Affiliated Faculty


David J. Getsy is an art historian, curator, and art writer focusing on modern and contemporary art. He has published seven books and has curated several exhibitions, and his current projects undertake archive-based recoveries of suppressed histories of queer and genderqueer art and performance. He also speaks and writes on recent developments in contemporary art, performance, LGBT issues, and cultural production.


Allison (she/her/hers/ella) studies colonial science and technology, especially vernacular sciences like agriculture and mining. Her work applies literary methods to texts that bridge the gap between history and literature – scientific treatises, memoriales de arbitristas, legal papers, woodcuts, copperplate engravings, manuscript illustrations – to unearth the contributions of understudied groups, like women, Indigenous, and Afro-descendant artisans.


Dr Francesca Calamita is Associate Professor, General Faculty, and Director of the Undegraduate Programs in Italian Studies as well as Director of UVa in Siena and UVa in Florence. She is an affiliate faculty member of the Department of Women, Gender and Sexuality and currently she also serves as College Fellow in the Engagements.


Talitha LeFlouria is the Lisa Smith Discovery Associate Professor in African and African-American Studies at the University of Virginia. She is a scholar of African American history, specializing in mass incarceration; modern slavery; race and medicine; and black women in America. She is the author of Chained in Silence: Black Women and Convict Labor in the New South (UNC Press, 2015).




Appomattox:  Victory, Defeat and Freedom at the End of the Civil War (Oxford University Press, 2013).


I am a historian of the twentieth century United States. My work focuses on how organized interest groups and everyday Americans influence government policy and the terms of political debate. Right now I'm beginning a project that examines the relationship between gender and whistleblowing in the modern United States.  I begin from the premise that there was something constitutive and not coincidental about the simultaneous rise of women in the workforce and the proliferation of whistleblower protection laws beginning in the 1970s.


Gary Ferguson is a specialist of the literature and culture of sixteenth-century France, and of early modern Europe more broadly. His research focuses on the areas of gender, sexuality, and queer studies; women’s writing; and the history of religion.


I am an interdisciplinary scholar trained in Rhetoric and Composition Studies and specializing in Cultural Rhetorics, African American and feminist rhetorics, Black women’s intellectual histories and writing traditions, and the memoir. My first book, Rhetorical Healing: The Reeducation of Contemporary Black Womanhood (SUNY 2016)is a feminist critique of the discourses and strategies within Black women’s wellness culture throughout the last thirty years.


Jennifer Bair is a sociologist of globalization, with interests in trade and the political economy of development, and the relationship between gender and work.  Her research agenda centers on the comparative study of export-led development, and she has conducted fieldwork in Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Bangladesh.


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