Experts by Expertise: Gender, Feminism and Women's Rights

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  • Head shot of Kafuli Agbemenu, University at Buffalo reproductive health expert.

    Kafuli Agbemenu

    Assistant Professor of Nursing

    Expertise: reproductive health in vulnerable populations

    Phone: 716-829-6023


  • Portrait of Charlotte Lindqvist.

    Jasmine Alvarado

    Assistant Professor in Educational Leadership and Policy

    Expertise: family engagement in K-8 schools, school and community partnerships, the intersection of race, class, and language in education, elementary education, and bilingual/dual language education.

    Phone: 716-645-6628


  • Portrait of Jenifer Barclay, University at Buffalo disability history and African American history expert.

    Jenifer Barclay

    Associate Professor of History

    Expertise: disability history; disability, race, gender, class and sexuality; intersectionality; ableism; African American history; history of slavery, emancipation and the U.S. Civil War

    Phone: 716-645-8409


  • Head shot of Kate Bezrukova, University at Buffalo team performance expert.

    Kate Bezrukova

    Associate Professor and Chair of Organization and Human Resources

    Expertise: team chemistry in business and sports; managing a diverse workforce; unconscious bias at work; negotiations and gender; work-life balance; conflict management; artificial intelligence in teams

    Contact: Kate Bezrukova can be reached most quickly through Jackie Ghosen in the School of Management Communications Office at 716-645-2833 or

  • Carrie Tirado Bramen.

    Carrie Tirado Bramen

    Professor of English

    Expertise: U.S. cultural and intellectual history; feminist and gender studies; critical race studies; 19th-century American literature; U.S.-Latinx literature; history of astrology

    Phone: 716-645-5200


  • Head shot of Susan K. Cahn.

    Susan K. Cahn

    Emerita Professor of History

    Expertise: gender and sexuality in sports, homophobia in sports, women’s history, feminist theory, history of chronic illness, history of mental illness

    Phone: 716-645-8418


  • Portrait of Stephanie Choi.

    Stephanie Choi

    Postdoctoral Associate, Asia Research Institute

    Expertise: K-pop music, global gender politics, affective labor, and political economies in digital media

    Phone: 716-645-2457


  • Portrait of Yige Dong, University at Buffalo gender, work and political economy expert.

    Yige Dong

    Assistant Professor of Sociology, and of Global Gender and Sexuality Studies

    Expertise: labor, work, gender and political economy, especially in China; labor and feminist movements in China and in a global context

    Phone: 716-645-2417


  • Head shot of Helen A. Nellie Drew.

    Helen A. “Nellie” Drew

    Director of the Center for the Advancement of Sport

    Expertise: sports law, including student-athletes’ name, image and likeness (NIL), antitrust laws, collective bargaining, discipline of athletes, drug testing, NCAA compliance and Title IX; diversity in sport

    Phone: 716-645-2071


  • Head shot of Lucinda M. Finley.

    Lucinda M. Finley

    Frank G. Raichle Professor of Trial and Appellate Advocacy

    Expertise: abortion, reproductive rights, women and the law, Supreme Court, employment discrimination, equal protection law, tort law and reform

    Phone: 716-645-6152


    Contact: Finley can also be contacted through Doug Sitler in UB Media Relations at 716-645-9069 or

  • Head shot of Joana Gaia, University at Buffalo digital security and privacy expert.

    Joana Gaia

    Clinical Assistant Professor of Management Science and Systems

    Expertise: health information systems; business intelligence; digital security and privacy; data analytics; emergency management; girls and STEM careers

    Contact: Joana Gaia can be reached most quickly through Jackie Ghosen in the School of Management Communications Office at 716-645-2833 or

  • Head shot of Emily Grijalva, UB leadership expert.

    Emily Grijalva

    Associate Professor of Organization and Human Resources

    Expertise: narcissism, gender, leadership

    Contact: Emily Grijalva can be reached most quickly through Jackie Ghosen in the School of Management Communications Office at 716-645-2833 or

  • Head shot of Erin Hatton, University at Buffalo labor, workforce and gig economy expert.

    Erin Hatton

    Professor of Sociology

    Expertise: labor movements, gig economy, job security, coerced labor, pay for college athletes, minimum wage, workfare

    Phone: 716-645-8476


  • Portrait of Amy Hequembourg, University at Buffalo expert on health disparities among sexual minorities.

    Amy Hequembourg

    Associate Professor of Nursing

    Expertise: health disparities affecting sexual minorities

    Phone: 716-829-2608


  • Portrait of Kenneth Joseph, University at Buffalo computing for social good expert.

    Kenneth Joseph

    Associate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering

    Expertise: computing for social good; societal impacts of social media and online platforms (including in news and politics); inequality and societal divides; artificial intelligence

    Phone: 716-645-0682


  • Portrait of Tiffany Karalis Noel, University at Buffalo education expert, with expertise in multiculturalism, social inequity and belongingness in education.

    Tiffany Karalis Noel

    Clinical Assistant Professor of Learning and Instruction

    Expertise: sociocultural inequity in education, teacher preparation and retention, mentoring in higher education

    Phone: 716-645-2455


  • Portrait of Melinda Lemke, University at Buffalo K-12 education policy and reform expert.

    Melinda Lemke

    Associate Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy

    Expertise: K-12 educational policy and reform; politics of education; public health; sociocultural contexts of education

    Phone: 716-645-1090


  • Head shot of G. James Lemoine, University at Buffalo leadership expert.

    G. James Lemoine

    Associate Professor of Organization and Human Resources

    Expertise: servant leadership; gender and leadership; ethics and moral leadership; leadership and motivation; entrepreneurial leaders; creativity and innovation; managing under volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity (VUCA)

    Contact: G. James Lemoine can be reached most quickly through Jackie Ghosen in the School of Management Communications Office at 716-645-2833 or

  • Portrait of Joan Linder, University at Buffalo art and drawing expert. Copyright Liz Linder Photography.

    Joan Linder

    Professor of Art

    Expertise: drawing, consumption and mass production, mundane objects, modern life, Love Canal and other toxic sites, environmental art, feminist art, power, public art

    Phone: 716-645-0539


  • Portrait of Carine Mardorossian, University at Buffalo medical humanities and sexual violence expert.

    Carine Mardorossian

    Professor of English, and Global Gender and Sexuality Studies

    Expertise: medical humanities, death and dying, feminism, sexism, sexual violence, Caribbean literature

    Phone: 716-645-0711


  • Head shot of Ndubueze L. Mbah, University at Buffalo West Africa and Atlantic World expert.

    Ndubueze L. Mbah

    Associate Professor of History

    Expertise: African history; the Atlantic World; colonialism; gender in West Africa; history of slavery and emancipation; Boko Haram

    Phone: 716-645-8415


  • Portrait of Cody Mejeur, University at Buffalo game studies and social justice expert.

    Cody Mejeur

    Assistant Professor of Media Study

    Expertise: game studies; trans, queer and feminist studies; narrative; storytelling; social justice and inclusion in video games and new media; games pedagogy

    Phone: 716-645-0932


  • Head shot of Nadine "Shaanta" Murshid, University at Buffalo faculty expert on social policy, intimate partner violence and microfinance.

    Nadine Shaanta Murshid

    Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

    Expertise: microfinance, mobile financial services, domestic violence, street harassment, women’s health, trauma

    Phone: 716-645-5749


  • Portrait of Athena D. Mutua, University at Buffalo civil rights law and legal justice system expert.

    Athena D. Mutua

    Professor of Law and Floyd H. and Hilda L. Hurst Faculty Scholar

    Expertise: civil rights law; constitutional law (Fourteenth Amendment); critical race and feminist legal theory; law and political economy; race and the legal justice system

    Phone: 716-645-2873. Athena D. Mutua can sometimes be contacted more quickly through the UB Media Relations team at


  • Portrait of Ifeoma Nwogu.

    Ifeoma Nwogu

    Associate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering

    Expertise: artificial intelligence, including machine learning and human behavior; computer vision and facial expressions, and gestures and sign languages

    Phone: 716-645-1588


  • Heather Ochs-Balcom.

    Heather Ochs-Balcom

    Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Environmental Health

    Expertise: cancer, genetic influences on disease risk, women’s health

    Phone: 716-829-5338


  • Head shot of Elizabeth Otto, University at Buffalo faculty expert on art history, including Bauhaus, modern art, Dada, surrealism, cubism, and gender.

    Elizabeth Otto

    Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art History

    Expertise: the Bauhaus, history of photography, European and American Art, visual culture, theories of montage, gender issues, art and religion

    Phone: 716-645-5334


  • Portrait of Joanna Pepin, University at Buffalo family sociology, family policy and gender and work expert.

    Joanna Pepin

    Assistant Professor of Sociology

    Expertise: family sociology, inequality, gender and work, ​childcare, paid family leave

    Phone: 716-645-2417


  • Amy Reynolds, faculty expert on multiculturalism in education.

    Amy Reynolds

    Professor of Counseling, School and Educational Psychology

    Expertise: multicultural issues, college student mental health

    Phone: 716-645-1112


  • Portrait of Margaret Rhee, University at Buffalo new media and social justice expert.

    Margaret Rhee

    Assistant Professor of Media Study

    Expertise: digital storytelling; participatory art; new media, ethnic, cultural, Asian American, queer and feminist studies

    Phone: 716-645-0923


  • Head shot of Sarah Robert, University at Buffalo faculty expert on teachers, teachers' unions and school food.

    Sarah A. Robert

    Associate Professor of Learning and Instruction

    Expertise: teaching as an occupation; teachers’ unions; labor issues in education; global education reform; gender and equity in education; school food

    Phone: 716-645-4046


  • Head shot of Margaret Sallee, Associate Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy.

    Margaret Sallee

    Associate Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy

    Expertise: university work environment, work/family policies, work/life balance, faculty diversity, gender on college campuses, graduate student experience

    Phone: 716-645-1091


  • Portrait of Matilde Sanchez-Pena, University at Buffalo engineering education and equity faculty expert.

    Matilde Sanchez-Pena

    Assistant Professor of Engineering Education

    Expertise: engineering education, cultures of wellbeing, institutional diversity, faculty advancement, equity in the engineering field, women in STEM, intersectionality

    Phone: 716-645-5861


  • Head shot of Ji-Won Son, University at Buffalo math education expert.

    Ji-Won Son

    Associate Professor of Learning and Instruction

    Expertise: mathematics education, gender equity in STEM

    Phone: 716-645-4030


  • Head shot of Despina Stratigakos.

    Despina Stratigakos

    Professor of Architecture

    Expertise: diversity in architecture; gender and modernity in European cities; German architecture; Nazi propaganda and architecture

    Phone: 716-829-3486


  • Portrait of Gwynn Thomas, University at Buffalo gender, politics and global women's movements expert.

    Gwynn Thomas, PhD

    Chair and Associate Professor of Global Gender and Sexuality Studies

    Expertise: gender and politics; feminism; global women’s movements, including #MeToo; politics in Latin America

    Phone: 716-645-0793


  • Portrait of Letitia Thomas, University at Buffalo STEM education and STEM diversity expert.

    Letitia Thomas

    Assistant Dean for Diversity in the University at Buffalo School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

    Expertise: STEM education and pipelines; women and students of color in STEM; sociology of education; social justice; social networks; microaggressions

    Phone: 716-645-3071


  • Portrait of Rinaldo Walcott.

    Rinaldo Walcott

    Professor and Chair of Africana and American Studies

    Expertise: Black diaspora cultural and postcolonial studies, Canadian studies, queer theory, and gender studies

    Phone: 716-645-0805



  • Portrait of Hua (Helen) Wang, University at Buffalo communication and health promotion expert.

    Hua (Helen) Wang

    Professor of Communication

    Expertise: communication strategies for health promotion and social change; entertainment-education; communication technology; social networks; digital media literacy; health interventions

    Phone: 716-645-1501


  • Head shot of Lillian S. Williams, University at Buffalo U.S. social and urban history expert.

    Lillian S. Williams

    Associate Professor of Africana and American Studies

    Expertise: U.S. social and urban history; African American history in the U.S. and Western New York; women’s history

    Phone: 716-645-0798


  • Head shot of Kari J. Winter.

    Kari J. Winter

    Professor of American Studies

    Expertise: gender, feminism, race, class, slavery, politics of food, literature

    Phone: 716-645-0827


  • Head shot of Victoria Wolcott, University at Buffalo civil rights expert.

    Victoria Wolcott

    Director of the Gender Institute

    Expertise: civil rights, African American history, race and cities, urban history, gender, sexuality

    Phone: 716-645-8411


  • Portrait of Yini Zhang, University at Buffalo political communication and social media expert.

    Yini Zhang

    Assistant Professor of Communication

    Expertise: social media, political communication, misinformation, online activism, impact of social media on journalism and democracy

    Phone: 716-645-0954