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Dr. Janet Gray

Dr. Janet Gray, Chair

Janet Gray received her BA from Earlham College, her MA from Middlebury College and her Ph.D. from Princeton University. Frequently taught courses include Feminist Theories, Global Women Writers, Global Feminisms, Politics of Sexuality, Feminism in the Workplace and Gender and Democracy.

Office: Bliss 115
Phone: X 2163

Dr. Zakiya Adair

Dr. Zakiya Adair is an assistant professor in Women’s and Gender Studies and African American Studies. Dr. Adair attended graduate school at the University of Washington, in Seattle where she earned her Ph.D. in Women’s Studies. Her areas of specialization are transnational women’s cultural history, African American history and black internationalism with specific focus on early trans-Atlantic expressive culture. She is the recipient of many fellowships; most recently, Dr. Adair was a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Scholar in Residence at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture 2013. Currently she is working on completing her first book length monograph that will explore the relationship between race, gender and nation in trans-Atlantic and transnational vaudeville, cabaret and music hall in the early twentieth century.


Dr. Leigh-Anne Francis

Leigh-Anne Francis is an Assistant Professor with a dual appointment in the departments of African and African American Studies and Women and Gender Studies at TCNJ. Leigh-Anne holds a Ph.D. in United States and African American History, an M.A. in U.S. and World History, and a B.F.A. in Painting and Illustration. Her unpublished book manuscript, “Bad Girls: Race, Crime, and Punishment in New York State, 1893—1916,” analyzes the intersections of gender, race and class by exploring crime and punishment, labor and community, through the lens of black women’s experiences while offering comparisons with imprisoned native-born and European immigrant white women. As a Rutgers graduate student, she was a volunteer instructor at Mountainvew Youth Correctional Facility for Men in New Jersey. When she is not teaching or researching, she enjoys spending time with her spouse, Jenny, and their one-year old twin sons, Rustin and Langston.

Dr. Ellen G. Friedman

Dr. Ellen G. Friedman

Professor Ellen G. Friedman received her Ph.D. from New York University with Distinction. Her dissertation was published as a book: Joyce Carol Oates. Among her other books are Morality USA (with Corinne Squire) and Breaking the Sequence: Women’s Experimental Fiction (with Miriam Fuchs).

Office: Bliss 234
Phone: X 2658
Ms. Mary Lynn Hopps

Ms. Mary Lynn Hopps

Mary Lynn W. Hopps studied at H. Newcomb College of Tulane University, earned a BA from the University of Houston in Theatre and an MA in English from The College of New Jersey.  She is the director of the Women In Learning and Leadership (W.I.L.L.) Program.

Office: Bliss 122
Phone: X 2178
Dr. Marla Jaksch

Dr. Marla Jaksch

Dr. Marla L. Jaksch is an Associate Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and Coordinator of Competitive Post-Graduate Fellowships. She attended the Pennsylvania State University where she received a dual-title Ph.D. in Women’s Studies and Art Education. Her research and teaching interests include: transnational feminisms, development, art and microfinance schemes, STEAM, visual culture, cultural tourism, heritage, and preservation, feminist pedagogies and methodologies, and global community engaged learning.

Dr. John Landreau

Dr. John Landreau

John Landreau received his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1994 in Latin American Literature. John joined the Modern Languages faculty at TCNJ in 1992 where he taught Spanish and Latin American Literature. He began teaching part-time in the Women’s and Gender Studies Program in about 2000 and then, happily, joined the WGS faculty full-time in 2004. His current research interest is in men and masculinities, and he is at present working on a project on masculinity and war rhetoric since September 11. Previously, John published on Latin American literature and intellectual history in a variety of journals and anthologies. He has just begun to write and publish in the field of gender studies. John lives in Philadelphia and can be seen most days commuting from the West Trenton train station on his very cool folding bike.

Office: Bliss 232
Phone: X 3361
Dr. Ann Nicolosi

Dr. Ann Marie Nicolosi

Ann Marie Nicolosi, a specialist in women’s and gender history, received her Ph.D. from Rutgers University. In addition to teaching gender history courses, she teaches courses on feminist theories, sexual politics, and GBLT studies. Her current research focuses on a comparative account of women using media in the first and second feminist waves.

Office: Bliss 117
Phone: X 2276
Dr. Nelson Rodriguez

Dr. Nelson Rodriguez

Nelson M. Rodriguez received his Ph.D. in cultural studies and critical theory in education from The Pennsylvania State University. His research and teaching areas include: gender and sexuality studies; queer theory; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer studies; critical masculinity studies; popular culture; critical theory and philosophy of education; critical pedagogy; and qualitative research methodology.

Office: Bliss 208
Phone: X 2379

WGS Affiliated and Part Time Faculty

s200_amanda.rossie Professor Amanda RossieAmanda Rossie is an adjunct professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at The College of New Jersey. Her research interests include Internet cultures, girlhood studies, and post-feminist media studies, and she has recently published work in Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies and Girls’ Sexualities and Media (2013, Peter Lang). Her dissertation “New Media, New Maternities: Representations of Maternal Femininity in Postfeminist Popular Culture” maps the production of maternal femininity across new media by pinpointing how post-feminist themes of temporality, consumption, and transformation are emphasized in/by/through new media technologies. Office:  Bliss 116
Phone: X 2539

Professor Robin Van Buren

Office: Bliss 117
Phone: X 5164

Professor Ellen Weller

Office: Bliss 117
Phone: X 2955