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Professor Kathleen Butterly Nigro

Dr. Kathleen Butterly Nigro

Director of Gender Studies Program
Founding Member of Kate Chopin Society of North America

She earned her Ph.D. in English from Saint Louis University, a Master’s Degree from Barry University, and a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin—Madison.  She is an Associate Teaching Professor in the Department of English and Director of the Gender Studies program at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.  Her interest in the history of Missouri women began when she interned at the library of the Missouri History Museum as a contributor toIn Her Place: A Guide to St. Louis Women’s History.  That interest has continued as a founding member of the Kate Chopin Society of North America, encouraging local interest in a native writer, and as a board member of the Kate Chopin International Society, which encourages global scholarly interest in Chopin’s work.  Examining the WPA slave narratives through a gendered lens led to the current and ongoing study of personal narratives of America’s enslaved individuals.  Dr. Nigro teaches classes on Feminism and Witchcraft, Nineteenth-Century Spiritualism, America’s Slave Narratives, Civil War Literature, Censorship and Young Adult Literature, and Literature of the Holocaust. 

Dr. Lynn StaleyDr. Lynn Staley 

Assistant Director of the Gender Studies Program
Coordinator of Business Writing at UMSL

She is an Associate Teaching Professor in the Department of English, and serves on the Faculty Senate. She chairs the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies Committee, was Faculty Chair of the 2017 Be Inspired Committee, and serves on many campus and department committees, including Budget & Planning and Student Affairs. She is a strong advocate for diversity and community engagement on campus, and mentors faculty who are interested in developing service-learning projects in their classes. She was the recipient of the 2017 Non-Tenure Track Faculty Member of the Year Award in the College of Arts and Sciences, the 2017 Vice Provost for Student Affairs Award for Student Support, and the 2016 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. She loves interacting with students in and out of the classroom, and collaborates regularly on projects with student organizations. A proud alumna of UMSL, she completed her Master’s Degree here and her Ph.D. at Saint Louis University.  She writes poetry and short fiction.

Rosie JonesRosie Jones

Teaching Assistant for Gender Studies Program

She is pursuing a Master of Public Policy Administration with a emphasis in Gender and Policy and a Gender Studies Certificate. Rosie earned her undergraduate degree from Webster University. She double-majored in Philosophy with an emphasis in Ethics and Society and Women and Gender Studies and also has a minor in Sociology. Rosie is interested in intimate partner violence policy, feminist philosophy, and pop culture and feminism. She has worked for NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri and volunteers as a clinic escort at Planned Parenthood. Rosie hopes to continue her academic career by earning her Doctoral Degree or attend law school after completion of her Master's Degree.