Faculty Profiles

Our faculty are active researchers, writers and speakers; many of them internationally known for their contributions toward the advancement of their fields of study. But, most of all, they're passionate, caring teachers.

  • Allison Adrian, PhD

    Associate Professor, Music & Women's Studies. Director of Competitive Fellowships.

    Dr. Allison Adrian specializes in ethnomusicology and musicology. She studied economics, music, and Spanish during her undergraduate years. Before pursuing a graduate degree, she worked as a technology consultant, an AmeriCorps volunteer, and a group leader for high school students studying abroad.

    She obtained her master’s degree at UCLA in ethnomusicology, focusing on Basque American vocal music. She moved to the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities to pursue her doctoral research with Mirjana Lausevic (1966–2007). Her dissertation examined music in 20 different Lutheran congregations in the Twin Cities made up of recent immigrants and refugees from Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

  • Amy Hamlin, PhD

    Associate Professor of Art History

    Amy K. Hamlin is an Associate Professor in the Department of Art and Art History, where she teaches across the art history curriculum. Hamlin holds a PhD in art history from the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University, an MA in art history from Williams College, and a BA in art history from Vassar College. She is the author of essays on the work of Max Beckmann, Jasper Johns, William H. Johnson, and Kara Walker. In 2014, she cofounded with Karen J. Leader the project Art History That, which aims to curate, crowdsource, and collaborate on the future of art history. Between 2016 and 2019, she served as the inaugural Alberta Huber, CSJ, Endowed Chair in the Liberal Arts and Director of the Evaleen Neufeld Initiative in the Liberal Arts.

  • Amy Hilden, PhD

    Associate Professor, Philosophy

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  • Caroline Krafft, PhD

    Associate Professor of Economics

    Caroline Krafft is an economist specializing in development economics, primarily labor, education, health, and inequality in the Middle East and North Africa. She collaborates with St. Kate’s students, international non-governmental organizations, and a global network of scholars in her research. Current projects include work on early childhood development, labor market dynamics, life course transitions, human capital accumulation, and fertility. Caroline teaches courses in economics and statistics, and serves as the program director for the Women and International Development major. She is particularly interested in how economics can help societies understand and address social issues, and is writing a textbook on that topic.

  • Cecilia Konchar Farr, Ph.D.

    Professor, English and Women's Studies

    Cecilia Konchar Farr is Professor of English and Women's Studies in the Women's College at St. Kate's. Her research interests all circle around novels--their history, their (women) readers, the book clubs they inspire (particularly Oprah's Book Club), and their social, educational, aesthetic, and political work. A feminist modernist scholar, her most recent work has been about a challenging experimental novel--captured in the soon-to-be-published "'As I Was Saying': A Guide to Gertrude Stein's The Making of Americans," co-written with former student Janie Sisson.

    Cecilia will tell you that the most fun she has had as a professor, though, is with the Harry Potter novels--editing A Wizard of Their Age: Critical Essays from the Harry Potter Generation (SUNY 2015) with a team of student editors, serving as unofficial headmistress of Gryffindor Tower, and attending the annual Harry Potter Academic Conference at Chestnut Hill College.

  • Colleen Carpenter, PhD

    Professor, Theology and Women's Studies

    Carondelet Scholar
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  • Cynthia Norton, PhD

    Professor of Biology and Women's Studies; Director of Collaborative Undergraduate Research

    Cindy Norton is an evolutionary biologist with broad interests in the intersections of ecology, evolution and behavior. She studies reproduction, growth, and development of the freshwater snail Planorbella (Helisoma) trivolvis as a model for understanding the life history, reproductive biology and behavior of hermaphrodites. Students actively collaborate in all aspects of the research – from conception of projects, data collection and analysis to presentation at both local and national conferences. Dr. Norton has been a faculty member at St. Kate’s since 1990, teaching courses in both Biology and Women’s Studies including: Foundations of Biology I, Evolutionary Biology, Animal Behavior, Biology of Women, and Foundations of Women’s Studies, as well the interdisciplinary collaboration Discovering the History of Evolutionary Thought: Darwin in Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands during January.

  • Daniel Williams, PhD

    Associate Professor, Sociology

    Daniel Williams is associate professor in the Department of Sociology, and affiliate faculty in Critical Studies of Race and Ethnicity and Women's Studies. Professor Williams' work examines constructions of race, ethnicity and nation from a comparative and intersectional perspective, with a focus on contemporary Germany/Europe and the U.S., as well as the African Diaspora. He research topics include racial identity and categorization, neighborhoods and inequality, immigration and citizenship, and qualitative/ethnographic methods.
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  • Deep Shikha

    Professor, Economics and Political Science

    Deep Shikha, Ph.D. is Professor of Economics at St. Catherine University. Previously, she served as the associate dean for the School of Business and Leadership, Economics Department Chair, coordinator for the Center for Women, Economic Justice, and Public Policy. Her major fields of expertise are in financial economics, resource economics, gender economics, and quantitative business analysis. She has several workshop/presentations to her credit, and has authored/co-authored several articles. Recently, she has presented several workshops on the global financial climate. Dr. Shikha has almost 35 years experience, primarily in the area of education.

  • Hella Cohen, PhD

    Associate Professor, English

    Hella Cohen specializes in postcolonial literature and theory, Anglophone global writing, and Israel-Palestine studies. She teaches courses cross-listed with Critical Studies of Race and Ethnicity, and Women's Studies. She studied English and Political Science as an undergraduate, and obtained her masters degree in English and American literature thereafter. As a doctoral student, her primary concentration was modern and contemporary literature of the Commonwealth and liberated British colonies, and her secondary concentration was eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British imperialist literature.

  • Hui Wilcox, PhD

    Professor, Sociology

    Born and raised in a rapidly changing China, Hui Wilcox received her Ph.D. in Sociology in 2004 from the University of Minnesota. Since then, she has been teaching at St. Catherine University and dancing/researching with Ananya Dance Theatre, a Twin Cities-based dance company based that has built a transnational women-of-color feminist contemporary dance aesthetics. Her research has been focused on sociology of dance especially in connection to immigrant identities, race/ethnicity, multiculturalism, and transnational feminism. She has also published research in critical food studies, feminist pedagogy/epistemology, and East African cultural studies.

  • Jane Carroll, PhD

    Professor, History

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  • Joanne Cavallaro

    Professor, English

  • Margret McCue-Enser, PhD

    Associate Professor, Communication Studies

    Margret McCue-Enser teaches and researches gender and rhetoric. She studied Communication and German as an undergraduate.

    She obtained her master's degree at Colorado State University in Speech Communication, focusing on the rhetorical strategies of power feminists. She obtained her doctorate at the University of Iowa where she studied the contemporary gender and rhetoric. She taught as an instructor in the department of Communication Studies while completing her Ph.D. and soon after took a job at Saginaw Valley State University where she earned tenure and promotion to Associate Professor.

  • Nancy A. Heitzeg, PhD

    Endowed Professor in the Sciences (2018-21), Professor of Sociology, Director of Critical Studies of Race and Ethnicity

    Dr. Nancy A. Heitzeg is a Professor of Sociology , Director of the Critical Studies of Race/Ethnicity Program, and Endowed Chair in the Sciences.. Professor Heitzeg writes & presents widely on issues of race, class, gender, & social control with attention to the school to prison pipeline & the prison industrial complex.

    Professor Heitzeg is co- editor of an on-line series, Criminal InJustice, which is devoted to encouraging public education & action on issues of mass incarceration.
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  • Rachel Neiwert, PhD

    Associate Professor, History

    My research is in Modern British history, with a particular emphasis on children and education in the British Empire. I am particularly interested in how children understood and interpreted what it meant to be British. I am also engaged in a new research project focused much closer to home, entitled "Welcoming the Dear Neighbor?: A History of Housing Inequality in Ramsey County." This project focuses on understanding the historical context of racial covenants and housing segregation in Ramsey County, Minnesota. My teaching focuses on Modern European history, with a particular emphasis on women's history, the Modern Middle East, and World History.

  • Rafael Cervantes, PhD

    Associate Professor, Communication Studies

    Communication Studies, Electronic Media Studies, Applied Science in Communication Studies (Pre-OT)
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  • Sharon Doherty

    Professor, Women's Studies

    Dr. Sharon Doherty is Professor of Women’s Studies and Director of the Abigail Quigley McCarthy Center for Women. She also serves as the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet Mission Chair for Women's Education.  Sharon’s focus at St. Kate’s is on students as members of communities within and beyond the university. A cultural anthropologist who anchors her work in intersectional feminist studies, Sharon takes a collaborative and applied scholarship approach at the Center for Women, encouraging faculty, staff, students, and alumnae/i to connect their talents to the St. Kate’s mission.  
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