Steering Committee

The Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies Program and Alice Paul Center's Steering Committee is compose of the chairs of the Executive Board’s committees. The Steering Committee’s primary purpose is to provide advice to the administration and governing bodies of GSWS and APC and coordinate the work of the Executive Board’s committees.


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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... Read More


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... Read More

Latin American Studies
Sociology, Population Studies Center

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... Read More

School of Social Policy & Practice; School of Design

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... Read More

East Asian Languages & Civilizations

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, ... Read More


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... Read More

R. Jean Brownlee Term Professor in Anthropology