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Womens Studies



Susan BraggDr. Susan Bragg, Director of Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies

Associate Professor of History
Business and History Building, Room 313
Phone: 229-931-2175

In both her teaching and research, Dr. Susan Bragg focuses on the politics of family values. Her published essays have explored African American women's experiences in the 19th c. West while her University of Washington dissertation traced how ideas of gender and family shaped NAACP activism in the early 20th c. Dr. Bragg's courses on US women's history, African American history, American popular culture, and the history of childhood all seek to broaden our conversation about diversity and autonomy in American life. The WGSS program offers an opportunity to bring these ideas to the present.

Genie BryanDr. 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 home 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.


Orton GrissettDr. Judy Orton Grissett
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Department of Psychology and Sociology
Phone: 229-931-4647

As a researcher, Dr. Judy Orton Grissett focuses on environmental psychology and the scholarship of teaching and learning. Although her work does not focus on gender issues specifically, Dr. Orton Grissett is exploring ways in which these issues relate to her current research and teaching, such as through the lens of ecofeminism. Dr. Orton Grissett currently teaches courses in experimental psychology, introductory psychology, and health psychology.

Elizabeth KuipersElizabeth Kuipers
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.

Paula MartinDr. Paula Martin
Associate Professor of History
HAPS 325
Phone: 229-931-2646

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