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Gender, Feminist, and Women’s Studies Core Faculty

These are faculty members with lines in the Scripps Feminist, Gender & Sexuality Studies Department and in the Pomona’s Gender & Women’s Studies Program. There are additionally many affiliated faculty across the Colleges who teach and do research in feminist, gender, and sexuality studies.

Piya ChatterjeePiya Chatterjee
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.

Jih-Fei ChengJih-Fei Cheng
Associate 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.

Portrait of Aimee BahngAimee Bahng
Associate Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies; Coordinator of Gender and Women’s Studies; Coordinator for American Studies, Pomona College
Aimee is the author of Migrant Futures: Decolonizing Speculation in Financial Times (Duke University Press, 2018) and co-editor of the “Transpacific Futurities” special issue of Journal of Asian American Studies (2017). She has published articles on transnational Asian/American speculative fiction and financialization in Journal of American Studies (2015)Techno-Orientalism (Rutgers University Press, 2015), and MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the U.S. (2008). Her second book project, Transpacific Ecologies, is currently underway, bringing decolonial, queer and feminist thought to bear on the environment, knowledge production, and dis/ability at the site of the Pacific Ocean, which has long served as a proving ground for scientific experimentation and biopolitical securitization. Aimee is also writing a number of articles about science fiction writer Octavia Butler, whose papers are held at the Huntington Library in San Marino. One essay, titled “Plasmodial Improprieties: Octavia E. Butler, Slime Molds, and Imagining a Femi-Queer Commons,” appears in the Queer Feminist Science Studies Reader (University of Washington Press, 2017). Aimee has also published an article co-authored by Reena Goldthree in Radical Teacher on “#BlackLivesMatter and Feminist Pedagogy.”

Esther Hernández-Medina Assistant Professor of Latin American Studies and Gender and Women’s Studies (GWS, Pomona).  Esther is a feminist academic, public policy expert and activist from the Dominican Republic, with a particular interest in how historically marginalized groups such as women, racial, ethnic and sexual minorities are able (if at all) to change and influence public policy in their favor. She has done research on this topic in Mexico, Brazil and her own country by looking at citizen participation in urban policies in São Paulo and Mexico City, the history of and recent achievements by the Dominican feminist movement, and the participatory budgeting model in the Dominican Republic and São Paulo.