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Gender & Women's Studies Faculty & Staff

 close up of Jane Olmsted Dr. Jane Olmsted

I'm the department head of Diversity & Community Studies and coordinator of the M.A. in Social Responsibility & Sustainable Communities. I’ve been teaching at WKU since 1996 and became GWS director in 1998. Read more about Dr. Olmsted here.

Dr. Molly Kerby Dr. Molly Kerby

I have been teaching for almost 12 years at the university level.  In the fall of 1999, I taught my first women's studies courses at Western Kentucky University and found a passion for the field of gender studies, the Women's Studies Program, and, above all, serving the students as well as the community.  Read more about Dr. Kerby here. 

A picture of Kristi Branham, assistant professor of Gender & Women's Studies Dr. Kristi Branham

Kristi Branham is an associate professor of Gender & Women’s Studies at WKU. She received her PhD in literature from the University of Kentucky. Dr. Branham’s teaching and research expertise include women’s studies, feminist theory, social theory, and U.S. women’s popular culture.  Read more about Dr. Branham here.

Dr. Cheryl Hopson Dr. Cheryl Hopson

Dr. Cheryl R. Hopson is an assistant professor of African American Studies in the Department of Diversity and Community Studies. She received her PhD in English from the University of Kentucky in 2008, and specializes in 20th century African-American and American literature and culture, Third Wave feminism, and generational Black feminisms.  Read more about Dr. Hopson here.

Renee Purdy at work Renee Purdy

I am the office coordinator for the Department of Diversity & Community Studies and the Gender & Women's Studies Program.  I have been at Western Kentucky University since 2004. Read more about Renee here.


Gender and Women's Studies Adjunct Faculty

Brandi Button Brandi Button


My name is Brandi Button and I am a native Kentuckian born, raised and residing in a small town in south central Kentucky. I started my undergraduate education at Belmont University in 2003 with the goal of studying Music Business.  Read more about Brandi here.

 Anne Radspinner Anne Radspinner

I am thrilled to be realizing my life-long dream of teaching.  I spent the first 25 years of my career working in business, and after selling my escrow business I returned to college.  I finally completed my B.A. and M.A.  in Literature and Writing at California State University San Marcos where my research on women and religion in 18th century literature established a foundation for my work in women’s studies.  Read more about Anne here.

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