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

Abdulhamit Arvas

Abdulhamit Arvas is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania. He received his PhD in English, with additional specialization in Women’s and Gender Studies, from Michigan State University. Prior to joining Penn English, Dr. Arvas was Assistant Professor of Theater at the University of California, Santa Barbara and Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Vassar College....

English
Term Ends: 2024

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: 2024

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...

Creative Writing Program
Term Ends: 2023

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: 2023

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: 2023

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: 2024

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...

Philosophy
Term Ends: 2023

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: 2024

Akira Drake Rodriguez

Akira Drake Rodriguez is an Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania’s Weitzman School of Design. Her research examines the ways that disenfranchised groups re-appropriate their marginalized spaces in the city to gain access to and sustain urban political power. She is the author of Diverging Space for Deviants: The Politics of Atlanta’s Public Housing, which explores how...

Weitzman School of Design
Term Ends: 2024

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: 2023

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...

German and Cinema & Media Studies
Term Ends: 2023

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: 2024

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 Kadya...

Germanic Languages
Term Ends: 2024

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

Philosophy
Term Ends: 2023

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

Sophie Hochhäusl

Sophie Hochhäusl is an Assistant Professor for Architectural History and Theory at the Stuart Weitzman School of Design and a member of the Executive Board for the program in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies. In the 2020-2021 academic year, Sophie will be a Visiting Assistant Professor at Princeton University and a Mellon Fellow in Architecture, Urbanism & the Humanities. She will...

Architecture
Term Ends: 2023

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: 2024

Jasmine Johnson

Jasmine Elizabeth Johnson is an Assistant Professor of Africana Studies. Her work explores the politics of black movement including dance, diasporic travel, and gentrification. Johnson's interdisciplinary research and teaching are situated at the intersection of diaspora theory, dance and performance studies, ethnography, and black feminisms.

Africana Studies
Term Ends: 2023

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: 2024

Brian Kim

D. Brian Kim is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Russian and East European Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a specialist in Russian literature of the long nineteenth century, translation studies, and literary and cultural relationships between Russia, Western Europe, and East Asia.

Department of Russian and East European Studies
Term Ends: 2023

Sherisse Laud-Hammond

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Sherisse Laud-Hammond originally came to Penn as a Master of Social Work student at the School of Social Policy & Practice. As the Director of the Penn Women's Center (PWC), Sherisse currently supports students, staff, faculty, and all Penn community members through counseling and innovative programming related to women’s support and advocacy, gender equity...

Penn Women's Center
Term Ends: 2023

So-Rim Lee

So-Rim Lee is a Korea Foundation Assistant Professor of Korean Studies in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Pennsylvania. So-Rim’s research and teaching explore the politics of representation in visual cultures and everyday embodiment in South Korea and the Korean diaspora from the intersection of performance studies, gender and sexuality studies,...


Term Ends: 2024

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: 2024

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 University Press...

Law
Term Ends: 2024

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...

Philosophy
Term Ends: 2023

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: 2023

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: 2024

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...

English
Term Ends: 2023

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: 2024