Gender, Feminist, and Women’s Studies Faculty
Dorothy Cruickshank Backstrand Chair of Gender and Women’s Studies
Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Scripps College
Piya Chatterjee is a historical anthropologist by training. She is interested women’s labor, colonial and post-colonial history, and feminist ethnographic writing and is currently involved with a Paulo Freire inspired, anti-violence political literacy project led by rural women in eastern India which has been funded by the Global Fund for Women.
Assistant Professor of Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Scripps College
Jih-Fei Cheng’s research examines the intersections between science, technology, media representations, and social movements. He utilizes interdisciplinary feminist and queer of color approaches, including visual, textual, and historical methods, to study activist uses of media to document, mobilize action, and leverage the survival chances of communities made vulnerable to illness through systemized health and economic disparities.
Kyla Wazana Tompkins
Associate Professor of English and Gender & Women’s Studies, Pomona College
Kyla Wazana Tompkins is a former food writer and restaurant critic. Today, as a scholar of 19th-century U.S. literature with a continuing interest in the relationship between food and culture, she writes about the connections between literature and a wide range of topics: food, eating, sexuality, race, culture, film and dance. Her 2012 book, Racial Indigestion: Eating Bodies in the Nineteenth Century, received the 2012 Lora Romero First Book Publication Prize from the American Studies Association and tied for the Best Book in Food Studies Award, presented by the Association for the Study of Food and Society.
Aimee Bahng (on leave for the 2020-2021 academic year); teaches and writes about transnational Asian/American literature, feminist science and technology studies, and queer theory. Her book, Migrant Futures: Decolonizing Speculation in Financial Times (2017, Duke University Press), examines narratives of futurity across a range of platforms – from subaltern science fiction to the financial speculations of the 1%. The book asserts that a history of racial capitalism subtends visions of the future and to imagine otherwise demands an excavation of this history. She is currently working on another book, Transpacific Ecologies, which looks to the Pacific – the body of water, the islands, and their human and non-human denizens, as well as the nation-states and corporations that parlay across it – for narratives that help us think beyond a terrestrial-centric human history and toward a more diverse conceptualization of environmental futures. She uses transnational and indigenous feminist frameworks to reassert a “transpacific undercommons” through which we might reconfigure relationships to the planet by reckoning with a disavowed ecological past.
Natalia Duong Visiting Assistant Professor (GWS, Pomona). Natalia is a scholar, writer, and performance maker whose work spans transnational Asian American studies, disability studies, and environmental humanities. Her research analyzes the legal, cultural, and aesthetic effects of the herbicide Agent Orange. She received a BA in Psychology and Dance from Stanford, MA in Performance Studies from NYU, and PhD in Performance Studies with Designated Emphasis in Gender and Women’s Studies from UC Berkeley. She has published in the Canadian Review of American Studies and Dance Research.