Erienne Fawcett

Erienne Fawcett is the Assistant Director of the Women and Gender Studies program. She advises WGS undergraduate majors and minors as well as teaches WGS 110: Introduction to Women's Studies and WGS 112: Masculinities. enjoys studying women's portrayal in the media, social networks, and body politics. Ms. Fawcett has two great passions in life, her students and animals.  She lives for the "ah-ha" and "click" moments in her classroom. Loki Lani, River Phoenix and Nymphadora Tonks are her three dog furkids and she often travels East to spend time on her family acreage where she keeps her Norwegian Fjord, Kristen and her quarter horse, Lnyx.

Alison Graham-Bertolini

I am an associate professor with a joint appointment in English and Women and Gender Studies. I earned my Master’s of Liberal Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and received my doctorate in English Literature from Louisiana State University.

My first book, Vigilante Women in Contemporary American Fiction, was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2011. Vigilante Women focuses on female characters who refuse to accept injustice. In the text I argue that vigilante heroines act to remedy violence that women experience on a daily basis: domestic violence, restrictive laws, and lack of political recourse, for example.

Moreover, the authors that I study (Zora Neale Hurston, Shirley Ann Grau, Eudora Welty, Carson McCullers, & Toni Morrison, among others) challenge ingrained social expectations, creating a more inclusive space for law, morality, and civility to flourish.

I believe that the vigilante characters of these novels model how acts of illegal resistance are representative of the larger movement toward equal rights in American culture, which makes the texts upon which I focus especially relevant and compelling for students.

When I’m not reading, writing, or researching, I devote my time to my adored family. Together we are learning about life on the Great Plains—traveling, hiking, exploring, shoveling, and playing in the snow.

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