Steering & Council

Twenty to twenty-five Steering & Council members meet monthly to discuss the direction of the organization and the status of women at the University. WFF Steering & Council members for 2017-2018 are:

  • Riche Barnes, Dean of Pierson College
  • Jasmina Besirevic-Regan, Assistant Dean for Graduate Education; Lecturer, Sociology and Ethics, Politics & Economics
  • Claire Bowern, Professor of Linguistics
  • Kim Blenman, Associate Research Scientist in Dermatology
  • Lynn Fiellin, Associate Professor of Medicine (in General Medicine)
  • Marta Figlerowicz, Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature and English
  • Inderpal Grewal, Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and of American Studies
  • Margaret Homans, Professor of English and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
  • Valerie Horsley, Maxine F. Singer ‘57 Associate Professor of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology and Associate Professor of Dermatology
  • Paula Kavathas, chair 2013 - 2017; Professor of Laboratory Medicine, Immunobiology and of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology
  • Becca Levy, Professor of Public Health (Social and Behavioral Sciences) and Psychology
  • Shirley McCarthy, co-chair 2008 - 2011; Professor Emeritus of Diagnostic Radiology 
  • Priyamvada Natarajan, chair 2011 - 2013; Professor of Astronomy and Physics 
  • Christine Ngaruiya, Assistant Professor of Global Health and International Emergency Medicine 
  • Mary Moschella, Roger J. Squire Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling, Yale Divinity School
  • Catherine Panter-Brick, Professor of Anthropology, Health and Global Affairs
  • Irene Peirano-Garrison, Associate Professor of Classics
  • 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
  • Linn Tonstad, Associate Professor of Systematic Theology, Yale School of Divinity
  • Joan A. Steitz, Sterling Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry
  • Meg Urry, co-chair 2007-2008; Israel Munson Professor of Physics and Astronomy
  • Natalie Weber, Assistant Professor of Linguistics
  • Laura Wexler, co-chair 2008 - 2011; Professor of American Studies and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
  • Amy Wrzesniewski, Professor of Organizational Behavior
  • Julie Zimmerman, Associate Professor of Chemical & Environmental Engineering &  Forestry and Environmental Studies

Where to Find Us

The Yale Women Faculty Forum
205 Whitney Avenue, Suite 301B
New Haven, CT 06511


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