Assistant Professor, Sociology
Faner Hall, Room 3340
Dr. Barber received her Ph.D. from University of Southern California and joined the SIU Sociology faculty in 2011. Having lived in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina, she has a unique perspective in the area of disaster research, and focuses particularly on methodological issues affecting local researchers, who themselves live through disaster. She has received writing awards from the Pacific Sociological Association and the Mid-South Sociological Association, and is currently a council member for the Body and Embodiment section of the American Sociological Association.
Associate Professor, Radio, Television and Digital Media
Lisa Brooten holds a Ph.D. in international telecommunications and an MAIA in international development studies from Ohio University. After years working in community radio in Philadelphia and a professional stint in radio production with the show "Fresh Air with Terry Gross" distributed by National Public Radio, she spent nearly seven years living and working in Southeast Asia, both in rural areas home to refugees and in cosmopolitan cities. After this, she began formal research on the media of the region. Her work has focused especially on Burmese independent media in opposition to the country's military dictatorship, and on Southeast Asian regional media reform efforts; on media representations of gender and race; on human rights and the militarization of everyday culture; and more generally on alternative media and social movements.
Dr. Booten teaches MCMA 492/555 - Militarization and Media.
Associate Professor, Cinema and Photography
Communications Building, Room 1048
Cade Bursell’s creative work engages both experimental processes and a socially engaged media arts practice with a focus on human rights and environmental issues, and grounded in an understanding of the relationship between medium and meaning. Her interests include queer studies, women’s studies, environmental and animal studies and Buddhist philosophy. Her creative practice is guided by a set of ethical principles that involves a deep regard, concern and recognition of the complex interdependence of all forms of life.
Her most recent film Salt Lines, received a Director's Choice award from Black Maria Film Festival and screened at Chicago Underground Film Festival, Berlin International Director's Lounge, Crystal Palace Experimental Film Festival and Experiments in Cinema V 8.5 - Collaborating with Nature and has been invited to screen this summer at Another Experiment by Women Festival - the New Filmmakers Women’s Night at Anthology Film Archives.
Assistant Professor, Languages, Cultures and International Trade
Dr. Francesca Dennstedt received her Ph.D. in Hispanic Studies from Washington University in St. Louis, where she also completed a certificate in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Her main areas of research are twentieth-century and contemporary Mexican literature and culture with a focus on gender and queer theory. Her work engages with questions of queer temporality, canon formation, and the nation through critical readings of Mexican women's cultural production.
She has published a book chapter titled, "Una feminazi, una teibolera y una lesbiana: acercamientos al feminismo en la literatura mexicana actual” in Romper con la palabra by Adriana Pacheco Roldán, and her article, "Between Utopian Longings and Everyday Failures': Imagining a Latin American Cuir Future" was published in Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies.
Professor, Higher Education and Qualitative Research, and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Pulliam Hall, Room 126D
Dr. Dilley is the recipient of multiple awards, including:
- Annuit Coeptis Award, American College Personnel Association, 2004
- Research Recognition Award, Standing Committee for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Awareness, American College Personnel Association, 2004.
- Emerging Scholar Award, American College Personnel Association, 2002
Dr. Dilley is the author of Queer Man on Campus: A History of Non-Heterosexual Men in College(Routledge, 2002), The Transformation of Women’s Collegiate Education: The Legacy of Virginia Gildersleeve (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017), and Gay Liberation to Campus Assimilation: Early Non-Heterosexual Student Organizing at Midwestern Universities (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019).
Dr. Dilley teaches WGSS 401 - Masculinity in the U.S., WGSS 470 - Collee Student Sexuality, WGSS 535 - Gender in Higher Education, WGSS575 - College Men and Masculinity, and WGSS 576 - Women in Higher Education.
Associate Professor, English
Faner Hall, Room 2262
Jane Elizabeth Dougherty is an Associate Professor specializing in Irish literature of the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Her scholarship focuses on the social and political master narratives of Irish history and the ways in which these narratives enable and disable the production, form style and reception of Irish literary narratives. The author of articles on Anthony Trollope, Nuala O'Faolain and Edna O'Brien, she is currently working on a book project, Joyce's sisters: National Maturation and Contemporary Irish Women Writers, and is developing/teaching courses on Irish and modern British literature, literary analysis, vampires, and the Harry Potter series. Dr. Dougherty has held fellowships from the Mellon Foundation, the Keough-Notre Dame Centre, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Midwest Modern Language Association and the Newberry Library and the National University of Ireland-Galway. She regularly teaches Introduction to Literary Analysis and the second half of the Irish Literature Survey, as well as, offering seminars on Irish women writers, Irish maturation narratives, Irish film, and Ireland in theory.
Laura Dreuth Zeman
Professor, School of Social Work
Laura Dreuth Zeman is a Professor of Social Work and Women Studies at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale where she has taught since 1998. She integrates practice and research at the point it where they intersect with the consumer. Her understanding of families and trauma grew out of extensive research and by her experiences working as a therapist in psychiatric hospitals, residential programs, and in private practice. Her clinical practice specialized in mental illness, addiction, and family care with an emphasis on supporting the recovery of survivors of sexual abuse. She has published over 30 papers as articles in professional and peer-reviewed journals and as chapters in books. She has presented numerous research papers in national and international venues. Her current research involves examining parenting children with autism spectrum disorders and developmental disabilities from the participants’ perspective and school safety.
Assistant Professor, School of Art and Design
Laurel Fredrickson (Ph.D., Duke, 2007) is a historian of contemporary and modern art with a global emphasis. Her interdisciplinary research focuses on cross-cultural and transnational intersections of experimental art and political dissent from the 1960s to the present. She is currently revising her book Désire/Délire/Désordre: Jean-Jacques Lebel's Erotic Revolution to send to a press. This is the first book-length study of the anticolonial and anti-institutional art and politics of an icon of revolution in the 1960s who as an artist, played a translational role: circulating theories and strategies across generational and disciplinary boundaries to connect cultural and political avant-gardes internationally. At present she is completing the first book-length study of the anticolonial art and politics of Jean-Jacques Lebel (1936, France), an artist who interconnected political and artistic avant-gardes internationally and bridged the historical and postwar avant-gardes.
She has also begun preliminary research for another book, Deterritorialized Identity: Transnational Women Artists and French Colonialism. This project explores the art of women who interrogate the postmodern condition of deterritorialized identity through video, installation, and performance, including those in my case studies Zenib Sedira (b. 1963, France), Miriam Mihindou (b. 1964, Gabon), and Latifa Echakhch (b. 1974, Morocco). The work of each artist visualizes intersections of present-day and historical political realities and traumatic memory in the mediated materiality of embodiment and dissent, and each uniquely expresses a body-politics shaped by displacement, refugee status, and the frontier as site of obstruction and passage.
Dr. Fredrickson teaches an upper-level art history seminar on Performance Art, Installation, and New Media.
Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Dr. Harackiewicz's research interests are in: (a) Electromagnetics, (b) antenna theory and design, (c) microwaves, (d) microstrip phased arrays and anisotropic materials, (e) small multiband and broadband antennas, (f) PIFAs, (g) loops, (h) printed and dielectric antennas.
Associate Professor, School of Music
Maria Johnson is Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology in the School of Music at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale where she regularly teaches two CORE Curriculum courses-- Music 203 - Diversity & Popular Music in American Culture and Music 303I - Women, Blues & Literature, offers topics courses in Ethnomusicology-- Women in Music and Music and Social Change, and supervises graduate and undergraduate independent studies in ethnomusicology. On sabbatical Fall 2005, Johnson is working on a book entitled Kickin' Ass and Takin' Names: Saffire and the Tradition of Uppity Women's Blues.
Raised in central Massachusetts, Johnson earned degrees in music from The Colorado College (B.A., Magna cum Laude) and The University of California at Berkeley (M.A., Ph.D. in ethnomusicology), and was awarded an Irvine Foundation Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowship at Stanford University from 1993-1995. Prior to her arrival at SIUC in 1997, she taught at Stanford University, The Colorado College, and The University of California at Berkeley.
Johnson's articles on women's blues and interdisciplinary scholarship on African American women's literature as performance appear in African American Review, Arkansas Review: A Journal of Delta Studies, Women and Music: A Journal of Gender and Culture, Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies, Black Orpheus: Music in African American Fiction From the Harlem Renaissance to Toni Morrison (Garland, 2000), and More than the Blues: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Black Women and Music (University of Illinois Press, 2005), She has also contributed essays to Notable American Women: A Biographical Dictionary (Harvard, 2004), The Encyclopedia of the Blues (Routledge, 2005), and the Encyclopedia of African American Folklore (Greenwood, 2005). She presents regularly at the annual meetings of The Society for Ethnomusicology, The U.S. Branch of The International Association for the Study of Popular Music, The Delta Blues Symposium, and at the bi-annual Feminist Theory & Music conferences. Other notable presentation venues include The International Conference on the Blues Tradition: Memory, Criticism & Pedagogy (State College, PA), Conference on America's Blues Culture and Heritage (Jacksonville, FL), The Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts & Humanities (Orlando, FL), The Scripps College Inaguural Symposium on Women and Music (Claremont, CA), The 1998 International Conference on Bob Dylan (Palo Alto, CA), Music, Sexuality, and Performance Symposium (Berkeley, CA), and Language and Culture: East and West (Manoa, Hawaii).
A blues performer, Johnson is a member of the all-female quintet, Loose Gravel (piano/keyboards, guitar, vocals). In addition to performing regularly at campus functions and community events including "Celebrating Women in the Arts," "Women of Distinction," "Arts in Celebration," "Brown Bag Concerts," "Take Back the Night" and Women's Center Benefits, Loose Gravel was featured at The Delta Blues Symposium VI: Women in the Delta (Jonesboro, AR), The Southern Illinois Women's Health Conference, and at The 25th Annual John A. Logan College High School Writing Competition. The band released a self-produced self-titled compact disc of original recordings in 2003.
Johnson's professional service to the Society for Ethnomusicology includes co-chairing the Section on the Status of Women (2002-2004) and co-chairing The Gender & Sexualities Taskforce (1999-2003).
Associate Professor, Theater
Jacob Juntunen is an Associate Professor in the Department of Theater and in the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program at SIU. His scholarship concentrating on the politics of performance has appeared in Theatre Journal, Puppetry International, Polish-AngloSaxon Studies, the LMDA Review and several anthologies. His research has been supported by Fulbright Fellowship, Thesaurus Poloniae Senior Scholar Fellowship, and a SEED Grant. Dr. Juntunen has extensive experience in the Chicago theatre scene as a playwright and dramaturg, and as a recipient of several grants from the Illinois Arts Council and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs. He studied at the Interdisciplinary Program in Theatre and Drama at Northwestern University (PhD), the Professional Playwriting Program at Ohio University (MA), Reed College (BA), and Clackamas Community College (AA).
Dr. Juntunen’s work focuses on people who struggle against society’s boundaries. His first book, Mainstream AIDS Theatre, the Media, and Gay Civil Rights: Making the Radical Palatable, examines the interactions between mainstream AIDS theatre and the media in the late 20th century. His second project expands his geographic scope to examine artistic resistance to the genocidal discourses of the Nazi and Soviet regimes. His playwriting stems from a mix of scholarship and social responsibility. Both focus on understanding the political function of theatre, and this focus is demonstrated in his plays, which, overall, are meant for those “who want to leave the theatre changed and moved,” as one Chicago critic described. He recently wrote See Him? to participate in the Belarusian Dream Theater, a consortium of 18 theaters in 13 countries simultaneously producing plays to raise awareness about human rights violations in Belarus. His play In the Shadow of his Language has enjoyed two staged readings in Chicago, another at Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre, and a workshop off-Broadway. His play Saddam’s Lions—published in Plays for Two (Vintage)—examines the disquieting memories of an African-American female Iraq War veteran and her struggles to come to terms with war-time trauma. Dr. Juntunen based this play on interviews with a veteran. This process combined his desire for politically relevant work, his dedication to diverse casting opportunities, and his scholarship about the politics of performance. He hopes to inspire in students a similar yearning for intellectual curiosity, social activism, and collaboration.
Dr. Juntunen teaches THEA 504A - Performing Justice/Theory and WGSS 496/591 - Sex and HIV/AIDS.
Professor, School of Social Work
Dr. Jurkowski was previously an Assistant Professor at the University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario, Canada. She has held administrative and research positions for The Illinois Public Health Leadership Institute at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Jurkowski began her social work career working with people who have cognitive and developmental disabilities and supporting these people to develop community social, recreation and leisure skills. Her philosophy of "community integration" and "citizen participation" evolved into vocational and residential settings, and included case management and administrative positions in vocational rehabilitation, and residential settings, serving people with disabilities for the Department of Health and Family Services, Province of Manitoba. Dr. Jurkowski was a "Great Cities" Research Fellow in Health and examined strategies for community needs assessment in the United States and Canada, using citizen participation and traditional needs assessments. She has also served as a program evaluation consultant in a range of public and private settings in developed and developing contexts to include countries such as Canada, the United States, India, Niger and Hong Kong.
Assistant Professor, Kinesiology
Bobbi Knapp is an Associate Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and cross-listed with the Sociology Department and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at SIU. Dr. Knapp received her BS (major: Geography & minor: Anthropology) and MA (Sport Management) from Central Michigan University and her PhD (Cultural Studies of Sport) from the University of Iowa. She is a trained sport sociologist and sport historian who uses a critical perspective to explore the ways in which hegemonic masculinity and emphasized femininity are challenged and reinforced within sport, physical activities, and the military. Having played a season of women’s professional football, Knapp was one of the first scholars to research women’s experiences playing tackle football. Her research on CrossFit has explored CrossFit boxes from a feminist geographical perspective, mediated representations in the CrossFit Journal, and psychological aspects. More recently Knapp’s research has focused on issues of gender within the United States military. Dr. Knapp has been recognized for her teaching (COEHS Outstanding Teaching Award) and service (Midwest Sociological Society’s Jane Addams Service Award). Dr. Knapp teaches KIN/WGSS 560 - Gender and Sport.
Associate Professor, Radio, Television, and Digital Media
Associate Professor Sarah Lewison is a media producer, artist, and writer whose work examines power, economics and political subjectivity. Her teaching and research areas include media and social change, ecological pedagogy and experimental performance. Her video work includes the documentary Fat of the Land which screened on PBS and in museums, festivals and community spaces worldwide, and is nationally noted for stimulating the do-it-yourself waste-grease bio-diesel movement. Prof. Lewison's writing about media aesthetics, social history, sustainability and culture has been published in Tema (Denmark), Journal of Northeast Studies (Hamburg, Germany), Area (Chicago), and "Failure! Experiments in Aesthetics and Social Practices" (Aesthetics and Protest Pub., LA). She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from University of California San Diego.
Associate Professor, Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice
Dr. Mullins joined the faculty of SIU in the Fall of 2008. His research focuses on structural and cultural aspects of violence. He is the author of Holding Your Square: Masculinities, Streetlife and Violence (2006, Willan) and the co-author of Symbolic Gestures and the Generation of Global Social Control: he International Criminal Court (2006, Lexington) and the co-author of Blood, Power and Bedlam: Violations of International Criminal Law in Post-Colonial Africa (2008, Peter Lang). He has also published over 20 articles and books chapters on gender and street crime; genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity and international criminal law and jurisprudence. Dr. Mullins teaches courses in criminological theory, violence and courts. He also serves as the Director of University Studies at SIU.
Assistant Professor, History
Faner Hall, Room 3374
José Najar received his Ph.D. from Indiana University-Bloomington in 2012 and became an assistant professor at SIU in 2014. He is a historian of nineteenth and twentieth-century Brazil and Latin America. His work focuses on topics of whiteness and non-European diasporas in the Americas, gender inequality, imperialism and anti-colonial resistance, and nationalism. Dr. Najar’s first monographic project re-examines the myth of exceptional social mobility, among Syrian-Lebanese immigrants to Brazil, through the analysis of overlapping transnational discourses of white privilege and gender inequality, to rescue Arab women’s participation as active agents in the history of their communities in the diaspora and that of Brazil. His article, “Race, Gender, and Work: Syrian-Lebanese Women in Turn-of-the Century São Paulo” briefly illustrates his overall current work. He is also interested in Third World feminisms, Queer theories, and Critical Race Theory. This range of research and theoretical interests has, and continues to, inform classroom practices and pedagogical approaches to his teaching of history.
Director, Communication Studies
Sandy Pensoneau-Conway is an Associate Professor of Communication Studies at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. She received a B.S. (cum laude) in Speech Communication from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (1999), an M.S. in Speech Communication from Southern Illinois University Carbondale (2001), and a Ph.D. in Speech Communication from Southern Illinois University Carbondale (2006). Her teaching and research interests include critical communication pedagogy, communication and identity (particularly disability), and automethods. In addition to serving as the Interim Director of WGSS, she is also the Interim Director of the School of Communication Studies, and a member of the Network Empowering Women. She works closely as a board member and volunteer for the Rainbow Cafe LGBTQ Center in southern Illinois (www.rainbowcafe.org).
Dr. Pensoneau-Conway has been recognized as a recipient of the Emerging Leader University Excellence Award at SIU, the John T. Warren Outstanding Mentor Award from the Central States Communication Association, the Outstanding Faculty Award in Communication Studies, and at her previous position at Wayne State University (Detroit), was awarded the Harriet Dowdell Bantz, Sandra Petronio, & Charles R. Bantz Faculty Research Award; Commitment to Excellence in Graduate Education Award, President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching (nominee), and the Graduate College Teaching Award. She has presented research at local, regional, national, and international conferences. Recent publications include essays in QED: A Journal of GLBTQ Worldmaking; Critical Education; The Discourse of Disability in Higher Education: Narrative-based Research for Social Change; and The Handbook of Autoethnography.
- Critical communication pedagogy
- Communication and identity
- Ph.D., Southern Illinois University Carbondale, 2006
Neckers, Room A360
Research Interests: Hyperbolic PDE's, continuum mechanics, and science education.
Associate Professor, Languages, Cultures and International Trade
Jennifer Smith received her Ph.D. in Hispanic Literature from Indiana University. Her main area of research is late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Spanish literature and culture, and especially the Galician writer Emilia Pardo Bazán. She is currently working on a book project titled Women, Mysticism, and Hysteria in Fin-de-siècle Spain. In addition to a forthcoming co-edited volume titled Intersections of Race, Class, Gender, and Nation in Fin-de-Siècle Spanish Literature and Culture and a bilingual edition of Emilia Pardo Bazán's Insolación (Cervantes & Co., 2011), Professor Smith has published articles in journals such as Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos, Revista de Estudios Hispánicos, Anales de la Literatura Española Contemporánea, and Anales Galdosianos. Here at SIU, Dr. Smith teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Spanish Language, Literature, and Culture.
Associate Professor, Master of Public Administration (MPA) Program
Faner Hall, Room 3136
Professor Stewart received her Ph.D. from Mississippi State University in May 2008. Her general research area focuses on local governments’ financial management practices, state’s rainy day funds, global budgeting, participatory budgeting, and health information technology. She is, however, most recognized for her research on local governments’ unreserved fund balances with research appearing in Public Budgeting and Finance, Public Finance and Management, Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting & Financial Management, and Administration & Society. In her current research, she seeks to develop a model to explain how local governments accumulate savings. She teaches courses in public administration which includes public budgeting, financial management, and research methods for public administrators. Currently, she serves as Director of the Master of Public Administration (MPA) program.
Assistant Professor, Communication Studies
Rebecca Walker is an Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. She received her B.A. from the University of North Texas in Communication Studies with an emphasis in performance studies (1998), an M.A. from the University of North Texas in Communication Studies with an emphasis in performance studies (2004) and her Ph.D. from Louisiana State University in Communication Studies with an emphasis in performance studies (2011). Her primary research interests focus on the intersection(s) of performance, culture, and technology. Specifically, Dr. Walker is interested in how technology influences our culture and communicative practices, particularly our performative practices. Her most recent research in this arena involved a study of flash mobs as performative resistance. Dr. Walker’s other areas of research interest include performance art, rhetoric and popular culture, visual rhetoric, culture jamming, feminist theory, and tourism as communication and performance.
Associate Professor, Sociology
Faner Hall, Room 3384
Dr. Whaley's research and teaching interests are in criminology and the sociology of gender and the intersection of the two subfields. Past research has examined the macro-level correlates of rape and female homicide victimization using data on US cities. Of particular focus is the relationship between structural gender equality and rates of men’s violence against women (and against other men). Current projects examine the relationships between the amount and the nature of change in gender stratification and men’s violence. Dr. Whaley is trained in quantitative research methods and statistical analyses. A new research project examines the portrayal of breastfeeding in major US newspapers.
Associate Professor, Sociology
Faner Hall, Room 3384
Dr. Wienke joined the Sociology department in Fall 2008. His work is primarily in the areas of mental health, family, gender, and sexuality. Dr. Wienke teaches SOC 407/507 - Sociology of Sexuality.