Liera-SchwichtenbergDr. Ramona Liera-Schwichtenberg

Dr. Ramona Liera-Schwichtenberg is Associate Professor of Women's Studies.

She has a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa in Communication Studies, and has taught at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and the University of Georgia. She has published widely in the areas of post modern theory, cultural criticism and media (film/TV). She teaches The American Woman in Popular Culture, Latinas in Culture and Society, Theories of Feminism, and various film topics classes. She is working on a book on fashion and representation. She is active in Communication Studies on the national level and in the Latina community.




GordonDr. Deborah Gordon

Dr. Deborah A. Gordon is Chair and Associate Professor of Women's Studies. She received her Ph.D. in the History of Consciousness with an emphasis in Feminist Theory from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She has published widely on issues in feminism and the anthropological practices of ethnography and fieldwork. Her research now concerns feminism and nationalism in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.  She teaches courses that describe and critically analyze epistemological troubles, whether those of US views of the Middle East and Palestinians, nationalism, gender and women’s actions, gender, race and scientific as well as formal knowledge, or dominant feminist concepts of women and gender.




 OkaforDr. Chinyere Grace Okafor

Dr. Chinyere Grace Okafor, poet, playwright and fiction writer, is a Full Professor of Literature and Women's' Studies, Wichita State University, Kansas. She has taught at the University of Southern Maine, Portland, ME, Montgomery College, Rockville, MD, University of Benin, Benin-City (Nigeria), and the University of Swaziland among other places. Her areas are transnational feminisms, African literature and diversity education. She has taught literature, diversity and women's studies courses.
She is the Vice President of the Association of African Women Scholars (AAWS), http://www.africanwomenstudies.org/aawsexec.html.html Board Member of Women In Need (WINI), and Member of Global Learning Center. She has authored academic and creative works and has won awards for creative writing, research, and teaching. Her research is interdisciplinary involving gender, African mask performance and literature. For CV and more information, see: http://www.chiwrite.com/,  http://webs.wichita.edu/?u=chinyere&p=/index


 Doris ChangDr. Doris Chang

Dr. Doris Chang is Associate Professor of Women's Studies at Wichita State University. She received her Ph.D. in women's history and East Asian history from the Ohio State University in 2002. Her areas of expertise include Chinese intellectual history, Taiwan studies, cross-cultural feminism,  and the comparative history of women's movements in the Asian-Pacific Region and the United States. In 2009, Dr. Chang's book titled Women's Movements in Twentieth-Century Taiwan, was published by the University of Illinois Press. She presents paper regularly in national and international conferences and is the author of several refereed articles. The courses Dr. Chang offers include Theories of Feminism; Asian Women in Modern History; Women in Ethnic America; Women in World Religions; Women in Society: Social Issues; and Global Issues. To find out more about Dr. Chang’s research and publications, see her curriculum vitae.



Religion Faculty

LasineStuart Lasine

Stuart Lasine is Professor of Religion in the Ransom-Butler Department of Religion at WSU. Dr. Lasine joined the WSU Religion Department in 1984. He had previously taught biblical studies, comparative literature, classics, and interdisciplinary humanities at The Ohio State University, Western Washington University, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and The University of Michigan. From 1996-1999 Dr. Lasine served as Graduate Coordinator for the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program here at WSU. Dr. Lasine is the author of forty articles on biblical studies and comparative literature, as well as two books (Knowing Kings: Knowledge, Power, and Narcissism in the Hebrew Bible [SBL Press, 2001] and Weighing Hearts: Character, Judgment, and the Ethics of Reading the Bible [Continuum, 2012]). In addition to making scholarly presentations throughout the United States and Europe, he has appeared on the A&E Network and the History Channel, in Biography and Mysteries of the Bible. He is currently working on the roles of divine jealousy, wrath and holiness in ancient Israelite and Greek religion.

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BergenWes Bergen

Wes Bergen is Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Religion. He holds a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies from the University of Toronto. His dissertation, Elisha and the End of Prophetism, was published by Sheffield Academic Press. He has also published articles on women and the Bible, literary theory, and ritual in the Bible. He is currently writing a book on ritual in Leviticus. Wes teaches New Testament- both introduction classes and classes on Jesus. He is also a pastor at New Creation Fellowship in Newton, KS.

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