Meet the Staff
Meet the Women and Gender Studies Center Student Staff!
Tamara Harvey, PhD., Interim Director
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
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.