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Whether or not you can come to the conference, please send us a short paragraph or two about your life and work. If you like, include a picture and/or a link to your own website. We’ll post that information here. (Please be explicit about what contact information you would like us to share.) wgss@yale.edu 

Lori Ginzberg, Professor of History and Women's Studies, Penn State University.

There was little formal graduate Women’s Studies training at Yale when I received my PhD in History in 1985, but my teachers and colleagues who shared my passion for feminist scholarship prepared me well for my job as Penn State’s first budgeted joint appointment in Women’s Studies in 1987.  In addition to my courses in U.S. and Women’s History, I teach Women’s Studies, Feminist Thought and, since 1991, Lesbian and Gay History.  Also, as the Women’s Studies Department’s graduate officer, I help direct our dual degree program, which offers PhDs in 10 departments (including History, English, Political Science, Geography, and others) and Women’s Studies.  My scholarly work has remained in the field of 19th-century women’s history (my most recent book is a biography of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 2009), but it has been enormously enriched by the interdisciplinary lens I have gained from Women’s and LGBT Studies.  Incidentally, following the model of my graduate advisor, Nancy Cott, I commute to central Pennsylvania to teach at Penn State, but I continue to live in Philadelphia.   


Laura Horak, I graduated Yale in 2003 with a double major in WGS and Film Studies. Now I'm working on my PhD in Film Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, with a designated emphasis in Gender & Women's Studies. My dissertation is called "Girls Will Be Boys: Cross-Dressed Women in US Silent & Early Sound Film." Between Yale and Berkeley, I took the chance to sail on a schooner around the South Pacific for three months and to work at Google for a year and a half.

Mόnica M. Lebrό Mόnica Lebrόn joined the Cal Athletics Development Staff in August 2008 as a Senior Major Gifts Officer.  She is responsible for identifying, cultivating, and stewarding a portfolio consisting of about 300+ Cal Athletics donor prospects.  In addition, she plays a pivotal role in fundraising for the Endowment Seating Program, while also working specifically with 6 of our varsity sports on their fundraising needs.

Mόnica joins us most recently from the University of Florida in which she served as the Associate Director for Gator Boosters, Inc.  During her four and a half years with Florida, Mόnica and the Gators saw an unprecedented amount of success, both in fundraising and in championships.  In a span of 13 months, the Gators won back-to-back NCAA Men’s Basketball National Championships, as well as the 2006 BCS Football National Championship, while also raising approximately $35 million, a $10 million increase from their usual average.  Mόnica single handedly started the F Club Annual Giving Fund, in which former letterwinners contributed annually to the endowment, while also transforming their Hall of Fame Induction Weekend into an opportunity to raise additional funds for the endowment.

Prior to Florida, Mόnica served as the NCAA governance intern where she had the opportunity to work with all three Divisions and their Management and Presidents Councils.  Before Indianapolis and the National Office, she studied at The Ohio University where she received both her Master’s in Business Administration and Master’s in Sports Administration.  During her second year of the program, Mόnica served as the graduate assistant for development within the Ohio Athletics Department.  Mόnica received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Women’s and Gender Studies from Yale University in 2001 where she was also the captain and four-year letterwinner on the Yale softball team.  During her time at Yale, she also served as an assistant to the Director of Athletics, while also volunteering her time during games and special events for the Bulldogs.  In addition to her experience in the Yale Athletics Department, Mόnica also interned in the athletics departments at the University of Michigan, University of Washington, and Stanford University, primarily with development. 

A native of San Jose, Mόnica loves being back in the Bay Area, after an 11-year hiatus, as she continues to pursue her ultimate goal of becoming a collegiate athletics director. 

Sabrina Sadique, (Davenport, 2004) I was the alumni coordinator at the Women's Center my junior year. Having done chemistry for five semesters, I switched gears to English and came straight to Harvard for a PhD in the subject. While my field is broadly postcolonial literature, theory, and criticism, my thesis examines the post-9/11 literary mode and the representations of gender and Islam in its growing body of texts through psychoanalytic and theological lenses; it sounds the structural echoes between this recent stream of literature and the rhetoric of colonization. My daily schedule still carries the shadows of my having been a Freshman Counselor to the Davenport class of 2007: if I am not tethered to unread piles of books, I am surely to be found either serving as a Teaching Fellow for courses in the English department here or advising undergraduates as their Resident Tutor in English and Race Relations at Dunster House. Currently, I am teaching my own course "Trauma, Theory, Theos: Points of Entry into Post-9/11 Texts" and parsing with my juniors the impact of the post-9/11 revival of fundamentalist religiosity on literary symptoms that range from the graphic novel to the image of "The Falling Man."

Sydney Sawyer I was very interested in anthropology and took an anthropologic perspective toward my work at Yale.  I had initially thought I'd take premed classes and apply to medical school, but I found myself drawn toward the social sciences and theory during college.  I then moved out to the Bay Area and worked in the legal field for a couple of years thinking I'd end up in law and public health. But, the desk life didn't fit, and I ended up switching gears completely and pursued a post-baccalaureate premedical certificate at Mills College (a women's college) in Oakland, CA.  I worked for the American Lung Association for about 1.5 years while I applied to medical school. I attended University of California, San Francisco for medical school and then residency in pediatrics. I just completed my residency in December 2009.  During residency I had my first child and am now pregnant with our second.  I will likely start working in August/September of this year after maternity leave.