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Research Centre for Gender Studies



Kristin McGee
Kristin McGee is Associate Professor in Popular Music Studies in the Arts, Culture and Media Department. In addition to popular music, she teaches topics related to gender and sexuality within arts cultures. She has written on jazz, gender, popular music, and audiovisual media within a variety of articles and books, including her monographs Some Liked It Hot: Jazz Women in Film and Television (Wesleyan University Press, 2009) and Remixing European Jazz Culture (Routledge 2019). She co-edited Beyoncé in the World: Making Meaning with Beyoncé in Troubled Times with Christina Baade (Wesleyan University Press, 2021).

Susanne Täuber
Susanne Täuber is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Economics and Business. She is a member of the Young Academy Groningen. She is a member of the National advisory committee on diversity and inclusion. Besides advising the Minister to promote inclusiveness, diversity and a safer learning and working environment in research and academic education, the committee will monitor the goals described by the Minister in the National Action Plan for more diversity and inclusion in education and research .

Board Members:

Elisabetta Costa (Secretary)
Elisabetta Costa is an anthropologist and media scholar based in the Department of Media and Journalism. She focuses on how the uses of social media and digital technologies change people's everyday life, politics, gender kinship, intimacy, and interpersonal relationships. She has done research in Turkey, the Middle East, and Southern Europe.

Janet Fuller (General Board Member)
Janet Fuller is Professor of Language and Society in the European Languages and Cultures program. Her current research focuses on discourses of immigration and integration in Germany and the Netherlands, but she has published on topics such as discourses of food and gender, gendered titles, and construction of gender in a multilingual setting. Her areas of teaching expertise include language, gender and sexuality, and feminist/queer theory and methods. She has also taught the course How to Research Gender and Diversity in the minor Gender and Diversity in Science, Society, and Culture.

Ksenia Robbe (General Board Member)
Ksenia Robbe is a Senior lecturer at the Chair of European Culture and Literature specializing in contemporary Russian literature and visual culture. Her research centers on intersections of postsocialism and postcolonialism, and on politics of memory and temporality. Gender is a key category in her research on inclusive and transformative practices of remembering.

Camilla Sutherland (Publicity & Communications)
Camilla Sutherland is Assistant Professor in the Chair of European Culture and Literature and Co-Director of the Mexico Study Centre. Her research focuses on gender and Latin American literature and art. She has just finished work on her first monograph The Space of Latin American Women Modernists and is additionally Editor-in-Chief of Mistral: Journal of Latin American Women’s Intellectual & Cultural History , which launched its inaugural issue in Spring 2021.

Seiki Tanaka (Treasurer)
Seiki Tanaka is an Assistant Professor of International Relations in the Department of International Relations and International Organization. His interest lies in exploring and researching the processes and mechanisms underlying social conflicts and cooperation. In particular, he studies the microfoundations of social diversity and conflicts and how different groups of people—different gender, ethnic, income, and national groups—can co-exist within a society in an era of globalization and technological advancement. More information can be found at .

Advisory Board:

Prof. dr. Mineke Bosch

Prof. dr. Petra Broomans

Petra Broomans is Associate Professor of European Languages and Cultures. She was the chair of the board of the Center of Gender studies 2005-2020. She is a member of several international associations and treasurer of the Committee of the International Federation for Modern Languages and Literatures (FILLM). She is the founder and coordinator of the Dutch translators’ dictionary (, and a series editor of the Studies on Cultural Transfer and Transmission (CTaT). She has published extensively on cultural transfer, the reception of Scandinavian literature and women’s literature. Her research interests include cultural transfer, world literature, meta-literary history, and minority literature. More information can be found at:

Associate Members:

Iris Busschers, MA

Dr. Mathilde van Dijk

Dr. Bettina van Hoven

Judith Jansma
Judith Jansma works as a lecturer in the department of European Languages and Cultures and teaches in the University Minor Gender and Diversity in Science, Society and Culture. Her research focuses on the multiple ways in which contemporary populism engages with culture and cultural works, more specifically in their conceptualization of the good Self as opposed to an alien Other. In this regard, the notion of gender becomes relevant both in terms of populist support (often simplistically described as “angry white men”) as well as concrete policies advocated by populists that involve the rights of women and/or non-binary people.

Charlotte Knowles
Charlotte Knowles is an Assistant Professor in the department of Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy in the Faculty of Philosophy. Her primary research areas lie in feminist philosophy and phenomenology, particularly Heidegger and Beauvoir. Her research focusses primarily on complicity in gendered contexts, exploring notions of freedom, responsibility, agency and oppression. In addition to her work on complicity, Charlotte has also published work on testimonial injustice and gendered violence, for which she received the 2020 Robert Papazian essay prize.

Mónica López López
Mónica López López is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences. She is particularly interested in understanding the potential causal factors of inequalities in child welfare. She applies an intersectional lens and participatory research methods to understand the impact of multiple forms of oppression in the lives of care-experienced children and youth. Her ultimate goal is to develop scholarship that helps professionals to prioritise equity and social justice in child and family welfare services.

Ruby Schofield
Ruby Schofield is a PhD student currently working in the Department of Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy, on an interdisciplinary project funded by the Faculty of Philosophy and the Faculty of Arts. Her project aims to evaluate and then improve the concept of (women’s) empowerment, in a contribution to the still unresolved tension in feminist philosophy and theory between recognising structural oppression and doing justice to women’s agency under conditions of patriarchy.

Jeanette den Toonder
Jeanette den Toonder is Senior Lecturer in the department of European Languages and Cultures. Her current research focuses on Iranian Women’s Writing in Europe. This project proposes to move beyond the more mainstream topics that have been examined in relation to exile literature such as homelessness, identity crises and in-betweenness, coming-of-age memoirs and nostalgia, and to adopt an intersectional approach that will enable an examination of the dynamics of empowerment resulting from the recognition of multiple and interlocking influences. Thus, the image of the eroticized Oriental woman being a victim of patriarchal heritage will be replaced by a new model of womanhood reclaiming strength and agency.

Rozemarijn van de Wal
Rozemarijn van de Wal is a PhD student and lecturer in the Department of Modern History. She is also co-coordinator of the university minor on Gender and Diversity in Science, Society and Culture. Her research and teaching focus on gender studies, intersectionality, biography, life-writing and the history of science and she specialises in late Victorian/early Edwardian Britain.

Ryan Wittingslow
Ryan Wittingslow received his PhD from the University of Sydney in 2014, and has been with the University of Groningen since 2016. His research sits at the intersection of philosophy of technology, philosophy of art, urban studies, and history and philosophy of science. In addition he has thrice been nominated for, and once won, his faculty's Teacher of the Year award, and has once been nominated for the University Lecturer of the Year.

Marjan Wynia
Marjan Wynia is a Ph.D. student at the Graduate School for Humanities at Groningen University. Marjan studies the gender dynamics in the Dutch music industry under the supervision of dr. Kristin McGee and dr. Sara Strandvad. Broadly, Marjan is interested in the working conditions of Dutch women music professionals that work behind the scenes and the gendered career barriers they encounter. Marjan’s work focuses on the working conditions in music in the context of neoliberalism, the Covid pandemic, and the Anthropocene.

Janke Klok
Janke Klok (Henrik-Steffens-professor at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin 2014-2018, since then attached to the HU and the University of Groningen) has published widely on Scandinavian literature in the field of gender and intercultural studies. Her PhD dissertation Det norske litterære Feminapolis 1880-1980. Skram, Undset, Sandel og Haslunds byromaner – mot en ny modernistisk genre was published in 2011. Her research interests include the literary arctic, biographical, urban and gender studies. She has translated novels and poetry by classic and contemporary Norwegian authors and is now working on a biography on the Norwegian writer Ebba Haslund. She is engaged in the Erasmus+ project ‘Voices of Women’ (2022-2024) (Universities of Groningen, Tromsø, Stavanger, Osnabrück), the National Library in Oslo project: Made Abroad: Producing Norwegian World Literature in a Time of Rupture, 1900–50 (MAP) (working title) and ‘Experiment Geisteswissenschaft. Exploring academic practices’ and ‘Die Korrespondenz des Naturphilosophen Henrik Steffens (1773-1845) (Humboldt Universität zu Berlin).

Donya Ahmadi
Donya Ahmadi is an intersectional feminist scholar and assistant professor of International Relations at the RUG. She teaches an Msc Research Seminar titled 'Race, Class, and Gender Intersectionality' at the department of International Relations and International Organization. Her current research concerns an intersectional and race-critical analysis of the notion of assimilation of Iran's various historically-rooted ethnic groups into a 'centralised' identity, and how this process of assimilation is gendered, class-based and racial, manifested through everyday practices, and fuels migration within and without Iran.

Gabriela Gallardo Lastra
Gabriela Gallardo Lastra is a decolonial Marxist intersectional feminist and a PhD candidate at the University of Groningen and the University of Zacatecas. She currently researches feminist democracy and the time of subordinate women from the epistemology of the South, paying special attention to care work and its alienation. Additionally, she has an interest in the Latin American feminist movement and indigenous women's resistance to extractivism. Thus, her project aims to improve the concept of feminist democracy and Good Living (Sumak Kawsay). Gabriela is also a feminist activist and member of the Groningen Feminist Network.

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