Department of Women's and Gender Studies

WGST Department Faculty

Dr. Asma Abdel Halim Dr. Shara Crookston
Dr. DL Adams Dr. Patricia A. Groves
Dr. Jamie Barlowe Dr. Jeanne M. Kusina
Dr. Sharon Barnes Dr. Patricia A. Murphy, C.R.C.


Dr. Asma Abdel Halim 

Associate Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies

 Dr. Asma Abdel Halim

Office:UH 4260 B
Phone: 419.530.2602
Fax: 419.530.4411
Mail Stop: 965
Email: asma.abdel-halim@utoledo.eduPh.D., Ohio University
M.A.I.A., Ohio University
LL.M., University of Khartoum, Sudan
LL.B., University of Khartoum

Asma M. Abdel Halim is Associate Professor at the University of Toledo, Department of Women's and Gender Studies.  She graduated from the faculty of Law, University of Khartoum with an LL.B.  Honors in Common Law and Shari’a , Islamic Law; where she also earned a Masters in commercial law.  She earned a Master in International Affairs, African Studies and a PhD in Education from Ohio University. She taught at several universities and has been a human rights activist for the past 35 years. Her research is generally on Muslim women’s rights in Africa and other parts of the world, with a focus on feminism, women’s issues, legal and human rights issues under socio-cultural and religious mandates and other related issues . Her current research project is researching Sudanese laws from a feminist perspective. She follows the evolution of law in the country especially laws that directly affect women’s rights such as Personal Status Laws (Ahwal Shakhsiyya) and Criminal law.  She authored and translated books and published articles in books and periodicals, as well as attended and presented at many domestic and international conferences.

Asma has published articles and books and participated in international and local conferences and meetings that address her research interests. 

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Dr. DL Adams
Visiting Assistant Professor
 DL Adams, Ph.D.

Office:  UH4220F
Phone:  419.530.2792
Fax:  419.530.4411
Mail Stop:  965

Ph.D., Syracuse University

DL Adams holds a doctorate from Syracuse University with a certificate of advanced study in both Disability Studies and Gender Studies and teaches for The University of Toledo, Women and Gender Studies’ program, as well as the Disability Studies’ program.

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Dr. Jamie Barlowe
 Professor of Women's and Gender Studies and English
Dean, College of Arts and Letters
 Dr. Jamie Barlowe Office:UH 3160
Phone: 419.530.2413
Fax: 419.530.2157
Mail Stop: 906
Email: jamie.barlowe@utoledo.eduPh.D., The Ohio State University
M.A., The Ohio State University
B.A., Indiana University

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Dr. Sharon Barnes
Associate Professor and Interim Chair
 Sharon Barnes, Ph.D.

Office:  UH4260B
Phone:  419.530.2233
Fax:  419.530.6206
Mail Stop:  965

Ph.D., The University of Toledo

Dr. Barnes earned a Ph.D. in English from The University of Toledo in 1998. Her focus of study was in feminist and literary theory and 20th C. American women writers, with a special emphasis on African-American women poets. She has continued to pursue research focused on her doctoral dissertation, entitled A Marvelous Arithmetics: The Poetry and Prose of Audre Lorde. After a stint at Kent State University, she returned to UT in 2000.  She developed and teaches many of the courses in the sexuality studies minor in WGST, and often teaches Issues in Women's Studies, a global, non-western, writing-intensive course open to all students. Other areas of expertise and interest include lesbian feminist thought and culture, queer theory and sexualities studies, ecofeminism, and feminist spirituality. She is also interested in community justice organizing, and is a long-time supporter of Toledo's Take Back the Night, one of the largest anti-violence against women events in the region.

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Dr. Shara Crookston
Assistant Professor
 Dr. Shara Crookston

Office: UH 4220A
Phone: 419.530.2494
Fax: 419.530.4411
Mail Stop: 965

Ph.D., University of Mississippi
M.A., University of Alabama
B.A., Arizona State  University

Shara Crookston is a native Northern Californian who received her BA in Women's Studies from Arizona State University in 2003. After being parched in the desert for four and a half years, she moved to Tuscaloosa, Alabama where she earned her MA in Women's Studies from the University of Alabama in 2006. While attending UA, Shara began teaching Introduction to Women's Studies and it was there that she realized her dream of becoming a professor. In July of 2009, Shara earned her Ph.D. from the University of Mississippi in Higher Education. Her dissertation examined the college experience for women who were fans of Gossip Girl, and the implications of consumerism on college women.

While at the Ole Miss, Shara was the Program Coordinator for the Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies. Her duties included working with student organizations such as the Feminist Majority and teaching various classes including Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies, Introduction to Feminist Theory and a class she designed on Girlhood and Adolescence. Shara also co-founded Adventure Divas, an organization for women who were interested in combining outdoor adventure and women's empowerment. For this, she was given a leadership award from her department in 2008.

In her spare time, Shara enjoys spending time with her dog, Howard Friend Crookston, reading, attempting yoga, and drinking coffee. She also considers herself a connoisseur of teenage culture, and regularly records shows like Gossip Girl, One Tree Hill, The Hills and The Vampire Diaries. Her subscription to Seventeen magazine is now entering its' 16th year. One day Shara hopes to write feminist fiction for teenage girls and start her own Yorkshire terrier sledding team.

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Dr. Patricia A. Groves
 Professor Emeritus
 Dr. Patricia A. Groves Office: UH 4220C
Phone: 419.530.2792
Fax: 419.530.4411
Mail Stop: 965

Ph.D., The Ohio State University
M.S.W., University of Michigan
B.A., Bowling Green State University 

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Dr. Jeanne M. Kusina
 Jeanne Kusina

Office:  UH4220B
Phone:  419.530.2642
Fax:  419.530.4411
Mail Stop:  965

Ph.D., Bowling Green State University
M.A., The University of Toledo
M.B.A., Tiffin University

Jeanne Kusina is UT's Coordinator of Participatory Learning and Research as well as a visiting faculty member teaching in Women's and Gender Studies and Philosophy. She is interested in issues of social justice, ethics, and philosophy of art and media. Her published articles include research on sociopolitics and temporality in cultural discourse, networked art, and Deleuze and horror.

In addition to her academic pursuits, Kusina is also an artist and experimental filmmaker whose work has shown at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, the Wexner Center, Harvard University, the Kaunas Biennial in Lithuania, SOMArts Cultural Center in San Francisco, the Museo Brasileiro da Escultura in Sao Paulo, and elsewhere.

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Dr. Patricia A. Murphy, C.R.C.
 Part-time Instructor
  Phone: 419.530.2233
Fax: 419.530.4411
Mail Stop: 965
Email: pmurphy@utnet.utoledo.eduPh.D., in Women's Studies and Rehabilitation from the Union Institute & University
M.S., in Rehabilitation Counseling from St. Cloud State University
B.A., in English Literature from the University of Minnesota
Dr. Murphy holds the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor credential from the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification.  Dr. Murphy has been teaching for the Department of Women's and Gender Studies at UT since 1999. As a co-founder of the Disability Studies Program she has been teaching disability studies courses since 2001. Dr. Murphy's research interests include feminism and disability, violence against women with and without disabilities, the impact of violence on women's educational and career aspirations and achievements, and disability history.

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Last Updated: 11/7/17