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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

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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.


Shannon Miller

Department Chair & Professor

Shannon J. Miller is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Gender and Women's Studies program at Minnesota State University, Mankato. She holds a doctorate in Child and Family Development and a graduate certificate in Women's Studies from The University of Georgia. Her area of specialization is in Black and LGBTQQ families, and she is published widely in academic journals, including the Feminist Formations, Journal of Religious Ethics, Journal of GLBT Families, and Journal of Homosexuality. Her manuscript in progress Black Queer Momma: Love, Justice, and Home is a memoir centering her personal narrative as a recently divorced southern African-American queer woman now co-parenting with her ex-wife, a West African, genderqueer lesbian.


LauraLaura Harrison

Assistant Professor 

Assistant Professor Laura Harrison received her doctorate in Gender Studies from Indiana University. She researches the ways in which ideologies of race, gender, and family formation intersect with reproductive technologies and reproductive justice. Her first book, Brown Bodies, White Babies: The Politics of Cross-racial Surrogacy examines the implications of assisted reproductive technologies for contemporary understandings of race, kinship, and gender, and will be published by NYU Press in Fall, 2016. Her work on subjects ranging from surrogacy, reproductive politics, representations of motherhood, and gender and feminist backlash has been published in an edited anthology and in journals including Feminist Formations, Genders, Feminist Media Studies, and Women’s Studies International Forum.

Ana PerezAna 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.


Maria BevacquaMaria Bevacqua

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 - ON LEAVE THROUGH SPRING SEMESTER 2018, 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). She is currently Interim Dean of Social and Behavioral Sciences.



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.