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Christy Burns (Associate Professor of English)

Christy L. Burns is Associate Professor of English at the College of William & Mary. Her first book, Gestural Politics: Stereotype and Parody in Joyce, appeared in 2000, and she has published articles on Irish studies, nationalism, gender, and sexuality issues in modern and postmodern literature. In media and film studies, she has published on postmodern paranoia in The X-Files and on race in Suture. Most recently, she has published on Irish film and globalization (in Global Babel) and on James Joyce's and Brian Friel's cartographical responses to British Imperialism. Her current book project addresses the role of sensate experience in modern to contemporary avant-garde fiction. 

Leisa Meyer (Class of 1964 Distinguished Associate Professor, History and American Studies)

Leisa Meyer is the Director of Graduate Studies for the History Department and Class of 1964 Distinguished Associate Professor of American Studies and History. She is the author of Creating G.I. Jane: Sexuality and Power in the Women's Army Corps During World War II (1997) and is currently working on Knowing Sex: A History of Sexuality in American Since World War II. She was also an associate editor for the Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History and Culture (2003), and is a member of the editorial collective and history editor for the journal Feminist Studies. Her research and teaching interests include women's, gender, and sexuality studies/history, popular culture, and cultural history.  She is also an energetic (if mediocre) bowler and an avid video gamer (console and computer), with Action and RPG her favorite genres.

Gul Ozyegin (Associate Professor, GSWS and Sociology)

Gul Ozyegin is an Associate Professor of Sociology and GSWS, and was a 2006-7 Fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Her main research topics are gender and class in domestic labor; sex, love, selfhood, and the youth; and intersections of gender, generation, and (un)belonging among different generations of Turks in Germany. She is the author of Untidy Gender, published by Temple University, and New Desires, New Selves: Sex, Love, and Piety among Turkish Youth (2015, NYU). She is also editor of Gender and Sexuality in Muslim Cultures (2015, Ashgate Press).Her work appeared in edited volumes and she has published articles in such journals as European Journal of Women’s Studies, and Social Identities: Journal for the Study of Race, Nation, and Culture. Professor Ozyegin’s current research is on Turkish immigrants in Berlin, tentatively entitled (Un)Belonging and Identity: A Home Divided? Gender and Generational Histories of Turks in Germany.

Jennifer Putzi (Associate Professor, GSWS and English)

Jennifer Putzi is an Associate Professor of English and GSWS.  She is the author of Identifying Marks: The Marked Body in Nineteenth-Century American Literature (University of Georgia Press, 2006) and the editor of Elizabeth Stoddard's 1865 novel Two Men (University of Nebraska Press, 2008).  Her current projects include an edition of Stoddard's letters (co-edited with Elizabeth Stockton at Southwestern University) and a study of the literary controversy surrounding the authorship of the popular nineteenth-century poem "Rock Me to Sleep, Mother."  Her teaching interests include nineteenth-century American literature and culture, women writers, popular culture, private writings (diaries and letters), and archival research.  She regularly teaches "Introduction to Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies" and "Feminist Research Methods" for the GSWS Program.

Suzanne Raitt (Professor, English)

Suzanne Raitt is a Professor of English. Her research interests include British modernist women writers, especially biography; history and theory of sexuality; psychoanalytic theory; nineteenth and twentieth century British literature; and women's studies. Her books include May Sinclair: A Modern Victorian (Oxford, 2000), Vita and Virginia: The Work and Friendship of V.Sackville-West and Virginia Woolf (Oxford, 1993), and Virginia Woolf's "To the Lighthouse" (St Martin's, 1990). She also co-edited a collection of essays with Trudi Tate called Women's Fiction and the Great War (Oxford, 1997), and in 1995 she published an edited collection of essays on lesbian criticism, Volcanoes and Pearl Divers (Onlywomen Press). Editions include a Norton Critical Edition of Virginia Woolf's Jacob's Room in 2007, Katherine Mansfield's Something Childish and Other Stories for Penguin in 1996, and Virginia Woolf's Night and Day for Oxford World's Classics in 1992. She has published numerous essays and articles in journals including Modernism/modernity and History Workshop Journal, and for twelve years she was on the editorial collective of Feminist Studies. She is currently working on a scholarly edition of Virginia Woolf's Orlando, co-edited with Ian Blyth, for The Cambridge Edition of Virginia Woolf; and completing a book called Waste and Efficiency in British Culture, 1864-1922. Her teaching interests include nineteenth and twentieth century British literature, Virginia Woolf, lesbian literature, psychoanalytic and cultural theory, and introductory gender, sexuality, and women's studies.