Our faculty are leaders in their fields. We are proud to have them as part of our academic family!

Hokulani Aikau

Associate Professor

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Maile Arvin

Assistant Professor

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Matt Basso

Associate Professor

Matt Basso is jointly appointed in History and Gender Studies at the University of Utah. His research interests include the theory and history of masculinity, labor and working class history, the history of old age, the history of race and ethnicity, the relationship of the military to society, U.S. Western history, the history of Pacific settler societies, and transnational history. He also offers courses that grapple with all of these subjects. His scholarship appears in both traditional venues, like books and articles, and in community-focused projects, like the construction of digital archives, the development of oral history projects, and the production of K-12 curriculum materials.

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Lisa Diamond


Lisa M. Diamond’s research focuses on the development and dynamic expression of sexual identity and orientation over the life course, the influences of early life experiences on psychosocial and psychosexual development, and the biological mechanisms through which intimate relationship shape mental and physical health. Her work employs multiple methodologies, including qualitative interviews, survey assessment, prospective daily diary observations, and psychophysiological measures.

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Sarita Gaytan

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 is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Utah. She studies comparative social stratification, family, and gender. Her recent work has examined the gendered link between family status and internal migration, racial differences in young adults’ dating rituals, definitions of family, and housework in comparative perspective. Her work has been published or is forthcoming at Demography, Gender & Society, Journal of Family Issues, and the European Sociological Review. Together with Brian Powell, Catherine Bolzendahl, and Lala Carr Steelman), she recently published COUNTED OUT: Same-Sex Relations and Americans’ Definitions of Family (Russell Sage Foundation/ASA Rose Series), which explores Americans’ attitudes towards what does and does not “count” as family.

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Kim Hackford-Peer

Associate Professor Lecturer

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Ella Myers

Associate Professor

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Wanda Pillow


Wanda S. Pillow is an Associate Professor jointly appointed in Gender Studies and the Department of Education, Culture and Society at the University of Utah 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.

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Susie Porter

Associate Professor

Susie Porter, Associate 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.

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Cathleen Power

Associate Professor Lecturer

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Sarah Projansky


Sarah Projansky is Senior Associate Dean for Faculty & Academic Affairs in the College of Fine Arts. She holds a joint-appointment as Professor of Film & Media Arts and of Gender Studies, and is an Adjunct Professor of Communication.

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 Smith

Associate Professor

Angela M. Smith is an Associate Professor in English and Gender Studies. She researches and teaches in disability studies, film theory, American cinema, and theories of gender, sexuality, race/ethnicity, and embodiment. Her scholarship particularly concerns representations of disability in moving-image media, and her Gender Studies courses include Gender and Contemporary Issues and Bad Bodies: Gender and Disability.

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