Rachel Lee


Rachel is a professor of English and Gender Studies. 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)

Sarah Haley

Associate Director

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 in Anthropology. Her research interests include North American settler colonialism and Indigenous sovereignty in relation to Florida Seminole tribal casino gaming; race, gentrification, and the privatization of policing in New York City; and early 1990s “coming out” narratives of lesbian and bisexual women at Cornell University. Her first book, “High Stakes: Florida Seminole Gaming and Sovereignty,” was published in 2008 by Duke University Press.

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

Grace Kyungwon Hong

CSW Advisory Committee Chair

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.


Kristina Magpayo Nyden

Management Services Officer

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Kristina, as the manager, is responsible for all operations of CSW. She oversees fiscal, personnel and human resources, employment and benefit services, recruitment, information technology services, administration, and awards and grants. She also manages CSW’s facilities, budgets, and events.


Alexandra Apolloni

Programming Coordinator

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Alexandra oversees all planning and execution of events (workshops, conferences, colloquia/symposia, etc.), community outreach, and publications for CSW. She provides assistance to the Director on scheduling and administration as well as support to the Manager regarding awards and grants and development/donor relations.

Melissa Jamero

Administrative Specialist

(310) 206-1871

Melissa is responsible for purchases and invoices, travel booking, and processing entertainment and travel reimbursement requests. She also provides support to the Manager regarding fiscal matters, main office administration, payroll/personnel, facilities requests, and emergency/safety coordination.

Adjunct Assistant Professors

Sarah Tracy

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

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

Center for the Study of Women and Department of Gender Studies

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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


Gracen Brilmyer

Graduate Student Researcher

Gracen provides research assistance to the Director and Associate Director on the Center’s current research projects. They are a second-year PhD student pursuing in the Department of Information Studies, where they work at the intersection of disability studies, archival studies and natural history. With a background in digital scientific archives they are interested in how disability studies can serve as a lens to understand power and authority within archives. Specifically, their research traces the conflation of disability, race, and animality within natural history museums and centers on how colonialism can be further understood by looking at biological collections.

Rachel Connolly

Graduate Student Researcher

Rachel provides research assistance to the Director and Associate Director on the Center’s current research projects. She is a first-year graduate student pursuing her MS in UCLA’s Environmental Health Science program.

Drew Westmoreland

2018 Thinking Gender Coordinator

Drew oversees the planning and execution of the 2018 Thinking Gender Conference for CSW. She is a doctoral candidate 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.

Undergraduate Student Assistants

Arielle Bagood

Office Assistant

Arielle is a fourth-year undergraduate studying Asian American Studies.

Rachel Forrest

Office Assistant

Rachel is a second-year undergraduate studying Global Studies and Political Science with a concentration in international relations.

Sarah Hallock

Office Assistant

Sarah is a third-year undergraduate studying Anthropology and a minor in LGBTQ Studies.

Tiffany Uribe

Office Assistant

Tiffany is a second-year undergraduate studying Gender Studies.