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  • Dr. Elizabeth Gregory, Director,
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      Professor Elizabeth Gregory
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      Phone: (713) 743-0932
      Office: 624 Agnes Arnold Hall

      Elizabeth Gregory directs the WGSS Program and the UH Institute for Research on Women, Gender & Sexuality. She teaches and publishes on American modernist poetry and women’s work and fertility. Her work on poetry includes diverse essays and the following books and collections:  Quotation and Modern American Poetry: "'Imaginary Gardens with Real Toads'" (1996), The Critical Response to Marianne Moore (2003),  21st-Century Marianne Moore: Essays from a Critical Renaissance (2017, co-edited with Stacy Carson Hubbard), and her current project “Apparition of Splendor”: Marianne Moore Performing Democracy through Celebrity, 1952-1970, forthcoming from U Delaware Press. 

      Gregory's book, Ready: Why Women Are Embracing the New Later Motherhood (2012/2007, Basic Books), based on in-depth interviews with more than 100 new later moms and extensive collateral research, shatters the myths surrounding later motherhood.  Drawing on both the statistical evidence and the voices of the new later mothers themselves, she delivers surprising and welcome news about the shifting dynamics of modern motherhood.  Her continuing work on the intersection of fertility and women’s work explores gender & the future of work and the effect of an expanded school schedule on women’s workforce participation .

      She teaches courses on British and American modernism, contemporary poetry, ancient and classical literature, feminist criticism, and motherhood studies.

      Since 1995, Professor Gregory has been the Director of what is now the Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program. As Director, she has expanded the program and developed what is now the  Carey C. Shuart Women's Archive and Research Collection. The Shuart Archive collects the papers of Houston area women's organizations and records oral histories of women who have made history in Houston. The WGSS Program, through the support of the Friends of Women's Studies, provides scholarships and fellowships for undergraduate and graduate students, funds a postdoctoral fellowship in Women's Studies, and awards grants for faculty research.  

      The Friends of Women's Studies is a model of collaboration between the academy and the community, sponsoring community programming to connect the accomplishments of women in Houston with the research of students and faculty in WGSS.  Among their annual events are the Table Talk Luncheon, the Living Archives Interview Series, and the Fast Friends Speed Networking socials.

      For more information, visit her website at You can follow her blog on the politics and economics of women's work at and

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  • Dr. Dina Alsowayel, Associate Director,
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      Dina Al-Sowayel Dina Alsowayel is Associate Director of Women’s Studies at the University of Houston in Texas. She joined the University in 1998 as a post-doctoral fellow in Religious Studies. She received her M.A and PhD from Rice University in Political Science and her JD from University of Houston. Her B.A. is from Wellesley College. Alsowayel teaches a variety of courses in the History department, these include history of the Modern Middle East, State and Society in the Middle East, Women and Islam, A History of Islam, War in the Middle East and a History of the Palestine-Israeli Conflict. She also takes students to the Arab and Muslim world annually.

  • Dr. Guillermo De Los Reyes, Associate Director GLBT Studies,
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      Dr. Guillermo De Los ReyesDr. Guillermo De Los Reyes is an Associate Professor of Latin American Cultures and Literatures and Director of Undergraduate Studies. He also serves as Associate Director of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and he is a Faculty-in-Residence since 2011.  He holds a Ph.D. and a M.A. from the  University of Pennsylvania (2004, 1999) and a M.A. and B.A. from the  Universidad de las Américas-Puebla (1997, 1994). Dr. De Los Reyes’ research interests are: Colonial Mesoamerica; gender, sexuality, and queer theory; Latin American cultural studies; secret and fraternal societies; and policy studies.

      Dr. De Los Reyes is the author of Herencias Secretas: Masonería, política y sociedad en México (2009: Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla) and is currently working on a book-length project entitled: “El pecado nefando:”  Rethinking Gender and Sexuality in Colonial Mexico.

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  • Dr. Rachel Afi Quinn, Assistant Professor,
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      Rachel Afi Quinn

      Rachel Afi Quinn received her Ph.D. from the Program in American Culture at the University of Michigan in 2012. Her scholarship focuses on race, mixed race identities, gender, and sexuality in the African Diaspora and she employs tools of transnational feminist theory, including ethnography and visual culture in her research. Her first book project, Dominicana-Dominicana: Visualizing Contemporary Dominican Women’s Lives in Santo Domingo, is an interdisciplinary cultural studies project that explores the impact of neoliberal development and US popular media on Dominican women 's identities. 

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  • Dr. Jess Waggoner, Postdoctoral Fellow,
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      Jess Waggoner is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program. Waggoner earned her Ph.D. in English with a concentration in Gender Studies from Indiana University, Bloomington. Her research specializes in U.S. literature and culture, feminist disability studies, critical race studies, and queer theory. Waggoner’s first book project, Crip Activisms: Race, Gender and Disability Consciousness in U.S. Literature and Culture, 1900-1950, explores the deep intersection between emerging disability social movements in the early twentieth-century and experimental literature and culture. This project seeks to disrupt dominant narratives of disabled life during this time, which tended to emphasize white disabled veterans, often to the exclusion of civilians, especially disabled women, queer people, and African Americans.

      Spanning Afro-modernist protests of eugenic science and medical segregation, black women’s literatures of anti-psychiatry and anti-confinement, Ebony Magazine’s representations of African American access to medical technologies, and disabled women’s anti-ableist life writing, Crip Activisms examines the ways experimental creative production both facilitated and reflected a growing civilian disability consciousness. In contrast with understandings of disability and health care activism as relatively contemporary, Crip Activisms use a genealogical approach to demonstrate that disability consciousness existed vibrantly in the early twentieth century.

      By looking to these early forms of anti-ableism, Waggoner argues, we can develop a more expansive definition of disability activism that generates coalition building with anti-racist, feminist, and health care social movements in the present moment. Research for Crip Activisms has been supported by grants from Harvard University’s Schlesinger Library, Smith College’s Sophia Smith Collections, and the Modernist Studies Association. Waggoner’s next project will explore the tension between disability as the basis of civic exclusion and the use of black, queer, and disabled aesthetics to crip and claim citizenship.

      Selected Publications:

      “Disability and Afro-modernism.” The Routledge Companion to Literature and Disability. Forthcoming 2019. Ed. Alice Hall.

      “‘The Seriously Injured of our Civic Life’: Imagining Disabled Collectivity in Depression-era Crip Modernisms” for Modern Fiction Studies. Special Issue “Modernist Fictions of Disability.” Ed. Maren Linett. 65.1. Spring 2019.

      ‘“My Most Humiliating Jim Crow Experience’: Afro-modernist Critiques of Eugenics and Medical Segregation.”  Modernism/modernity 24.3 (2017): 507-525.

      “‘Oh say can you __’ : Race and Mental Disability in Performances of Citizenship.” Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies 10.1 (2016): 87-102.

      “Cripping the Bildungsroman: Reading Disabled Intercorporealities in Truman Capote’s Other Voices, Other Rooms.” Journal of Modern Literature 38.1 (2014): 56-72.  Special Issue on “Disability and Generative Form,” ed. Janet Lyon.

  • Dr. Audrey Miller, Research Associate, Institute for Research on Women, Gender & Sexuality,
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      Audrey MillerAudrey Miller is Research Associate at the Institute for Research on Women, Gender & Sexuality. She also teaches Intro to Women’s Studies.   Dr. Miller's research examines predictors and sequelae of violence against women and marginalized groups, including racial and ethnic minorities, immigrants, sexual minorities, and individuals with disabilities. She has published numerous peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and conference presentations, in scholarly outlets such as Sex Roles, Psychology of Women Quarterly, Violence Against Women, Journal of Homosexuality, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Group Processes & Intergroup Relations, Basic and Applied Social Psychology, Journal of Applied Social Psychology, and Journal of Counseling Psychology.

      Dr. Miller completed MS and Ph.D. degrees in psychology at Ohio University, integrating coursework and scholarship in social psychology, personality psychology, health psychology, and quantitative methods, while completing an APA-accredited clinical program. She then completed a postdoctoral fellowship in law and psychology through the Division of Public Behavioral Health and Justice Policy at University of Washington.

  • Dr. Aishwarya Lakshmi, Program Director, Friends of Women’s Studies,
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      Aishwarya Lakshmi is Program Director at Friends of Women’s Studies at the University of Houston. She received her Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Chicago.

  • Kim Howard, Director of Development, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences,
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      Kim HowardKim Howard has served in several development capacities at University of Houston for nearly 20 years, working at Houston Public Media, Blaffer Art Museum and CLASS. She holds a BFA from University of Oklahoma and a Masters in Public Administration from University of Houston.

  • Stephanie Gomez, Academic Advisor, 
  • Kate Richter, Academic Advisor, 


Spring 2019:

  • Introduction to Women's Studies
    • Dr. Tracy Butler
    • Dr. Bridget Fernandes
    • Dr. Devan Ford-McCartney
    • Dr. Meera Jagannathan
    • Dr. Audrey Miller
    • Dr. Andrew Pegoda
  • Introduction to GLBT Studies
    • Trevor Boffone
    • Andrew Pegoda

Faculty Affiliates

Architecture & Design

Marta Rodriguez
713.743.1862 |

Art and Art History

Beckham Dossett
713.743.3006 |

Natilee Harren
713.743.0508 |

Judith Steinhoff
713.743.2839 |

Sandra Zalman
713.743.3218 |

Biology and Biochemistry

Dan Graur
713.743.2936 |

Richard Meisel
713.743.3607 |


Beth Olson
713.743.2881 | 

Courses: Gender and Media

Jennifer E. Vardeman
713.743.4294 |

Comparative Cultural Studies

Keith McNeal
713.743.3802 |

Susan Rasmussen
713.743.3787 |


Chinhui Juhn
713.743.3823 |
Courses: Economics of Gender, Economics of Education


Hosam Aboul-Ela
713.743.3012 |
Course: Postcolonial Lit

Margot Gayle Backus
713.743.2970 |
Courses: Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Irish Culture; The British Women's Novel; Queer Closures: The Sexual Politics of Literary Form

Lauren Brosovich
Course: Women Writers

Ann Christensen
713.743.2964 |

Courses: Family, Sex, & Households on the Shakespearean Stage; Gender and Performance in Shakespeare; Labor, Leisure, & Gender in Early Modern Drama

Karen Fang
713.743.2949 |

Courses: Romantic Women Writers and Film Noir

María Gonzalez
713.743.2938 |

Courses: Women in Literature, Women Writers, Feminist Theory; Feminist Criticism

Elizabeth Gregory
713.743.0932 | 

Courses: Feminist Methodology, Women Writers, Modern Motherhood

Auritro Majumder
713.743.5873 |
Course: Postcolonial Lit

Nathan Shepley
713.743.1573 |
Courses: Gender & Writing

Kavita Singh
Courses: Caribbean Lit, Postcolonial Lit

Michael Snediker
713.743.3004 |

Lorraine Stock
713.743.2958 |

Courses: Writing Medieval Women; Medieval Women in History, Text, and Film

Roberto Tejada

Cedric Tolliver
713.743.1407 |

Lynn Voskuil
713.743.2979 |

Course: Feminist Theory & Methodology

Jennifer Wingard
713.743.2975 |

Course: Feminist Theory & Methodology

Health and Human Performance

Daphne Hernandez
713.743.9056 |

Demetrius Pearson
713.743.9849 | 

Courses: Sport in Contemporary Society

Hispanic Studies

Guillermo De Los Reyes
713.743.3716 |
Courses: Gender & Sexuality in Colonial Mexico; Gay/Lesbian Literature in Latin America

Maria Elena Soliño
713.743.3052 |

Courses: Hispanic Authors and Feminist Theory

Gabriela Baeza Ventura
713.743.3259 |


Dina Alsowayel
713.743.3732 | 

Courses: Women and Society in the Middle East

Xiaoping Cong
713.743.3096 |
Courses: History of Women in Modern China; East and SE Asian Women in Historical and Cross-cultural Perspectives

Sarah Fishman
713.743.3098 | 

Courses: Work and Family Life in Modern Europe; Social History of Modern France and Germany

Gerald Horne
713.743.3114 | 

Courses: Civil Rights Movement

Kairn Klieman
713.743.0907 |

Natalia Milanesio
713-743-3113 |
Courses: Women in Latin America

Monica Perales
713.743.3103 |
Courses: Chicana History, Mexican American Labor History, Identity and Resistance in US History

Todd Romero
713.743.3112 | 

Courses: Witchcraft in the Old and New World, Gender and Colonialism

Linda Reed
713.743.3092 |
Courses: African American Women in Slavery and Freedom

Sally Vaughn
713.743.3122 |
Courses: Large portions of Medieval history courses deal with women's topics

Eric Walther
713.743.3101 | 

Leandra Zarnow
713.743.3124 |
Courses: Issues in Feminist Research

Mexican American Studies

Pamela Quiroz
713.743.3134 |paquiroz@

Modern and Classical Languages

Francesca D'Allesandro Behr
713.743.3043 | 

Courses: Women in the Ancient World; Italian Renaissance

Casey Due Hackney
713.743.3240 |

Courses: Greek and Roman Mythology

Sandy Frieden
713.743.3051 | 

Courses: German Women Film Directors; International Women Writers; New Woman in Literature

Marie Theresa Hernandez
713.743.3074 |
Course: Gender & Sexuality in World Film

Caryn Tamber-Rosenau
713.743.9341 |
Courses: Female Divinities; Women in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament

Bhavya Tiwari
713.743.1737 |

Julie Tolliver
713.743.5368 |
Course: Feminist Philosophy


Cynthia Freeland
713.743.3206 | 

Courses: Feminist Philosophy, Feminist Methodology

Johanna Luttrell


Lawrence Pinsky
713.743.3552 |

Political Science

Naomi Choi
713.743.0413 |
Courses: Multiculturalism in Theory and Practice

Jennifer Clark
713.743.3302 |

Nancy Sims

Courses: Women in Politics



Christiane Spitzmueller
713.743.8625 |
Courses: Industrial Organizational Psychology

Social Work

Jean Kantambu Latting
713.743.809 |
Courses: Forming Alliances across Gender, Race, Class, Culture, and Other Differences


Amanda Baumle
713.743.3944 |

Courses: Gender & Society & Sociology of Sexuality

Tracy X. Karner
713.743.3961 |

Courses: Gender and Health; Seminar in Masculinity

Sheila Katz
713.743.1918 |
Courses: Sociology of Gender, etc.

Samantha Kwan
713.743.3948 |
Courses: Sociology of the Body, etc.

Shayne Lee
713.743.3954 |
Courses: African–American Family, etc.

Maria Monserud
Courses: Comparative Family Structures, Sociology of Health Care, etc

Pamela A. Quiroz – Director of CMAS
743-3130 | paquiroz@Central.UH.EDU
Courses: Sociology of the Family; Race/Ethnicity, Gender & Social Class; etc.