Holly Mason Badra

Holly Mason Badra

Holly Mason Badra

Associate Director


Holly is excited to join the Women and Gender Studies program as the Associate Director! In this role, she will support faculty and students and work in collaboration with other university partners. She is the Minor Advisor for the Women and Gender Studies Minor and the LGBTQ Studies Minor. She will also teach undergraduate courses in the program.

Prior to joining the WGST team, Holly worked in the GMU English Department as the Graduate Admissions Coordinator and Fiscal Manager. 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 holds a Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Administration from GMU. 

Holly serves as the staff advisor for the GMU Kurdish Student Organization. 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. 

Her poetry, reviews, interviews, and other publications are available on her website