Stella Oh, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Chair, Women's Studies
Professor Stella Oh completed her Ph.D. in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at UC Irvine with an emphasis in Gender Studies and Critical Theory. Professor Oh’s research and teaching interests revolve around representations of race, gender and war. Her research has appeared in several journals and anthologies, including LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory; Amerasia Journal; AJWS: Asian Journal of Women’s Studies; Concentric: Literary and Cultural Studies. Her work has been published by Routledge, Cambridge Scholars Press, and University of Washington Press. Professor Oh co-organized the World Conference on Japanese Military Sexual Slavery, a three-day international conference with scholars, NGO’s, and survivors of the comfort system. She is currently working on a manuscript that explores the relationship between gender, race, and loss in graphic novels. Professor Oh teaches courses on contemporary literature, graphic narratives, and sex trafficking.
Sina Kramer, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Women’s Studies
Professor Sina Kramer received her Ph.D. in Philosophy from DePaul University in Chicago. She is thrilled to return to LMU and to join the women's studies department after having served as a Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in Philosophy at Fordham University in New York. She specializes in feminist theory, queer theory, critical theory, and continental philosophy. Her work is focused on political epistemology and constitutive exclusion and the construction of political agency through gender, race, and sexuality, and she approaches these questions through both philosophical texts and political struggles. She is also interested in gender, race and sexuality in urban geography and history is developing a project that takes up these issues called "How to Read a City." She teaches courses on gender and sexuality, political theory, feminist theory, and queer theory.
Traci Brynne Voyles, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Women's Studies
Professor Voyles earned a PhD in Ethnic Studies from the University of California San Diego in 2010, where she was awarded the Barbara J. and Paul D. Saltman Award for Teaching Excellence by the UCSD Academic Senate. In 2011, she accepted a visiting assistant professor position at the University of California Davis as part of the campus-wide Andrew Mellon Environments and Societies Research Initiative. Voyles’ research and teaching interests revolve around gender, race, nature, environmental history, and environmental justice. Her current research explores uranium mining and milling on Navajo land, looking to the ways in which social constructions of landscapes and their worth contribute to environmentally unjust outcomes in the Southwest. Voyles teaches courses on women and the environment, women's history in the US, and feminist theory.
Nancy Jabbra, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus, Women's Studies
After completing high school in southern California, she received her B.A. in Anthropology from the University of California at Santa Barbara, her M.A. in Anthropology from Indiana University, and her Ph.D. in Anthropology with a minor in Sociology from the Catholic University of America. She is the author, co-author, or co-editor of numerous articles, books, book chapters, and conference presentations on women and gender roles, politics, and the environment in the Middle East, and on gender, the family, and politics among Lebanese immigrants in North America. Dr. Jabbra is currently in Beirut, Lebanon, continuing her research.
Danielle Borgia, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor of Women's Studies
Danielle Borgia, PhD., did her graduate work in Feminist Studies and Comparative U.S. and Mexican Literature at U.C. Santa Barbara. Recent publications include “Twilight: The Glamorization of Abuse, Codependency, and White Privilege” in the Journal of Popular Culture and “Vampiros Mexicanos: Non-normative Sexualities in Contemporary Vampire Novels of Mexico” in the anthology Vampires and Zombies: Transcultural Migrations and Transnational Interpretations. Dr. Borgia has had the pleasure of engaging many of her students in Community-Based Learning projects in which they have worked for organizations such as CHIRLA, Good Shepherd Shelter, BabyBuggy, the Downtown Women’s Center, and Southern California IndianCenter/First5LA. Dr. Borgia has assisted students in conducting applied research for nonprofit organizations including the Advancement Project and the Sybil Brand Commission.
Linh Hua, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor of Women’s Studies
Dr. Hua earned a Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Irvine with specialization in African American and Asian American literature and culture, feminist theory, and critical theory. Her dissertation research examined how the confluence of liberal ideology and the transatlantic slave trade shaped modern definitions and practices of love, and how such definitions are challenged or refused by the experiences women of color. Dr. Hua was recently awarded the 2012 Joe Weixlmann Prize for Best Essay on a 20th- or 21st- Century Topic by African American Review for her article,“Reproducing Time, Reproducing History: Love and Black Feminist Sentimentality in Octavia Butler’s Kindred.” In past years, Dr. Hua has worked with local community organizations and grassroots efforts such as FACTS (Families to Amend California’s Three Strikes). Her recent work focuses on feminist autobiography, affect, and intimacy. She continues to build connections between theory, the classroom, and the community.
Maria Valenzuela, Ph.D.
Visiting Assistant Professor of Women’s Studies
Maria Theresa Valenzuela earned her B.A. in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Los Angeles and her Ph.D. in Literature from the University of Notre Dame. Her teaching and research interests focus on issues of authenticity as they pertain to nation, language, race, class and gender. Her doctoral research evaluates how certain representative texts of the Philippines, U.S., Cuba and Puerto Rico demonstrate shifting notions of "authentic" national narratives and the ways in which translation can complicate notions of authenticity. Her current project focuses on translation's fraught relationship to copyright laws and the global consumptive communities that transgress these laws through the Internet phenomenon of scanlations.
Senior Administrative Coordinator
A graduate of Loyola Marymount University (Theatre Arts/ Humanities), Liz returns to LMU after a long career in the Performing Arts. She has acted and/or directed everything from Shakespeare to Musical Theatre in regional theaters across the country. For the last ten years she and her husband were co-artistic directors of Arizona TheatreWorks, a professional theatre company in Flagstaff, Arizona. When not supporting the Women’s Studies Department, Liz is busy writing her second mystery novel.