Staff and Research Scholars

The Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies Program and the Alice Paul Center are enriched by the following Staff, Fellows, Research Scholars, and Lecturers:


Nancy Hirschmann


A professor in Political Science, Nancy Hirschmann works in the history of political thought, analytical philosophy and feminist theory. Her newest book, Gender, Class, and Freedom in Modern Political Theory considers the concept of freedom as it developed in the canon of political thought from the 17th to 19th centuries and examines how issues of gender and class affected the dominant conceptions of freedom.  Her previous book, The Subject of Liberty: Toward a Feminist Theory of Freedom, took a more contemporary approach and considered the concept of freedom in the context of political and social issues such as domestic violence, Islamic veiling, and U.S. welfare reform.  Read More

Demie Kurz

Demie Kurz


Demie Kurz is the Co-Director of the Alice Paul Center for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality and the Co-Director of the Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies program.  Her primary research and teaching interests are in contemporary issues of gender, with a specific focus on the family.  She has written on the topics of divorce and domestic violence and also has a strong interest in the area of "carework".  Read More

Luz Marin


Luz Marin

Program Coordinator 

Luz Marin is the Program Coordinator for the Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies Program.

Mary Zaborskis

Graduate Associate

Mary Zaborskis is an English PhD candidate and Franklin/Fontaine Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. She works at the intersections of queer, indigenous, and childhood studies in late nineteenth- and twentieth-century American literature. Her work has appeared in WSQ: Women's Studies Quarterly ("Child" Spring 2015) and Journal of Homosexuality (forthcoming). Mary has contributed reviews to Public Books and Women & Performance: a journal of feminist theory.

Sabina Springer

Sabina Spigner

Office Assistant 

Sabina Spigner is the Office Assistant for the Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Program. She is a senior in the College of Arts & Sciences studying Biological Bases of Behavior and GSWS. She aspires to become an OB/GYN specializing in LGBT Healthcare and wants to implement what she learns from the GSWS Program into her eventual field of medicine. In addition, Sabina is currently working as an intern in a genetics research lab at CHOP. She is also director of SPEC Film!

Twenewaa Adu-Oppong

Twenewaa Adu-Oppong

Media Outreach Coordinator

Twenewaa Adu-Oppong is one of the Media Outreach Coordinators for the Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Program. She is a rising senior in the College of Arts and Sciences studying GSWS and Africana Studies. Twenewaa is currently completing a semester abroad in Athens, Greece where she interns with a women's organization dedicated to assisting victims of domestic abuse. Additionally, Twenewaa promotes safe sexual experiences both on and off campus as a Vice President of Penn AIDS Awareness (PAA).

Kirk Fiereck

Kirk Fiereck

Andrew Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Sexuality Studies (2014-2016)

Kirk Fiereck received a Ph.D. in Medical Anthropology from Columbia University in 2014 and a Master of Public Health degree from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2005. His research examines how forms of queer personhood have emerged out of complex enactments of sexual and gender identities within black and medical cultures in South Africa over the past century. Read More

Katie Eyer

Katie Eyer

Alice Paul Center Research Affiliate

Katie Eyer is an Alice Paul Center Research Affiliate and Assistant Professor of Law at Rutgers Camden Law School. Her research focuses on using transcontextual approaches to identify and address major under-theorized questions in the area of civil rights law. Current projects involve an investigation of the ways in which family law has historically been treated differently as a locale for civil rights reform, and a series of projects investigating the reasons why discrimination litigants fare so poorly in obtaining successful litigated outcomes. Read More 

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