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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 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 12:30-2, Wednesday 11-3, and Thursday 12:30-4. You can reach him at


Mayra Guardiola

WGST 20003 Instructor and MA Student in English

Mayra Guardiola is a Master’s student and instructor in the Department of English at TCU. After completing coursework for the WGST graduate certificate as well as working as a community organizer, Guardiola wanted to apply what she learned in and out of the classroom to teach others. For the 2017-2018 academic year, Guardiola was hired as an adjunct instructor in the WGST program. Currently, Guardiola is finishing up her thesis on the eco-cosmopolitan nature of the decolonizing process seen in several multi-cultural texts from around the world. You can contact her with any questions or Hamilton tickets at



Gihan Farag

WGST 20003 Instructor and Graduate of Brite Divinity School

Gihan earned Master Degree in Theological Studies (M.T.S) and Master of Theology (ThM) from the Brite Divinity School and a graduate certificate from TCU’s Women & Gender Studies Program. Gihan is a native of Egypt where she studied mass communication and TV production and worked for many years as a TV director and producer for the Egyptian National TV, in addition to managing her own TV production company. For more than two decades, Gihan has devoted her career and activism in the Arabic-speaking mass media to break silence about taboo issues such divorce among Christian Copts, HIV, FGM and violence against women. Her works have won prestigious grants from local and international organizations. Gihan continues her research on feminist theology that provides systematic textual interpretation of the Christian Coptic traditions.



Sarah Campbell

WGST Intern

Sarah is a senior writing major and film television digital media minor, preparing to graduate in May of 2018. After being introduced to WGST through intro and literature classes, she wanted to further pursue the field of study and intern for the department. Sarah finds value in the intersectionality of women’s studies, particularly with academia and social activism—something she is proudly exploring during her spring internship. After graduation, she plans to pursue the fields of publishing and editing, or film development. Feel free to contact her at