The Center for Gender and Sexualities Studies provides a bridge space supporting scholarly work and the lived experience of gender and sexualities.
Associate Professor, Klingler College of Arts and Sciences
Dr. Cainkar has conducted research in Iraq, studying the impact of economic sanctions on women and children, and in Kuwait, studying the forced migration of Palestinians and Jordanians. Her current research is on transnational Arab American youth, whom she interviewed while they attended high school in Yemen, Palestine, and Jordan.
Assistant Professor, Klinger College of Arts and Sciences
Tara Daly completed her Ph.D. in Hispanic Languages and Literatures in 2010 at The University of California, Berkeley. She specializes in contemporary Andean literary and cultural studies. She joined Marquette University’s Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures in 2015 after teaching at The College of William and Mary and Mount Holyoke College.
Her research to date has been on twentieth- and twenty-first century avant-garde movements in Bolivia, Peru, and Ecuador, with a particular focus on the relationship between biopolitics, poetry, and performance. She is currently beginning a new research project on comparative colonial studies between the Putumayo region in the Amazon and the Congo River Basin that draws on queer theory and visual culture.
Dr. Angelique Harris is Associate Professor of Sociology in the Department of Social and Cultural Sciences and Director of the Gender and Sexualities Studies Program in the Helen Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences. Her research and teaching interests include the sociology of health and illness, race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, sociology of religion, urban studies, media studies, and social movements.
Dr. Harris's research examines social problems and issues within marginalized communities, primarily focusing on the experiences of women, people of color, and LGBTQ+ communities. Dr. Harris’s primary research program studies how disadvantaged groups understand, construct, and respond to health issues as well as how the marginalization and stigmatization they experience impact their access to healthcare. She is currently examining health promotion among African American women and men in Milwaukee. She has authored the book AIDS, Sexuality, and the Black Church: Making the Wounded Whole and co-authored the writing reference book Writing for Emerging Sociologists.
Director, Center for Teaching and Learning
Dr. Shaun Longstreet, Director, Center for Teaching and Learning, Affiliated Faculty Arts & Sciences. Has published on creating inclusive classrooms and recently presented on intersectionality and engaged learning at the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity, has been a speaker on LGBTQ+ inclusivity at Carthage College, Texas Christian University, Austin Presbyterian Seminary, The POD Network in Higher Education, Expanding the Circle Conference, and The Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals. He co-founded the Texas Pride Professional Network and like others on the CGSS Board, serves on other Marquette committees working towards a more inclusive and just campus.
Director, Center for Intercultural Engagement
Eva Martinez Powless was born in Muzquiz Coahuila, Mexico and moved to the United States at the age of twelve. Eva was a first-generation student who attended middle and high school in Crystal City, Texas. Eva earned her Bachelor of Arts in Community Development & Leadership at Alverno College and Masters in Public Service and Leadership at Marquette University. She currently serves as the Director of Intercultural Engagement where she oversees student diversity and inclusion programming, LGBTQ Resource Center, and student support programs for underrepresented communities.
Prior to joining the Student Affairs team, Eva worked in Marquette’s Office of Admission for eight years in the role of Assistant Dean and Multicultural Community Outreach. Eva’s work in admissions focused on recruiting bright and talented Latinx students. She is very proud to have had the opportunity to create programs geared towards the Latinx community and students of color. Eva has served as the advisor for Marquette’s Latin American Student Association (LASO) since 2008. In this role, Eva continues to work with Latinx students in the area of recruitment and retention. Eva brings a community-based perspective by also having experience in leadership in the non-profit sector. She is passionate about social justice and understands how socioeconomic issues directly impact the higher education landscape. Eva’s work at La Causa Incorporated, a non-profit social services agency in Milwaukee, motivated her to pursue a career in higher education. Eva currently serves on eleven University committees/boards.
Klingler College of Arts and Sciences ‘09 Alumni, Executive Director of the Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce
Jason Rae is a Marquette University Arts & Sciences Alum from 2009. Jason currently serves as the executive director of the Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce, a statewide business organization that he founded in 2012. Jason also works as a senior associate as a Milwaukee-based public affairs firm. He previously served as the Vice Chair of the Marquette Gender and Sexuality Resource Center. Jason is active in LGBT causes locally and nationally. He lives in Milwaukee with his husband, Phillip.
Associate Dean for Faculty, Klingler College of Arts and Sciences
I have been at Marquette since 1995 after studying at the University of South Carolina (B.A. and M.A.) and Duke University (Ph.D.) I was Chair of the philosophy department from 2005-2013 and served on the University Academic Senate from 2005-2013. I'm also interested in Psychoanalytic theory and am in the Academic Candidate Program at the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute.
My areas of research are Late Medieval and Renaissance philosophy and the philosophical interpretation and understanding of popular culture. In the first area, I've published numerous articles on such thinkers as John Duns Scotus, Suárez, and Jacopo Zabarella (an Italian Renaissance philosopher). In the second area, I've edited Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Philosophy and co-edited (with Jacob Held), James Bond and Philosophy, (with Lynne Edwards and Elizabeth Rambo) Buffy Goes Dark: Essays on the Final Two Seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer on Television, and with Rod Carveth, Mad Men and Philosophy: Nothing Is as It Seems, and (with Jacob Held) Philosophy and Terry Pratchett. I've also published essays on comic books, the films of Woody Allen, the Beatles, and Veronica Mars.
My interests in gender and sexuality are tied to their portrayal in popular culture, but also more deeply I am interested in theorizing them from within both philosophy and from a psychoanalytic development perspective.
Executive Director for Institutional Diversity and Inclusion
William Welburn is executive director for Institutional Diversity and Inclusion at Marquette University. As executive director, Dr. Welburn is responsible for leadership in setting a strategic direction on equity, diversity and inclusion at the university by working with faculty on hiring and retention, consulting with academic and student services and with individual colleges on student diversity issues, and on facilitating communication between academic units on best practices in building an inclusive community. Presently, Dr. Welburn is leading efforts to complete a campus-wide diversity plan, which is intended to set strategic directions on diversity and inclusion across major academic and administrative units. He also chairs an initiative to assess campus climate for students and employees and manages an excellence in diversity grant program for the Office of the Provost.