Rachel C. Lee



Rachel Lee is a professor of English, Gender Studies, and the Institute for Society and Genetics. Her research interests include Asian American literature, performance culture, and studies of gender and sexuality. Her most recent book is “The Exquisite Corpse of Asian America: Biopolitics, Biosociality, and Postman Ecologies” (NYU, 2014)

Grace Kyungwon Hong

Associate Director


Grace Kyungwon Hong is Professor in the Department of Gender Studies and the Department of Asian American Studies. She teaches courses on women of color feminism, feminist knowledge production, and neoliberalism. She is the author of Death Beyond Disavowal: The Impossible Politics of Difference (University of Minnesota Press, 2015) and The Ruptures of American Capital: Women of Color Feminism and the Cultures of Immigrant Labor (University of Minnesota Press, 2006) and the co-editor (with Roderick Ferguson) of Strange Affinities: The Gender and Sexual Politics of Comparative Racialization(Duke University Press, 2011). She is the co-editor (also with Roderick Ferguson) of the Difference Incorporated book series at the University of Minnesota Press.

Sarah Haley

CSW Advisory Committee Chair and Director of the UCLA Black Feminism Initiative


Sarah Haley, Associate Professor of Gender Studies and African American Studies at UCLA, has research and teaching investments in black feminism, gender history, carceral studies, labor, and black radicalism. She is the author of No Mercy Here: Gender, Punishment, and the Making of Jim Crow Modernity (UNC Press, 2016), which examines the lives of imprisoned women in the U.S. South from the 1870s to the 1930s and the role of carcerality in shaping cultural logics of race and gender under Jim Crow. She is currently working on a black feminist history of the rise of the contemporary carceral state that interrogates the role of state intrusion and violation of black domestic space. Her research has been supported by the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition; the Ford Foundation; and the Woodrow Wilson Foundation. She has also worked as a paralegal for the New York Office of the Federal Public Defender and as a labor organizer with UNITE-HERE.



Jessica Cattelino

Senior Faculty Research Associate


Jessica is an associate professor of Anthropology and Gender Studies and an affiliate in American Indian Studies. She is a scholar of indigenous sovereignty, the cultural politics of nature, and everyday American political processes and imaginations. She is author of High Stakes:Florida Seminole Gaming and Sovereignty (Duke University Press, 2008), which examines the cultural, political, and economic stakes of tribal casinos for Florida Seminoles, and which won the Delmos Jones and Jagna Sharff Memorial Book Prize (for best book published in the previous two years) from the Society for the Anthropology of North America. Her current research, which tells human stories of ecological restoration, examines the cultural politics of water in the Florida Everglades. Cattelino has collaborated on a related anthropological and photographic exhibition and is part of a large NSF Long-term Ecological Research project on the Florida Everglades.

Jessica is the Principal Investigator for CSW’s research project and grant, Gender and Everyday Water Use in Los Angeles Households.



Kristina Magpayo Nyden

Management Services Officer

(310) 794-7821


Kristina, as the manager and chief financial officer, is responsible for all operations of CSW. She provides key administrative recommendations to the CSW Director and faculty leadership as well as supervises all employees and researchers. She oversees financial services; personnel and human resources; employment and benefit services; staff, faculty, and student recruitment; information technology services; administration; donor relations and development; fundraising and partnerships; and awards and grants. She also manages CSW’s facilities, budgets, and events.

Katja Antoine

Program and Research Developer

(310) 825-5955


Katja oversees and develops CSW research and programs, including publications (blog/video posts, journals, articles, policy briefs, working papers), events (workshops, conferences, colloquia/symposia, lectures), and community outreach/engagement. She collaborates with and advises CSW faculty leadership on their research goals and missions and provides support to the Management Services Officer on awards and grants, development/donor relations, and oversight of student researchers.

Melissa Jamero

Administrative Specialist

(310) 206-1871


Melissa is responsible for office purchasing, travel booking, and processing entertainment/travel reimbursements and speaker/other payments and invoices. She manages the Director’s calendar and provides support with main office administration and events administration. She is also the back-up for the Management Services Officer on fiscal matters, payroll/personnel, facilities requests, and emergency/safety coordination.

Arielle Bagood

Program Coordinator

(310) 825-0590


Arielle provides programmatic and administrative support for CSW research initiatives, including the 35th Anniversary Celebration. She assists with outreach, digital media, website management, event coordination, and general office administration and oversight.

Rachel Forrest

Office Assistant

(310) 825-0590


Rachel provides administrative assistance to the CSW faculty and staff on special projects.

Adjunct Assistant Professors

Sarah Tracy

CSW Appointment: July 2016 – June 2018

Center for the Study of Women and Institute for Society and Genetics

Contact Information effective October 2018:
Personal: sarahetracy@hotmail.com
Edible Feminisms Editorial Communication: ediblefeminisms@gmail.com

Sarah Tracy’s work draws on feminist science and technology studies (STS), food studies, post-colonial theory, sensory history, and critical histories of capitalism. Her dissertation is called, Delicious: A History of Monosodium Glutamate and Umami, the Fifth Taste Sensation. It brings feminist STS into conversation with sensory history, cultural history, and post-colonial studies to foster cross-disciplinary insight into how foods mediate value, health, class, race, happiness, and violation.

Rachel Vaughn

July 2016 – June 2018
Adjunct Assistant Professor, UCLA Center for the Study of Women & Department of Gender Studies

Effective July 2018
-Lecturer, UCLA Institute for Society and Genetics & Undergraduate Education Initiatives
-Oral Historian in Residence, UCLA Center for the Study of Women

Personal: rvaughn@women.ucla.edu
Edible Feminisms Editorial Communications: ediblefeminisms@gmail.com

Personal Website

Rachel Vaughn holds a PhD in American Studies from the University of Kansas. Her research engages the intersections of food politics, food sovereignty, and feminist environmental theory by way of oral history research with scavengers, foragers, and dumpster divers of varying food security levels and socio-economic backgrounds. Vaughn’s current book project is Talking Trash: Oral Histories of Food In/Security from the Margins of a Dumpster.

Graduate Student Researchers

Bri-Ann Hernandez

2020 Thinking Gender Coordinator


Bri-Ann oversees the planning and execution of the 2020 Thinking Gender Conference for CSW. She is pursuing a Masters in Public Health in the Community Health Sciences Department.

Kelsey Kim

Graduate Student Researcher


Kelsey is pursuing a PhD in Anthropology. She contributes to all of CSW’s research projects and initiatives as well as the oral history project and 35th anniversary campaign.

Drew Westmoreland

Public Administration Analyst


Drew provides assistance to the Director on the Center’s Chemical Entanglements Research Project and related grant applications. She recently completed the PhD program in Epidemiology at UCLA’s Fielding School of Public Health. Her dissertation focuses on sexual health and sexually transmitted diseases, and she has strong research interests in issues related to women’s health.

Nic Yiu

Graduate Student Researcher


Nic is pursuing a PhD in Gender Studies. She contributes to all of CSW’s research projects and initiatives as well as the oral history project and 35th anniversary campaign.

CSW also employs student researchers as part of the Gender & Water research project. Visit the Gender & Water page to learn more about the team.

Front Desk Assistants

Joycelyn Liu

Undergraduate Office Assistant

Joycelyn is a second-year undergraduate student studying life sciences.

Aye Pyae

Undergraduate Office Assistant

Aye is a first-year undergraduate student studying pre-Business Economics.