Katrina Arndt is an assistant professor in Special Education. She earned her BA in philosophy at Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa. She worked as a preschool teacher then a paraprofessional in the high school setting before pursuing her MA in Educational Psychology at the University of Minnesota. She taught special education for 7 years in Minnesota and New York and returned to school in 2001. She completed her Ph.D. in Special Education at Syracuse University in 2005. Her research interests include research with people who are deafblind, disability studies, and inclusive strategies to support all students.

Kathleen Costello received her Ph.D. in Spanish from the University of Iowa and is an assistant professor in the Modern Languages department.  She specializes in Twentieth-Century Latin American literature. Her research interests include contemporary fiction from the Spanish Caribbean and Latin American popular culture.  She is also interested in Latino/a literature, particularly Cuban-American women writers.

Dr. Cathleen Cox received a B.S. in Physics from Western Washington University and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Biophysics from the University of Rochester School of Medicine.  In addition to teaching Physics, she conducts research on the structure and dynamics of proteins using Nuclear Magnetic Resonance spectroscopy.  She is also interested in investigating ways to bridge the disparity in math and science education that exists among diverse socio-economic and cultural populations. 

Lisa Cunningham is a Ph.D. candidate at Ohio University specializing in Victorian Literature.  Her dissertation focuses on the life and works of Arthur Munby, a poet and amateur social scientist whose literary representations of working class women and efforts on behalf of disabled women have been overlooked in Victorian scholarship. She has a Women’s Studies Certificate from Ohio University and teaches a number of WGST courses, including Introduction to Women and Gender Studies, Women and Literature, Women’s Autobiography, Gender and Society, Women and Writing, and Queer Literature. 

Margaret V. Ekstrom, Professor of Spanish, received her B.A. and M.A. degrees from New York University and her Ph. D. from Indiana University at Bloomington. Her research interests include modern Latin American and Caribbean literature, although she has also done work on Golden Age Spain.   She is particularly concerned about the role of women in all aspects of Hispanic/Latino culture and in the arts.  Her publications include numerous articles, reviews, and book chapters.

Professor Maria Gonzalez-Smith received her undergraduate degree in International Relations from the Central University of Venezuela and continued her graduate work in Political Science at the same university. She came to St. John Fisher College as a Fulbright Scholar-In-Residence. She teaches courses in International Relations, Global Gender Studies, Political Science and Peace and Social Justice Studies.

Lisa Jadwin received her Ph.D. from Princeton University, where she specialized in Victorian literature, and is the author of scholarly works focusing on British and American literature, critical pedagogy, and other subjects.  She is Professor of English, one of the founders of the WGST program, and teaches courses in linguistics, literature, and film at St. John Fisher.  She is currently finishing a book focusing on violence against women in detective fiction.

Barbara Lowe received her Ph.D. from Fordham University and is an assistant professor of Philosophy.  Recent courses taught by Dr. Lowe include Introductory Ethics, Philosophy of Education, Bioethics, and Philosophy of Identity and Difference.  Her scholarly interests include critically exploring how identity, values, and moral agency are defined, at least in part, by gendered norms and expectations.

Dr. Linda MacCammon is an Assistant Professor in the Religious Studies Department and is the current Director of the Peace and Social Justice Studies Program.  She holds a doctoral degree in theological ethics from Boston College. Her specialties include Bible and ethics, philosophical and theological ethics, and Old and New Testament studies. Her current research and teaching interests include the use of scripture in ethics, comparative religious studies, religion in American society, and peace and social justice studies. 

Dr. Cynthia Ricci McCloskey has been a member of the WGST steering committee since the beginning of the minor. She is an Associate Professor in the Wegmans School of Nursing and the Graduate Program Director for Nursing. She is a women’s health nurse practitioner, currently working at St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center, and also works as a staff nurse on the high risk ob unit at Strong Memorial hospital. Her research focus is qualitative research on women’s issues and she wrote her dissertation on the menopause transition.

Dr. Barbara Rockell came to Fisher on a full-time basis in 2003 after a lengthy and diverse career in the field of criminal justice.  She teaches criminal justice offerings in the Sociology department, as well as Learning Communities, Introduction to Sociology, and an occasional Sociology of Deviance class.   Her primary research interest is women and crime or the gendered nature of criminal behavior.   Dr. Rockell’s first book, consisting of an ethnographic study of “street women” in the city of Rochester, will be published in December 2007.  She also is interested in the study of the reciprocal relationship between popular culture and crime or how crime can be contextualized as both a product and influence on popular culture.

Dr. Jennifer Rossi, Assistant Professor of American Studies, specializes in African American women's literature and cultural history, race and gender studies, and Diaspora studies.  She received her Ph.D. from SUNY Buffalo. 

Deborah Uman directs the WGST program and is an Assistant Professor of English, specializing in Shakespeare and Renaissance literature. She completed her Ph.D. at the University of Colorado, Boulder where she was a rape crisis counselor and one of the founders of the university’s Women’s Resource Center.  Her current research focuses on women translators in Renaissance England.  Her research-based writing courses for the WGST program include “Feminism and Fairy Tales” and “Gender Bending on Stage and Screen.”

Dr. Carolyn Vacca studied East European and Russian history at Syracuse University before earning a Masters of Library Science at SUNY Geneseo.  After teaching in the Rochester City School District, Dr. Vacca earned a Masters in American History from SUNY College at Brockport and began to work as a researcher in the Office of the Monroe County Historian, where she became Deputy Historian in 1990, Monroe County Historian in 1995.  While earning a Ph.D. from the University of Rochester, Dr. Vacca’s dissertation examined the impact of the woman’s suffrage debates on our notions of citizenship and was published as a book, A Reform Against Nature.  In addition to her work in women’s history, she has published numerous articles on local history, including “No Ordinary Women,” and several examinations of World War II and the home front.  She was an associate curator for an exhibit on the latter topic at the Strong Museum and curator for an exhibit on the local response to the September 11 tragedies at George Eastman House.

Dr. Nancy Wilk is an Assistant Professor in the Wegmans School of Nursing. She obtained her degree from the University at Buffalo. She is a woman’s health nurse practitioner who works in the Women’s Health Practice at Strong Memorial Hospital and also at the Livingston County Women’s Health Clinic. She is trained as a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner.  Her dissertation explored the lived experience of dating violence for college-aged women. She is currently working on a follow-up study on dating violence with this group and will continue to focus her research in the area of violence against women

Also serving on the WGST advisory board are: Dr. David Baronov (Chair, Sociology Department), Dr. Melissa Bloom, (English Department), Dr. Ruth Harris (Co-Chair African American Studies Program), Dr. Jane Hicks, (Religious Studies Department), Dr. Arlette Miller Smith (Dean of the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Diversity)

Department Director - Dr. Deborah Uman duman@sjfc.edu (585) 385-5258