Liberal Arts and Professor of American Studies and Women's and Gender Studies at Dickinson College. Her research focuses on the history of second wave feminism, representations of gender and feminism in popular culture, and the history and representation of the body and fatness. She is the author of two books: Yours in Sisterhood: Ms. Magazine and the Promise of Popular Feminism (University of North Carolina Press, 1998) and Fat Shame: Stigma and the fat Body in American Culture (New York University Press, 2011).
Megan R. Yost
Associate Professor of Psychology and Women's and Gender Studies (2006).
Kaufman Building Room 162
(717) 245-1357 |
B.S., St. Lawrence University, 1998; M.S., University of California, Santa Cruz, 2003; Ph.D., 2006.

Professor Yost received her Ph.D. in Social Psychology and Feminist Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her research examines the gendered nature of human sexuality from a social psychological perspective. She is interested in the ways in which traditional conceptualizations of masculinity and femininity impact sexuality, stigma surrounding sexual identities and diverse sexual practices, and power dynamics in sexual relationships (particularly within consensual sexual sadomasochism). She teaches interdisciplinary courses in Psychology and Women's & Gender Studies on gender, sexuality, and qualitative research methods.
Katie Oliviero
Assistant Professor of Women's and Gender Studies (2014).
Denny Hall Room 102
B.A., Dartmouth College, 2002; M.A., University of California-Los Angeles, 2007; Ph.D., 2010.

Jennifer Musial
Visiting Assistant Professor of Women's and Gender Studies (2013).
Denny Hall Room 306
(717) 254-8116 |
B.A., Trent University, 2000; M.A., Bowling Green University, 2002; Ph.D., York University, 2010.

Jennifer Musial earned her Ph.D. in Women's Studies in June 2010 from York University in Toronto, Ontario. She has a Hons. B.A. from Trent University, where she double majored in Cultural Studies and English, and a M.A. from Bowling Green State University through the Department of Popular Culture. Her research centers on reproductive citizenship and racialization; she is writing a manuscript, Pregnant Pause: Reproduction, Death, and Media Culture which uses media case studies to interrogate the social, affective value and grievability of pregnant bodies. Jennifer's research and teaching interests include feminist critical race theory, popular culture studies, transnational feminisms, health/body studies, motherhood/pregnancy studies and feminist pedagogy. In addition to her academic life, Jennifer is a yoga teacher who has volunteered teaching yoga in prisons and jails.
Contributing Faculty
David M. Ball
(on leave 2013-15)
Associate Professor of English (2007).
East College Room 401
(717) 245-1116 |
B.A., Stanford University, 1998; M.A., Princeton University, 2003; Ph.D., 2007.

His interests in questions of American modernism, popular culture, and minority and oppositional responses to the American experience have shaped his research on the meanings of success and failure in American prose literature. In the coming semesters, he plans to teach classes in contemporary literary theory, the American short story, graphic novels, and the shape of twenty-first-century American literature.
James G. Ellison
Associate Professor of Anthropology (2005).
Denny Hall Room 307
(717) 245-1902 |
B.A., Michigan State University, 1987; M.A., University of Florida, 1990; Ph.D., 1999.

A broadly trained cultural anthropologist, Ellison researches political and economic transformations and culture in eastern Africa, focusing on colonialism, socialism, and "neoliberalism." His main fieldwork sites are in Tanzania and Ethiopia. He also co-directs a summer field school in Tanzania to teach anthropological research methods.
Susan M. Feldman
(on sabbatical Spring 2015)
Professor of Philosophy (1980).
East College Room 211
(717) 245-1226 |
B.A., Case Western Reserve University, 1974; M.A., 1976; M.A., University of Rochester, 1978; Ph.D., 1980.

Her interests include the history of modern philosophy, the problem of knowledge and skepticism, philosophy of science and ethics, both pure" and "applied" to such areas as the environment, the status of women, medicine and public policy."
Margaret G. Frohlich
Assistant Professor of Spanish (2007).
Bosler Hall Room 5M
(717) 245-1155 |
B.A., University of Colorado-Denver, 2001; Ph.D., Stony Brook University, 2006.

She specializes in 20th century and contemporary narrative with a focus on the construction of national and sexual identities. Her book, Framing the Margin: Nationality and Sexuality across Borders, won the international competition for the Victoria Urbano Monograph Prize of the Asociación Internacional de Literatura y Cultura Femenina Hispánica.
Gloria Melissa Garcia
Interim Director of the Women's Center (2012).
Landis House Room 9, 2nd Floor
(717) 245-1966 |
B.A., Hunter College, CUNY, 2000; M.A., Yale University, 2004; M.Phil., 2008.

Ann M. Hill
Professor of Anthropology (1986).
Denny Hall Room 210
(717) 245-1659 |
B.A., Columbia University, 1971; M.A., University of Iowa, 1974; Ph.D., University of Illinois, 1982.

Prof. Hill has conducted fieldwork in both Thailand and SW China. As a cultural anthropologist, Prof.Hill has focused on ethnicity, kinship and religion.Her current research is about inter-ethnic relations on China's frontiers in Yunnan Province, PRC.
Lynn R. Johnson
Associate Professor of Africana Studies (2004).
Althouse Hall Room G10
(717) 245-1394 |
B.A., Salisbury University, 1996; M.A., Temple University, 1998; Ph.D., 2007.

Lynn R. Johnson specializes in African American literature, African Aesthetics, and Africana literary cultures. Her primary research interests are in African American literary production and theory and Middle Passage studies. Currently, she is completing a manuscript that examines the relationship between food and psychological disease and wellness as portrayed in African American fiction.
Elizabeth Lee
Associate Professor of Art History (2006).
Weiss Center for the Arts Room 225
(717) 245-1259 |
B.A., Wake Forest University, 1990; M.A., University of Minnesota, 1993; Ph.D., Indiana University, 2002.

Professor Lee teaches courses in modern, contemporary and American art as well as in art theory, art historical methods and the representation of gender and sexuality. Her current research explores the connections between turn-of-the-century American art and the history of the body, medicine and health. Her essay, "Therapeutic Beauty: Abbott Thayer, Antimodernism and the Fear of Disease," has appeared in the Smithsonian American Art journal and the medical humanities journal Hektoen International. She is working on a book-length project that examines how matters of health and illness inform artistic practice among Gilded-Age artists and collectors. She has recently received funding for this research from the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, the Huntington Library, the Wolfsonian Institute and the Smithsonian American Art Museum, where she is a 2010-2011 Senior Fellow.
Helene Kim Lee
(on sabbatical 2014-15)
Assistant Professor of Sociology (2008).
B.A., Cornell University, 1997; M.A., University of California, Santa Barbara, 2003; Ph.D., 2009.

Helene Lee's areas of interest are in immigration/migration, racial/ethnic identities, globalization and transnationalism. Her research focuses on return migration projects back to the ancestral homeland, motivated by the search for “home” and a sense of belonging by members of the diaspora, particularly within the Korean context. She is currently at work on a book manuscript, which explores how the economic, political and social lives of Korean Americans and Korean Chinese migrants are shaped by ideas of ethnic authenticity and hybridity in Seoul, South Korea.
Andrea B. Lieber
Associate Professor of Religion, Sophia Ava Asbell Chair in Judaic Studies (1998).
East College Room 106
(717) 245-1482 |
B.A., Vassar College, 1989; M.A., Columbia University, 1993; M.Phil., 1995; Ph.D., 1998.

Her courses explore the transformations of Judaism as a living religion and evolving culture from its origins in antiquity through its varied manifestations in the 20th century. Special interests include: Judaism and early Christianity, Jewish mysticism (kabbalah), women and gender in Jewish tradition.
K. Wendy Moffat
Professor of English (1984).
East College Room 408
(717) 245-1499 |
B.A., Yale University, 1977; M.A., 1979; M.Phil., 1981, Ph.D., 1986.
Ganoe Award for Inspirational Teaching, 1994-1995.

Her teaching interests include modernism, literature and sexuality, biography, and literary theory. Her biography, A Great Unrecorded History: A New Life of E. M. Forster, received the Biographer's Club Prize in 2010 and was runner-up for the PEN Biography Prize in 2011.
Sharon J. O'Brien
Professor of English and American Studies, James Hope Caldwell Professor of American Cultures (1975).
Denny Hall Room 316
(717) 245-1497 |
B.A., Radcliffe College, 1967; M.A., Harvard University, 1969; Ph.D., 1975.
Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, 1985-1986.

Sharon O'Brien teaches interdisciplinary courses in the American Studies and English Departments, looking at the multiplicity of American cultures through the lenses of race, class, gender, and ethnicity. The author of a biography of Willa Cather and of a family memoir, she is now teaching and writing memoir and personal essay. Teaching and research interests include the politics of memory; illness and narrative; and lifewriting.
Jerry Philogene
Associate Professor of American Studies (2005).
Denny Hall Room 16
(717) 254-8953 |
B.A., New School University, 1989; M.A., New York University, 1993; Ph.D., 2009.

Jerry Philogene specializes in 20th century African American and Afro Caribbean visual arts and cultural history. Her teaching interests include interdisciplinary American cultural history and black cultural and identity politics. Her research interests explore the intersections of race, ethnicity, class, and gender as articulated in contemporary visual and popular culture.
Susan D. Rose
Charles A. Dana Professor of Sociology, Director of the Community Studies Center (1984).
239 W Louther St
(717) 245-1244 |
B.A., Dickinson College, 1977; M.A., Cornell University, 1982; Ph.D., 1984.
Dickinson Award for Distinguished Teaching, 2000-2001.

Susan Rose is interested in life course studies and systems of socialization (family, education, and religion), with a particular emphasis on comparative family systems and the interaction of gender, class, and race. Her research has focused on cross-cultural studies of the political economy of religious fundamentalisms, gender violence, sexuality education, and immigration. Other areas of interest include: stratification, social policy, and qualitative research methods..
Dan Schubert
Associate Professor of Sociology (1996).
Denny Hall Room 314
(717) 245-1227 |
B.A., Towson State University, 1983; M.A., University of Maryland, 1989; Ph.D., 1995.

He is interested in social theory, cultural studies, gender, health and illness, and the sociology of knowledge. Publications have focused on the ethics of academic practice and poststructuralist thought. Current research focuses on the lives of adults with long-term chronic illness.
Regina M. Sweeney
(on sabbatical Spring 2015)
Associate Professor of History (2001).
Denny Hall Room 310
(717) 245-1682 |
B.A., Tufts University,1980; M.A., University of California-Berkeley, 1986; Ph.D., 1992.
Dickinson Award for Distinguished Teaching, 2011-12.

Vanessa C. Tyson
(Leave of Absence 2014-15.)
Assistant Professor of Political Science (2007).
B.A., Princeton University, 1998; M.A., University of Chicago, 2002; Ph.D., 2011.

Professor Tyson focuses her research on interracial alliances in the House of Representatives, and what political dynamics these alliances create outside of more traditional issues regarding race. More broadly, she focuses on Congress and American Political Institutions, as well as race and gender as they operate as social constructs in the United States.
Karen J. Weinstein
Associate Professor of Anthropology (2001).
Denny Hall Room 215
(717) 245-1281 |
B.A., Washington University, 1991; M.A., University of Illinois at Chicago, 1994; Ph.D., University of Florida, 2001.

Human variation and adaptation, human osteology, human evolution with an emphasis on the evolution of body size and shape and postcranial anatomy in genus Homo, comparative primate skeletal biology, nutritional anthropology