The Project on Public Leadership and Action is co-directed by Laura Grattan and Michael Jeffries. Faculty participating in the project include:
Faculty & Staff
Associate Professor of Psychology
B.A., Pomona College; M.A., Ph.D., University of Kansas
Social psychologist doing research on similarity and diversity in friendship networks and the justification of prejudice.
Professor Emerita of Education
A.B., Radcliffe College; Ed.M., Ed.D., Harvard University
Historian of education and of childhood, teacher education, and education reform; preschool policy and advocacy
Associate Professor of Classical Studies
B.A., University of North Carolina; M.A., Ph.D., University of Michigan
Archaeologist directing excavations in central Greece, studying cultural interaction and trade in the ancient Mediterranean, pursuing digital technology in teaching and research.
Associate Professor of Peace and Justice Studies
B.S., Università degli Studi di Firenze; M.A., University of Notre Dame; Ph.D., University of Southern California
Scholar and activist around issues of peace and gender.
Professor of Sociology
B.S., Southern Methodist University; M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., Yale University
Camilla Chandler Frost Professor of Environmental Studies
B.A., Oberlin College; Ph.D., Harvard University
Focuses on environmental politics, international environmental law, ocean and atmospheric issues, and protection of the global commons.
Associate Professor Emerita of Women’s and Gender Studies
B.A., University of Massachusetts; M.A.R., Iliff School of Theology; A.M., Ph.D., Harvard University
Ethics of US health care, health policy, and public health with emphases on gender, race, and class; bioethics; theories of justice; global health.
Jane Bishop '51 Associate Professor of Political Science
B.A., College of William and Mary; M.A., Ph.D., Duke University
Researches and teaches political theory, with a focus on grassroots organizing and the politics of race, ethnicity, and culture.
Knafel Assistant Professor of Social Sciences; Assistant Professor of History
B.A., Beloit College; M.A., Ph.D., University of Wisconsin (Madison)
Historian of race, gender, and culture in 20th century U.S. with focus on African American business and visual culture.
Wellesley Faculty Assistant Professor of History
A.B., Harvard University; M.Phil., Cambridge University; M.A., Ph.D., University of California (Berkeley)
Intellectual and cultural historian of early modern Europe.
Senior Lecturer in Education
B.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Ed.M., Ed.D., Harvard University
Study of educational philosophy, policy, and practice, and the social sciences, humanities, and other studies relevant to them.
Class of 1919 – 50th Reunion Professor of Sociology and Women’s and Gender Studies
B.A., Brandeis University; M.A., Ph.D., Northwestern University
* Researches the complexities of contemporary reproduction and how the intersection of reproductive technology, social media, and the wish for intimacy are expanding our ideas about families.
* Researches families in a changing economy and how social inequality at home and in the workplace shape the experiences of women and men.
Associate Professor of Education
B.A., M.T., University of Virginia; Ed.D., Harvard University
Explores school-community relationships in K-12 urban schools with an emphasis on race, immigration, and culture.
Jean Glasscock Professor of Sociology
B.A., Brandeis University; M.A., Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
Associate Professor of American Studies
A.B., Swarthmore College; Ph.D., Harvard University
Qualitative sociologist focusing on race, class, gender, and cultural production.
Professor of English
A.B., Harvard College; Ph.D., Yale University
My research and teaching span two areas, British eighteenth and nineteenth century prose fiction, and Asian American literature.
Luella LaMer Slaner Professor in Latin American Studies; Professor of Sociology
B.A., Brandeis University; M.S., Columbia University; Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Katherine Stone Kaufmann '67 Executive Director of the Wellesley Centers for Women and Professor of Africana Studies
B.A., Spelman College; M.S., Pennsylvania State University; Ph.D., Temple University
Executive Director of the Wellesley Centers for Women; expert on the womanist worldview and activist methodology.
Adjunct Associate Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies; Senior Research Scientist, Wellesley Centers for Women
B.A., Oberlin College; M.A., University of Connecticut (Storrs); Ed.D., Harvard University
Studies women and employment, with a focus on working conditions and health and on work-family systems, and studies of child care policy and early care and education.
Assistant Professor of Philosophy
B.A., Yale University; Ph.D., University of California (Berkeley)
Researches and teaches the ethics, politics, and aesthetics of cultural heritage, art, and the environment.
Betty Freyhof Johnson ’44 Professor of Political Science
B.A., Grinnell College; M.A., Ph.D., University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill)
The politics of globalization and inequality absorb me. I study them using archives, interviews, and direct observation of international development agencies.
Assistant Professor of Women's and Gender Studies
B.A., DePaul University; M.A., Ph.D., University of California (Los Angeles)
I am an Assistant Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at Wellesley College where I teach courses on gender, sexuality, race, technology, neoliberalism, and globalization.
Luella LaMer Associate Professor of Women's Studies; Associate Professor of Sociology
A.B., M.A., Ph.D., University of California (Berkeley)
Anne Pierce Rogers Professor of American Literature; Professor of English
B.A., M.A., Ph.D., Columbia University
Americanist, translator, performer (music, theater), verse-writer, pacifist.
Associate Professor of Political Science
B.A., Lafayette College; J.D., Emory University; Ph.D., University of Chicago
Professor of American politics and constitutional law. Research focuses on the U.S. justice system.
Professor of Biological Sciences
M.S., Ph.D., University of Buenos Aires (Argentina)
Evolutionary biologist with interest in conservation genetics.
Associate Professor of Environmental Studies
B.S., Washington and Lee University; A.M., Brown University; Ph.D., Princeton University
Researcher on the recent history of U.S. environmental politics and policy, including public lands, climate change, and science and technology.
Nan Walsh Schow ’54 and Howard B. Schow Professor Emerita in the Physical and Natural Sciences; Professor Emerita of Chemistry
B.A., Brandeis University; Ph.D., Columbia University
Biochemistry research on hormone regulation of enzymes; educational research on core concepts in biochemistry, retention of women and minorities in science.