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).

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.

Amy Hilden, PhD

Associate Professor, Philosophy

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.

Cecilia Konchar Farr, Ph.D.

Professor, English and Women's Studies

Cecilia Konchar Farr is Chair of English and International Languages, Carondelet Scholar, and 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, and their social, educational, aesthetic, and political work. She will tell you that the most fun she has had as a professor was editing A Wizard of Their Age: Critical Essays from the Harry Potter Generation (SUNY 2015) with a team of student editors.

Colleen Carpenter, PhD

Professor, Theology and Women's Studies

Carondelet Scholar

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.

Daniel Williams, PhD

Assistant Professor, Sociology

Daniel Williams is an assistant 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. Specifically, he examines immigration policy, racial categorization, and media representations as key sites of the construction of difference.

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.

Hella Cohen, PhD

Assistant 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.

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.

Jane Carroll, PhD

Professor, History

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, Professor of Sociology, Director of Critical Studies of Race and Ethnicity

Dr. Nancy A. Heitzeg is a Professor of Sociology , irector of the Critical Studies of Race/Ethnicity Program, and the current 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.

Pamela Fletcher Bush

Professor, English

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.

Rafael Cervantes, PhD

Associate Professor, Communication Studies

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

Sharon Doherty

Professor, Women's Studies