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Katherine Crawford (she / her / hers)
Director, Women’s and Gender Studies
Professor, Women’s and Gender Studies and History

 

Katherine Crawford is Director of the Program in Women’s and Gender Studies and Professor of History at Vanderbilt University. Her books include Perilous Performances: Gender and Regency in Early Modern France (Harvard University Press, 2004), European Sexualities, 1400-1800 (Cambridge University Press, 2007), and The Sexual Culture of the French Renaissance (Cambridge University Press, 2010). She is interested in the ways that gender informs sexual practice, ideology, and identity, both in normative and non-normative formations. She teaches a wide variety of classes in History and WGS on gender and sexuality.

katherine.b.crawford@vanderbilt.edu


Megan Gallagher (she / her / hers)
Lecturer, American Studies, Political Science, and Women’s and Gender Studies

 

Megan Gallagher is a Lecturer in American Studies, Political Science, and Women’s & Gender Studies. She received her PhD in Political Science from UCLA and has previously taught at Brown University and Whitman College. Her research and teaching interests include contemporary feminist theory, the history of political thought, and politics and literature. She is currently completing a book manuscript tentatively titled “The Lost Passions of Republican Thought: Politics and Emotions of the French Enlightenment” and is beginning to research a new project on feminist theories of freedom and refusal.

megan.gallagher@vanderbilt.edu


K. Allison Hammer (she / her / hers)
Assistant Director, Women’s and Gender Studies

 

Karen Allison Hammer works across the fields of queer, disability, transgender, Critical Race, and feminist theory. Her dissertation, Butch Between the Wars: A Pre-History of Butch Style in the Twentieth-Century, seeks an historical understanding of social masculinity that accounts for the textures of gender and sexuality across class, race, and region in the United States. Additional research interests include film and media studies, postcolonial theory, postwar women writers, transatlantic modernism(s), and Chicana/o literature.

k.allison.hammer@vanderbilt.edu


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Barbara R. Kaeser (she / her / hers)
Program Administrator, Women’s and Gender Studies

barbara.kaeser@vanderbilt.edu


Amanda Lehr (she / her / hers)
Senior Lecturer, Women’s and Gender Studies

 

Amanda Lehr is a Senior Lecturer in Women’s and Gender Studies. She received her PhD in English from Vanderbilt University. Her research and teaching interests include history of medicine (including dissection, forensics, and medicinal cannibalism), disability studies, queer theory, and early modern and medieval English poetry and drama. Her work has appeared in Allegorica and postmedieval.

amanda.m.lehr@vanderbilt.edu


Kristen Navarro (she / her / hers)
Senior Lecturer, Women’s and Gender Studies

 

Kristen Navarro is a Senior Lecturer in Women’s and Gender Studies. She received her PhD in English from Vanderbilt University in 2017. Her dissertation, entitled Adapted Bodies, Adapted Texts: Queer Survival via Early Modern Drama, explores the myriad ways in which the survival of queer bodies is abetted by filmic and theatrical adaptations of early modern dramatic literature. Her teaching and research interests also include popular culture, film and media studies, and writing/composition.

kristen.navarro@vanderbilt.edu


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Stacy Clifford Simplican (she / her / hers)
Senior Lecturer, Women’s and Gender Studies

 

Stacy Clifford Simplican is a Senior Lecturer in Women’s and Gender Studies. She received her PhD in Political Science from Vanderbilt University in 2011. Her book, The Capacity Contract: Intellectual Disability and the Question of Citizenship (2015), analyzes the role of intellectual and developmental disabilities in social contract theory and the disability rights movement. Some of Stacy’s articles appear in Contemporary Political Theory, Hypatia, Disability & Society, and Politics, Groups, and Identities. In her spare time, she enjoys teaching feminist theory to her three young children.

stacy.c.simplican@vanderbilt.edu