Gender and Sexualities Studies staff

Dr. Angelique HarrisAngelique Harris, Ph.D.


Dr. Angelique Harris (pronouns: she/her/hers) 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.


Laurie Marks, PhD

Adjunct Instructor

Dr. Marks (pronouns: she, her, hers) serves as an adjunct Instructor in the College of Arts and Sciences in both Peace Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies. Dr. Marks teaches a capstone course in both departments, which allows students to apply theories and concepts learned in the classroom, to real-world settings in the non-profit and governmental sectors through an internship. Dr. Marks is a lifelong resident of Milwaukee, and has an M.Ed. from Marquette University and a Ph.D. in Urban Education from UW-Milwaukee. She has spent nearly 20 years working with Milwaukee’s non-profit community. Her academic and issue interests range from the impact of experiential learning on one’s civic and professional identity, to how to build social capital amongst LGBT people who are also parents.


Anastasia Bicolli

Research Assistant

(pronouns: she, her, hers)

Anastasia Bicolli is a current freshman here at Marquette University studying finance and political science, and she is beyond excited to take part in learning and sharing more about the community within and surrounding this campus in the urban city that is Milwaukee. Her particular interests include observing the interactions and exchanges between social classes,and theideologiesthat make up these groups. She strongly believe it's everyone's imperative to learn about the conditions and history that make up individuals and the collective, to not only gain a greater awareness, but to also act upon what is learned in order to make a community that is fairer and more accepting towards one another and to themselves. She is looking forward to joining this Center and being of aid in the continual process towards integration and equality.


Ivan Ruvalcaba

Graduate Assistant

(pronouns: he, him, his)

Ivan is pursuing his M.S. of Clinical Mental Health Counseling candidate at Marquette. As an undergraduate student, he studied Psychology at Marquette University. Born in Mexico but have called Milwaukee home since 2005.


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Dr. Angelique (Angie) Harris
Director and Associate Professor of Social and Cultural Sciences
Lalumiere Hall, Room 355
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