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Faculty & Staff

The Project on Public Leadership and Action is co-directed by Laura Grattan, Soo Hong and Jennifer Musto.  Faculty participating in the project include:

  • Associate Professor of Psychology

    B.A., Pomona College; M.A., Ph.D., University of Kansas

    Social psychologist doing research on the dynamics of prejudice and friendship formation.

    More about Angela Bahns

  • 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

    More about Barbara R. Beatty

  • 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.

    More about Catia Confortini

  • Professor of Sociology

    B.S., Southern Methodist University; M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., Yale University

    More about Lee Cuba

  • 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.

    More about Elizabeth R. DeSombre

  • 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.

    More about Charlene A. Galarneau

  • 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.

    More about Laura Grattan

  • Associate 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.

    More about Brenna W. Greer

  • Associate 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.

    More about Simon Grote

  • 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. 

    More about Kenneth S. Hawes

  • 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.

    More about Rosanna Hertz

  • 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.

    More about Soo Hong

  • Jean Glasscock Professor of Sociology

    B.A., Brandeis University; M.A., Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania

    More about Jonathan B. Imber

  • Class of 1949 Professor in Ethics; Professor of American Studies; Dean of Academic Affairs

    A.B., Swarthmore College; Ph.D., Harvard University

    Qualitative sociologist focusing on race, class, gender, and cultural production.

    More about Michael Jeffries

  • 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.

    More about Yoon Sun Lee

  • Professor of Sociology

    B.A., Brandeis University; M.S., Columbia University; Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    More about Peggy Levitt

  • 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.

    More about Layli Maparyan

  • Senior Research Scientist, Wellesley Centers for Women; Adjunct Associate Professor Emerita of Women’s and Gender Studies

    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, as well as child care policy and early care and education.

    More about Nancy Marshall

  • Associate Professor of Philosophy; Director, The Camilla Chandler Frost ’47 Center for the Environment

    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.

    More about Erich Hatala Matthes

  • Betty Freyhof Johnson ’44 Professor of Political Science

    B.A., Grinnell College; M.A., Ph.D., University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill)

    More about Craig N. Murphy

  • Associate Professor of Women's and Gender Studies

    B.A., DePaul University; M.A., Ph.D., University of California (Los Angeles)

    I am an Associate Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at Wellesley College where I teach courses on gender, sexuality, race, technology, neoliberalism, and globalization.

    More about Jennifer Musto

  • Luella LaMer Professor of Women's Studies; Professor of Sociology

    A.B., M.A., Ph.D., University of California (Berkeley)

    More about Smitha Radhakrishnan

  • 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.

    More about Lawrence A. Rosenwald

  • 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.

    More about Nancy Scherer

  • Gordon P. Lang and Althea P. Lang ‘26 Professor of Biological Sciences

    M.S., Ph.D., University of Buenos Aires (Argentina)

    Evolutionary biologist with interest in conservation genetics.

    More about Andrea S. Sequeira

  • 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.

    More about James Morton Turner

  • 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.

    More about Adele Wolfson