Jessie B. Ramey, Ph.D.Director and Associate Professor, Women's and Gender Studies
Dr. Ramey, the inaugural director of the Chatham University Women's Institute, is a historian, scholar, teacher, and author with a focus on gender, race, working families, and U.S. social policy. Before coming to Chatham, she taught and conducted research in History and Gender, Sexuality & Women's Studies at the University of Pittsburgh as the recipient of a New Faculty Fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies. Dr. Ramey's book, Child Care in Black and White: Working Parents and the History of Orphanages (University of Illinois Press, 2012), won the Lerner-Scott Prize in women's history from the Organization of American Historians; the Herbert G. Gutman Prize from the Labor and Working-Class History Association; and the John Heinz Award from the National Academy of Social Insurance.
Dr. Ramey was the founding director of Carnegie Mellon University's Undergraduate Research Office and also has a background in the arts and philanthropy. She helped to found the coalition Great Public Schools Pittsburgh and serves on Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto's Task Force on Education. NEXT Pittsburgh named her one of "5 People Making Pittsburgh a More Livable City for All," and she was named one of the top "people to know in Pittsburgh" by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Dr. Ramey earned a BA in history from Carnegie Mellon University, an MA in women's history from Sarah Lawrence College, and an MA and Ph.D. in history from Carnegie Mellon University.
Melody HarrisProgram Coordinator
Melody Harris has a background in event planning and program support in the philanthropic and non-profit sector. At Grantmakers of Western Pennsylvania, she worked with the region's foundation community. A graduate of Edinboro University and Leadership Pittsburgh, Melody has taught as an adjunct in women's studies at Carlow University. She has also served on the board of the Pittsburgh chapter of GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network) and the junior board of the Andy Warhol Museum.