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.
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.
Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science
Dr. Jennie Sweet-Cushman is the Visiting 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.
Graduate Research Associate
Jessica Ferguson is a Graduate Research Associate with the Center for Women and Politics. She received her Bachelor's in political science from Westminster College. She received her Master's in psychology from Chatham University and is currently in the psychology doctoral program at Chatham University. Her expected graduation date is in 2016.
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.
Eir Rovira is an intern at the Pennsylvania Center for Women in Politics. She is half Icelandic and half Spanish and this is her first year in Pittsburgh. She is a junior pursuing Political Science and an International Studies certificate in Europe. When she graduates, she hopes to better the political arena for women in an international setting.
Emma Kerensky is a second 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.