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Meet the Faculty and Staff

Global Women’s Leadership Institute 2020
Faculty and Staff

Mana Derakhshani

Email: mana@saintmarys.edu
Phone: 574-284-4058
Saint Mary's College
Center for Women's Intercultural Leadership
122 Spes Unica Hall
Notre Dame, IN  46556

Director, Global Women's Leadership Institute

Dr. Derakhshani is the Director of the Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership and Professor of French in the Department of Modern Languages. She also serves as Director of the Intercultural Leadership Program, a co-curricular experiential program with a cohort of 20 students. Since coming to Saint Mary’s College in 1989 her scholarly work has focused on the pedagogy of languages and intercultural studies. She has published French language textbooks and articles on teaching culture and cinema. She has developed new courses in Francophone Studies, the Culture of Business in the French-Speaking World, and French Cinema. She was instrumental, along with several other colleagues across the campus, for creating the Intercultural Studies Minor and has taught the Introduction to Intercultural Studies course every year since its inception. She was one of the co-writers of the proposal to the Lilly Foundation for the Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership and served as its Interim Director in its first year (2000-2001).

Martha Smith Martha Smith

Email: msmith@saintmarys.edu
Phone: 574-284-5262
Saint Mary's College
130 Spes Unica Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556



Administrative Director, Global Women's Leadership Institute

Martha graduated from Ferris State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Martha is originally from Managua, Nicaragua. She is an entrepreneur with 24 years of small business management experience. Martha has previous work experience in banking and manufacturing. She has held jobs with First National City Bank (Citibank) in Nicaragua; Owens-Corning Fiberglas in Toledo, Ohio; and AM General in South Bend. She served on the Small Business Division Advisory Board for 1st Source Bank. Martha has served as a community volunteer with the Niles YMCA, the Senior Citizens Center and Hospice of Saint Joseph County. Martha has two daughters and one of them is a recent Saint Mary’s College graduate.


Stacy Davis

Phone: 574-284-4700
Saint Mary's College
164E Spes Unica Hall
Notre Dame, IN  46556

Professor of Religious Studies

Stacy Davis is Professor of Religious Studies at Saint Mary's College. She also teaches in the Gender and Women's Studies Department. Her course offerings include Conversion, Reading the Hebrew Bible in Jewish and Christian Terms, Leviticus and Numbers, and Introduction to Gender and Women's Studies. Her publications include two books, This Strange Story: Jewish and Christian Interpretation of the Curse of Canaan from Antiquity to 1865 and Haggai and Malachi in the Wisdom Commentary Series, and co-editing The Africana Bible: Reading Israel's Scriptures from Africa and the African Diaspora. When she is not working, she likes reading, running, and watching ESPN. 

Sonalini Sapra

Sonalini Sapra

Email: saprask@guilford.edu
Phone: 336-316-2180



Guest Faculty, Global Women's Leadership Institute

Dr. Sapra joined Guilford College in 2018 as an Engaged Teaching Specialist in the Center for Principled Problem Solving and Faculty Member, Political Science. Her research and teaching interests are in Feminist Global Political Economy, Gender and Environmental Justice, Transnational Feminisms, and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. In all of her courses, she emphasizes a praxis-oriented, interdisciplinary pedagogical approach that takes into consideration active learning, intersectional analyses, and the focus of applying theoretical knowledge to local and global political concerns. One of her main aims as a teacher is to get her students fully engaged in their own history, as well as their responsibility to be participants and co-creators of the world in which we live. Before returning to graduate school, she worked at a non-governmental labor rights organization in New Delhi examining the impact that international and national trade policies were having on India's informal workers.  She received her Ph.D. in Political Science from Vanderbilt University in 2009 and has previously taught at Kenyon College, Saint Mary's College, and Saint Martin's University. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, exploring Greensboro, and spending time with her partner and two-year-old daughter.

Marc Belanger

Email: belanger@saintmarys.edu

Saint Mary’s College
75 Spes Unica Hall
Notre Dame, IN  46556

Associate Professor of Political Science

Marc Belanger has taught in the Political Science Department at Saint Mary’s College since 1995. He is also coordinator of the International Development concentration in the Global Studies Department, a program he helped establish at Saint Mary's in 2012. He was also one of the founding members of the Intercultural Studies Program. He was a recipient of two college-wide honors at Saint Mary's: the Maria Pieta Award for outstanding lower division teaching in 2001 and the Spes Unica Award for distinguished service in 2015.  He has taught classes on Latin America, the Middle East, race, democratization, international development, U.S. Foreign Policy, and Global Studies.  Before receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts in 1993, he worked for 5 years at Oxfam America, an international development organization based in Boston.

Ann Marie Short

Email: ashort@saintmarys.edu

Saint Mary’s College
220W Spes Unica Hall
Notre Dame, IN  46556

Associate Professor of English

Dr. Ann Marie Short is an Associate Professor of English who also teaches Gender and Women's Studies and Intercultural Studies at Saint Mary's College. Her research focuses on Anglophone postcolonial and immigrant women writers, and she has published in journals such as Literature Compass, MELUS: The Society for the Study of Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States and Anthurium: A Caribbean Studies Journal. In particular, she is interested literary representations of colonial and postcolonial dynamics in the globalized 21st century, and her work engages with issues surrounding identity, identity politics, and racism. Some of her favorite courses to teach at Saint Mary's are Contemporary Global Literature, Introduction to Gender and Women's Studies, Postcolonial Women's Writing, and Latina Literature. In addition to spending time with her husband and three daughters, Ann Marie enjoys gardening, hiking, and listening to music.

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