The Center for Gender and Sexualities Studies provides a bridge space supporting scholarly work and the lived experience of gender and sexualities.
Dr. Angelique Harris (pronouns: she/her/hers) is Associate Professor of Sociology in the Department of Social and Cultural Sciences and Director of the Gender and Sexualities Studies Program in the Helen Way Klingler College of Arts and Sciences. Her research and teaching interests include the sociology of health and illness, race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, sociology of religion, urban studies, media studies, and social movements.
Dr. Harris's research examines social problems and issues within marginalized communities, primarily focusing on the experiences of women, people of color, and LGBTQ+ communities. Dr. Harris’s primary research program studies how disadvantaged groups understand, construct, and respond to health issues as well as how the marginalization and stigmatization they experience impact their access to healthcare. She is currently examining health promotion among African American women and men in Milwaukee. She has authored the book AIDS, Sexuality, and the Black Church: Making the Wounded Whole and co-authored the writing reference book Writing for Emerging Sociologists.
Laurie Marks, PhD
Dr. Marks (pronouns: she, her, hers) serves as an adjunct Instructor in the College of Arts and Sciences in both Peace Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies. Dr. Marks teaches a capstone course in both departments, which allows students to apply theories and concepts learned in the classroom, to real-world settings in the non-profit and governmental sectors through an internship. Dr. Marks is a lifelong resident of Milwaukee, and has an M.Ed. from Marquette University and a Ph.D. in Urban Education from UW-Milwaukee. She has spent nearly 20 years working with Milwaukee’s non-profit community. Her academic and issue interests range from the impact of experiential learning on one’s civic and professional identity, to how to build social capital amongst LGBT people who are also parents.
Chrissy Nelson (pronouns: they/them/theirs, she/her/hers) is a recent graduate of Marquette University, where they persued their bachelors in sociology. As they work with the Center for Gender and Sexualities Studies, they hope to further research in areas of gender and racial studies. They are a part-time graduate student in the College of Communications where they hope to work on improving health in the surrounding communities in Milwaukee.
Dr. Carol Ijeoma Njoku is a Catholic nun of the Order of Daughters of Mary Mother of Mercy, Nigeria. She holds a PhD in literature with emphasis on war narratives and gender representation from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka as well as a master’s degree in international law and jurisprudence from the Enugu State University of Science and Technology. She is an attorney with more than seven years’ experience of practice as a solicitor and advocate of the Supreme Court of Nigeria. Besides, Dr. Njoku is a trained mediator and chartered arbitrator certified by the London Institute of Chartered Arbitrators. Her research interests include issues and narratives on the Nigeria-Biafra war, the American Civil War and the Sudanese wars and armed conflicts, with focus on gender representation, human rights and criminal accountability under the international humanitarian law. She is the author of two books: Together in God: Analysis of Conflicts Among the three Major Religious Sects in Nigeria, 2002 and Shackles of the Oracle (A Novel), 2005; eight peer-reviewed articles and three book reviews published with Sage (2013-2015) and African Affairs (2016-2017). Her works explored the areas of gender, human rights, culture, peace and conflict resolution.
Dr. Carol is a lecturer in Faculty of Law, University of Nigeria, Nsukka. She has worked in different capacities with several professional organizations as a human rights lawyer, gender activist and peace builder. These include:
2017 NGO Unit Representation to the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)
2015 Member UN Women Empowerment (The Commission on the Status of Women, CSW)
2013 African Studies Association, (ASA)
2012 University Women Association, Nigeria
2011 Member of the International Association of Mediators and Arbitrators
2010 Federation of Female Lawyers Association (FIDA, Nigeria)
2010 Nigerian Bar Association, (NBA)
2010 Member Nigerian Mediators and Negotiators Association, Nigeria
2010 Member London Institute of Chartered Arbitrators, UK
2008 Igbo Studies Association, USA (ISA)
2007 African Literature Association, (ALA)
As a human rights lawyer and women's rights advocate, Dr. Carol has collaborated with several non-profit organizations on human rights enforcement and human development projects. She pioneered the establishment of different non-profit organizations including the Young Negotiators and Mediators Association, Nigeria (YONAMAN), DREAMLIFE International Center for Justice and Human Development (DLIF) that cater for displaced and vulnerable women and children in South Sudan; and WIN-DREAM International Center for Human Rights and Peace Development (WIDIC) established to fight against gender-based violence and promote women/girl child empowerment in Nigeria.
Currently, Dr. Carol is a Fellow of the Council for the Development of the Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) and a visiting scholar to Marquette University, Wisconsin. She is co-hosted by the History Department and the Center for Gender and Sexualities Studies. Her research— Towards Rehumanizing Women in the Nigerian and Sudanese War Narratives—is a book project that uses the Nigerian and Sudanese feminists' counter-narratives to unburden the paradoxes of patriarchal epistemologies in war narratives and international humanitarian law.
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Monique I. Liston, Ph.D. is an experienced facilitator, evaluator and program designer with over 10 years of experience in the fields of education. She is proud alum of Howard University with a BA in Sociology and the University of Delaware with a Masters in Public Administration. She also holds a Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies and a Ph.D. in Urban Education from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. For the last ten years, she has worked with educational institutions including schools, district administrators and policymakers across the United States and internationally. Her research focuses on understanding human dignity as a measure of accountability for organizations working to address issues of racial equity. She works with schools (K-16), foundations, and community-based organizations to implement dignity-based evaluation processes within their work. Monique is also a champion for gender equity, justice and liberation. She is also an alum of the American Evaluation Association's Graduate Education Diversity Initiative program where she spent a year learning and working with the top evaluators in the world. In 2015, she was recognized by the American Education Research Association as a Hilliard-Sizemore scholar for her research on addressing African American issues in education. Most recently, she was named by the Campaign for Black Male Achievement as a Building Beloved Community Fellow. Her research interests include race and racialization in education, food, and social organization. Her most recent publication is entitled There’s No Sally And Thomas Here!”: Scandal, Twitter, And Black Feminist Epistemology in Rebecca Goldstein and Laura Nicosia (eds) Through a Distorted Lens: Media as Curricula and Pedagogy in the 21st Century (forthcoming, 2017: New York, Sense Publishers). She is a trained doula and advocate for equity and justice within reproductive health care.
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Nuriyah Rasool is currently a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences, where she intends to pursue a double major in Social Welfare and Justice and Gender and Sexualities Studies, and a double minor in Spanish and Arab Studies. Nuriyah has interest in Gender and Sexualities Studies because of the intersectionality theoretical framework. The amazing thing about her Gender and Sexualities Studies major is its opportunity to explore diverse topics, therefore encouraging critical thinking. In the future, she looks forward to expaning her research to introduce the experience of Muslim communities keeping in mind the discipline of Gender and Sexualities Studies. Being a woman of color, she already relates to this discipline, but studying how it relates to her community will add another dimension to her understanding of her major through her religious and cultural institutions.
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Anastasia Bicolli is a current freshman here at Marquette University studying finance and political science, and she is beyond excited to take part in learning and sharing more about the community within and surrounding this campus in the urban city that is Milwaukee. Her particular interests include observing the interactions and exchanges between social classes,and theideologiesthat make up these groups. She strongly believe it's everyone's imperative to learn about the conditions and history that make up individuals and the collective, to not only gain a greater awareness, but to also act upon what is learned in order to make a community that is fairer and more accepting towards one another and to themselves. She is looking forward to joining this Center and being of aid in the continual process towards integration and equality.
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Tess Bridges is a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences studying Writing Intensive English, Arabic Language and Culture, and Social Welfare and Justice. She hopes to use her position as a Research Assistant at the Center for Gender and Sexualities Studies to further her knowledge on issues of injustice in the LGBTQ+ community and Communities of Color as well as elevate the voices of members of these communities.