Department of Psychology/Sociology
Courtney McDonald graduated from the University of Colorado-Boulder with a Ph.D. in Sociology and a Graduate Certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies. Her dissertation focused on the experiences of woman-to-woman intimate partner abuse. She continues to do research on family violence, particularly as it relates to queer women. Her major teaching/research interests are gender inequality, the study of sexuality, and family violence.
Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs
Professor of Communications
Dr. Helen Tate earned her Ph.D. in Speech Communication with a minor in Gender Studies from Indiana University. Her areas of research include rhetorical theory and criticism with a special focus on the rhetoric of second wave feminism. Her research traces the various meanings of feminism as they are constituted in public discourse to understand how public discourse invites or inhibits identification with feminism. Dr. Tate was the division head of Arts and Communication Studies at Columbia College in South Carolina before coming to GSW, where she taught gender and communication among other courses. Dr. Tate also served as Chair and Program Planner for the Women’s Caucus of National Communication Association in 2010 and Past Chair in 2011. She currently serves as the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at GSW.
Department of English and Modern Language
Dr. Elizabeth Kuipers has taught at GSW since 1998. She is one of the founding members of the Women’s Studies Program. Her undergraduate degree in English is from Wesleyan College, the first college in the world chartered to grant degrees to women. She earned her Masters and PhD from Auburn University where her main focus of study was Novels by Women. Her dissertations, The Princess and the Prostitute studied 18th century representations of Native American women and began her continued fascination with visual depictions of women and their influence on the reader/viewer. With her feminist husband, she is raising two feminist sons.
Dr. Genie Bryan
Chair of English and Modern Language
Dr. Genie Bryan found herself studying feminist theory because of her mother. In a conversation about women and their houses, her mother said, “Genie, don’t you see what these women are doing? They are gilding their own cages.” As usual, her mother was right and a dissertation was born (The Woman-Built House: The Fiction of Eudora Welty, Shirley Ann Grau and Carol Dawson) which looked into women’s relationship with spaces (architectural, verbal and physical). Dr. Bryan also studies the Gothic, vampires, British literature, and early American literature. She believes you can be a feminist while wearing copious amounts of lipstick (or not), pursuing a career (or not), choosing to be a stay at mother, marrying a wonderful man (as long as he’s a feminist too) and enjoying things that sparkle. You can also be an academic feminist even if you love the men of the traditional canon—she’s been carrying on with Nathaniel Hawthorne since graduate school. She received her BA and MA from the University of Mississippi and her PhD from the University of Louisiana.