Dr. Angela Mazaris (they/them/theirs or she/her/hers) is the founding director of the LGBTQ+ Center at Wake Forest University, where she also teaches in the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.
Dr. Mazaris serves as part of the university’s Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Team, and is committed to creating an institution that welcomes, supports, and engages everyone to their fullest potential. Dr. Mazaris has a Ph.D. in American Studies from Brown University in Providence, R.I., where she was honored to hold a Jacob Javits Fellowship from the U.S. Department of Education. Her teaching and research focus on LGBTQ history, queer theory, public history, and gender studies. At Brown she served as the first Coordinator of the LGBTQ Resource Center, and as Graduate Proctor at the Sarah Doyle Women’s Center. She was also a member of Brown’s Diversity Advisory Board, where she worked specifically on issues related to first-generation students and social class. While in Providence, she served on the board of the Equity Action Fund, Rhode Island’s fund for LGBTQ+ initiatives. Before coming to Wake Forest, Dr. Mazaris served as a Presidential Management Fellow at the Internal Revenue Service and the National Park Service.
Dr. Mazaris has three children and is happy to call Winston-Salem home.