The GCWS is governed by a dedicated Board of Directors. Board members are selected by each participating insitution’s Women’s Studies Program. The Board of Directors are responsible for course development and selection, community outreach, and the financial and GCWS staff governance. The Board is led by two co-chairs. This position changes annually; a new co-chair is elected by the Board each year and serves a two-year term.

2014-2015 Board of Directors

Caroline BicksCaroline Bicks
is Associate Professor of English at Boston College. She specializes in women in early modern culture, Elizabethan and Jacobean drama, lyric and epic poetry, history of science, and women writers of the seventeenth century. Her publications include Midwiving Subjects in Shakespeare's England (2003) and articles in Journal for Early Modern Cultural StudiesModern Philology and Studies in English Literature, amongst others. Her most recent work The History of British Women’s Writing, 1500-1610 (2013), co-edited with Jennifer Summit, reexamines the development of early women’s writing in England.


Carrie PrestonAshley Mears is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Boston University. She studies the intersections of culture and markets.  After receiving her B.A. in sociology from the University of Georgia in 2002, she went on to graduate school at New York University for a Ph.D. in sociology in 2009.  In her teaching and research, she explores how people assign value to things, and focuses on how gender, race, and class inequalities inform the production and change of culture. Her recently published book, Pricing Beauty: The Making of a Fashion Model, examines the production of value in fashion modeling markets.


Faith SmithHarleen Singh
is Associate Professor of Literature and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Co-Chair of the South Asian Studies Program within the German, Russian, and Asian Languages and Literatures Department at Brandeis University. Her research interests include colonial and postcolonial theory and literature, specifically nineteenth and twentieth century British and South Asian literature, as well as gende rand Women's Studies, Film Studies, and South Asian Studies. She has published numerous articles in journals and collections such as: Ariel: A Review of International English Literature; South Asian Diaspora; and Sikh Formations, among others. Professor Singh's book, The Rani of Jhansi: Gender, History, and Fable in India was published in 2014 by Cambridge University Press, and explores the role of the Indian woman warrior Rani Lakshmi Bai, exploring her evolving role in myth, text, and historial narrative and the related symbolic power of this cultural figure.

Sarah Richardson
Sarah Richardson is Associate Professor of the History of Science and of Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Harvard University.  She received her Ph.D. from the Program in Modern Thought and Literature at Stanford University.  A historian and philosopher of science, her research focuses on race and gender in the biosciences and on the social dimensions of scientific knowledge. Professor Richardson’s book, Sex Itself: The Search for Male and Female in the Human Genome traces the history of genetic theories of sex differences from 1900 to the present. She has broad interests and expertise in the history of molecular biology, biomedicine, and genetics, the philosophy of science, science and technology studies, and feminist science studies.


SandyAlexandreSandy Alexandre is Associate Professor of Literature at M.I.T. Her research spans the late nineteenth-century to present-day black American literature and culture. Her first book, The Properties of Violence: Claims to Ownership in Representations of Lynching (Mississippi 2012), uses the history of American lynching violence as a framework to understand matters concerning displacement, property ownership, and the American pastoral ideology in a literary context. She is currently writing a second book, Up From Chattels: Thinghood in an Ethics of Black Curation, which will take as its point of departure the premise that the former, enforced condition of black Americans as fungible merchandise can haunt, inform, and morally energize their own relationships to material objects. She has published articles in Mississippi Quarterly, Signs: Journal of Women in Culture & Society, Modern Drama, The Journal of American Drama and Theatre, and Criticism.

Carla Kaplan
Carla Kaplan is the Davis Distinguished Professor of American Literature at Northeastern University. She has been a Guggenheim Fellow and Fellow at the Harvard W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research. Her books include Zora Neale Hurston: A Life in Letters (Doubleday 2002) and Miss Anne in Harlem: The White Women of the Black Rennaissance (HarperCollins 2013).


Renee Bergland
Jo Trigilio is Assistant Professor of Women's Studies and Philosophy at Simmons College. She has a special interest in the intersection of theory and practice. She specializes in oppression/liberation theories, including feminist and gender theories, race theories, and queer theory. She is politically active in the queer community of Boston and has served on the board of directors for the National Women's and Gender Studies Association for six years. She is currently leading the Boston Dyke March History and Archive Project.

Christina Sharpe
Sabina Vaught is Associate Professor in the Department of Education, Director of Educational Studies, and Co-Interim Director of Africana Studies. She also teaches in the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program. Dr. Vaught's scholarship examines the institutional contexts and dynamics of race, gender, schooling, and power. Her research focus on educational inequity and the political economy of schooling is grounded in Critical Race Theory and feminist theories. Specifically, she has conducted institutional ethnographic studies in a large urban school district and in a state division of juvenile affairs and its prison schools. In 2011, she published Racism, public schooling, and the entrenchment of White Supremacy: a critical race ethnography with SUNY Press and has contributed articles in The Urban Review, International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, Race, Ethnicity, and Education, among others.

Randy Albelda
Elora Halim Chowdhury is Associate Professor of Women's and Gender Studies and Asian Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Her research and teaching interests include transnational and postcolonial feminisms, critical development studies, and human rights advocacy with an emphasis on South Asia. She is the author of Transnationalism Reversed: Women Organizing Against Gendered Violence in Bangladesh (SUNY Press 2011), which was the recipient of the National Women's Studies Association Gloria E. Anzaldua book prize. Her current project is titled, Dissident Friendships: Imperialism, Feminism and the Possibility of Transnational Solidarities..




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