Meet the Staff

Meet the Women and Gender Studies  Staff!

 

Tamara Harvey, PhD., Interim Director

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Tamara Harvey's research and teaching interests include early American and women's literature as well as literary theory. She is the author of Figuring Modesty in Feminist Discourse Across the Americas, 1633-1700 (Ashgate, 2008) as well as a number of articles exploring comparative approaches to colonial women across the Americas. In her current book project, she is building on the transamerican and transatlantic implications of her first book, paying attention to women's use of strategies that are empowering, but frequently in more ignoble ways as they stake claims for authority on their representations of commodity, colonization, and empire. She is guest editor of a special issue of the journal Legacy on women in early America and has also co-edited two interdisciplinary collections of essays, George Washington's South (UP of Florida, 2004) and Confronting Global Gender Justice: Women's Lives, Human Rights (Routledge, 2011). She received her Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Irvine, in 1998 with emphasis certificates in Feminist Studies and Critical Theory and has previously taught at the University of Southern Mississippi.
 
 

David Corwin, Associate Director

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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. 

Angelica Lovelace, Lead Program Adviser

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Angelica a senior majoring in Early Childhood Education. She is interested in topics regarding  intersectionality and reproductive rights. Angelica loves working at the Center because she gets to interact with many different people in the student body and learn a lot about how to become a better feminist!

Victoria Westermeyer, Program Adviser

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Victoria Westmeyer a sophomore INTS Major with a concentration in Women and Gender Studies, and I use she/her/hers and they/them/theirs pronouns. She is passionate about human rights, particularly for the disabled and neurodivergent communities. In her free time, she enjoys painting, embroidery, knitting, video games, and reading. Victoria was introduced to WGST by David Corwin's WMST 208: Intro to LGBTQ Studies class her first semester and hasn't looked back since! Victoria is originally from Cincinnati, OH, but went to school and grew up in Fredericksburg, VA. 

Nautia Smalls, Program Adviser

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Nautia Smalls (she/her) is a Sophomore Integrative Studies major with a concentration in Social Justice and Human Rights. Smalls is an aspiring Film/TV journalist and is currently a Film Writer for the Gen-Z publication, Unpublished. Hailing from Savannah, Georgia, she is the Outreach Chair and a Writer for Her Campus George Mason, as well as being a Program Advisor for the Women and Gender Studies Program. As Smalls is the founder of Breaking The Stigma, the purpose of this newly formed multimedia platform and space is for Black folks from all intersected marginalized identities to connect, to feel safe and supported, while being affirmed and validated. From past experiences while connecting history and our current climate, she feels it is absolutely necessary to amplify and center safe spaces for folks to be unapologetically who they are without any respect or conforming to the traditional, hierarchical white supremacist status-quo. A proud Aries, Smalls is persistently working to aspire to be a co-conspirator with marginalized communities. She recognizes that this work is ever-persisting and just the beginning. 

Kiyaijzia Jones, Lead Center Mentor

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Kiyaijzia is a Forensic Psychology major with a Criminology Law and Society minor. She enjoys painting, cooking, and watching childhood cartoons. Kiyaijzia enjoys working with Women and Gender studies because it has allowed me to broaden her perspective on many levels and grow as a person.

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 a 3rd year 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 is learning to knit and enjoys playing video games with his partner. 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.  

Isabelle Ruban, Center Mentor

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 Isabelle is a freshman at GMU and double majoring in business and government/ international politics. In her free time, she enjoys photography, swimming (as she's a apart of the GMU women’s swim team), cooking and volunteering at my local hospital. She enjoys working at the Women’s and Gender Studies because it is a topic she is heavily interested in and allows her to educate those around her in both a professional field as well as a personal one.