Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Faculty

Mary Jo Klinker
Mary Jo Klinker
Program Director, Professor


Minné 328


Mary Jo Klinker graduated with a PhD in American Studies from Washington State University, where she taught in the Department of Critical Culture, Gender, and Race Studies prior to teaching at WSU.

Engaging activism in the classroom is central to Mary Jo’s pedagogy and fuels their research, which focuses on the relation of queer activism and theory to feminist antimilitarist organizing and anti-imperialist critique.

Her research utilizes ethnographic and participatory action methodologies to examine the impacts of neoliberalism on contemporary social movements. Her teaching interests include LGBTQ+ studies and history, abolition feminist and queer politics, and transnational feminist solidarity.

As a rural community organizer, she has been involved as a board member of the Advocacy Center of Winona and as the statewide union LGBTQ+ Issues Committee Chair, and has examined the school-to-prison nexus in Winona.

She is also on the editorial collective of Abolition: A Journal of Insurgent Politics. Mary Jo’s writing has most recently been published in Radical Teacher: A socialist, feminist, and anti-racist journal.

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TL Jordan


TL Jordan graduated from Mayo Clinic School of Biomedical Sciences with a master’s degree in Immunology and recently graduated from Minnesota State University, Mankato with a master’s degree in Gender & Women’s Studies.

Their thesis is titled “Not Just Women: Trans Representation in Print News Media following the overturn of Roe v. Wade”.

TL’s academic interests center around trans studies, reproductive justice, and activism.

TL most recently spent 3 years organizing around reproductive rights in Minnesota, as well as queer advocacy in academic, nonprofit, and community spaces.

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Claudia Richard
Office Administrative Assistant
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Affiliated & Advisory Faculty

The interdisciplinary minor in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies is also supported by an advisory board and affiliated faculty that offer elective courses. 

Juandrea Bates
Associate Program Director, Associate Professor
Ruth Charles
IVE Coordinator, Professor

Social Work

Nicole Civettini
Dr. Linda D'Amico

Global Studies & World Languages

Erin Drummond
Dance Program Director, Assistant Professor

Theatre & Dance

Dr. Emilie Falc

Communication Studies

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Tara Lopez
Assistant Professor

Ethnic Studies

Kayla Olson
Assistant Professor

Library Services

Dr. Kim Park Nelson
Program Director, Associate Professor

Ethnic Studies

Dr. Elizabeth Russell
Associate Professor
Danielle Schwartz
Assistant Professor
Jaime Spilman

“Advocacy To End Gender-Based Violence”

Advocacy Center of Winona

Tyler Treptow-Bowman
Intercultural & Completion Coordinator

Office of Equity & Inclusive Excellence

Dr. Iris Wang
Associate Professor
Andrea Wood
Associate Professor