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LeeRay M. Costa

LeeRay M. Costa, John P. Wheeler Professor of Anthropology and Gender and Women's Studies; B.A., University of California, San Diego; M.A. New York University; Ph.D. University of Hawai'i at Manoa.

Professor Costa's teaching and research interests include women, activism, social justice, food activism, local and global food systems, feminist theory, gender and sexuality, narrative methodology, and feminist pedagogy. She is currently engaged in two research projects focured on local food movements: one on the Big Island of Hawai`i (in collaboration with Dr. Kathryn Besio, U Hawai`i, Hilo) and one in Roanoke and Southwest Virginia. Her course, Food, Culture and Social Justice teaches Hollins students about civic engagement through their volunteer work at grassroots organizations in the Roanoke Valley. She is currently co-editing a special issue of the journal Feminist Teacher on the topic of feminist civic engagement with Dr. Karen Leong (U of Arizona). Dr. Costa has also conducted fieldwork in Thailand on women, development, NGOs, and transgender youth.

Shari Valentine Shari Valentine, visiting instructor of sociology; B.S. and M.A., University of Houston Clear Lake; Ph.D. candidate, Texas A&M University.