Administrative Team

Administrative Team

The WGS program has several “in-house” staff and employees, including two tenure-track professors, a senior lecturer, a program administrator and a full-time director, usually “borrowed” from another department for a period of 3-5 years. Along with the graduate director and undergraduate director (when the people in these positions are not already “in-house”), these WGS people make up the administrative team, and meet once or twice a month to deal with administrative decisions.

RifkinMark Rifkin


Department of English
Ph.D University of Pennsylvania

Mark Rifkin is Professor of English and Women's and Gender Studies. He received his PhD from the English Department at the University of Pennsylvania in 2003. He is the author of five books: Manifesting America: The Imperial Construction of U.S. National Space; When Did Indians Become Straight?: Kinship, the History of Sexuality, and Native Sovereignty (winner of the 2012 John Hope Franklin prize for best book in American Studies); The Erotics of Sovereignty: Queer Native Writing in the Era of Self-Determination; Settler Common Sense: Queerness and Everyday Colonialism in the American Renaissance; and, most recently, Beyond Settler Time: Temporal Sovereignty and Indigenous Self-Determination. He also co-edited "Sexuality, Nationality, Indigeneity," a special double-issue of the journal GLQ (winner of the 2010 prize for best special issue from the Council of Editors of Learned Journals), and he has served as president of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association. Currently, he is working on a monograph on Afrofuturist fiction called Fictions of Land and Flesh: Blackness, Indigeneity, Speculation.

keathley-elizabethElizabeth L. Keathley

Director of Graduate Studies
Associate Professor

School of Music

Ph.D SUNY Stony Brook

Elizabeth L. Keathley, Associate Professor of Historical Musicology and Women's and Gender Studies, is a native of California and earned her MA and PhD in Music, as well as an Advanced Certificate in Women's Studies, from Stony Brook University in New York. Her dissertation addressed Arnold Schoenberg's short opera Erwartung (Expectation), composed in 1909 on a libretto by Dr. Marie Pappenheim. Professor Keathley teaches courses in the History of Western Music, Music after 1900, Opera, and World Music for both music majors and non-majors, and freshman seminars in fine arts for Honors students, including Music and Society. She also teaches graduate seminars in the musical cultures of fin-de-siècle Vienna and Paris, and of Spain and Latin America, as well as in music, gender, and sexuality. She is a Faculty Fellow of the Lloyd International Honors College and has earned the UNCG Alumni Teaching Excellence Award. Keathley happily serves on the graduate committees of several bright and industrious graduate students; her students have earned distinctions for their scholarly accomplishments, including awards, scholarships, and publications.

Bouchard-Danielle Bouchard

Director of Undergraduate Studies
Associate Professor

Women's and Gender Studies
Ph.D University of Minnesota

Danielle Bouchard earned her Ph.D. in Feminist Studies from the University of Minnesota in 2006. Her research is located at the intersections of feminist theory, postcolonial philosophy, critical university studies, histories of US militarism and empire, and film studies and visual culture. Her first book, A Community of Disagreement: Feminism in the University, uses the philosophical concept of disagreement to question the common ways in which feminist scholars have narrated the history and place of feminism in the US university, particularly as that narration has often supported a suspicion toward and management of racial difference. She has also published in journals such as Genders, Culture, Theory and Critique, and Feminist Formations. Her current in-development monograph project tracks the afterlife of western colonial forms of visual knowledge, following the concept of ruination through its capricious and various manifestations—as radical obliteration, as absenting/disappearance, and as the spectacle of torture and killing—in order to critique the imagistic archive of destruction that is central to many humanitarian projects and discourses.

lisa levenstein headshot croppedLisa Levenstein

WGS Internship Coordinator (Starting Fall 2016)
Ph.D University of Wisconson - Madison

Lisa Levenstein is Associate Professor of History. She is the author of A Movement Without Marches: African American Women and the Politics of Poverty in Postwar Philadelphia (UNC Press, 2009), which was co-winner of the Kenneth Jackson Book Award from the Urban History Association and received an Honorable Mention for the Frederick Jackson Turner Award from the Organization of American Historians. Levenstein has published award-winning articles in Feminist Studies and the Journal of Women’s History and recently co-authored, “The Big Tent of U.S. Women’s and Gender History: A State of the Field,” Journal of American History (December 2012). She has received several grants to support her two current projects on the displaced homemakers campaign of the 1970s and the Beijing Women’s Conference of 1995.

yakariSheila Washington

WGS Administrative Coordinator (Starting Fall 2018)
Sheila C. Washington joined the Women's and Gender Studies family as the Program Administrator in August 2018. Prior to coming to UNC-Greensboro, Sheila had been working as the lead admin for the NC A&T State University Band Department, home of the Blue and Gold Marching Machine, for the last decade. She previously served as an Office Supervisor for many years in the Northern Adoption Resource Center of the New Jersey Division of Youth and Family Services. Sheila recently completed a BA in Liberal Studies at NC A&T SU, with a concentration in Women's Studies. She intends to apply for her MA degree in the Spring 2019 semester. Sheila enjoys singing, and is often found performing in various public and corporate venues around the City of Greensboro and beyond. She is very happy to have been selected as the new admin for WGS!
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