Dr. Jea Sophia Oh is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. She’d obtained her masters degree in Feminist Theology at Yale University and her Ph.D. in philosophical and theological studies at Drew University, her concentration in Women’s and Gender studies. Dr. Oh’s research and teaching interests include Asian Philosophy, Comparative Ethics, Religion and Ecology, and Postcolonial Studies. Her book, A Postcolonial Theology of Life: Planetarity East and West (Upland: Sopher Press, December 2011), is the first approach to bridge postcolonialism and ecofeminism with the use of Asian spirituality as the philosophical underpinning for the argument that all forms of Life are sacred. She has presented and published numerous articles on various topics related to Asian Philosophy, Religion and Ecology, Women and Gender Studies, nationally and internationally.
Dr. Meghann Pytka is the Assistant Director of WGSS at SIU where she is also a joint-lecturer in the Department of History. Since 2008, she has also been faculty at Northwestern University in the graduate program in Public Policy and Administration. Additionally, she is the Resource Guides Digital Compiler for the Association for Women in Slavic Studies (AWSS). A scholar of nineteenth- and twentieth-century Central and Eastern Europe, her work focuses on topics of genocide and ethnic cleansing, imperialism, anti-colonial resistance, gender inequality, and nationalism.
Some of her most recent accolades include fellowships at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Holocaust Educational Foundation, the Polish Center for Holocaust Research, and the Center for Urban History of East Central Europe (Lviv) through the European Holocaust Research Infrastructure program. In the past, Pytka's research, writing, and presenting have been supported by the American Council of Learned Societies, the Fulbright Program, the International Research and Exchanges Board, and the Crown Center for Jewish Studies. Pytka earned her PhD in History and a graduate certificate from the interdisciplinary program in Gender and Sexuality Studies at Northwestern University.
Dr. Diana Tigerlily is a Senior Lecturer in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and the University Honors Program. Her teaching and research interests include autoethnography, autobiography, and performance of personal narrative as feminist methodologies, spoken word as public advocacy, and contemporary feminist theories and praxes from intersectional approaches. She earned a Ph.D. in Communication Studies (Performance Studies emphasis) with a Graduate Certificate in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, and an M.A. in English from Eastern Illinois University.