Faculty and Staff
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Director of Women's and Gender Studies
Meera Sehgal (B.A., Ferguson College, India; M.A., Pune University, India; M.A. & Ph.D. in Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2004) has a joint appointment in the Sociology & Anthropology department and in the Women’s & Gender studies program. She serves as the director of the South Asian studies program and is a member of the Sexual Misconduct Committee in Carleton’s Community, Equity and Diversity Initiative.
Her research interests are in the areas of gender, race, class & sexuality; social movements; globalization; militarism; transnational feminisms and India. Based on ethnographic methods, her research examines the mobilization of women in the right-wing Hindu nationalist movement in India. Her more recent fieldwork centers on a South Asian transnational feminist network and its consciousness-raising work in India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Meera emphasizes interdisciplinary feminist perspectives in her teaching and travels regularly to India for research and familial purposes. She teaches courses on social movements, women's health in the U.S., qualitative methods, transnational feminist theory, and feminist approaches to knowledge production, globalization and militarization.
Stanford, B.A.; Ochanomizu University, M.A.; Harvard, Ph.D.; Japanese language and literature, especially modern fiction, with particular emphasis on Natsume Soseki, Mishima Yukio, Shimao Toshio, and fiction by contemporary Japanese women. Growing interest in English language fiction by Indian women. Began teaching at Carleton in 1983.
Indiana University, B.A., M.A., Ph.D. Teaches courses in American politics, feminist political theory, politics and the media, and constitutional law. Her broad interests include research related to liberal philosophy, democratic theory, institutional analysis and design, rational choice, and policy and law related to gender and race. Her areas of specialization related to empirical theory and methodology include quantitative methods, political socialization and behavior, public opinion and theories of learning. Began teaching at Carleton in 1988.
Director of African/African American Studies
Pamela Feldman-Savelsberg received her Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University in 1990. She has been working on reproductive health issues, first as a Peace Corps volunteer in Cameroon, and later as an anthropologist. Her research focuses on connections between reproduction and belonging, especially when these are called into question by reproductive difficulties (e.g., infertility), ethnic stereotyping of fertility, or the challenges of migration. She has conducted research in both rural and urban Cameroon, as well as with Cameroonian immigrants in Berlin and Paris. She teaches courses on gender, Africa, migration, medical anthropology, reproduction, and social science writing as well as the African and African American Studies capstone.
Illinois (Chicago Circle), B.A.; Chicago, M.A., Ph.D., has taught courses on just about everything, from the culture of old Russia to "Bestsellers of Perestroika," from Russian Cinema to gender studies. She directed the Carleton Moscow Seminar in 1995 and 1999 and helped develop the ACM program in Krasnodar. She has spent her recent leave working on the memoirs of Ariadna Efron (the daugher of poet Marina Tsvetaeva) and her partner Ada Federol'f.
California-Los Angeles, B.A.; Sarah Lawrence, M.A.; Rutgers, Ph.D. American women's history and women's and gender studies. Interests include social welfare history, labor history, and historiography. Introduced a new course entitled "Gender and Work in U.S. History." Began teaching at Carleton in 1994.
Professor of Sociology
Winnipeg, B.A.; Queen's, M.A.; Toronto, Ph.D. Research interests are in the areas of the sociology of law, work and occupations, and gender. Her dissertation research explored the connections between law and the economy, specifically how judges respond to workplace wrongful dismissals in eras of economic uncertainty. Has also been involved in research that examined workplace sexual harassment complaints lodged with the Canadian Human Rights Commission. In addition to teaching introductory sociology, Annette also teaches research methods, the sociology of law, the sociology of work and occupations, and criminology. Began teaching at Carleton in 2000.
Professor of French
Bryn Mawr, A.B., M.A.; Princeton, M.A.; Ph.D. Was born in Venezuela of Hungarian parents and studied in both South America and Switzerland. She specializes in literature of the seventeenth century and has published articles on Mme de Lafayette and Mlle de Montpensier. Pósfay teaches courses on French Classicism, marginality, Paris in fiction, and contemporary French culture. Her special interests are women writers of the ancien régime, utopias, Swiss literature and migrant literature in francophone Canada. Began teaching at Carleton in 1991.