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For off-campus callers: Our area code is 845 and our prefix is 257-
Location: Southside House



Karl Bryant
Assistant Professor of Sociology and
Assistant Professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Office: JFT504
Phone: 3035
karl Karl Bryant, Ph.D. (University of California-Santa Barbara) is an assistant professor in both sociology and women’s studies. His research is in the overlapping areas of gender, sexuality, childhood studies, science studies, and the sociology of knowledge. He has been published in Deviant Behavior, Journal of Sex Research, Nature Nanotechnology, Sexualities, and Sexuality Research & Social Policy, and is currently completing a book-length history of the psychiatric diagnosis “Gender Identity Disorder of Childhood.” Since coming to New Paltz, Professor Bryant has begun new projects on the scientific wing of “ex-gay” movements and emerging discourses concerning transgender childhood. He teaches courses on sexuality, gender, queer studies, and social inequalities. 
Kathleen Dowley
Associate Professor of Political Science and
Associate Professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Coordinator of the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program
Office: JFT920/Coordinator's Office, Southside House
Phone: 3558/2978
Kathleen Dowley headshot Kathleen M. Dowley received her Ph.D. in Political Science from Michigan State University, and her MA in Russian and east European Studies from the University of Michigan.  She teaches courses on Women and Politics, European Politics and Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict.  Her research focuses on governance in multiethnic societies, with a special emphasis on post-communist Europe.  She is also the Director of the SUNY Model European Union program, and has published articles in the Comparative Political Studies, International Journal of Public Opinion Research, Europe-Asia Studies and Post-Communist Studies. 
Heather Hewett  (Sabbatical Fall 2013)
Associate Professor of English and 
Associate Professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Office: JFT410
Phone: 2730
hhewettphoto Heather Hewett received her B.A. in English from Yale University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Literary Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she received a minor in cultural studies and a certificate in African studies.  She teaches courses on women's literature,  postcolonial literature, transnational feminism, motherhood and mothering, and nonfiction writing.  Her work has appeared in a range of academic and mainstream publications, including MELUS, English in Africa, Women's Studies Quarterly, The Scholar & Feminist Online, The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor,, Brain, Child: The Magazine for Thinking Mothers, and Women's Review of Books.  She has also published essays in several edited collections, including Chick Lit: The New Woman's Fiction, Expressions of the Body: Representations in African Text and Image, and the textbook anthology Women: Images and Realities.  She blogs for Girl with Pen ( 
Amy Kesselman
Professor Emeritus
kesselman photo Before her retirement, Amy Kesselman, Ph.D. was the full-time faculty member based in the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program. She joined the New Paltz faculty in 1981 after attending a doctoral program in history at Cornell University and a Master's program in history at Portland State University. She was an activist in the early women's liberation movement in Chicago and is currently working on a research project on women's liberation in New Haven, Connecticut. She is the author of Fleeting Opportunities: Women Shipyard Workers in Portland and Vancouver During World War II and Reconversion, and co-editor with Lily Mc Nair and Nancy Schniedewind of Women: Images and Realities, A Multicultural Anthology, which is now in its second edition. She teaches "History of Women in the United States," "Feminism in the United States" and "Women: Images and Realities." 
Edith Kuiper
Assistant Professor of Economics and
Assistant Professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Office: JFT 806
Phone: 2378
photo Dr. Edith Kuiper received a Ph.D. in economics in February 2001 from the University of Amsterdam. Currently, she is a feminist economist at the State University of New York at New Paltz in the United States. Her research is in the field of history and philosophy of economics. Among other things, she co-edited (with Drucilla Barker) Towards a Feminist Philosophy of Economics (Routledge, 2003) and the Routledge Major Works Series Feminist Economics: Critical Concepts (January 2010). 
Meg Devlin O'Sullivan
Assistant Professor of History and
Assistant Professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Office: Southside House
Phone: 2977
newfaculty Meg Devlin O'Sullivan holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and earned her B.A. in women's studies and history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her training and expertise focuses on American Indian history, and her current research examines Native women's activism during the last quarter of the 20th century. Some of this scholarship looks at the role Indian women played in arresting sterilization abuse and defining the struggle for reproductive justice during the 1970s; and a longer project considers the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978 through the lens of American Indian women's interpretation of how best to exercise tribal sovereignty.  Dr. O'Sullivan has also published articles on the Cherokees during the 19th century in the Chronicles of Oklahoma and the Tennessee Historical Quarterly. Teaching for both the History Department and Women's Studies Program, her courses address American women's history, U.S. history in the 20th century, various topics in American Indian history, and the introductory survey in women's studies. 


Denise Oliver-Velez
Adjunct Faculty
Office: Southside House
Phone: 2975
picforwebsitebio Denise Oliver-Velez is a cultural anthropologist specializing in medical anthropology.  She was a member of the Young Lords and the Black Panther parties and a former executive director of the Black Filmmakers Foundation.  She currently is a front page political writer for Daily Kos. 

Abigail Robin (Retired)
Adjunct Faculty
E-mail: robina@newpaltz.eduAbigail Robin taught freshman composition and ran writing workshops for EOP students. As an instructor in the English department, she has been instrumental in developing co-requisite curricula for "Modern World" and "Freshman Art Seminar"; she has taught English as Second Language students and supplemental writing workshop sections. She also has an interest in writing across the curriculum and has participated in Writing Board activities. She is a member of UUP New Paltz Chapter Women's Right and Concerns Committee, and a member of the Women's Studies Conference Planning Committee since 1998.

Katherine Sarno
Adjunct Faculty
Office: Southside House
Phone: 2976
E-mail: ksarno@optonline.netKathy Sarno was born and raised in Peekskill, NY and did her undergraduate studies at Colgate University, majoring in philosophy and religion and minoring in women's studies. Feeling that her knowledge was lacking, she attended graduate school at Sarah Lawrence College, where she received an M.A. in women's history. Kathy has been a part-time instructor of women's studies at SUNY New Paltz for more than 10 years. She recommends women's studies to all students and feels it can be life changing.

Amy Kate Silvestro
Adjunct Faculty
Office: Southside House
Phone: 2976
Amy Kate Silvestro, CSW-R, has been a social worker and therapist for over 20 years. Amy trained in feminist therapy while at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Her work has concentrated chiefly on violence against women. Professionally she has worked with women and children who have been sexually abused and served for eight years on the Board of Directors of the New York State Coalition Against Sexual Assault. When working with teens at a local alternative school Amy developed the Bridge Program in partnership with the women's studies program. For eight years students at risk of dropping out of high school had the opportunity to participate in "Women: Images and Realities." A part-time faculty member of the women's studies program for more than 15 years, Amy is dedicated to engaging students about issues related to rape and violence against women at SUNY New Paltz.


Sunita Bose, Sociology
Peter D. G. Brown, Professor Emeritus,  Languages, Literatures and Cultures
Mary Christensen, Languages, Literatures and Cultures
Elisa Davila, Languages, Literatures and Cultures
M. Stella Deen, English
Judith Dorney, Educational Studies
Kathleen Dowley, Political Science
Salvatore Engel-DiMauro, Geography
Anita Gonzalez, Theatre Arts
Kristine Harris, History
Melanie Hill, Psychology
Nancy Johnson, English
Benjamin Junge, Anthropology
Nancy Kassop, Political Science
Susan Lewis, History
Katherine McCoy, Educational Studies
Gowri Parameswaran, Educational Studies
Fiona Paton, English
Jerry Persaud, Communication & Media
Anne Roschelle, Sociology
Nancy Schniedewind, Educational Studies
Patricia Sullivan, Communication & Media
Vicki Tromanhauser, English
Sarah Wyman, English


Concetta M. (Cookie) Chandler
Secretary 1
Office: Southside House
Phone: 2975
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Office: Southside House
Phone: 2798