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Director, Assistant Professor of Women and Gender Studies

Contact InfoBarbara LeSavoy

118 Liberal Arts Building
Office Phone: (585) 395-5799

 Courses Taught

  • Sex and Culture; Honors Sex and Culture
  • Gender, Race and Class
  • Feminist Theory; Graduate Level Feminist Theory
  • Feminist Research Methods
  • Senior Seminar in Women and Gender Studies
  • Practicum in Women and Gender Studies

 International Teaching

New York- St. Petersburg Institute of Linguistics, Cognition and Culture, St. Petersburg State University, Russia

  • Threshold Concepts in Women and Gender Studies, Summer '16
  • The Sex Wars: Bodies, Laboring, and Reproduction, Summer '15
  • Riot Grrrl to Little Women: Politics of Identity and Place, Summer '14

 Honors Program Senior Thesis Advisor

  • Rape Myths and PTSD, Spring '17
  • Why Women? Gender Mainstreaming in Undergraduate Academia, Spring '17
  • Pagentry and Pornography: Our Societal Standards, Spring '17
  • Women and Reproductive Freedom in Chile, Fall '15
  • The (de) Evolution of the Disney Princesses, Spring '15
  • The Sex Wars and Gender- Based Violence, Spring '15
  • Interrogation of Community in Women and Gender Studies, Spring '13
  • Women in Popular Music: Empowered or Exploited?, Spring '12
  • Masculinity and Rape Culture, Spring '10
  • Masculinization of Medicine, Spring '09


  • CSTEP and McNair Programs, Spring '04 - Spring '12, Fall '13 - Present

 Teaching / Research Interests

  • Global Perspective on Women and Gender
  • Women’s Stories as Feminist Standpoint
  • Gender and Popular Culture 
  • Intersectionality and Higher Education Equity/Success
  • International Women's Day: Historical Perspectives
  • Sex and Education (1873) : Historical and Contemporary Perspectives


    • University of Buffalo, Buffalo, NY
      Educational Leadership and Policy
      PhD, Social Foundations of Higher Education, May 2004
      Research/Reading Focus, Women in Education
    • Boston University, Boston, MA
      School of Education
      EdM, Adult and Continuing Education, May 1986
    • HERS Bryn Mawr Institute, Bryn Mawr, PA
      Bryn Mawr University
      Women in Higher Education Administration, July 2013
    • Anglo School, London, England
      Royal Society of Arts, English as a Second Language, May 1982
    • Rhode Island Collage, Providence, RI
      BS, Elementary Eduation/Early Childhood, May 1981
      Teaching Concentration: English Literature/Language Arts


  • Fanne Barrie Williams Women of Courage Faculty Award, Spring '16
  • Ronald E. Fontaine Faculty Student Scholarly Engagement Awards, The College at Brockport, Spring '15
  • Diversity Engagement Award, The College at Brockport, Fall '13
  • Outstanding Service to Students Award, The College at Brockport, Spring '13
  • Academic Advisement Award, The College at Brockport, Spring '13
  • Honorable Mention, Mixed and Imagined, University of Rochester Susan B. Anthony Institute Faculty Juried, "If I had a Camera ...Re-Imagining Film and Media Through a Feminist Lens," March '13
  • Emerging Leader Award, American Association of University Women, April '12
  • Mentor of the Year, McNair/CStep, The College at Brockport, Spring '08

 Invited Advisory Work

The College at Brockport

  • Writing Assessment for Gender Education, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, Spring '15
  • COIL SUNY Nodal Network Brockport Coordinator, SUNY Global Center, Fall '13 - present
  • Advisory and Instructional Assessment Member, Levin Institute Global Workforce Project Module Assessor, Fall '09
  • Pilot Faculty, Gender Module, Levin Institute Global Workforce Project, Summer '10 - Fall '12
  • Reviewer, Freshman Summer Reading Essay Contest, Fall '07 - present. 

Seneca Falls Dialogues, College Alliance

  • Conference Chair, Call for Proposal Overseer/Reviewer - '08- Present

National Women's Studies Association (NWSA)

  • Conference Proposal Reviewer, 2011 - Present

 Selected Publications:

  • "Negotiating Sex and Gender Mediums Across Continents: Brockport, New York to Novgorod, Russia," In A. Moore and S.Simon (Eds.), Globally-Networked Learning: Theories and Practices, Routledge, May '15.
  • "Faculty Learning Community (FLC) on Student Leadership: Applying Student Voices on Learning Development," second author with J. Zhang, L. Lieberman, L. Barrett, MountainRise: The International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 2014, 4(2).
  • "The Capitalist Hijacking of International Women’s Day: Russian and American Considerations," first author with G. Jordain; Journal of International Women’s Studies, 2013, 14(3), 244-258.     
  • "The New Old Feminism: Regional Coalition and the Future of Women and Gender Studies," March '12, Women in Higher Education.
  • Review of Eisenstein, "Feminism Seduced: How Global Elites Use Women's Labor and Ideas to Exploit the World," June '12, Gender and Society, Sage Publications.
  • "Despite Gains, Women Still Face Inequality: International Women's Day 101 Years." Rochester Democrat and Chronicle Speaking Out Essay, March '12.
  • "'Now I have Something that is Mine:' Women’s  Higher Education Gains as Feminist Standpoint" (2011), with J. Bergeron, S. Evans, Wagadu: A Journal of Transnational Women’s and Gender Studies (Vol. 9), Special Issue: Gender Equity in Higher Education.
  • "'How to be the Best at Everything:' The Gendering and Embodiment of Boy/Girl Advice" (2011), Journal of Interdisciplinary Feminist Thought, Volume 5 (1), Women and the Media. 
  • "'On the Outside End:' Systems of Oppression and Academic Success" (2010), Black Women Gender and Families, Volume 4(2). 

Editorial/Review Contributions

Invited Presentations

  • WXXI Public Radio: Connections with Evan Dawson: "Are Women Obligated to Vote for Hillary Clinton," February '16; "Old Dominion University Frat Sigs and Rape Culture," September '15; "Checking in on Women's Progress," July '15; "Feminism," August '14.
  • Fannie Barrier Williams Plaque Unveiling Ceremony, Introductory Remarks, April '16.
  • International Women's Day: Introductory Remarks, Career Conversations with Artist Endia Beal, The College at Brockport, Brockport, NY March '16.
  • Title IX and Campus Compliance, Panel on Gender-Based Violence, The College at Brockport, Brockport, NY April '15.
  • One Billion Rising and Trauma Movements, Conference on Gendered-based Violence, Novgorod State University Departments of Psychology and Sociology, Novgorod Russia, March '15
  • International Women's Day: Russian and American Perspectives, Women's Rights National Historic Park, Seneca Falls, NY, March '15; Greater Rochester Area Chapter of American Association of University Women, March '15

 National / International Presentations

  • "The Ins and Outs of Periodic Program Rewview in Women and Gender Studies" Program Administrator's Rountable, National Women's Studies Association (NWSA), Montreal Canada, November '16.
  • "Contested Identities" Transnational Teaching and Coalition-Building in Russia" Rountable, National Women's Studies Association (NWSA), Montreal Canada, November '16.
  • "Dissenting Voices: Unsettling Dominant Knowing." Panel, National Women's Studies Association (NWSA), Montreal Canada, November '16.
  • Bloom's "Normal" (2002) and Tarttelin's "Golden Boy (2013): Reading Gender Fluidity Written Across Time and Text," National Women's Studies Association (NWSA), Milwaukie, WI, November '15.
  • "Inside the Laundry Closet," Liberal Arts Building Faculty Lecture Series, February '15; National WOmen's Studies Association (NWSA), Milwaukie, WI, November '15.
  • "Lean Forward: Tecno-Feminist Pedagogies Across Boarders," National Women's Studies Association (NWSA), San Juan, Puerto Rico, November '14.
  • "Feminists Queering the Campus:  Approaches to LGBTQIA Equity, Inclusion and Change,"  Program Administrators Roundtable, National Women's Studies Association (NWSA), San Juan, Puerto Rico, November '14
  • "Clearing the Air: Social Ecologies of Identity and Place," Biennial Seneca Falls Dialogues Conference, Seneca Falls, NY, October '14.
  • "Negotiating Sex and Gender Mediums Across Continents: Brockport, New York to Novgorod, Russia," 14th International Conference on Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Vienna, Austria, July '14; CIT Conference, Cornell University, May '14, ITTG Conference, SUNY Geneseo, March '14, SUNY Global Center COIL Conference, April '13.


Linkages of Rochester U.S-Russia Peer-to-Peer Dialogue Program

  • United States Embassy in Moscow, $50,000 Awarded in partnership with Linkages Rochester, Fall '15, Educational Programing Domestic Violence in Russia and the U.S.

SUNY Russian Programs Network

  • St. Petersburg Institute of Linguistics, Cognition, and Culture. Summer, 2014. Faculty Teaching/Travel Award, Teaching Gender Roles Across Cultures

NEH COIL Institute Fellow, State University of New York

  • Global Issues in Gender Studies: Brockport, NY- Novgorod, RU : Summer ’11- Summer ’13  sponsored research, State University of New York (SUNY)  COIL: Collaborative Online International Learning, National Endowment of the Humanities (NEH), Globally Networked Learning in the Humanities.
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Last Updated 10/12/17