Visiting Scholars

Chatham University Women's Institute

The Visiting Scholar Program hosts scholars interested in women's leadership and gender equity who are not otherwise affiliated with Chatham University. The program provides a rich intellectual environment for Visiting Scholars to pursue their own research agenda and to participate in the activities of the Women's Institute and affiliated Centers and programs. Chatham students, faculty, and the broader community benefit from the intellectual engagement with the Visiting Scholars, who will present their work in talks on campus and at the annual Gender Scholars Symposium. For more information, and to apply, see the Program Overview and Application Procedures

Dr. Erin Tunney

Erin Tunney (2019-2020) has a Ph.D. from Emory University in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies and an MA from American University in International Peace and Conflict Resolution. She has published research on violence against women in post-conflict Northern Ireland and post-Apartheid South Africa as well as efforts to transform militarized masculinity in youth work in Northern Ireland. She has taught Women’s Studies, Sociology and International Peace and Conflict Resolution courses for Carlow University in Pittsburgh, Emory University in Atlanta, and North-West University in South Africa.

She recently returned to her hometown of Pittsburgh after working as a Researcher for the Institute for Conflict Research in Northern Ireland. There, she led research on gaps within peacebuilding training of European Union personnel, advocated for greater sensitivity toward gender and culture within trainings, and wrote reports for the EU on best practices in peacebuilding training.

A long-time advocate for survivors of domestic and sexual violence, she has supported women who have experienced such violence at Women’s Aid Armagh-Down, conducted trainings and workshops to educate the public on these issues through the Women’s Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh, and served as Vice-Chair on the Board of Belfast-Lisburn Women’s Aid. Additionally, she has published research on efforts to combat dating violence through bystander awareness education on college campuses.

Nicole Elias

Nicole M. Elias (2019-2020) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Management at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY and Co-Director of Women in the Public Sector at John Jay College. Dr. Elias earned her MPA and Ph.D. in Public Administration and Affairs from the Center for Public Administration and Policy at Virginia Tech. While at Virginia Tech, she also received the Women’s and Gender Studies Graduate Certificate and served as managing editor of Administration & Society for three years. Her research focuses on social equity in public administration and policy, with an emphasis on the ethics of administration, management of human resources in public organizations, and public policy impacts on different populations. She regularly collaborates with practitioners in government agencies and nonprofit organizations. She is a Research Fellow with the U.S. Department of Defense’s Equal Opportunity Management Institute (DEOMI) and Research Partner with the New York City Commission on Gender Equity. Dr. Elias held a Research Fellowship at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Office and served as the Lead Faculty Advisor to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management on the 2016 Government-wide Inclusive Diversity Strategic Plan. She is the winner of the 2019 Audre Lorde Award for Social Justice and co-recipient of the 2018-19 Inaugural Presidential Student-Faculty Research Collaboration Award for her work examining gender equity in municipalities. Dr. Elias is the author of numerous journal articles, book chapters, government reports, and practitioner training modules on sexual orientation, gender identity, and means of fostering greater representation and inclusion in public service. Her recent work appears in Administrative Theory & Praxis and Teaching Public Administration. Dr. Elias is the co-editor of a special issue symposium on the future of women in public administration appearing in Administration & Society. Her current research projects include two co-edited books: Ethics for Contemporary Bureaucrats: Navigating Constitutional Crossroads, to be published in 2020 and Handbook of Gender and Public Administration, to be published in 2021. 

Past Visiting Scholars 

Dr. Karen Faulk

Dr. Karen Faulk (2018-19 & 2017-18) earned her PhD in Anthropology at the University of Michigan. Most recently she has been a Research Professor at the Center for Sociological Studies and Program for the Study of Women and Gender, at Colegio de México, Mexico City. She has also taught at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Faulk’s research interests include gender, globalization, human rights, health and medicine, cooperatives, citizenship, birth, labor, public spaces, international social movements. She specializes in Argentina, Mexico, Latin America as a historically constituted conceptual unit, and Latinxs. Dr. Faulk is the author of In the Wake of Neoliberalism: Citizenship and Human Rights in Argentina (Stanford University Press, 2008) and numerous other publications. Her current project is, "Litigating Childbirth: Legal Rights and Moral Frameworks in Cases of Obstetric Violence." This project explores how rights and rights violations during childbirth are expressed, legalized, and litigated, and interrogates the multiple conceptual frameworks that interact in the judicialization of birth. Her email contact is

Dr. Emily Winerock

Dr. Emily Winerock (2018-19) received her PhD in History from the University of Toronto. Previously she was a visiting assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh and a visiting lecturer at Carthage College in Wisconsin. Dr. Winerock's research examines the politics and practices of dancing in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Europe. Her publications include "Competitive Capers: Gender, Gentility, and Dancing in Early Modern England," in The Oxford Handbook of Dance and Competition, edited by Sherril Dodd (Oxford, 2018) and "Churchyard Capers: The Controversial Use of Church Space for Dancing in Early Modern England" in The Sacralization of Space and Behavior in the Early Modern World, edited by Jennifer Mara DeSilva (Ashgate, 2015). Her current project is "Shakespeare and Dance: History, Tradition, and Adaptation," a monograph she is co-authoring with Shakespeare scholars Linda McJannet and Amy Rodgers. This interdisciplinary work seeks to make simultaneous interventions in Shakespeare studies and dance studies by exploring the reciprocal questions, "What does dance do in, and for, Shakespeare's plays," and "What does Shakespeare, as a source of narrative and cultural capital, do for dance?" Drs. Winerock, McJannet, and Rodgers are also the co-founders of the Shakespeare and Dance Project ( In addition, Dr. Winerock lectures on the history of "dirty dancing," choreographs for theatrical productions, and teaches historical dance workshopsHer email contact is

Dr. Niq D. Johnson

Dr. Niq D. Johnson (2017-2018) earned a PhD in Communication at the University of Pittsburgh. They also have Certificates in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies and Cultural Studies. Dr. Johnson taught at the Univeristy of Pittsburgh and most recently published, "Misogynoir and Antiblack Racism: What The Walking Dead Teaches Us about the Limits of Speculative Fiction Fandom" (Journal of Fandom Studies, 2015). They are currently working on an article, "Un/gendering the Dandy: The Sartorial Vernacular of Black Queer Rebellion,” which is a study of black queer women's and nonbinary person's practices of dandyism as a style and consciousness-raising movement. Dr. Johnson is also working on a book monograph, "Unmoored, Unbound: Precarity and the Promise of Inappropriable Life," exploring black (queer) femme-affirming forms of life, by way of Agamben, envisaging precarity as a stabilizing force. They are interested in the ways that intersectional activism, scholarship, and creative expression inform the responses that comprise lived experience and, in so doing, potentially catalyze ontological and epistemological affirmation. Dr. Johnson has been active in labor organizing, sexual assault prevention work, and diversity and inclusion efforts.