Faculty & Staff

headshot of Dr. Julietta  Singh
Professor of English and Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies
Stephanie Bennett-Smith Chair of Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies
Interdisciplinary Program Coordinator, Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies

Specialties:
  • Postcolonial Studies
  • Critical Theory
  • Transnational Feminisms
  • Queer Theory
  • Environmental Humanities
Contact:
(804) 289-8308
headshot of Dr.  Miriam  Gonzales
Assistant Director, will program
Affiliated Faculty, Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies
Contact:
(804) 289-8578
headshot of Dr. Rhiannon  Graybill
Professor of Religious Studies
Marcus M. and Carole M. Weinstein & Gilbert M. and Fannie S. Rosenthal Chair of Jewish Studies
Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Advisory Board Member

Specialties:
  • Hebrew Bible
  • Feminist biblical interpretation
  • Queer biblical interpretation
  • Literary approaches
Contact:
(804) 289-8692
headshot of Dr. Patricia  Herrera
Professor of Theatre
Affiliate faculty in the American Studies and Women, Gender, and Sexualities Studies Programs
Associate Dean, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB)

Specialties:
  • Theatre as Social Change
  • 20th and 21st Century American Theatre and Performance
  • Latina/o Cultural Productions
  • Solo Performance
  • Documentary Theatre
  • Gender and Performance
  • Hip Hop Performances
Contact:
(804) 287-6352
headshot of Dr. Dorothy J. Holland
Associate Professor of Theatre and Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies
Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Advisory Board Member

Specialties:
  • Theatre history
  • Directing
  • Acting
  • Gender studies
Contact:
(804) 287-6662
headshot of Dr.  Crystal L. Hoyt
Professor of Leadership Studies and Psychology and the Colonel Leo K. & Gaylee Thorsness Endowed Chair in Ethical Leadership; Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Advisory Board Member

Specialties:
  • Beliefs Systems (e.g., Mindsets, Stereotypes, and Ideologies)
  • Stigma, Stereotyping, and Discrimination
  • Social Inequities
Contact:
(804) 287-6825
headshot of Dr. Mari Lee  Mifsud
Professor of Rhetoric

Specialties:
  • Rhetorical Theory
  • Histories and historiographies of rhetoric; Histories and historiographies of ideas
  • Ancient Greek Rhetorical Theory, Texts, and Culture
  • Interdisciplinary Studies: rhetoric and writing, philosophy, political theory, women's studies, classics, culture/al studies, science/technology, humanistic inquiry
Contact:
(804) 287-6513
headshot of Dr. Mariela  Méndez
Associate Professor of Latin American, Latino, and Iberian Studies and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Advisory Board Member

Specialties:
  • Latin American crónica
  • Southern Cone and Brazilian women writers
  • Transnational Feminist Theory and Practice
  • Gender and Sexuality Studies
Contact:
(804) 287-6043
headshot of Dr. Melissa  Ooten
Director, will Program
Associate Dean, Social Justice Engagement and Practice, Westhampton College
Affiliated Faculty, Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies
Contact:
(804) 289-8578
headshot of Ms. Nancy  Propst, CAP, PACE
Academic Administrative Specialist
Contact:
(804) 287-6693
headshot of Dr. Nathan  Snaza
Director, Humanities Center
Assistant Professor of English
Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Advisory Board Member
Interdisciplinary Program Coordinator, Interdisciplinary Studies

Specialties:
  • Modern Narrative, primarily British and American
  • Literary Theory and Continental Philosophy
  • Affect Theory and Biopolitics
  • Social and Cultural Foundations of Education, Critical Pedagogy, Literacy Studies
  • Sexuality and Gender Studies
Contact:
(804) 289-8300
headshot of Dr. Sydney  Watts
Associate Professor of History and Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies
Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Advisory Board Member

Specialties:
  • Early Modern Europe
  • 18th Century France
Contact:
(804) 289-8339
headshot of Dr. Erika  Zimmermann Damer
Associate Professor of Classical Studies and Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies

Specialties:
  • Roman Poetry of the Augustan Period
  • Sexuality and Gender in Antiquity
  • History of the Body
  • Roman Graffiti
Contact:
(804) 289-8080

Emeritus Faculty

headshot of Dr. Ladelle  McWhorter
Stephanie Bennett-Smith Chair of Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies, Emerita

Specialties:
  • 20th Century French & German Philosophy
  • Queer Theory
  • Political Theory
Contact:
(804) 289-8423