Our Graduates in Gender Studies

New College is proud of our many Gender Studies graduates. Here is a look at what some of them are currently up to:

Amy Laitinen, ’97, is deputy director for higher education at the New America Foundation. Prior to joining New America, she was a senior policy analyst for higher education at Education Sector, a nonpartisan education think tank in Washington, D.C., where she focused on student financial aid and federal higher education tax policy. Laitinen previously served as a policy advisor to the undersecretary and assistant secretary for vocational and adult education at the U.S. Department of Education where she was responsible for developing policy and budget proposals for postsecondary education, adult and workforce education, and interagency policy. She also led policy design efforts for President Obama's proposed $12-billion American Graduation Initiative and served as a policy advisor in the White House, where she helped plan the White House Community College Summit.

Jennifer Glass is the Barbara Bush Professor of Liberal Arts in the Department of Sociology and Research Associate in the Population Research Center at the University of Texas, Austin. She has published more than 50 articles and books on gender stratification in the labor force, mother’s employment and mental health, and religious conservatism and women’s economic attainment. She was elected vice president of the American Sociological Association. “New College really changed the trajectory of my life," she says. "I never would have gone to graduate school had it not been for my fantastic mentor, who encouraged me and pushed me through my thesis project (which, when I looked back on it a few years ago, was better than most of the M.A. theses my students are writing today!)”

Lauren O’Neill-Butler is a New York–based writer and the managing editor of Artforum.com. A frequent contributor to Artforum and to Artforum.com, she has also written for Art Lies, Bookforum.com, Paper Monument, and Time Out New York. She teaches at the Rhode Island School of Design and the School of Visual Arts, and has been a visiting critic at numerous institutions including Hunter College, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Parsons The New School for Design and PS 122 Gallery, New York.

Sarah Viren earned a master of fine arts in creative writing (nonfiction) in 2011 from the University of Iowa — College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. She received a Fulbright fellowship for 2011-12 for travel to Colombia with an English Teaching Assistantship grant.

Carly Earnshaw is a therapist and care manager at Edgewood Center for Children and Families. She holds a master's in clinical psychology from New College of California.

Kate Hubin Piliero is currently vice president of corporate communications at Lions Gate Films.

Sara Irwin is an ordained priest in the Episcopal Church with a degree in theology from General Theological Seminary in New York. She is rector of Christ Church in Waltham, Massachusetts.

Jana Daugherty is outreach and intake coordinator at Portland Community College.

Amy Murphy is a doctoral fellow at the University of Florida School of Teaching and Learning.

Laurie Sansbury holds a J.D. from University of Alabama Law School and is currently a Public Defender Corps Fellow in Shelby County, Tennessee, as part of a nationwide program for widespread justice reform.

Fiona Lewis is an author who writes LGBTQ erotic fiction under the pen name Fiona Zedde and was a finalist for the Lamda Award. Most recently she published a children’s book, Dreaming in Color. Her stories have appeared in numerous anthologies, including “From Where We Sit: Black Writers Write Black Youth.”

Craig Willse is assistant professor of cultural studies at George Mason University and co-editor of Beyond Biopolitics: Essays on the Governance of Life and Death. He previously taught at the College of Wooster, University of California at Riverside and both Macaulay Honors College and Hunter College of CUNY. He completed his Ph.D. in sociology at the City University of New York (CUNY).

Jason Jacobs is assistant professor of foreign languages at Roger Williams University in Providence, Rhode Island. He completed his Ph.D. in literature with a special focus on medieval French and Italian literatures and queer theory at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Kimberly Jean Kroflich works for the State Attorney’s office in Brevard County, Florida, with special emphasis on the legal needs of children.

Sofia Memon works for Community Legal Services in Philadelphia where she practices law in the areas of public benefits and language access.

Sample of Graduate Schools Attended by NCF Students in Gender Studies

• American University
• City University of New York (CUNY)
• Columbia College
• Florida International University
• New York University
• Rice University
• Rutgers
• University of Alabama Law School
• University of California, Berkeley
• University of California, Irvine
• University of California, Santa Cruz
• University of Florida
• University of Iowa


Our Gender Studies alums have gone on to careers as professors, physicians, founders and directors of nonprofits, attorneys, communications executives, public policy-makers, teachers, authors, filmmakers and more.

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