Feminist Studies

Our Faculty

    • NAME

      Brenda Sendejo

    • TITLE

      Associate Professor of Feminist Studies and Chair

    • Specialty

      Anthropology of religion, Mexican American spiritualities and indigenous heritage, gender and racialization, and Chicana feminisms. Geographic specialization: U.S. - Mexico Borderlands, Central and South Texas.

    • NAME

      Jordan Johnson

    • TITLE

      Visiting Assistant Professor of Feminist Studies

    • NAME

      Michael Bray

    • TITLE

      Professor of Philosophy

    • Specialty

      Political Philosophy; Critical Theory

    • NAME

      Melissa K Byrnes

    • TITLE

      Associate Professor of History

    • Specialty

      Modern European History, France and the French Empire, Migration, Race, Muslims and the Islamic World, Human Rights, Humanitarianism

    • NAME

      Eileen Cleere

    • TITLE

      Professor of English

    • Specialty

      Victorian literature and culture, the novel, film studies, feminist studies.

    • NAME

      Elaine Craddock

    • TITLE

      Professor of Religion

    • Specialty

      Hinduism; Feminism and Religion; Tamil literature; Religion and the Body

    • NAME

      Laura Hobgood

    • TITLE

      Professor of Religion

    • Specialty

      Animals in the history of the Christian tradition; human-dog history; contemporary religious-ethical issues related to other-than-human animals; religion and ecology; environmental studies; Ecofeminism; human-animal studies; alternative religious experiences (i.e. cycling as religion)

    • NAME

      Phil Hopkins

    • TITLE

      Professor of Philosophy

    • Specialty

      Research: Critical Theory (Culture, Race, Police), Phenomenology of Body, Process Ontology     Teaching: Embodied Self, Identity

    • NAME

      Katie Howard

    • TITLE

      Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy

    • Specialty

      Feminist Philosophy, Political Philosophy, Affect Theory, Decolonial Thought, History of Philosophy

    • NAME

      Jessica Hower

    • TITLE

      Associate Professor of History

    • Specialty

      Early Modern Europe, Britain and Ireland, The British Empire, The Atlantic World, Comparative Colonialism, Women & Gender

    • NAME

      Joseph E. Hower

    • TITLE

      Assistant Professor of History

    • Specialty

      U.S. History, Labor and Politics in Modern America, Social Movements, Urban History, Policy History

    • NAME

      Melissa Johnson

    • TITLE

      Professor of Anthropology

    • Specialty

      Topical: Nature, the more than human and the human; Race, Racism, Critical Race Theory; Environment; Conservation; Development; Social Theory; Environmental History; Racial History; Tourism; Gender. Area: Belize; Caribbean; U.S.-Mexico Borderlands; Central Texas

    • NAME

      Joshua Long

    • TITLE

      Associate Professor of Environmental Studies

    • Specialty

      Climate Justice, Urban Studies, Environmental Politics and Policy, Spatial Theory and Place-Based Studies, Sustainability Discourses.

    • NAME

      Maria R. Lowe

    • TITLE

      Professor of Sociology

    • Specialty

      Race and racism, racialized spaces, neighborhood surveillance, campus climate research (race and gender), the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement, & the construction of gender in sports.

    • NAME

      Shannon Mariotti

    • TITLE

      Professor of Political Science

    • Specialty

      19th Century American Transcendentalism, American Political Thought, Critical Social Theory (20th century Marxism and the Frankfurt School), Democratic Theory and Practice, Democratic Pedagogy, Gender Politics and Feminist Political Theory, The Politics of Romanticism and Modernism, Neoliberalism, Buddhist Political Theory and Buddhist Modernism, Contemplative Practices and Embodied Social Change. 

    • NAME

      Ken Mello

    • TITLE

      Associate Professor of Religion

    • Specialty

      Native American traditions, Contemporary Indigenous Identity, Sacred Space, Gender and Sexuality, Indigenous Myth and Narratives, other non-textual religious traditions.

    • NAME

      Helene Meyers

    • TITLE

      Professor of English and Holder of McManis University Chair

    • Specialty

      Jewish American Literature and Film, Feminist Theory, Gothic Studies, Interdisciplinarity and the Liberal Arts in the 21st Century

    • NAME

      Sandi Nenga

    • TITLE

      Professor of Sociology

    • Specialty

      Children and youth; social class; volunteer work and civic engagement; qualitative methods

    • NAME

      Aaron Prevots

    • TITLE

      Professor of French

    • Specialty

      All levels of French language, literature and culture. French feminisms; poetry; novels; music; film; translation. Interdisciplinary coursework including through International Studies and the Paideia program.

    • NAME

      Omar Rivera

    • TITLE

      Associate Professor of Philosophy

    • Specialty

      Latin American Philosophy (Pre-Columbian to 21st Century, including Latin American Marxisms), Latinx Philosophy,19th and 20th Century Continental Philosophy (especially Phenomenology and Hermeneutics), Decolonial Philosophy (Epistemology, Race Theory, Feminist Theory), Aesthetics (including Latin American and Latinx Art), Ancient Greek Philosophy

    • NAME

      Catherine Bourland Ross

    • TITLE

      Professor of Spanish

    • Specialty

      Post-Franco Spanish literature, twentieth and twenty-first century peninsular Spanish literature and film. 

    • NAME

      Kimberly Smith

    • TITLE

      Professor of Art History

    • Specialty

      Modern German and Austrian art; feminist art history; art historiography