Cheryl Doss | Sally M. Promey | Laura Wexler
Project Assistants: Perin Gurel
| Alexandra Kendall | Kathryn Reklis | Erinn Staley

Cheryl Doss, co-Principal Investigator of the Women, Religion and Globalization has been the Director of Graduate Studies of the MA program in International Relations and Associate Chair of the International Affairs Council since 1999. She is also a Lecturer in Economics and is affiliated with the Economic Growth Center at Yale. Prior to coming to Yale, she held a faculty appointment in the Economics Department at Williams College.

She is currently the PI on a project funded through the USAID AMA CRSP program, “Pathways for Ensuring Assets to Assets: Land Reform and Beyond” focusing on women’s access to land and other assets in Liberia and Uganda. In addition, she was a team Member on USAID funded project, “Improving Pastoral Risk Management on East African Rangelands,” through the Global Livestock Collaborative Research Support Program. She has consulted for the World Bank and the United Nations Development Program on issues related to women and asset ownership. She has worked with several of the International Agricultural Research Centers, including the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas in Aleppo, Syria and the Center for Wheat and Maize Improvement in Mexico on issues of agricultural research, agricultural technology, and livelihoods, especially for women.

She is the book review editor for the journal Feminist Economics. In addition, she edited a special issue of the journal on Women and the Distribution of Wealth with Carmen Diana Deere (also published as a book with the same title by Routledge) and is currently co-editing a special issue on AIDS, Sexuality and Economic Development with Cecelia Conrad.

She has published in a wide range of journals, including Economic Development and Cultural Change, the American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Economics, the Journal of African Economics and World Development. She has an BA in Political Science from the University of California at Riverside, an MA in International Relations from Yale University, and a Ph.D. in Applied Economics from the University of Minnesota, where she was also a scholar in the MacArthur Interdisciplinary Program in Peace and International Cooperation, University of Minnesota.

Sally M. Promey is Professor of American Studies; and Deputy Director and Professor of Religion and Visual Culture, Yale Institute of Sacred Music.  She holds a secondary appointment in the Department of Religious Studies.  In 2008-2009, she is Acting Chair of the Program in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.  Also beginning this year, she directs the Yale Initiative for the Study of Material and Visual Cultures of Religion, generously supported by a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation.  Her scholarship explores the visual and material cultures of religions in the United States from the early colonial period through the present.  She is author of two award-winning books: Painting Religion in Public: John Singer Sargent's "Triumph of Religion" at the Boston Public Library (Princeton, 1999; American Academy of Religion Award for Excellence in the Historical Study of Religion) and Spiritual Spectacles: Vision and Image in Mid-Nineteenth-Century Shakerism (Indiana, 1993; Charles C. Eldredge Prize for Distinguished Scholarship in American Art) as well as contributing author and co-editor of The Visual Culture of American Religions (California, 2001).  Among her recent articles and book chapters are essays titled “Mirror Images:  Framing the Self in Early New England Material Piety”; “Taste Cultures and the Visual Practice of Liberal Protestantism, 1940-1965”; “Situating Visual Culture”; and “The ‘Return’ of Religion in the Scholarship of American Art.”  Promey is recipient of numerous grants and fellowships including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars Fellowship, two Ailsa Mellon Bruce Senior Fellowships (1993 and 2003) at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, and a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for University Teachers. In 2001 she received the Regent’s Faculty Award for Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity from the University System of Maryland and in 2002 the Kirwan Faculty Research and Scholarship Prize of the University of Maryland. In 2004 she was Senior Historian in Residence for the Terra Summer Residency Program in Giverny, France. She serves on the editorial boards of Material Religion, American Art, and Winterthur Portfolio, on the Council of the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, and on the Advisory Committee of the Center for Historic American Visual Culture.  Her current book project, Religion in Plain View: The Public Aesthetics of American Belief, examines the public display of religion in the United States from the eighteenth century to the twenty-first.  She is also completing research for another book, Written on the Heart: Protestant Visual Culture in the United States.

Laura Wexler, co-Principle Investigator of the Women, Religion and Globalization project, has taught at Amherst College, Trinity College, Wesleyan University and Yale University. She was appointed Professor of American Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies at Yale in 2002. She served as Chair of the Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program from 2003-2007. She is the author of Tender Violence: Domestic Visions in an Age of U. S. Imperialism (University of North Carolina Press, 2000) and Pregnant Pictures (Routledge, 2000), co-authored with Sandra Matthews. Tender Violence was awarded the 2001 annual Joan Kelley Memorial Prize of the American Historical Association for the best book in women’s history and/or feminist theory. She also co-edited, along with Laura Frost, Amy Hungerford and John MacKay, the volume Interpretation and the Holocaust, a special issue of the Yale Journal of Criticism. Professor Wexler’s many other publications include a recent essay entitled “’Laughing Ben’” on ‘The Old Plantation’,” in Photography and Race Forum, ed. Elizabeth Abel and Leigh Raiford, in English Language Notes 44.2 (Fall/Winter 2006); and a recent chapter entitled “The Fair Ensemble: Kate Chopin in St. Louis in 1904,” in Haunted by Empire; Geographies of Intimacy in North American History, edited by Ann Laura Stoler (Duke University Press, 2006). Her current research centers on visual representations of the gendered politics of white supremacy in the United States and includes forthcoming studies of the writer Kate Chopin and the photographers Diane Arbus and Roman Vishniac. She co-founded, and for the past eight years has directed, the Photographic Memory Workshop at Yale. She has served on the editorial boards of American Quarterly, Genders, and the Yale Journal of Criticism. She is a member of the Steering Committee and of the Advisory Council of the Women Faculty Forum, and serves on the American Studies, Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, and Judaic Studies Councils. She also is a member of the Executive Boards of the Joseph Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale and the Muriel Gardiner Society for Psychoanalysis and the Humanities. She completed her undergraduate studies at Sarah Lawrence College and holds M.A., M. Phil., and Ph.D. degrees from Columbia University.

Kathryn Reklis, project assistant to the Women, Religion, and Globalization project, is a Ph.D. student in the department of Religious Studies. Her areas of interest include: feminist Christian theology; the performance of Christological tropes in non-ecclesial settings; performance studies as a means of understanding cultural and theological memory; the creation and maintenance of the modern category of religion; and theological aesthetics. She received her B.A. in English Literature and Creative Writing (poetry) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (highest distinction) in 2001 and her Master’s of Arts in Religion from Yale Divinity School (summa cum laude) in 2004.

erinnErinn Staley, project assistant to the Women, Religion, and Globalization project, is a Ph.D. student in the department of Religious Studies.  Her areas of interest include feminist Christian theology, the effects of traumatic violence on the theological imagination, and the relationships between religion and public health.  She received her B.A. in Political Science from Rhodes College (summa cum laude) in 2002 and her Master of Divinity from Yale Divinity School (summa cum laude) in 2007.


GurelHailing from Istanbul, Turkey, Perin Gurel is thrilled to be a project assistant to the Women, Religion, and Globalization project. Perin is a Ph.D. Candidate in American Studies, a candidate for the graduate qualification in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and for the graduate certificate of concentration in Modern Middle East Studies at Yale University. She has presented and published papers on folklore and nationalism, globalization and reproductive technologies, and on the problems of LGBT communities in urban Turkey. Her academic interests include comparative studies of gender, sexuality, and the cultures of globalization, with special focus on the postwar United States and the Near East. Her dissertation “Wild Westernization: Gender, Sexuality, and the United States in Turkey” will interrogate how transnational and international politics are made into flesh through the semiotics of gender and sexuality. Perin holds a BA in English and American Studies from UC Berkeley and an MA in American Studies from Yale University.

KendallAlexandra Kendall, project assistant to the Women, Religion, and Globalization Project, is an MA Candidate in the department of International Relations. Prior to beginning at Yale, Alex worked at The Century Foundation where she was responsible for writing, researching and organizing events on health and foreign policy issues. Alex has worked in Senegal examining women's access to the local health care system and in Rwanda on a Women-focused AIDS treatment and care program.  Her areas of interest include gender and development, the role of humanitarian aid, and the challenge of effective aid in response to the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Africa.  Alex holds a BA in Political Science with honors from Macalester College.