Faculty Director

Iveta Jusová, Director of Women’s and Gender Studies in Europe and Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies, Carleton College


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Dr. Iveta Jusová, Faculty Director

Professor Iveta Jusová received her Ph.D. in British literature and Cultural Studies from Miami University, Oxford, OH, in 2000. Her MA in Czech and English is from Palacky University, Olomouc, the Czech Republic. Her first book, The New Woman and the Empire (Ohio State University Press, 2005), explores the intersections of gender, race, and colonial issues in the work of four British New Women writers: Sarah Grand, George Egerton, Elizabeth Robins, and Amy Levy. Her second book, Czech Feminisms: Perspectives on Gender in East Central Europe, co-edited with Jirina Siklová, was awarded the 2017 Heldt Prize for best book in Slavic, Eastern European, and Eurasian women’s and gender studies.

Iveta has also published numerous articles on European women writers, actresses and filmmakers in both US and European academic journals. In June 2015 Jusová was the Lawrence and Lee Visiting Research Scholar at OSU’s Theatre Research Institute; in 2010 she was the Women’s History Month Keynote Speaker at Beacon College; and in 2008 she was an invited participant in a panel discussion on (and with) Julia Kristeva as part of the Dagmar and Václav Havel “Vize” Annual Award Ceremony in Prague. Professor Jusová has taught courses in British and world literatures, global feminisms, feminist and queer theory, and feminist methodology.

The Faculty Director conducts the orientation session, leads seminars, facilitates discussion, guides the independent research projects, and evaluates students’ work.


Local instructors will share responsibility for teaching GWSS 243: Situated Feminisms: Socio-Political Systems and Gender Issues Across Europe, and assisting with the independent student projects.

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Amira Fretz is lecturer in the Humanities and Social & Behavioral Sciences at Erasmus University College (EUC) in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. She studied Gender Studies (research MA, cum laude) and International Law (LL.M, cum laude) at Utrecht University, where she frequently collaborates with the Graduate Gender Program. At EUC she teaches interdisciplinary courses in gender studies, political science, and law across two departments. Amira’s own research centers queer theory and queer of color critique; the bodies that are created and/or undone by international human rights law; as well as the construction and livability of queer Arab subjectivities.

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Dr. Katrin Frisch

Dr. Katrin Frisch, PhD, English Literature and Culture, Humboldt University, Berlin, and King’s College, London

Teaching Assistant and Resident Adviser

Veronica Sefic is a graduate of Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois, and was a student on Women’s and Gender Studies in Europe in Fall 2019. More to come…

Affiliated Faculty

At each program site, students take seminars and attend lectures with NGOs, artists, activists, and professors from affiliated European universities, including Utrecht University (the Netherlands), Humboldt University (Germany), Charles University (the Czech Republic), and Jagiellonian University (Poland).

On-site Staff

For additional logistical, cross-cultural, and academic support at each program site, the WGSE program has a Resident Coordinator in each program site, who is usually a local resident working in the field of Women’s and Gender Studies.