Faculty & Staff

Page address: http://sbs.mnsu.edu/women/faculty.html

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


LauraBarbara Carson

Acting Department Chair & Professor


I am honored to be a member of the Department of Gender & Women’s Studies. This Department has an outstanding reputation within the University and nationally for providing an excellent education to students. We have a cohesive student culture within both the undergraduate and graduate programs. In addition, we have close ties with the LGBT Center on campus and the Women’s Center. This is a great place to do gender and women’s studies!

  • Professor and Acting Chair of Gender and Women’s Studies
  • MSU faculty since 1992
  • Research Interests: Stopping violence against women and children, improving the criminal justice system’s response to victims of domestic violence
  • Ph.D. Sociology, affiliated with the Family Violence Research Center, University of New Hampshire

LauraLaura Harrison

Assistant Professor


Laura Harrison, Assistant Professor, received her doctorate in Gender Studies from Indiana University. Her research interests include the ways in which reproductive technologies intersect with ideologies of race, family formation, and reproductive rights. She has presented her research at numerous conferences, and has published essays on reproduction and representations of motherhood in peer-reviewed journals and an anthology. Her current research project examines the gendered and racialized implications of international gestational surrogacy.

Dawn Rae DavisShannon J. Miller

Assistant Professor


Shannon J. Miller, Assistant Professor and Graduate Coordinator, received her doctorate in Child and Family Development with a concentration in women’s studies from the University of Georgia. Her research interests are in the combined effects of race, gender, and sexuality on southern black queer women’s experiences, particularly resilient responses to discrimination. Dr. Miller has presented numerous papers at international, national, and regional meetings and has published manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals. She is the co-founder of All My Children Project, an organization promoting the health and well being of Black LGBTQQ persons, their families, and communities through social justice research. As recognition of her activism in the south, she is the current president of the Southeastern Women’s Studies Association (SEWSA).


Nicole F. Engel Nicole F. Engel


Email nicole.engel@mnsu.edu

Nicole F. Engel (2008) MA Loyola University, Women’s Studies. Nicole’s research interests include feminist and lesbian ethics, feminist approaches to gender-based violence, and queer theory. Her doctoral research examines the relational practices and political imaginings of queer women activists and cultural producers in order to outline a queer ethics.

Ana Perez Ana Perez

Assistant Professor

Email ana.perez@mnsu.edu

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.


Maria BevacquaMaria Bevacqua


Email maria.bevacqua@mnsu.edu
Phone: 507-389-5025507-389-5025


"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, received her doctorate in Women’s Studies from Emory University. Her research interests include gendered violence, and 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 “manfood” and exploring the depiction of masculinity on the Food Network. Dr. Bevacqua’s activism extends to LGBT rights work and rape crisis advocacy as she serves on the board of directors of Committee Against Domestic Abuse (CADA). Acting Dean of Social and Behavioral Sciences, 2013-2015.