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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Faculty & Staff

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Our faculty come to Gender & Women's Studies by various paths and with diverse interests. The faculty care deeply about what they teach, and inspire and empower students every day.


Maria BevacquaMaria Bevacqua

Department Chair & Professor
Phone: 507-389-5025


"I remain convinced today, as I was the day I arrived at Minnesota State Mankato, that this is a great place to do gender & women's studies. The institutional support, the vibrant student culture, and the collegial atmosphere make this a wonderful place for feminists to work, study, and create social change."

Maria Bevacqua, Professor and Department Chair of the Department of Gender & Women's Studies. Dr. Bevacqua received her doctorate in Women’s Studies from Emory University. Her research and teaching interests include feminist food studies, LGBT studies, gender & law, and gender-based violence. She authored Rape on the Public Agenda: Feminism and the Politics of Sexual Assault (Northeastern University Press, 2000). Dr. Bevacqua has published numerous articles and book chapters on gender-based violence and LGBT politics. Her current research focuses on the #MeToo movement in historical context. Dr. Bevacqua’s activism extends to LGBT rights work and rape crisis advocacy, and she is past chair of the board of directors of Committee Against Domestic Abuse (CADA).



Shannon Miller


Shannon J. Miller is associate professor and former chair of the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies at Minnesota State University, Mankato. She completed her PhD in child and family development and graduate certificate in women’s studies from the University of Georgia. Dr. Miller is the former president of the Southeastern Women’s Studies Association and was the cochair of the National Women’s Studies Association Mentoring Project. She currently serves on the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Equity and Inclusion Council and has served several terms on the IFO GLBTA Issues Committee. Dr. Miller’s current book project, Black Queer Momma: The Third Time I Survived centers her personal narrative as a Black southern queer femme mother and survivor.


LauraLaura Harrison

Associate Professor 

Associate Professor Laura Harrison received her doctorate in Gender Studies from Indiana University. Her first book, Brown Bodies, White Babies: The Politics of Cross-racial Surrogacy (NYU Press, 2016) examines the implications of surrogacy arrangements for contemporary understandings of race, kinship, and gender. Her next book project entails a multi-sited analysis of debates surrounding infant sleep safety, and how the ability to protect oneself from state intervention into childrearing is stratified by race and class privilege. Her work on subjects ranging from surrogacy, reproductive politics, representations of motherhood, race and public health, reproductive justice, and gender and feminist backlash appears or is forthcoming in journals including Signs, Frontiers, Feminist Formations, Genders, Feminist Media Studies, and Women’s Studies International Forum.


Ana Perez Ana Perez

Assistant Professor

Ana M. Perez (2014), Assistant Professor, Ph.D. University of Maryland in Women’s Studies. Dr. Perez's teaching and research interests lie at the junctions of the fields of Gender and Women’s Studies, Latina/o Studies, and Critical Ethnic Studies. Her areas of focus are in theories of intersectionality, qualitative methods, and feminist pedagogy. Dr. Perez’s research examines the intersections of racial identity, color consciousness and beauty cultures among Mexican American women. She is currently writing about the multidimensional category of “morena” in the Mexican/American context.



Ana Perez

Jaime Madden

Fixed Term Assistant Professor

Office: Morris Hall 221F

Jaime Madden, 2017 Ph.D. University of Maryland in Women's Studies. Jaime is a fixed-term assistant professor of Gender and Women's Studies. She researches education-related debt and focuses on students who face challenges repaying. How, she asks, do students vulnerable to debt think about the future and how do they orient to normative timelines of progress? Taking on debt in college orients students towards a supposedly "better future." But what happens to those who are unable or unwilling to realize these better futures? Jaime carries out field research in two sites: i) for-profit colleges; and ii) Gallaudet University, a historically deaf university. She has a special interest in disability studies, queer studies, and feminist pedagogy. 



Angie Navejas

Angie Navejas

Administrative Assistant

Office: Morris Hall 109