Celebrating successes in our WGSS Community

Congratulations to Dr. Tracy Butler, an amazing WGSS instructor who just earned her PhD in History and recent grad Genny Joshi, Women’s Studies Minor, who is heading to the UH College of Social Work this fall.Tracy and Genny pic


WGSS Graduation Luncheon, May 4, 2016




Keynote by Dr. Sarah Luna: In Search of Disreputable Heroines



Rikki Bettinger (History) is a doctoral candidate in the History Department, specializing in Latin American History. Her dissertation examines the diaries of North Atlantic women who traveled to Mexico and the Caribbean in the early nineteenth-century. She enjoys blending the discipline of history with her women’s studies work, and is invigorated by the atmosphere in the WGSS office, where she works as Graduate Assistant and Advisor. Prior to coming to UH, she earned her M.A. in History from the University of Texas at San Antonio after completing four years teaching history in the secondary classroom.

Yvonne Chen (Sociology) is a master’s student in the Sociology department. Her thesis focuses on how teacher’s enforcement of the dress code reproduce gendered, racial, and class discrimination through the hidden curriculum. Some of her other research projects examine mental health stigma and the portrayal of Asian Americans in U.S. media. She is also a student advisory board member of the academic journal, Social Problems. Yvonne will be pursuing her Sociology Ph.D. at Vanderbilt University this fall. She plans to research the barriers that Asian Americans face when accessing mental health services and how they navigate the healthcare system.

Fernando Clark (Sociology) is a master’s student in the Sociology Department. He graduated from Beloit College where he developed his sociological and feminist perspectives. His research centers on criminology, Latina/o sociology, gender, and inequality and poverty. His master’s thesis examines how mass media portrays Latina women who have come into contact with the criminal justice system. Other current manuscripts include how gender roles are portrayed through the music genre of Urban Bachata and examining the barriers that Latina/os encounter when trying to seek mental health services. He is a member of the student advisory board in the academic journal, Social Problems. This upcoming fall, Fernando will be attending the University of Georgia-Athens as a Ph.D. student in sociology. There he plans to continue his work on Latina women and post-incarceration and the barriers Latina/os face when trying to enter college.

Julia Taylor (English) graduated with a M.A. in English in December of 2015. While at UH, she served as the Graduate Research Fellow in the Carey C. Shuart Women’s Archives. This fall, Julia will be transplanting to Eugene, Oregon, where she will pursue a Ph.D. in English Literature at the University of Oregon, where she will emphasize in Gender Studies and Ethnic Literatures.



Living Archives: Women in Sports


A Panel Discussion with
Tai Dillard, Assistant Coach, Women’s Basketball, University of Houston
Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie, Champion Runner; Coach, Women’s Sprints & Hurdles, UH
Tania Ganguli, ESPN NFL Nation reporter
Bianca Moreno Henninger, Goalie, Houston Dash
Heidi Burge Horton, Head Coach Hoops School; NCAA Virginia 1989-1993; WNBA 1997-99
Moderator: Lisa Malosky, Producer & former Sports Reporter (NBC, TNT, KPRC, etc.)

You can learn more about the panelists here.


Check out the full length video below if you missed the panel or would like to listen to the conversations again.

 The Barbara Karkabi Living Archives Series features interviews with women from the Houston area, which are videotaped and collected in the Carey C. Shuart Women’s Archive at the UH library, Special Collections.

19th Annual Table Talk: March 25, 2016


Table Talk Conversationalists Class of 2016 (Photo by Sarah Gish)

Thank you to everyone who joined the Friends of Women’s Studies for our 19th Annual  Table Talk in support of WGSS!  It was absolutely inspiring to be in the room with so many amazing women — building a sense of community through engaged conversation.

Photos by Sarah Gish.  See more photos on Facebook!

Converse. Share. Learn.

Table Talk is a fascinating combination of conversations over lunch, led by dynamic women of various cultures, professions and experience at each table. Table Talk benefits the Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program and the Carey C. Shuart Women’s Archive and Research Collection at the University of Houston.

The Shuart Women’s Archive collects, preserves and shares the stories of women’s contributions to Texas and Houston. The WGSS Program combines theoretical and empirical studies, to give students the tools to analyze gender dynamics of the past and present to build a fair future.

Host Committee

Ginger Arwadi, Susan Bickley, Annette Bracey, Shannon Buggs, Sarah Cooper, Cheryl Creuzot, Allyson Cunius, Pam Darwin, Haydeh Davoudi, Carolyn Dorros, Melissa Edwards, Joan Eischen, Caroline Fant, Meghan Finegan, Andi Georgsson, Val Gibbs, Patti Gil, Eleanor Gilbane, Luvi Gonzalez, Melanie Gray, Saundria Gray, Kate Gross, MaryScott Hagle, Ashley Hanna, Harriet Hart, Pauline Higgins, Christine Hoffer, Leisa Holland-Nelson, Ana Lee Jacobs, Jane Jones, Janeen Judah, Chinhui Juhn, Talia Kallop, Mandy Kao, Lorena Karpen, Nicole Katz, Allison Leach, Sultana Mangalji, Lynn Mathre, Fatima Mawji, Sharon Michael Owens, Terry Morales, Lauren Morgan, Colette Nicolau, Cathy Nunnally, Sue Payne, Beverly Robinson, Rebecca Rush, Yava Scott, Kelly Silvers, Celina Stabell, Joanna Strachan, Rachael Volz

Many thanks to Auction Donors for our 2016 Table Talk

Anime Matsuri Convention, Ellen Aresty, Atrium Salon & Day Spa, BeautyCounter By Allyson Cunius, Becks Prime Restaurants, Blaffer Art Museum, Brasil, Geoffrey Brune, The Bryan Museum, COVU Clothing, Canopy, Christine at Ceron Hair Studio, Betty Chapman, Common Bond Cafe & Bakery, Robert S. Cozens, Zuzette Cullinan, Direct Energy, Drexel House Eatery & Wine Bar, Melissa Edwards, Elaine Turner Designs, Ensemble Theater, Float Houston Health & Wellness, Gish Creative, GreenerGrassDesign.com, Roberta Harris, High Gloss, Hilton Americas, Houston Arboretum & Nature Center, Houston Ballet, Houston Dynamos/Dash, Houston Grand Opera, Inprint, Lisa Jenks, Jenni’s Noodle House – Jenni Tranweaver, Lacy Johnson, Mandy Kao, Jo Rosenblum King, LAR Art Studio – Lanecia Rouse, Leah Lax, Luke’s Locker, MKT Bar, MCM mcmworldwide.com, Macaron by Patisse, Main Street Theater, Marye-Kelley, Kimberly Meyer, Motherhood Center, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Linda Flores Olson, Past Era Jewelry – Marion Glober, Pepperoni’s, Meredith Philipp-Tcholakian, Phoenicia Specialty Foods, Chef Monica Pope of Sparrow Bar + Cookshop, Rainbow Lodge, Rehab Hair Studio, River Oaks Chamber Orchestra, Saks Fifth Avenue, Fayez Sarofim & Co U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship, Satya Shepherd NACYT-500, Simplify Home Life – Lisa Brooks, Stages Repertory Theatre, SuMo Art, Tacos a Go Go, Texas Music Festival, Theatre Under the Stars (TUTS), Tony’s , University of Houston Moores School of Music, Upland Road.com – for greater goods!, Village Greenery & Flowers, Robb Walsh and Kelly Klaasmeyer, Sannam Warrender, Wilshire Garden Market, Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies
Special Thanks to Phoenicia for their generosity!


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Living Archives: Ending Sexual Assault


A Panel Discussion with
Dr. Richard Baker, Assistant Vice Chancellor/Vice President for Equal Opportunity Services, UH
Tom Herman, Head Football Coach, UH
Jessica Luther, Independent Journalist (Sports Illustrated, Bleacher Report, Guardian Sport, & Texas Observer)
Dr. Laura J. McGuire, Sexual Violence Prevention & Education Program Manager, UH Wellness Center
Moderator: Dr. Beverly McPhail, Faculty Member, College of Social Work, UH

You can learn more about the panelists here.


Check out the full length video below if you missed the panel or would like to listen to the conversations again.

The Barbara Karkabi Living Archives Series features interviews with women from the Houston area, which are videotaped and collected in the Carey C. Shuart Women’s Archive at the UH library, Special Collections.

Samina Ali: Muslim Women and Digital Activism Talk

Also this February, WGSS Faculty Affiliate Dr. Leandra Zarnow (History) worked with the UH Center for Public History, Dr. Abdel Takriti (UH Arab-American Educational Foundation Chair in Modern Arab History), and the WGSS Program to bring Samina Ali to campus for a talk, book signing, and reception.

You can watch the event here!

Ali 2.17.16 Event FlierSamina Ali is an American Muslim author who was born in India. For over a decade, Samina has worked on diverse projects with the aim of promoting gender justice.

Her critically acclaimed novel, MADRAS ON RAINY DAYS, is about a young, Muslim woman trapped between American and Islamic expectations. It received the Best First Novel Award (Prix du Premier Roman Etranger Award) from France and was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award in Fiction. Poets & Writers Magazine named MADRAS Best Debut Novel.

Samina went on to curate an internationally acclaimed art exhibition for the International Museum of Women (now part of Global Fund for Women), Muslima: Muslim Women’s Art & Voices. The revolutionary exhibition showcases Muslim women from around the world: from the first Muslim woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize and the first American Muslim woman to translate the Qur’an into English, to graffiti artists involved in the Arab Springs and provocative young ‘zine creators.

Samina has worked with the State Department to help build bridges in certain European countries with their Muslim populations. In the U.S., she led a peaceful five-woman march into a mosque to demand women’s equal treatment in the prayer space — which was granted later that same year as a result of her activism.

Samina has been featured in a diverse range of media, including The Economist, The Guardian, The Sunday Guardian, Huffington Post, and Vogue Magazine, as well as Voice of America and several times on NPR. She is a blogger for the Huffington Post and Daily Beast.

She lives in San Francisco with her family.

Electric Santería: Author Talk & Reading with Dr. Aisha M. Beliso-De Jesús

February was a very busy month for the WGSS Program.  We collaborated with numerous entities to bring exciting new scholarship to our UH community.  Electric Santería was no exception.

In collaboration with UH Hispanic Studies, we hosted Dr. Aisha M. Beliso-De Jesús from Harvard University who presented her new book and research on the transnational experience of Santería.  Beliso-De Jesús’ presentation provided keen insights in the study of African diaspora religious practices as well as a sophisticated example of transnational feminist scholarship.



Cimarrón Spirit: Documentary Film Screening & Panel Discussion

CimSpirit poster

This February we were excited to collaborate with the HCC Office of International Initiatives, UH Dept of English, UH African American Studies, UH Relgious Studies, UH Hispanic Studies, Arté Publico Press, and the Caribbean Film Series of the UH Center for the Americas to bring film screenings of Cimarrón Spirit, panel discussions, a concert, and conversations to two Houston campuses.  Shout out to Assistant Professor of WGSS and CCS Rachel Afi Quinn for her work on this documentary.

The engaging panel discussion included: Rubén Durán, Director; Xiomara Fortuna, Afro-Dominican singer-songwriter; Dominican studies scholars Silvio Torres-Saillant (University of Syracuse) and Rachel Afi Quinn (University of Houston); with translations by scholar Mabel Cuesta (University of Houston)

The screenings were complemented by talks with Dominican singer-songwriter Xiomara Fortuna and Latina/o Studies scholar Silvio Torres-Saillant

The visit included a special concert by Xiomara Fortuna, and time for connecting with old and new friends.

Living Archives: Women and Pleasure


The 2015-2016 Living Archives series continued this Spring with a thought-provoking January panel titled “Women and Pleasure.”

A Panel Discussion with
Emily deAyala, President & Clinical Director of Houston Sex Therapy
Sheila Katz PhD, Assistant Professor, Sociology, University of Houston
Josie Pickens, Cultural Critic, Writer, Ebony Magazine, & Instructor, Texas Southern University
Y.E.Torres, Dancer, Performance Artist & Visual Artist
Moderator: Sarah Luna, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, WGSS, University of Houston

For more detailed biographies of the participants please click here.

Check the full length video below if you missed the panel or would like to listen to the conversations again.

To see a list of upcoming WGSS and FWS events click here.

The Barbara Karkabi Living Archives Series features interviews with women from the Houston area, which are videotaped and collected in the Carey C. Shuart Women’s Archive at the UH library, Special Collections.

WGSS Happenings… Spring 2016 News

Another successful school year with a growing WGSS program meant for a very special WGSS Graduation Luncheon, honoring WGSS minors, graduate certificate recipients, and, our first WGSS BA!

2016 Graduates & WGSS Faculty
Our fearless leader, Dr. Elizabeth Gregory

Our tireless supporters, the Friends of Women’s Studies, continued their networking during the Spring Fast Friends speed-networking social:

Engaging Living Archives events brought students, faculty, and community together this Spring:


And planning is always underway.  Coming up…

We are very excited to be hosting Dr. Mark Anthony Neal on our campus this fall for the McGovern Lecture (October 27th).


Without a Name, Feminism Shaped My Life

Frankly, when posed with questions about how I came to Black Feminism, I am often at a loss for a response. While I can easily recall a genealogy of articles, books, lectures and critiques, there simply…

Source: Without a Name, Feminism Shaped My Life


We will be updating the blog this month to cover all of our Spring 2016 Happenings!  Check back soon!