Department of Women's and Gender Studies

WGST Department Faculty

 Dr. Asma Abdel Halim
 Associate Professor
 
 Dr. Asma Abdel Halim

Office:UH 4220E
Phone: 419.530.2602
Fax: 419.530.4411
Mail Stop: 965
Email: asma.abdel-halim@utoledo.edu

Ph.D., Ohio University
M.A.I.A., Ohio University
LL.M., University of Khartoum, Sudan

Asma M. Abdel Halim is Associate Professor at the Uniersity 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 25 years. Her research is mainly on women’s rights with a focus on African and Sudanese Muslim women. She authored a book and wrote many papers. Attended and presented at many domestic and international conferences. List of publications

Deanna Adams
Part-time Instructor
 
 Deanna Adams

Office:  UH4220F
Phone:  419.530.2668
Fax:  419.530.4411
Mail Stop:  965
Email:  deanna.adams@utoledo.edu 

Deanna Adams is a Ph.D. candidate in Special Education at Syracuse University in New York and holds certificates of advanced studies in Disability Studies, and Women and Gender Studies. Deanna developed training for teachers on providing safe and affirming school environments for LGBTQA youth, as the first Reduction of Stigma in Schools Intern. In addition, Deanna has co-authored chapters on identifying and stopping the bullying of kids with disabilities in schools, critiquing the use of aversives to modify behavior in humans and animals, as well as the intersection of disability, gender, race and the school to prison pipeline. In addition to teaching in Women and Gender Studies at University of Toledo, Deanna enjoys grilling, traveling and walking Butch (the original name he was given, really) an awesome Schnauzer rescue.



 Dr. Jamie Barlowe
 Professor of Women's and Gender Studies and English
 Dean for Languages, Literature and Social Sciences
 
 Dr. Jamie Barlowe Office:UH 3160
Phone: 419.530.2413
Fax: 419.530.2157
Mail Stop: 906
Email: jamie.barlowe@utoledo.edu

Ph.D., The Ohio State University
M.A., The Ohio State University
B.A., Indiana University
 


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

Office:  UH4260B
Phone:  419.530.2233
Fax:  419.530.4411
Mail Stop:  965
Email: sharon.barnes@utoledo.edu

Ph.D., The University of Toledo

Sharon 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 as an Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary and Special Programs and an affiliate of the Department of Women's and Gender Studies. She divides her professional energies between working with under prepared students, where she teaches a pre-composition I Academic Writing course, and Women's Studies, where she 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 women's music and culture, queer theory and sexualities studies, "third wave" feminism, ecofeminism, and feminist spirituality. She is also interested in community organizing, in particular Toledo's Take Back the Night event.

 

 Dr. Shara Crookston
Lecturer
   
 Dr. Shara Crookston

Office: UH 4220A
Phone: 419.530.2494
Fax: 419.530.4411
Mail Stop: 965
Email: Shara.Crookston@utoledo.edu

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.

 

 Dr. Patricia A. Groves
 Professor Emeritus
 
 Dr. Patricia A. Groves Office: UH 4220C
Phone: 419.530.2792
Fax: 419.530.4411
Mail Stop: 965
Email: patricia.groves@utoledo.edu

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


 
Dr. Jeanne M. Kusina
Visiting Faculty
 
 Jeanne Kusina

Office:  UH4220B
Phone:  419.530.2642
Fax:  419.530.4411
Mail Stop:  965
Email: jeanne.kusina@utoledo.edu

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.



 
 Dr. Patricia A. Murphy, C.R.C.
 Professor Emeritus
 
  Phone: 419.530.2233
Fax: 419.530.4411
Mail Stop: 965
Email: pmurphy@utnet.utoledo.edu

Ph.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.
Last Updated: 3/22/15