Academic Advisory Committee

Over a period of eighteen months, a dedicated group of women and men worked purposefully and methodically to transform an idea into the reality that is today the Women’s International Study Center. In the early months, three individuals-Sallie Bingham, Susan Berk and Bonnie Hardwick-assisted, but their schedules did not permit their continued participation. Those recognized as the Founders of the Women’s International Study Center are:

Dr. Joan Woodard

Currently a consultant, Joan serves on national and corporate boards. Joan retired from Sandia National Laboratories where she served in various areas of national security for over 35 years with ten years as an Executive Vice President and Deputy...

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Dr. Virginia Scharff

Associate Provost for Faculty Development, Distinguished Professor of History and the Director of the Center for the Southwest at the University of New Mexico. A highly respected authority on Southwest and women's history, she is Women of the West chair at...

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Mi’Jan Celie Tho-Biaz

A prestigious and diverse Academic Advisory Committee (AAC) counsels the Board of the Women’s International Study Center on its existing and future programs, and reviews potential Fellows and Scholars. The AAC members represent the four areas of interest...

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Dr. Aline Coudouel

Aline brings international, academic and business perspectives to the WISC AAC as a lead economist with the World Bank, where she currently focuses on topics of social assistance, social insurance, and labor markets in Latin America and the Caribbean....

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The Honorable Janice Lachance

Janice is the Chief Executive Officer of the Special Library Association and was a Cabinet level officer in the Clinton Administration as Director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. She is an attorney and, with her links to 9,000 special libraries...

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Dr. Wendy Cunningham

Wendy adds to the AAC’s international and business perspective as the World Bank’s Sector Leader for Human Development for Mexico and Colombia. She managed the research agenda of the World Bank’s Caribbean Region’s Gender team for several years, focusing...

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Dr. Elizabeth W. Hutchinson

Elizabeth is an Associate Professor of Art History at Barnard College, Columbia University. Her research centers on the role of visual and material culture in the interactions between the diverse cultural groups of the American west, using close visual...

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Mariko Nagai (August 2015)

Having grown up in Europe and America, Mariko Nagai studied English with concentration in poetry at the New York University where she was the Erich Maria Remarque Fellow. She has received the Pushcart Prizes both in poetry and fiction (nominated five times...

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Dr. Martha (Marni) Sandweiss

Marni is a professor of history at Princeton University. She received her PhD in history from Yale University and began her career as a photography curator at the Amon Carter Museum in Ft. Worth, Texas. She later taught American studies and history at...

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