Press Release: Four Graduate Center Women Faculty Elected to Head Academic Associations

Four Graduate Center Women Faculty Elected to Head Academic Associations



Remarkably, four CUNY Graduate Center faculty members have been elected presidents of their national associations.  Furthermore, all four scholars are female: Distinguished Professor Cynthia Fuchs Epstein becomes president of the American Sociological Association this August, to be followed in 2006 by president-elect Distinguished Professor Frances Fox Piven; Distinguished French Professor Domna Stanton is the current president of the Modern Language Association; and Professor Setha Low is the president-elect of the American Anthropological Association, where she will take office in 2007.

Women in academic leadership roles is nothing new to The Graduate Center, though.  The Graduate Center’s first president, mathematician Mina Rees, became the first female president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1971, and Developmental Psychologist Frances Degen Horowitz, who just stepped down as president of The Graduate Center this past June, served as president of the Society for Research in Child Development from 1997-1999.

In 2003, Cynthia Fuchs Epstein was honored with the ASA Jessie Bernard award for her pioneering work exploring women’s exclusion from the professions. In addition to serving on the faculty of The Graduate Center’s Ph.D. Program in Sociology, she has been a visiting professor at both the Columbia and Stanford schools of law, among other faculty appointments.  She was also the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and has served on several major U.S. government/presidential commissions.  She received her Ph.D. from Columbia.  

Domna Stanton is a renowned scholar of seventeenth-century and early-modern French studies with an influential feminist perspective. Among her extensive professional accomplishments, she was the first female editor ever of PMLA, the journal of the Modern Language Association.  Professor Stanton also teaches and writes on international human rights and is an active member of the board of Human Rights Watch.  She is on faculty of the Ph.D. Program in French, and her own Ph.D. is from Columbia University

Frances Fox Piven is a widely recognized expert on welfare, political movements, urban politics, voting, and electoral politics.  On the faculty of the Ph.D. Program in Political Science as well as Sociology, she is past vice-president of the American Political Science Association, is a past president of the Society for the Study of Social Problems, has served on the board of the American Civil Liberties Union and received the 2003 "Public Understanding of Sociology" award from the ASA.  Her Ph.D. is from the University of Chicago.

In addition to serving on the faculties of the Ph.D. Programs in Anthropology and Psychology (Environmental), Setha Low is Director of the Public Space Research Group at The Graduate Center.  Known for her research and writings on urban design, historic preservation, cultural conservation, park planning and, most recently, gated communities, she is also a consultant to national and local parks on ways to promote a more humane and culturally tolerant environment.  Her Ph.D. is from the University of California, Berkeley.

Submitted on: JUL 1, 2005

Category: Anthropology, Political Science, Sociology, Press Room