Steering Committee

The Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies Program and The Center for Research in Feminist, Queer, and Transgender Studies 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 FQT and coordinate the work of the Executive Board’s committees.


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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... Read More

Political Science

Jonathan D. Katz

Jonathan D. Katz is perhaps the founding figure in queer art history, responsible for the very first queer scholarship on a number of artists beginning in the early 1990s. His scholarship spans a period from the late 19th-century to the present, with an emphasis on the US, but with serious attention to Europe, Latin America and Asia as well. He has written extensively about gender, sexuality... Read More

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... Read More

Annenberg School for Communication

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... Read More