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Susan BraggDr. Susan Bragg, Director of Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies
Associate Professor of History
Business and History Building, Room 313
Phone: 229-931-2175
Email: susan.bragg@gsw.edu

In both her teaching and research, Dr. Susan Bragg focuses on the politics of family values. Her published essays have explored African American women's experiences in the 19th c. West while her University of Washington dissertation traced how ideas of gender and family shaped early 20th c. NAACP activism.  Dr. Bragg's courses on US women's history, African American history, American popular culture, the history of childhood, and the history of sexuality all seek to broaden our conversation about diversity and autonomy in American life. The WGSS program offers an opportunity to bring these ideas to the present. Students interested or already enrolled in the WGSS certificate program are encouraged to communicate with Dr. Bragg for any advising needs. 

Genie BryanDr. Genie Bryan
Professor of English
218 English Building
Phone: 229-931-6984
Email: Eugenia.Bryan@gsw.edu

Dr. Genie Bryan found herself studying feminist theory because of her mother. In a conversation about women and their houses, her mother said, “Genie, don’t you see what these women are doing? They are gilding their own cages.” As usual, her mother was right and a dissertation was born (The Woman-Built House: The Fiction of Eudora Welty, Shirley Ann Grau and Carol Dawson) which looked into women’s relationship with spaces (architectural, verbal and physical). Dr. Bryan also studies the Gothic, vampires, British literature, and early American literature. She believes you can be a feminist while wearing copious amounts of lipstick (or not), pursuing a career (or not), choosing to be a stay at home mother, marrying a wonderful man (as long as he’s a feminist too) and enjoying things that sparkle. You can also be an academic feminist even if you love the men of the traditional canon—she’s been carrying on with Nathaniel Hawthorne since graduate school. She received her BA and MA from the University of Mississippi and her PhD from the University of Louisiana.

 

Debaleena GhoshDr. Debaleena Ghosh
Assistant Professor, Sociology
HHS-2, Room 214
Phone: (229) 931-2295
E-mail: debaleena.ghosh@gsw.edu
Website: debaleenaghosh(Wix)

Dr. Debaleena Ghosh’s areas of expertise broadly entail the sociology of gender, race/ethnicity, work, occupations and organizations, immigration, culture, social inequalities, intersectionality, and qualitative methods. Driven by her own experiences in the classroom, in her doctoral dissertation, she explored how gender, race, national origin, ethnic culture, and foreign-born status intersect to determine the social and professional standing of immigrant (i.e. foreign-born) faculty in the U.S. academy. Her other research projects explore racial competition and antagonism surrounding immigration to the U.S., the ‘fitting in’ of immigrants in the American fabric via cultural processes, and Bollywood’s role in redefining Indian masculinity.

Dr. Ghosh earned her B.A. from St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata (Calcutta) and M.A. from the University of Calcutta—both degrees in Sociology. Subsequently, she earned her second M.A and Ph.D. in Sociology, and Graduate Certificate in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. Dr. Ghosh was born and raised in Kolkata—the “city of joy” that embodies rich history and culture and is home to the headquarters of the Missionaries of Charity, founded by Mother Teresa. She moved to the U.S. in 2011 for her graduate studies. Prior to that, she taught for 3 years at the undergraduate level in India.

 

 

Orton GrissettDr. Judy Orton Grissett
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Department of Psychology and Sociology
Phone: 229-931-4647
Email:judy.grissett@gsw.edu

As a researcher, Dr. Judy Orton Grissett focuses on environmental psychology and the scholarship of teaching and learning. Although her work does not focus on gender issues specifically, Dr. Orton Grissett is exploring ways in which these issues relate to her current research and teaching, such as through the lens of ecofeminism. Dr. Orton Grissett currently teaches courses in experimental psychology, introductory psychology, and health psychology.

Debbie PalmerDebbie Palmer, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychology
HHS-2 Room 229
Phone: 931-5138
debbie.palmer@gsw.edu

In her research, starting as an undergraduate, Dr. Palmer has explored parenting dynamics. As a graduate student and as a faculty member, Dr. Palmer has expanded her focus on family interactions between adolescents, young adults and their parents. These interactions have been within a variety of contexts, such as managing type 1 Diabetes and academic activities. Dr. Palmer teaches Introduction to Psychology, Human Growth and Development, Theories of Learning, and Principle of Behavior Modification.

Dr. Palmer earned her B.S. in Psychology at College of Charleston and then completed her M.A. in General Psychology (Experimental Psychology) from East Tennessee State University. She worked for 2 years as an Information Research Technician in the Department of Family Medicine within the James H. Quillen College of Medicine at East Tennessee State University. Next, she completed her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology at the University of Utah. Dr. Palmer was then a Professor within the Department of Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point for 16 years before joining the Department of Psychology and Sociology at GSW in 2019.

 

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