Five College Women's Studies Research Center

Mediating Public Spheres: Genealogies of Feminist Knowledge in the Digital Age - Speaker Bios

Kelly Ball
Anne Balsamo
Elizabeth Currans
Julie Enszer
Sonali Gulati
Marla Jaksch
Alexandra Juhasz
Jennifer Malkowski
Saiya Miller
Natalia Muñoz
Dorit Naaman
Lisa Nakamura
Meredith Nash
Eve Ng
Marty Norden
Mary Nucci
Dana Olwan
Jennifer Redmond
Ninette Rothmueller
Maria San Filippo
Susan Squier
Jackie Stacey
Sophie Toupin
Dahlia Valle

Kelly H. Ball is a PhD Candidate at Emory University in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She is the curatorial consultant for LGBT collections at the Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library. Her dissertation is titled “‘So Powerful a Form’: Using Queer and Feminist Theory to Rethink Girls’ Sexuality.”

Anne Balsamo is the Dean of the School of Media Studies at the New School for Public Engagement in New York City., where she holds joint appointments in the Annenberg School of Communication and the Interactive Media Division of the School of Cinematic Arts. Her recent book, Designing Culture: The Technological Imagination at Work (Duke, 2011) examines the relationship between culture and technological innovation, with a particular focus on the role of the humanities in cultural innovation. Previously she was a Full Professor at the University of Southern California where she held joint appointments in the Annenberg School of Communication and the Interactive Media Division of the School of Cinematic Arts. From 2004-2007, she served as the Director of the Institute for Multimedia Literacy at USC where she created one of the first academic programs in multimedia literacy across the curriculum. In 2002, she co-founded, Onomy Labs, Inc. a Silicon Valley technology design and fabrication company that builds cultural technologies. Previously she was a member of RED (Research on Experimental Documents), a collaborative research-design group at Xerox PARC who created experimental reading devices and new media genres. She served as project manager and new media designer for the development of RED's interactive museum exhibit, XFR: Experiments in the Future of Reading that toured Science/Technology Museums in the U.S. from 2000-2003. Her first book, Technologies of the Gendered Body: Reading Cyborg Women (Duke UP, 1996) investigated the social and cultural implications of emergent bio-technologies. In 2010, she received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to create an interactive tangible interface for the AIDS Memorial Quilt. In 2008 she received a grant from the MacArthur Foundation to study the future of museums and libraries in a digital age that focused on the role of play and tinkering in the production of knowledge.

Elizabeth Currans, Assistant Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at Eastern Michigan University, studies grassroots protest and public space, especially public demonstrations organized and attended primarily by women. Her book manuscript, provisionally titled Holding Space: Gender, Sexuality, and Public Demonstrations, is under contract from University of Illinois Press and explores how participants in public protests claim and remake public spaces and the ways that gender, sexuality, and race influence our understanding of public space. An article, “Claiming Deviance and Honoring Community: Creating Resistant Spaces in U.S. Dyke Marches,” appeared in Feminist Formations 24:1 (April 2012). Another article, “Negotiating Treacherous Terrain: Disciplinary Power, Security Cultures, and Affective Ties in a Local Anti-War Movement,” co-authored with Mark Schuller and Tiffany Willoughby-Herard, is due out in Social Justice 38:3. 

Julie R. Enszer is a PhD Candidate at the University of Maryland in Women’s Studies. The title of her dissertation is “The Whole Naked Truth of Our Lives: Lesbian-Feminist Print Culture from 1969 until 1989.” She is the curator of the Lesbian Poetry Archive ( You can read more about her work at


Sonali Gulati is an independent filmmaker, a feminist, grass-roots activist, and an educator. She is an Associate Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University's Department of Photography & Film. She has an MFA in Film & Media Arts from Temple University and a BA in Critical Social Thought from Mount Holyoke College. Ms. Gulati grew up in New Delhi, India and has made several short films that have screened at over three hundred film festivals worldwide. Her films have screened at venues such as the Hirshhorn Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and the National Museum of Women in the Arts, and at film festivals such as the Margaret Mead Film Festival, the Black Maria Film Festival and the Slamdance Film Festival. Gulati has won awards, grants, and fellowships from the Third Wave Foundation, World Studio Foundation, the Robert Giard Memorial Fellowship, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship, the Theresa Pollak Prize for Excellence in the Arts, the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM), VCU School of the Arts Faculty Award of Excellence and most recently a grant from the Creative Capital Foundation. 

Dr. Marla L. Jaksch is an Assistant Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at The College of New Jersey. Her research interests include: transnational feminisms, gender and development, art and microfinance schemes, visual culture, cultural tourism, heritage, and preservation, digital and emergent technologies, and . Jaksch was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to teach and conduct research at the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Dar es Salaam in 2009-2010. Recently she was named NEH Digital Humanities Fellow at the University of Denver. Some of her recent publications include: Marla Jaksch & Endsley, C. (2012). “The Troubadour: K’naan, East African Hip Hop and Social Justice,” in Hip Hop(e): TheCultural Practice and Critical Pedagogy of International Hip Hop and ”Feminist Ujamaa: Reflections on the Intersections of Family, Community, and Teaching in East Africa” in Toby Jenkins [ed] Family, Community, & Higher Education, Routledge (2013), and two forthcoming articles.

Dr. Alexandra Juhasz is Professor of Media Studies at Pitzer College. She makes and studies committed media practices that contribute to political change and individual and community growth. She is the author of AIDS TV: Identity, Community and Alternative Video (Duke University Press, 1995), Women of Vision: Histories in Feminist Film and Video (University of Minnesota Press, 2001), F is for Phony: Fake Documentary and Truth’s Undoing, co-edited with Jesse Lerner (Minnesota, 2005), and Learning from YouTube (MIT Press, 2011) and is currently editing, with Alisa Lebow, a two-part Blackwell Companion on documentary.

Dr. Juhasz is also the producer of educational videotapes on feminist issues from AIDS to teen pregnancy. She has directed the feature documentaries SCALE: Measuring Might in the Media Age (2008), Video Remains (2005), Dear Gabe (2003) and Women of Vision: 18 Histories in Feminist Film and Video (1998), and the shorts RELEASED: 5 Short Videos about Women and Film (2000) and Naming Prairie (2001), a Sundance Film Festival, 2002, official selection. She is the producer of the feature films, The Watermelon Woman (Cheryl Dunye, 1997) and The Owls (Dunye, 2010). Her current work is on and about feminist Internet culture including YouTube ( and feminist pedagogy and community ( With Anne Balsamo, she is co-director of the Massively Distributed Collaborative Learning Experiment, FemTechNet:

Jennifer Malkowski earned her Ph.D. in Film and Media from the University of California, Berkeley in 2011, is currently serving as the McPherson Postdoctoral Fellow in New Media at Smith College, and will be starting this fall as Assistant Professor of Communication at Miami University of Ohio. Her book manuscript, Dying in Full Detail: Mortality and Digital Documentary, focuses on documenting death, how the development of video and digital technologies has altered that practice, and how the temporalities of death and digital media are mutually informing. Her work has been published in Jump Cut, Film Quarterly and the anthology Queers in American Popular Culture

Saiya Miller was born and raised in New Jersey. She attended Bard College at Simon's Rock and graduated with a BA in Culture and Media Studies from Eugene Lang College, the New School for Liberal Arts.  She has worked as a an educator, activist and artist.  She currently lives in New Orleans.


Natalia Muñoz is a multimedia communications and marketing consultant who focuses on cultural competence.


Dorit Naaman is a film theorist and documentarist from Israel, who immigrated to Canada. She earned a BFA in Film and TV (Tel-Aviv University), an MFA in filmmaking (Syracuse University), and a PhD in film theory (University of Alberta). She is currently teaching at Queen's University, Canada. Her academic research focuses on Israeli (and to a lesser degree Palestinian) cinemas, primarily from post-colonialist and feminist perspectives. She is currently working on Qatamon in Color, a multi-platform installation involving past and present resident of a Jerusalem neighborhood. Her documentary work is about identity politics, and politics of representation and she developed a format of short videos, DiaDocuMEntaRY. The videos are embodied, personal, but not autobiographical, creating a tensionbetween documentary and diary formats. Dorit Naaman is an activist for a just solution to the Palestinian-Israeli impasse. See:

Lisa Nakamura is Professor in the Department of American Cultures and the Department of Screen Arts and Cultures at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She is the author of four books on digital media and identity, including Digitizing Race: Visual Cultures of the Internet, (University of Minnesota Press) winner of the 2010 Association of Asian American Studies Book Award in Cultural Studies, and Race After the Internet, (Routledge, 2011) co-edited with Peter Chow-White.

Meredith Nash’s research engages with feminist sociology of the body and how it contributes to understandings of women’s reproductive health. Her research projects over the last seven years have primarily focussed on pregnancy embodiment, body image and moral panics around maternal ‘fatness’ and ‘obesity’. She is currently working on two projects that examine pre-existing and participant-produced digital photographs of pregnancy with a view to understanding how dominant codes for visualising pregnancy have operated in Australian society over time. Meredith is the author of Making ‘Postmodern’ Mothers: Pregnant Embodiment, Baby Bumps and Body Image (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012). Her forthcoming edited book, Reframing Reproduction: Conceiving Gendered Experiences in Late Modernity will be published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2014.

Eve Ng's research focuses on television and new media, cultural production, class, taste, distinction, and queer representation. Last year she defended her dissertation in Communication at UMass-Amherst on digital media, LGBT mainstreaming, and commercial culture, and she is currently a research associate at the Five College Women's Studies Research Center, where she is working on a project that examines LGBT digital media transnationally. She has presented her work at meetings of the American Anthropological Association, American Sociological Association, Console-ing Passions, International Communication Association, Flow TV, International Gender and Language Association, and National Communication Association, and published in journals including Popular Communication and Flow.

Marty Norden teaches film history and screenwriting as Professor of Communication at UMass Amherst. One of his research specialties is the role of women in the early U.S. film industry. He has been publishing in this area since the 1980s and has presented papers at three Women & the Silent Screen conferences (Santa Cruz in 2001, Montreal in 2004, and Bologna in 2010). Last summer at the Feminist Approaches to Bioethics conference in Rotterdam, he gave a plenary paper on the representation of birth control and abortion issues in Lois Weber's 1916 film, WHERE ARE MY CHILDREN?

Mary Nucci’s research interests include public perception of science and science communication in film, media and museums. She has an A.B. in Biological Sciences from Mount Holyoke College; and an M.S. in Zoology and a Ph.D. in Media Studies, both from Rutgers University. Her doctoral research focused on the role of visual format, rhetoric and culture in science communication. Prior to her tenure at Rutgers, she worked at Enzon Inc., serving in a variety of positions from immunologist to Associate Director of Scientific Information; was Partner in New Paradigm Consulting Inc. specializing in science writing, project management, teaching, and curriculum development; and was Thematic Director of Health at Liberty Science Center.

Dana Olwan is Assistant Professor in the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies at Syracuse University. In 2011-2012, she was the Ruth Wynn Woodward Junior Chair and Assistant Professor of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies at Simon Fraser University (Vancouver, British Columbia). She completed her Ph.D. in the Department of English at Queen’s University.  Her research interests center on the study of race, gender, and religion. Utilizing a broad range of theoretical frameworks, Dana’s work maps the ways in which certain acts of violence against women are coded as “honour crimes.” She teaches courses on gender, sexuality, and transnational feminist theories. She is also committed to indigenous and feminist solidarities and has served as chair of Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights and is a member of Faculty for Palestine. 

Dr. Jennifer Redmond is the Director of The Albert M. Greenfield Digital Center for the History of Women's Education at Bryn Mawr College. She is also a Council on Libraries and Information Resources (CLIR) Postdoctoral Fellow with a joint appointment between Special Collections and the History Department. She holds a B.A. (Hons.) from University College Dublin and an M.Phil and PhD. from the School of Histories and Humanities, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. Her research in women's social and educational history has been published in international journals and edited collections and her first monograph on Irish women's migration history is due to be published in 2013. Jennifer is the International Secretary of the Women's History Association of Ireland and the national representative for Ireland to the International Federation for Research in Women's History. As director of The Albert M. Greenfield Digital Center, Jennifer coordinates the research activities and the selection of primary sources for the digital repository of materials related to women's educational history, including resources for teachers. She also manages and contributes to the Center's blog, Educating Women and regularly presents on her research work at the Center at conferences and alumnae chapter meetings. Jennifer is part of the teaching faculty of the History Department delivering a 300 level course on the history of women’s education.

During the last decade, modes of re-positioning between disciplines and geographies have become conceptual pivot points for Ninette Rothmueller's academic work and for her art practice. Holding various master degrees for example in visual arts and cultural studies, her interdisciplinary engagements during the last years include participatory art work in northern Iceland, teaching in the architecture program at Smith College, MA as well as working as a researcher for the ethics steering committee of a European Commission funded Bio banking project. She is currently the Five College Women’s Studies research center alumnae associate and works towards completing an interdisciplinary PhD concerned with the interface between art, the life sciences and new gendered injustices.

Maria San Filippo is author of The B Word: Bisexuality in Contemporary Film and Television, forthcoming in 2013 from Indiana University Press. She currently teaches at Harvard University and at Wellesley College, where she was the Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Cinema and Media Studies from 2008 to 2010 and a Visiting Lecturer from 2010 to 2012. She holds a Ph.D. in Cinema and Media Studies from UCLA, and has published articles and reviews in CineAction, Cineaste, English Language Notes, Film History, In Media Res, the Journal of Bisexuality, the Quarterly Review of Film and Video, Senses of Cinema, and the anthologies Global Art Cinema (Oxford, 2010) and Millennial Masculinity: Men in Contemporary American Cinema (Wayne State, 2013). As a 2012-2013 Research Associate in Feminist New Media at the Five College Women’s Studies Research Center, she is beginning a new book project on the convergence of old and new media, and its implications for screening and contemplating film and alternative sexualities.

Susan Squier is Brill Professor of Women's Studies and English at Penn State University. She is the author or editor of nine books, including Babies in Bottles: Twentieth-Century Visions of Reproductive Technology, Liminal Lives: Imagining the Human at the Frontiers of Biomedicine; Poultry Science, Chicken Culture: A Partial Alphabet; Communities of the Air: Radio Century, Radio Culture; Playing Dolly: Technocultural Formations, Fantasies, and Fictions of Assisted Reproduction (with E. Ann Kaplan) and Arms and the Woman: War, Gender, and Literary Representation (with Helen Cooper and Adrienne Munich). She is a co-organizer of the international “Graphic Medicine” conferences held annually in London, Chicago, Toronto, and in July 2013, in Brighton, England, when the theme will be “Ethics Under Cover: Comics, Medicine, and Society.” She is on the Editorial Boards of the Penn State Press, Configurations and Journal of the Medical Humanities; she co-edits the Graphic Medicine book series at PSU Press, which publishes works both textual and comic concerning with illness, medicine, and disability, and she is currently working on a book called Epigenetic Landscapes.

Jackie Stacey has worked in the interdisciplinary academic contexts of both women’s studies and cultural studies for the last twenty years. She is currently Director of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in the Arts and Languages (CIDRAL) at the University of Manchester. Running across her research interests (on subjects ranging from gendered spectatorship in Hollywood cinema, queer film and video, to the visualising technologies of medical science, and geneticised constructions of sexualised and racialised bodies in mainstream and independent cinema) has been a concern with changing formations of fantasy, processes of subjectivity and modes of embodiment. Her publications include: Star Gazing: Female Spectators and Hollywood Cinema (1994); Teratologies: A Cultural Study of Cancer (1997); Thinking Through the Skin (2001, co-edited with Sara Ahmed); and Queer Screens (2007, co-edited with Sarah Street). Her most recent monograph is The Cinematic Life of the Gene published in 2010 by Duke University Press. She has just finished co-editing a collection of feminist cultural criticism with Janet Wolff, entitled: Writing Otherwise: Experiments in Cultural Criticism (Manchester University Press, 2013, forthcoming).

Sophie Toupin is 2012-2013 Research Associate with the Women’s Studies Research Center. Her research focuses on feminist contributions within Occupy Wall Street. Previously, her work with non-governmental organisations, the United Nations and the Canadian government has led her to the four corners of the world covering issues ranging from women, peace and security, gender and access to justice, social movements and community (new) media issues. She has been passionate and engaged with community radio broadcasting, documentary filmmaking and sequential art. Sophie is also an associate researcher with the Center for Peace Missions Studies at the University of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM), a co-founder of the Women, Peace and Security Network Canada, a board member of Peacebuild and the Canadian gender focal point for Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflicts (GPPAC).

Dahlia Valle is an Adjunct Professor of History at Kingsborough Community College
(CUNY) in Brooklyn, New York. She teaches Women in American History and Introduction to Women’s Studies and is a member of the Women’s Studies Program Advisory Board at Kingsborough. She received her M.A. in Women’s Studies from San Diego State University in 2009. Her thesis explored the advice in mainstream women’s magazines from 1945-1960 in the United States. She is currently working on understanding sex positive feminism in a misogynistic culture.