2007-2008 Research Fellows

Sabine C. Girod, MD, DDS, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, Stanford University; Chief, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, VA Palo Alto

Sabine C. Girod


Sabine Girod is an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon and Assistant Professor in the Division of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at Stanford University Medical Center and the Chief of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the VA Palo Alto. She received her DDS from the University of Bonn, Germany, her MD from the University of Hannover Germany, and her PhD from the University of Cologne, Germany, for her work on "Tumor Suppressor Genes in Head and Neck Oncogenesis". She trained in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in Germany and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School in Boston. Her special clinical and research interest is craniofacial reconstructive surgery for congenital deformities, traumatic injuries and tumors. She was the first female faculty in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in West-Germany and the first women to receive the prestigious Wassmund Award of the German Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons for her academic and clinical work.

Professor Girod will collaborate with the Office of Diversity and Gender at Stanford Medical School and support a program to expand diversity and excellence in recruitment of faculty in medicine. She is assembling the relevant gender research and literature in the field and will contribute to the development of an educational curriculum about gender/racial stereotyping and its consequences for science and medicine, career advancement, culture and knowledge of science, and substance of science and medicine.

Professor Girod will be at the Clayman Institute from October 2007 to May 2008.

Myra M. Hart
Professor of Management Practice, Harvard University

Myra Hart


Myra Hart is the MBA Class of 1961 Professor of Entrepreneurship at Harvard Business School. She has a dozen years of experience teaching MBA, executive, and alumni courses, has co-chaired the Models of Success initiative, and directed two major case writing initiatives that introduced more women protagonists and broader definitions of success into the curriculum. During her years at HBS, she has created three MBA courses, introduced four new Executive Education programs, and served as co-chair of the Entrepreneurship Faculty. She has been recognized by Harvard Business School with the Greenhill Award for faculty leadership and the Apgar Award for innovative teaching and course development.

Her research on women entrepreneurs in high growth ventures is conducted in collaboration with the Diana Project. She and her co-authors have published four books as well as several major research reports, book chapters and journal articles about women leading high potential businesses. The Diana Project received the 2007 FSF-NUTEK International Award for Entrepreneurship and Small Business Research in recognition of its contributions to global research on female entrepreneurship.)

Her newest book, Assuming Control, written in collaboration with Drs. Patricia Greene and Candida Brush, both of Babson College, focuses on the challenges of professional women who consider stepping off their ambitious career paths to attend to family or other personal matters. The book, which specifically addresses the opportunities for re-entry, will be released in 2007.

Prior to joining Harvard in 1995, Hart was on the founding team of Staples the Office Superstore, serving as VP of Growth and Development from launch through IPO. She currently serves on the board of directors of various public companies (Ahold, Office Depot, and Summer Infant) and private enterprises (Nina McLemore Inc., eCornell, and Intellivid). She is also an advisor to several entrepreneurial ventures. Hart is a frequent speaker for leading business organizations and also conducts Entrepreneurs' Tool Kit programs for Inc. Magazine's Inc. University. She is a trustee of Cornell University, a director of the Center for Women's Business Research, and a member of the Committee of 200. She is a graduate of Cornell University (BA) and Harvard University (MBA, DBA).

Professor Hart will be resident at the Clayman Institute for Gender Research between January and March 2008.

Nancy Hopkins
Amgen Professor of Biology, MIT

Nancy Hopkins


Nancy Hopkins is the Amgen, Inc. Professor of Biology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She works in the Center for Cancer Research within the Biology Department of MIT. For half of her scientific career at MIT, Hopkins worked on mechanisms of replication and leukemogenesis by RNA tumor viruses. Later, Hopkins switched fields of research to work on early vertebrate development using the zebrafish. Her lab developed a method called retroviral-mediated insertional mutagenesis for the fish. Using this technique her lab identified about 25% of the genes that are required for a fertilized egg to develop into a free-swimming larva. Some of the genes her lab identified have turned out to predispose fish to develop cancer. Hopkins' lab now studies the mechanisms by which these cancers arise.

In addition to her scientific work, Hopkins has worked to promote women in science, particularly since 1994. In 1995 she was appointed Chair of the first Committee on Women Faculty in the School of Science at MIT. In 1999, a summary of the findings of her committee was published in the MIT faculty newsletter. This influential and widely read article came to be known as the MIT Report on Women in Science. In 2000 Hopkins was appointed Co-Chair (with Provost Robert Brown) of the first Council on Faculty Diversity at MIT. Hopkins is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and served on its Council.

Professor Hopkins will be resident at the Clayman Institute for Gender Research in March 2008.

Sibongile Masuku Van Damme
General Manager, People and Conservation Division, South African National Parks


Sibongile Masuku and Oom Dawid Kruiper,
the traditional leader of the Khomani San people.
Sibongile Masuku's work focuses on gender and the environment. She has served as General Manager of the People and Conservation Division of the South African National Parks since 2004, where she established a new Social Science Research Unit in order to extend research access to historically disadvantaged scholars, including indigenous peoples. As an Environmental Education Officer for the National Parks Board in the 1990s, Masuku worked with ecologists, park managers, communities, and schools on park-neighbor relationship programs, including the development of appropriate hands-on learning materials.

Masuku has also served as a government advisor within the Department of Arts and Culture on heritage policy and strategy affecting South Africa's principal heritage institutions; and has been appointed to a number of advisory positions, including serving on the advisory team for the Nelson Mandela National Museum. She was President of the Environmental Education Association of Southern Africa, 1998-2001.

She has a BA in humanities and education from the University of Swaziland and an M.Ed. in Environmental Education from Rhodes University, South Africa. Her most recent book, Producing Conservation and Community, co-authored with Lynn Meskell, Professor of Anthropology at Stanford, is due to be published at the end of 2007. She held a visiting scholarship, funded by the Mellon Foundation, in the Stanford University Department of Anthropology during January and February 2007.

While a Research Fellow at the Clayman Institute, Sibongile Masuku will be contributing to discussions on the role and importance of indigenous knowledge in science, and completing her Rhodes University Ph.D. dissertation which considers how the example of re-teaching the art of tracking to the Khomani San in the Kalahari has implications for conservation organizations and their role in providing environmental education.

Michelle Murphy
Associate Professor of History, University of Toronto

Michelle Murphy


Michelle Murphy's research in the field of science and technology studies concerns the intersections of technoscience, sex, race, environment and health in the twentieth century, with a focus on the United States in transnational and postcolonial perspectives. She is the author of Sick Building Syndrome and the Politics of Uncertainty: Environmental Politics, Technoscience and Women Workers (Duke University Press, 2006). This book explores the history of contestations over pervasive low-level chemical exposures and the production of uncertainty in U.S. environmental politics. She is presently finishing a book called Seizing the Means of Reproduction: Technology, Feminist Health Practice, and Biopolitics. She is also editor of RaceSci, a website dedicated to the critical study of the concept of race in science, medicine, and technology (www.racesci.org). Her current research focuses on the economization of life, projects for governing health, fertility and environment in the name of economic processes and logics, with a particular focus on the United States and Bangladesh in the late twentieth century.

Professor Murphy will be resident at the Clayman Institute for Gender Research between September 2007 and June 2008. Professor Murphy and Professor Philip will be collaborating on a study called "Environmental History, Indigenous Knowledge, and Gendered Practices in South Asia, 1950-2005."



Kavita Philip
Associate Professor of Women's Studies, University of California, Irvine

Kavita Phillip


Kavita Philip is Associate Professor at the University of California, Irvine. In addition to holding a faculty appointment in the Program in Women's Studies, she is an affiliate faculty member in the following: Department of Anthropology; Department of History; Critical Theory Institute; Center for Global Peace and Conflict Studies; Center for Ethnography; Center for Asian Studies; Center for Law and Society; and Program in Arts, Computation, Engineering.

Professor Philip is author of Civilizing Natures (2003 and 2004), co- editor, Constructing Human Rights in the Age of Globalization (2003), co-editor, Multiple Contentions (2003), and co-editor, Homeland Securities (2005). Her research interests are in transnational studies of science and technology; feminist technocultures; gender, race, globalization and postcolonialism; environmental history; and new media theory. She specializes in the social analysis of science and technology in South India from the 19th century to the present.

Professor Philip will be resident at the Clayman Institute for Gender Research between January and June 2008. Professor Philip and Professor Murphy will be collaborating on a study called "Environmental History, Indigenous Knowledge, and Gendered Practices in South Asia, 1950-2005."

Sue V. Rosser
Dean, Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts, Georgia Institute of Technology, and Professor of History, Technology, and Society

Sue V. Rosser


Sue Rosser received her Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1973. Since July 1999, she has served as Dean of Ivan Allen College, the liberal arts college at Georgia Institute of Technology, where she is also Professor of Public Policy and of History, Technology, and Society. She holds the endowed Ivan Allen Dean's Chair of Liberal Arts and Technology. From 1995-1999, she was Director for the Center for Women's Studies and Gender Research and Professor of Anthropology at the University of Florida-Gainesville. In 1995, she was Senior Program Officer for Women's Programs at the National Science Foundation. From 1986 to 1995 she served as Director of Women's Studies at the University of South Carolina, where she also was a Professor of Family and Preventive Medicine in the Medical School.

She has edited collections and written approximately 120 journal articles on the theoretical and applied problems of women and science and women's health. Author of ten books, Teaching Science and Health from a Feminist Perspective: A Practical Guide (1986), Feminism within the Science and Health Care Professions: Overcoming Resistance (1988), Female-Friendly Science (1990) from Pergamon Press, Feminism and Biology: A Dynamic Interaction (1992) from Twayne Macmillan, Women's Health: Missing from U.S. Medicine (1994) from Indiana University Press, and Teaching the Majority (1995), Re-engineering Female Friendly Science (1997), Women, Science, and Society: The Crucial Union (2000) from Teachers College Press, and The Science Glass Ceiling: Academic Women Scientists and their Struggle to Succeed (2004), her latest book is Women, Gender, and Technology (2006), co-edited with Mary Frank Fox and Deborah Johnson. She also served as the Latin and North American Co-editor of Women's Studies International Forum from 1989-1993 and currently serves on the editorial boards of NWSA Journal, Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering and Transformations. She has held several grants from the National Science Foundation, including "A USC System Model for Transformation of Science and Math Teaching to Reach Women in Varied Campus Settings" and "POWRE Workshop"; from 2001-2006 she served as co-PI on a $3.7 million ADVANCE grant from NSF. She currently serves as PI on InTEL: Interactive Toolkit for Engineering Learning, a $900,000 NSF grant. During the fall of 1993, she was Visiting Distinguished Professor for the University of Wisconsin System Women in Science Project.

Sue Rosser will be resident at the Clayman Institute for Gender Research in March and May 2008.

Sheri D. Sheppard
Professor of Mechanical Engineering, and Co-Director, Center for Design Research, Stanford University

Sheri D. Sheppard


Sheri D. Sheppard is a professor at Stanford University in the Design Group of Mechanical Engineering. She began her Stanford academic career in 1986. Besides teaching both undergraduate and graduate design related classes she conducts research on weld fatigue and impact failures, fracture mechanics and applied finite element analysis. She is particularly concerned with the development of accessible engineering tools that allow designers to make more informed decisions regarding structural integrity. Sheppard also conducts research on the education of engineers, investigating questions regarding engineering thinking, how individuals learn to undertake engineering work, and how to increase the attractiveness of engineering careers to underserved populations.

Sheppard is currently co-PI on a 5-year long NSF Higher Education Center Grant (Center for the Advancement of Engineering Education). In this capacity she is leading (in collaboration with researchers at Colorado School of Mines, Howard University, University of Minnesota, and University of Washington) a longitudinal study of 160 students as they travel from their freshmen year of engineering studies through their senior year. This study (called the Academic Pathways Study) aims to explore developmental, cognitive and institutional factors that contribute to student persistence and success in engineering majors. Prior to this she was co-PI on a multi-university NSF grant that critically looked at engineering undergraduate curriculum (1988-1994) and as part of this she developed a pedagogy called mechanical dissection that has been adopted across the US. From 1998-2002 Professor Sheppard led 1-week long NSF sponsored summer workshops at Stanford for junior engineering from across the US on issues on teaching, learning and life balance. She recently completed a NSF project on the role of student peers is assessment of collaborative learning. Prof. Sheppard also serves as a Senior Scholar at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Her responsibilities at the Foundation focus on leading a major investigation of engineering education in the United States. The study of engineering is part of a larger project at Carnegie that is investigating education in the professions--including law, teaching, medicine and the clergy--more generally.

Sheppard is currently a member of the Advisory Board of the ASEE Journal of Engineering Education (JEE), the President's Advisory Board of Olin College, MentorNet's SGER Advisory Group, the Program Review Committee of the Cambridge-MIT Institute, the External visiting Committee of the Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Tech, and the National Advisory Board for the Center for the Study of Higher Education at Penn State. She is a co-guest editor (along with Barbara Olds and Jim Pellegrino) of a Special Edition of JEE on How People Learn Engineering, planned for 2008. She has held leadership positions in the Design Engineering Group of ASME and the Engineering Division of AAAS, and is currently serving as chair of Stanford's Faculty Senate (2006-2007). She is a fellow of ASME and AAAS.

Professor Sheppard will be in residence at the Clayman Institute for Gender Research from September 2007 to June 2008.

Cynthia Friend has unfortunately had to withdraw from her Research Fellowship for 2007-08 for personal reasons.

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