Women's & Gender Studies Faculty & Staff

  • Our Women’s and Gender Studies faculty and staff are not only passionate about teaching, but are also highly involved within the community and accessible to students.

  • Arnar, Anna
    Faculty, Visual Arts
    School of Art

    Office: CA 201E
    Phone: 218.477.4631
    Email: arnar@mnstate.edu
    Anna Sigrídur Arnar is a Professor of Art History in the School of Visual Arts as well as a Graduate Faculty Member and Affiliated Faculty in Women’s and Gender Studies Program at MSUM. She teaches upper level courses in 19th- and 20th-Century Art, Women and Art, Contemporary Art, Design, and Theory (a senior capstone seminar), as well as special topics courses “The Book: History, Culture, and Art”, and “Modernism/Postmodernism: Narratives of the 20th Century.” In 2011 she published The Book as Instrument. Stéphane Mallarmé, The Artist’s Book, and the Transformation of Print Culture with the University of Chicago Press and was awarded the Robert Motherwell Book Award for outstanding publication in the history and criticism of modernism from the Dedalus Foundation in New York. Her current project is called “Social Spaces of the Book” analyzing artists’ books and sculptural bookworks at perennial exhibitions of contemporary art.

  • Blunsom, Laurie
    School of Performing Arts

    Office: CA 106
    Phone: 218.477.4606
    Email: blunsom@mnstate.edu

    Laurie Blunsom received her Ph.D. in musicology at Brandeis University and also holds an MFA in musicology and women's studies from Brandeis and a master's degree from the New England Conservatory. Her principal interest is in the participation of women in music in the United States during the 19th and 20th centuries. She has presented several papers on women composers in 19th-century America at conferences such as the Society for American and Music, Feminist Theory and Music and the Women's History Network.

  • Bolduc, Steven
    Faculty, Economics
    Economics, Law and Politics, Department of

    Office: MA 380N
    Phone: 218.477.4683
    Email: steven.bolduc@mnstate.edu

  • Branden, Karen
    Sociology and Criminal Justice Department

    Office: LO 212H
    Phone: 218.477.5921
    Email: branden@mnstate.edu

  • Creel Falcon, Kandace
    Faculty, Women's & Gender Studies
    History, Languages, Critical Race and Women's Studies, Department of

    Office: MA 175
    Phone: 218.477.4075
    Email: kandace.creel@mnstate.edu

    Kandace Creel Falcón, Ph.D. earned her doctorate degree in Feminist Studies from the University of Minnesota. Her work focuses on blurring the boundaries between creative and academic with specific attention on the power of storytelling for women of color, particularly Chicanas. Her dissertation entitled, “This is our home!” Chicana Oral Histories: (Story)Telling Life Love and Identity in the Midwest” engages family histories, autohistorias, testimonios, creative writing, and oral histories to situate a Chicana feminist analysis of Midwestern Mexican American women’s lives within the diaspora of Chicanidad. She is also invested in new media practices, specifically through making, writing about and presenting on digital storytelling, and blogging. Additionally, Dr. Creel Falcón serves as the MN Congressional District 7 appointee to the Chicano Latino Affairs Council where she shapes educational and legislative strategies through committee work, and she serves on the Blandin Foundation Board of Trustees. She is Assistant Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at Minnesota State University Moorhead.

  • Gardner, Rebecca
    Faculty, Communication Studies
    School of Communication and Journalism

    Office: FR 255B
    Phone: 218.477.2224
    Email: gardnerr@mnstate.edu

    Rebecca Gardner earned her PhD from the University of North Dakota. She teaches rhetoric and other Communication courses. Her areas of interest include rhetoric of popular culture, American Indians and rhetorical sovereignty, and rhetorics of resistance. She is especially interested in how people use symbols to create, maintain, challenge, deny and share power with other people. Current research interests include the “Fargo Project,” in which diverse community groups collaboratively designed a public recreation area.

  • Hendrix-Sloan, Geraldine
    Sociology and Criminal Justice Department

    Office: LO 212L
    Phone: 218.477.2037
    Email: sloan@mnstate.edu

  • May-Machunda, Phyllis
    Faculty, American Multicultural Studies
    History, Languages, Critical Race and Women's Studies, Department of

    Office: MA 374J
    Phone: 218.477.2975
    Email: maymach@mnstate.edu

    Phyllis May-Machunda, Ph.D. is a professor in the American Multicultural Studies Program and specializes in the study of African American arts and humanities, American Multicultural Studies theory and practice, social justice and anti-oppressive education, and disability studies. For several years prior to coming to MSUM, she worked as a folklorist at the Smithsonian Institution. Dr. May-Machunda earned a Bachelor of Music with Honors and a K-12 teaching certificate from the University of Iowa; and M.A. and Ph.D. in Folklore and Ethnomusicology from Indiana University-Bloomington. A recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Arts Management Fellowship, a Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship and a Bush Foundation Leadership Fellowship, she has dedicated her career to teaching and scholarship that benefits and builds inclusive communities.

  • Morrow, Annette
    Faculty, Women & Gender Studies
    History, Languages, Critical Race and Women's Studies, Department of

    Office: MA 374B
    Phone: 218.477.2813
    Email: morrowan@mnstate.edu

    Annette Kleinkauf Morrow, Ph.D. specializes in Ancient and Medieval European History. Her research interests include Ancient Rome, the Medieval World, Church History, and Gender History. She grew up in Texas and received her BA in History from Texas Tech University. She earned her MA and Ph.D. from University of Arkansas. Dr. Morrow teaches in the History Program, in the Women’s and Gender Studies Program, and in the Honors Program. She has led the Eurospring program, and has led numerous student tours to Italy, Turkey, and Macedonia. If you are interested in a study-abroad course, just ask.

  • Rea, Raymond
    Faculty, Film Studies
    School of Media Arts and Design

    Office: CA 30
    Phone: 218.477.4621
    Email: rea@mnstate.edu

  • Short, Sherry
    Faculty, Visual Arts
    School of Art

    Office: KH 228
    Phone: 218.477.2310
    Email: shortsh@mnstate.edu
    Sherry Lee Short received her Master of Fine Arts with Distinction in Painting from the University of Georgia in 1988. Her teaching philosophy has an interdisciplinary focus and encourages students to develop a vision for the role of their artworks in a social context. Professor Short teaches all levels of drawing as well as Art of Social and Environmental Justice (art history) and the senior seminar, Professional Practices. Her work has been exhibited regionally and nationally, recently taking First Award in the Midwestern Invitational at the Rourke Gallery and Museum. She has been the recipient of numerous grants and residencies, including awards from the Archibald Bush Foundation, North Dakota Council on the Arts, and Michigan's Porcupine Wilderness Artist-in-Residence Program.

  • White, Deborah
    Sociology and Criminal Justice Department

    Office: LO 212C
    Phone: 218.477.2041
    Email: whitede@mnstate.edu