It is with great pleasure that I welcome you all back from what I hope was a delightful summer break. My first year at Northeastern was productive and exciting and I want to thank the faculty and administrators who helped make my transition to Northeastern such an easy one. WGSS continues to grow in ways that promise to enrich the intellectual and cultural climate here and in the broader Boston area.
First, let me welcome some new additions to our community. Claire Gardner – an undergraduate student minoring in WGSS and majoring in Sociology – has been working in the office this summer and will continue in the fall. She’s been a great help to me as we update the website, re-organize the office, and prepare for a new year.
After a rigorous search (with over 100 applicants!) we have hired a new Program Coordinator for WGSS! Kiki Samko has been working for the past 5 years at Tufts, where she was the Admin Assistant to the VP for Human Resources. She brings with her a wealth of robust administrative experience and a real excitement to help us build the Program. Kiki will start in mid-August and I hope all of us will help integrate her into the Northeastern community.
We also have a new visiting scholar with us this year: Phyllis Thompson is a Phd candidate in American Studies at Harvard and is due to defend her dissertation this fall. Her research - on Domestic Pleasures: Dreams of Joy and Fulfillment in American Home Life – promises to intersect nicely with WGSS faculty interests and we anticipate her full participation in our community this coming academic year. Keep on the lookout for more info on Phyllis and her work.
This past year brought numerous important changes to the program. Highlights include: