Meet the Staff

Meet the Women and Gender Studies  Staff!

Anu Aneja

Dr. Anu Aneja, Director

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.

David Corwin, Associate Director

David Corwin

David holds a B.A. in English and Humanities from Milligan College and an MAIS in Women and Gender Studies and an MA in English literature, both from Mason. They are also currently a doctoral student in the Writing and Rhetoric Program at Mason, where their dissertation research looks at the rhetoric of trauma and friendships in Post 2010 television. 

They began their role in Women and Gender Studies in 2013 where they served as the graduate assistant for the program. In addition to this role, they served in LGBTQ Resources from 2014-2015 and in 2016 was hired on full time as the program coordinator for Women and Gender Studies. Beginning in 2019, David accepted a full time faculty position in the program which includes being Associate Director. In their current role, they teach 6 courses a year, supervise all of the staff in the program, coordinate the course schedule and catalog revisions, keep the space open, and advise our undergraduate students. They have also taught composition courses at Northern Virginia Community College. 

David's favorites are watching TV (which is why they research it), reading, vacationing at the beach, Seattle, and East Tennessee, spending time in coffee shops and breweries, and anything related to The Golden Girls or Friends

Angelica Lovelace, Lead Program Adviser

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Angelica Lovelace is a graduate Early Childhood Education Major from Amherst County, Virginia. She has been working with Women and Gender Studies since 2019 and is very excited to return to the Lead Program Adviser position. She is eager to plan and attend more in person events in Fall 2021. In her work with WGST she is passionate about reproductive rights and applying feminist thought and critical race theory in K12 schools. Outside of her time with WGST, she enjoys cooking, watching movies, and collecting.

Jo Alkibsy, Program Adviser 

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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

Victoria Westermeyer, Program Adviser

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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 her 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.

Kiyaijzia Jones, Lead Center Mentor

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Kiyaijzia is a Senior Forensic psychology major with a minor in criminology law and society. She has been working with Women and Gender studies since November of 2019. She enjoys working in the center because she always has an opportunity to learn something new and broaden her perspective. In her free time she enjoys watching tv shows and cartoons from her childhood. She also enjoys board games, painting, and trying new food restaurants.

Casey Klemmer, Center Mentor

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Casey has worked for the WGST Center as a Center Mentor since February of 2019. He is currently in his 4th year as an undergraduate student with a major in Women and Gender Studies and a minor in LGBTQ Studies. He is also pursuing an accelerated 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 read fantasy books. 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, Center Mentor

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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, Center Mentor

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Irene Mayberry is a sophomore from Springfield Virginia. She values being friendly and kind, hardworking and responsible. She also is always on time for her classes and work!

Alyssa Smith, Center Mentor 

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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. 

Adnan Moallin, Center Mentor 

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Adnan is from Virginia, and is a first-generation Criminology Major. He loves to play soccer, and take immense satisfaction in improving hisself, whether mentally or physically.He is looking forward to fostering an inclusive environment as a center mentor and meeting new people.