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.
Administrative Assistant in Women's and Gender Studies
Professor of Political Science
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.
Johns Hopkins Univeristy, Ph.D. She has been working on reproductive health care issues in Cameroon since 1980, first as a Peace Corps volunteer and later as an anthropological researcher. Pamela's first research, on women's fear of infertility among the rural Bamiléké of Cameroon, addresses the ways female poverty and the state-ethnic relations are inscribed in women's views of their bodies. She is currently working among the urban Bamiléké, studying the role of women's voluntary associations in reproductive decision-making. In addition to introductory anthropology, she teaches courses on gender, Africa, health and illness, and the relationship between human and social reproduction.
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.
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.
Chair of Sociology and Anthropology
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.
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.
Oregon State, B.S.; Wichita State, M.S.; Colorado, Ph.D. A vertebrate reproductive biologist, studies the hormonal control and function of sexually dimorphic traits. Currently uses lizards as a model system to understand neural differences that mediate male and female reproductive behavior. Teaches Animal Physiology, Animal Behavior, Sexed Bodies/Sexed Science? and part of Introductory Biology. Began teaching at Carleton in 1995.
Professor of Art History
Virginia, B.A.; New York, M.A., Ph.D. Teaches courses on Asian art history and the Introduction to Art History. Her primary area of research is Chinese painting of the late Ming dynasty. Her other research and teaching interests include interactions between different modes of representation in the Ming and Qing periods, 20th-century Chinese art and Japanese prints. Began teaching at Carleton in 1996.
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.