Department of Women's and Gender Studies

College of Arts and Humanities

734 Wayne Hall
West Chester University
West Chester, PA 19383
Department of Women's and Gender Studies
Dr. Ruchti, Chairperson

All graduate students are held to the academic policies and procedures outlined in the graduate catalog. Students are encouraged to review departmental handbooks for program tips, suggested course sequences, and explanations of procedures. When applicable, additional policies for specific department programs may be listed below.


Kevin B. Aptowicz (2005)

Chairperson, Physics and Engineering

B.S., Columbia University; M.S., University of Colorado; Ph.D., Yale University

Eleanor Brown (2005)

B.A., Haverford College; Ph.D., University of Delaware

Virginia M. Da Costa (1998)

B.A., State University of New York at Albany; M.A., California State University at Long Beach; Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara

Joy Fritschle (2007)

B.A., Humboldt State University; M.S., University of Memphis; Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison

Susan Gans (1997)

B.A., New York University; M.A., Ph.D., University of Chicago

Karin E. Gedge (1997)

B.A., Lake Forest College; M.A., State University of New York at Brockport; Ph.D., Yale University

Lauri Hyers (2004)

B.A., Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University

Jane E. Jeffrey (1991)

B.A., Memphis State; M.A., Ph.D., University of Iowa

Lisa A. Kirschenbaum (1996)

A.B., Brown University; M.A., Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

Rodney Mader (1999)

Chairperson, English

B.A., Ph.D., Temple University

Deborah Mahlstedt (1988)

B.S., State University of New York at Rockport; M.Ed., Ph.D., Temple University

Lisa Millhous (1999)

B.A., Macalester College; M.A., Ph.D., University of Minnesota

Cherise Pollard (1999)

B.A., Rutgers - The State University of New Jersey; M.A., Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh

Ruth Porritt (1991)

B.A., John Carroll University; Ph.D., Purdue University

Geetha Ramanathan (1987)

M.A., University of Bombay; A.M., University of Illinois; Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Frauke I. Schnell (1992)

Chairperson, Political Science

B.A., University of Tuebingen (Germany); M.A., Ph.D., State University of New York at Stony Brook

Eleanor F. Shevlin (2001)

Graduate Coordinator, English

A.B., Georgetown University; M.A., Ph.D., University of Maryland

Linda S. Stevenson (2002)

Assistant Chairperson, Political Science

B.A., College of Wooster; M.A., Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh

Maria Van Liew (1998)

B.A., Clark University; Ph.D., University of California, San Diego

Associate Professors

Page W. Buck (2008)

B.A., Middlebury College; M.S.S., Ph.D., Bryn Mawr College

Kristen B. Crossney (2008)

Director, D.P.A. Program

B.S., University of Maryland-Baltimore County; M.A., Temple University; Ph.D., Rutgers University

Martha Donkor (2014)

B.A., University of Cape Coast; M.A., University of Guelph; Ph.D., University of Toronto

Jacqueline S. Hodes (2012)

Graduate Coordinator, Educational Foundations and Policy Studies

Assistant Chairperson, Educational Foundations and Policy Studies

B.A., M.Ed., Ed.D., University of Delaware

Erin Hurt (2010)

B.A., University of North Texas; M.A., Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

Deborah Ann Mandel (2012)

B.S.N., Kean University; M.S.N., University of Pennsylvania; Ph.D., Rutgers University

Merry G. Perry (2002)

B.S., M.A., Ph.D., University of South Florida

Lisa C. Ruchti (2007)

B.A., Bowling Green State University; M.A., University of Cincinnati; Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh

E. Simon Ruchti (2011)

Chairperson, Women's and Gender Studies

B.A., Mount Holyoke College; M.A., New York University; Ph.D., Ohio University

Nancy J. Rumfield (1986)

B.F.A., Moore College of Art; M.S., West Chester University; Ph.D., Nova Southeastern University

Helen Schroepfer (2005)

B.A., College of St. Benedict/St. John's University; M.A., St. Mary's Seminar and University; Ph.D., Temple University

Chris Stangl (2006)

B.S., Drake University; M.A., Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison

Cassie Ann Striblen (2010)

B.A., Ohio University; M.A., Ph.D., University of Cincinnati

Assistant Professors

Dean J. Johnson (2013)

Director, Peace and Conflict Studies Program

B.A., Manchester University; M.A., Bethany Theological Seminary; Ph.D., University of Denver

Liam Lair (2017)

Texas Christian University, B.A.; Roosevelt University, M.A.; University of Kansas, Ph.D.

Tabassum Ruby (2016)

B.A. University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon; M.A. University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon; Ph.D. York University, Toronto

Julie B. Wiest (2013)

B.S., University of Tennessee; M.A., University of Georgia; Ph.D., University of Tennessee


WOS 502. Special Topics. 3 Credits.

In depth study of selected topics in woman's studies not offered under existing, regularly offered courses.
Typically offered in Fall & Spring.
Repeatable for Credit.

WOS 539. Independent Study For The Woman Administ. 3 Credits.

A project to be developed independently by the student working with a specific instructor.
Typically offered in Fall & Spring.
Repeatable for Credit.