Faculty | Gender & Sexuality Studies

As an interdisciplinary program, the Gender and Sexuality Studies programs draws upon the expertise of faculty from across the College of Arts and Sciences. This provides students with the opportunity to engage in a liberal arts exploration of GSS and see how GSS is related to fields across the university. The following faculty are affiliated with the Gender and Sexuality Studies Program and can serve as an advisor for a GSS minor:

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, Law and Society

Dr. Wodda earned her Ph.D. in Criminology, Law, and Justice in 2018 from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Aimee is a queer/feminist criminologist and law & society scholar who explores connections between gender, sexuality, and the law.

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Associate Professor & Department Chair
(503) 352-2010

Professor Bove received his PhD from Boston University in 2007 and specializes in Victorian literature and culture, British Romanticism, critical theory, and film theory. He co-advises the English Club and Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society.

Associate Professor; Soc/Anth/CJLS/GSS Department Chair

Daniel Eisen, PhD is an Assistant Professor at Pacific University whose research is situated in the study of race, ethnic identity, and racial and ethnic relations. Employing critical race theory and grounded theory methodologies, his research examines Filipino ethnic identity development in Hawai‘i. 

Associate Professor

Dawn Salgado is an associate professor for the College of Arts & Science.



Professor; Theatre & Dance Department Chair

Ellen Margolis serves as chair of Theatre & Dance and director of Theatre. Her classes include all levels of acting, playwriting, directing, audition techniques, phonetics & dialects, among others. She holds an MFA in acting from the University of California at Davis and a PhD in theatre history from the University of California at Santa Barbara.

Jason Damron

Jason Damron is an Instructor and teaches GSS courses.

Assistant Professor, Department Chair

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http://www.jenhardacker.com  Jennifer Hardacker teaches film and video production studies and has made several short, experimental films and videos that have shown in festivals across America and Canada. 

Kathleen Converse
Director of the Center for Gender Equity & Advocacy Network Coordinator

Kathleen (she/her/hers) has her Masters in Social Work, with a focus on Gender and Sexuality Studies. She is passionate about intersectional feminism, and working to end systems of oppression and interpersonal violence.​ When she’s not fighting the white hetero-patriarchy she enjoys spending time with her partner, energetic toddler, and rambunctious basset hound labrador pup, reading, running, or eating copious amount of chocolate.

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Associate Professor & Creative Writing Program Director
(503) 352-2989

Professor Mitra is the Director of Creative Writing, teaching writing and literature courses for the English Department. There, she also serves as co-editor-in-chief of Silk Road Review: A Literary Crossroads and PLUM: Pacific's Literary Undergraduate Magazine. (On sabbatical spring 2020.)

Assistant Professor

Matthew Town's research focuses on identifying and addressing psychosocial factors that positively and negatively impact health behaviors of multiply marginalized populations.

Assistant Professor

Paul Snell is an assistant professor of Politics and Government at Pacific University. Prior to Paul's arrival at Pacific, he taught fourth grade in the Las Vegas Valley as a Teach for America corps member. His research is on the foundations of political science and has taught a variety of courses in American Politics and Political Theory including race, gender, sexuality and politics, Democratic Theory.

Associate Professor

Rebecca Twist teaches art history at Pacific University.