Women and Gender Studies
Varner Hall, Room 217
371 Varner Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4485
(248) 370-2154



The Women and Gender Studies Program attracts faculty from a variety of departments across Oakland University.  In your classes, you will encounter professors who share a commitment to teach interdisciplinary courses rich in diversity and who enjoy empowering Oakland students to think in new and exciting ways.

 Jo Reger
Jo Reger, Ph.D., Director

Jo is a Professor of Sociology and the Director of Women and Gender Studies at Oakland University. Her books include Everywhere and Nowhere: Contemporary Feminism in the United States  (2012, Oxford University Press), Identity Work in Social Movements with Dan Myers and Rachel Einwohner (2008, University of Minnesota Press), Different Wavelengths: Studies of the Contemporary Women’s Movement (2005, Routledge). She recently published articles on the rise of global Slut Walks and her current project is on the role music played in the women’s movement of the 1960s and 1970s. Read more.

Phone: (248) 370-2575
Email:  reger@oakland.edu

Ami Harbin, Ph.D., Assistant Director

Ami is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Women and Gender Studies. She also is the Assistant Director of the Women and Gender Studies program. Her research interests are in the areas of feminist philosophy, health care ethics, and moral psychology. Her current projects focus on disorientation and ethics, and bioethical questions surrounding queer sexualities, mental health, and palliative care. Read more.
Phone:  (248) 370-3301



Kathy Patterson-Hawes, M.A.

Kathy holds a Master's Degree in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Women's Studies from Eastern Michigan University. She also earned a Bachelor's degree in General Studies with a concentration in Women's Studies at Oakland University. She teaches Introduction to Women and Gender Studies and  Global Women, Global Issues.

Email:  patters2@oakland.edu


Sue Rumph, M.A.

Sue holds a B.A. and M.A. from Wayne State University with concentrations in Women's Studies. Sue was actively involved with the Women's Studies Program at Wayne State, serving on the Advisory Board, founding the Women's Student Organization and teaching Introduction to Women's Studies and Women and Race Relations. Her Master’s thesis, entitled, "Black and White Members of N.O.W. Talk about the Racial Diversification of the National Organization for Women," examined N.O.W. members' definitions of feminism and reasons for being a N.O.W. member.  She currently teaches Introduction to Women and Gender Studies at Oakland.

Email:  rumph@oakland.edu

Lacey Story, M.A.

Lacey earned her Master's Degree in Women and Gender Studies from Eastern Michigan University. She earned her Bachelor's Degree with a major in Sociology and a minor in Women's Studies from Oakland University. She teaches Introduction to Women and Gender Studies and Introduction to LGBT Studies. She also oversees the internships for WGS. For more information, contact Lacey at story@oakland.edu.
 Lynn Bernardi

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Affiliated Faculty

•WGS Executive Committee Members