Leadership & Administration

Carrie Tirado Bramen, PhD

Director of the Gender Institute

Professor of English

bramen@buffalo.edu; 716-645-5200

Research Interests: nineteenth-century American literature, U.S. Latino/a literature, cultural history, critical race theory, transatlantic & intellectual history. Faculty page. 

Jo Freudenheim, PhD

Deputy Director of the Gender Institute

SUNY Distinguished Professor; Department of Epidemiology and Environmental Health

Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs for the School of Public Health and Health Professions

jfreuden@buffalo.edu; 716-645-5200

Research Topics: cancer epidemiology, using epidemiologic tools to understand carcinogenesis at the population, individual, tissue and molecular levels in order to better prevent and control the disease. Faculty page.

Megan Vaughan

Assistant to the Director of the Gender Institute

mv48@buffalo.edu, 716-645-5200


Surabhi Pant

Gender Institute Graduate Assistant

PhD Candidate, Sociology

Research Interests: gender and development, environmental sociology, political economy, classical and contemporary theory, and ethnographic methods.


Directors and Deputy Directors (2011- )

Kari Winter.

Director 2011-2017

Kari Winter
Departments of American Studies and Global Gender Sexuality Studies


Kari Winter PhD,  was the Director of UB's Gender Institute for six years. Winter has expressed her commitment to the Public Humanities: she holds an open discourse between academic scholars, nontraditional scholars, artists, activists, community organizations.

Glenna Bett.

Deputy Director 2012-2021

Glenna Bett

Associate Professor
Vice Chair for Research
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, JSMBS

Dr. Glenna Bett was the Deputy Director of the Gender Institute at UB for nine years. Dr. Bett launched a campus-wide research initiative on Sex, Gender, and Health.

Despina Stratigakos.

Deputy Director 2011-2012

Despina Stratigakos

UB's Vice Provost for Inclusive Excellence, Professor of Architecture at School of Archtecture and Planning


Despina Stratigakos PhD was the Deputy Director of the Gender Institute at UB for a year. She as an author and professor, focused her research on Women in architecture, that were historically seemingly erased or under-recognized from the profession.

Co-Directors (1997-2011)

Rosemary Dziak.

Rosemary Dziak

Department of Oral Biology School of Dental Medicine




Dr. Dziak was Co-Director of the UB Gender Institute, focusing on expanding the role of gender in the different science disciplines. She believed that gender had become an increasingly important topic in the sciences because organizations as the National Institutes of Health are pushing for more studies on women's health.

Sharmistha Bagchi-Sen.

Sharmistha Bagchi-Sen

Department of Geography       
College of Arts and Sciences



Bachi-Sen served as the Institute's Co-Director and promoted an  entrepreneurial spirit. Her work while working with Co-Director Rosemary Dzaik, continued to grow IREWG by organizing a biannual graduate student symposium on gender, as well as obtaining sponsors for the annual International Women's Film Festival.

Margarita Vargas.

Margarita Vargas

Department of Romance Languages and Literatures College of Arts and Sciences



Vargas, like many of the members of the Gender Insitiute, began as part of a junior faculty member on the first executive committee when the institute was formed. She says "it was a tremendous learning experience". She later took on the role of Co-Director, focusing her efforts on gender in the romance languages and giving women a larger voice and presence in English.

Barbara Bono.

Barbara Bono

Department of English 
Department of Global Gender and Sexuality Studies       
College of Arts and Sciences



During her time as Co-Director, Barabara Bono worked with the UB Office of Special Events for the [2004-05] Distinguished Speakers Series to bring in [UB Reads author] Barbara Ehrenreich, working with the Association of Women Full Professors, who partners in welcoming new women faculty every year.

Suzanne Laychock.

Suzanne Laychock

Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs
Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology




Suzanne Laychock was Co-Director of the UB Gender Institute for 2001 -2002. Her work pushed the Gender Insititute beyond lucheons, and university centered workshops. Her focus was large scale collaborations such as 2001 Pan Am Women's Leadership Conference. IREWG became a strong driving force behind ambitious projects and gathering resource for all seeking to secure academic research scholarships.

Bernice Noble.

Bernice Noble

Microbiology and Immunology, UB Medicine and Biomedical Sciences


Bernice Noble was a professor of microbiology and immunology
at the University at Buffalo.  During her time at UB, Noble dedicated much of her time to advancing women’s careers.

Institute for Research & Education on Women and Gender
(Colloquially know as The Gender Institute)


Peggy Acara on left and Isabel Marcus on right.

(l) Peggy Acara,  (r) Isabel Marcus

Margaret (Peggy) Acara             
Pharmacology & Toxicology                      

Dr. Margaret (Peggy) Acara was a professor of pharmacology and toxicology, in the University at Buffalo's School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, she co-founded the Institute for Research and Education on Women and Gender (1997) and went onto direct the institute's research arm.

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Isabel S. Marcus
(1997- 2003)
School of Law

Isabel Marcus was a beloved professor of law at the University at Buffalo, her focus on social progress and her expertise resonated with her works to co-found the Institute for Research and Education on Women and Gender (1997).