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

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,... Read More


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

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,... Read More

School of Social Policy & Practice; School of Design

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... Read More

East Asian Languages & Civilizations

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.


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... Read More