Women’s Residential College (Hobart House)

Jim O'Laughlin, Faculty Chair

Jim O'Laughlin, Faculty Chair

Tahera Ahmad, Associate Chair

Tahera Ahmad, Associate Chair

Moira Kyweluk, Assistant Chair

Moira Kyweluk, Assistant Chair

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College Staff

  • Faculty Chair: Jim O'Laughlin, Writing Program
  • Associate Chair: Tahera Ahmad, University Chaplain Office
  • Assistant Chair: Moira Kyweluk, Anthropology

Faculty Chair's Welcome

Welcome to Hobart, the Women’s Residential College!  Hobart has a long tradition as a space where women from many different backgrounds and with many different academic interests have flourished at Northwestern.  I know this partly first-hand, because I’ve been affiliated with Hobart, either as a fellow or as a member of the Chair staff, for over fifteen years. 

Hobart is a small Residential College (49 residents), ideal for developing a strong sense of community.  I’m committed to helping you all create that community.  Like the other chair staff, Associate Chair Tahera Ahmad (Associate Chaplain for Interfaith Religions), and Assistant Chair Moira Kyweluk (a fourth-year graduate student in Anthropology), I don’t live at Hobart, but we three participate in the ongoing life of the College in various ways, from weekly student exec board meetings to regular fellows lunches to other events over the course of the year.

Our executive board members program events and activities throughout the academic year for you to take part in.  Because Hobart is part of the Residential College system, you’ll also have an opportunity this year to participate in cross-college trips, whether it’s to the Shedd Aquarium (this fall quarter) or Wicked (this winter quarter) or possibly to the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre or a bike tour of Chicago.

One of the great benefits of being part of a Residential College is that you’re automatically connected to an affiliated group of faculty and staff fellows from across the university.  At Hobart we have many fellows who return for more than one year, and we currently have a few who have been with Hobart for over twenty years!  That speaks not only to their commitment but to how much they’ve come to enjoy talking with all of you and being part of the Hobart community.  A regular part of that happens at the fellows lunches in the Hobart dining room, where you can talk about your classes (and the classes fellows are teaching) or anything that is on your mind.  It’s casual but a great opportunity to learn and share perspectives.  Over the years, I can count among the best conversations I’ve had at Northwestern the ones I’ve had with students and fellows at these lunches—discussions of books and movies, thoughtful engagement with issues on campus and beyond, and many, many laughs.


Women’s Residential College Fellows and Graduate Associates

Name Position Department
Stephanie Brehm Program Coordinator Graduate School Administration
Jeanine Casler Lecturer Writing Program
Nancy Cunniff Director One Book One Northwestern 
Jillana Enteen Associate Professor of Instruction Gender and Sexuality Studies Program
Mary Finn Associate Dean Undergrad Academic Affairs WCAS Administration
Marcia Gealy Associate Professor of Instruction Writing Program
Jeanne Herrick Senior Lecturer Writing Program
Penny Hirsch Professor of Instruction Writing Program
Njoki Kamau Associate Director Women’s Center
Ann Marshall Associate Director for Undergraduate Academic Affairs WCAS Administration
Lynn Meissner Graduate Associate
Caitlin Monroe Graduate Associate History
Fran Paden Distinguished Senior Lecturer Emeritus Writing Program
William Paden Professor Emeritus French & Italian
Laura Panko Assistant Professor of Instruction Biological Science
Monica Russel y Rodriguez Associate Dean WCAS Administration
Mark Sheldon Assistant Dean WCAS Admin
Billy Siegenfeld Professor Dance
Constance Wright Assistant Dean Academic Standing WCAS Administration
Charles Yarnoff Associate Professor of Instruction Writing Program