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Gender & Women's Studies Faculty & Staff


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.


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

I’m the director of the Gender & Women’s Studies Program.  My academic background is in literature and cultural studies with specialization in late nineteenth and early twentieth century American women’s popular culture. I earned my PhD from the University of Kentucky with an emphasis in feminist and social theory.  Read more about Dr. Branham here.


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.

 close up of 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 students as well as the community. Read more about Dr. Kerby 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.

 Leslie Nichols Leslie Nichols

My degrees include a BFA in painting and an MA in social responsibility and sustainable communities, with a graduate certificate in gender and women's studies. My visual work reflects my training in gender and women's studies, as well as my interests in social heritage and sustainability.
Read more about Leslie here.

Terryn Varney Terryn Varney

Since January 2007, I have been the Director of Crisis Intervention at Hope Harbor, Inc.: A Sexual Trauma Recovery Center. My core responsibility with this position is coordinating the Volunteer Advocate Program. My academic background includes a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology, with minors in Criminology and Women's Studies, a Masters degree in Public Administration and a Graduate Certificate in Gender and Women's Studies (all from Western Kentucky University).  Read more about Terryn here.

GWS Faculty

Dr. Jane Olmsted

Dr. Molly Kerby

Dr. Kristi Branham


GWS Adjunct Faculty

Brandi Button

Michelle Glorioso

Susan Farmer

Anne Radspinner



Renee Purdy

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