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Ana Carolina Antunes

Assistant Professor

Dr. Ana Carolina Antunes is originally from Rio de Janeiro Brazil, but she has lived in Salt Lake City, UT since 2006. She holds a PhD in Education from the Education, Culture &Society Department at the University of Utah and is an Assistant Professor (Lecturer) in the Division of Gender Studies in the same institution. Dr. Antunes develops participatory projects with young people of refugee and immigrant backgrounds in afterschool settings and it is interested in how racialized and gendered readings of bodies mediates relationships in the educational system.ana.antunes@utah.edu801-587-7814PAB 219 (View map)Faculty Profile

Maile Arvin

Associate Professor

Dr. Maile Arvin is an associate professor of History and Gender Studies at the University of Utah. She is a Native Hawaiian feminist scholar who works on issues of race, gender, science and colonialism in Hawai‘i and the broader Pacific. At the University of Utah, she is part of the leadership of the Pacific Islands Studies Initiative, which was awarded a Mellon Foundation grant to support ongoing efforts to develop Pacific Islands Studies curriculum, programming and student recruitment and support.

Arvin’s first book, Possessing Polynesians: The Science of Settler Colonial Whiteness in Hawaiʻi and Oceania, was published with Duke University Press in 2019. In that book, she analyzes the nineteenth and early twentieth century history of social scientists declaring Polynesians “almost white.” The book argues that such scientific studies contributed to a settler colonial logic of possession through whiteness. In this logic, Indigenous Polynesians (the people) and Polynesia (the place) became the natural possessions of white settlers, since they reasoned that Europeans and Polynesians shared an ancient ancestry. The book also examines how Polynesians have long challenged this logic in ways that regenerate Indigenous ways of relating to each other. Her work has also been published in the journals Meridians, American Quarterly, Native American and Indigenous Studies, Critical Ethnic Studies, The Scholar & Feminist, and Feminist Formations, as well as on the nonprofit independent news site Truthout.

From 2015-17, Arvin was an assistant professor at the University of California, Riverside, in Ethnic Studies. She earned her PhD in Ethnic Studies from the University of California, San Diego. Her dissertation won the American Studies Association’s Ralph Henry Gabriel prize. She is also a former University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellow, Charles Eastman Fellow in Native American Studies at Dartmouth College, and Ford Foundation Pre-doctoral Fellow.

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Andrea Baldwin

Associate Professor

Andrea N. Baldwin is an Associate professor of Black feminisms in the Divisions of Gender and Ethnic Studies in the School for Cultural and Social transformation at the University of Utah. She completed her doctoral studies at the Institute for Gender and Development Studies Nita Barrow Unit at the University of the West Indies Cave Hill campus Barbados. She is an attorney-at-law who also holds a masters degree in international trade policy. Her research interests include Black, transnational, and Caribbean feminist epistemology, feminist decoloniality, reflexivity in qualitative research, Black women in the academy, theorizing pedagogy as a form of feminist praxis, Caribbean cultural studies and Caribbean women’s migration.

Dr. Baldwin’s publications include her 2022 book monograph A Decolonial Black Feminist Theory of Reading and Shade: Feeling the University published by Routledge; her co-edited 2019 text Standpoints: Black Feminist Knowledges with Virginia Tech Publishing; solo and co-authored articles in Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s StudiesWagadu: A Journal of Transnational Women’s and Gender StudiesJournal of International Women’s StudiesTheoretical Practice, International Journal for Africana Studies, and Peitho; as well as several edited book chapters.  Dr. Baldwin is the creator and co-host of Standpoints, a Black feminist podcast produced by Virginia Tech Publishing, and is also the co-curator of the Caribbean feminist series for Black Women Radicals. She is also co-editor of Global Black Feminism: Cross Border Collaboration Through an Ethics of Care. (New York: Routledge, 2023, with Tonya Haynes) and Black Feminists Theorizing Toward Futurity. (Blacksburg: Virginia Tech Publishing, 2023, with Nana Brantuo).

Dr. Baldwin was born and raised on the small Caribbean island state of Barbados and considers herself an all-around Caribbean woman and loves everything coconut and soca.

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Matthew Basso

Associate Professor

Matt Basso is an Associate Professor of History and Gender Studies at the University of Utah.  His research interests include public history and histories of the U.S. West, masculinity, labor, racial formations, war and society, and Pacific settler colonialism. He is the author or editor of four books including Meet Joe Copper: Masculinity and Race on Montana’s World War II Home Front (University of Chicago Press, 2013), winner of the Philip Taft Labor History Book Award and the American Historical Association’s Pacific Coast Branch Book Award, and a K-12 textbook entitled We Shall Remain: A Native History of Utah and America (American West Center, 2009), part of the Utah American Indian Curriculum Project for which he served as PI and which won the Western History Association’s Autry Public History Prize, the American Association of State and Local History’s Award of Merit, and National Council on Public History’s Project of the Year – Honorable Mention. His most recent articles appear in Settler Colonial Studies, Journal of the West, and Frontiers, and consider industrial settler masculinity, the Popular Front resonances in Buffalo Bill(1944), and soccer, masculinity, and neoliberalism in Mexico respectively. He is currently working on two scholarly projects: a new history of the World War II home front for the National Park Service, which includes training undergraduate and graduate students in public history methods, and a book that uses New Zealand history as a case study to consider settler masculinity through the lens of work and war.

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T. Melanie Bean

Assistant Professor

Melanie Puka Bean is an assistant professor of Ethnic and Gender Studies at the University of Utah where she is part of Pacific Islands Studies. Melanie is a New Zealand-born Tagata Tokelau (person of Tokelau descent), Tagata Samoa (person of Samoan descent). A native feminist scholar who writes about migration and diaspora of Tagata Tokelau and Pacific peoples more broadly, she earned her Ph.D. in Geography from Louisiana State University. Her current book project is about the Tokelau diaspora in Aotearoa New Zealand and Hawai’i.

Debjani Chakravarty

Associate Professor, Lecturer

Dr. Debjani Chakravarty is an interdisciplinary scholar with expertise in sociology, gender studies, media studies, and religious studies. Dr. Chakravarty’s research and teaching interests include globalization, nation, and labor; feminist pedagogy and epistemology; feminist and critical theory; gendered new media; issues of gender, sexuality,  religiosity, race, and class within citizenship/belonging.  Her academic and activist work is guided by antiracist and anticolonial praxis.  She has previously worked as a journalist and social worker in India; as award-winning faculty in several universities in the US, and has published academic and artistic works exploring the topic of transnational feminisms, collaborative research ethics, new media representation, sexualities, and epistemic justice. Dr. Chakravarty’s latest research can be found in the journals Sexuality and Culture, Equity and Excellence in Education, and Social & Cultural Geography. She is currently working on a project that explores the meaning and implications of gendered invisible labor.

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Jaimie Crumley

Assistant Professor

Jaimie D. Crumley is an Assistant Professor of Gender Studies and Ethnic Studies. She is a Black feminist historian whose research and writing broadly cover the history of race, gender, and religion in the Northeastern United States. The courses she teaches include Black feminism(s), Feminist Archival Methods, Black American Women’s History, and Abolitionist Feminism(s). She has worked as a public historian in New England, giving public lectures about topics including feminist anti-slavery work, teaching inclusive histories, and Black and Indigenous religious history. Her current book project is about Black Christian feminist political organizing in the Northeastern United States from 1770-1870.

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Lynn Deboeck

Associate Professor Lecturer

Dr. Lynn Deboeck is an Associate Professor Lecturer of theatre and gender studies at the University of Utah. She earned her PhD in Theatre and a Graduate Certificate in Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies from the University of Kansas. Her research interests include reproductive women on stage, gender and representation in performance, pedagogy in higher education and feminist theatre. She is also a theatre director with a 18-year record, including mostly plays written by women.

In her directing pursuits, she most recently directed “Helen,” by Euripedes at the 50th anniversary of Salt Lake City’s Classical Greek Theatre Festival. She also had her original play “Lynchpin” (a play about the life of Ida B. Wells) performed at the 2019 Edward Lewis Festival. Her most recent scholarly publications include “Feminist Resistance to the Coded-Male Auteur-Director,” an article in Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies and “The Culinary Coding of Gender Construction: Simplicity Rhetoric in Cookbooks from the Little Blue Book Series,” an article in antae: A Journal on the Interspaces of English Studies.

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Lisa Diamond


Lisa M. Diamond’s research focuses on the development and expression of sexual and gender diversity over the life course, and on the biological mechanisms through which sexual and gender stigma influence physical and mental health.  She also studies the couple and family relationships of sexually-diverse and gender-diverse individuals across the life course.

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Lezlie Frye

Assistant Professor

Lezlie Frye is an Assistant Professor of Gender Studies in the School for Cultural and Social Transformation. Her research concentrates on the cultural history of disability, race, and gender in the United States since the 1970s, with a particular emphasis on histories of state violence, citizenship, and social movements. Lezlie received her Ph.D. in 2016 from the American Studies Program, Department of Social at Cultural Analysis, at New York University and was the 2014-15 Predoctoral Research Fellow in the Fisher Center for Gender Studies at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. She is currently working on a manuscript entitled Domesticating Disability: Post-Civil Rights Racial Disenfranchisement and the Birth of the Disabled Citizen. Lezlie’s academic work is preceded by over a decade of popular education, activism, and organizing work that coheres around disability, racial, and economic justice.

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Sarita Gaytán

Associate Professor

Sarita Gaytán is jointly appointed in Sociology and Gender Studies. Her research interests include culture, consumption, globalization, national identity, political economy, and the environment. Her work has been published in Social Problems, Journal of Consumer Culture, Feminist Formations, Latino Studies, Environment and Planning A, and Ethnicities. Her book, ¡Tequila! Distilling the Spirit of Mexico (2014) was published by Stanford University Press.

Sarita’s courses include Race, Gender, and Popular Culture, Men of Color Masculinities, Gender and Contemporary Issues, and Gender and Power in Latin America.

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Claudia Geist

Associate Professor

Claudia Geist (she/her) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and the Division of Gender Studies, where she serves as the interim chair in AY 23/24. She studies inequality in many forms, both in the United States and with a comparative perspective, to understand the theoretical connections between gendered institutions, social context, and behavior. Her recent work examines the gendered division of labor, contraception and pregnancy intentions, as well as theoretical and measurement approaches to gender, sexuality, and family.

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Erin Graham

Associate Professor Lecturer

Erin Graham is an Associate Professor (Career-Line Teaching Faculty) in Ethnic Studies and Gender Studies, and she is the Associate Chair for the Division of Gender Studies. Her wide-ranging teaching experience has included courses in Chicano/Latino Studies, Gender Studies, History, and Interdisciplinary Social Science and Humanities courses. She is passionate about pedagogy, and she delights in welcoming students from all different disciplinary backgrounds into her courses. Her teaching is informed by her research background in Latin American, Mexican, and Borderlands History, in which she focuses on gender, childhood, family, labor, migration, and environmental justice. Dr. Graham is also a dedicated and strong community engaged scholar and organizer.

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Kim Hackford-Peer

Associate Professor Lecturer

Dr. Kim Hackford-Peer (she/they) is an Associate Professor (Career Line Teaching Faculty) in the Division of Gender Studies. Kim’s teaching career began in first grade when she and her best friend taught their classmates all about teeter totter safety – Gender Studies is glad she has expanded her areas of interest! Now Kim teaches classes (many of which carry general education designations) that focus on queer studies, representation, and pedagogy. Kim partners with the Salt Lake Center for Science Education where undergraduate interns mentor high school students and teach them about queer history and activism. Kim also works with undergraduate students who are interested in developing skills used to design and implement curriculum in high school and university settings. Kim was recognized with the Distinguished Teaching Award at the University of Utah for 2020-21 and was a recipient of the national LGBTQ Point Foundation Flagship Scholarship from 2007-2010. Kim’s research interests coincide with their teaching practices; they are deeply interested in pedagogy, particularly as it relates to the ways that identity and education intersect.

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Ella Myers


Ella Myers is Professor of Gender Studies and Political Science and an award-winning teacher of political theory and feminist. Her research focuses on the practices, institutions and norms that enable – or thwart – the ability of ordinary people to shape the conditions of their lives, with special attention paid to the conditions of racial capitalism. Her most recent book, The Gratifications of Whiteness: W.E.B. Du Bois and the Enduring Rewards of Antiblackness (Oxford University Press, 2022) is the first book-length study of Du Bois’s complex analysis of American whiteness. Myers shows that Du Bois’s account – which conceptualized the varied economic, psychic, affective, and existential rewards that attended the classification “white” in the early 20thcentury – continues to offer critical purchase on the present. The book explores both the tenacity of anti-Black racism in the US and ongoing activist struggles to end white supremacy.

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Wanda Pillow


Wanda S. Pillow is Professor in Gender Studies at the U where she offers courses in qualitative research methods; gender, race and sexuality studies; race, feminism and poststructural and theories; and educational policy. Her work focuses on intersectional analyses of the relationship between subjectivity and representation (historically, legally, discursively and textually) and on tracing what this means and looks like methodologically and theoretically across cultural productions, policy, and embodied praxis. Resulting projects include tracing colonial relations of gender, race and sexuality through Sacajawea and York of the 1804-1806 Corps of Discovery expedition; methodological essays; and on-going participation in research and efforts for the educational rights of young mothers. Professor Pillow is committed to mentoring students and emerging scholars and participates in several national professional organizations. She is also a Co-Editor of Frontiers–A Journal of Women Studies.

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Susie Porter


Susie Porter, Professor in History and Gender Studies, teaches Mexican, Latin American, and community-engaged history. Porter’s research explores the ways work and class identities shape individual experiences and societal change. In research on telephone operators, secretaries, factory workers, and street vendors, Porter shows that at the heart of the Mexican labor movement there was also a movement for women’s social, cultural, and civil rights. These women, many of them working mothers, developed a critique of gender inequality and sexual exploitation both within and outside of the workplace.

For more than 10 years, she has worked in community organizing and is a co-founder of the Spanish-language Westside Leadership Institute. Porter is series editor for Confluencias, University of Nebraska Press and Director of the Center for Latin American Studies.

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Sarah Projansky


Sarah Projansky is Associate Vice President for Faculty on main campus. She holds a joint-appointment as Professor of Film & Media Arts and of Gender Studies, and is an Adjunct Professor of Communication. Sarah has published two books, Spectacular Girls: Media Fascination and Celebrity Culture and Watching Rape: Film and Television in Postfeminist Culture, and she is co-editor of Enterprise Zones: Critical Positions on Star Trek. As well, she has published articles on feminist and Asian American independent cinema, news media and Title IX, and feminist media studies.

Sarah’s courses include Film Theory, Introduction to TV, Gender and Contemporary Issues, Girl Films, Film and Television Stars, and Feminist Girls’ Media Studies. She has been a member of numerous dissertation committees and MFA committees, and she has directed many undergraduate honors theses.

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Angela L. Robinson

Assistant Professor

Dr. Angela L. Robinson (Wito clan of Chuuk, Micronesia) researches within the fields of affect studies, Indigenous studies, and performance studies. Currently, she is the inaugural Mellon-Pasifika Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Utah. She received her Ph.D. in Gender Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2019. Her current book project, Performing the Pacific: Affect, Sociality, and Sovereignty, examines affective regimes of colonialism in Oceania and the ways in which Indigenous performance articulates alternative forms of sociality and sovereignty through ontologies of corporeality. Her forthcoming article, “Of Monsters and Mothers: Affective Climates and Human-Nonhuman Sociality,” will appear in the August 2020 issue of The Contemporary Pacific. She currently serves as the national representative of Micronesia for the Federation of International Dance Festivals.

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Angela Marie Smith

Associate Professor

Angela Marie Smith is Associate Professor of English and Gender Studies, director of Disability Studies, and co-chair of the Universal Design and Access Committee at the University of Utah. Her research examines disability representation and affects in cinema, television, and online media. She is the author of Hideous Progeny: Disability, Eugenics, and Classic Horror Cinema (Columbia University Press, 2012). She has also published in journals Literature and Medicine, Post Script, and Antipodes and in edited collections The Matter of Disability (2019), Monsters: A Companion (2020), Embodying Contagion (2021), The Routledge Companion to Gender and Affect (2022), and The Evolution of Horror in the 21st Century (2023).

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Majd Subih

Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Majd Subih has a Ph.D. in Education, with a specialization in Sociocultural and Community-based Approaches, from the School of Education at the University of Delaware. Her dissertation considers the intersectionality of disability (including sensory, mental, and illness-related impairments), religion (specifically Islam), ethnicity (pertaining to Arab Americans), and gender (encompassing females, males, and nonbinary individuals) in the United States. Specifically, her research explores how Arab American Muslims with disabilities make sense of their disability identity. She is originally from Jordan and completed her undergraduate degree in Modern Languages (with a focus on Spanish and English) at the University of Jordan, with a specialization in literature and language pedagogy. She has two master’s degrees from Villanova University, in Hispanic Studies and Teacher Leadership.

Kilo Zamora


Kilo Zamora is known for his skills to increase peoples capacity for social change. With this ability, Zamora leads his classes with a focus on implementing their scholarship outside the classroom by applying community-engaged research and critical theories to decrease inequity gaps. Off-campus, Zamora is a national equity/inclusion consultant for cities, nonprofits, and education systems and has served with mayoral transition teams, the Salt Lake City Human Rights Commission, and The Inclusion Center for Community and Justice. For his work off and on campus, Zamora has received multiple awards including the University of Utah’s faculty recognition award, School of Social Work’s Teacher of the Year, Pete Suazo Social Justice Award, Equality Utah Award, Utah Education Association Award, Utah Martin Luther King Award, Southern Utah University Humanitarian Award, and University of Utah’s Outstanding Young Alumni Award.

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