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Graduate Student Placement

Students come to Women's and Gender Studies' joint PhD programs from all over the world: South Africa, India, China, Nicaragua, Canada, the United States, and elsewhere; and upon completing their programs, students take positions everywhere from the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa to Stanford University, and even at the University of Michigan. 

See where our PhD recipients are today, organized by their program in Women's Studies. 

English and Women's and Gender Studies

Megan Ahern, 2012: Consultant for the Global Partnership for Education, World Bank

Tiffany Ball, 2016:  Postdoctoral Researcher, Tsinghua University

Melanie Boyd, 2003: Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and Lecturer in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Yale University

Theresa Braunschneider, 2002: Assistant Director and Co-Coordinator for Diversity Initiatives, Center for Research on Learning and Teaching, University of Michigan

Juanita Cabello, 2007: Interpreter, Bilingual Field Interviewer, Ethnographer, Cook Children's Hospital and Texas Health Resources

Cari Carpenter, 2002: Associate Professor of English, West Virginia University

Cat Cassel, 2016: Lecturer in English and Sweetland Center for Writing, University of Michigan

Maxe Crandall, 2006: Lecturer in the Program in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Stanford University

Holly Dugan, 2005: Associate Professor of English, George Washington University

Mickenzie Fasteland, 2017: Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire

Joseph Gamble, 2020: Assitant Professor in English Language and Literature, University of Toledo

Emma Garrett, 2013: Lecturer in Women's Studies and College-Wide Programs, University of Michigan-Dearborn

Amanda Healy, 2019: Community Partnerships Manager, Ginsberg Center for Community Service & Learning, University of Michigan

Molly Hatcher, 2013: Director of the Faculty Innovation Center, The University of Texas at Austin

Emily Johnston, 2015: Assistant Professor of Women's and Gender Studies, Minnesota State University Moorhead

Jina Kim, 2016: Assistant Professor of English and SWG (Gender Studies), Smith College

Sumiao Li, 2007: Associate Professor of English, New York Institute of Technology, Nanjing, China

Emily Lutenski, 2008: Associate Professor of American Studies, Saint Louis University

Maureen McDonnell, 2005: Director of Women's and Gender Studies and Associate Professor of English, Eastern Connecticut State University

Jennifer McFarlane-Harris, 2010: Associate Professor of English and Cultural Studies, Xavier University

Navaneetha Mokkil Maruthur, 2010: Assistant Professor of Women's Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India

Sridevi (Nair) Craven, 2009: Assistant Professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Portland State University

Colleen O'Brien, 2001: Associate Professor of Early American Literature, University of South Carolina Upstate

Jocelyn Fenton Stitt, 2002: Division Chair of the Social Sciences, Associate Professor of Women's Studies, St. Catherine University

Pavitra Sundar, 2007: Associate Professor of Literature and Creative Writing, Hamilton College

Charisse Willis 2019: Program Coordinator, Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities

History and Women's and Gender Studies

Molly Brookfield, 2021:  Assistant Professor of History and Womens & Gender Studies, The University of the South

Monica Burguera, 2007: Research Fellow in Contemporary History, Universidad de Valencia

Victoria Castillo, 2009: Visiting Assistant Professor of Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies, College of William & Mary

Scott De Orio, 2018: Postdoctoral Fellow, Sexualities Project, Northwestern Illinois University.

Christine DeLisle, 2008: Associate Professor of American Indian Studies, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Dasa Francikova, 2011: Lecturer, Feminist Studies Department, University of California, Santa Barbara

Kara French, 2013: Associate Professor of U.S. Women's History, Gender, Sexuality, Salisbury University

Erika Gasser, 2007: Associate Professor of History and Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies, University of Cincinnati

Nicole Renee Greer Golda, 2016: Assistant Professor of History, Ferrum College

Joshua Hubbard, 2017: Research Development Program Director, University of Notre Dame

Hafsa Kanjwal, 2017: Assistant Professor of History, Lafayette College

Kirsten Leng, 2011: Associate Professor of Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies, University of Massachusetts-Amherst

Vanessa Noble, 2005: Lecturer in History, Society and Social Change, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Jennifer Palmer, 2008: Associate Professor of History, University of Georgia

Ángela Pérez-Villa, 2017: Assistant Professor of Gender and Women's Studies and History, Western Michigan University

Rebekah Pite, 2007: Associate Professor of History, Lafayette College

Alessio Ponzio, 2020: Assistant Professor of Modern European History, University of Saskatchewan

Jinny Prais, 2008: Assistant Director, Institute for African Studies, Columbia University

Grace L. Sanders Johnson, 2013: Assistant Professor of Africana Studies, University of Pennsylvania

Diana Caroline Sierra Cecerra, 2018: Assistant Professor of History, University of Massachusetts - Amherst

Kate Silbert, 2017: Hub Coach, LSA Opportunity Hub, University of Michigan

LaKisha Simmons, 2009: Associate Professor of History and Women's Studies, University of Michigan

Cookie Woolner, 2014: Assistant Professor of History, University of Memphis

Ying Zhang, 2010: Associate Professor of History, Ohio State University

Psychology and Women's and Gender Studies

Lanice Avery, 2016: Assistant Professor of Psychology, University of Virginia

Sarah Bell, 2018: Assistant Professor of Psychology, Dixie State University

Sara Chadwick: Postdoctoral Associate, University of Central Florida

Jennifer (Churchwell) MacGregor, 2005: Lecturer in the First Year Program and Gender & Sexuality Studies, St. Lawrence University

Laura Citrin, 2004: Faculty of Psychology & Women's Studies, The Evergreen State College

Nicola Curtin, 2011:  Senior Learning & Development Specialist, Alameda Health System

Andrea Dottolo, 2006: Associate Professor, Psychology of Gender, Human Sexuality, and Social Psychology, Rhode Island College

Julie Eastin, 2006: Psychologist, US Coast Guard Academy

Quyen Epstein-Ngo, 2011: Research Assistant Professor, Institute for Research on Women and Gender, University of Michigan

Breanne Fahs, 2006: Professor of Women's and Gender Studies, Arizona State University

Jennifer Frederick, 2020: Senior Survey Analyst, Ithaka S+R

Erin Graham, 2009: Staff Research Associate, University of California, Los Angeles

Janice Habarth, 2008: Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology, Palo Alto University

Zaje Harrell, 2002: Assistant Professor of Psychology, Michigan State University

Kathryn Holland, 2017: Assitant Professor of Psychology and Women's Studies, University of Nebraska, Lincoln

LE Hunter, 2015: Service Coordinator, Housing & Tenancy, Adobe Services

Benita Jackson, 2000: Professor of Psychology, Smith College

Shanta Kanukollu, 2010: Mental Health Consultant, SNK Therapy LLC

Julie Konik, 2005: Assistant Professor of Psychology-Education, University of Wisconsin Sheboygan

Sheryl Pimlott-Kubiak, 2002: Dean, Wayne State University School of Social Work

Gabrielle Lawhon, 2004: Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco

Yidi Li, 2016: Assistant Director of the Department of Student Affairs at Westlake University, Hangzhou, China

Michelle Lilly, 2008: Associate Professor of Psychology, Northern Illinois University

Elma Lorenzo-Blanco, 2013: Assistant Professor of Psychology, University of South Carolina

Jessica Matsick, 2016: Assistant Professor of Psychology, Penn State University

Christa McDermott, 2007: Director of Community Environmental Services, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon

Kathi Miner, 2004: Assistant Professor of Psychology and Women’s and Gender Studies, Texas A&M University

Kristine Molina, 2011: Assistant Professor of Psychology, University of Illinois at Chicago

Samantha Montgomery, 2014: Labour Relations Officer, Professional Employees Association, Victoria, British Columbia

Amy Moors, 2015: Director of Social Science Research and Evaluation, College of Engineering, Purdue University; faculty affiliate, Kinsey Institute, Indiana University

Cathleen Power, 2006: Faculty of Gender Studies and Service Learning Coordinator, University of Utah

Verónica Rabelo, 2017: Assistant Professor of Management, College of Business, San Francisco State University

Desdamona Rios, 2010: Assistant Professor of Social Psychology and Women's Studies, University of Houston-Clearlake

Natalie Sabik, 2012: Assistant Professor of Health Studies, University of Rhode Island

Diana T. Sanchez, 2005: Associate Professor of Psychology, Rutgers University

Rita Seabrook, 2017: Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Social Work at the Center on Violence Against Women and Children, Rutgers University

Danielle Shapiro, 2012: Assistant Professor, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation; University of Michigan Medical School

Jennifer Young Yim, 2009: Lecturer of Psychology and American Culture, University of Michigan

Ali Ziegler, 2014: Assistant Professor of Psychology, University of Alaska Southeast

Sociology and Women's and Gender Studies (retired program)

Saida Grundy, 2014: Assistant Professor of Sociology and African American Studies, Boston University

Trevor Hoppe, 2014: Assistant Professor of Sociology, University at Albany-SUNY

Yan Long, 2013: Assistant Professor of International Studies, School of Global and International Studies, Indiana University, Bloomington

Zakiya Luna, 2011: Associate Professor of Sociology, University of California, Santa Barbara

J. Lotus Seeley, 2016: Assistant Professor of Sociology, Florida Atlantic University

Jamie Small, 2015: Assistant Professor of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work, University of Dayton

Lai Sze Tso, 2013: Researcher, University of North Carolina-Project China

Lynn Verduzco Baker, 2011: Associate Professor of Sociology, Albion College

Graduate Certificate Programs

Emily Kazyak, Sociology with Women's Studies Certificate, 2010: Assistant Professor of Sociology and Women's & Gender Studies, University of Nebraska

Carla Pfeffer, Sociology with Women's Studies Certificate, 2009: Assistant Professor of Sociology and Women’s Studies, University of South Carolina

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