Phone: 732-932-2699, ext. 634
Ph.D., University of Colorado, 1982
Professional Summary/CV [.PDF]
Department of Women and Gender Studies, Department of Geography, School of Arts and Sciences, New Brunswick; Rutgers
Areas of Interest
Feminist Geography, Women's Agency, Transnational Political Activism, Women's Political Spaces, European Union, Central and Eastern Europe, and Caucasus.
Women's Agency, Political Activism, Grassroots Mobilization and Construction of Women's Political Spaces.
Memberships and Professional Service
Director of International Programs, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University, 2006-present; Recurring Visiting Professor, Center for Social Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw Poland, 1996-present; Director, Local Democracy Partnership, Rutgers University, 1989-present.
Grants, Honors, and Awards
International Non-residential Academic Fellowship, Soros Foundation, in support of the Tbilisi State University efforts to develop women's and gender studies, 2005-present; The Knight Cross of the Order of Restitution of the Republic of Poland (Krzyz Kawalerski Orderu Odrodzenia Polski), for contributions to building civil society and local democracy in Poland, awarded by the President, The Republic of Poland, 2004; Award for Distinguished Public Service, President, Rutgers University, 1996; Fellowship from The German Marshall Fund of the United States, Residential Advisor to the Minister for Public Administration Reform, Warsaw, Poland, 1993-1994, Grants from Ford Foundation, Andrew W. Mellon, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Pew Charitable Trusts, ACLS, IREX, NSF, USAID among others.
Academic Interests and Plans
Broadly defined, my research and teaching concentrate on women's agency, political activism, grassroots mobilization and the construction of women's political spaces. Over the last fifteen years I have worked with many women's and feminist groups in central and east Europe, Caucasus, and Central Asia on questions of political participation and women's rights. I have also conducted extensive work on the impacts of political and economic restructuring on the process of democratization, forced migration, citizens' participation and decentralization in central and east Europe, and Caucasus. I am the director of the Local Democracy Partnership Program (LDP). Several international/comparative research projects in the areas of gender studies, participatory politics, Third Sector, and public administration have been conducted by LDP. This work has been sponsored by major foundations and governmental agencies and attracted over $ 9 million in funding. Several projects that specifically focus on women's political subjecthood have been or are currently conducted in Belarus, Ukraine, Poland, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan, as well as Georgia.