Baruch College Women’s Studies Program Faculty Research and Teaching Specialties
CAROL BERKIN (HISTORY): I focus on Colonial and Revolutionary Era women and Civil War women.
CATHERINE GOOD (PSYCHOLOGY): My research focuses on the social forces that shape academic achievement, intellectual performance, motivation, and self-image. I primarily study these issues as they relate to females in mathematics and science domains. In particular, I study stereotype threat, that is, how negative stereotypes contribute to females' underachievement and under representation in math and science fields. In addition, I apply lessons learned from the achievement motivation literature to better understand methods of helping females overcome vulnerability to stereotype threat. My recent work highlights the importance of females' sense of belonging to the math community for their academic self-concepts, intention to pursue math in the future, and their math achievement. I also study these issues as they relate to minority student achievement.
ELENA MARTINEZ (MODERN LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES): My areas of research are Latin American literature; Latin American women's literature and Latina and gay literature. I am currently working on a series of essays on contemporary Puerto Rican and Cuban fiction.
KATHERINE PENCE (HISTORY): I am a specialist in German history and the history of women and gender, particularly during the Cold War. My first book was on the gendered politics of consumer culture in East and West Germany during the 1950s. I am currently working on a project about the culture of East and West German trade relations with Africa during decolonization in the 1960s.
ELIZABETH REIS (PSYCHOLOGY): I am very passionate about the teaching of women's studies. Each semester I teach Psychology of Women which is currently going through a name change and revision - Psychology of Gender will be its new title. I have worked with battered women as well as immigrant women at the CUNY law school. My research interests move outside of gender issues to issues related to mental health and developmental learning needs across Mental Retardation, Learning Disabilities and Attention Deficit Disorders.
SARAH RYAN (SCHOOL OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS): My research and teaching revolve around issues of debate and access to power. By training, I am a rhetorician with concentrations in postmodern, postcolonial, and feminist theory. I teach communication, public affairs, and Women's Studies courses at Baruch College. My published works deal with public debate in the U.S. (via the media and the academy), public deliberation (i.e., policymaking) in the U.S. and abroad (e.g., in contemporary Rwanda), and access to educational opportunities for the poor. From 2001-2004, I was executive director of the nonprofit Bronx Defenders Debate Initiative (a resource program for junior high school and high school kids funded by the Soros Foundation).
SIBYL ANN SCHWARZENBACH (PHILOSOPHY): My teaching and research revolve around ethics, social and political philosophy, as well as legal theory in which, of course, women's issues have all become central. I am the main editor of (and a contributor to) _Women and the United States Constitution: History, Interpretation and Practice_, an interdisciplinary collection of essays by feminist historians, sociologists, philosophers and activists scholars, etc. on the role (or lack of) women in the history and formation of our U.S. Constitution. I also have a forthcoming book entitled _On Civic Friendship: Including Women in the State_ which might be considered a feminist theory of the state (both volumes are from Columbia University Press).
KAREN SHELBY (FINE AND PERFORMING ARTS): I am able to speak on any area of art history. I look at women and art production post 1970s in reference to issues of sexuality, sex and gender, and identity particularly in NYC.
SUSAN TENNERIELLO (FINE AND PERFORMING ARTS): My teaching/research interests are interdisciplinary. My work as a theatre/dance historian theater focuses on interactions among theatre, dance, and visual art in modern performance. I am currently studying spectacle entertainments in nineteenth- and twentieth-century American culture.
LIZ WOLLMAN (MUSIC): Liz Wollman is an assistant professor of music whose interests include the postwar musical theater, the rock musical, American popular music, aesthetics, sexuality and gender, and the postwar cultural history of New York City. She is the author of The Theater Will Rock: A History of the Rock Musical from Hair to Hedwig (U. Michigan Press, 2006) and is currently at work on "adult" musicals in 1970s New York City.