Tel:(415) 422-6187

Bernadette Barker-Plummer


Bernadette Barker-Plummer received her Ph.D. from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, her MA from the University of Texas at Austin, and her BA from Edinburgh University in Scotland. Her research interests are in media, social movements, and social change. Professor Barker-Plummer is on sabbatical during the fall 2015 semester.

Tel:(415) 422-5167

Paula Birnbaum

Associate Professor and Academic Director

Paula Birnbaum is Associate Professor of Arts History/Arts Management and Academic Director of the Museum Studies Master of Arts Program at USF. She is a specialist in modern and contemporary art and holds a doctorate in Art History from Bryn Mawr College. Paula is a former Fulbright Scholar and fellow at the Institute for Research on Women and Gender at Stanford University and has published widely on modern and contemporary art and gender issues.

Tel:(415) 422-6055

Sarah Burgess

Associate Professor

Sarah Burgess (M.A./Ph.D. Rhetoric, University of California at Berkeley) is an Assistant Professor of Communication Studies and the Director of Gender and Sexualities Studies. She works at the intersection of rhetorical theory, political theory, philosophy, legal theory, and gender and sexualities studies to better understand the conditions and possibilities of justice for minority or oppressed populations. 

Tel:(415) 422-5760

Nicole Raeburn

Associate Professor

Nikki earned her Ph.D. in Sociology from Ohio State University. She teaches sociology classes on Youth and Activism; Diversity of American Families; U.S. Inequalities and Social Justice; Feminism, Gender, and the Body; and Sex and Sexualities, an earlier version of which she prepared as the Sociology Department's first LGBTQ studies course back in 1998. Her research has mostly focused on the mobilization, strategies, and outcomes of the workplace movement for lesbian, gay, and bisexual rights in corporate America, universities, and government-sector employment.

Tel:(415) 422-5482

Stephanie Sears

Associate Professor

Stephanie Sears is an Associate Professor of Sociology and the Director of the African American Studies Program at USF. Professor Sears received her Ph.D. from Yale University's joint program in African American Studies and Sociology. Her research interests include gender, race and ethnicity, youth cultures, and dance. As an interdisciplinary scholar, her research examines the ways race, class, gender, sexuality, and generation intersect and interact in complex and contradictory ways often simultaneously reproducing oppression and facilitating empowerment. These theoretical concerns and interdisciplinary approach formed the basis of her book, Imagining Black Womanhood, and drive her current research project on girlhood, identity, and dance.

Tel:(415) 422-5058

Annick Wibben

Associate Professor

Annick T.R. Wibben received her Ph.D. in International Politics from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, UK and teaches for the Politics Department and the International Studies program at USF.In her research, she specializes in (critical) security studies, international theory, and feminist international relations. Her book, Feminist Security Studies: A Narrative Approach, was published in 2011 and her edited book Researching War: Feminist Methods, Ethics & Politics is forthcoming with Routledge later this year. See also her academia.edu profile for updated information. Note: Prof. Wibben is on sabbatical until August 2016.