PCWP Executive Director
Assistant Professor of Political Science
Dana 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. Dr. Brown earned her doctorate in American Politics and Women and Politics at Rutgers University where she also received her master’s degree in political science. Prior to her work at the Center she completed a year as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science at Allegheny College where she earned her BA in political science.
Dr. Brown has presented research on women in politics, political psychology, political media, and political participation by women of color. The White House has acknowledged her work at the Center by inviting her to participate in a conference on girls’ leadership and civic education.
Dr. 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. Dr. Brown is also a Pennsylvania delegate to the Vision 2020 program at the Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership at Drexel University, the Ellis School’s Council on Innovation, and serves on the Pennsylvania Advisory Committee to the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition. In 2014 Dr. Brown was recognized in Pittsburgh Magazine as one of Pittsburgh’s “40 Under 40” and served on Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s Transition Team for the Department of State.
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.
Kalie Evans is a second year graduate student in the MSCP program. Born in Spokane, WA, Kalie has a Bachelors of Science degree Biology from Eastern Washington University. Her passion for research and advocacy of women and the mentally ill has led to several projects, most recently assisting a PsyD student with his research on depression. She hopes to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology after finishing my MSCP. Kalie is a graduate research associate for the Center.
Ashley Harden is currently in her second year in Chatham's Master of Counseling Psychology program. She graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Sociology. In the future, Ashely is interested in counseling clients experiencing addiction as well as those involved in the legal system. Originally form Shrewsbury, Ashely is a a research assistant at the PCWP.
Michelle Jones is a sophomore student majoring in Communications and Public relations and minoring in Social Service Administration and pursuing a Women's Leadership certificate at Chatham University. Originally from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Michelle has a passion for new media and volunteering. On campus, Michelle is a member of the women's ice hockey team, and a member of the Scholar's Advisory Board. Michelle hopes to continue her studies in Pittsburgh, and currently works as an office assistant at the PCWP.
Jenna McGreevy is a sophomore majoring in Social Work and Political Science with a minor in Pre-Law. Raised just outside of Pittsburgh, Jenna is focuses her studies on the relationship between policy and societal improvement. As Communications Assistant for the Center, she creates and executes social media strategies and advertises events. She is a member of the Student Choices Student Voices Task Force, SWIRL (Social Work is Real Life), Psi Chi Honor Society, and current president of Chatham's College Democrats.
Hali Santiago began her graduate studies in the Master of Arts in Psychology Program at Chatham University this fall. Originally from Swoyersville in northeastern Pennsylvania, Hali has a passion for research and helping others. She graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Psychology and Criminology with a minor in Women's Studies. Hali hopes to continue with her education with a Ph.D. in Clinical or Counseling Psychology. She is currently a Graduate Research Assistant for the Center
Maria Taylor is a second year student at Chatham University studying Political Science and International Studies with the certificate in Middle Eastern studies, and a minor in Criminology. She is working to graduate a year early, to then continue her education by attending law school. Following her formal education she is interested in working as a civil or human's right attorney, or working for an intelligence agency. Maria is an office assistant at the PCWP.