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Current DIFF Member Biographies

Dr. Lisa A. Costello

Dr. Lisa A. Costello is the Director of the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program (WGSS) Statesboro and Professor of Writing and Linguistics at Georgia Southern University. Her active research agenda includes work on gender, rhetoric, Holocaust public memory, first year composition, mentorship, and diversity hiring policy. Her book American Public Memory and the Holocaust: Performing Gender, Shifting Orientations, was released October 2019. She manages an LGBTQ+ Grant Initiative to continue to build the LGBTQ+ Research Center on campus in addition to running the WGSS Program and major. She is a founding member of the Diversity and Inclusion Faculty Fellows. She teaches courses for Writing and Linguistics like Writing and Healing and Writing, Rhetoric, and Culture, for WGSS courses like Gender in Global Contexts and Perspectives in Feminist Theory and for the Honors Program courses like The Holocaust. She is a feminist teacher seeking social justice and equity in the classroom, on campus, and in the community.

Dr. Nikki DiGregorio

Dr. Nikki DiGregorio is an Associate Professor in the School of Human Ecology at Georgia Southern University. Additionally, Dr. DiGregorio is a member of the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) Executive Board at Georgia Southern, and serves as a member of the Core Faculty within the WGSS program. Dr. DiGregorio teaches courses in sexuality in human development, diversity in human development, legal and public policies affecting families, and programming and evaluation for family services. Dr. DiGregorio’s research focuses on the interplay between social policy, language appropriation, and the experiences of gender and sexual minorities. Dr. DiGregorio is also active in the area of the scholarship of teaching learning as it pertains to pedagogy centered around diversity, sexualization, and objectification. In 2020, Dr. DiGregorio was awarded Georgia Southern University’s Faculty Award for Inclusive Excellence as well as the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences Faculty Excellence Award in Teaching and Research.  Nationally, Dr. DiGregorio is Vice President of the Family Science Association.

Dr. Rochelle Bornett Lee

Dr. Rochelle Bornett Lee is an assistant professor in the Department of Diagnostic and Therapeutic Studies in the Waters College of Health Professions at Georgia Southern University. Dr. Lee’s research areas include the intersections of gender and race, diversity, leadership, health disparities, and cultural competence. Prior to joining the faculty of Georgia Southern, Dr. Lee was a practicing Nuclear Medicine Technologist in the clinical setting. She teaches courses on this subject in the Waters College of Health Professions. Taking a womanist approach to the delivery of content, she believes in the health, wellness, and equity of the community at-large without elevating any of its members

Dr. Alex Reyes

Dr. Alex Reyes is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Middle Grades and Secondary Education in the College of Education at Georgia Southern University. Dr. Reyes’s scholarship focuses on how the intersections of language, culture, and identity inform learning experiences for bilingual and Latinx communities in informal and formal education settings. She is also interested in arts-integrated pedagogy and research. Dr. Reyes prepares education students to work with culturally and linguistically diverse students, and to integrate arts and literature across the curriculum.

Dr. Peggy Shannon-Baker

Dr. Peggy Shannon-Baker is an assistant professor in the Department of Curriculum, Foundations, and Reading at Georgia Southern University. Dr. Shannon-Baker’s current scholarship addresses critical approaches to international education and heteronormativity in teacher education. Dr. Shannon-Baker teaches courses in educational research methods and qualitative research.

Dr. Stacy W. Smallwood

Dr. Stacy W. Smallwood is an associate professor in the Department of Health Policy & Community Health in the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health and affiliate faculty in the Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies program at Georgia Southern University. Dr. Smallwood’s graduate instruction is in health promotion, education, and behavior, and his specialized training is in the area of HIV/AIDS prevention. His research focuses on promoting equity in health and well-being among marginalized communities. His interests include HIV prevention, sexual health, LGBTQ+ health, discrimination and health, and community engagement and organizing within marginalized communities. He is the Immediate Past Chair of the HIV/AIDS Section for the American Public Health Association, and currently serves as the moderator for the Bulloch County Beloved Community, a grassroots organization with the purpose of building connections across lines of social difference in Statesboro, GA and surrounding areas.

Dr. Clare Walsh

Dr. Clare Walsh is a Lecturer in Sociology at Georgia Southern University-Statesboro. She received an MA in Women’s Studies from the University of South Florida and a PhD in Sociology with a Concentration in Women’s Studies from the University of Florida. The intersections of sexuality, gender, and race, especially in the context of family and the scholarship of teaching and learning are her research interests. Her instructional style reflects a perspective based in feminist pedagogy. 

Last updated: 1/20/2021