Women's and Gender Studies Faculty Profiles

Allred_SarahDr. Sarah Allred is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Anthropology. Dr. Allred completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Sociology at Drury University and continued her education with her Masters studies at the College of William and Mary. She received her PhD in Sociology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Dr. Allred currently teaches the Social Inequality course in women’s studies.

What issues gender issues interest you most? 
“I am interested in how notions of good mothering are socially constructed and how illness experiences/behaviors are filtered through our constructions of gender.”
How has women's Studies impacted your education?
“It has enhanced my student's understanding of an important identity characteristic that shapes social experience and social chances. It has provided me with a unique and valuable prism for viewing the social landscape.”

Dr. BarnesDr. Julia Barnes, Associate Professor of Spanish, holds degrees from Davidson College, Yale Divinity School, UNC-Chapel Hill, and the University of Georgia. Dr. Barnes is the newest addition to the Women's and Gender Studies faculty and teaches a section of WNS 210: Introduction to Women's Studies. Her research primarily includes contemporary Spain with a particular emphasis on women novelists and mothering. 
How do you see your background in Spanish and your background in WNS coming together in your life? 
"My specialty is contemporary Spanish literature, and in particular the contemporary novel by women writers. In that context, I am interested in Motherhood Studies, which for my area means analyzing representations of motherhood in Spanish literature and film to see what sorts of messages and sub messages are being communicated about mothers." 
What is your favorite feminist quote, book or author?
"The book Sexism and Godtalk by Rosemary Radford Ruther was very influential for. As an Hispanist, I also want to mention the 17th-century Mexican nun, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, who wrote against sexual double standards." 

Bucher_ChristinaDr. Christina Bucher is an Associate Professor of English, Rhetoric and Writing and the Faculty Advisor for LISTEN, the LGBT student group.  Dr. Bucher received a BA in Journalism from Belmont College and an MA and PhD in English at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She is most interested in women’s writing, feminist literary theory, lesbian literature and history, GLBTQ issues, as well as race issues. 
What is your favorite novel that you would recommend?
“A book I read over and over and teach over and over is Gloria Naylor’s Mama Day; I am also partial to Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass.” 
What has been your most memorable activism experience outside of academia?
"I attended Bill Clinton’s first inauguration in January 1993. It was the first time in my voting life that my presidential  candidate won, and there was such a feeling of optimism in the air. The huge crowd–over a million by some estimates–was wonderfully diverse.”

ConradsenSusanDr. Susan Conradsen is an Associate Professor of Psychology and also the Director of the Women’s Studies Program at Berry. Dr. Conradsen completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of Georgia. She received her MA and PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University of Louisville. She is most interested in gender and media, eating disorders and gendered violence. She also conducts research on issues of mothering such as: childbirth, work/family issues and mother activism.

How and when did you encounter Women's Studies? 
“I first became involved in women's issues when I volunteered at a domestic violence shelter in college, but really started learning more through my clinical work with eating disorders in graduate school and during my residency at Medical College of Georgia. While on my fellowship with Emory I started to learn more about feminist psychology and the importance of race, gender, and class through my work with AIDS patients. When I came to Berry I asked to teach the course Psychology of Women, which is a cross listed course. This was when I became fully immersed in Women's Studies and fell in love with the discipline.” 
What is something interesting about you that your students would not know?

"I do Yoshukai Karate with my daughter, love Zumba and spin classes, and enjoy drawing."

Lewinson_AnneDr. Anne Lewinson, Associate Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, graduated from Williams College, and got her MA and PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She teaches Gender in Global Perspective with an emphasis on gender in social science research.
What women's/gender issues interest you most?

“I am particularly interested in how gender ideologies and practices influence contemporary cultural practices and social structures, such as how life event celebrations construct and reinforce existing notions of masculinity and femininity, gender roles, etc.” 
What are your hobbies outside of Berry?
“I recently started doing yoga again after a long (25 year) hiatus, and I swim regularly. I’m also enjoying reading books to our two kids—I get to hear new stories and revisit my old favorites.” 

LidkeDr. Jeffrey Lidke, Associate Professor of Religion and Philosophy, teaches Women in World Religions and Goddess Traditions in Asia. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and went on to receive his MA and PhD from The University of California, Santa Barbara. Dr. Lidke is interested in issues of equality despite differences of gender or sexual orientation.
What is one experience outside of academia that has impacted your education?
“My travels to India, Nepal, Bali and Bhutan.” 
Why do you think it is important for students to be aware of gender issues in Religion?
“Gender issues shape religious ethics and world views in fundamental ways. Since religion is linked to power and dynamics of control, we must be cognizant of the ideological construction of gender in religious traditions.”

McKenzieDr. David McKenzie obtained a theological seminary degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, an M.A. in Philosophy from Louisiana State University and his doctorate in Philosophy from the University of Texas. Dr. McKenzie teaches Christian Faith and Feminist Critique with a focus on the treatment of women from the biblical period to the present day. He has a bi-vocational career as a Professor of Religion and Philosophy at Berry as well as a Pastor at Rehoboth Baptist Church near Cave Springs, GA.
What are your hobbies outside of Berry?
“I am an avid tennis player, playing singles matches primarily with colleagues from the Berry faculty and staff. I play on average three matches a week.”
Describe an experience outside of academia that has impacted your education.
“I believe that going to Indonesia for ten weeks as a Baptist Student Union Summer Missionary when I was in college most impacted my career. I had the privilege of working with a Muslim population, and it served as the beginning of my career interest in interfaith dialogue." 

SniderChristyDr. Christy Snider is the Associate Professor of History at Berry College and teaches the U.S. Women's History course.


WatkinsDr. Jim Watkins, Associate Professor of English, Rhetoric, and Writing, teaches the popular Southern Women’s Literature course for the Women’s Studies Program. Dr. Watkins got his BA from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and his MA and PhD from the University of Florida. 
What issues interest you most in Women's Studies? 
“Women’s Autobiography, History of Social Reform Movements in the U.S. and U.S. Southern Women Writers”
Who is your favorite feminist author and why?
“Bell Hooks, because her vision of social justice is so expansive yet she makes it seem so reasonable and achievable.”
What is something about you that your students would never guess?

“I used to be a land surveyor.”