|I’m a scholar, teacher, and activist: Professor of Education and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Colby College in Waterville, Maine; co-founder of Hardy Girls Healthy Women, SPARK Movement, and Powered By Girl.
My newest book, Powered By Girl: A Field Guide For Supporting Youth Activists (Beacon Press), due in bookstores Sept. 14, 2016, is available for pre-order!
My scholarship and praxis focuses on understanding the conditions that enable girls’ healthy resistance and dissent in the face of oppression. I also develop feminist, anti-racist curricular materials and scaffold the online girl-developed and driven magazine, Powered By Girl. In 2010 with Hunter College and CUNY Professor of Social Welfare and Psychology, Deborah Tolman, I initiated SPARK movement, an intergenerational coalition of activists, 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 5 books, 6 curriculums, many academic articles and lots of op eds. 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. I’ve written about the political power of girls’ anger, the dangers of horizontal violence in the form of girlfighting, and the impact of media on girls healthy development. I’m passionate about intergenerational activism and girl-led social change efforts and the best compliment I’ve received about my work is that it successfully bridges the gaps between research, practice, and public service.
I’ve 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 received a 2014 Bammy Award for College Professor of the Year.
You can download my CV here.
On a more personal note, I’m a native Mainer, raised in the Downeast border towns of Vanceboro and Calais, the daughter of a nurse and a railroad engineer. I did my undergraduate work at the University of Maine, University of Kent in Canterbury, England, and Ottawa University in Ottawa, KS. I received my doctorate in Human Development and Psychology from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and was a founding member of the Harvard Project on Women’s Psychology and Girls’ Development. I live in Waterville, Maine with my partner, Mark, our daughter, Maya, three cats and two dogs.