As a former adult learner I appreciate the opportunity to teach others who have not followed a conventional route in their educations, and the chance to work closely advising students who are forging new paths to success.
Whether they are pursuing degrees with a focus in social entrepreneurship, education, human services, advocacy and social justice, or an individualized concentration, I encourage students to envision new ways of understanding their place in the world. An understanding of the unique needs of non-traditional students, and the importance that mentoring plays in attaining their educational goals, provide the foundation for my approach to teaching and advising.
My work both inside and outside the classroom is focused on exploring issues of social change, and my research focuses on the strategies communities employ to challenge injustice. I’ve received fellowships from a number of institutions including Emory University, Smith College, and the Schlesinger Library at Radcliffe, and have presented my research at international conferences in South Africa, England, Russia and Barbados.
As co-director of the Valley Women’s History Collaborative, I work with community organizers, Five College faculty, and students to help develop and oversee oral history projects that document progressive women’s history. My current research projects explore issues of food justice and 20th century women’s transnational organizing. Before joining the University Without Walls I taught at Northeastern University and Empire State College.
- A.A. Springfield Technical Community College, Liberal Studies
- B.A. Mount Holyoke College, U.S. History
- M.A. University of Massachusetts Amherst, U.S. History
- Ph.D. Rutgers University, Women’s and Gender History
My passions include hiking, international travel and chocolate.