Faculty

Paola Bacchetta

Professor and Vice Chair for Research

Paola Bacchetta is Professor of Gender & Women’s Studies at University of California, Berkeley. She is also Co-chair of the Political Conflict, Gender and People’s Rights Project based at Center for Race and Gender at University of California, Berkeley. She is on the Executive Committee of the California-wide Center for New Racial Studies and previously served as Coordinator of the Gender Consortium at Berkeley. Bacchetta is the former Director (2006-2010) and current Advisory Board Chair of the Beatrice Bain Research Group at Berkeley. Bacchetta is an Advisory Board member of...

Mel Y. Chen

Richard and Rhoda Goldman Distinguished Professor in Undergraduate and Interdisciplinary Studies and Director, Center for the Study of Sexual Culture

Mel Y. Chen (they/them+) is Professor of Gender & Women's Studies and Director for the Center for the Study of Sexual Culture at the University of California, Berkeley as well as Director of the Disability Studies Minor. Mel is also an affiliate of the Center for Race and Gender, the Institute for Cognitive and Behavioral Science, the Center for Science, Technology, Medicine, and Society, and the Haas Disability Studies and LGBTQ Citizenship Research Clusters. Previously, they served as Robert Sterling Clark Visiting Professor of Art History at Williams College, and the...

Patrice D. Douglass

Assistant Professor

Patrice D. Douglass is an Assistant Professor in Gender and Women’s Studies at UC Berkeley. She holds a PhD and MA in Culture and Theory from the University of California, Irvine, a MA in Ethnic Studies from the University of California, Riverside, and a BA in Feminist Studies and Legal Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Her first book project, tentatively titled, Engendering Blackness: The Ontology of Sexual Violence , examines the relationship between sexual violence and modern racial slavery and finds it not only inseverable but also fundamental to...

Minoo Moallem

Professor, and Director of Media Studies

Minoo Moallem is a professor of Gender and Women's Studies. She is currently Director of Media Studies.

Professor Moallem received her MA and BA from the University of Tehran and her Ph.D. from Université de Montréal. She has also done postdoctoral studies at the University of California, Berkeley. She was the Chair of Gender and Women’s Studies Department at Berkeley from 2008-2010 and the Chair of the Women’s Studies Department at San Francisco State University from 2001-2006.

Professor Moallem is the author of Persian Carpets: The Nation As a Transnational Commodity...

Courtney Desiree Morris

Associate Professor

Courtney Desiree Morris is a visual/conceptual artist and an associate professor of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. She teaches courses on critical race theory, feminist theory, black social movements in the Americas, women’s social movements in Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as race and environmental politics in the African Diaspora. She is a social anthropologist and is currently completing a book entitled To Defend this Sunrise: Black Women’s Activism and the Geography of Race in Nicaragua, which examines how...

Laura C. Nelson

Associate Professor and Vice Chair for Pedagogy

Laura C. Nelson is Associate Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies at UC Berkeley. She received her PhD in Anthropology at Stanford, and holds a Master’s in City and Regional Planning from UC Berkeley with a focus on housing and community economic development. Her current research project is a study of breast cancer as a medical, cultural, personal, environmental, political and transnational phenomenon in South Korea. She is also in the early stages of a project looking at policies pertaining to the children of immigrant brides in South Korea. Her first book, Measured...

Leslie Salzinger

Associate Professor and Department Chair

Leslie Salzinger is Associate Professor and Chair of Gender and Women’s Studies at UC Berkeley. She got her PhD in Sociology at UC Berkeley and previously taught in the sociology departments at the University of Chicago and and Boston College. She writes and teaches on gender, capitalism, nationality, and race and their ongoing co-formations. Her empirical research is ethnographic, mostly focused on Latin America, especially Mexico. Her primary research questions address the cultural constitution of economic processes and the creation of subjects within political economies. Her award...

Dora Silva Santana

Assistant Professor

Dora Silva Santana is an artist and a scholar. She is an Assistant Professor of Gender & Women’s Studies at the University of California at Berkeley. She is currently working on a book tentatively titled “Iconica: transing afro diasporic signs” in which she argues that, for black trans people, images that populate our art, imaginary, stories, and other forms of media correspond with actions for transformative living, whose meanings have been dislocated or erased by colonialism. She draws from multisited visual archives, critical memoir passages and translinguistic...

Elora Shehabuddin

Professor and Director, Subir and Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies

Elora Shehabuddin is Professor of Gender & Women's Studies and Global Studies and Director, Subir and Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies. She was Professor of Transnational Asian Studies and Core Faculty in the Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Rice University prior to moving to Berkeley in 2022. She was Assistant Professor of Women's Studies and Political Science at UC Irvine in 1999–2001. She received her A.B. in Social Studies from Harvard University and Ph.D. in Politics from...

Eric Stanley

Associate Professor and Haas Distinguished Chair in LGBT Equity

Eric A. Stanley is the Haas Distinguished Chair in LGBT Equity and an associate professor in the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of California, Berkeley where they are also affiliated with the Program in Critical Theory.

Eric’s first manuscript Atmospheres of Violence: Structuring Antagonism and the Trans/Queer Ungovernable (Duke 2021) argues racialized anti-trans/queer violence is foundational to, and not an aberration of, western modernity. Atmospheres of Violencewas awarded the Sylvia Rivera Award in Transgender Studies from CLAGS....