Abritty Abdullah

MA Program
Chair: Dr. Liddy Detar

Research: Hijra/Third Gender identity in South Asia, Women of color feminism, Sex Trafficking in South Asia, Transnational film and media studies

MA: Applied Linguistics and ELT, University of Dhaka

BA: English Language and Literature, University of Dhaka

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Khatera Afghan

PhD Program, 2nd Year
Chair: Dr. Mehra Shirazi

Research: Social justice education, identity politics, and political activism

MPA: Master of Public Administration, Ohio University

BA: Liberal Arts, The American University of Afghanistan

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Phebean Anuoluwapo Adekunle

MA Program
Chair: Dr. Patti Duncan

Research: Healing processes adopted by survivors of gender-based violence in Nigeria

BA: Classics and Classical Languages, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria

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Nasim Basiri

PhD Program, 1st Year

Gabrielle Boyle

MA Program
Chair: Dr. Liddy Detar

Research: Dance, queer culture, drag culture

BA: Interdisciplinary Studies, Western Oregon University

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Tami Fawcett

MA Program
Chair: Dr. Janet Lee

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Robin Fifita

MAIS Program


Kali Furman

PhD Program, 2nd Year
Chair: Dr. Nana Osei-Kofi

Research: Feminist pedagogy and social justice education

MA: Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; Certificate in College and University Teaching, Oregon State University

BA: History, Boise State University

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Sanju Gharti Chhetri G C

MA Program
Chair: Dr. Nana Osei-Kofi

Research: Queer representations within Hindu Theology: A Site of inquiry on Current Heteronormative Paradigms of Sexuality in Nepal

”My research explores the existence of alternate forms of sexualities within Hindu theology and seeks to challenge the overt heteronormative paradigm found within the current mainstream Nepali societal structure. The study aims to open avenues for more meaningful conversations about queer identities and fluid notions of sexuality in the context of Nepal and the way queer people in Nepal question and resist oppressive norms.”

MA: Sociology, Tribhuvan University

BA: Social Work, Kathmandu University

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Cassandra Hall

MA Program
Chair: Dr. Bradley Boovy

Research: Care, parenthood studies, queer theory, crip theory, affect, memoir, performance, memory, time, futurities

BA: Gender and Ethnic Studies, California Polytechnic University, Pomona

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Andrea Haverkamp 




Andrea Haverkamp

PhD Program, Minor

PhD Environmental Engineering, Minor in Queer Studies
Chairs: Dr. Michelle Bothwell & Dr. Devlin Montfort

Minor Field: Queer Studies
Advisor: Dr. Qwo-Li Driskill


Identity in engineering education. Focus on transgender and gender nonconforming professional identity formation & inclusion. Militarism, capitalism, indigenous resistence, and social/environmental justice in engineering. 

M.Eng. Environmental Engineering, Oregon State University

BS: Chemical Engineering, University of Kansas

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Lzz Johnk

PhD Program, 1st Year
Advisor: Dr. Patti Duncan

Research: Mad Studies, Critical Disability Studies, Critical Suicide Studies, crip theory, agency and bodily sovereignty, decoloniality and indigenous epistemologies.

MA:  Women's and Gender Studies, Eastern Michigan University

BA:  Cultural Anthropology; Asian Studies Minor, Michigan State University

 Sasha Khan

Sasha Khan

PhD Program, 1st Year
Chair: Dr. Patti Duncan

Research Interests: Critical race theory, queer and transgender studies, necropolitics, homonationalism, LGBTQ Muslims

MA: Simmons College, Gender & Cultural Studies

BS: Clarkson University, Liberal Studies - Gender & Sexuality


Reshma Koroth

MA Program
Chair:  Dr. Patti Duncan

Research: State Violence in the Context of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) in the Northeastern States of India; Transnational Feminisms

"My research examines the interconnection between the undemocratic ideals on nationalism which led to the enactment of Armed force special powers Act (AFSPA) in the North Eastern states of India and the protests especially in one of the Indian campuses to restore the right to dissent and the state owned violence in the context of India."

MA: Calicut University (Gender Studies)

MPhil: Hyderabad Central University (Gender Studies)

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Maria Lenzi Miori

MA Program


Rebecca J. Lambert

PhD Program, 2nd Year
ChairDr. Patti Duncan

Research: Anti-Racist Feminist Organizing, Affect Theory, Coalition Building

MA: Gender and Women’s Studies, Minnesota State University, Mankato

BA: Public Affairs, Indiana University

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 Andres Lopez

Andrés C. López

PhD Program, 1st Year
Chair: Dr. Qwo-Li Driskill

Research: Queer of Color Critiques, Queer and Trans Theories, Indigenous Feminisms, Music and Art as Resistance and Activisms, Embodied Resistances to Generational Traumas, and Medicinal Histories.

MA: Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; Queer Studies Minor, Oregon State University
BA: Liberal Arts and Sciences, Florida Atlantic University


Leida (LK) Mae

PhD Program, 2nd Year
Chair: Dr. Qwo-Li Driskill

Research: identity, Indigineity, decolonization, race, mixed-race, intersectionality, generational and cultural trauma, art and craft

MEd: Women’s Studies Specialization, Lakehead University

BEd: Primary/Junior Education, Lakehead University

BA: English, Glendon College, York University

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Carolina Melchor

MA Program

Jeana Moody

MA Program

Advisor:  Dr. Larry Roper

Research subjects: Sociolinguistics, transnational feminisms and pedagogy, masculinity and sexuality studies

BA:  Gender Studies through Somatic Psychology, Fairhaven College at Western Washington University