Dr. Alma Rosa Alvarez
Professor – English
BA, English and Mexican-American Studies, California State University, Dominguez Hills; MA, PhD, University of California, Santa Barbara
Dr. Alvarez is a professor of English at Southern Oregon University where she specializes in teaching U.S. Ethnic Literature. Her courses explore the way marginalized figures attempt to construct identities, particularly to counteract negative representations. Dr. Alvarez has written a book titled Liberation Theology in Chicana/o Literature: Manifestations of Feminist and Gay Identities.
Dr. Brook Colley
Associate Professor, Chair – Native American Studies
PhD, Native American Studies, University of California, Davis
Dr. Colley is the Chair and an Assistant Professor of Native American Studies at Southern Oregon University. Her teaching and research interests include Queer Indigenous Studies, Native women, Native cinema(s), federal Indian law & policy, intertribal relations & conflict, and community health & healing. Dr. Colley has a forthcoming book titled Reframing Tribal Relations in the Casino Economy that investigates intertribal conflict and coalition in the tribal casino era.
Dr. Carol Ferguson
PhD Entomology, University of Missouri-Columbia; MS Biology, University of Missouri, St. Louis; BS, Zoology, General Science, Oregon State University
Dr. Ferguson is an entomologist in the Biology Department at Southern Oregon University. She conducts field research on the reproductive strategies of rare and endangered plants in southern Oregon and northern California. She teaches a number of upper-division biology courses (Animal Behavior, Invertebrate Zoology and Entomology), and lower-division introductory biology (Bi 101, 102 & 103) and integrations courses (Conservation of Natural Resources, Biology and Society and Women in Science). The Women in Science course can be used for the GSWS minor.
Senior Instructor – Art & Art History
MA, Art History, University of California, Davis; BA, Art History, Humanities, California State University, Fresno
Longshore’s courses explore and analyze art and creativity from a variety of perspectives including globalization, activism, sustainability, critical theory, race, gender, and ethnicity. She particularly enjoys mentoring students as they develop activist art projects in collaboration with local community agencies. She serves on the SOU Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies Council and advises the City of Ashland Public Arts Commission when new proposals are being considered. She is a member of the Community Emergency Response Team in Ashland and enjoys singing in the Rogue World Ensemble, salsa dancing, and practicing archery.
Dr. Diana Maltz
Professor – English
BA, Bennington College; MA, Ph.D. Stanford University
Dr. Maltz is a Professor of English at Southern Oregon University. She teaches several literature classes that are cross-referenced with GSWS, including The Decadent 1890s; Class, Culture, and Feminism in Victorian and Edwardian Britain; Slumming in the Nineteenth Century; and the British Novel after 1850.
Professor – Library
BA, Psychology, Earlham College, MA, Theology, Graduate Theological Union, MLIS, Simmons College
Pronouns: she, her, hers
Dr. Miller-Francisco is the librarian for the GSWS program and provides research guidance for a wide range of GSWS-related topics. She also purchases library books and other information resources to support research in this area.
Dr. Jessica Piekielek
Professor – Sociology and Anthropology
PhD and MA, University of Arizona; BA, Guilford College
Dr. Jessica Piekielek’s research and teaching interests include conservation, environmentalism, applied anthropology, border and migration studies, Mexico, U.S., and Latin America.
Dr. Alena Ruggerio
PhD, Indiana University; MA, Ohio University; BSC, Ohio University
Dr. Ruggerio teaches “Women Transforming Language,” an elective for the GSWS minor as well as an Integration J strand course. She also teaches persuasion, argumentation and critical thinking, advanced public speaking, interpersonal communication, research writing strategies, and evaluation of public communication. During the 2007-08 academic year, she served as the Interim Coordinator of Women’s Studies at Southern Oregon University. She is the editor of the book Media Depictions of Brides, Wives, and Mothers, and is a frequent speaker and writer for Christian Feminism Today. Her research interests lie at the intersection of rhetorical criticism, feminist theory, and religious studies. In her free time, Alena loves spoiling her astonishingly adorable cats and collecting rhinestone tiaras.
Southern Oregon University’s Distinguished Teaching Award – 2017.
Dr. Devora Shapiro
Associate Professor – Philosophy
PhD, University of Minnesota; BA, Philosophy, Johns Hopkins; MA, Clinical Medical Ethics, University of Tennessee
Dr. Devora Shapiro is Associate Professor of Philosophy, and serves as affiliated faculty for SOU’s GSWS program. She earned her BA from Johns Hopkins University, an MA in Clinical Medical Ethics from the University of Tennessee, and her PhD in Philosophy from the University of Minnesota. She specializes in philosophy of science, feminist epistemology, and philosophy of medicine. Her previous work has centered around the articulation of non-propositional accounts of experiential knowledge, as well as critiques of the political and epistemic value of “objectivity”. Her current work focuses on applying intersectional theory within the context of medical diagnosis and pharmaceutical trials, as well as in the philosophy of epidemiology.
Dr. Jacqueline Strenio
Assistant Professor – Economics
PhD, Economics, University of Utah, 2018
Dr. Jacki Strenio is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Southern Oregon University. Her research and teaching interests are in health and gender economics. Her current research explores the gendered consequences of intimate partner violence over the life cycle on educational attainment, labor market outcomes, and overall economic wellbeing in the US. She incorporates a plurality of frameworks in her teaching and research to explore economic issues, emphasizing their historical, political, and social contexts. She holds a Higher Education Teaching Specialist (HETS) designation and is committed to implementing more effective, research-backed practices in her classrooms and encouraging diversity in economics education more broadly. She teaches Principles of Microeconomics and Macroeconomics, Intermediate Microeconomics, and Health Economics at SOU.
Dr. Kelly Szott
Associate Professor – Sociology and Human Service
PhD and MA, Sociology, Syracuse University; BA, Social Science, University of Michigan
Dr. Szott is a medical sociologist who uses qualitative methods to study drug use and addiction. She received her Ph.D. in sociology from Syracuse University along with a Certificate in Advanced Studies in Women’s and Gender Studies. During her doctoral studies, she completed a National Institute on Drug Abuse doctoral fellowship program. Her research examines how public health programs, such as needle exchange, and health care practitioners conceptualize the health of people who inject drugs. Her current project focuses on heroin use and harm reduction responses in rural contexts. Her work comes out of a concern for the ways drug users are treated by institutions entrusted to care for them. Her research has been published in the International Journal of Drug Policy, Health, and Critical Public Health. Kelly enjoys getting to know her students and doing creative and community-based projects in her classes.
Associate Dean of Students and Director of Engagement and Support Programs
MA, Women’s Studies in Religion, Claremont Graduate University
Pronouns: she/her/hers or they/them/theirs
janelle earned a BA in Multicultural and Gender Studies from CSU, Chico and an MA in Women’s Studies in Religion from Claremont Graduate University. janelle serves on SOU’s Board of Trustees and believes in education as a tool for equity-driven social change.
Dr. Chance White Eyes
Assistant Professor – Native American Studies
PhD in Critical and Sociocultural Studies in Education, University of Oregon
Dr. White Eyes is an Assistant Professor of Native American Studies at Southern Oregon University. His teaching and research interests include Native American Epistemologies and Storytelling, Education, Native American Philosophy, Narrative Analysis and Creative Writing in Research, Native Masculinities, and others. His research is focused on issues of access and success for Native American peoples in postsecondary education.