Executive Board

The Executive Board is the governing body of the Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies Program and the Alice Paul Center. Members represent the larger GSWS-APC faculty community in decisions of import to the Program and the Center and are actively involved in developing and supporting the governing, programming, and pedagogical activities of GSWS and APC. Executive Board members serve for three years; terms are staggered to provide continuity.

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

Francesca Ammon

Francesca Ammon is a cultural historian of urban planning and the built environment. Her teaching and research focus on the changing spaces of American cities, from World War II to the present. She grounds her interdisciplinary approach to this subject in the premise that the landscape materializes social relations, cultural values, and political and economic processes. Professor Ammon is...

City and Regional Planning
Term Ends: S2019

Regina Austin

Regina Austin pursues her interest in the overlapping burdens of race, gender, and class oppression in traditional legal scholarship, as well as in her work on documentary films. She is the director of the Penn Program on Documentaries & the Law, which holds an annual Visual Legal Advocacy Roundtable for public interest lawyers, hosts screenings of law-genre documentary films throughout...

Law
Term Ends: S2021

David Azzolina

Presently David's collection responsibilities include Religion, Folklore, Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies, and the History and Sociology of Science. He also has broad experience with U.S. and British government publications. David manages the Reference collection at Van Pelt Library and is the bibliographer for the Yarnall collection, a specialized Anglican studies collection. David has...

Penn Libraries
Term Ends: S2021

José Bauermeister

José A. Bauermeister, PhD, MPH is the Penn Presidential Professor of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, and Director of the Program on Sexuality, Technology, & Action Research (PSTAR). He founded and directed (2009-2016) the Center for Sexuality & Health Disparities at the University of Michigan prior to joining Penn Nursing in 2016.  

 

Nursing
Term Ends: S2021

Nancy Bentley

Nancy Bentley is Donald T. Regan Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania, where she teaches courses on topics in American literature and culture, sexuality, kinship studies, and law and literature. Her most recent book is Frantic Panoramas: American Literature and Mass Culture, 1870-1920 (University of Pennsylvania, 2009). She co-authored Volume Three of the ...

English
Term Ends: S2019

Toni Bowers

Toni Bowers (Professor) specializes in British literature and culture from Charles II’s restoration in 1660 to the French Revolution. Professor Bowers’ research and writing focus particularly on how representations of intimate relations shaped public and private distributions of power during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, and on the ongoing discursive construction of "Great Britain...

English
Term Ends: S2021

Kathleen M. Brown

 

Kathleen Brown, NP, PhD is a Practice Associate Professor of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania.  She is a Nurse Practitioner in women’s health, and received her Master’s and PhD from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Brown’s research interests are related to victimization.  In the 1990s, she introduced a sexual assault nurse examiner program to every county in Pennsylvania...

Nursing
Term Ends: S2019

Kathleen Brown

Kathleen Brown is a historian of gender and race in early America and the Atlantic World. Educated at Wesleyan and the University of Wisconsin, Madison, she is author of Good Wives, Nasty Wenches, and Anxious Patriarchs: Gender, Race, and Power in Colonial Virginia (Chapel Hill, 1996), which won the Dunning Prize of the American Historical Association. Her second book, Foul Bodies...

History
Term Ends: S2021

Anthea Butler

Anthea Butler is Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Graduate Chair in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.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 God in Christ...

Religious Studies; Africana Studies
Term Ends: S2020

Amy Castro Baker

Amy Castro Baker, PhD 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...

School of Social Policy & Practice
Term Ends: S2020

Hsiao-wen Cheng

Hsiao-wen Cheng is assistant professor of Chinese religion and history in East Asian Languages and Civilizations. She is a cultural and intellectual historian interested in issues related to gender, sexuality, medicine, and religion in medieval and early modern China. Her recent publications include "Manless Women and the Sex–Desire–Procreation Link in Song Medicine" in Asian Medicine ...

East Asian Languages and Civilizations
Term Ends: S2019

Margo Crawford

Margo Natalie Crawford received her Ph.D. from Yale University's American Studies Program. She is a scholar of 20th and 21st century African American literature and visual culture and global black studies. Crossing boundaries between literature, visual art, and cultural movements, her scholarship opens up new ways of understanding black radical imaginations. Her other research interests...

English
Term Ends: S2021

Erin Cross

 

Dr. Erin Cross is the Director of Penn’s Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Center (Center) where she began as its first fulltime Program Coordinator almost 20 years ago.  She earned her B.A. in History and Political Science from The College of Wooster, M.A. in Political Science from The Pennsylvania State University, and Ph.D. at Penn's Graduate School of Education (GSE). In addition...

LGBT Center
Term Ends: S2021

Joan DeJean

Professor Dejean’s 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, 1991); the history of sexuality (Fictions of Sappho, 1546-1937, 1989); the development of the novel (Literary Fortifications, 1984; Libertine Strategies, 1981); and the cultural history and the...

Romance Languages
Term Ends: S2021

André Dombrowski

André Dombrowski is Associate Professor of the History of Art and has taught at Penn since 2008; he received his Ph.D. from UC Berkeley in 2006. His 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-...

History of Art
Term Ends: S2021

Nadia Dowshen

Nadia Dowshen is a faculty member at PolicyLab at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and serves as Director of Adolescent HIV Services in the Craig Dalsimer Division of Adolescent Medicine at CHOP. She is also an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. In addition to specialized care for youth living with HIV/AIDS, Dr. Dowshen also provides...

Medicine
Term Ends:

David Eng

David L. Eng is Richard L. Fisher Professor of English as well as Graduate Chair of the English Department. He is also Professor in the Program in Asian American Studies, the Program in Comparative Literature & Literary Theory, and the Program in Gender, Sexuality & Women's Studies. After receiving his B.A. in English from Columbia University and his Ph.D. in comparative literature...

English, Asian American Studies
Term Ends: S2021

Ann Farnsworth-Alvear

Dr. Farnsworth-Alvear teaches in both the History Department and the Latin American and Latino Studies Program at the University of Pennsylvania. Her first book, Dulcinea in the factory: Myths, Morals, Men, and Women in Colombia's Industrial Experiment, 1905-1960 (Duke University Press, 2000) won both the Bolton-Johnson prize, awarded by the American Historical Association,...

History
Term Ends: S2020

Siyen Fei

Siyen Fei received her PhD degree from Stanford University in 2004. She teaches and researches Chinese history at Penn. Her 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...

History
Term Ends:

Dennis Flores

Dalmacio Dennis Flores, PhD, is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. His research focuses on family-based HIV risk reduction targeting LGBTQ youth. Dr. Flores is a past president of the Metro Atlanta chapter of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care and currently a member of the national Board of Directors. He has participated in national and international...

Nursing
Term Ends: S2021

Vivian L. Gadsen

 

Dr. Gadsden began her career teaching developmental English, reading, and educational psychology at Oakland and Wayne State Universities in Michigan. From 1983 to 1985, she was a research analyst at Policy Studies Associates in Washington, D.C. In 1988, Dr. Gadsden joined Penn GSE’s Literacy Research Center, where she became associate director in 1989. A former Spencer Foundation/...

Graduate School of Education
Term Ends: S2021

Pilar Gonalons-Pons

Dr. Gonalons-Pons’s research examines how work, families, and public policies structure economic inequalities, with a particular focus on how inequalities change over time and over the life course. She employs quantitative techniques and longitudinal datasets from multiple countries along with content analyses of documents and interview data.

Sociology, Population Studies Center
Term Ends: S2021

Emily Hannum

 

Dr. Hannum’s research focuses on education, child and youth welfare, and social inequality, particularly in China. In China, she has conducted research on gender, ethnic, and geographic disparities in education and employment, changes in the impact of education on income and occupational attainment under market reforms, rural teachers and their links to student outcomes, and children'...

Sociology
Term Ends: S2021

Kathryn Hellerstein

 

Kathryn Hellerstein is Associate Professor of Germanic Languages and Literatures, specializing in Yiddish, and the Ruth Meltzer Director of the Jewish Studies Program at the University of Pennsylvania.  Her books include a translation and study of Moyshe-Leyb Halpern's poems, In New York: A Selection, (Jewish Publication Society, 1982), Paper Bridges:  Selected Poems of...

Germanic Languages
Term Ends: S2021

Amy Hillier

Amy Hillier currently teaches courses for SP2 (MSW and MSSP), PennDesign (City & Regional Planning), and the undergraduate Urban Studies program. These include introductory-level Geographic Information Systems (GIS) courses in the fall and spring semesters and within the MSW program’s racism sequence. She has also taught courses on community development, public health and the environment,...

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

Nancy Hirschmann

Nancy J. Hirschmann is Professor of Political Science at The University of Pennsylvania, where she has served as Director of the Program on Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies and the Alice Paul Center for Research on Gender, Sexuality and Women, and Vice Chair of the Department of Political Science. She previously taught at Cornell University for 12 years, and Swarthmore College.  She is...

Political Science
Term Ends: S2021

LaShawn Jefferson

LaShawn Jefferson is Perry World House’s Deputy Director. She brings to Perry World House over two decades of legal and policy advocacy, strategic planning and communications, and research and writing on women’s international human rights through civil-society organizations and philanthropy. She joined Perry World House after almost seven years at the Ford Foundation, where she worked to...

Perry World House
Term Ends: S2021

Ayako Kano

 

Dr. Kano’s research focuses on the intersection of gender, performance, and politics, in the context of Japanese cultural history from the 19th century to the present. Her first book (Acting Like a Woman in Modern Japan: Theater, Gender, and Nationalism, Palgrave2001), focused on the first generation of actresses in modern Japanese theater. Her second book (Japanese...

East Asian Languages & Civilizations
Term Ends: S2021

Megan Kassabaum

 

Dr. Kassabaum is an anthropological archaeologist who specializes in pre-contact Native America. She began her education at Beloit College in Beloit, Wisconsin, where she earned a B.A. (2005) in Anthropology and Philosophy and focused her research on Middle Woodland period (200 BC–AD 500) craft production in the Lower Illinois River Valley.  She then went on to earn a Ph.D. (2014) at...

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...

Sociology
Term Ends: S2021

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. Previously, she was a post-doctoral research fellow at Microsoft Research New England, working with the Social Media Collective. She received her Ph.D. in...

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, health policy, and disability. She is the author of  War’s Waste: Rehabilitation in World War I America (Chicago, 2011) which went on to become the subject...

History and Sociology of Science
Term Ends: S2021

Ania Loomba

Ania Loomba received her BA (Hons.), M. A., and M. Phil. degrees from the University of Delhi, India, and her Ph. D. from the University of Sussex, UK. She researches and teaches early modern literature, histories of race and colonialism, postcolonial studies, feminist theory, and contemporary Indian literature and culture. She currently holds the Catherine Bryson Chair in the English...

English
Term Ends: S2021

Heather Love

Heather Love teaches English and Gender Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of Feeling Backward: Loss and the Politics of Queer History (Harvard), the editor of a special issue of GLQ on Gayle Rubin (“Rethinking Sex”), and the co-editor of a special issue of Representations (“Description Across Disciplines”). Love has written on...

English
Term Ends: S2021

Serena Mayeri

 

Serena Mayeri is Professor of Law and History at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Mayeri’s scholarship focuses on the historical impact of progressive and conservative social movements on legal and constitutional change. Her history of feminist legal advocacy in the 1960s and 1970s, Reasoning from Race: Feminism, Law, and the Civil Rights Revolution (Harvard...

Law
Term Ends: S2021

Felicity Paxton

Felicity (Litty) Paxton is the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies at the Annenberg School for Communication.Born and raised in the United Kingdom, Litty Paxton received a Ph.D. in American Civilization and a Graduate Certificate in Women's Studies from Penn. She has taught at the University of East Anglia and at Emory University as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Myth and Ritual...

Annenberg
Term Ends: S2021

Jennifer S. Ponce de León

Jennifer Ponce de León (formerly Jennifer Flores Sternad) received her PhD in American Studies from the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University, her M.A. in Art History from the University of California, Los Angeles, and her A.B. in Literature from Harvard University.  Her research is situated at the intersection of literary studies, studies of contemporary visual...

English
Term Ends: S2020

Karen Redrobe

Karen Redrobe (formerly Beckman) is the Elliot and Roslyn Jaffe Professor of Cinema and Modern Media, Director of the Wolf Humanities Center, and Chair of the Department of the History of Art at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of Vanishing Women: Magic, Film and Feminism(Duke UP, 2003); Crash: Cinema and the Politics of Speed and Stasis (Duke UP, 2010), and...

History of Art
Term Ends: S2021

Megan Robb

Professor 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...

Religious Studies
Term Ends: S2020

Melissa E. Sanchez

Melissa E. Sanchez received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Irvine. Her research and teaching focus on feminism, queer theory, and sixteenth- and seventeenth-century literature, and she is Core Faculty in Penn's Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies Program. 

 

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 M. Teitelman, PhD, FNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN, is an Assistant Professor of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania, and holds the Patricia Bleznak Silverstein and Howard A. Silverstein Endowed Term Chair in Global Women’s Health. She is also, a nurse practitioner at The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania where she sees adolescents and adults for family planning. Dr. Teitelman is a...

School of Nursing
Term Ends: S2021

Deborah A. Thomas

 Deborah A. Thomas is the R. Jean Brownlee Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania.  She is also core faculty in Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies, holds a secondary appointment with the Graduate School of Education, and is a member of the graduate groups in English, Africana Studies, and the School of Social Policy and Practice.  Prior...

Anthropology
Term Ends: S2021

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