|I am a scholar and a writer, an activist and a teacher. I am Professor of Education and Human Development at Colby College in Waterville, Maine, and a co-founder of the nonprofit, Hardy Girls Healthy Women,|
where I develop curricular materials, evaluate programs, and oversee the online media literacy and activism campaign, Powered By Girl. In 2010 with Hunter College and CUNY Professor of Social Welfare and Psychology, Deborah Tolman, I initiated the Sexualization Protest Action Resistance Knowledge (SPARK) Summit and movement, a growing coalition of partners and thought leaders united in their determination to challenge the sexualization of girls and to work collectively to demand girls’ rights to embodiment and to healthy sexuality.
I am the author of five books and over 50 articles and curricula. My first book, written with Carol Gilligan, Meeting at the Crossroads: Women’s Psychology and Girls’ Development, was a 1992 New York Times Notable Book of the Year and helped redefine our understanding of female development. My scholarship and writing focuses on the relational lives of girls; girls’ experiences of anger and resistance, their activism, and the impact of media on both girls and boys. You can download my CV here.
I was born and raised in Downeast Maine. I did my undergraduate work at the University of Maine and Ottawa University in Ottawa, KS. I received an Ed.D. in Human Development and Psychology from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 1989 and was a founding member of the Harvard Project on Women’s Psychology and Girls’ Development. I joined the Colby faculty in 1991.
I have been a Henkels Visiting Lecturer at the University of Notre Dame, a recipient of the Maine Women’s Fund Sarah Orne Jewett Award, an American Association of University Women Educational Foundation Scholar-in-Residence, and a National Academy of Education Spencer Postdoctoral Fellow. My work on girlfighting was also recognized by a Henry A. Murray Research Center Radcliffe Postdoctoral Research Award and other research grants.
I was a member of The American Psychological Association Presidential Task Force on Adolescent Girls, and consultant to the Ms. Foundation for their National Girls’ Initiative. I am currently the Public Interest Chair for APA’s Psychology of Women Division (35) and I write a column for The Feminist Psychologist on adolescent girls entitled “The Wild Zone.” I have also consulted for numerous film and television projects, including shows on PBS.
I live in Waterville, Maine with my partner, Mark Tappan, and our daughter, Maya. We share our home with three cats, two dogs, and a fish.
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