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Women and Gender Studies Minor

Women and Gender Studies (WGS) uses the concepts of gender, race/ethnicity and class to analyze all dimensions of human experience. WGS is an interdisciplinary minor that complements any major and is excellent preparation for today's diverse workplace. Recent Elizabethtown graduates minoring in the program have gone on to careers in occupational therapy, banking and science or have pursued advanced degrees.

The WGS minor requires a minimum of 21 credit hours, comprises six courses. Several of these courses also satisfy Core Program requirements or may count toward a student's major.

For more information regarding the minor or events sponsored by the program, please contact WGS Program Director Dr. T. Evan Smith at or 717-361-1320.

Our Faculty

Dr. Evan Smith, Psychology, Director of Women and Gender Studies | (717) 361-1320
Dr. Smith’s research examines gender and sexual identities from a feminist psychological perspective. His courses include a First-Year Seminar on diversity and social justice, Developmental Psychology, and the Psychology of Women and Gender. Dr. Smith would be happy to answer any questions you may have about the WGS minor.

Dr. Vivian Bergel, Social Work | (717) 361-1446
Dr. Bergel is a founding member of the Women and Gender Studies Minor and served as its acting director in Fall, 2006 and Fall, 2007.   Her interests include researching, educating and advocating for the empowerment of women, understanding the issues surrounding motherless daughters, and promoting the field of gerontology and the concept of academic service-learning.

Dr. Sara A. Atwood, Physics and Engineering  | (717) 361-1434
Dr. Atwood's research includes work in engineering education, particularly in the recruitment and retention of women and minorities into STEM fields, and outreach to women and minorities in K-12.  She teaches courses including Introduction to Engineering, Thermodynamics, and Strength of Materials. 

Dr. Mahua Bhattacharya, Japanese and Asian Studies | (717) 361-1239
Dr. Bhattacharya teaches courses in Japanese language and literature and is currently working on a project on Japanese Women's History. Her research interests include Asian literature, postcolonial theory, popular culture, language ideology, and second language acquisition.

Dr. Christina Bucher, Religious Studies | (717) 361-1182
Dr. Bucher’s research currently centers upon the Song of Songs (Song of Solomon), focusing on both gender relations in the book’s poetry and the use of gender by later Jewish and Christian interpreters of the book. She teaches courses on “Women, Gender, and the Hebrew Bible” and “Women and Religion in the Greco-Roman World.”

Dr. Rachel Finley-Bowman, Education | (717) 361-1327
Dr. Bowman’s research examines gender, citizenship/peace education, and national identity in Northern Ireland. She teaches courses on social studies education methods, social studies content, and peace education.

Dr. Tamera Keiter Humbert, Occupational Therapy | (717) 361-4750
Dr. Humbert's research focuses on women overcoming violence. Through a phenomenological and narrative perspective, she has collaborated with women locally as a well as in Haiti, Rwanda, and Kenya to describe the contexts in which women heal after violence. She teaches courses related to health and wellness, mental health, clinical reasoning, and research.

Dr. Heather Kanenberg, Social Work |
(717) 361-1310
Dr. Kanenberg’s research agenda includes a focus on feminist policy analysis and frameworks and is concerned with underrepresented populations such as women and girls access to healthcare, adoptive families with gay and lesbian parents and issues specific to the transgender community in addition, she is engaged in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL).   She teaches courses on human behavior theories, social problems, social policy, and community level social work practice.

Dr. Kyle C. Kopko, Political Science | (717) 802-5311 | Website
Dr. Kopko's scholarship examines the role of social identities, partisanship, and biases in the judicial decision-making process. Dr. Kopko also researches in the fields of American politics and religion & politics.  He teaches courses on American national government, Pennsylvania politics, constitutional law, judicial process, and gender & the law. 

Dr. Susan C. Mapp, Social Work | (717) 361-3766
Dr. Mapp's work focuses on violations of human rights around the world, especially as they relate to women and children. She teaches classes on global child welfare and well-being as well as international social development.

Dr. Peggy McFarland, Social Work | (717) 361-1319

Dr. McFarland teaches the Human Sexuality Course as an elective in the Women & Gender Studies minor. She is a practicing geriatric social worker and has conducted research and trainings on issues related to elderly gays and lesbians.

Dr. Amy Milligan, Religious Studies | (717) 361-1450 | Website
Dr. Milligan’s
 research is largely ethnographic. She considers both gendered and spiritual bodies using ethnographic methodology, queer theory, material culture, folkloristic theory, and feminist theory. In particular, she is interested in the externalizations of the self through clothing, hair, and the body, as well as the reinvention or innovation of religious ritual to meet the needs of the gendered and sexed individual. She teaches courses on contemporary women and religion, queer theory, and social and biological constructions of sex, gender, and sexuality. 

Dr. Patricia Likos Ricci, Art History  | &717) 361-1517
Dr. Ricci's research interests include the reconstruction of the careers of American women artists of the nineteenth and early twentieth century in the historical context of the Woman’s Rights movement. She studies the interrelationship of gender and aesthetics and its impact on the professional status of women artists.  

Dr. John Rohrkemper, English | (717) 361-1229
John Rohrkemper teaches and writes about American literature and culture, often with an emphasis on race, class, and gender. Currently his research focus is on work, money, and technology as gendered phenomena in the writing of Mark Twain

Dr. Rita Shah, Sociology | (717) 361-1351
Dr. Shah is a criminologist with research interests on the relationship between parole and post-release supervision and the reentry process of former prisoners, with a focus on whether and how a state-imposed reentry program helps or hinders those under its jurisdiction. She teaches courses on criminology, criminal justice, and the relationship between law and society.

Katherine Taylor, M.A. Community Psychology and Social Change
Taylor focuses on women and gender identity politics, specifically on feminist theory and social activism.  She teaches the course, Sex and Gender in Society (WGS105) for the Women and Gender Studies Minor program.

Dr. Amy C. Thomason, Education | (717) 361-1479
Dr. Thomason’s current research and writing interests include early childhood education, the intersection of development and education, contextual influences on education, teacher development, women in child care and education, pathways to teaching, and feminist research methods. She currently teaches courses on family, school, and community partnerships and language and literacy development in early childhood.

BethAnn Zambella, M.S., M.Ed., Library | (717) 361-1428
BethAnn Zambella is the College Librarian and Director of the High Library at Elizabethtown. Her curiosity compels her to look at challenges that cut across traditional organizational boundaries, including gender. She has recently been exploring the idea of women and leadership with the “Called to Lead” program.

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