PCWP Executive Director
Assistant Professor of Political Science
Dana M. Brown began her tenure as the executive director of the Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics and assistant professor of political science at Chatham University in July of 2010. Ms. Brown is a doctoral candidate (ABD) in American Politics and Women and Politics at Rutgers University and recently completed a year as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science at Allegheny College.
Ms. Brown has had the honor of being an Eagleton Fellow at the Eagleton Institute of Politics, Graduate Assistant at the Center for Race and Ethnicity at Rutgers University, as well as a Research Assistant at the National Asian American Survey (NAAS). She has completed additional graduate work in political and social research at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. She has presented research on women in politics, political psychology, political media, and political participation by women of color. Before entering graduate school Ms. Brown worked in Washington, D.C., as a development assistant for EMILY’s List and for the mutual fund trade association, the Investment Company Institute. She earned her MA in political science from Rutgers University and BA in political science from Allegheny College.
Ms. Brown is currently a member of the Community Advisory Board for the YWCA Greater Pittsburgh's Center for Race & Gender Equity, the Executive Women's Council and its Women on Boards Committee, and 74% Kitchen Cabinet at Robert Morris University Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management. Ms. Brown is also a Pennsylvania delegate to the Vision 2020 program at the Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership at Drexel University and serves on the Pennsylvania Advisory Committee to the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition.
PCWP Assistant Director
Assistant Professor of Political Science
Dr. Jennie Sweet-Cushman is the Assistant Director of the PCWP and Assistant Professor of Political Science at Chatham University. She recently earned her Ph.D. in Political Science from Wayne State University in Detroit, where her dissertation was entitled "Individual Differences in Psychological Evaluations of Electoral Risk: Furthering The Explanation of the Gender Gap in Candidate Emergence". Her research focuses on gender differences in political participation at both the mass and elite levels in both the United States and West Africa and has appeared in the International Journal of Public Administration and Advancing Women in Leadership. Prior to entering academia, she was a fellow of the Michigan Political Leadership Fellowship Program at Michigan State University and managed a successful U.S. congressional campaign.
Annie Guadagnino is the Program Coordinator for the Center. Before joining PCWP’s staff in 2012 she was a Campaign Director for Fund for the Public Interest and a Campus Organizer for the Public Interest Research Group. Annie is a 2009 graduate of the University of Michigan with a BA in Environmental Studies and a minor in Political Science.
Yalda Godusi is a faculty assistant for the Center. Yalda is 2013 graduate of The London School of Economics and Political Science with a MSc in History of International Relations and a 2012 graduate of Arizona State University with a BA in Global Studies.
Emma Kerensky is a third year student at Chatham University. She is majoring in Social Service Administration and minoring in Women’s Studies. Emma is an Office Assistant for the Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics, and she is on track to graduate in May 2016.
Catherine Darden is a senior at Duquesne University where she is majoring in International Relations, with a Humanitarian Operations concentration, and Political Science, with a Law and Politics concentration. This past summer she served as a Public Affairs Intern at Millennium Challenge Corporation, an international development organization in her hometown of Washington D.C. Catherine is passionate about promoting the social and political rights of women and girls around the world, and is very excited to have the opportunity to work with the PCWP this semester.
Sarah Pesi is a senior at Chatham University majoring in Public Policy with a minor in Social Services administration. Sarah has a strong background in community organizing including: having a fellowship for a 2012 presidential campaign, she has interned at various nonprofits including The Women and Girls Foundation and Women’s Center & Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh, and is currently serving on both local and national nonprofit boards notably the Girls Coalition Steering Committee and the National Youth Advisory Board for www.loveisrespect.org. Her most notable accomplishment is probably the passage of bill that she wrote when she was 14 that got added on as an amendment to SB 681 which was signed by Governor this past March becomes effective in July.
Lauren Schlegel is a first year graduate student at Chatham in the Master of Counseling Psychology program. She is currently a research associate for the PCWP and works as a therapeutic staff support at Southwestern Human Services.
Colleen Mulcahey is a doctoral student in Psychology at Chatham University. She is expected to graduate in 2015 and she is currently a research assistant at the PCWP.