Recent Placement

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Dr. Carol J. Gray (she/her)

Education (degree/s, including certificates):

  • Ph.D. and MA in Political Science; Grad. certificates in Feminist Studies; Human Rights; and Race, Ethnicity & Politics, University of Connecticut
  • JD, Northeastern University School of Law
  • LLM, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Diploma in International Human Rights Law, American University in Cairo
  • BA in African Studies, Wesleyan University

Current position: Mary Miles Bibb Teaching Fellow at Framingham State University

"Obtaining the Feminist Studies certificate was a critical part of my educational development. It provided me more resources to incorporate gender, in an interdiscipinary context, as an essential part of my pedagogy. In every political science course I teach, I integrate women authors (including those of color and from the Global South), women’s rights, and intersectionality with race, class, and gender with my roots for these in theWomen, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) program. As a doctoral student, my research was supported by the Wood/Raith Gender Identity Living Trust Fellowship. One stream of my current research investigates issues of gender and race focusing on Mary Bibb, the first African American woman to graduate from Framingham State University who, with her husband, published one of the first African American newspapers in Canada focusing on the anti-slavery movement in the 1800s."


Shamayeta Bhattacharya

Shamayeta Bhattacharya (she/her)

Education (degree/s, including certificates):

  • B.Sc. & M.Sc. Geography, Presidency University, Kolkata, India;
  • Ph.D. Geography, University of Connecticut
  • Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Graduate Certificate, University of Connecticut
  • Human Rights Graduate Certificate, University of Connecticut

    Current position: Assistant Professor, Community Engagement and Leadership Department, Point Park University

    "If you are planning on seeking a tenure track position in a gender studies or community engagement department the WGSS certificate is key. Taking the feminist pedagogy class with Dr. Zane prepped me with the job market teaching materials including a teaching statement and creating a Portfolium account. Additionally, the WGSS certificate allowed me to take courses from different departments which added to my intersectional lens."

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    Meaghan Davis (she & they)

    Education (degree/s, including certificates):

    • University of Connecticut
      BA History, BS Education, MA Education

    Graduate Certificates

    • Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
    • Nonprofit Management
    • Human Right to Education
    • Peace Studies

    Current position: Director, First Year Experience at St. Francis College and Founder, The
    BRAVE Institute

    "Earning the graduate certificate in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at UConn positioned me well to be an effective leader, lifelong learner, and skilled activist within my work in higher education as well as the nonprofit world. The coursework and community I engaged with during my time in the WGSS program challenged me personally and professionally to (un)learn ways of thinking, doing, and being, which all contribute to reimagining the systems and cultures we all co-create. My experience within the WGSS program helped prepare me to show up for ALL of my students and to co-create spaces with my students that lead to transformation and liberation."

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    Dr. Anna Ziering (she/her)


    • Ph.D. in English (UConn 2022), with a Graduate Certificate in American Studies and a
      Graduate Certificate in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
    • MA in English (UConn 2017)
    • MFA in Poetry (Boston University, 2015)
    • BA in American Studies (Barnard College 2011)

    Current Position: Assistant Professor of Women's and Gender Studies, affiliated with African
    American Studies

    "Completing the UConn WGSS Graduate Certificate made my interdisciplinary work legible and contributed to my being hired by a WGSS program. My engagement with WGSS at UConn included TAing, teaching as Instructor of Record, and serving as a program assistant. I also received awards including the Wood/Raith Gender Identity Living Trust Fellowship (2021), the Excellence in Graduate Teaching in Women’s Studies Award (2021), and the Susan Porter Benson Graduate Research Award in Feminist Studies (2020). I am grateful to the faculty in the UConn WGSS program who served as mentors and advisors both during my time at UConn and beyond."

    Other Recent Placements:

    Chair, General Education Department

    Director of Applied Learning Program 

    Assistant Professor, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies 

    Director of Intensive Writing Program 

    Chapter Lead, Design Development and Technology Enablement 

    Inaugural Director of External Affairs at Non-Profit Health Organization 

    Assistant Professor of Crime and Justice Studies

    Assistant Professor of English

    Professor, Sociology and Department Chair, PSY/SOC/Social Sciences 

    Director of Summer Humanities and Social Science in the Summer Bridge Program