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Dr. Marla Jaksch, Chair

Marla L. Jaksch is a Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and the Barbara Meyers Pelson ’59 Endowed Chair of Faculty-Student Engagement. Jaksch attended the Pennsylvania State University earning a dual-degree PhD in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Art Education. She directs the WGSS Archives Fellows program. Jaksch’s research explores the politics of representation in global and transnational contexts, analyzing the ways in which girls and womxn represent their lives, struggles, and agency via visual and material culture. Jaksch teaches courses on intersectional qualitative research methods, transnational feminisms, feminist theories, gender & visual culture (in Asia & Africa), and courses on monuments and memorials.

Recent publications include:
Jaksch, Marla L., C. Cymone Fourshey, and Relebohile Moletsane [co-Editors], The Journal of Girlhood Studies, special issue on African Girlhood Studies (2023).

Jaksch, M.L. and C. Cymone Fourshey, (2021). “Inspiring a Revolution”: Women’s Central Role in Tanzanian Independence” in (Wo)men of Power, Biographies, and the African Post-Colonial State, edited by Anais Angelo, Routledge African Studies Series, 35-53.

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Dr. Zakiya Adair

Dr. Zakiya Adair is an associate 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.

Office: Social Sciences
Phone: X 2794
adairz@tcnj.eduDr. Adair will be teaching abroad for the Spring 2022 semester.

Dr. Leigh-Anne Francis

Leigh-Anne Francis is an associate 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 sons, Rustin and Langston.

Office: Bliss 116

Phone: X 2539

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Dr. Janet Gray 

Janet Gray, Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, has been at TCNJ full-time since 1999. She earned a BA in English from Earlham College, an MA in English from Middlebury College, and a Ph.D. in English from Princeton University. Her publications include an anthology titled She Wields a Pen: Nineteenth-Century American Women’s Poetry, and a book of historical criticism, Race and Time: American Women’s Poetics from Antislavery to Racial Modernity. She is currently collaborating with Leigh-Anne Francis on an essay collection titled Feminists Talk Whiteness. Her research and teaching interests include critical whiteness, white supremacy, and anti-racism; feminist approaches to environmentalism and climate change; peace and justice studies; and whatever she can learn from her students and colleagues.

Office: Bliss 115
Phone: X 2163
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Deborah Hutton

Professor Deborah Hutton holds a joint appointment in the Departments Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Art and Art History at The College of New Jersey. Her scholarship examines the visual culture of Islamic South Asia from the 16th century onward. In addition to numerous articles and essays, her publications include Art of the Court of Bijapur (winner of the AIIS Edward Cameron Dimock Jr. Prize in the Indian Humanities) and Raja Deen Dayal: Artist-Photographer in 19th-century India (co-authored with Deepali Dewan). Through her teaching and writing, Deborah strives to expand how we talk about the history of art—to make it more inclusive and interdisciplinary. To that end, she served as co-lead author (with Jean Robertson) for the first new art history survey book of the 21st century, The History of Art: A Global View, and she co-authored (with De-nin Lee) The History of Asian Art: A Global View, both recently published by Thames & Hudson.

Office: 325 AIMM

Office hours: Mondays 1:30-3:30 and Thursdays 9:45-10:45  

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Dr. alma khasawnih

alma khasawnih researches access to the street in post-colonial and settler-colonial nation-states as a site of understanding and articulating access to citizenship. alma’s research projects examine ephemeral visual culture production (graffiti, murals, and other forms of street/public art) as stand-alone material objects that orient, disorient, and reorient feminist debates on social political cultural movements within urban geographies and the phenomenology of erasure, co-optation, and resistance. alma is invested in examining how urban beautification projects and cleansing public spaces are part of authoritarian visual culture and politics of
respectability that aim at policing minoritized bodies in public spaces.

alma earned a Ph.D. in Feminist Studies from the University of Washington, Seattle; an M.A. in Community Art Education from Rhode Island School of Design, Providence; and a BS in Environmental Policy and Behavior from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
alma identifies as Far West Asian and lives with Rocca the Cat and 30+ plants.

Office: Bliss 232 Office Hours: Please email or in-person or Zoom Appointments.

Dr. Nelson Rodriguez

Nelson M. Rodriguez is Associate Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at The College of New Jersey. He received his PhD in the area of critical pedagogy and cultural studies from Penn State University and his BA in English Literature from the University of Miami. His current research areas span queer studies and education, critical masculinity studies, and Foucault studies.

Professor Rodriguez is co-editor of several book series: Queer Studies and Education (Palgrave Macmillan), Routledge Critical Studies in Gender and Sexuality in Education (Routledge/Taylor and Francis), and Queering Teacher Education Across Contexts (Peter Lang). He is also an Associate Editor of the journal, Palgrave Communications, an Editorial Board member of the journals Gender and Education (Routledge) and Taboo: The Journal of Culture and Education, an ad hoc reviewer of the Journal of Homosexuality (Routledge), and an International Advisory Board member of Goldsmiths Press, University of London.

His most recent publications include Critical Concepts in Queer Studies and Education: An International Guide for the Twenty-First Century; Educators Queering Academia: Critical Memoirs; Queer Masculinities: A Critical Reader in Education; and Queering Straight Teachers: Discourse and Identity in Education. His forthcoming books include Friendship as Ascesis: Michel Foucault and Sexualities in Education; Teaching LGBTQ+ Studies in Education: Critical Perspectives; and The Palgrave International Handbook of Queer Studies and Education. Professor Rodriguez is also in the process of organizing and launching a new journal tentatively titled Queer, Trans, and Sexuality Studies in Education: An International Journal. View Professor Rodriguez’s work and profile at:

Office: Bliss 208
Phone: X 2379 nrodrigu@tcnj.eduPlease email for in-person or Zoom appointments.

Dr. John Landreau – Emeritus

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.

Dr. Ann Nicolosi

Dr. Ann Marie Nicolosi – Emeritus

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 LGBTQ studies. Her current research focuses on a comparative account of women using media in the first and second feminist waves.