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Women's and Gender Studies


Laura Appleton, Sociology

Karen Blair, History
Dr. Karen Blair has been a history professor at Central Washington University since 1987, specializing in the area of U.S. Women's History and U.S. Family History. She has published on the topics of Pacific Northwest Women and the history of women's voluntary associations.  Her B.A. degree is from Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Masssachusetts. Her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees were conferred at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Travel is her pasttime, both in the United States and in India, China, Japan, and Europe.

Cynthia Coe, Philosophy

Cynthia Coe earned her B.A. in philosophy from Middlebury College and her Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Oregon (2000). She has taught in the philosophy department at CWU since 2003. Her research interests include feminist theory, post-Kantian Continental philosophy, radical ethics, social and political philosophy, and philosophy of history. When she's not teaching or writing, she enjoys ironing, painting her toenails, making clothes for her daughter's Barbie dolls, and keeping up with the zany hijinks on "Days of Our Lives."

Ruthi Erdman, English/Douglas Honors College

Lene Pedersen, Anthropology
Lene Pedersen earned her B.A. from the University of Alaska-Fairbanks, with a double major in Anthropology and Foreign Languages, and her Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from the University of Southern California (2002). A Danish national, who grew up in East Africa and later made her home in a cabin in Alska, she now pursues research in Indonesia on a number of topics. Gender and glocal feminist theory are important considerations in her work. She teaches "Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective" for the Women Studies program and has co-presented with students on gender and sexuality issues at the annual CWU Gender Symposia. She also organizes the annual CWU Maragaret Mead Film & Video Festival and is on the board of the Ellensburg Film Fesitival, both of which always include exciting films on gender issues. When she is not teaching, writing, doing fieldwork, or watching films, she enjoys many activities in the outdoors, slow travel, and being in, on, or by the water.

Christine Sutphin, English
Christine Sutphin earned her in Ph.D. in English at the University of Oregon. Her teaching and research interests include women writers and feminist/gender theory; Victorian literature and culture (painting, illustration and visual popular culture); constructions of race and class in literature; the novel in English from the beginnings to the present. She is also interested in the study of interior decoration and gardens; feminist archaeoogy, and fairies and the supernatural in literature, art and popular culture.

Bang-Soon Yoon, Political Science

Barb Flanagan, Political Science

Judy Hennessy, Sociology

Pam McMullin-Messier, Sociology