Chatham University

Staff

Dana Brown, Ph.D.

Dana Brown

PCWP Executive Director
Assistant Professor of Political Science
(412) 365-2725

Dr. 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. Dr. Brown has presented research on women in politics, political psychology, political media, and political participation by women of color.

Dr. Brown is also active in the community. She currently serves in the following capacity: Governor Wolf's Pennsylvania Commission for Women, PLEN's (Public Leadership Education Network) Board of Directors, Adagio Health's Advisory Council, a Pennsylvania delegate to the Vision 2020 program at the Institute for Women's Health and Leadership at Drexel University, an Advisory Board member to 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, and the Pennsylvania Advisory Committee to the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition.

Dr. Brown's work and leadership in women and politics has been recognized in the following ways: The Obama White House acknowledged her work at the Center by inviting her to participate in a conference on girls' leadership and civic education. In 2014 Dr. Brown was recognized in Pittsburgh Magazine as one of Pittsburgh's "40 Under 40." In 2018 City & State PA recognized Dr. Brown as one of 25 women from across the Commonwealth who have exhibited exemplary leadership in their field as well as earning AAUW PA's Gateway to Equity Award.

Annie Guadagnino

Annie Guadagnino

Program Coordinator
(412) 365-1878

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 served from 2017 to 2019 as a member of the YWCA Young Leaders Board. Annie is a 2009 graduate of the University of Michigan with a BA in Environmental Studies and a minor in Political Science.

Andria Barnes

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Graduate Assistant

Andria Barnes is a Graduate Research Intern at PCWP. She is a doctoral candidate in Counseling Psychology at Chatham University. Andria is distinguished as a University of Pittsburgh Scholar for her studies in Organizational Behavior, and was an Instructor in Cross-cultural Communication in Germany prior to coming to Chatham.

Emiko Hunt

Emiko Hunt

Graduate Fellow

Emiko Hunt is a Graduate Fellow at PCWP. She is currently pursuing her psychology doctorate at Chatham University. Originally from Canada, she completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto with a double major in Political Science and Environmental Ethics. While completing her bachelor's degree she completed a year of study at Sydney University (politics and environmental studies); and a summer abroad at Worcester College at Oxford University (comparative criminology). Emiko is a 2021 graduate of Boston College School of Social Work with a Master of Social Work in Clinical Mental Health.

Ashley Adams

Ashley Adams

Graduate Fellow

Ashley Adams is a Graduate Research Fellow for the Center. She has her Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a specialization in Child-Centered Play Therapy from the University of North Texas. She is a member of Chi Sigma Iota, the international and professional academic honor society for counseling students, counselor educators, and professional counselors. Ashley's training has prepared her to counsel in a variety of settings, including public schools, juvenile detention centers, cancer care services, and university mental health centers at both the individual and group level.

Ashley values culturally competent communication skills and trauma-informed approaches when working with clients. Ashley is now in pursuit of her doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology from Chatham University.

Lauren Cox

Lauren Cox

Communications Assistant

Lauren Cox is the Communications Assistant for the Center. She is a second-year student at Chatham University pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a minor in Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Studies. She is also a member of the DIII Cross Country and Track teams, a member of the Chatham Community Service Club, and a contributor for The Communiqué, the university newspaper.

Bri McCullough

Bri McCullough

Program Assistant

Bri McCullough is a communications major with a minor in political science. She wants to become involved in broadcast media and focus on stories about politics.








Abby DiLoreto

Abby DiLoreto

Outreach Assistant

Abby DiLoreto is a political science and psychology major. She is also on the women's soccer team. Abby plans to possibly go to law school in the future and is very passionate about human rights activism.