Women and Gender Studies

Faculty and Staff

Rachel Bailey Jones

Rachel Bailey Jones

Director / Interim Director of the Core Curriculum / Director of the Portfolio @ Naz
585-389-5139
rjones3@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 125
Additional Positions:
Associate Professor / Interim Director of the Core Curriculum / Director of the Portfolio @ Naz in Social & Psychological Foundations of Education
Bio

Education: Ph.D. Curriculum and Teaching with a Specialization in Cultural Studies, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Teaching and Research Interests: Colonial and post-colonial forms of education, gender and sexuality in education, and the relationship between popular culture and education. She has a special fascination with Disney and its role in shaping and educating us about normal and appropriate gender and sexual roles.

Nevan Fisher

Nevan Fisher

Associate Professor
585-389-2370
nfisher2@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 119-A
Additional Positions:
Director of INS in International Studies
Director of CIE in Center for International Education
Bio

Education: B.A., Wake Forest University; M.A. and Ph.D., University of Virginia

Teaching and Research Interests: 20th Century Chinese Social and Cultural History; East Asian Christianity; East and Southeast Asian Social History; Revolution and War in Asia

Timothy Kneeland

Timothy Kneeland

Director
585-389-2649
tkneela8@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 454
Additional Positions:
Professor and Chairperson in History & Political Science
Bio

Education: B.A. and M.A., SUNY Buffalo; M.A. and Ph.D., University of Oklahoma

Areas of Academic Interest: American politics, political history, public history, history of science and medicine, African-American history, and women's history.

Read more about his interest in politics and American culture in Dr. Kneeland's Life of the Mind article.

Esperanza V. Roncero

Esperanza V. Roncero

Professor & Chair
585-389-2679
eroncer5@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 359
Bio

Education: B.A., Spanish, Southern Connecticut State University; M.A., Spanish, Emory University; Ph.D., Comparative Literature, Emory University.

Teaching and Research Interests: Linguistics; human rights; translation; and how language shapes the human experience, consciousness, and cultures. Connects students to Peru to work with indigenous communities in schools, clinics, and communities, through service, health campaigns, and research projects, and promotes civic engagement. Leads courses and directs internships in Spanish-speaking countries. Emphasizes that language is more than a tool, but also what we are made of. Awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Education to develop a program to enable students to work and study in Peru for one month. Currently developing a certification program in interpreting.

Joseph Viera

Joseph Viera

Professor & Chair
585-389-2642
jviera1@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 496A
Bio

Education: Ph.D. and M.A., Florida State University; B.A., Florida Atlantic University

Teaching and Research Interests: U.S. Latino/a literary and cultural studies, particularly Cuban-American literary culture; identity construction and performance; diaspora and displacement; race and gender politics; 20th-century American literature; ethnic-American literatures; the short story; the novel; rhetoric and composition.

Candide Carrasco

Candide Carrasco

Professor of French
585-389-2675
ccarras8@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 389
Bio

Education: A native speaker of French and Spanish, he received a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Contemporary French Theater with a minor in Contemporary Latin American Literature.

Teaching and Research Interests: Prof. Carrasco has been teaching French and literature for thirty years. Teaching French goes beyond language acquisition skills; it exposes students to another world of culture, and allows them to discover the aesthetic values of a literary text and the universal bridges between themselves and the works of art. An accomplished playwright, he has written and produced plays in French, Spanish, and English.

Lisa Cerami

Lisa Cerami

Visiting Assistant Professor of German
585-389-2359
lcerami5@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 388
Leanne W. Charlesworth

Leanne W. Charlesworth

Associate Professor
585-389-2755
lcharle8@naz.edu
Smyth Hall 363A
Bio

Education: B.A., Cornell University, M.S.W., SUNY at Albany, and Ph.D., Virginia Commonwealth University.

Teaching and Research Interests: Welfare reform, child and family issues, poverty, and social policy.

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Isabel Cordova

Isabel Cordova

Assistant Professor
585-389-2494
icordov1@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 460
Bio

Education: B.A. Macalester College; M.A. University of Puerto Rico; Ph.D. University of Michigan

Teaching and Research Interests: Latin America and the Caribbean, the Atlantic world, medicine and reproduction, gender and cultural studies.

Corinne G. Dempsey

Corinne G. Dempsey

Associate Professor & Rosemarie Beston Chair for International Studies
585-389-2734
cdempse6@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 360
Bio

Education: B.A., Oregon State University; M.A., Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley; Ph.D., Syracuse University

Teaching and Research Interests:

My main areas of teaching are in the Hindu traditions, global Christianity, gender/politics and religion, and mysticism.  The aspect of religion that most fascinates me is how religion and culture intertwine and inform one another.  This has led me to explore religious practices typically thought to be "out of place," such as Christian pilgrimage and saint devotion in south India and Hindu temple worship in North America.  My work has led me to the joys and challenges of comparison, a process that looms large in my courses, in my most recent book called Bringing the Sacred Down to Earth: Adventures in Comparative Religion, and in my recent adventures with Icelandic trance mediums and spirit healers.

Suhail Islam

Suhail Islam

Associate Professor
585-389-2639
sislam1@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 485
Bio

Education: B.A., Dhaka University; M.A., Dhaka; M.A., Windsor; M.A., Northern Arizona; Ph.D., Michigan Technological University

Teaching and Research Interests: Rhetoric and technical communication, linguistics, comparative world literature, post-colonial cultural studies, critical discourse analysis, subaltern studies.

Lindsey E. LaPlant

Lindsey E. LaPlant

Lecturer
585-389-2446
llaplan5@naz.edu
Bio

Education: B.A., SUNY Geneseo (Psychology); M.A., University of New Hampshire (Psychology); M.S.T., University of New Hampshire (College Teaching); Ph.D., University of New Hampshire (Psychology).

Teaching Interests: Introduction to Psychology, Social Psychology, Psychology of Women and Gender, Abnormal Psychology, Community Psychology, Psychology and Women's Health

Research Interests: Eating disorders prevention, health and wellness education and prevention programs, program evaluation, attitudes towards women, power and empowerment.

Thomas J. Lappas

Thomas J. Lappas

Associate Professor
585-389-2655
tlappas4@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 459
Bio

Education: B.A., Kenyon College; M.A. and Ph.D., Indiana University

Teaching and Research Interests: Native American History, American Colonial History, American Revolution, and France in North America 1530-1763.

Mireille Le Breton

Mireille Le Breton

Assistant Professor of French
585-389-2685
mlebret5@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 391
Bio

Education: Mireille received her Ph.D. from Stanford University. She also is an alumna of the University of Maryland, at College Park, where she received her MA, and of the Ecole Normale Supérieure, rue d' Ulm, in Paris.

Teaching and Research Interests: French literature, francophone and film studies,  cultural trends in contemporary France, and advanced composition and conversation courses. Research interests include immigration, politics and the novel; ethnicity, identity and human rights in contemporary literature and film; images of women in contemporary French and Francophone cinema; literary and film theory.

Before relocating to Rochester, she taught at the University of Delaware, Maryland and Stanford University. She is the Director of the French House and the French Club Advisor.

Mark J. Madigan

Mark J. Madigan

Professor / Fulbright Program Advisor
585-389-2643
mmadiga2@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 479
Bio

Education: B.A., St. Michael's College; M.A., University of Vermont; Ph.D., University of Massachusetts

Teaching and Research Interests: African American literature, modern American literature, popular culture, international education

Read more about Dr. Madigan's involvement with the Fulbright Scholar program at Naz. 

Kimberly J. McGann

Kimberly J. McGann

Associate Professor
585-389-5136
kmcgann5@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 307
Bio

Education: Ph.D., SUNY Buffalo (Sociology); M.A., Rutgers University (Sociology); B.A., Skidmore College (Sociology)

Teaching Interests: Sociology of mass media and popular culture, marriage and families, race and ethnicities, individuals in society, and social problems.

Research Interests: Interpersonal relationships and technology (e.g. effects of social media), social influences on romantic love, social construction of the news, Hurricane Katrina, stratification, the social construction of symbolic boundaries, and cognitive sociology.

Adrielle A. Mitchell

Adrielle A. Mitchell

Professor
585-389-2640
amitche2@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 487
Bio

Education: B.A., Hunter College, City University of NY; M.A. and Ph.D., University of California, Santa Cruz

Teaching and Research Interests: Word and image studies, graphic narrative, comics studies, gender theory, creative non-fiction, literary and cultural theory, memory studies, transnational memoir, childhood studies.

Estella Norwood Evans

Estella Norwood Evans

Professor
585-389-2750
eevans3@naz.edu
Smyth Hall 384
Bio

Teaching and Research Interests: Social policy; political and legislative activism; macro and community practice; administration and higher education; diversity and multicultural practice and education; religion and spirituality.

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Mark A. Primus

Mark A. Primus

Clinical Assistant Professor
585-389-2752
mprimus4@naz.edu
Smyth Hall 381E
Bio

Education: B.A Sociology, Roberts Wesleyan College; M.S.W., Syracuse University; Ph.D. candidate, Syracuse University.

Teaching and Research Interests: Caribbean families and fathers, African-American father-child relationships, paternal identity, and childhood development within a cultural context.

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Olena M. Prokopovych

Olena M. Prokopovych

Associate Professor of Political Science
585-389-2495
oprokop5@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 458
Bio

Education: B.A . Williams College; Ph.D. Cornell University

Teaching and Research Interests: American Government and politics, constitutional history, comparative healthcare and social policy, and political philosophy.

Yamuna Sangarasivam

Yamuna Sangarasivam

Associate Professor of Anthropology
585-389-2746
ysangar7@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 308
Bio

Education: Ph.D. Anthropology, Syracuse University, 2000; M.A. Dance Ethnology, University of California, Los Angeles, 1992; B.A. Musicology and Piano, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, 1990

Teaching and Research Areas: Cultural Anthropology; Physical Anthropology and Archaeology; Nationalism, Terrorism and Resistance; Women, Peace and Political Mobilization; Social Conflict; Anthropology of Dance; Anthropology of Religion in South Asia; Constructions of Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality; South Asian Diaspora; Tamil Nationalist Movements in North-East Sri Lanka; Non-violent Direct Action, Peace Witnessing and Christian Peacemaker Teams.

Naomi R. Schlagman

Naomi R. Schlagman

Lecturer
585-389-5148
nschlag9@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 385
Bio

Teaching Interests: Medical sociology, gender and society.

Research Interests: Gender and society, medical sociology, social problems, family and society, and sociology of aging.

Zhansui Yu

Zhansui Yu

Assistant Professor, Program Director of Chinese Language and Culture Major
585-389-5146
zyu8@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 390
Bio

Education: A native speaker of Chinese, he received his Ph.D. in modern Chinese literature and culture from the University of British Columbia.

Teaching and Research Interests: Twentieth century Chinese literature and film, modern Chinese intellectual history, and contemporary Chinese social and intellectual issues. He has published extensively in both Chinese and English on issues in modern Chinese literature, culture, and history. He is currently working on a book manuscript on contemporary Chinese avant-garde fiction.

He worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Institute of Asian Research at UBC and as Visiting Assistant Professor at Lehigh University before joining Nazareth.

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