Dr. Janice L. Okoomian

  • Assistant Professor


A.M., Ph.D., Brown University

B.A., Wesleyan University

Selected Publications

“Lentils in the Ashes: Excavating the Fragments of Ancestral Feminism.” Mother of Invention: How Our Mothers Influenced us as Feminist Academics and Activists. Eds. Vanessa Reimer, and Sarah Sahagian. Bradford, Ont.: Demeter Press, 2013. 168-180. Print.

“Third Wave Feminists: The Ongoing Movement for Women’s Rights.” Women's Rights: People and Perspectives. Ed. Crista DeLuzio. Santa Barbara: ABC-Clio, 2010. 207-223. Print.​

Coughlin, Maura, et al. “Roundtable on teaching ‘Work’ as an interdisciplinary first-year college seminar.” Iowa Journal of Cultural Studies 12/13 (2010): 97-106. Print.

“Becoming White: Contested History, Armenian American Women, and Racialized Bodies.” Journal of the Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States (MELUS). 27 (2002): 213-37. Print.

“Armenian American Women Inhabiting Our Bodies: Gendered and Embodied Ethnicity in Carol Edgarian's Rise the Euphrates.” Ed. Barbara Merguerian and Doris Jafferian. Armenian Women in a Changing World: Papers presented at the First International Conference of the Armenian International Women's Association. Belmont, MA: AIWA Press, 1995. 184-193. Print.


FYS 100 Gender Games
FYS 100 Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: Masterplots of Gender
GEND 200 Gender and Society
GEND 201 Feminist Inquiry
GEND 250 Current Issues in Feminism
GEND 252 (Connections) Lights, Camera, Gender!
GEND 350 Food, Gender, Identity, Power
GEND 352 Feminist Theory

Additional Information


Dr. Okoomian is currently at work on an article about the connections between masculinity, nationalism, and militarism the novel Orhan’s Inheritance. She is also working on an article about feminist activism in the Republic of Armenia, based on oral history interviews she conducted in summer 2019.


Intersectional feminist theory

Gender in U.S. culture

Armenian and Armenian diaspora feminisms

Awards & Affiliations

Postdoctoral Fellowship, John Nicholas Brown Center for the Study of American Civilization

National Women’s Studies Association

Reacting to the Past Consortium

Phi Beta Kappa