Meet the Team

The Georgetown University Gender+ Justice Initiative is led by two faculty co-directors, a program director, a steering committee, and supported by student fellows.  The G+JI leadership comes from the three Georgetown campuses: Main, Medical Center, and Law Center. 

Co-Directors

Denise Brennan, Ph.D – (she/her)

Professor of Anthropology, Georgetown University

Faculty Co-Director (2019-2022)

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Naomi Mezey, J.D – (she/her)

Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center

Faculty Co-Director (2021-2022)

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Melyssa Haffaf, Ph.D – (she/they)

Georgetown University G+JI

Executive Director

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Steering Committee:

Nadia Brown, Ph.D – (she/her)

Professor of Government, chair of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program, Georgetown University

G+JI Steering Committee: Served 2022 – present

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Dionne S. Coker-Appiah, Ph.D – (she/her)

Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Georgetown University School of Medicine

G+JI Faculty Co-Director 2019-2021, G+JI Steering Committee: Served 2018 – present

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Deborah Epstein, J.D (she/her)

Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Domestic Violence Clinic

Georgetown University Law Center

G+JI Steering Committee: Served 2017 – present

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Kristi Graves, Ph.D – (she/her)

Associate Professor of Oncology, Associate Dean for Faculty Development

Georgetown University School of Medicine

G+JI Steering Committee: Served 2017 – present

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Sara Omar, Ph.D – (she/her)

Assistant Professor of Arabic & Islamic Studies

Georgetown University

G+JI Steering Committee: Served 2022 – present

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G+JI Program and Research Assistants

Erica Dugué, (she/her), Program Assistant (Fall 2021

Erica Dugué is a recent graduate of Princeton University, where she received her B.A in African American Studies, with a focus on Race & Public Policy, alongside minors in French Language & Culture, Ethnographic Studies, and Gender & Sexuality Studies. At Princeton, she was a Research Associate for the Ida B. Wells Just Data Lab; a student leader for the annual first-year social justice orientation trip, Dialogue & Difference in Action; a committee co-leader for the student abolition and prison reform group; and a peer educator and dialogue facilitator for the Center for Equality & Cultural Understanding. Erica is elated to be working with the Gender+ Justice Initiative, as they cultivate lasting and bountiful relationships that advance the intertwined struggles against global racial capitalism, white supremacy, and various forms of oppression.