Sine Anahita
Associate Professor, Department of Sociology

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Organized inequalities; gender, sex and sexuality; feminist movements and organizations; lesbian cultures and communities (especially the landdyke movement); masculinities; rural Alaska infrastructure, especially water inequalities.

Gerri Brightwell
Professor, Department of English

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Creative writing, fiction; Victorian literature, especially the domestic roles of women; neo-Victorian literature. From her biography: I teach in the English Department, primarily in the creative writing program. I have a PhD in literature from the University of Minnesota, where I studied the role of servants in crime fiction, an MFA in creative writing from UAF, and an MA in creative writing from the University of East Anglia (UK). I have taught ENGL/WGS 333 Women's Literature with a variety of topics, mostly recently exploring detective fiction and (in fall 2014) 21st C women's "weird" writing. I have two published novels: The Dark Lantern and Cold Country, plus many stories and essays in literary journals. My latest novel, Dead of Winter, will be published spring 2016.

Chris Coffman
Professor, Department of English

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Professor Coffman holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and a Graduate Certificate in Gender Studies from the University of Southern California (2001) as well as a B.A. in Comparative Literature from Cornell University (1994).  Her research uses psychoanalytic, feminist, and queer theories to analyze twentieth and twenty-first century literature, visual art, and film from Great Britain, continental Europe, and the United States.  Wesleyan University Press published her monograph, Insane Passions: Lesbianism and Psychosis in Literature and Film, in December 2006.  She has also written articles on psychoanalytic queer theory, Franz Kafka's The Trial, James Joyce's Ulysses, Gertrude Stein's experimental writingsMonique Truoug's The Book of Salt, and Virginia Woolf's Orlando.  A past participant in a National Endowment for the Humanities seminar on “Modernist Paris,” she is currently at work on two monographs—Gertrude Stein’s Masculinity and Queer Traversals—as well as an article on Woolf’s The Waves
At UAF, Professor Coffman teaches courses about twentieth and twenty-first century British literature, world literature, women’s literature, queer theory, and literary theory.  Having served as Coordinator of UAF’s Women’s and Gender Studies Program from 2009-2011, she is currently the Secretary of the International Comparative Literature Association’s Comparative Gender Studies Committee and UAF’s Organizational Vice President for United Academics of Alaska.  Before moving to Fairbanks in 2005, she taught from 2001-2003 at the University of California, Santa Cruz and from 2003-2005 at California State University, Bakersfield.
For course descriptions and additional information about Professor Coffman, please see her personal webpage at

 Diana Di Stefano
Associate Professor, Department of History
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History of the American West, environment and disasters

Nicole Dufour
Staff Council Secretary

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UAF Governance Office

Mary Ehrlander
Director of Northern Studies

Professor of Northern Studies
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Arctic and Northern Studies

Alexandra Fitts
Dean of General Studies
Professor, Spanish

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Spanish and Latin American women writers  

Valerie Gifford 
Assistant Professor, Counseling, School of Education
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Psychology of women.    

Carol Gold
Professor Emeritus
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Women's history, education of girls, history of food and cookbooks

Andrea Greenberg
Term Assistant Professor, Department of  Psychology
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Human sexualities across cultures

Eileen Harney
Assistant Professor, Department of English
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Dr. Alexander Keller Hirsch
Assistant Professor of Political Science
601 B Gruening Building
Maureen Hogan

Associate Professor, School of Education
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Gender and schooling, gender and identity, gender and discourse, gender and media, masculinities, GLBT youth, sex education

Zoe Jones
Term Assistant Professor, Department of Art
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Art History, Women in Art History
Paul  Krejci

Term Assistant Professor, Department of Music
221 Fine Arts
Music History, Women in Music History, Music Theory, Alaska Native Music

Amy May
Assistant Professor, Department of Communication
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Social construction of parenthood and motherhood narrative, surrogacy, contrapower. Gender and Communication.

Rosemarie Plaetke
Adjunct Associate Professor, Anthropology
310 Eielson Bldg.

Jean  Richey

Assistant Professor, Communication (retired)
603 Gruening Bldg (until 12/21/15) 
Health Communication, Organizational Communication, Phenomenology and Qualitative Methodology, Interpersonal and Relational Communication, Critical Approaches to Gender Communication, Intercultural Communication, and Communication Theory.

Robin Shoaps
Assistant Professor, Anthropology & Linguistics
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Language and gender; kinship

Jeremy Speight
Assistant Professor of Political Science
602A Gruening Building

Sarah Stanley
Director of Composition
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English Department

Kayt Sunwood
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