Ann Hill Beuf was the first faculty member to hold the title of director of Penn Women's Studies Program, from 1977 to 1981. She joined Penn in 1972 as assistant professor of sociology, where she later served as undergraduate chair. She was named acting director and later director of Women's Studies in 1977, succeeding its founding coordinator, Dr. Elsa Greene. In 1981 she won the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, cited as "generous and demanding" by her nominators. She also received a Fulbright Award and was a member of a 1982 Congressional Fact-finding Delegation to China. Beuf was the author of Biting Off the Bracelet: Red Children in White America, and Beauty is the Beast, and many journal articles. She died in Boulder, Colorado on May 9 at the age of 59, after a 25-year struggle with Parkinson's Disease.