Meet the Faculty.


Meet the Faculty

Wendy Kolmar

Professor of English; Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies

Office:  Sitterly House 106 
Phone:  973-408-3632
Education:  A.B., Bryn Mawr College, 1972; Ph.D., Indiana University, 1992

Biography:  Wendy Kolmar is Professor of English and of  Women’s and Gender Studies. She teaches courses on feminist theory and the history of feminist thought, Victorian literature, women and literature, gothic and supernatural literature, film and literary criticism. She serves regularly as a consultant and reviewer for women’s and gender studies programs around the country and also served for many years on various governing bodies of the National Women’s Studies Association.  Her publications include Haunting the House of Fiction: Feminist Perspectives on Ghost Stories by American Women (with Lynette Carpenter ‑‑ 1991); Creating an Inclusive College Curriculum: A Teaching Source Book from the New Jersey Project (edited with Ellen G. Friedman, Charley B. Flint, and Paula Rothenberg — 1996); A Selected Annotated Bibliography of Ghost Stories by British and American Women Writers (with Lynette Carpenter –1998); Feminist Theory: A Reader ( with Fran Batkowski, now in its fourth edition.) and a special issue of Women’s Studies Quarterly, entitled Looking Across the Lens: Women’s  Studies and Film.

Carolina Arango-Vargas

Visiting Assistant Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies

Office:  Faulkner House, 7
Phone: 973-408-3340
Education:  B.A. National University of Colombia, 2004; M.A. Syracuse University 2011; Ph.D. Syracuse University, 2018

Biography: Carolina is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Drew University and she teaches in Women’s and Gender Studies and Anthropology.  She is interested in transnational, women of color, and global south feminisms, particularly in Latin America. She has conducted ethnographic research with organizations of the Colombian Women’s Movement and with rural communities impacted by the armed conflict. Carolina aims to better understand the processes of collaboration between feminist NGOs and grassroots organizations, including the feminist discourse that activists use to transform the lives of working class and rural women victims of political violence. Building on methods and theories of political and feminist anthropology, she examines these processes against the larger histories of colonialism, the ideologies of race, class, and gender, and the legacy of various Latin American social movements on contemporary feminist activism. Drawing on postcolonial and decolonial approaches, she explores hidden forms of political agency and resistance.

In connection to grassroots women’s organizing, she is interested in a number of related themes including justice, peace, and reparation, trauma and memory, rural development, ecofeminism, and the politics of gossip. Overall, through her teaching and research she seeks to highlight the possibilities of popular feminisms and other bottom-up approaches to social justice in the Global South.

Debra Liebowitz

Provost & Dean of the College of Liberal Arts & the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies | Professor, Women and Gender Studies; Political Science & International Relations

Office: Brothers College 104A

Phone: (973) 408-3139


Education: B.A. University of Oregon, 1988; M.A. Rutgers University, 1996; Ph.D. Rutgers University, 2000

Biography: Debra J. Liebowitz is a Professor of International Relations and Women’s & Gender Studies, and the Associate Dean for Curriculum and Faculty Development, in the College of Liberal Arts at Drew University (Madison, NJ). Her work focuses on gender, political organizing, global governance and the United Nations’ human rights system. Her most recent scholarship includes, “Due Diligence and Gender Violence: Parsing its Power and its Perils” in the Cornell International Law Journal 48:2 (2015) (with Julie Goldscheid); “Gender Equality Oversimplified: Using CEDAW to Counter the Measurement Obsession” in the International Studies Review, (December 2014 with Susanne Zwingel); “Comprehension Obscured: Feminist Ideas and Policy Directives,” in Politics & Gender (2013)

She has worked for the past twenty years doing gender and human rights related-training and research at the United Nations. In this capacity she has trained women’s rights activists from more than 60 countries on how to use the UN’s human rights system to advocate for political change at home. She has worked closely with IWRAW Asia Pacific, a Malaysia-based international women’s rights NGO, and is a member of their International Program Management Team. She is currently on the advisory board for Association for Women’s Rights and Development’s (AWID) Fund.

 Affiliated Faculty

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Di Bai Chinese x3427
Frances Bernstein History x3542
Marc Boglioli Anthropology x3363
Lisa Brenner Theatre Arts x3998
Jill Cermele Psychology x3849
Jim Hala English x3297
Summer Harrison English/Environmental Studies x3217
Shakti Jaising English x3915
Melanie Johnson-DeBaufre Theological x3823
Rita Keane Art History x3331
Catherine Keller Theological x3268
Caitlin Killian Sociology x3183
Peggy Kuntz Art History x3796
Jinee Lokaneeta Political Science x3430
Rosemary McLaughlin Theatre Arts x3249
Kesha Moore Sociology x3170
Jennifer Olmsted Economics x3417
Karen Pechilis Religious Studies x3124
Marie-Pascale Pieretti French x3506
Kim Rhodes Art History x3757
Raul Rosales Spanish x3751
Susan Rosenbloom Sociology x3335
Maliha Safri Economics x3202
Leslie Sprout Music x3950
Sharon Sundue History x3171
Jesse Todd Theological x3847
Traci West Theological x3082