Steering & Council

Steering & Council members meet monthly to discuss the direction of the organization and the status of women at the University. Liaisons (marked with an asterisk*) serve on Steering & Council as representatives of their respective Schools within the University. 

WFF Steering & Council members for 2020-2021 are:

  • Rene Almeling, Associate Professor of Sociology 
  • Jasmina Besirevic-Regan, Assistant Dean for Graduate Education; Lecturer, Sociology and Ethics, Politics & Economics
  • Kim Blenman, Associate Research Scientist in Department of Internal Medicine Section of Medical Oncology and Yale Cancer Center
  • Claire Bowern, Professor of Linguistics
  • Lynettte Bowring, Assistant Professor of Music History*
  • Jessica Brantley, Professor of English and Department Chair
  • Susan Busch, Professor of Public Health*
  • Elisa Celis, Associate Professor of Statistics and Data Science
  • Cynthia Santos DeCure, Assistant Professor Adjunct of Acting*
  • Marta Figlerowicz, Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature and English
  • Dana Karwas, Director of the Center for Collaborative Arts and Media 
  • Paula Kavathas, chair 2013 - 2017; Professor of Laboratory Medicine, Immunobiology and of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology
  • Danya Keene, Associate Professor Public Health*
  • Marta  Kuzma, Professor  of Art Theory and Stavros Niarchos Foundation Dean of the School of Art*
  • Kelsey Martin, Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine (Hematology)*
  • Reina Maruyama, Associate Professor of Physics
  • Beth McGuire, Professor in the Practice of Acting; Director of Accents, Dialects, and Phonology for Actors*
  • Mary Moschella, Roger J. Squire Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling, Yale Divinity School*
  • Priyamvada Natarajan, chair 2011 - 2013; Professor of Astronomy and Physics 
  • Eeva-Liisa Pelknonen, Assistant Dean and Professor of Architecture*
  • Judith Resnik, Arthur Liman Professor of Law
  • Naomi Rogers, Professor  of History of Medicine and History
  • Nancy L. Ruther, Associate Director of the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies; Lecturer, Political Science (retired)
  • Kim Shirkhani, Lecturer in English, Co-Course Director, English 120
  • Nina Stachenfeld, Senior Research Scientist in Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences
  • Meg Urry, co-chair 2007-2008; Israel Munson Professor of Physics and Astronomy
  • Laura Wexler, co-chair 2008 - 2011; Professor of American Studies and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
  • Amy Wrzesniewski, Michael H. Jordan Professor of Management*
  • Yuan Yao, Assistant Professor of Industrial Ecology and Sustainable Systems*
  • Anna Zayaruznaya, Associate Professor of Music 

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205 Whitney Avenue, Suite 301B
New Haven, CT 06511


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