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Women’s and Gender Studies


  • Ellen Hauser

    Director, Women’s and Gender Studies Program; Assistant Professor of Political Science and Women’s and Gender Studies

    Professor Ellen Hauser teaches courses in political science and women’s and gender studies. Those courses focus on global poverty, women and politics, African transitions, women of Africa, and women’s and gender studies theory. 

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  • Sandra Bisciglia

    Assistant Professor of Religion, and Women’s and Gender Studies

    Professor Sandra Bisciglia is a 1994 graduate of Carthage College. She received the very first Carthage Distinguished Adult Learner Award and the Carthage Religion Department’s Emma Johnson Award. Her course offerings include Post-Exilic Judaism, Judaism, Jewish Bible, and Women and the Bible.

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  • Shannon Brennan

    Assistant Professor of English

    Shannon Brennan is an Assistant Professor of English at Carthage. She earned her B.A. degrees in English and theater from the University of Maryland, her M.A. in English from Fordham University, and her Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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  • Danielle Geary

    Associate Professor of Social Work

    Professor Danielle Geary graduated from Carthage in 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in social work and in 2001 from UW-Madison with her master’s degree in social work. She joined the Carthage faculty as an assistant professor in 2009. She teaches courses in child welfare policy and practice, family violence, and social welfare policy analysis, social welfare research, and generalist methods. 

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  • Michele Hancock

    Professor of Practice in Education; Director, Accelerated Certification in Teaching

    Michele Hancock’s research interests focus on teacher leadership in urban settings and how teacher leaders collaborate to recognize and challenge deficit thinking.

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  • Maribel Morales Martinez

    Assistant Professor of Modern Languages

    Maribel Morales Martinez joined the Carthage faculty in 2006 after teaching at the Kenosha Unified School District in the Transitional Bilingual Program for three years. At Carthage, she teaches courses in Spanish language, Spanish literature, and Western Heritage; promotes multicultural awareness by participating in numerous international events; and is the advisor for the Latin/Belly Dance Club.

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  • Jean Preston

    Director, Writing Center; Adjunct Assistant Professor of English

    Jean Preston, director of the Writing Center at Carthage, has dedicated her life to inspiring students to write. She holds an M.F.A. in creative writing/poetry from the University of Southern Maine Stonecoast Writing Program.

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  • Christine Renaud

    Professor of Classics, Religion, and Women’s and Gender Studies

    Professor Christine Renaud has excavated at several historical sites in Italy and Greece. Since 2005, she has supervised the excavations at the Villa delle Vignacce, a second-century luxury villa in Rome. She involves Carthage students in the work every summer.

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  • Jeffrey Seymour

    Assistant Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice

    Jeffrey Seymour earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Notre Dame, where he was awarded the David L. Dodge Memorial Teaching Award, an honor given to the sociology graduate student who has most distinguished himself or herself in the teaching of undergraduates. His research interests include cultural sociology, social movements, sociology of religion, and social capital.

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  • Pamela Smiley

    Professor of English, and Women’s and Gender Studies

    Prof. Smiley has conducted extensive research work in literature and composition, expository writing, creative writing, and women’s studies. At Carthage, she teaches courses in introductory and topics in literature, Shakespeare, and advanced writing.

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  • Bradley Zopf ’05

    Assistant Professor of Sociology

    Professor Bradley Zopf graduated from Carthage in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts in sociology. He earned his Master of Arts from the University of Chicago, and completed his doctorate in sociology from the University of Illinois, Chicago. He is a member of the American Sociological Association, Midwest Sociological Society, and the Society for the Study of Social Problems and Committee for Teaching and Learning for the Midwest Sociological Society.

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  • Quick Facts

    • Carthage is named a Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review (2019), a designation given to only 25 percent of four-year schools.

    • The Tower, Carthage’s newest residence hall, provides some of the best views on campus — if not in the Midwest! In addition to #carthageviews of the lake from seven stories up, residents enjoy suite-style living and two floors of shared campus spaces for gaming, cooking, group meetings, or quiet studying. Learn more about all housing options.

    • You’re going to need brain fuel. Grab a morning coffee and a snack and Starbucks or Einstein Bros. Bagels. Later, meet friends at “The Caf,” where the specials change daily but the staples are constant, or swing through “The Stu” for wings, a burrito, or a sub. A new option, Carthage Cash, even covers some off-campus meals.

    • 96% of Carthage alumni report that they have secured a job or are continuing their studies six months after graduation. Visit Career Services.

    • 91% of employers say critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving skills matter more than your major when it comes to career success. Learn more about how the liberal arts prepare you for a successful career.

    • Lots of schools wear the four-year label. Carthage stands behind it. 95% of Carthage graduates earn their degrees in four years. Learn more

    • Oscars. Emmys. Tonys. Golden Globes. The playwrights we’ve brought in have them. Each year, the Carthage Theatre Department commissions an original script by a renowned playwright for its New Play Initiative. Carthage students then work with the writer to stage it. 

    • Carthage has been named a top producer of Fulbright Fellows three years running: 2015-2016, 2016-2017, and 2017-2018. Read about Carthage Fulbright winners.

    • Things look new at Carthage because they are. Our science center, student union, athletic and recreation center, and numerous residence halls have all been constructed or newly renovated in the last 15 years.

    • Carthage offers majors, minors and concentrations in more than 50 areas of study, from archaeology to neuroscience, nursing to music theatre.

    • Our Summer Undergraduate Research Experience offers select students a research budget, one-on-one mentoring with a professor, and 10 weeks of analyzing, deciphering — and getting paid.

    • So the lake is kind of a focal point, but there’s a lot more to love about our campus — like the fact that our more than 80-acre campus is also an arboretum and wildlife sanctuary. Focused on keeping campus lush forever, we plant between 50 and 75 new trees every year from a variety of species.

    • Carthage was founded in 1847. That’s more than 170 years of leaders, makers, and go-getters going out and going forth. Read more about Carthage’s rich history.

    • More than 90 percent of students receive financial aid. Carthage awards more than $20 million in scholarship and grant assistance. That includes $5.5 million in competitive scholarships in business, mathematics, science, languages, the fine arts, leadership, and overall academic strength. Learn what’s available.

    • Abraham Lincoln was an early Trustee of the College, and U.S. Secretary of State John Hay was a Carthage alum. The two still have a proud place on our campus. Spend some time with them in our Sesquicentennial Plaza. On warm days you’ll find professors leading their classes here.

    • Come to Carthage; hear yourself think — think … think …
      Legend has it that Sesquicentennial Plaza holds a perfect echo. Just stand with both your feet on the “1847,” face Straz, and start talking. “You’re the only one who can hear you, but you’ll be crystal clear,” promises English and theatre alumna Mikaley Osley.

    • Our Great Lake provides Carthage students with some amazing views. Think classes on the beach, lake views from the lab, and sunrises from your dorm room. “I love waking up in the morning with the sun shining off the lake. Nothing compares to the view in the morning,” recalls biology and neuroscience major Ann O’Leary.

    • Carthage awards up to 35 Presidential Scholarships each year, which range from 75% tuition up to full tuition, room, and board. Learn more.

    • For a full decade, NASA has selected Carthage students to conduct research aboard its zero-gravity aircraft. Lately, the stakes have risen. A team of underclassmen is grinding to prepare a tiny but powerful Earth-imaging satellite for launch to the International Space Station. Learn more about the space sciences at Carthage

    • Carthage is the only college or university in the Midwest where every freshman takes a full-year sequence of foundational texts of the Western intellectual tradition. Learn about the Carthage core.

    • With a student-faculty ratio of 12:1, your professors will know who you are. They will also know who you want to be — and how to get you there. Meet our faculty.

    • There are more than 120 student organizations on campus, from Amnesty International to Fencing to Frisbee, Chem Club to Stand Up Comedy. See how easy it is to get involved.

    • True story: There are more than 27 art galleries, a dozen museums, and nine theatres within 25 miles of Carthage. Some highlights: The nationally recognized Racine Art Museum, the world-renowned Art Institute of Chicago, and the Milwaukee Art Museum. Learn more about our location.

    • What’s better than one professor? Two professors. What’s better than two professors? Two professors from totally different fields teaching a single class. There’s debate. Discussion. Differing perspectives. This is where the magic happens. That’s why every student takes a Carthage Symposium.

    • You can’t hide here — not with only 17 other students in the classroom with you. That’s going to be rough some mornings. But later, when you’re able to argue your point of view thoughtfully, express your opinions succinctly, and meet challenges head-on, without fear … Yep, you’ll thank us.

    • Carthage is ranked No. 5 in the country for student participation in short-term study abroad. Every J-Term, hundreds of students travel all over the world on faculty-led study tours. Imagine a month in Sweden, Rome, Cuba, Senegal, India, Japan …