Chatham University

Visiting Scholars

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. Karen Faulk

Dr. Karen Faulk (2017-2018) 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.


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-oflife, 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.