Invited Guests and Media

Alison Bass

Alison BassAlison Bass is a Pulitzer Prize nominee and author of "Side Effects: A Prosecutor, a Whistleblower and a Bestselling Antidepressant on Trial," which won the NASW Science in Society Award for 2009. She was a longtime medical and science writer for The Boston Globe and has also written for The Miami Herald, Psychology Today and Technology Review, among other publications.

A series she wrote for The Boston Globe on psychiatry was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and she has received many other journalism awards. In 2007, she won a prestigious Alicia Patterson Fellowship for her book project. Bass teaches journalism at Mount Holyoke College and Brandeis University.

Lise Eliot

lise eliotLise Eliot is Associate Professor of Neuroscience at The Chicago Medical School of Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science. A Chicago native, she received an A.B. degree from Harvard University, a Ph.D. from Columbia University, and did post-doctoral research at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. In addition to teaching and writing, Dr. Eliot lectures widely on children’s brain and mental development. She lives in Lake Bluff, Illinois with her husband and their 15-year-old daughter and 13- and 10-year-old sons.

Cynthia Fuchs Epstein

cynthia epsteinCynthia Fuchs Epstein is Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She was President of the American Sociological Association in 2006 and President of the Eastern Sociological Society in 1983.She is a long time member of the Law & Society Association. She is known particularly for her studies of women in the legal profession. Her book, Women in Law (1981; Revised second edition, 1993) was one of the first to explore the subject. She is also known for her studies of glass ceiling issues (“Glass Ceilings and Open Doors: Women’s Advancement in the Legal Profession,” Fordham Law Review 1995) and part-time work (with Carroll Seron, Robert Sauté and Bonnie Oglensky, The Part-Time Paradox).She has had grants from the Atlantic Philanthropies, The Russell Sage Foundation, The Sloan Foundation, The Ford Foundation, The National Institutes of Mental Health, and the Professional Staff Congress of the City University as well as other agencies. Epstein has been a fellow of the Guggenheim Foundation, The Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences and the MacDowell Colony and has been a visiting professor at the Stanford Law School and Columbia Law School. She was Resident Scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation for six years. In addition, she was a White House appointee to the Committee on the Economic Role of Women to the Council of Economic Advisors and an advisor to the White House on Affirmative Action.

Epstein has been the chair of three sections of the ASA and on the Council of others including the Sociology of Law. In addition to the books noted above, Epstein’s publications include: Fighting for Time: Shifting Boundaries of Work and Social Life (Russell Sage, 2004; The Part-time Paradox: Time Norms, Professional Life, Family and Gender (Routledge, 1999); Deceptive Distinctions: Sex, Gender and the Social Order, (1988; Yale University Press), Access to Power: Cross National Studies of Women and Elites (1981); The Other Half: Roads to Women's Equality (1971); and Woman's Place: Options and Limits on Professional Careers (1970); as well as over 100 articles and book chapters. She is at work on a book about law students’ choice of careers in the public interest.

James Garbarino, Ph.D.

J GarbarinoDr. James Garbarino holds the Maude C. Clarke Chair in Humanistic Psychology and was the founding Director of the Center for the Human Rights of Children at Loyola University Chicago. Previously, he was Professor of Human Development at Cornell University, and from 1985-1994 he was President of the Erikson Institute for Advanced Study in Child Development. He earned his B.A. from St. Lawrence University in 1968, and his Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies from Cornell University in 1973. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association. Dr. Garbarino has served as consultant or advisor to a wide range of organizations, including the National Committee to Prevent Child Abuse, the National Institute for Mental Health, the American Medical Association, the National Black Child Development Institute, the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Advisory Board on Child Abuse and Neglect, and the FBI. In 1991 he undertook missions for UNICEF to assess the impact of the Gulf War upon children in Kuwait and Iraq, and has served as a consultant for programs serving Vietnamese, Bosnian and Croatian children.

Books he has authored or edited include: Children and the Dark Side of Human Experience: Confronting Global Realities and Rethinking Child Development (in press for 2008), See Jane Hit: Why Girls Are Growing More Violent and What We Can Do About It (2006), And Words Can Hurt Forever: How to Protect Adolescents from Bullying, Harassment, and Emotional Violence(2002), and many more.

Dr. Garbarino serves as a consultant to television, magazine, and newspaper reports on children and families, and in 1981, he received the Silver Award at the International Film and Television Festival of New York for co-authoring "Don't Get Stuck There: A Film on Adolescent Abuse." In 1985, he collaborated with John Merrow to produce "Assault on the Psyche," a videotaped program dealing with psychological abuse. He also serves as a scientific expert witness in criminal and civil cases involving issues of violence and children.

The National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect honored Dr. Garbarino in 1985 with its first C. Henry Kempe Award, in recognition of his efforts on behalf of abused and neglected children.

E. J. Graff

EJ GraffAs Associate Director and Senior Researcher, Graff is heading the Gender and Justice Project, where she is investigating and exposing some of the serious inequities, injustices, and human rights issues that confront many women. Since 2001, she has been a Resident Scholar at the Brandeis Women's Studies Research Center.

As an author and journalist, Graff has written widely about issues of marriage and family, women's lives, and the lives of lesbians, gay men, bisexual, and transgendered people. Her widely praised work is often cited in legal journals, reprinted for use in academic courses and textbooks, entered as courtroom exhibits, and quoted by government policymaking bodies.

In addition to having written two books, Graff is a contributor to Slate's XX Factor and to Her work has appeared in such publications as the New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, Boston Globe, Columbia Journalism Review, Los Angeles Times, Ms., The Nation, The New Republic,, Village Voice, Women's Review of Books, and in more than a dozen anthologies. As an expert in social policy, she has appeared in several documentaries; is regularly interviewed by public and commercial media outlets such as NPR, ABC, CBC, BBC, PBS, MTV, satellite radio, and cable news; and gives talks and engages in debates at universities, conventions, churches, synagogues, and other public forums, in the U.S. and abroad.

Graff's research and analysis have been furthered by prestigious fellowships and research awards. During the 2000-2001 academic year, she was a Liberal Arts Fellow in Law and Journalism at Harvard Law School, where she examined the intersection of law and social values. In 2001, she received The Nation Institute Investigative Fund Research Award to expose injustices based on gender identity and presentation. From 1997 to 1999, she was a Visiting Scholar at the Radcliffe Schlesinger Library, where she wrote her first book.

Robin Herman

Robin HermanRobin Herman is Assistant Dean for Research Communications at Harvard School of Public Health where she teaches a graduate course The Media and Health Communications: Practical Skills.

She is a former reporter for the New York Times and Washington Post and author of a history of science book, "Fusion: The Search for Endless Energy" (Cambridge University Press, 1990). She was a member of the first class of women at Princeton University.

In 1973 she was hired as the New York Times' first female sports reporter and became the first woman assigned as the beat reporter for a professional sports team (NHL - New York Islanders). In 1975, at the NHL's All Star game, she "broke the locker room barrier" to conduct post-game interviews with players. Her personal website is

Terry Ann Knopf

Terry Ann KnopfTerry Ann Knopf is a Lecturer at in the Journalism Dept. at Boston University, where she teaches courses in Arts Criticism and Media Criticism. Earlier, she worked as a TV critic for The Miami Herald and later at The Patriot Ledger. She was also a Boston Globe correspondent, specializing in the arts and media. Her articles on the media have appeared in Columbia Journalism Review, The New York Times, The Ladies Home Journal and Boston Magazine, and in numerous journals and anthologies.

A three-time winner for Best TV Critic in Boston Magazine's annual Best-of-Boston awards, she was also voted Best Columnist by the New England Women's Press Association and Best Columnist [second place] by the New England Press Association.

She also worked as the Media Relations Manager at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

Earlier in her career she was a Research Associate at Brandeis University's now-defunct Lemberg Center for the Study of Violence, where she authored numerous journal articles and the book Rumors, Race and Riots, which was re-published as a paperback in 2006.

Ruth Nemzoff

NemzoffRuth Nemzoff is a resident scholar at Brandeis University's Women's Studies Research Center and a former adjunct assistant Professor at Bentley University. Her academic training in American Studies at Barnard College, in counseling at Columbia University and in Social Policy at Harvard University is the foundation of this picture of the changing American family. She formerly held the position of Assistant Minority Leader of the New Hampshire Legislature and was New Hampshire's first female Deputy Commissioner of Health and Welfare. While serving as a visiting scholar at the Wellesley Center for Research, she wrote a historical analysis of the Changing Perceptions of Mothers of Children with Disabilities and has also published articles about environmental advertising and women in politics and about Jewish intermarriage.

Ruth has founded a nursery school, a counseling service and the National Women's Legislative Lobby. She has served on multiple boards, including New Hampshire's United Way and Boston's Jewish Family and Children's Services. She currently serves as chair of the Advisory Committee, Center for Women, Politics, and Public Policy and is on the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women.

Her first book is titled Don't Bite Your Tongue: How to Foster Rewarding Relationships with your Adult Children. Ruth has been speaking around the country on this compelling topic and has even brought these issues to an international audience. She and her husband, Harris Berman have four children and six grand children.

Judy Rakowsky

judyAs an award-winning journalist, Judy concentrated on legal issues and investigative reporting as a longtime staffer for the Providence Journal and Boston Globe. Now a regular correspondent for People Magazine, she also teaches journalism at Boston University, advises the student paper at Bentley University and does communications consulting while working on a memoir about her journey of self-discovery in Poland with a cousin who survived the Holocaust.

Kate Tuttle

tuttleKate Tuttle is a freelance writer and sometime editor, as well as an all-the-time mother to a teenaged girl and a three-year-old boy. her husband is a poet but she only writes nonfiction.

Her work life has zigged and zagged but the main themes have been writing on books, race and parenting. Beginning with a monthly column for the now-defunct Boston Book Review, she has commented on both fiction and nonfiction for more than a decade; and currently contribute reviews to the Boston Globe and Washington Post.

She was managing editor of the late great, for whom she wrote and edited everything from news analysis to arts reviews to interviews to essays both personal and political. She has also overseen large academic editorial projects including Encarta Africana and the African American National Biography, published by Oxford University Press.

As a freelancer, she has written on parenting for and is currently shopping for a parenting-related book proposal.