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Sarah Brown, PhD

Sarah Brown, PhD
Director of the Women’s Center

Sarah Brown (she/her) is the Director of the Women’s Center at Northwestern University, a unit that advocates for all staff, students, and faculty subject to gender-based oppression and provides educational programming for the university and broader community.

She is especially grateful to be a part of coalitional campus efforts, such as the Campus Coalition Against Sexual Violence organized by CARE, the Diversity Leaders Group, and the GSS Advisory Board. As a lecturer for Gender and Sexuality Studies she has taught Gender, Sexuality, and Health: Depression and Its Discontents and the Linzer Grant funded course on Disability Justice as Feminist Practice

Sarah received her PhD in American Studies from Brown University and holds a master’s degree in American Civilization from Brown, a master’s in Liberal Studies from the CUNY Graduate Center, and a BA from Brooklyn College. Her dissertation research examines conflicting narratives of emotional life and mental health in pop culture, literature, film, and the behavioral sciences between 1968 and 1995. Her article “Post Pharma Pedagogies: An Intertextual Feminist Approach to Teaching Depression and The Bell Jar” appeared in Women’s Studies in summer 2019. She has experience in service and community building as the founding organizer of the Feminist Science Studies Mellon Workshop Group at Brown University, the Graduate Parent Coordinator at the Sarah Doyle Center for Women and Gender, an Interdisciplinary Opportunity Fellow at the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage, a Graduate Community Fellow at Brown’s Graduate School, and a recipient of Brown’s Graduate Contribution to Community Life Award. She has taught in American Studies and English Departments at Brown and Brooklyn College and Gender and Sexuality Studies at Northwestern.