Staff | WGSS | SIU

Southern Illinois University




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Director, Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies

Meghann Pytka

Assistant Director, Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies

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.

Debi Henderson

Assistant to the Director, Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies