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WGST Team with Katherine Spillar, September 2017

Dr. Theresa Gaul

Director of Women and Gender Studies

Theresa Strouth Gaul specializes in American Literature before 1900 and U.S. women’s writing. Her research and teaching interests include early and nineteenth-century American literature, women’s writing, the history of race and gender in the United States, early American Indian authors, Cherokee print culture in the pre-Removal era, and epistolary writings.

Cherokee Sister: The Collected Writings of Catharine Brown, 1818-1823 (Nebraska, 2014) received the Society for the Study of American Women Writers (SSSAWW) Triennial Edition Award in 2015.  Gaul’s other books include: To Marry An Indian:  The Marriage of Harriett Gold and Elias Boudinot in Letters, 1823-1839 (North Carolina, 2005) and Letters and Cultural Transformations in the United States, 1760-1860 (Ashgate, 2009; co-edited with Sharon M. Harris). She served as Co-Editor of Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers for eight years and was Series Editor of the Legacies of American Women Writers book series, published through the University of Nebraska Press.  She is currently Associate Editor of the forthcoming Blackwell Companion to American Literature.

Gaul received the English Department Graduate Faculty Award in 2015 and the AddRan College of Liberal Arts Award for Distinguished Achievement as a Teacher-Scholar in 2014 (an award she also received in 2010).  She held the 2012-13 AddRan College of Liberal Arts Distinguished Lectureship and received the Deans’ Award for Teaching, a university-wide honor, in 2012.  She was named the Women’s Studies Program’s Wise Woman of 2009, an award presented to the faculty member who best exemplifies the principles of women´s studies and helps to further the interests of women at TCU.

Dr. Gaul’s Full Faculty Profile

Dr. Nino Testa

Associate Director of Women and Gender Studies

Originally from Akron, Ohio, Nino spent the last eleven years on the East Coast, first as a graduate student in the English Department at Tufts University, in Medford, MA, then as a staff assistant at the Women’s Center and Asian American Center at Tufts. He left his alma mater to work for the Feminist Press, a non-profit independent publisher in New York, but returned to Tufts to serve as the director of the school’s LGBT Center. While in this position, Nino taught queer studies classes and served on the advisory committee of the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program. He is thrilled to be at TCU and is especially looking forward to building community among WGST minors, supporting LGBTQ students on campus, and building on the incredible success the program has achieved in recent years. Feel free to stop by his office in Rees-Jones Hall 218 to say hello anytime, but his official office hours will be Tuesday 3-5.



Dr. Margaret Lowry

WGST Lecturer

Margaret completed her Ph.D. in English at TCU in 2003 and has worn many hats since then, including serving as UT Arlington’s Director of First-Year Writing. She was an active member of UTA’s WGST community: she served on the advisory board and taught Intro to WGST. She has also taught Intro to WGST at TCU, and she’s looking forward to teaching three sections this fall. Additionally, Lowry will work to develop the WGST internship program. She’s most excited about recruiting and mentoring WGST students and being loud and proud in the WGST offices in Rees-Jones Hall. Her official office hours are Monday through Thursday 10-11 AM, but she’ll be on campus every weekday. Stop by 217 Rees-Jones Hall any time to chat.


Wilton Wright

WGST Graduate Assistant and English PhD Candidate

Wilton is a 5th year PhD candidate in English currently working on his dissertation bringing together composition pedagogy, masculinity studies, and film. He is interested in finding ways to use a masculinity studies and film to get more men and boys involved in feminist causes, while still making the composition classroom an inclusive feminist space for all students. His other research and teaching interesting include feminist pedagogies, western and science fiction film, and representations of masculinity in popular film. You can find him in Rees-Jones Hall 217 Monday 11-3, Tuesday 10-4, and Friday 10-3.


Tiffany Robinson

WGST 20003 Instructor and Master’s Student at Brite Divinity School

Tiffany is a second year Master’s degree student at Brite Divinity School where she is currently working on a Master’s of Arts in Theology and Ministry as well as a Women and Gender Studies certificate while co-teaching the Intro to WGST class. She is interested in findings ways of using Women and Gender Studies and Biblical Studies to address issues of privilege and oppression as well as issues of sexuality within the Church generally and the Black Church specifically using the classroom as a feminist learning safe space.

Her other interest include bringing together the non-profit and for profit worlds via the development of a For Benefit organization which addresses issues of domestic violence and pursuing a PhD in WGST.



Sarah-Marie Horning

WGST 20003 Instructor and PhD student in English

Sarah-Marie Horning is a second year PhD student in English at TCU. She holds undergraduate degrees in English and Political Science and an MA in Literature and Cultural Studies from the University of Central Florida. Her papers and presentations have covered Southern women writers such as Flannery O’Connor, Carson McCullers, and Zora Neale Hurston. She was the 2015 winner of the Carson McCullers Society Prize for Outstanding Conference Paper. At TCU, she is proud to teach as a co-instructor for Women and Gender Studies and to serve as a graduate assistant advisor for TCU’s undergraduate research journal, the Boller Review.