The WFF Council guides the agenda of the organization. The Council meets once per month to discuss projects and upcoming events. Ten to twelve Council members sit on the Steering Committee, leading the Council and representing the group in meetings with University administrators. Student liaisons from Yale College, the Graduate School, and the professional schools join the Council for meetings.
- Linda Bockenstedt, Harold W. Jockers Professor of Internal Medicine and Rheumatology, and Director, Office of Faculty Development, Yale School of Medicine
- Victoria L. Brescoll, Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior, School of Management
- Hazel V. Carby, Charles C. and Dorathea S. Dilley Professor of American Studies and African American Studies
- Carol Carpenter, Senior Lecturer & Associate Research Scientist, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
- Kamari Clarke, Professor of Anthropology
- Katerina Clark, Professor of Comparative Literature, and of Slavik Languages and Literatures
- Sheila Levrant de Bretteville, Professor of Graphic Design
- Deborah Davis, Professor of Sociology and Member of Council on East Asian Studies
- Susan Gibbons, University Librarian
- Inderpal Grewal, Professor and Chair of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
- Caren Gundberg, Professor of Orthopaedics, Yale School of Medicine
- Barbara Guthrie, Associate Professor, Yale School of Nursing
- Margaret Homans, Professor of English and Women's, Gender and Sexualities Studies
- Amy Hungerford, Professor of English
- Christine Jacobs-Wagner, Associate Professor of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
- Nita Maihle, Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences, of Pathology and of Pharmacology; Director, Biology of Reproductive Tract Cancers Program
- Millicent Marcus, Professor of Italian
- Joanne Meyerowitz, Professor of History and American Studies
- Julie Newman, Director of the Office of Sustainability
- Susan Nolen-Hoeksema, Professor of Psychology
- Sharon Oster, Dean of the Yale School of Management and Frederic D. Wolfe Professor of Economics & Management
- Nancy L. Ruther, Associate Director of the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies, Lecturer Political Science
- Vicki Schultz, Ford Foundation Professor of Law and the Social Sciences, Yale Law School
- Jody L. Sindelar, Professor and Chair, Division of Health Policy, Yale School of Public Health
- Helen Siu, Professor of Anthropology
- Joann Sweasy, Professor of Therapeutic Radiology and Genetics
- Anne Trites, Associate Professor, School of Drama
- T. Kyle Vanderlick, Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science, Thomas E. Golden Jr. Professor of Engineering
- Lisa Walke, Associate Professor of Medicine
- Sarah Weiss, Associate Professor, Department of Music
In an effort to be more inclusive of the varying career and life trajectories of our Council members, WFF has created the Council at-Large designation for Council members who wish to remain a part of the WFF Council but do not have the time, in a given academic year, to be fully active Council members.
- Sarbani Basu, Professor of Astronomy
- Seyla Benhabib, Eugene Meyer Professor of Political Science and Philosophy
- Alicia Schmidt Camacho, Assistant Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity, Race and Migration
- Glenda Gilmore, Peter V. and C. Vann Woodward Professor of History
- Dolores Hayden, Professor of Architecture, Urbanism, and American Studies
- Mary Lui, Associate Professor and DUS, American Studies
- Frances Rosenbluth, Damon Wells Professor of International Politics
- Jessica Stockholder, Professor School of Art
- Emilie M. Townes, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of African American Religion and Theology
- Katie Trumpener, Professor, Comparative Literature and English
- Elisabeth Wood, Professor of Political Science
Sarbani Basu is currently professor in the Astronomy Department. She was educated in
India and held postdoctoral positions in the U.K. and Denmark before moving to the U.S.
to become a member of the Institute for Advances Study in Princeton. She joined Yale in
2000. Professors Basu's research involves studying stars, in particular the Sun, to
determine physical processes that take place inside them. A major focus of her work is
studying how the Sun changes on timescales that affect society. She is a member of the
Scientific Advisory Committee of the Global Oscillation Network Group, a network of six
telescopes spread around the world that observes and monitors the Sun constantly.email
Seyla Benhabib is the Eugene Meyer Professor of Political Science and Philosophy at Yale University and served as Director of its Program in Ethics, Politics and Economics (2002-2008). Professor Benhabib was the President of the Eastern Division of the American Philosophical Association in 2006-07 and Fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin in 2009. She is the recipient of the Ernst Bloch prize in 2009.
Professor Benhabib is the author of Critique, Norm and Utopia. A Study of the Normative Foundations of Critical Theory (1986); Situating the Self. Gender, Community and Postmodernism in Contemporary Ethics (1992; winner of the National Educational Association’s best book of the year award) ; together with Drucilla Cornell, Feminism as Critique (1986); then with, Judith Butler, Drucilla Cornell and Nancy Fraser, Feminist Contentions: A Philosophical Exchange (1994); The Reluctant Modernism of Hannah Arendt (1996; reissued in 2002); The Claims of Culture. Equality and Diversity in the Global Era, (2002) and The Rights of Others: Aliens, Citizens and Residents (2004), which won the Ralph Bunche award of the American Political Science Association (2005) and the North American Society for Social Philosophy award (2004). Another Cosmopolitanism. Hospitality, Sovereignty and Democratic Iterations, based on Professor Benhabib’s 2004 Tanner Lectures delivered at Berkeley, with responses by Jeremy Waldron, Bonnie Honig and Will Kymlicka has appeared from Oxford University Press in 2006. Benhabib's work has been translated into German, Spanish, French, Italian, Turkish, Swedish, Russian, Serbo-Croatian, Slovenian, Hebrew, Japanese and Chinese.
Professor Benhabib has also edited 8 volumes, ranging from discussions of communicative ethics, to democracy and difference, to identities, allegiances and affinities, and gender, citizenship and immigration. The latest is Mobility and Immobility:. Gender, Borders and Citizenship (2009) coedited with Judith Resnik of the Yale Law School.
Seyla Benhabib has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Science since 1995 and has held the Gauss Lectures (Princeton, 1998); the Spinoza Chair for distinguished visitors (Amsterdam, 2001); the John Seeley Memorial Lectures (Cambridge, 2002), the Tanner Lectures (Berkeley, 2004) and was the Catedra Ferrater Mora Distinguished Professor in Girona, Spain (Summer 2005). She received an Honorary degree from the Humanistic University in Utrecht in 2004. email
Linda Bockenstedt, Harold W. Jockers Professor of Internal Medicine and Rheumatology, and Director, Office of Faculty Development, Yale School of Medicine
Linda Bockenstedt was appointed as the Yale School of Medicine's director for professional development and equity in February of 2006. This new position was designed to create proactive programs that will support the academic development of all faculty members and to encourage the growth of a diverse faculty at YSM. Her research activities center on elucidating the pathogenesis of Lyme disease, a tick-borne infection with the spirochete Borrelia burgdorferi. Using intravital microscopy to image in real-time spirochete interactions with the tick and the mammalian host, she is studying 1) the mechanisms whereby spirochetes invade and disseminate after tick transmission and 2) the modes by which spirochetes evade immune destruction in vivo. Additional studies are defining the protein signatures of spirochetes during acute and chronic infection to improve diagnostic tests and the role of innate immunity in eventual clearance of spirochetes from the infected host. email
Victoria Brescoll, Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior, joined the School of Management in 2008 after receiving her PhD in social psychology at Yale where she was supported by a fellowship from the National Science Foundation. Her research focuses on the impact of stereotypes on individuals' status within organizations, particularly the status of individuals who violate gender stereotypes. For example, one line of her work has shown that people reward men who get angry but view angry women as incompetent and unworthy of status and power in the workplace. The research was widely reported on in the popular press including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and National Public Radio. She also does research on the cultural origins of stereotypes (e.g., the media), lay conceptions of biological essentialism, and corporate social responsibility. She has also worked as an aide to Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, covering women’s issues, education, reproductive choice, welfare, and children’s issues. She continues to be active in politics and policy analysis. email
Alicia Schmidt Camacho is Sarai Ribicoff Associate Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity, Race at Migration at Yale University. Her current scholarship concerns the feminicidio in Ciudad Juárez, transnational migration, border governance, and social movements in the Americas. She has published articles about gender violence, migration, labor, and human rights in the Mexico-U.S. border region. Her book, Migrant Imaginaries: Cultural Politics in the Mexico-U.S. Borderlands (NYU, 2008) was awarded the 2009 Lora Romero Prize for the Best First Book in American Studies by the American Studies Association. She is at work on a second book, The Event without Witness: State Violence and Migrant Suffering on the North American Migratory Circuit. She serves on the board of Junta for Progressive Action, a community agency serving the Latina/o community of Fair Haven, and is a contributor to local and transnational projects for immigrant and human rights. email
Hazel V. Carby, Charles C. and Dorathea S. Dilley Professor of American Studies and African American Studies
Hazel V. Carby is Charles C. and Dorathea S. Dilley Professor of African American Studies, Professor of American Studies and Director of the Initiative on Race Gender and Globalization (IRGG).
Her books include Reconstructing Womanhood (OUP, 1987), Race Men (Harvard, 1998), and Cultures in Babylon (Verso, 1999). Recent publications include: "Becoming a Modern Racialized Subject: 'detours through our pasts to produce ourselves anew'" Cultural Studies 23, 4 July 2009 and "Lost (and Found) in Translation, Small Axe 28 March 2009. Her current book in progress is Child of Empire. Hazel Carby is a dual citizen of the U.K. and the U.S.A.
Professor Carby teaches courses on issues of race, gender and sexuality through the culture and literature of the Caribbean and its diaspora; through transnational and postcolonial literature and theory; through representations of the black female body; and through the genres of science fiction. email
Carol Carpenter, Senior Lecturer & Associate Research Scientist, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
Dr. Carpenter’s teaching and research interests focus on the history and theory of environmental anthropology, the social science of sustainable development and conservation, applications of economic anthropology to environmental issues, and gender in agrarian and ecological systems. She spent four years in Indonesia engaged in household and community-level research on rituals (including the ethnobotany of rituals) and social networks. She then spent four years in Pakistan working as a development consultant, on social forestry and women in development issues, for USAID, the World Bank, and the Asia Foundation, among others. She has held teaching positions at Syracuse University, the University of Hawaii, and Hawaii-Pacific University, and a research position at the East-West Center. Her current interests include the implications for sustainable development of the economic and political invisibility of women’s activities in agrarian households. She recently completed Environmental Anthropology: An Historical Reader (co-edited with Michael Dove, Blackwell, 2008). She is a fellow of Calhoun College. email
Over the years Kamari Clarke's research has ranged from studies of social and religious movements in the United States and West Africa to related transnational legal movements, to inquiries into the cultural politics of power and justice in the burgeoning realm of international tribunals and human rights movements. She is the author of Mapping Yoruba Networks: Power and Agency in the Making of Transnational Networks (Duke University Press, 2004), Globalization and Race: Transformations in the Cultural Politics of Blackness (Duke University Press. 2006) , Fictions of Justice: The International Criminal Court and the Challenge of Legal Pluralism in Sub-Saharan Africa (Cambridge Press, 2009), and Mirrors of Justice: Law and Power in the Post-Cold War Era (Cambridge Press, 2009). Professor Clarke received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Cruz and a Masters of law from Yale Law School. email
Sheila Levrant de Bretteville directs studies in Graphic Design and creates community based public art. Her appointment in 1990 made her the first tenured woman faculty member in the School of Art. Her publications on art and culture include The Photographs of Dorothy Norman and The Motown Album; among a dozen public works is the Path of Stars in New Haven, Omoide npoShotkyo in Los Angeles and Step(pe) inYekaterinburg, Russia. Sheila redesigned the Los Angeles Times, and special issues of Everywoman, American Cinematographer, and Arts in Society. Her posters and fine press editions are found in the special collections of many libraries and museums including the Museum of Modern Art and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and Centre Pompdou in Paris. In 1971, she created the first women’s design program at the California Institute of the Arts and, in 1973, founded the Woman’s Building and its Women’s Graphic Center in Los Angeles. Professor Levrant de Bretteville received a BA in art history from Barnard College, an MFA from Yale University and honorary doctorates from several colleges of art and design. email
Deborah Davis' primary teaching interests are historical and comparative sociology, inequality and stratification, contemporary Chinese society, and methods of fieldwork. Past publications have analyzed the politics of the Cultural Revolution, Chinese family life, social welfare, class cleavages and occupational mobility. She is currently completing a book entitled : A Home of Their Own, a study of the social consequences of privatization of real estate in China. At Yale she has served as Director of Academic Programs at the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization (2001-02), Chair of the Department of Sociology (1992-97), Chair of the Council of East Asian Studies ( 1991 1992 and 1999-2000), Director of Graduate Studies in East Asian Studies (1984-88) and Director of Graduate Studies in Sociology (1999-2000), Member of the Publications Committee for Yale Press (1997-2001), and Member of the Tenure Appointments Committee for the Social Sciences (1997-2002 and 2004-2006). Professor Davis is also the recipient of grants from the American Sociological Association’s Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline (2005) and the Ford Foundation (2005). email
Susan Gibbons, University Librarian
Susan Gibbons is University Librarian at Yale. She earned an MLS and MA in history from Indiana University, professional MBA from the University of Massachusetts and a doctorate in higher education administration from the University of Rochester.
Dr. Gibbons held library positions at Indiana University and University of Massachusetts, Amherst before moving to the University of Rochester in 2000, where she worked as the director of digital library initiatives and then moved into library administration. In 2008 Gibbons was appointed the Vice Provost and the Andrew H. and Janet Dayton Neilly Dean of River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester, a position she held until to came to Yale.
Susan Gibbons is well known in the library world, most significantly for the library user research she undertook at Rochester. In collaboration with an anthropologist, Dr. Gibbons determined how faculty and students do their academic work, find information, and make use of the physical and technological resources offered by the libraries. The results led to service, collections and physical space changes in the River Campus Libraries. Gibbons has given talks around the world on this work, which has been featured in The Chronicle of Higher Education. In 2007 she co-edited "Studying Students: The Undergraduate Research Project at the University of Rochester"(ACRL Publications), and published her own book, "The Academic Library and the Net Gen Student: Making the Connections” (ALA Editions).
Glenda E. Gilmore is the Peter V. and C. Vann Woodward Professor of History at Yale University and Acting Chair of the Department of African American Studies. She earned her PhD at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her latest book, Defying Dixie: The Radical Roots of Civil Rights, 1919-1950, came out in January, 2008. The Washington Post named it one of the best books of 2008, and The Notable Books Council of the American Library Association named it one of the twelve best nonfiction books of the year. Defying Dixie received honorable mention in the Gustavus Meyers Human Rights Awards. Her previous monograph, Gender and Jim Crow: Women and the Politics of White Supremacy in North Carolina, 1986-1920, published in 1996, won Frederick Jackson Turner Award, the James A. Rawley Prize, the Julia Cherry Spruill Prize, and the Heyman Prize. In 2006-2007, she was the John Hope Franklin Senior Fellow at the National Humanities Center. She has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, and the Institute for Advanced Study at Radcliffe at Harvard University. With co-author Thomas Sugrue of the University of Pennsylvania, she is working on a history of the United States in the twentieth century. She is on the Executive Council of the Southern Historical Association and a former president of the Southern Association for Women Historians.
Caren Gundberg joined the Yale faculty in 1987. She is a biochemist and Professor of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation. Her research specialty is in the field of bone biology with special emphasis on structural proteins, biomineralization, and development of novel methods to assess bone formation and loss. From 2002-2004, she was a member of the Commission on Women Faculty which addressed faculty issues related to gender parity at the Medical School. She currently is also a member of the Dean's Committee on the Status of Women in Medicine. She received her BS in Chemistry from the University of Illinois, PhD from Boston University, and post-doctoral training at Harvard Medical School. email
Barbara Guthrie is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Tenured Associate Professor at the Yale University School of Nursing (YSN). Her nursing education began at Howard University’s Freedmen Hospital School of Nursing where she received a diploma in nursing. Dr. Guthrie received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Boston University, her master’s of science in nursing (in Family Health) from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and her PhD from the New York University School of Nursing.
Prior to accepting the position at Yale University School of Nursing, Dr. Guthrie held a dual appointment, at the University of Michigan, as an Associate Professor in the Division of Health Promotion and Risk Reduction and Women Studies. Dr. Guthrie also was the Director for Undergraduate Traditional and Non-Traditional Nursing Programs at Michigan and was the Associate Director of a T-32, a Women’s Health Disparities Interdisciplinary Training Grant funded by National Institute of Nursing research (NINR).
Dr. Guthrie’s research and health activism-in combination- has afforded her the privilege of working in concert with adolescent girls, from diverse ethnic, social class, and environmental contexts, to identify, to research, and to design ethnic and gender responsive health promotion programs. Always foregrounding intersectional issues of ethnicity, gender, age, and class, her collaborative research efforts with adolescent females has led to her receiving funding from such agencies as The National Institute of Drug Abuse, National Cancer Institute (NCI), National Institute for Nursing Research, Josiah Macy Foundation, and Robert Wood Johnson foundation. Her current research focuses on examining the intergenerational influences, behaviors, and contact with criminal justice systems between women and their children and especially their daughters.
Dr. Guthrie has served as a member of several local, state, and national adolescent female’s health advisory boards such as the first National Female Adolescent Technical Expert Group, American Bar Association Advisory Board for Girls in Juvenile Justice systems, Girls Scouts of American’s Research Board, and Columbia University’s National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA)’s Adolescent Female and Substance Use Research Advisory panel. Currently, she is a member of the NIH’s National Institute of Nursing Research Advisor Council. email
Dolores Hayden writes about the political and cultural history of American urban and suburban landscapes. Her award-winning books include The Grand Domestic Revolution: A History of Feminist Designs for American Homes, Neighborhoods, and Cities (1981), Redesigning the American Dream: Gender, Housing, and Family Life (1984, 2002), and The Power of Place: Urban Landscapes as Public History (1995). Her most recent books on metropolitan form include Building Suburbia: Green Fields and Urban Growth, 1820-2000 (2003) and A Field Guide to Sprawl (2004), both selected by Planetizen as top ten urban books. Hayden has been a Guggenheim Fellow and a fellow of the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, and the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences. She taught at MIT, UC Berkeley, and UCLA before coming to Yale in 1991. Educated at Mount Holyoke College, Cambridge University, and the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Hayden is also a poet who has won awards from the Poetry Society of America and the New England Poetry Club. Her collection American Yard appeared in 2004. Hayden was a founding member of WFF and co-organizer of the Gender Matters conference in 2001 with Nancy Cott and Judith Resnik. Her website is www.doloreshayden.com. (Former WFF Steering member.) email
Margaret Homans has taught at Yale since 1978. She writes and teaches about nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature and feminist criticism and theory, with particular interest in George Eliot and Virginia Woolf. She is the author of Women Writers and Poetic Identity: Dorothy Wordsworth, Emily Bronte, and Emily Dickinson (1980); Bearing the Word: Language and Female Experience in Nineteenth-Century Women's Writing (1986); Royal Representations: Queen Victorian and Victorian Culture, 1837-1876; and essays on Victorian literature, on recent African American women writers, on feminist criticism and theory, and on adoption. She is currently writing a book about adoption narratives and feminist theory. She is co-editor of Remaking Queen Victoria (1997). Professor Homans received her BA and PhD from Yale University. email
Amy Hungerford was educated at the Johns Hopkins University, earning a BA and then
graduate degrees in creative writing (poetry) and in English and American literature.
Since she came to Yale as an Assistant Professor in 1999, her research and teaching have
focused on American literature in the second half of the twentieth century. Her work is
attentive to literature as an art form and to its place in the history of American
culture. She is the author of The Holocaust of Texts: Genocide, Literature, and
Personification (University of Chicago Press, 2003), about genocide and literature as
they become entwined in the decades following World War II, and Postmodern Belief:
American Literature and Religion Since 1960 (forthcoming, Princeton Univ. Press), which examines how religious thought and practice shape American literary culture in the second half of the twentieth century. She is currently writing a student text, The Cambridge Introduction to the American Novel Since 1945, a project that grows out of her undergraduate teaching. She has won the Poorvu Prize for excellence in interdisciplinary teaching in Yale College, and her survey, “The American Novel Since 1945,” was chosen as one of the Open Yale Courses, and is now available in its entirety online. As one of the founders of Post•45, a collective of prominent younger scholars working in the field of American literature and culture since 1945, she works to foster both individual and collaborative efforts to advance this emerging area of scholarship. email
Christine Jacobs-Wagner studies the innerworkings of bacteria and their role in cellular physiology and morphogenesis. She received her MS and PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Liège, Belgium. In 2001, after completing a 4-year postdoctoral training at Stanford School of Medicine, she joined Yale Faculty as an Assistant Professor in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology. She is currently a Maxine F. Singer Associate Professor at the Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology where she runs a laboratory and teaches Microbiology to Yale undergraduate students. She also holds a secondary appointment at the Microbial Pathogenesis Section at Yale Medical School, and is an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. email
Mary Lui is Associate Professor of American Studies and History. Her primary research interests include: Asian American history, urban history, women and gender studies, and public history. She is the author of The Chinatown Trunk Mystery: Murder, Miscegenation, and Other Dangerous Encounters in Turn-of-the-Century New York City (Princeton University Press, 2005). The book uses a 1909 unsolved murder case to examine race, gender, and interracial sexual relations in the cultural, social and spatial formation of New York City Chinatown from 1870-1920. She is currently working on a new book project, Making Model Minorities: Asian Americans, Race, and Citizenship in Cold War America at Home and Abroad. The book provides a history of Asian Americans in U.S. State Department cultural diplomacy efforts to understand the transnational racial formations of Asian Americans at mid-century within the domestic context of desegregation and the international context of decolonization and Cold War geopolitics. email
Millicent Marcus is Professor and Chair of the Italian Department at Yale. Her passion for Italian studies dates back to a semester abroad spent in Florence during her junior year at Cornell. In 1969 she became a student in the Ph.D. program in Italian at Yale, finishing in 1973 with a dissertation on the medieval Tuscan narrative tradition. Her work gradually moved into modern Italian literature and culture, with a focus on film in the postwar era. After teaching for 25 years at the University of Texas at Austin, and 7 years at the University of Pennsylvania, mother Yale called her back to New Haven where she joined the faculty in 2005. Millicent Marcus is the author of An Allegory of Form: Literary Self-Consciousness in the 'Decameron' (l979), Italian Film in the Light of Neorealism (l986), Filmmaking by the Book: Italian Cinema and Literary Adaptation (l993), After Fellini: National Cinema in the Postmodern Age (2002), and Italian Film in the Shadow of Auschwitz (2007). She has published articles on Italian literature and on film, and is currently studying the relationship between cinema and collective memory in the formation of the Italian national self. Above all, she takes pride in having raised two children, Jacob and Lucy, who speak perfect Tuscan Italian!
Joanne Meyerowitz is professor of History and American Studies. She is the author of How Sex Changed: A History of Transsexuality in the United States and Women Adrift: Independent Wage Earners in Chicago, 1880-1930 and the editor of History and September 11th and Not June Cleaver: Women and Gender in Postwar America. Her recent articles include "A History of 'Gender,;" American Historical Review (December 2008) and "Transnational Sex and U.S. History," American Historical Review (December 2009). Before she came to Yale five years ago, she taught at Indiana University and the University of Cincinnati and also edited the Journal of American History. She has received fellowships from, among others, the American Council of Learned Societies, the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the National Humanities Center, and the Social Science Research Council. Her current research projects address social constructionist thought in the mid-twentieth century U.S. and the history of the concept of "sexual repression." Her areas of teaching are twentieth–century U.S. history, women, gender, and sexuality. With George Chauncey, she co-directs the Yale Research Initiative on the History of Sexualities. email
Julie Newman was hired as the first Director of the Office of Sustainability at Yale University. She came to Yale from the University of New Hampshire, Office of Sustainability Programs (OSP) where she assisted with the development of the program since its inception in 1997. Julie also holds a lecturer appointment with the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. During the spring semester Julie teaches an undergraduate course entitled - Sustainability: From theory to practice in institutions.
In 2004 Julie co-founded the Northeast Campus Sustainability Consortium, to advance education and action for sustainable development on university campuses in the northeast and maritime region. Julie also co-coordinates a sustainability working group of the International Alliance of Research Universities. In addition, Julie is a co-editor of the new Sustainability: Journal of Record. Her research has focused on the role of decision-making processes and organizational behavior in institutionalizing sustainability into higher education.
Julie holds a BS in Natural Resource Policy and Management from the University of Michigan; an MS in Environmental Policy and Biology from Tufts University; and a Ph.D. in Natural Resources and Environmental Studies from the University of New Hampshire. email
Susan Nolen-Hoeksema is Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Psychology. Her research focuses on women’s mental health, particularly depression and related problems in women. Prior to joining the faculty of Yale in 2004, she was Director of the Institute for Research on Women and Gender, as well as a faculty member in the Psychology and Psychiatry Departments, at the University of Michigan. Dr. Nolen-Hoeksema has received numerous awards for her research on depression, mood regulation, and gender, including the David Shakow Early Career Award from the American Psychological Association, and the Leadership Award from the Committee on Women of the American Psychological Association. Her research has been funded by grants from private foundations and the National Institute on Mental Health. Dr. Nolen-Hoeksema has published over 100 research articles and a dozen books, including scholarly books, textbooks, and three books for the general public on women’s mental health. email
Sharon Oster, Dean of the Yale School of Management and Frederic D. Wolfe Professor of Economics & Management
Sharon M. Oster is Dean and Frederic D. Wolfe Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship at the Yale School of Management. A specialist in competitive strategy, microeconomic theory, industrial organization, the economics of regulation and antitrust, and nonprofit strategy, she has written extensively on the regulation of business and competitive strategy. Her book Modern Competitive Analysis (1990, 2nd edition 1993, 3rd edition 1999), used in many business schools, integrates a broad range of views in its analysis of management strategy and emphasizes an economic approach to strategic planning. Her second book, Strategic Management for Nonprofit Organizations (1995), takes the same economic approach to managing nonprofit organizations. She has recently joined fellow economists and educators Karl E. Case and Ray C. Fair as a co-author of the widely used introductory economics texts Principles of Microeconomics and Principles of Economics, both currently in their 9th editions.
Dean Oster joined the faculty at the Yale School of Management as associate professor of economics and management in 1982, and was the first woman to receive tenure at SOM, in 1983. She is also the first recipient of the Yale School of Management Award for Excellence in Teaching, in 1988, and received this recognition a second time in 2008. Since joining the SOM faculty, she has played a leadership role in the growth and development of the school’s economics group. Beginning in 2006, Dean Oster has been one of the key senior faculty members involved in the design and implementation of the Yale School of Management’s innovative integrated MBA curriculum.
Oster served as associate dean of the Yale SOM from 1992 to 1994, and, since its inception, has also served as the director of the school’s Program on Social Enterprise, which supports work on nonprofit and public organizations, as well as initiatives in the area of corporate social responsibility. From 2002 to 2005, Oster was co-director of the Yale School of Management-Goldman Sachs Foundation Partnership on Nonprofit Organizations, in cooperation with the Pew Charitable Trusts. This partnership sponsored an annual national business plan competition for nonprofit organizations from 2003 to 2005, and awarded $1.5 million in prizes to 24 nonprofit ventures and over $2 million worth of technical assistance to 60 semi-finalist organizations.
Dean Oster has consulted widely to private, public, and nonprofit organizations, and currently serves on the boards of a number of for-profit and nonprofit organizations, including Health Care REIT, Yale University Press, and Amistad Academy. She is a 1970 graduate of Hofstra College, from which she also received an honorary doctorate in 2001. She received her PhD in economics from Harvard University in 1974. A long-time resident of New Haven, she is married to fellow Yale economist (and co-author) Ray Fair, and has three grown children. email
Frances Rosenbluth’s research and teaching center on comparative political economy, with a particular focus on Japan and the political economy of gender. Among her gender-related work, she has edited a book entitled The Political Economy of Japan's Low Fertility (Stanford University Press, 2007) and co-authored (with Torben Iversen, Government, Harvard University) Women, Work, and Power: The Political Economy of Gender Inequality (Yale University Press 2010). She has also published (with Torben Iversen and David Soskice, "Divorce and the Gender Division of Labor in Comparative Perspective," Social Politics, summer 2005; (with Torben Iversen) "The Political Economy of Gender: Explaining Cross National Variation in the Gender Division of Labor and the Gender Voting Gap," American Journal of Political Science, January 2006; "Work Matters: Female Political Representation in Comparative Perspective" (with Rob Salmond and Michael Thies, Gender and Politics 2007). email
Nancy L. Ruther, Associate Director of the Yale Center for International and Area Studies and Lecturer in Political Science
Nancy Ruther came to Yale in 1988 with the MacMillan Center, then called "YCIAS," the principal unit at Yale for research, teaching, and community outreach in international and world regional affairs. Ms. Ruther manages faculty, fellowships, exchanges, curriculum development and educational outreach for the eighteen interdisciplinary international faculty-led Councils and Programs of the MacMillan Center. The curriculum, serving over 300 students a year, includes eight undergraduate majors, four masters degrees and six graduate certificate programs in area studies, international affairs, development and security studies. She is also the MacMillan Center liaison for library, foreign languages and federal relations. Her research has focused on US federal policy on international higher education and higher education policy and international development. Recently, she prepared a report for the National Academy of Sciences on implementing federal programs in international higher education. She has taught in Yale's Masters in International Relations and earlier at the University of Connecticut. Ms. Ruther began her career as a Foreign Service officer with the U.S. Agency for International Development in Bolivia and she has done consulting, training and research in Latin America, the Caribbean, Southeast Asia and Western Europe. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Pittsburgh and completed masters degrees at Pitt and Cornell and her doctorate at the University of Massachusetts. email
Vicki Schultz is the Ford Foundation Professor of Law and the Social Sciences at Yale Law School, where she teaches courses on employment discrimination law, social science and the law, workplace theory and policy, work, gender and the law, feminist theory, and related subjects. Schultz has written and lectured widely on a variety of subjects related to antidiscrimination law, including workplace harassment, sex segregation on the job, work-family issues, working hours, and the meaning of work in people’s lives. Her published work includes "Sex and Work," 18 Yale Journal of Law and Feminism 223 (2006), "The Need for a Reduced Workweek in the United States," in Judith Fudge & Rosemary Owen, eds., Precarious Work, Women, and the New Economy: The Challenge to Legal Norms (2006), "The Sanitized Workplace," 112 Yale Law Journal 2061 (2003), "Life's Work," 100 Columbia Law Review 1881 (2000), and "Reconceptualizing Sexual Harassment," 107 Yale Law Journal 1683 (1998). Her work has had great influence in both legal and social science circles. She has been cited widely in the national news media and has appeared on such shows as The News Hour, ABC World News Tonight, CBS Evening News, Good Morning America, and National Public Radio.
Professor Schultz is currently working on an article, to be expanded into a book, which traces intellectual and conceptual history of antidiscrimination law and which documents the emergence of a new paradigm for understanding and addressing discrimination. She is also co-authoring an article which analyzes the likely effects of marriage on the division of housework and childcare in gay and lesbian couples. She recently gave the keynote address on “Civil Rights and the Low Wage Worker” for the University of Chicago Legal Forum symposium.
Vicki Schultz is a past president of the Labor and Employment Section of the Association for American Law Schools and a past Trustee of the Law and Society Association. She has held significant fellowships, including the Evelyn Green Davis fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and fellowships at the Center for the Advanced Study of the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University and the Whitney Humanities Center at Yale University. She has been a visiting professor at Harvard Law School (her alma mater) and at UCLA Law School. A former trial attorney at the United States Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Schultz began her academic career at the University of Wisconsin Law School where she became interested in the sociological study of law. At Yale, she has run the Workplace Theory and Policy Workshop and the Work and Welfare group, interdisciplinary groups which explore legal and social inequality. Schultz lives in Woodbridge, CT with her daughter Natalie. email
Jody L. Sindelar, Professor and Chair, Division of Health Policy and Administration, Yale School of Public Health
Jody Sindelar is Professor and Chair of the Division of Health Policy and Administration at the School of Public Health at Yale University. Professor Sindelar serves on the executive board at the Institution for Social and Policy Studies at Yale. She is also a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). Professor Sindelar is Immediate Past President of the American Society of Health Economists. She serves on several advisory and editorial boards. She holds a B.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from Stanford University and has taught at the University of Chicago.
Professor Sindelar has been the Principal Investigator on multiple grants with funding from NIAAA, NIDA, NIA and RWJF among others, with full funding over the last twenty years. Professor Sindelar’s primary research area is in the economics of substance abuse including smoking, alcohol and illicit drugs. Her specific current research focus is on behavioral economic interventions for addressing health habits and addictions such as smoking and illicit drugs. She is currently PI on two 5-year grants: one on stress, self-control and addiction, and the other analyzing the roles of socioeconomic factors, health habits, and work-life on aging. Professor Sindelar collaborates with psychiatrists, psychologists, and others on economic and policy issues relating to substance abuse. She has published in numerous economics, health services, addiction and policy journals.
Helen F. Siu, Ph.D. Stanford 1981, is professor of anthropology, and former Chair of the Council on East Asian Studies. Her teaching interests are political and historical anthropology, urban and global culture change. Since the 1970s, she has conducted fieldwork in South China, exploring the nature of the socialist state, the refashioning of identities through rituals, festivals, commerce and consumption. Lately, she focuses on the rural-urban divide in Chinese cities, civil society and the middle classes in Hong Kong. She was a member of the University Grants Committee (1992-2001) and the Research Grant’s Council (1996-2001) in Hong Kong. In the U.S. she has served on the Committee for Advanced Study in China and the National Screening Committee for Fulbright awards in the U.S. In 2001, she established the Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences to promote creative, interdisciplinary research. Her publications include two volumes on Chinese literature (Mao’s Harvest: Voices of China’s New Generation, co-editor Zelda Stern, Oxford 1983; Furrows: Peasants, Intellectuals and the State, Stanford 1990); a monograph in anthropology (Agents and Victims in South China: Accomplices in Rural Revolution, Yale 1989); two volumes on history (co-editor David Faure, Down to Earth: The Territorial Bond in South China, Stanford 1995); Empire at the Margins: Culture, Ethnicity and Frontier in Early Modern China (U California, 2006; co-editors Pamela K. Crossley and Donald Sutton); two volumes on social studies (SARS: Reception and Interpretation in Three Chinese Cities, co-editor Deborah Davis, Routledge 2007; Hong Kong Mobile: Making a Mobile Population, Hong Kong U Press 2008). A forthcoming edited volume focuses on Chinese women, entitled Merchants' Daughters: Women, Commerce, and Regional Culture in South China, Hong Kong U Press 2009. email
Jessica Stockholder is professor and director of graduate studies in sculpture. She received her B.F.A. from the University of Victoria inCanada in 1982 and her M.F.A. from Yale in 1985. She has exhibited widely in the United States and Europe, including the Dia Center for the Arts, The Blaffer Gallery, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Open Air Museum in Middellheim, Belgium, and the Power Plant in Toronto,Canada. Her work is represented in the collections of the Albright- Knox Art Gallery, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. She has received numerous grants including a Guggenheim fellowship, and most recently the Lucilia Award from the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Ms. Stockholder was appointed to the Yale faculty in 1999. email
Joann Sweasy is interested in basic mechanisms of mutation and how they are related to human cancer. She studies the structure and function of proteins that facilitate the repair of DNA and is especially interested in how alteration of these proteins leads to human cancer and impacts cancer therapy. Joann is a recipient of the American Cancer Society Junior Faculty Research Award, is a Donaghue Investigator, and was elected to the Connecticut Academy of Sciences and Engineering. She received her PhD in Microbiology from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. After completing postdoctoral research at the University of Washington in 1993, she joined the Yale School of Medicine Faculty as an Assistant Professor. She is currently a Professor in the Departments of Therapeutic Radiology and Genetics. email
Emilie M. Townes, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs of the Divinity School and Andrew W. Mellon Professor of African American Religion and Theology Emilie Townes has been instrumental in constructing "womanist theology," a field of theological and ethical reflection in which the historic and present-day insights of African American women are brought into critical conversation with the traditions of Christian theology. In her teaching and writing, Townes has explored womanist perspectives on theological themes, linking the subjects of race, gender and class and issues such as health care, economic justice, poetry and linguistic theory. She has also explored the interrelationship between culture and evil. She is an ordained American Baptist clergywoman, who came to Yale from Union Theological Seminary, where she was the Carolyn Williams Baird Professor of Christian Ethics. Townes is a former president of the American Academy of Religion and a newly named fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. email
Anne Trites, Associate Professor (Adjunct) of Theater Management/Director of Marketing and Communications, joined Yale School of Drama/Yale Repertory Theatre in 2002. She serves as Advisor to the first-year theater management students and is a member of the Yale Cabaret board. Expertise in marketing was developed in her native Canada. She worked as Director of Marketing, Communications and Development for Toronto’s Canadian Stage Company, Confederation Centre of the Arts in Prince Edward Island and The Grand Theatre in Ontario. She was Marketing Director for Ontario’s Shaw Festival and held the same role earlier at The Vancouver Playhouse on the west coast. Other theatres in which Anne worked include the Stratford Festival of Canada and the Toronto International Festival of Music and Dance. Consulting experience includes work in the corporate and social services sector as well as the arts. She has been a member of the board of directors for Tourism London (Canada), the Niagara-on-the-Lake Chamber of Commerce and the Tourism Marketing Authority of Prince Edward Island. In addition, she worked on the Japan Marketing Association for the Province of Prince Edward Island, Strategic Advisory Committee for Tourism (Ontario Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Recreation), and has served on numerous other arts and tourism committees. She also served as an Assessor for the Training Initiatives Program for the Canadian Cultural Resources Council. email
Katie Trumpener works on the history of the novel, anglophone literature, Central European literature and culture, postwar European film. Her first book, Bardic Nationalism: The Romantic Novel and the British Empire (Princeton University Press, 1997) focuses in part on the role of Irish, Scottish and colonial women writers in developing new novelistic genres. Her second book, The Divided Screen: The Cinemas of Postwar Germany, includes sections on the West German women's film, on West German feminist filmmaking, on East German narratives of female emancipation, and on women documentarians. She is working on a project on European modernists' depictions of childhood (and the diverging social histories of childrearing across Europe and the European empires), as well as on a book of essays about the early history of children's literature. Raised in Canada (and West Germany), she received an AM from Harvard in English and American Literature and a PhD from Stanford in Comparative Literature. email
T. Kyle Vanderlick, Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science, Thomas E. Golden Jr. Professor of Engineering
T. Kyle Vanderlick is the Dean of the School of Engineering & Applied Science at Yale University and the Thomas E. Golden, Jr. Professor of Engineering. She received her B.S. ('81) and M.S. ('83) degrees in chemical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and her Ph.D. ('88) from the University of Minnesota. After a one year NATO post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Mainz in Germany, she joined the faculty in chemical engineering at the University of Pennsylvania in 1989. In 1998 she joined Princeton University and became Chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering in 2004. In January 2008, Vanderlick took the helm as Dean of Engineering at Yale University.
Noted for her research in interfacial phenomena, currently centered on biological and synthetic membrane-based materials, Vanderlick received the Presidential Young Investigator Award ('89) as well as the prestigious David and Lucile Packard Fellowship ('91). She is also the recipient of numerous teaching awards including the highest such honors at both Penn (1993 Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching) and Princeton (2002 President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching). As Dean of Engineering, she led the establishment of the new Yale School of Engineering & Applied Science, and is directing new initiatives in both teaching and research to shape the School’s distinctive identity and its premier role in engineering education.email
Dr. Lisa M. Walke is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Chief of the Geriatrics Consult Service for the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Healthcare System in West Haven, CT. She obtained her undergraduate degree from Harvard University and her medical degree from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Dr. Walke completed her internal medicine residency training at Montefiore Medical Center in New York, NY. She is a graduate of the Yale fellowship in Geriatric Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology; she joined the faculty after completing her fellowship training in 2003. Her scholarly work focuses on the management of symptoms in older adults with chronic illness and the prevention of functional decline in older surgical patients. Clinically, Dr. Walke has established a new model of care with her surgical colleagues at the West Haven VA in which geriatric surgical patients are co-managed by geriatrics and surgery throughout the pre to post-operative periods. Dr. Walke combines her interest in geriatric education and global health by serving as a Visiting Consultant for residency training programs in Nigeria and Honduras. e-mail
Working primarily in Asian performing arts, Weiss has addressed issues of gender, aesthetics, postcoloniality, and hybridity in both her writing and teaching. Her book, Listening to an Earlier Java: Aesthetics, Gender and the Music of Wayang in Central Java was published in 2006 by KITLV Press in Leiden. Weiss is now working on a comparative study of women as performers in five world religions. Entitled Ritual Soundings: Women, Religion and Music, the book will be published by the University of Illinois Press. Her on-going projects include a comparative study of rasa in Indonesia and India; an investigation into the effects of hybridity on listening reception across cultures (Yung Wing lecture, Peking University, April 2008); the theorizing of the "postcolonial" in music; and a project with her graduate students on affinity groups and choral communities, working with members of the dynamic Yale undergraduate a cappella world. She is director of the Yale Javanese ensemble, Gamelan Suprabanggo.
Sarah Weiss holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from University of Rochester and Eastman School of Music and an MA and Ph.D. in Musicology from New York University. Before coming to Yale in 2005, she taught in the Departments of Music at the University of Sydney and the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill and was a visiting professor in the Department of Music at Harvard University. email
Elisabeth Jean Wood is Professor of Political Science at Yale University and Professor at the Santa Fe Institute. She is currently writing a book on variation in sexual violence during war, drawing on field research in Colombia, Peru, Sri Lanka, Israel/Palestine, and South Africa. She is the author of Forging Democracy from Below: Insurgent Transitions in South Africa and El Salvador (Cambridge University Press, 2000) and Insurgent Collective Action and Civil War in El Salvador (Cambridge University Press, 2003). Among her recent articles are "Sexual Violence during War: Toward an Understanding of Variation," (in Order, Conflict, and Violence (Cambridge University Press, 2008), "Armed groups and sexual violence: when is wartime rape rare?" (Politics and Society, 2009), and "The Social Processes of Civil War," (Annual Review of Political Science, 2008). She serves on the editorial boards of Politics and Society, The American Political Science Review, and the Contentious Politics series of Cambridge University Press. At Yale, Elisabeth teaches courses on comparative politics, political violence, social movements, and qualitative research methods. email