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: 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

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: S2021

Julia Bloch

Julia Bloch (MFA, PhD) is Director of the Creative Writing Program at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of three books of poetry, has received the Dean’s Award for Distinguished Teaching by Affiliated Faculty, and has been awarded a Pew Fellowship in the Arts. Her current scholarly book in progress investigates generic concordance and contention in the innovative North American...


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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...

History
Term Ends: S2021

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: S2021

Hsiao-wen Cheng

Hsiao-wen Cheng is a cultural and intellectual historian of China's middle period (9th-14th centuries), interested in issues related to gender, sexuality, medicine, and religion. Her first book Divine, Demonic, and Disordered: Women without Men in Song Dynasty China explores the unstable meanings attached to the bodies of "manless women" in medical and religious literature as well as...

East Asian Languages and Civilizations
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 to her...

LGBT Center
Term Ends: S2021

Karen Detlefsen

I am Professor of Philosophy and Education at the University of Pennsylvania. My research focuses on early modern philosophy, including the history of philosophy of science, the history and philosophy of education, and women in the history of philosophy. I have published on a wide range of figures, including Astell, Cavendish, Conway, Descartes, Du Châtelet, Hobbes, Leibniz, Malebranche, and...


Term Ends: S2023

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: S2023

Ian Fleishman

Ian Fleishman is an Assistant Professor of German and Cinema & Media Studies and Graduate Chair of the Department of Germanic Languages & Literatures at the University of Pennsylvania. He holds a doctorate in French and German Literature from Harvard University. His work focuses largely on sex and violence in order to trace the evolution of narrative form and its underlying...


Term Ends: S2023

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

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: S2021

Sukaina Hirji

I am an Assistant Professor in the Philosophy Department at the University of Pennsylvania. I work both in ancient philosophy and in contemporary ethics. Much of my work explores the Aristotelian idea that there is something intrinsically valuable about developing and exercising capacities that are central to our nature as human beings.  See my research page for more information


Term Ends: S2023

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

Morgan Hoke

My research interests lie in understanding the ways in which ecological, sociopolitical, and economic environments become embodied through biocultural processes that extend across generations and how changes in those environments affect human health and people’s ability to meet their basic needs. I am a biocultural anthropologist with an active field and laboratory research program. I...

Anthropology
Term Ends: 2021

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

Jessa Lingel

Jessa Lingel is an associate 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: S2021

Lisa Miracchi

Lisa Miracchi is an Assistant Professor in the Philosophy Department, working on mainly on foundational issues concerning intelligence and its scientific study, as well as issues in epistemology. She argues for a generative methodology in cognitive science and AI research, and an achievement-first, competence-based theory of the mind. She argues that feminism, anti-racism, and social justice...


Term Ends: S2023

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 is an interdisciplinary scholar whose research focuses on cultural

productions and antisystemic movements in the Americas from the 1960s to the present. She

works across studies of contemporary visual arts, literature, and performance; transnational

Latinx and Latin American studies; Marxist aesthetics; and critical social theory, including

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English
Term Ends: S2021

Dawn Teele

Dawn Langan Teele is Associate Professor of Political Science University of Pennsylvania.  Dr. Teele’s research examines the causes and consequences of voting rights reform, forms of bias in politics, and social science methodology. Her recent book Forging the Franchise: The Political Origins of the Womens Vote (Princeton 2018) won the American Political Science...

Political Science
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

Whitney Trettien

Whitney Trettien is a scholar, teacher, and assistant professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania. Her work explores the deep history of literary technologies, from early printed books and library classification systems to digital forms and formats. Her first book project, Cut/Copy/Paste, tells the story of three marginal early modern communities that published bespoke books with...


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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: S2021