GWS Welcomes 5 Incoming Faculty and 1 Postdoctoral Fellow

collage of 6 people: incoming faculty and lecturers
Clockwise, starting from top left: Benjamin Mier-Cruz, Kelly Ward, Kate Walsh, Kelsey Lewis, Ruth Goldstein, Jess Waggoner.

GWS welcomes 5 incoming faculty and 1 incoming postdoctoral fellow.  Incoming faculty include Kelly Ward, Kate Walsh, Ruth Goldstein, Jess Waggoner, and Benjamin Mier-Cruz.  Kelsey Lewis is the incoming Postdoctoral Fellow.  Below, please find brief bios for each of them; more information can be found on their respective pages, which are linked below.

Kate Walsh (she/her/hers) is an Associate Professor of GWS and Psychology, and was hired as part of the Sexual Violence Cluster Hire. Her interdisciplinary research program focuses on risk factors and outcomes of sexual violence.

Kelly Ward (she/hers or they/them) is an Assistant Professor of GWS and Sociology and was hired as part of the Reproductive Equity Cluster Hire. She works in the areas of the sociology of medicine, organizational sociology, and the sociology of race, class, and gender. She is an Anna Julia Cooper Postdoctoral Fellow and will start their faculty position in Fall 2021.

Ruth Goldstein (she/her/hers) is an Assistant Professor of GWS. She is broadly interested in the gendered aspects of human and nonhuman health, a quickly heating planet and environmental racism.

Jess Waggoner (they/them/theirs) is an Assistant Professor of GWS and English. Waggoner’s research and teaching interests span U.S. literature and culture, feminist disability studies, queer and trans studies, health activisms, and African American studies.

Benjamin Mier-Cruz (he/him or they/them) is an Assistant Professor of GWS and Scandinavian Studies. His research interests are modern Nordic literature and film with a focus on writers and filmmakers of color and intersectional representations of gender, sexuality, and race.

Kelsey Lewis (she/her/hers) is the Wittig Postdoctoral Fellow in Feminist Biology. Dr. Lewis is broadly interested in the intersection of gender studies and biology, and feminist perspectives of sex, in particular. Her scholarship combines lab research on the prenatal development of sex characteristics with feminist perspectives on the construction of binary sex.