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Faculty and Staff

Core Faculty in Cultural Studies

Jaafar Aksikas

Associate Professor of Cultural Studies 
BA (with highest honors), English, Chouaib Doukkali University; MA, Humanities and Comparative Cultural Studies, Al Akhawayn University; PhD, Cultural Studies, George Mason University

Sean Johnson Andrews
Assistant Professor of Cultural Studies
BA, Communication, Southwestern University; MA, English Literature, George Mason University; PhD, Cultural Studies, George Mason University

Steven Corey
Chair, Department of Humanities, History, and Social Sciences
BA, History and MA, Political Science, University of Rhode Island; PhD, History, New York University


Carmelo Esterrich
Associate Professor of Spanish, Humanities, and Cultural Studies
BA, Film Studies, Pennsylvania State University; MA, Spanish, Pennsylvania State University; PhD, Spanish, University of Wisconsin, Madison


Ann Hetzel Gunkel
Associate Professor of Cultural Studies and Humanities
BA (cum laude), Philosophy, Foreign Languages and Literature, Marquette University; MA with Distinction, Philosophy, Loyola University Chicago; PhD, Philosophy, DePaul University


Ames Hawkins
Associate Professor of English
BA, American Culture, University of Michigan; MA, Popular Culture, Bowling Green State University; PhD, Composition and Rhetoric, Wayne State University


Douglas Reichert Powell
Associate Professor of English
BA, English, Washington and Lee University; MA, English, East Tennessee University; PhD, English, Northeastern University


Robert Watkins
Associate Professor of Political Science and Cultural Studies
BA, Political Science, Johns Hopkins University; MA and PhD, Political Science, University of Pennsylvania


Michelle Yates
Assistant Professor in Cultural Studies
BA (with honors), Women's Studies, Pennsylvania State University; PhD, Cultural Studies, University of California - Davis


Affiliate Faculty in Cultural Studies

Madhurima Chakraborty
Assistant Professor
BA, French, New College of Florida; Graduate Certificate, Feminist Studies, Duke University; MA, Romance Studies (French), Duke University; PhD, Romance Studies (French), Duke University


Brendan Riley
Assistant Professor of English
BA, English, St. John's University; MA, English, University of Florida; PhD, English, University of Florida


Adjunct Faculty in Cultural Studies

Janina Ciezadlo 
Terri Griffith
Nicole Garneau
Evin Rodkey
Phil Scepanski



Christie Dal Corobbo
Academic Administrator
Cultural Studies and Minors Programs