Executive Advisory Board Members

Kate Antonovics, UCSD
Kim Barrett, UCSD
Mandy Bratton, UCSD
Maria Charles, UCSB
Jeanne Ferrante, UCSD
Ruben Garcia, William S. Boyd School of Law, UNLV
Kathleen Gerson, NYU
Christine Hunefeldt, UCSD
Martha Lampland, UCSD
David Schkade, UCSD


Kate Antonovics

Department of Economics, UCSD




Kate Antonovics is a labor economist whose primary research interests are gender and race inequality, discrimination and affirmative action. She received her PhD from the University of Wisconsin in 2000 and has been on the faculty of the Economics Department at UC San Diego ever since. She has authored several papers on gender inequality and gender discrimination, including one that examines differences in the performance of men and women in competitive settings. She has also done research of the link between women’s schooling choices and the education of their children.



Kim Barrett

Department of Medicine

Dean of Graduate Studies, UC San Diego




Dr. Kim Barrett, a native of the United Kingdom, obtained her B.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the Department of Chemistry at University College London.  Following a post-doctoral fellowship at the National Institutes of Health, she joined the faculty of UCSD School of Medicine in 1985, and rose to her current rank of Professor of Medicine in 1996.  Her research interests center on the normal and abnormal biology of the intestinal epithelium and their relevance to a variety of digestive diseases including inflammatory bowel diseases, infectious diarrheal diseases, and peptic ulcer disease.  She has received a number of honors for her research, including the Bowditch and Davenport Lectureships of the American Physiological Society, and being awarded the degree of Doctor of Medical Science, honoris causa, by Queens University Belfast.  She has been highly active in professional societies and in scholarly editing.  She is also the author or editor of several books and monographs and more than two hundred peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters and reviews.  She has a long-standing interest in the status of women in academia.  She served as Chair of the Committee on Women in Physiology of the American Physiological Society, and Co-Chair of the Gender Equity Taskforce of the UCSD School of Medicine.  In 2006, she was also appointed as Dean of Graduate Studies at UCSD.  In this capacity, she serves as a member of the senior academic management team of the institution and oversees the recruitment, academic advancement and climate for more than 4000 masters and doctoral students.  She also guides the development of new graduate programs and planning for an anticipated 50% growth in the graduate population in the next 10-12 years.



Mandy Bratton

Jacobs School of Engineering, UCSD



Dr. Mandy Bratton is the Director of Global TIES - Teams in Engineering Service and a Lecturer in the Jacobs School of Engineering at the University of California, San Diego.  She earned a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin in 1996 and prior to joining the Jacobs School, served as a senior faculty member in Psychology and Human Development and Interim Associate Dean at Prescott College for the Liberal Arts, the Environment and Social Justice.  During her thirty years in higher education, she has held a number of clinical, teaching, and administrative positions at a variety of institutions, including Arizona State University and Cornell University.  Her research interests include the impact of experiential and service learning on students and their clients, and gender issues in academic settings.



Maria Charles

Department of Sociology, University of California Santa Barbara




Maria Charles (Ph.D. Stanford University) is Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara.  Previously she was a member of the Sociology faculty at UC San Diego (1994-2008), and a postdoctoral researcher at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (1991-1994). She received a Ph.D. in Sociology from Stanford University, and Bachelor’s degrees from UCSB in Environmental Studies and Political Science.

Professor Charles specializes in the international comparative study of social inequalities with particular attention to cross-national differences in women's economic, educational, and family roles. Her teaching specialties include quantitative methods, social inequality, and sociology of class, race, and gender. She has published extensively on the phenomenon of sex segregation, most recently on the ideological and organizational factors that contribute to female underrepresentation in engineering and the physical sciences around the world. Her coauthored book, Occupational Ghettos: The Worldwide Segregation of Women and Men (Stanford University Press) received the Max Weber Award for Distinguished Scholarship in 2005.

Related Publications:

Charles, Maria and Karen Bradley. 2009. “Indulging Our Gendered Selves? Sex Segregation by Field of Study in 44 Countries.” American Journal of Sociology 114:924-76.

Charles, Maria. 2008. “Culture and Inequality: Identity, Ideology, and Difference in ‘Post-ascriptive Society’.” Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 619:41-58.

Charles, Maria and David Grusky. 2004 (2005 in paperback). Occupational Ghettos: The Worldwide Segregation of Women and Men. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press.



Jeanne Ferrante

Associate Dean, UCSD Jacobs School of Engineering
Associate Vice Chancellor, Faculty Equity, UCSD




Jeanne Ferrante is the Associate Vice Chancellor for Faculty Equity, Associate Dean of the Jacobs School of Engineering, and Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at UC San Diego. She received her B.A. from New College at Hofstra University in 1969, and her Ph.D. from MIT in 1974. Prior to joining UC San Diego in 1994, she taught at Tufts University until 1978, and was subsequently a Research Staff Member at IBM's T.J. Watson Research Center.

Dr. Ferrante's work has included the development of intermediate representations for optimizing and parallelizing compilers, most notably the Program Dependence Graph and Static Single Assignment (SSA) form. She is a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. Her SSA work (with colleagues from IBM) was recognized in 2006 by the ACM Programming Language Achievement Award as a "significant and lasting contribution to the field."

As Associate Dean, she co-founded UCSD Teams In Engineering Service (TIES), which partners multidisciplinary teams of undergraduates with non-profit organizations to provide long-term technical solutions. Dr. Ferrante also co-founded the UCSD Women’s Leadership Alliance, whose aim is to advance leadership development, networking, and recognition of women campus leaders at UC San Diego. She was honored as a UCSD Community Champion for Diversity in 2004, and received the 2007 Athena Educator Pinnacle Award for her diversity leadership efforts.


Ruben Garcia

William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Ruben J. Garcia



Ruben J. Garcia is a tenured Associate Professor at California Western School of Law in San Diego, where he has taught since 2003.  He has held visiting appointments at the University of California, Davis School of Law and at the University of California, San Diego.  Garcia's research focuses on labor and employment law, with particular attention to the effects of race, gender, immigration and globalization on the world of work.  He teaches primarily in the Labor and Employment Law Concentration at California Western, as well as Professional Responsibility and a course in Constitutional Law at the University of California, San Diego. 

Before teaching, Garcia specialized in labor and employment law while in private practice in Los Angeles.  He now serves on the executive boards of the Society of American Law Teachers and the ACLU of San Diego and Imperial Counties. Garcia is also active in the Law and Society Association and the Labor and Employment Relations Association.

Professor Garcia's scholarly articles have been published in the University of Chicago Legal Forum, the Hastings Law Journal, the Florida Law Review, the Florida State University Law Review, the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Labor and Employment Law, and the University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform, among other publications.  He is currently writing a book for New York University Press, entitled Marginal Workers: How Legal Fault Lines Divide Workers and Leave Them Without Protection.

Related Publications:

"New Voices at Work: Race and Gender Identity Caucuses in The U.S. Labor Movement," 54 Hastings Law Journal 79 (2002)



Kathleen Gerson

Department of Sociology
Collegiate Professor of Arts and Science, NYU



Kathleen Gerson is Professor of Sociology and Collegiate Professor of Arts and Science at New York University. Her work focuses on the connections among gender, work, and family life in post-industrial societies. She conducts research that seeks to combine the deep understandings of qualitative, life history interviews with the rigor of systematically collected samples and carefully situated comparisons. Her theoretical concern aims to explain the interactive links between processes of social and individual change, with special attention to how institutional conflicts and contradictions prompt creative human action. Kathleen’s most recent book, The Unfinished Revolution: How a New Generation is Reshaping Family, Work, and Gender in America (Oxford University Press, 2010), addresses a new generation’s experiences growing up amid changing families and blurring gender boundaries. The Unfinished Revolution shows how irreversible but incomplete change has created a growing clash between new egalitarian ideals and resistant social institutions. Although young women and men hope to fashion flexible, egalitarian gender strategies, they are falling back on less desirable options that are fostering a new gender divide between “self-reliant” women and “neo-traditional” men. The solution to these 21st century conundrums is to finish the gender revolution by creating more flexible, egalitarian workplaces and more child-supportive communities.

Related Publications:

The Unfinished Revolution: How a New Generation is Reshaping Family, Work, and Gender in America. New York: Oxford University Press (forthcoming December, 2009).

No Man's Land: Men's Changing Commitments to Family and Work. New York: Basic Books (paperback edition, 1994).

(with Jerry A. Jacobs) The Time Divide: Work, Family, and Gender Inequality. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press (paperback edition, 2005; Korean translation, 2009).



Christine Hunefeldt

Department of History, UCSD




Christine Hunefeldt has been teaching for the History Department at UCSD since 1990. She received her Ph.D. in Ethnology, Americanistics, and History from the University of Bonn, Germany in 1982. Her research focuses on Latin American history with an emphasis on Andean history, life of women, and indigenous populations and slaves.



Martha Lampland

Department of Sociology, UCSD



Martha Lampland received her B.A. (summa cum laude) and M.A. from the University of Minnesota, and her Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Chicago. Her specialties include: political economy, history, feminist theory, science studies, social theory, and the symbolic analysis of complex societies. Her book, entitled The Object of Labor: Commodification in Socialist Hungary, analyzes the collectivization of agriculture in Hungary and its social consequences. Other projects include a study of nineteenth century agrarian history in Hungary, analysis of gender images of the Hungarian nation in the nineteenth century, and patterns of Hungarian historical consciousness and revolution in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. She is now starting a project on scientific management in Hungary during the capitalist and socialist periods (1940s-1960s). Lampland is a core faculty member of the Science Studies program.



David Schkade

Associate Dean, UCSD Rady School of Management
Jerome Katzin Endowed Chair
Professor of Management and Strategy



The primary focus of Professor Schkade’s research is on the psychology of judgment and decision making, and how decision making can be improved. His scholarly work includes over 60 published papers and two books, including his most recent, "Are Judges Political? An Empirical Analysis of the Federal Judiciary." He has studied several public policy issues, including how jurors make punitive damage decisions, the effect of ideology on the decisions of federal appellate judges, environmental resource valuation, valuation of health effects for cost-benefit analysis and why people choose to become organ donors.

He has also served on committees of the National Academy of Sciences, most recently on organ donation, and on cost-effectiveness of federal health-related policies, programs and regulations.

His work has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Hewlett Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Electric Power Research Institute, Exxon and IBM. He teaches negotiation, decision analysis, organizational behavior, managerial decision making, statistics, and research methods. He serves or has served on the editorial boards of several major journals, and on review panels of the National Science Foundation and the Environmental Protection Agency.

He won both the top research and MBA teaching awards at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas, and was selected to Who’s Who in Economics 1990-2000. His research on punitive damages has been cited in numerous court cases, including opinions by the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals and the California State Supreme Court. His editorials, quotations and references to his work have appeared in numerous media outlets, among them the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Financial Times, LA Times, Dallas Morning News, Time Magazine, CNN, UPI, Reuters, ABC, CBS, NBC, NPR, and BBC. 

News and Events

Gender Bias in Teaching Evaluations

A recent study by Lillian MacNell, Adam Driscoll, and Andrea N. Hunt has demonstrated that students tend to rate instructors they believe to be male more highly than those they believe to be female, regardless of their actual sex. InsideHigherEd features a summary of the experiment and findings.

Thinking Gender Graduate Conference

The UCLA Center for the Study of Women will host Thinking Gender 2015: 25th Annual Graduate Student Research Conference on April 23 and 24, 2015. Find more information here.

Grant Awarded for U.S./Norway Comparative Study on Gender and Work

In 2014, Senior Academic Affiliate Sigtona Halrynjo and colleagues at the Institute for Social Research (ISF) in Oslo received funding from the Research Council of Norway for a large, multi-year project entitled, “Gender Segregation in the Labour Market: Comparative Perspectives and Welfare State Challenges." Mary Blair-Loy will take the lead on a U.S. comparison for a sub-part of this project. The subproject, “Cracks in the glass ceiling? Female career patterns in the United States and Norway,” will compare women executives’ career paths in the two countries. 

Little Change in the Gender Wage Gap

September 2014 Census Bureau data indicates that in 2013 full-time, year-round working women earned 78% of the pay of their male counterparts. This gender wage gap has remained consistent since 2007. Although factors such as hours worked, educational differences, and job type account for some of this pay difference, 10-40% of the gender wage gap is unexplained. The Center for American Progress recommends seven steps to reduce the gap, including raising the minimum wage, supporting pay transparency, and passing sick days legislation.

Project PAINT: The Prison Arts INiTiative

CRGP Graduate Fellow Laura Pecenco's dissertation, entitled "Paint in the Can: Creating Art and Gender in Prison," is a multi-method analysis of the diverse ways in which gender is performed by men in prison art programs. As part of her dissertation research, Pecenco founded Project PAINT: The Prison Arts INiTiative, a visual arts program at the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility. Her program has recently been featured in the San Diego Union-Tribune, as the cover story of San Diego CityBeat, and on both Midday Edition and Evening Edition of KPBS. Project PAINT has also now received funding from a partnership of the California Arts Council and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to expand programming.






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