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Faculty Biographies

Janis Barry, Associate Professor of Economics. B.A., Old Dominion; M.A., Ph.D., New School.

Susan A. Beck, Associate Professor of Political Science and Adviser of Pre-Law Program. B.A., Pennsylvania; M.A., Ph.D., Columbia.

Doron Ben-Atar is Professor of History at Fordham College at Lincoln Center. He is the author of The Origins of Jeffersonian Commercial Policy and Diplomacy (MacMillan/St. Martin, 1993), Trade Secrets: Intellectual Piracy and the Origins of American Industrial Power (Yale University Press, 2004), and Federalists Reconsidered together with Barbara B. Oberg (University Press of Virginia, 1998). The book he co-authored with his mother, Roma Nutkeweicz Ben-Atar, about her holocaust experience, The Death and Rebirth of Zosha Samosha, will be published by the Holocaust Museum Press in 2005. Professor Ben-Atar is working on a book about turn of the nineteenth century Litchfield and is also the director of the web project "Crossroads of Revolution to Cradle of Refore: Litchfield Connecticut 1751-1833."

Susan Berger, Associate Professor of Political Science. B.A., University of Michigan; Ph.D., Columbia University. She is the former co-director of Women's Studies at Fordham University's College at Lincoln Center. She is the author of Political and Agrarian Development in Guatemala (1992) and Guatemaltecas: The Women's Movement 1986-2003 (2006).

Arnaldo Cruz-Malave, Associate Professor of Spanish, B.A., Yale; Ph.D., Stanford. 

Mary Erler, Ph.D. University of Chicago; interests in late medieval literature, especially women’s reading and book ownership. Author of Women, Reading, and Piety in Late Medieval England (Cambridge, 2002); “Devout Reading” in Cambridge History of the Book in Britain III (Cambridge, 2000); and Records of Early English Drama: Ecclesiastical London (Toronto, 2008). Current research on women’s reading and on late medieval vowed women. Awards: Fordham Graduate Arts and Sciences Teaching Award, 2004.
Course descriptions:
ENRU 3809  “Mothers and Daughters” Readings will be drawn from contemporary poems & novels in which this crucial relationship is observed and recorded.
ENRU 3115  “Medieval Women Writers” We will read the autobiographical account of Perpetua, a Roman martyr, then will look at the plays of Hroswitha, a Saxon nun, & the biography of Christina of Markyate, an Englishwoman who rejected marriage for life as a solitary. We will also read some romantic lyrics written by anonymous women from southwest France, the trobairetz (female troubadours). The course will conclude with the advice to women of Christine de Pizan, plus excerpts from the visions of Julian of Norwich and the travels of Margery Kempe, two Englishwomen who knew each other.

Nicole Fermon, Professor of Political Science. B.A., Hawaii; M.A., Ph.D., Columbia. She is the author of The Political Education of Sentiment: Rousseau's Teaching on Women and the State and co-editor of Princeton's Readings in Political Thought. She is on the executive board of Women's Studies at Fordham. 

Jeanne Flavin, PhD is an associate professor of Sociology at Fordham University in the Bronx, NY campus.  Her scholarship and advocacy mainly examine the impact of the criminal justice system on women.  Jeanne is the author of Our Bodies, Our Crimes: Policing Women's Reproduction in America (NYU 2009), co-author of Class, Race, Gender & Crime, 2nd ed. (Rowan & Littlefield, 2007)  and co-editor of Race, Gender, and Punishment: From Colonialism to the War on Terror (Rutgers, 2007) as well as many scholarly articles.  She proudly chairs the board of directors for National Advocates for Pregnant Women, which advoctes for the social and civil rights of all women, but especially low0income women who are pregnant and parenting, and addicted to drugs.  Jeanne received a 2008-2009 Fulbright Award to study gender, family and crime in South Africa. She lives in New York City. 

Elisabeth Frost teaches contemporary poetry, women's studies, and creative writing at Fordham. She is the author of a critical study, The Feminist Avant-Garde in American Poetry (University of Iowa Press, 2003); a book of prose poems, All of Us (White Pine Press, 2011); and a poetry chapbook, Rumor (Mermaid Tenement Press, 2009). She also co-edited Innovative Women Poets: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry and  Interviews ( University of Iowa Press, 2006). Her current research concerns bodies and embodiment in the work of contemporary feminist visual artist and poets, with a focus on works that combine text and image.  With the photographer Dianne Kornberg, she has created several collaborative works, which have been exhibited in a number of venues across the U.S. 

Anne Hoffman, Professor of English and Comparative Literature. B.A., Cornell; M.A., Ph.D., Columbia.

Gwenyth Jackaway, Associate Professor of Communication and Media Studies, B.A., Columbia; M.A., Ph.D., Pennsylvania.

Margaret A. Lamb, Associate Professor of English. B.A., Vassar; M.A., Ph.D., New York University.

Fawzia Mustafa, Associate Chair, English Department and Associate Professor of English, comparative literature and African and African American Studies. B.A. and M.A., Kinnaird (Pakistan); M.A., Ph.D., Indiana. She is the author of V.S. Naipaul (Cambridge University Press, 1995) and is the Co-Director of Women's Studies at Fordham University, Lincoln Center.

Margot Nadien, Associate Professor of Psychology. B.A., CUNY (Hunter); Ph.D., CUNY (Graduate Center).

Astrid O'Brien, Associate Professor of Philosophy. B.A., Mount St. Vincent; M.A., Marquette; Ph.D., Fordham. 

Francesca Parmeggiani, Associate Professor of Italian and Comparative Literature. B.A., University of Bologna (Italy); M.A., Ph.D., Indiana University. Research Interest: Contemporary Italian Literature, 19th and 20th-century women's writing, feminist theory, film

Clara E. Rodriguez is a Professor of Sociology at Fordham University's College at Lincoln Center. She is the author of nine books including: Heroes, Lovers and Others (Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 2004), Changing Race: Latinos, the Census and the History of Ethnicity in the United States (New York University Press, 2000), Hispanics in the Labor Force: Issues and Policies, with Meléndez, E. and Barry Figueroa, J. (Eds.) (NY: Plenum Press, 1991), Puerto Ricans: Born in the USA (Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1991), and Latin Looks: Images of Latinas and Latinos in U.S. Media (Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1997). She is the recipient of numerous research and teaching awards, most recently, the American Sociological Association’s 2001 Award for Distinguished Contributions to Research in the Field of Latina/o Studies and her University’s Award for Distinguished Teaching in the Social Sciences in 2003. She has been a Visiting Professor at Columbia University, MIT, and Yale University. She has also been a Visiting Scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation and a Senior Fellow at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History. Previously, she was the Dean of Fordham University's College of Liberal Studies. She has written over 50 articles on Latinos in the United States and is currently at work on an update of the classic Coser, Kadushin and Powell text, Books: The Culture and Commerce of Publishing, which will be published by Stanford University Press.

Kirsten Swinth is Associate Professor of History and Magis Distinguished Professor of History (2005-2008), B.A. Stanford University, 1986; Ph.D. Yale University, 1995. She is currently at work on a cultural history of the working mother in the United States since 1950. This study provides a much-needed history to make sense of recent so-called mommy wars.  Bringing Home the Bacon and Frying it Up Too: A Cultural History of the Working Mother in the United States, 1950-2000 offers a fresh approach to this topic by showing how working mothers have been a lightning rod for deeper transformations in American culture and society.  Also forthcoming are entrieson “9 to 5, National Association of Working Women” and “Take Our Daughters to Work Day” in the Women’s History Encyclopedia.   Additional current scholarship builds on her previous study of the American art world, Painting Professionals: American Women Artists and the Development of Modern American Art, 1870-1930 (2001).  “Anna Richards Brewster Among Her Peers,” in Anna Richards Brewster, American Impressionist (2008), is part of the catalogue accompanying a traveling exhibition of Brewster’s work. Another forthcoming piece examines women artists from 1900 to 1960 and will be part of an upcoming exhibition on American women’s art groups.  Swinth is the recipient of numerous awards, including a recent awards from the American Council of Learned Societies (2007), the Arthur & Elizabeth Schlesinger Library (2008), and the Sophia Smith Collection (2008) for Bringing Home the Bacon .  She is the past winner of a John Paul Getty Postdoctoral Fellowship in Art and the Humanities and a Fulbright Fellowship to Mozambique.  Other awards in her career include the Mellon Fellowship in the Humanities and a Truman Scholarship.  She has spoken about her work on local radio stations, including WFUV and WNYC.  Swinth is also past director of the American Studies Program.


Eva E. Sandis, Professor Emerita of Sociology. B.A., Oberlin; M.A., Ph.D., Columbia.

Cynthia Vich (Associate Professor of Spanish and Literary Studies). Prof. Vich completed her B.A. in Linguistics and Literature at the Catholic University in Lima, Peru. She then obtained her Ph.D. in Latin American Literature at Stanford University, specializing on the Latin American vanguards of the 1920's and 30's. She first taught at Mount Holyoke College and then came to Fordham where she teaches in the Modern Languages and Literatures Department and in the Latin American and Latino Studies, Women's Studies, and Literary Studies programs. Her book, Indigenismo de vanguardia en el Perú, is a study of the crossroads between avant garde culture and the esthetics and politics of indigenismo as seen in the Peruvian journal Boletín Titikaka. Prof. Vich has also published several articles on contemporary Peruvian literature and culture, focusing on issues of Andean identity, modernization, urbanization and gender politics. Her work has concentrated on authors such as Eleodoro Vargas Vicuña, Edgardo Rivera Martínez, Carlos Oquendo de Amat, Sebastián Salazar Bondy and Blanca Varela. 

Vlasta Vranjes, Assistant Professor of English. Ph.D., Univeristy of California at Berkeley. Professor Vrnajes's research centers on the intersection of gender and nationalism.  She is currently working on a book (tentatively titled "English Vows: Marriage and the National identity in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture") that explores literary responses to the role marriage legislation played in shaping nineteenth-century Englishness.

Irma Watkins-Owens, Associate Professor of African and African American Studies. B.A., Tougalou; M.A., Atlanta; Ph.D., Michigan. She is the author of Blood Relations: Caribbean Immigrants and the Harlem Community, 1900-1930 (Indiana University Press, 1996) and is on the executive board of Women's Studies at Fordham University.

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