Executive Board

The Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies Program and Alice Paul Center's Executive Board members are Penn professors who commit to serve and advise the program and center for three years; terms are staggered to provide continuity.

For more information, please contact GSWS-APC@sas.upenn.edu

City and Regional Planning
Term Ends: S2019
Law
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David Azzolina

David is a librarian in Van Pelt Library's Research and Instructional Services department. He is also an instructor in Folklore at Penn. His research concerns the study of oral narrative in everyday life. Presently David's collection responsibilities include Religion, Folklore, and the History and Sociology of Science. David manages the Reference collection at Van Pelt, and is the...

Penn Libraries
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Nancy Bentley

Nancy Bentley's research interests include law and literature, theory of the novel, African American studies, social theory, and cinema and media. She is the author of Frantic Panoramas: American Literature and Mass Culture 1870-1920 and The Ethnography of Manners. She also co-authored Volume 3 of the Cambridge History of American Literature and the Bedford Cultural Edition...

English
Term Ends: S2019

Toni Bowers

Toni Bowers research and writing focus particularly on how representations of intimate relations shaped and reinforced distributions of power during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. She publishes and teaches on writing by and about women, ideologically driven and partisan political writing (which, she maintains, are not the same thing), the discursive construction of "Great Britain,"...

English
Term Ends: S2018

Kathleen Brown

Kathleen M. Brown is David Boies Professor of History, Director of the Alice Paul Center and GSWS Program, and a faculty affiliate of Africana Studies and the History and Sociology of Science. She is the author of two prize-winning books, Good Wives, Nasty Wenches, and Anxious Patriarchs: Gender, Race and Power in Colonial Virginia (1996) and Foul Bodies: Cleanliness in Early...

History
Term Ends: S2018
Nursing
Term Ends: S2019

Anthea Butler

Anthea Butler is Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Graduate Chair in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Her most recent book, Women in the Church of God in Christ, Making A Sanctified World published on the University of North Carolina Press, chronicles the history of African American women’s religious lives, and civic engagement in the Church of...

Religious Studies; Africana Studies
Term Ends: S2020

Amy Castro Baker

Amy Castro Baker teaches Policy: Analysis of Issues, Strategy and Process and serves on the MSSP Governance Committee. She also teaches a course on Gender and Social Policy. Dr. Castro Baker’s research explores how economic and social policies contribute to existing disparities, particularly within housing and lending markets. She was awarded the GADE Research Award, the Society for Social...

School of Social Policy & Practice
Term Ends: S2020
East Asian Languages and Civilizations
Term Ends: S2019
LGBT Center
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Joan DeJean

Joan DeJean's research focuses on 17th- and 18th-century French literature. Her most recent books reflect her areas of research: the history of women's writing in France (Tender Geographies: Women and the Origins of the Novel in France); the history of sexuality (Fictions of Sappho, 1546-1937); the development of the novel (Literary Fortifications); and the cultural...

Romance Languages
Term Ends: S2018

André Dombrowski

André Dombrowski’s research and teaching center on the arts and material cultures of France and Germany, and their empires, in the mid to late nineteenth century. He is particularly concerned with the social and intellectual rationales behind the emergence of avant-garde painting in the 1860s to 1880s, including Impressionism. Committed to interdisciplinary inquiry, he places the development...

History of Art
Term Ends: S2018

David Eng

David L. Eng is Richard L. Fisher Professor of English. He is also Professor in the Program in Comparative Literature & Literary Theory and the Program in Asian American Studies. After receiving his B.A. in English from Columbia University and his Ph.D. in comparative literature from the University of California at Berkeley, he taught at Columbia and Rutgers before joining Penn in 2007....

English, Asian American Studies
Term Ends: S2018

Ann Farnsworth-Alvear

Ann Farnsworth-Alvear teaches Latin American History and directs the Program in Latin American Studies. She has a special interest in working-class history, gender studies, and oral history. She is author of Dulcinea in the Factory: Myths, Morals, Men and Women in Colombia's Industrial Experiment, 1905-1960, winner of the Allan Sharlin Prize of the Social Science History Association...

Latin American Studies
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Siyen Fei

Siyen Fei's work to date is primarily concerned with the political and cultural activism of sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century Ming dynasty China (1368-1644). Examining the action of wide-ranging historical actors—women, urbanites, and border residents—she engages and expands the new scholarly paradigm of “defiant late Ming energy” that re-visions a society formerly considered submissive...

History
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Vivian L. Gadsen

Dr. Gadsden’s research interests focus on cultural and social factors affecting learning and literacy across the life-course and within families, particularly those at the greatest risk for academic and social vulnerability. Her writing focuses on intergenerational learning, particularly on the relationships between literacy in families and issues of culture, race, gender, and poverty in...

Graduate School of Education
Term Ends: S2018
Sociology, Population Studies Center
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Sociology
Term Ends: S2018

Kathryn Hellerstein

Kathryn Hellerstein is a poet, translator, and scholar of Yiddish poetry. Her many scholarly articles on Yiddish literature, and most recently, on women poets in Yiddish, are published in journals, anthologies, and encyclopedias. Hellerstein's books include her translation and study of Moyshe-Leyb Halpern's poems, In New York: A Selection, (Jewish Publication Society, 1982), Paper Bridges:...


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Amy Hillier

Amy Hillier teaches courses relating to GIS, built environment and public health, and community development in city planning, urban studies, public health and social work. Her research focuses on issues of geographic disparities and access to services and resources in disadvantaged communities. Her research has included GIS applications in redlining and housing discrimination, affordable...

School of Social Policy & Practice; School of Design
Term Ends: S2020

Nancy Hirschmann

Nancy Hirschmann was Director from 2014-2017. During her tenure, the structure of the GSWS program underwent significant changes, ranging from a new governance structure to curricular revision to obtaining new and larger space. A professor in Political Science, she works in the history of political thought, analytical philosophy and feminist theory. Her newest book, Gender, Class, and...


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Ayako Kano

Ayako Kano's research focuses on the intersection of gender, performance, and politics, as well as on Japanese cultural history of the late 19th to early 20th century. Her first book focused on the first generation of actresses in modern Japanese theater. She is currently writing a book about Japanese feminist debates from the 1890s to present. Future projects include a cross-cultural analysis...

East Asian Languages & Civilizations
Term Ends: S2018
Anthropology
Term Ends: S2019

Robin Leidner

Robin Leidner's research concerns the relation between structural conditions of employment and its interactional components, as well as how work arrangements draw on and affect cultural understandings of the ways people do and should relate to each other. In Fast Food, Fast Talk: Service Work and the Routinization of Everyday Life, she examined what happens when organizations try to...

Sociology
Term Ends: S2018

Jessa Lingel

Jessa Lingel is an assistant professor at the Annenberg School for Communication, where she studies digital culture, looking for the ways that relationships to technology can show us gaps in power or possibilities for social change. She received her Ph.D. in Communication and Information from Rutgers University. She has an MLIS from Pratt Institute and an M.A. from New York University.  In her...

Annenberg School for Communication
Term Ends: S2019

Beth Linker

Beth Linker is an Associate Professor at the University of Pennsylvania in the Department of the History and Sociology of Science. Her research and teaching interests include the history of science and medicine, the body, gender, health policy, and disability. She is the author of  War’s Waste: Rehabilitation in World War I America (Chicago, 2011) which went on to to become the...

History and Sociology of Science
Term Ends: S2018

Ania Loomba

Ania Loomba researches and teaches early modern literature, histories of race and colonialism, postcolonial studies, feminist theory, and contemporary Indian literature and culture. Her writings include Gender, Race, Renaissance DramaColonialism/ Postcolonialism and Shakespeare, Race, and Colonialism. She has co-edited Post-colonial Shakespeares...

English
Term Ends: S2018

Heather Love

Heather Love’s research interests include gender and sexuality studies, twentieth-century literature and culture, affect studies, sociology and literature, disability studies, film and visual culture, and critical theory. She is the author of Feeling Backward: Loss and the Politics of Queer History (Harvard) and the editor of a special issue of GLQ on Gayle Rubin (“Rethinking...

English
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Serena Mayeri

Serena Mayeri is Professor of Law and History at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and holds a secondary appointment in the history department. Her first book, Reasoning from Race: Feminism, Law, and the Civil Rights Revolution (Harvard University Press, 2011) received the Littleton-Griswold Prize from the American Historical Association and the Darlene Clark Hine Award from...

School of Law
Term Ends: S2018
Penn Women's Center
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English
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Karen Redrobe (formerly Beckman)

Karen Redrobe (formerly Beckman) is currently working on a short book entitled Animation and the Contemporary Art of War, as well as an edited volume entitled Animating Film Theory, which will explore the challenges animation poses for the discourse of film theory. Prior publications include: Vanishing Women: Magic, Film and Feminism, which examines the relationship...

History of Art
Term Ends: S2018

Megan Robb

Megan Robb is currently interested in the link between print publics and group identity formation, particularly in the first half of the twentieth century in South Asia. Her monograph in progress focuses on the links between Urdu newspapers and the development of a common vocabulary of social and political Islam in North India between 1900 and 1950. Her recent article in Modern Asian Studies ...

Religious Studies
Term Ends: S2020

Melissa E. Sanchez

Melissa Sanchez studies and teaches sixteenth- and seventeenth-century literature, with a particular focus on gender, sexuality, and constitutional and religious history. Professor Sanchez has been an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow at the Huntington Library, and in 2009 she received Penn's Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Award for Distinguished Teaching by an Assistant Professor. Her first book, ...

English
Term Ends: S2019

Grace Sanders Johnson

Grace L. Sanders Johnson is Assistant Professor of Africana Studies. She received her Ph.D. in History & Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan where she specialized in Modern Caribbean and Latin American History, Transnational Feminisms, Oral History, and African Diasporic Studies. Grace has been awarded fellowships from the Thomas J. Watson Foundation, the Andrew C. Mellon and...

Africana Studies
Term Ends: S2020

Dawn Teele

Dawn Langan Teele is the Janice and Julian Bers Assistant Professor in the Social Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania.  Teele’s research, which examines the causes and consequences of voting rights reform, forms of bias in politics, and social science methodology, has won several prizes and awards, including the Women and Politics Research Section's award for the best paper presented at...

Political Science
Term Ends: S2019

Anne Teitelman

Anne Teitelman's research focuses on HIV prevention among adolescents and in understanding intimate partner violence as an HIV risk factor. She is currently developing an HIV prevention intervention for adolescent girls with a history of partner abuse who attend family planning clinics. Another one of her current projects involves examining narratives of minority urban adolescents in opposite...

School of Nursing
Term Ends: S2018

Deborah A. Thomas

Deborah A. Thomas is the R. Jean Brownlee Term Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania.  She is the author of Exceptional Violence:  Embodied Citizenship in Transnational Jamaica (2011), Modern Blackness:  Nationalism, Globalization, and The Politics of Culture in Jamaica (2004), and is co-editor of Globalization and...

R. Jean Brownlee Term Professor in Anthropology
Term Ends: S2018

Heidi Voskuhl

Heidi Voskuhl's research field comprises the history of technology from the early modern to the modern period. Her broader interests include the philosophy of technology, the history of the Enlightenment, and modern European intellectual and cultural history.

History and Sociology of Science
Term Ends: S2018

Lance Wahlert

Lance Wahlert is Assistant Professor of Medicine and Program Director of the Master of Bioethics (MBE) in the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy in the Perelman School of Medicine. Dr. Wahlert is also the Director of the Project on Bioethics, Sexuality, and Gender Identity, which has demarcated a sub-field within bioethics that focuses on the intersection of LGBTQ issues and...

Medical Ethics and Health Policy
Term Ends: S2018