The residency program started in 1999 as an opportunity for members of the women’s
studies community to learn from and interact with visiting scholars and activists.
This program was initiated through the generosity of Suzanne Temple and more recently
Carrie Koeturius, who support the residency in honor of Dr. Judith Stitzel, founding
director of women’s studies at WVU.
Bunch is the founding Director and Senior Scholar of the Center for Women's Global
Leadership, Rutgers University. For over four decades, she has been an activist,
writer and organizer in the feminist and human rights movements. Bunch was central
to feminist organizing around the UN World Conferences on Women (1980-95) and to
numerous civil society efforts at the UN, and helped to create UN Women in 2010.
For her contributions to women's human rights, she was inducted into the National
Women's Hall of Fame, was granted the Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Human Rights
by President Bill Clinton, and selected as the “1000 Women Peace Makers” nominated
for the Nobel Peace Prize. Professor Bunch's scholarship focuses on the application
of feminist theory to public policy questions at the global level with an emphasis
on violence against women and international development.
Fourteenth: Hadley Z. Renkin
April 7-10, 2015
Hadley Z. Renkin received his PhD in Anthropology from the University of Michigan;
also has an MA in Gender Studies from CEU. His work centers on postsocialist East
European sexual politics and sexuality’s implications for changing conceptions
of citizenship. He is particularly interested in the regional rise of public
homophobia, and its role in reemerging European neo-Orientalist moral geographies.
His new research focuses on how the relationships between early ethnography,
evolutionary theory, and sexology have shaped modern categories of identity and
citizenship. He has published on postsocialist homophobia and Hungarian LGBT
history-making, and is revising the manuscript for a book, “Gay, Hungarian, Human’:
Space, Time, and Sexual Citizenship in Postsocialist Hungary,” an ethnographic
study of the emergence of Hungary’s LGBT movement, how it has used national and
transnational temporalities and geographies to assert multiple forms of belonging,
and the resistance its claims have faced.
His public lecture on Wednesday, April 8th at 7 pm in G09 White Hall was entitled
Only Not Here...Only Not Now
: Heteronational Panic in Postsocialist Eastern Europe.
February 10-15, 2013
Dr. Hale is Professor Emerita of Anthropology and Gender Studies at the University
of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She earned her Ph.D. in Anthropology,
M.A. in African Studies, and B.A. in English Literature from UCLA, where she
has taught since 1986. In addition, she taught at the University of Khartoum
in Sudan, California Institute of the Arts, and at California State Universities,
Long Beach and Northridge. She is co-Director of the UCLA Center for Near Eastern
Studies and is past co-Editor of the Journal of Middle East Women's Studies.
Dr. Hale is also celebrated for her diligent efforts and work as an activist in
anti-war movements, labor union organizing, academic freedom campaigns, and feminist
movements - both at home and abroad. As an activist scholar,
she values her involvement on the various campuses where she has taught, including
in the classroom where she is known to introduce new and controversial ideas.
Dr. Hale has published two books, including Gender Politics in Sudan: Islamism,
Socialism, and the State (1996) which was translated into Arabic in 2011. She
has published nearly 100 articles and book chapters, and delivered dozens of
papers and lectures on a range of topics from gendered war, conflict and genocide,
the politics of memory, social movements, international gender studies, gender
and citizenship, diaspora studies, cultural studies, and academic freedom. Her
regional interests are in the Middle East and Africa, focusing mainly on Sudan
She gave a free public lecture on Tuesday, February 12 at 7 p.m. in G20
Ming Hsieh, entitled
Women in Conflict Zones: The Politics of Memory in Sudan & Eritrea.
The lecture examined the role of memory and gender in the conflict zones
of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).
Twelfth: Anna Clark
February 12-15, 2012
Dr. Clark studied history and literature as an undergraduate at Harvard. She
received an M.A. with Distinction in 1982 from the University of Essex in social
history; in 1987 she went on to receive her Ph.D. in Modern European History
from Rutgers University.
Dr. Clark is currently a history professor at the University of Minnesota. Her
specialties include women’s history, the history of sexuality and Irish, British
and European history. Her current project explores issues relating to engendering
the state and criminal law in 19th century British Imperial history.
In 2002, Dr. Clark served as the Interim Director of the Center for Advanced
Feminist Studies and as the Samuel Russell Chair in the Humanities from 2005-2011
at the University of Minnesota.
A variety of Dr. Clark’s work has been published in many journals including:
“Anne Lister’s Construction of Lesbian Identity” in the
Journal of the History of Sexuality
and “Wild Workhouse Girls in 19th Century Ireland” in the
Journal of Social History
. Using that experience, she worked as the editor of the
Journal of British Studies
from 2005-2010. Dr. Clark has also authored four books:
Desire: A History of European Sexuality, Scandal: The Sexual Politics of the
The Struggle for the Breeches: Gender and the Making of the British Working
Women’s Silence, Men’s Violence: Sexual Assault in England 1770-1845
. Since 1983, Dr. Clark has participated in many invited lectures and seminars
traveling the globe and covering a range of topics such as, “Can History
be political?” “The Sexual Crisis of Early Nineteenth Century Britain” and
“Women and the Public Sphere.”
Dr. Clark gave a public lecture on Monday, February 13 at 7pm in the Blue
Ballroom of the Mountainlair. titled,
Desire and Dissidence in the Victorian Parlor
. The conventional Victorian parlor could be a stifling place, repressing individuality
and forcing people to conform to conventions of marriage they found too confining.
This lecture explored some alternatives to conventional Victorian
marriages and households by radicals who discussed new ways of living and
loving, such as polygamy and communes.
Dr. Lise Eliot
February 14-17, 2011
Dr. Eliot, Associate Professor in the Department of Neuroscience at the Chicago
Medical School, received her PhD in Physiology and Cellular Biophysics from
Columbia University in 1991. From 1991 to 1994, she trained as a Postdoctoral
Fellow at Baylor College of Medicine, working on the mechanisms of calcium influx
in hippocampal neurons. She started working at the Chicago Medical School in
1998 where she directs the Interdepartmental PhD Program in Neuroscience.
Dr. Eliot’s research bridges the social and physical sciences in her ground breaking
work on gender stereotypes and the brain. She analyzes the differences in boys
and girls, arguing that infant brains develop in what begin as small differences
at birth and become augmented over time, as parents and teachers, and society
as a whole, reinforce gender stereotypes. By realizing how sex differences emerge,
Eliot provides parents and teachers ways to help close the gaps between girls
Her publications include more that 50 works on topics in neuroscience, biophysics,
and biomedical research ethics. Eliot’s first book on gender differences and
the brain was What’s Going on in There? How the Brain and Mind Develop in the
First Five Years of Life (Bantam, 2000). Her newest book is Pink Brain, Blue
Brain: How Small Difference Grow into Troublesome Gaps and What We Can Do About
It (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009).
The visit by Dr. Eliot was co-sponsored with the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, WVU
ADVANCE Center, WVU Center for Neuroscience, WVU Department
of Psychology, WVU National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health
and the WVU Division of Sociology and Anthropology, and included
classroom visits, informal meetings with faculty and students. She gave a public
Pink Brain, Blue Brain: Truth and Fiction about Sex Differences
on Wednesday, February 16.
Tenth: Dr. Susan Shaw
November 11-13, 2008
Susan M. Shaw, a leading activist and scholar, talked about the experiences of
women in the music industry as part of her residency
Dr. Shaw’s keynote address, “Girls with Guitars: Women, Feminism, and Rock and
Roll,” on November 13th nearly filled Eiesland auditorium and elicited lively
questions from an enthusiastic audience who enjoyed hearing her account of women’s
experiences becoming rock musicians despite a broad range of cultural constraints.
Susan M. Shaw is co-author of Girls Rock! Fifty Years of Women Making Music,
chosen by The Amelia Bloomer Project committee for their 2005 list of recommended
feminist books for young readers.
Director of Women Studies and of the Difference, Power, and Discrimination Program
at Oregon State University, Dr. Shaw has a strong record of publications in the
field of Women’s Studies. She is most familiar to WVU students and
alums as the co-author of the introductory book for women’s studies courses,
Women’s Voices, Feminist Visions: Classic and Contemporary Readings. Her research
interests include gender and religion, feminist pedagogies, and women in popular
culture. She received her Ph.D. from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
in Louisville, Kentucky, and her research on the role of women in the Southern
Baptist church appears in her most recent book, God Speaks to Us, Too: Southern
Baptist Women on Church, Home, and Society. She is also the author of Storytelling
in Religious Education and co-author of the Teaching for Tolerance resource,
Writing for Change: Raising Awareness of Difference, Power, and Discrimination.
Her current project, Women Worldwide: Feminist Perspectives on Global Women’s
Issues, is being developed at the request of McGraw-Hill.
For more details of the residency, see the Fall 2008 Newsletter
Ninth: Dr. Patricia Galloway
April 1 to 4, 2008
Dr. Patricia Galloway is chief executive officer and chief financial officer
for The Nielsen-Wurster Group, Inc., specialists in management consulting,
risk management, and dispute resolution. Dr. Galloway was the first woman to
serve as national president of the American Society of Civil Engineers (2003-2004)
and is currently a member of the National Science Board.
Challenges continue to face women seeking leadership positions in professions
dominated by men. However, these challenges can be overcome through the 3 Cs
of Success - Communication, Confidence, and Commitment. Dr. Patricia Galloway was
on campus from and shared her insights as to how the 3 Cs of success
led her to become the first woman president of a male dominated professional
organization as well as serving as president and CEO of an international corporation
with students and faculty. She gave a public lecture on April 1.
Eighth: Dr. Katrina Poe
November 6-7, 2006
Winner of the 2005 Country Doctor of the Year Award (awarded for exemplary primary
care to a community with a population of 20,000 or fewer), Dr. Poe is the only
doctor for her home town of Kilmichael, Mississippi, which has a population
of about 800 people. The youngest recipient in the award’s 11-year history,
she was selected from nearly 400 candidates. The
Mississippi Business Journalalso has honored her as one of the Mississippi
50 Leading Business Women of the Year for 2006.
Poe returned to Kilmichael in 2001 after completing her medical training at the
University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. Her return came
at a critical time; Kilmichael’s previous physician of more than forty years
retired one month later. Had Poe not returned, the hospital in Kilmichael
would likely have closed.
Poe opened a clinic, where she sees 250 to 300 patients per week. In
addition to her primary care work, Dr. Poe directs the local nursing home,
gives youth psychiatric care, and is the doctor for the high school athletic
After meeting with students and faculty from healthcare, the sciences, and other
fields on Monday, Dr. Poe presented a public lecture, Issues in Rural Health
on Tuesday, November 7th at 7:00 p.m. in the Hostler Auditorium of the Robert
C. Byrd Health Sciences Center.
Seventh: Dr. Debra Rolison
January 23-24, 2006
Dr. Debra Rolison is a research chemist and head of the Naval Research Laboratory’s
Advanced Electrochemical Materials section. Dr. Rolison also writes and lectures
widely on issues affecting women in science. Her public lecture was on
A Path Forward: Title IX as a Change Strategy for Science and Engineering.
Dr. Rolison is a proponent of the use of Title IX as a strategy to address the
disproportionately low retention of female Ph.D. graduates as faculty members
in science, technology, engineering and mathematics departments. Although more
women are completing their Ph.D.s in the sciences, the fraction of women on
the tenure-track faculty at top universities lags far behind. “So we’ve created
this wealth of talented women in science and engineering in our country, in
Canada and Europe,” Dr. Rolison noted. “And these women are frequently the
best in their graduating class. They do outstanding research. And then it’s
as if they’ve fallen off the face of the earth.” Rolison’s ideas with respect
to using Title IX to evaluate academic science and engineering departments
led to a hearing on “Title IX and Science” before the U.S. Senate Subcommittee
on Science, Technology, and Space in 2002. “Why propose such a drastic course
of action as Title IX?” she asks. “Because it’s the LAW . . . and
because it works.”
Dr. Rolison received a B.S. in Chemistry from Florida Atlantic University in
1975 and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel
Hill in 1980 under the direction of Royce W. Murray. Rolison joined the Naval
Research Laboratory as a research chemist in 1980. She is also an Adjunct Full
Professor of Chemistry at the University of Utah. Her research at the NRL focuses
on multifunctional nanoarchitectures, with emphasis on new nanostructured materials
for catalytic chemistries, energy storage and conversion, biomolecular composites,
porous magnets, and sensors. She is the principal inventor of composite aerogels;
electrified microheterogeneous catalysis; a process to electrodesulfurize carbons
and coals under mild conditions; self-organized protein superstructures, and
3-D nanowired mesoporous architectures. Dr. Rolison is a prolific writer and
speaker in her field and has been awarded 13 U.S. patents (with 5 pending)
She lectures on the impact of nano(bio)technology on society and the ethical
obligations of scientists who perform research in nanoscale science and technology.
Sixth: Libby Larsen
October 11-14, 2004
Composition is an art form fraught with practices and traditions which challenge
the composer to seek the center of her true inner voice. Libby Larsen
explored the assumptions made about musical language and how a composer speaks
beyond them in her keynote address for the women's studies residency, “The
Artist’s Search for Voice: Synthetic Structure or Organic Utterance” on
Wednesday, October 13, 2004 at the
West Virginia University Creative Arts Center,
Lyell B Clay Concert Theatre
This lecture also opened the national conference on Women and Creativity
2004: Examining the Past/Composing the Future.
Libby Larsen is both a composer and an advocate for American music. She
has been vice president of the American Music Center, a director of the College
Music Society, a member of the National Endowment for the Arts music panel,
and Composer-in-Residence with the Colorado Symphony. She serves on
the boards of the American Symphony Orchestra League, Meet the Composer,
and the Camargo Foundation. In the last twenty years, Libby Larsen
has become one of America's most prolific and most performed living composers
who is constantly sought after for commissions and premieres by major artists,
ensembles, and orchestras around the world. She has created a catalogue of
over 200 works, spanning virtually every genre from intimate vocal and chamber
music to massive orchestral and choral scores. In April 2003, the Library
of Congress announced Libby Larsen's appointment as the first holder of the
Harissios Papamarkou Chair in Education and Technology in the John W. Kluge
Center. As holder of the Papamarkou Chair, she worked to connect music
education organizations with artists to plan new ways for arts educators
and world-class artist practitioners to work together. Above all,
Larsen's music and ideas have refreshed the concert music tradition and the
composer's role in it.
Dr. Elizabeth Miller
A medical anthropologist and family physician, Dr. Miller explored clinical
and cross-cultural perspectives on gender-based violence. She discussed her
research on HIV in Japan and the system of trafficking women into
Japan’s sex industry and on-going research on adolescent dating violence, as
well as her experiences of teaching medical students and residents about identifying
intimate partner violence in clinical settings. She examined contrasting frameworks
on the problem of gender-based violence to illustrate the unintended consequences
and limitations of biomedical and cultural approaches.
Her public lecture on October 15 in the Health Sciences Auditorium was titled
Gender Based Violence: Cultural, Political and Clinical Considerations.
November 11-15, 2002
Yvette Roudy is an exemplary self-made woman whose political career began
with her activity in favor of women’s rights when she was a journalist. After
being a member of Comité Directeur of the Socialist Party, she became National
Secretary for Action Féminine in 1977 and was subsequently elected to the European
Parliament in 1979. She has held several elected posts in France since then. As
Minister for Women’s Rights, from 1981 to 1986, she fought for the adoption
of laws aimed at empowering women in French politics. She succeeded in
having six crucial laws adopted, including a law granting reimbursements for
abortion-related medical costs in 1982 and a law institutionalizing equality
between the sexes in the workplace in 1983.She has also been instrumental in
adapting bioethics legislation and has written several books on the place of
women in French history and society.
She gave a public lecture on the evening of November 13 titled
Women's Rights, Parity, and Perspectives on the Political Situation in France.
Third: Marilou Awiakta
October 15-17, 2001
Marilou Awiakta (she prefers to be known just as Awiakta) is an Appalachian/Cherokee
writer who resides in Memphis, Tennessee. She was on campus for the Eastern
Woodland Indians conference held October 12-14, 2001, prior to the residency.
Her public lecture on October 16th in the evening was titled
“Selu in Cyberspace: Balancing the Webs”
Because Awiakta grew up in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, she is very interested in
the blending of nuclear science with Cherokee traditions. Awiakta, a breast
cancer survivor, is also very interested in ways to blend spiritual healing
and high tech medical practices. Awiakta is the author of Abiding Appalachia:
Where Mountain and Atom Meet; Rising Fawn and the Fire Mystery: A Story of
Heritage, Family and Courage, 1833 (a book for children), and Selu: Seeking
the Corn-Mother’s Wisdom. Alice Walker has described Selu as “A book
so wise and true it might have been written by Selu herself. And perhaps
it was.” Gloria Steinem says that “Marilou Awiakta is one of the rare writers
whose words help readers see the world in a different way. Her weaving of
essays, stories, and poems in Selu: Seeking the Corn-Mother’s Wisdom creates
the sense of an ancient knowledge being brought to bear on modern problems.” Her
work has also appeared in Alice Walker’s In Search of Our Mother’s Gardens
and in Steinem’s Revolution from Within. Awiakta has been featured in three PBS programs:
Natchez Trace: Pathway to Parkway; Voices of Memory: The Oral Tradition;
and Telling Tales. Her work has been translated into French and published
as Poesie Premiere. She received the Outstanding Contribution to Appalachian
Literature Award in 1991. She has also been active in social and environmental
issues, including the problem of nuclear waste disposal. Thanks to Ellesa
High, chair of the Native American Studies Program, for suggesting Awiakta
as a resident as a way to promote Native American Studies and Women’s Studies
Second: Dr. Cindi Katz
October 17-21, 2000
Dr. Katz received her A.B. (1975), M.A. (1979), and Ph.D. (1986), all in geography,
from Clark University. She is presently the deputy executive officer of the
psychology program of the Graduate School and University Center of the City
University of New York, and she has taught in this program since 1987. She
was associate director of the Center for Human Environments of the Graduate
School and University Center of CUNY (1987-94) and co-directed the
Children’s Environments Research Group of the GSUC of CUNY (1987-93).
In 1993, she was the visiting Eliel Saarinen Professor of Urban and Regional
Planning at Helsinki University of Technology and a visiting lecturer
at Khartoum University (Sudan) in 1979.
Her books include: Full Circles: Geographies of Women Over the Life Course
(London and New York: Routledge, 1993, co-edited by Janice Monk); Disintegrating
Developments: Global Economic Restructuring and the Struggle over Social
Reproduction (forthcoming from University of Minnesota Press), and Fieldwork
(forthcoming from Routledge, Frontiers series, co-edited by Derek Gregory
and Linda McDowell).
She gave a public lecture on October 19 entitled
Topographies of Global Change:
Reworking the Contours of Everyday Life.
First: Dr. Ruthann Robson
November 1-5, 1999
Professor Ruthann Robson, a novelist, poet and legal scholar, presented
a lecture at the West Virginia University National Research Center for Coal
and Energy Building, on Wednesday, November 3 on the Evansdale campus. Her
appearances were part of the WVU Center for Women’s Studies first
Women’s Studies Residency in Honor of Judith Gold Stitzel. The week-long
visit is an opportunity for students to learn more than they would from a one-time
lecturer. Robson will be visiting literature, creative writing,
foreign language and women’s studies classes across campus throughout the week.
The Center for Women’s Studies was drawn to Robson because of her experience
dealing with issues concerning law and gender. Robson is considered one
of the nation’s foremost Supreme Court scholars and the leading authority on
lesbians and the law. She is a professor at City University of New York Law
School, specializing in constitutional law, feminist legal theory and law and
sexuality. Robson is also the recipient of the 1990 Ferro-Grumley Foundation
Award for her collection of stories, “Eye of a Hurricane.” The award is given
for an outstanding work of fiction on lesbian life. Robson’s nonfiction
works include “Lesbian (Out) Law,” the first book on lesbian legal theory,
as well as “Gay Men, Lesbians and the Law” and “Sappho Goes to Law School.”