Affiliated Faculty: Women, Gender, and Public Policy

Affiliated Faculty at the University of Minnesota 

Sofia Bapna is assistant professor in the Carlson School of Management. Her research interests include examining ways in which gender related barriers might be reduced in the context of networking events for professionals in STEM fields as well as in the area of acquisition of equity capital for entrepreneurs.

Rose M. Brewer is an activist scholar, The Morse Alumni Distinguished Teaching Professor and past chairperson of the Department of African American & African Studies. Brewer publishes extensively on Black feminism, political economy, social movements, race, class, gender and social change. Her books include The Color of Wealth, The U.S. Social Forum: Perspectives of a Movement, and several other co- edited volumes. She’s published numerous essays, book chapters, and refereed journal articles. Her current book project examines the impact of late capitalism on Black life in the U.S. Among many honors, Brewer has held the Sociologist for Women in Society Feminist Lectureship in Social Change, is a University of Minnesota College of Liberal Arts Dean’s Medalist, a member of the Academy of Distinguished Teachers, a winner of the American Sociological Association’s Distinguished Teaching award, and a Josie Johnson Social Justice Award recipient.

Karen Brown is director of the Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change (ICGC). Her academic interests focus on gender and public policy in global context, international women's and children's human rights, girls in international policy, and international research ethics and methods.

M. Bianet Castellanos is an anthropologist and a core faculty member in American Studies. Her research interests focus on indigenous communities in the Americas and their relationship to the modern nation-state and global capitalism. Her first book, A Return to Servitude: Maya Migration and the Tourist Trade in Cancún (University of Minnesota Press, 2010), examines the foundational role indigenous people play in the development of tourism and transnational spaces in modern Mexico. In 2012 she co-edited (with Lourdes Gutiérrez Nájera and Arturo Aldama) a collection of essays, entitled Comparative Indigeneities of the Américas: Toward a Hemispheric Approach, that examines indigenous experiences across the Américas (University of Arizona Press). Her current book project focuses on indigenous peoples and housing policies in Cancún.

Cosette Creamer is an assistant professor of political science in the College of Liberal Arts and affiliated faculty at the University of Minnesota Law School. In a current research project she is investigating the effects of international women’s human rights accords on national legislation.

Joan DeJaeghere is associate professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy and Development. She researches gender and education and work with international organizations to develop better measures of gender equality in and through schooling. In particular, Professor DeJaeghere aims to understand how gender equality in schooling is achieved or not toward the sustainable development goals.

Tracey Deutsch is an historian of US women and gender, and of food studies, and much of her teaching explores issues of gender and public policy. Professor Deutsch's past research has explored the work of food provisioning, the history of food retail, and the discourses about women and gender that inform contemporary food policy. Her current work looks at the reasons that food emerged as an important political object. Professor Deutsch contextualizes international and domestic food policy in the emergence of gourmet food and elaborate home cooking.

Barbara Frey is director of the Human Rights Program in the College of Liberal Arts. Her field of teaching and research is international human rights laws, policy and advocacy. She teaches about gender and human rights as part of her courses. She has written about gender and human rights in relation to gun violence, and published a case study on gender balance on the International Criminal Court.

Priscilla A. Gibson is professor of social work in the College of Education and Human Development. Her research explores the experiences of African American women (grandmothers and faculty members) and girls (school age) with social systems. She teaches courses about culturally relevant, context-sensitive social work practice to vulnerable groups including women and girls.

Enid Logan is an associate professor of sociology in the College of Liberal Arts. Her primary focus is on race, or blackness in the Americas, and the connections between race and gender. Professor Logan has recently launched an interview-based project on race, gender and immigration in the 2016 presidential election.

Colleen Manchester is associate professor in the Department of Work and Organizations in the Carlson School of Management. One prominent area of Professor Manchester's research uses a multi-method, multi-disciplinary approach to advance research on the career consequences of caregiving responsibilities for employees.

MJ Maynes is professor in the Department of History in the College of Liberal Arts. Professor Maynes teaches courses on such topics as comparative family and gender history, women in Modern Europe and historical approaches to women and work.

Michael D. Minta is an associate professor of Political Science at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. He received a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He is one of the country’s leading experts in the study of the political representation of African American, Latino, and women’s interests in the United States. His book, Oversight: Representing Black and Latino Interests in Congress is a valuable guide that scholars, political leaders, and the legal community consult when assessing whether diversity in legislatures improves responsiveness to minority interests. Dr. Minta regularly teaches popular courses in U.S. government pertaining to African American politics, congressional politics, and interest group advocacy.

Phyllis Moen, a McKnight Presidential Chair and professor of sociology, is a life course scholar, which means that she is interested time. Specifically, what are the patterned ways jobs, retirement, civic engagement, families, and lives play out over the gendered life course? How do policies open up or constrain options for men and women of all ages and life stages? And what are the impacts of these different pathways?

Fionnuala D. Ní Aoláin is the Robina Chair in Law, Public Policy and Society in the University of Minnesota Law School. Professor Nî Aoláin’s teaching and research interests are in the fields of international law, human rights law, national security law, transitional justice, and feminist legal theory.

Lena Palacios is an assistant professor in the Department of Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies. Her research and teaching focuses on critical prison studies and prison abolitionism, Black, Indigenous, Chicana & Latina queer and trans feminisms, girls’ and girlhood studies, transformative justice and community accountability, media activism and media justice, health justice and social determinants of health, as well as research justice (i.e. participatory action research). Lena is currently writing Media Necropower: Indigenous and Black Women’s Media Justice Activism in Settler States, a book that examines how North American Indigenous and race-radical feminist activists deploy particular strategies, tactics, pedagogies, and solidarities to counter media necropower. It is under contract with Temple University Press.

Kathryn Pearson is an associate professor of political science specializing in American politics. Her research focuses on the United States Congress, congressional elections, political parties, and women and politics. She is working on a new book project, Gendered Partisanship in the House of Representatives, analyzing congresswomen's pursuit of power in a partisan era.

Rebecca Ropers-Huilman is professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, & Development, Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs, and an affiliate of the Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies Program. In 2014, she was Fulbright-Klagenfurt Visiting Professor in Higher Education Research in Vienna studying gender equity policy implementation in Austrian universities. She has also been actively involved in faculty governance and served as the chair of the Faculty Governance Executive Body during the 2014–2015 academic year. She has published four books and more than 50 scholarly works related to equity, diversity, and change in higher education contexts both in United States and international contexts.

Elaine Tyler May is an historian of the United States in the twentieth century (and into the twenty-first). Her research generally investigates the connections between public and private life, particularly how gender, family, and sexuality connect to larger political and cultural issues that affect public policy and how people live in their daily lives.

Frances Vavrus is professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy and Development.  Her research and teaching focus on the ways that international development policy, especially policy focused on education and economic development, affect women's and girls' lives in sub-Saharan Africa. In addition, she serves as the North American representative for the ILO on the Joint ILO/UNESCO Committee of Experts on the Application of the Recommendations Concerning Teaching Personnel, and the Committee examines a broad range of issues, including gender relations, that affect teachers' professional lives.

Research Partners at Other Institutions

Laurel Smith Doerr and Don Tomaskovic-Devey, University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Duchess Harris, Macalester College

Kaye Husbands Fealing, Georgia Institute of Technology

Susan Cozzens,  Georgia Institute of Technology

Marci Ybarra, University of Chicago

Jeffrey Hayes, Institute for Women’s Policy Research