Anu Aneja has joined George Mason as Associate Professor and Director of Women and Gender Studies and is excited to work with faculty and students to lead this vibrant, diverse and welcoming program! She has most recently taught Women's Studies and Humanities courses at the Indira Gandhi National Open University in New Delhi, and formerly at the Ohio Wesleyan University in Ohio. She was a student of French at the Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, and received a Master's and PhD in Comparative Literature from Penn State University.
She has research interests in the areas of transnational feminist theory and aesthetics, in particular their inventive crossings across South Asia and the west; contemporary French, francophone and Indian literatures; feminist perspectives on mothering; and feminist pedagogy. Her monograph entitled Feminist Theory and the Aesthetics Within: A perspective from South Asia is forthcoming. Her publications include two edited collections - Women’s and Gender Studies in India: Crossings (2019), and Gender & Distance Education: Indian and International Contexts (2019); and a co-authored book, Embodying Motherhood: Perspectives from Contemporary India (2016). She currently serves as Area Advisor, 'Gender and Education’ for the digital edition of Oxford Bibliographies, and as a member of the editorial board of the academic journal, Gender & Education.
She enjoys sculpting in clay, creative writing, beach vacations and reading for pleasure, and dreams of making more time for all of these in future lifetimes.
Holly has joined WGST as our Associate Director. She received her MFA in Creative Writing (Poetry) from GMU in 2017. While pursuing her MFA, she served as a tutor in the Writing Center and Coordinator of the Weekly Graduate Write-Ins. Her teaching experience includes elementary, middle, high school, and college Composition, Humanities, Literature, and Creative Writing classes. She is originally from North Carolina, where she received her BA in English (with a Minor in Dance) from UNC-Greensboro.
Holly also serves as the staff advisor for the GMU Kurdish Student Organization. And works with NVWP Director Leslie Goetsch coordinating the Mason Writers in the Schools program that allows MFA Creative Writing students the opportunity to teach in local grade schools. She is a member of President Washington's Anti-Racism & Inclusive Excellence Task Force. And is a part of a new CHSS working group dedicated to Staff Professional Development and the inaugural CHSS Inclusive Excellence (IE) advisory council. She is also the Executive Committee Secretary of the GMU LGBTQ+ Faculty/Staff Alliance.
Holly is the recipient of the 2022 Rose Pascarell and Ric Chollar Professional Service Award, which honors a staff person who collaborates to serve, support, and advance efforts for the LGBTQ+ community at Mason.
Victoria Westmeyer (she/they) is a junior Integrative Studies major with a concentration in Women and Gender Studies and is also working towards a minor in Art. She was introduced to WGST by David Corwin's WMST 208: Intro to LGBTQ Studies class her first semester and fell in love with the discipline. In their free time, she enjoys video games, reading, spending time with animals, and practicing various art mediums such as painting, stained glass, embroidery, and more. Victoria is originally from Cincinnati, OH, but went to school in Fredericksburg, VA.
Jo is a Yemeni-Iranian international student at Mason and they use they/them pronouns. They major in Sociology with a concentration in Social Change and Inequality and minor in Women and Gender Studies. They’re involved in the Women and Gender Studies Center and Pride Alliance (give them some visits!) and look forward to decolonizing Mason through both spaces. Jo’s primary academic focuses are the Middle East North Africa and South Asia region and feminist theory. They love leopard print and the color green.
Maira (she/they) is a Brazilian international student. They are majoring in Psychology with a minor in Business. They are a big LGBTQ+ and BLM activist and hope to use their knowledge in Psychology to help people. While working in the office they hope to broaden their communication skills and to create connections with people who are also interested in women's activist work. In their free time they really enjoy drawing, watching horror videos and listening to music.
Casey has worked for the WGST Center as a Center Mentor since February 2019 and in January 2022 took on the role of lead center mentor. He holds a B.A. in Integrative Studies with a concentration in Women and Gender Studies and a minor in LGBTQ Studies. He is now pursuing a master's degree in Social Justice and Human Rights where he plans to focus on transgender refugees and asylum seekers. In his free time Casey likes to knit and hang out with his dog. Casey loves working at the Women and Gender Studies Center because he has the opportunity to make meaningful impacts on student's lives and the university at large.
Lindsay Lowry (they/them/theirs) is a sophomore who is in the INTS program with a concentration in Women and Gender studies. WMST 208 with David Corwin is their favorite course that they have taken at Mason so far due to the discussion-based learning that has allowed them to learn from the diverse perspectives in the class. Their goal after graduation is to eventually become a counselor for LGBTQ+ youth. They grew up in Northeast Ohio, specifically in the Canton area. The center provides a safe and judgment-free zone of exclusion from the queerphobic/sexist/racist/ableist society that we must survive in. Lindsay continues to un-learn these hierarchical tendencies that have been instilled in them and always looks to encourage folks to be uniquely themselves without regard to respectability and societal standards. They strive to meet folks where they are in their journey and are always willing to provide support and care however they can.
Irene Mayberry is a sophomore in the Mason Life program from Springfield Virginia. Irene is passionate about helping different kinds of people, animals, and mammals to not be in bad environments. She values being friendly and kind, hardworking and responsible. She also is always on time for her classes and work!
Alyssa Smith is a junior in the Mason Life program. She is from Richmond, VA. In her free time she likes to sing karaoke and play her guitar.