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Professor Durba Ghosh, Director (

Professor Lucinda Ramberg, Director of Undergraduate Studies (

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Boris Botchev, Student Assistant

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Keymani Dunkley, Student Assistant

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Durba Ghosh, Director

I teach courses on modern South Asia, the British empire, gender, and colonialism and a freshman-writing seminar on Gandhi.  My teaching and research interests focus on understanding the history of British colonialism on the Indian subcontinent.  For my first project, I wrote about gender, culture, law, archives, and colonial governance in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century India; I was interested in the kind of everyday history that occurs in colonial families and households.  My current research focuses on popular and radical political movements in early and mid-twentieth century India and the ways in which violence against the British colonial state became an important, but historically underemphasized, form of protest. In working on this project, I have become fascinated with the ways that political violence has become a central part of popular historical narratives. In connection with this research, she teaches a freshman-writing seminar on Gandhi and the politics of nonviolence.


Lucinda Ramberg, Director of Undergraduate Studies 

I am a medical and sociocultural anthropologist and interdisciplinary scholar working at the intersection of several fields including feminist, postcolonial and queer theories; religion and secularism; medicine and the body; and South Asia. My research projects in South India and the United States have roots in longstanding engagements with the politics of sexuality, gender and religion. These projects have focused in particular on the body as an artifact of culture and power in relation to questions of sexual subjectivity, social transformation and citizenship projects. I have conducted research in the US on sexual ‘risk’ and transsexual medicine and in South India on ‘sacred prostitution’ (devadasi dedication) and Dalit conversion to Buddhism. My first book, Given to the Goddess: South Indian Devadasis and the Sexuality of Religion (Duke University Press, 2014), is an ethnography of a contemporary practice in which girls are married to a goddess. I take this ongoing practice and its reform as an occasion to consider what can count as religion and who and what marriage is for.


jane-jufferJane Juffer, Professor

Jane Juffer holds a joint appointment with the Department of English and the Program of Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She works in the areas of cultural studies, feminist theory, and Latino studies and is the author of three books: Intimacy Across Borders: Race, Religion, and Migration in the U.S. Midwest (Temple 2013); Single Mother: The Emergence of the Domestic Intellectual (NYU 2006); and At Home with Pornography: Women, Sex, and Everyday Life (NYU 1998). Prior to coming to Cornell in 2008, she taught at Pennsylvania State University, where she was co-director of Latino Studies. She is currently writing a book about children.


Kate McCullough, Associate Professor 

Kate McCullough holds a joint appointment in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and English. Her book, Regions of Identity: The Construction of America in Women’s Fiction, 1885-1914 (Stanford University Press, 1999) examines the contribution of women’s fictions to cultural discourses of national identity and offers a comparative analysis of the impact of race, gender, ethnicity, sexuality and region in this fiction. She is currently working on a project on gender, sexuality, ethnicity, and diaspora in twentieth-century fiction.


saida-hodzicSaida Hodžić, Associate Professor

I am a sociocultural and medical anthropologist with research and teaching interests that span several fields. My research addresses the relationship between activism and governmentality in contemporary movements that take gender and violence as sites of intervention, focusing on mutual entailments of Ghanaian NGOs, global political economy, and humanitarian politics of knowledge and regimes of power. I am particularly interested in productive aspects of political formations whose effects are not simply salutary, the contingencies of governmental regimes, and the unintended consequences of NGOs’ tenuous successes. Regionally, I focus on global connections and mutual entanglements of Africa, especially Ghana, with Europe and the United States.


c-riley-snortonC. Riley Snorton, Associate Professor

C. Riley Snorton is an assistant professor in Africana studies and feminist, gender, and sexuality studies at Cornell University. He received his PhD at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania and has received fellowships from Harvard University and Pomona College. Snorton’s research and teaching expertise include cultural theory, queer and transgender theory, Africana studies, performance studies, and popular culture. He has published articles in the International Journal of Communication, Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy, and Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture, and Society, and has contributed to several edited collections. Snorton’s first book, Nobody ls Supposed to Know: Black Sexuality on the Down Low (University of Minnesota Press, 2014), traces the emergence and circulation of the down low in news and popular culture. He has also been listed as one of “Ten Transgender People You Should Know” by BET.


Core Faculty

These members of the Cornell faculty annually teach courses that are cross-listed with the Feminist, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Program and are active in the program’s governance and intellectual direction. If you are looking for a list of the FGSS graduate field faculty, please click here.

Judith Byfield, Associate Professor of History
African art and literature; the colonial state; nationalism; women’s history; the African Diaspora, specifically the Anglophone Caribbean; women’s social and economic history in colonial Nigeria

Debra Castillo, Emerson Hinchliff Professor of Hispanic Studies, Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow
Contemporary narrative from the Spanish-speaking world; women’s studies; cultural theory

Julia Chang, Assistant Professor of Hispanic Studies
19th century Spanish literature; gender and sexuality studies; medical hygiene; transpacific studies

Ileen DeVault, Professor of Labor History
U.S. working class history; women’s labor history; gender and class

Naminata Diabate, Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature
African, African American, Caribbean, and Afro-Hispanic literatures; gender and sexuality studies

Ella Maria Diaz, Assistant Professor, English; Latino/a Studies
US Latino/a and Chicano/a literatures and visual cultures

Shelley Feldman, Professor, Development Sociology (Retired; Visiting Scholar)
State formation and nationalism; feminist epistemology and methods; political sociology; social inequalities; displacement and dislocation; social movements

Maria Fernandez, Associate Professor, History of Art
History and theory of digital art; artificial life art; and the integration of media theory with post colonial and feminist theory

Joanne Fortune, James Law Professor of Physiology, Biomedical Sciences
Hormonal control of ovarian development and function in mammals

Durba Ghosh, Director, Associate Professor, History
Modern South Asia; gender; colonialism

Ellis Hanson, Professor, English
Victorian literature; decadence and aestheticism; lesbian and gay studies; psychoanalysis; film

Saida Hodžic, Associate Professor, Anthropology; Feminist, Gender, & Sexuality Studies
Medical anthropology, feminism, NGOs, violence; Ghana, Africa

Cary Howie, Associate Professor, Romance Studies
Theoretical issues from sexuality to dialectic, apophasis to embodiment in the French and Italian Middle Ages; Old French narrative and contemporary queer culture; study of saints’ lives and pornography

Karen Jaime, Assistant Professor, Performing and Media Arts
Queer theory; performance studies; spoken word/poetry; and Latina/o Studies

Jane Juffer, Professor, English; Feminist, Gender, & Sexuality Studies
Feminist theory, Latino/a culture, cultural studies, and the corporate university

Oneka LaBennett, Associate Professor, Africana Studies
Popular youth culture and Black girlhood; race, gender and consumption; urban anthropology; transnationalism and diaspora; and Caribbean migration

Kathleen Perry Long, Professor, French Literature
Interdisciplinary approaches to French Renaissance culture, relative to questions of gender, monstrosity, and violence

Kate McCullough, Associate Professor, English; Feminist, Gender, & Sexuality Studies
American literature after 1865; women’s literature; feminist literary criticism and theory; lesbian/queer theory

Mary Beth Norton, Mary Donlon Alger Professor of American History
Women and gender in America before 1860

Judith Peraino, Associate Professor, Music
Issues of sexuality and music; medieval secular songs and motets; rock artists

Lucinda Ramberg, Associate Professor, Anthropology; Feminist, Gender, & Sexuality Studies
Anthropology of the body and medicine; kinship and relatedness; religion and secularism; feminist, queer and postcolonial theory; South Asia

Masha Raskolnikov, Associate Professor, English
Middle English literature; allegory theory; medieval philosophy and rhetoric; contemporary critical theory; feminist and queer studies

Camille Robcis, Assistant Professor, History
European cultural and intellectual history; history of modern France; historiography; gender and sexuality; psychoanalysis; social and political thought; ethics, normativity, and the law

Noliwe Rooks, Associate Professor, Africana Studies
Racial implications of beauty, fashion and adornment; racial inequality in education; race, migration and urbanization and Black women’s studies

Nick Salvato, Associate Professor, Performing and Media Arts
Twentieth-century aesthetics and culture; modern drama, theatre, and performance; queer theory; popular representations of gender and sexuality; histories and theories of melodrama

Shirley Samuels, Professor, English
American literature and culture; 18th- and 19th-century American fiction; feminist criticism; American studies

Suman Seth, Associate Professor, Science & Technology Studies Program
History of the physical sciences in the 19th and 20th centuries; gender and science; science, colonialism, and nationalism

C. Riley Snorton, Associate Professor, Africana Studies; Feminist, Gender, & Sexuality Studies
Cultural theory; queer and transgender theory; Africana studies; performance studies; popular culture

Marie-Claire Vallois, Associate Professor of French Literature, Romance Studies
French literature, French culture, and Women’s Studies

Amy Villarejo, Professor, Performing and Media Arts; Feminist, Gender, & Sexuality Studies
Film; cultural studies; queer theory; feminist theory; television

Sara Warner, Associate Professor, Performing and Media Arts
Dramatic literature; performance studies; theater and social change; theories of gender and sexuality; instructional technology

Rachel Weil, Professor, History
Gender; political culture in early modern England and Europe

Dagmawi Woubshet, Associate Professor, English
African-American and Anglophone African literature and culture