Alumni

Alumni

The Women and Gender Studies Center does not currently host an alumni group.  After several decades of serving the campus community, we are interested in bringing together alumni who enrolled in women and gender studies courses and/or were involved in the center's work. 

In the past our alumni continued to support the work of the program, including hosting career series workshops.

If you are interested in forming an alumni group, please contact us.

Alumni

Brianne Russell-Morris (MAIS)
Thesis title: The Logic of Welfare Reform:  An Analysis of the Reauthorization of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act
Research interests: Feminization of poverty; poverty and welfare discourse and policy, particularly as they relate to gender; family/work balance policy
Contact information: Brussel3@gmu.edu

Burcu Borhan (MAIS)
Thesis title: Gendered Narratives in Victorian Literature: Identity Formation in Empire-focused Children's Literature
Research interests: Victorian Children's Literature, Feminist Theory, Identity-formation for children through reading/literary texts.
Current position: Outreach Specialist for Prince William and Arlington campuses of GMU and tutoring for reading and writing to international students at GMU-ELI
Contact information: burcuborhan@gmail.com

Nicole Barreto McCoy (MAIS)
Thesis title: Voices From the Slums: Brazilian Women on Domestic Service and Favela Life
Research interests: Identity politics, Sociology of Culture, Gender, Race and Ethnicity, Class Politics, Critical Theory
Current position: Ph.D. student in Public Sociology, George Mason University
Contact information-  Nmccoy1@gmu.edu

Susan Miller (MAIS)
Thesis title: Beauty, Dance, and the Aesthetic Ideal
Research interests: dance, performance, aesthetics, phenomenology 
Contact information  smillerr@gmu.edu

Rachel Muth (MAIS)
Thesis title: Understanding the Gendered Differences in the Rehabilitation and Reintegration Process for Child Soldiers in Northern Uganda. 
Research and professional interests: Humanitarian aid, conflict, resolution, gender studies, race, discrimination, poverty, history, movements 
Current position: Up until about the November election, I was a Canvass Director for a Work for Progress office in Reno, NV, working to elect Barack Obama.  Now I am in the process of searching for non-profit and international humanitarian aid jobs in San Diego, CA.   
Contact information –rachelmuth@gmail.com

Kahtleen Gless (MAIS)
Thesis title: A Critique of Testimonies and an Art of Surviving: Rwandanese Genocidal Rape Survivors, Incest and Stranger Rape Survivors
Current position: George Washington University Police Department, Coordinator of Victim Services

Stephanie Tioseco (MAIS)
Research interests: Gender, Law, Women’s Rights

Devon Ward-Thommes (CERTIFICATE)
Thesis title: Buddha Bellies, Yoga Abs: One Woman’s Search for Beauty 
Research interests: Embodiment, Self-Image, Buddhism, East/West Psychology 
Current position: Program Manager, Tara Mandala Retreat Center
Contact information: devonanna@gmail.com

Vicki Watts (CERTIFICATE)
Thesis title: Patterns of embodiment: dance notation and visual culture
Research interests: Western theatrical dance, systems of dance notation, theories of embodiment, and visual culture.
Current position: Ph.D. candidate in Cultural Studies, George Mason University
Contact information:  vwatts@gmu.edu

Joanne Clarke Dillman (CERTIFICATE)
Thesis title: Dead Beginnings/Dead Ends: Circulations of Dead Women in an Era of Disposability 
Research interests: Visual Culture, Film, Television, news, advertising, new media from a feminist perspective. 
Contact information: jclarked@gmu.edu