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
(717) 254-8311 |
B.A., Dartmouth College, 2002; M.A., University of California-Los Angeles, 2007; Ph.D., 2010.

Dr. Oliviero's teaching and research specializations include transnational feminisms, immigration, QLGBT studies, critical race theory, law, social movements and cultural analysis. Her book, "The Political Life of Vulnerability: How Narratives of Risk Influence Immigration, Gay Rights and Abortion Politics" builds from these specializations and is out for review. Her publications appear in Debating Same-Sex Marriage in the Lesbian and Gay Movement (Minnesota UP 2013), Feminist Formations (2013, forthcoming); Signs (2011); and Women's Studies International Forum (2009). A new project explores if concepts of precarity and resilience can rework existing feminism global justice frameworks, with an emphasis on sexual asylum policies, migration, women's peace movements and disability. Katie holds a PhD and MA in Gender Studies from UCLA, and a BA in Women's Studies from Dartmouth College. As a recipient of a 2010-2012 postdoctoral fellowship at Emory University School of Law, she taught classes in both the Gender Studies doctoral program and the law school under the auspices of the Feminism and Legal Theory Project as well as the Vulnerability and Human Condition Initiative. Between 2012-2014, Dr. Oliviero was an American Council of Learned Societies New Faculty Fellow at the University of Colorado, Boulder's Women and Gender Studies program and law school.
Jennifer Musial
Visiting Assistant Professor of Women's and Gender Studies (2013).
Denny Hall Room 17
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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.
Jeremy R. Ball
Associate Professor of History (2005).
Denny Hall Room 19
(717) 254-8191 |
B.A., Boston College, 1994; M.A., Yale University, 1998; Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 2003.

He teaches courses in African political and ecological history, apartheid, the Atlantic slave trade, and human rights. His research focuses on the labor and business history of Angola, Portuguese colonialism, and oral history.
Sylvie G. Davidson
(on sabbatical 2014-15)
Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures; John J. Curley '60 and Ann Conser Curley '63 Faculty Chair in Global Education (1979).
Licence-ès-Lettres, Université de Montpellier, 1967; Maîtrise d'Italien, 1968; Doctorat ès Lettres, 1978.
Ganoe Award for Inspirational Teaching, 1995-1996; Dickinson Award for Distinguished Teaching, 2004-2005.

Professor Davidson has directed the Toulouse year program and the Bologna Summer Immersion program on several occasions and is engaged in issues related to global education. Her scholarship has concentrated on French and Italian literatures, fine arts, and music of the Renaissance and 17th century. Her current research is centered on Humanism in Southern France.
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 literature and film 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. Her articles have appeared in Studies in Documentary Film; Studies in Spanish and Latin American Cinemas (formerly Studies in Hispanic Cinemas); Letras Femeninas; and Romance Review.
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 published on a range of topics relevant to understanding ethnicity and inter-ethnic relations in the Sino-SE Asian uplands (e.g. Women Without Talents Are Virtuous, 1988 in Gender, Power and Construction of the Moral Order on the Thai Periphery; Chinese Dominance of the Xishuangbanna Tea Trade: An Inter-Regional Perspective, 1989 Modern China; Captives, Kin and Slaves in Xiao Liangshan, 2001 J. of Asian Studies; Provocative Behavior: Agency and Feuds in SW China, 2004 Am Anthropologist; Fried's Evolutionary Model, Social Stratification, and the Nuosu in SW China, 2012 in the Anthropological Study of Class and Class Consciousness, and other articles). She is the author of Merchants and Migrants: Ethnicity and Trade Among Yunnanese Chinese in SE Asia (1998) and co-editor with Zhou Minglang of Affirmative Action in China and the U.S. Currently she is project director for the Luce Initiative on Asian Studies and the Environment, a 4-year grant to Dickinson College from the Henry Luce Foundation.
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.
Carol Ann Johnston
(on sabbatical 2014-15)
Professor of English, Martha Porter Sellers Chair of Rhetoric and the English Language (1990).
B.A., Baylor University, 1978; M.A., 1980; M.A., Harvard University, 1983; Ph.D., 1992.

Her teaching interests include literature of the Early Modern period, poetry workshop, and Southern Women Writers. Her current research investigates subjectivity and agency in seventeenth-century English poetry. She has written a book on Eudora Welty and is working on a manuscript placing poet Thomas Traherne in the context of seventeenth-century visual traditions.
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, the representation of gender and sexuality and the history of medicine. Her research has been published in Smithsonian American Art, The Journal of American Culture, Nineteenth Century and Hektoen International: A Journal of Medical Humanities. Her current research examines the links between late nineteenth-century American art and the history of the body, medicine and health with a focus on the impact of tuberculosis, syphilis and cancer on artistic consumption and production. She has received funding for this project from the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, the Huntington Library, the Wolfsonian Institute and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
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.
Nicoletta Marini-Maio
Associate Professor of Italian (2007).
Bosler Hall Room 219
(717) 245-1592 |
B.A., University of Perugia, Italy, 1986; M.A., University of Rome, 1998; M.A., University of Pennsylvania, 2001; Ph.D., 2006.

Professor Marini-Maio completed her Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania, specializing in Italian cinema. She is the Editor of the international online journal gender/sexuality/italy. Her main fields of research are film studies, Italian cinema, and theater, particularly the intersections between politics, gender, cultural representations, popular culture, the narrative mode, and collective memory. Her monograph on the representation of left-wing terrorism in Italian film and theatre is near to completion. She is currently working on a book on Silvio Berlusconi in the cinema and doing research on the "decamerotici," a series of movies inspired by Boccaccio's Decameron produced in Italy in the 1970s. She has published articles on Italian cinema and theatre, Italian teaching pedagogy, and technology-enhanced language learning. In this areas, she has also co-edited the scholarly volumes "Set the Stage! Teaching Italian through Theater" (Yale University Press, 2009) and "Dramatic Interactions" (Cambridge Scholars, 2011). At Dickinson, she is sharing with her students her passion for film and theater.
Sarah McGaughey
Associate Professor of German (2007).
Bosler Hall Room 114
(717) 245-1279 |
B.A., Smith College, 1997; M.A., Washington University-St. Louis, 1999; Ph.D., 2005.

Her scholarship concentrates on architecture and literature in Central Europe of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. She has published on the work of Viennese author Hermann Broch as well as on topics such as fashion and interior design. Her current courses are on topics such as contemporary literature and popular culture, Germany and the environment, and the German language.
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.
Leah Orr
Visiting Assistant Professor of English (2013).
East College 401
(717) 254-8101 |
B.A., University of Washington, 2007; M.A., Pennsylvania State University, 2009; Ph.D., 2013.

Leah Orr's research and teaching interests include literature of the long eighteenth century, women writers, the development of the novel, the classical tradition in English, and the history of the book and print culture. Her work has appeared in Studies in Philology, Philological Quarterly, Modern Language Review, and elsewhere.
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.
Claire Seiler
(on sabbatical 2014-15)
Assistant Professor of English (2010).
East College Room 310
(717) 245-1921 |
B.A., Middlebury College, 2002; M.Phil., Trinity College, Dublin, 2004; Ph.D., Stanford University, 2010.

Professor Seiler's current book project is "Midcentury Suspension," a new literary history of the transatlantic mid-20th century. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Twentieth-Century Literature, Modernism/modernity, and Contemporary Literature. Her courses include Modern Women Writing War, Poetry of the Mad Men Era, and The Generational.
Sarah Skaggs
Director of Dance, Assistant Professor of Dance (2008).
Montgomery House
(717) 245-1771 |
B.A., Sweet Briar College, 1979; M.F.A., Hollins University, 2007.

Sarah Skaggs, artisitc director of Sarah Skaggs Dance, is an internationally renowned choreographer from New York City. She has received numerous fellowships -- from The National Endowment for the Arts, The Jerome, Harkenss, Greenwall, and Rockefeller foundations. Her work focuses on the relationship between the body and spirituality as impacted by social and political crises. Recently, she completed a multi-year cycle of choreographic works dealing with the body and disaster, particularly with respect to September 11th. At Dickinson she teaches Dance History, Modern Technique, Somatics, and Choreography.
Amy C. Steinbugler
Assistant Professor of Sociology (2008).
Denny Hall Room 106
(717) 254-8140 |
B.A., Evergreen State College, 1998; M.A., Temple University, 2002; Ph.D., 2007.

Amy C. Steinbugler's research and teaching focus on issues of race/ethnicity, sexuality, gender, family, stratification, and neighborhoods. She is interested in how individuals maintain social relationships across systems of inequality. Her recent book, Beyond Loving: Intimate Racework in Lesbian, Gay, and Straight Interracial Relationships (Oxford University Press, 2012) won the 2014 Distinguished Book Award from the Sexualities Section and the 2014 William J. Goode Book Award from the Family Section of the American Sociological Association. A qualitative analysis of the everyday lives of Black/White couples, Beyond Loving examines how partners conceptualize and negotiate racial differences in their relationship, and how sexuality shapes these practices. Dr. Steinbugler's current research is an ethnographic project that explores conflict and cohesion within economically and racially diverse urban neighborhoods. Her writing has been published in Sexualities, Gender & Society, Contexts, DuBois Review, and Ethnic & Racial Studies.
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
Adjunct Faculty
Beth Graybill
Adjunct Faculty in Religion.
Stern Center for Global Educ Room 107
(717) 254-8135 |

Dr. Graybill's research examines Amish and Mennonite women in Lancaster County at the intersection of material culture, gender, tourism, and entrepreneurship.