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Faculty Highlight

Libby Nutt Williams

Dr. Libby Nutt Williams

Dr. Libby Williams has been elected the 2013 Woman of the Year for the Section for the Advancement of Women (SAW) of the Society of Counseling Psychology at the American Psychological Association. Congratulations, Libby!

Faculty Research


Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies faculty come from an incredible array of disciplines, from psychology to Spanish. The research these scholars do directly impacts their teaching and the vibrancy of the campus. Below you'll find a sampling from the research topics of St. Mary's Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies faculty.


Joanna Bartow, International Languages and Cultures
Professor Bartow's research examines Latin American women's writing and feminist theory. She has completed a manuscript that offers an intertextual reading of testimonial literature and fiction by Latin American women with critical theory, and has published articles and presented numerous papers on several authors, mainly from Mexico, Brazil, and the Southern Cone. Her current interests focus on the experimental and politically charged work of Diamela Eltit from Chile and on representations of women in urban spaces.


Jennifer Cognard-Black, English
Professor Cognard-Black teaches nineteenth-century women writers, Victorian literature, and fiction writing. Her recent critical work on women writers and feminist literary theory has appeared in the National Women's Studies Association Journal and American Literary Realism. Under the pseudonym J. Annie MacLeod, she writes short fiction that often deals with gender bias. These stories have appeared in South Dakota Review, Cream City Review, Briar Cliff Review and Roanoke Review, and she is currently working on her first novel under the working title Jane Shapes Up. Jennifer Cognard-Black is a member of the Women's Studies Colloquium Committee and has served as the faculty representative for the Women's History Month Committee. Each spring, she teaches a session on "writing the body" for the Introduction to Women's Studies course.


Ruth Feingold, English
Professor Feingold's research focuses on female adolescence and national identity in 19th and 20th century imperial and postcolonial literature and culture. Her current book project, Precocious and Dirty-Minded Little Girls, investigates the 1954 Parker-Hulme murder case in the context of contemporary discourses about teenage female sexuality, popular culture, New Zealand identity, and Queen Elizabeth II. At various conference venues, she has presented this and related research, including papers such as “Gardening in Eden: Mahy’s Postcolonial Ghosts and the New Zealand Landscape,” and “Marketing the Modern Empire: Elizabeth’s Royal Progress.”


Joanne Klein, Dramatic Arts
Professor Klein examines theory and practice of feminist performance. Beyond her work as a feminist stage director, her written scholarship on these topics includes "Feminist Re-visioning/Cultural Grafting: A Staging of Medea: A Noh Cycle Based on the Greek Myth" and "De-composed Women/Discomposed Spectators: Refracting the Gaze in The French Lieutenant's Woman, She's Gotta Have It, and Vagabond."


Joe Lucchesi, Art & Art History
Professor Lucchesi's research examines the construction of queer identities with 20th century and contemporary art and visual cultures. Related to that interest, he has published several articles on American artist Romaine Brooks and curated the exhibition "Amazons of the Drawing Room: the Art of Romaine Brooks" for the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C.


Katharina von Kellenbach, Religious Studies
Professor von Kellenbach's research focuses on issues of religion and feminist studies. Her publications include a book on the negative portrayals of Judaism in feminist writings, work on the Rabbi Regina Jonas, the first woman ordained as a rabbi, and an edited volume of essays by feminist scholars of religion, who live and work abroad, reflecting on questions of identity, religion, and nationality in a global economy.


Elizabeth Nutt Williams, Psychology
Professor Williams works with issues from eating disorders to the path of women in counseling psychology. Among several articles, she has published a collaborative piece, "Perceptions of Serendipity: Career Paths of Prominent Women in Counseling Psychology" and an article in press at the Journal of Multicultural Counseling Psychology on the intersection of feminist multicultural therapies.