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, early modern girlhood, history of science, and women writers of the seventeenth century. Her books include Midwiving Subjects in Shakespeare's England (2003),The History of British Women’s Writing, 1500-1610 (2013), co-edited with Jennifer Summit, and Shakespeare, Not Stirred: Cocktails for Your Everyday Dramas (Perigee and Scribe, 2015).  She has also published articles in Journal for Early Modern Cultural StudiesModern Philology and Studies in English Literature, among others.

Caroline BicksCatherine Connell is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and WGS Affiliated Faculty at Boston University. Her work focuses on the intersections of gender, sexuality, and work & occupations. She received her PhD in Sociology from University of Texas at Austin in 2010. She is the author of School’s Out: Gay and Lesbian Teachers in the Classroom (2014, UC Press). Her work has been published in Signs, Gender & Society, and Women’s Studies Quarterly, among other outlets. She is currently the Director of Graduate Studies for the BU Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department.

Faith Smith
Karen V. Hansen is Professor of Sociology and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Brandeis University. She combines sociology and history in her research and teaching. Her latest project, Encounter on teh Great Plains: Scandinavian Settlers and the Disposession of Dakota Indians, 1890-1930 has received support from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Encounter explores life on a remote Indian reservation in the early twentieth century where Scandinavians began homesteading, with the sanction of the U.S. government. Professor Hansen’s scholarship also focuses on contemporary families. She authored Not-So-Nucelar Families: Class, Gender, and Networks of Care, which received the William J. Goode Book Award, Honorable Mention, and was a finalist for the C. Wright Mills Award. Combining theoretical frameworks and rich empirical accounts, she has edited two anthologies with Anita Ilta Garey, At the Heart of Work and F amily and Families in the U.S

Sarah RichardsonGenevieve Clutario
is Assistant Professor of History and History and Literature at Harvard University. She is a cultural historian who specializes in interdisciplinary and transnational feminist approaches to gender, race, and colonialism particularly in relation to Filipino diasporic histories. Her first book project, The Appearance of Filipina Nationalism: Body, Nation, Empire, examines how colonial and nationalist projects used fashion, beauty regimens, and public spectacles to police Filipino women’s bodies, while Filipino women used these same arenas to negotiate their own definitions of modernity, citizenship, and nation. She uses multi-sited and multi-lingual research that includes written, visual, and material evidence from the nineteenth century up until the early 1940s.


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.

Caroline BicksBerna Turam
is Professor of Sociology and International Affairs at Northeastern University. She has an abiding interest in conducting ethnography on state-society interaction, government and the city, urban space and democracy, political Islam and ordinary Muslims, religion and politics, secularisms, and politics of gender Middle East. She is the author of Gaining Freedoms: Claiming Space in Istanbul and Berlin (Stanford University Press, 2015);  Between Islam and the State: The Politics of Engagement (Stanford University Press, 2007), and and the editor of Secular State and Religious Society: Two Forces at Play in Turkey (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012). Currently, she is conducting research on the politics of LGBTQ under the pro-Islamic government in Turkey, and writing a paper on political pluralism commissioned by the Global Center of Pluralism, an initiative of Aga Khan and the government of Canada.

Renee Bergland
Jo Trigilio is the director of the Graduate Program in Gender and Cultural Studies at Simmons College. Trigilio specializes in oppression/liberation theories, including feminist, gender, sexuality, race, and queer theories, with a special interest in the intersection of theory and practice. Trigilio 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. Trigilio 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 is an affiliate faculty member in the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Africana Studies Programs. 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
Chris Bobel is Associate Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Her scholarship lies at the intersection of social movements, gender, health and embodiment, or how feminist thinking becomes feminist doing at the most intimate and immediate levels. She is the author of The Paradox of Natural Mothering, New Blood: Third Wave Feminism and the Politics of Menstruation, and co-editor of Embodied Resistance: Breaking the Rules, Challenging the Norms. Recently, she has shifted her focus to health-focused development campaigns in the Global South. Her current book project explores and critiques menstrual health initiatives targeting school girls in various locations throughout Africa and India.




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