Faculty Steering Committee

Nancy Cott, PhD

Nancy Cott is Jonathan Trumbull Professor of American History at Harvard University and Carl and Lily Pforzheimer Foundation Director of the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Cott taught at Yale University from 1975 to 2001, beginning as an assistant professor and departing as the Sterling Professor of History and American Studies. She was a founder of Yale’s women’s studies program in the late 1970s and chaired the program from 1980 to 1987. At Harvard, Cott teaches US history focusing on gender issues.

Cott’s books include The Bonds of Womanhood: “Woman’s Sphere” in New England, 1780–1835 (Yale University Press, 1977), The Grounding of Modern Feminism (Yale University Press, 1987), A Woman Making History: Mary Ritter Beard Through Her Letters (Yale University Press, 199l), and Public Vows: A History of Marriage and the Nation (Harvard University Press, 2000). Her articles have appeared in The American Historical Review, American Quarterly, Feminist Studies, Journal of American History, Journal of Social History, William and Mary Quarterly, The Yale Review, and Signs: A Journal of Women in Culture and Society.

Paula A. Johnson, MD, MPH

Dr. Paula A. Johnson is the Executive Director of the Connors Center for Women’s Health and Gender Biology and Chief of the Division of Women’s Health at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. An internationally recognized cardiologist, Dr. Johnson brings a broad range of experience as a physician, researcher and expert in public health and health policy to bear in the effort to transform the health of women. Her most recent work focuses on the impact of U.S. health care reform on women.

Dr. Johnson is a graduate of Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges, and received her MD and MPH degrees from Harvard. Dr. Johnson is the recipient of many awards recognizing her contributions in women’s and minority health and public health and is featured as a national leader in medicine by the National Library of Medicine.

Judith Palfrey, MD, FAAP

Dr. Palfrey is Director of the Childcare International Pediatric Center at Children’s Hospital Boston, Professor of Pediatrics at the Harvard Medical School, and Professor in the Department of Society, Human Development, and Health at the Harvard School of Public Health. She was Chief of the Division of General Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital for 25 years, and was the  2009-2010 President of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Dr. Palfrey is the author of five books, including Community Child Health (Praeger Press, 1994) and Child Health in America (Johns Hopkins Press, 2006).

Hashim Sarkis, PhD, DDes

Hashim Sarkis is the Aga Khan Professor of Landscape Architecture and Urbanism in Muslim Societies in the Department of Urban Planning and Design at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He teaches courses in the history and theory of architecture, and is a practicing architect working in Cambridge and Lebanon.

Dr. Sarkis is author of several books, including Circa 1958: Lebanon in the Pictures and Plans of Constantinos Doxiadis (Beirut: Dar Annahar, 2003), co-editor with Peter G. Rowe of Projecting Beirut (Munich: Prestel, 1998), editor of CASE: Le Corbusier’s Venice Hospital (Munich: Prestel, 2001), and executive editor of the CASE publication series (GSD/Prestel), a series on architecture and urban design published in collaboration with Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.