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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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
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) and Foul Bodies: Cleanliness in Early America (Yale, 2009).

History
Term Ends: S2018

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

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

C. Neill Epperson

Dr. Epperson has 17 years experience in the treatment of mood and behavioral disorders across the female reproductive life cycle. In specific, she has expertise in the assessment and treatment of premenstrual dysphoric disorder, premenstrual worsening of depression and bipolar disorder, perinatal psychiatric disorders, mood disorders due to hormonal treatments, and perimenopausal mood...

School of Medicine
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
Social Policy & Practice
Term Ends: S2018
Social Policy & Practice
Term Ends: S2018
Sociology
Term Ends: S2018

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

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

David Kazanjian

David Kazanjian is Associate Professor of English. His area of specialization is transnational American literary and historical studies through the nineteenth century. His book, The Colonizing Trick: National Culture and Imperial Citizenship in Early America (Minnesota), offers a comparative study of colonial and antebellum, racial and national formations, and a critique of the formal...

English and Comparative Literature
Term Ends: S2018

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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Catriona MacLeod

Catriona MacLeod is Professor of German. Professor MacLeod studied at the University of Glasgow, Scotland (M.A.) and at Harvard (Ph.D.). Her research, which focuses on late eighteenth-century and nineteenth-century literature and culture, has the following emphases: gender studies, in particular literary and aesthetic figurations of androgyny; the intersections between high art and popular...

German and Germanic Literature
Term Ends: S2018

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

Sharrona Pearl

Sharrona Pearl is an Assistant Professor of Communication at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. An expert on physiognomy – the study of facial features and their relationship to character traits – she previously was a post-doctoral fellow in the Committee on Degrees in History and Literature and in the Department of the History of Science at...

Annenberg School for Communication
Term Ends: S2018

Kathy Peiss

Kathy Peiss's research has examined the history of working women; working-class and interracial sexuality; leisure, style, and popular culture; the beauty industry in the U.S. and abroad; and print culture and cultural policy during World War II.  She is particularly interested in the ways that commerce and culture have shaped the everyday life and popular beliefs of Americans across time.  ...

History
Term Ends: S2018
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

Davesh Soneji

Davesh Soneji is Associate Professor in the Department of South Asia Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. His research interests lie at the intersections of social and cultural history, religion, and anthropology. For the past two decades, he has produced research that focuses primarily on religion and the performing arts in South India, but also includes work on gender, class, caste,...

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

Salamishah Tillet

Salamishah Tillet is an Assistant Professor of English, Africana Studies, and Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies. Her research interests include twentieth-century African-American literature, film, popular music, cultural studies, and feminist theory. Her book Sites of Slavery: Citizenship and Racial Democracy in the Post-Civil Rights Imagination (Duke University Press, 2012)...

English and Africana Studies
Term Ends: S2015
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