Lena McQuade, Associate Professor

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Office: Carson 31
Office Hours: TBC
Phone: 707.664.2950
Email: mcquade@sonoma.edu

Courses: Women’s Bodies: Health and Image; Gender, Sexuality and Family; Women's History & Women's Activism; Feminist Research Methods; Contemporary Feminist Thought.

Dr. McQuade’s research interests include reproductive politics, gender and race in U.S. public health, feminist interdisciplinary methodologies, U.S./Mexico border studies, and feminist, critical race, and queer theory. She has published on the history of parteras (midwives) in New Mexico, health along the U.S./Mexico border, and about the history of Jewish feminism and the bat mitzvah. She earned her B.A. from Sonoma State University majoring in Women’s and Gender Studies and Liberal Studies (Hutchins). Her M.A. (2003) and Ph.D. (2008) are both in American Studies from the University of New Mexico. During the 2007-2008 academic year, Lena was a dissertation fellow in the Feminist Studies Department at the University of California-Santa Barbara.

Don Romesburg, Department Chair & Associate Professor

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Office: Carson 11
Office Hours: TBC
Phone: 707.664.2574
Email: romesbur@sonoma.edu

Courses: Gender, Race and Class; Feminist Theory; Intro to Queer Studies; Men and Masculinity; Contemporary Feminist Theory; Queer Lecture Series.

Dr. Romesburg's interests include sexuality and gender in U.S. history, childhood and adolescence, transgender studies, race and sexuality, and queer performance and popular culture. Subjects that his scholarly publications address include male youth sex work, the social science and cultures of adolescence and homosexuality, the social history of queer performers, and male intimacy in popular culture. Don has an M.A. in history (2000) from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and a Ph.D. in history (2006) with an interdisciplinary Designated Emphasis in Women, Gender, and Sexuality from the University of California, Berkeley.

Charlene Tung, Professor

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Office: Carson 32
Office hours: TBC
Phone: 707.664.2086
Email: charlene.tung@sonoma.edu

Courses: Gender and Globalization; Contemporary Feminist Theory; Gender in Asian America; Gender, Race and Class; Gender, Sexuality and Family.

Dr. Tung's interests include gender and globalization, Asian American women's history/contemporary (im)migration, and gender and race-ethnicity in popular culture. Her publications include articles on Filipina migrant domestic workers employed as live-in eldercare workers in California. She has an M.A. (1996) and Ph.D (1999) from the University of California-Irvine.

Adjunct Faculty


Mary Churchill

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Office: Carson 51
Office Hours: TBC
Phone: 707.664.3169
Email: mary.churchill@sonoma.edu

Courses:Gender, Sexuality and Family.

Mary Churchill, Ph.D., teaches in Women’s and Gender Studies, American Multicultural Studies, and Native American Studies at SSU. She earned her Ph.D. in 1997 in religious studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, specializing in American Indian religious traditions and women and religion. She has also been on the faculty at the University of Colorado at Boulder and the University of Iowa. Her work has appeared in the Journal of the American Academy of Religion, Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion,and American Indian Quarterly as well as in Sacred Rights: The Case for Contraception and Abortion in World Religions and Reading Native American Women: Critical/Creative Representations. In 2001 she was postdoctoral fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University. She serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion. A former co-chair of the Women and Religion program unit of the American Academy of Religion (AAR), she now co-chairs the AAR Native Traditions in the Americas program unit.


Laurel Holmstrom-Keyes

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Office: Carson 51
Office Hours: By appt.
Phone: 707.664.2801
Email: holmstrl@sonoma.edu

Course: Feminist Theology/Women's Spirituality

Laurel received her BA in Anthropology from Sonoma State, with a minor in Women's Studies, in 1994 . She teaches WGS 311: Feminist Theology/Women's Spirituality. Her interests include feminist perspectives on deity, myth-making and worship. She has an on-going interest in the history of the occult in "western" thought. 

Affiliated Faculty

Teresa Alfaro-Velcamp

Professor, History

Barbara Bloom

Professor, Criminology & Criminal Justice

James Dean

Associate Professor, Sociology

Kim Hester-Williams

Professor, English

Patricia Kim-Rajal

Associate Professor, Chicano Latino Studies

Elaine Leeder

Professor, School of Social Sciences

Matthew Paolucci Callahan

Associate Professor, Psychology

Cindy Stearns

Professor, Sociology