Researchers and Journalists

Rosalind C. Barnett, Ph.D.

Roz BarnettRosalind Chait Barnett, Ph.D. is a Senior Scientist at the Women's Studies Research Center at Brandeis University and Executive Director of its Community, Families & Work Program. Alone and with others, she has published over 110 articles, 39 chapters, and six books.

"Same Difference: How Gender Myths are Hurting Our Relationships, Our Children and our Jobs," written with Caryl Rivers, was published in paperback in 2004 by Basic Books. She and Caryl are working on a new book, "The Truth About Boys and Girls." Her articles have appeared both in academic journals and in such general publications as The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, McCalls , Self, and Working Woman.

Barnett's major current research interests are in:

  1. employees' concerns about adult elders and relatives for whom they have responsibility and employees' own well-being and job performance outcomes;
  2. linkages between utilization of workplace flexibility policies and employees' health;
  3. and associations between having a materially dependent young adult child and parents' own mental health.

Barnett is the recipient of several national and international awards, including being recipient of the One of the Top Five Downloaded Articles in Blackwell Synergy in 2005 Award, the American Personnel and Guidance Association's Annual Award for Outstanding Research, the Radcliffe College Graduate Society's Distinguished Achievement Medal and Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government's 1999 Goldsmith Research Award. A 1997 journal article co-authored with Robert Brennan received the "best paper" of 1997 award from the Journal of Organizational Behavior.

Ruth Nemzoff


Ruth 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 and the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women. She currently serves on the Advisory Committee, Center for Women, Politics, and Public Policy 

Her first book is titled Don't Bite Your Tongue: How to Foster Rewarding Relationships with your Adult Children. Her second book is Don't Bite Your Tongue: Making In-laws into family. Ruth has been speaking around the country on these compelling topics and has even brought these issues to an international audience. She and her husband, Harris Berman have four children, four in-law children and eight grand children.

Deirdre Bannon

Deirdre Bannon is the Associate Editor at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University. She oversees one of the Institute's investigations, coordinating a team of student researchers and visiting scholars.
Prior joining the institute in March 2016, Deirdre was a staff reporter at a Washington, D.C. local newspaper, The Current, where she covered city government and public schools, along with human interest feature stories. Her freelance work focused on social and criminal justice as well as implementation of the Violence Against Women Act.
Deirdre earned her master's degree in journalism from Georgetown University, and is co-captain of the Boston region's Journalism & Women Symposium (JAWS) organization. She received a silver award for magazine writing for a story she did on international shipping container theft and was selected as a JAWS fellow in 2015.

Lisa Button

Lisa Button joined the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University as managing editor in February 2015. At the Institute, she provides editing, writing and reporting support on investigative projects, publications and websites, works to develop the community of senior fellows and oversees their Brandeis student research assistants.

Before coming to Brandeis, Button taught journalism at the University of Arizona. She also launched the School of Journalism’s internship program and initiated and led the school's study abroad program in Costa Rica. Early in her career she founded, published and edited a community newspaper focusing on children and families. Button holds a master's degree in journalism from the University of Arizona. She grew up in a bilingual household and speaks Spanish fluently. 

She was selected as a fellow for the National Press Foundation Cancer Issues 2012 program and the following year was selected to participate in the Dow Jones Multimedia Journalism Training Academy. From 2009 through 2011 she directed the UA School of Journalism Diversity Workshop for Arizona High School Students, which was honored with the 2010 Robert P. Knight Multicultural Recruitment Award. She was a Knight Fellow at the Harvard University Media and American Democracy Institute in 2002. She has worked as a freelance writer, copy editor and translator.

Florence George Graves

Florence GravesFlorence George Graves is the Founding Director of Brandeis University's Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism, where a staff of journalists do major investigative projects on issues related to political and social justice. The Institute, the first investigative reporting center based at a university, involves students as research assistants, giving them a unique opportunity. As an investigative reporter and magazine editor, Ms. Graves's work has focused on exposing political, government and corporate abuses of power, particularly in Washington, and led to a number of congressional hearings, government probes and several reforms in public policies.

Working as an investigative reporter for The Washington Post, she broke the story exposing sexual misconduct allegations about Senator Bob Packwood of Oregon, which led to his resignation. She founded the national political and investigative journal, Common Cause Magazine. Her work has been recognized nationally and she is a recipient of many awards, including the Investigative Reporters and Editors Award. She is also a recipient of the National Magazine Award for General Excellence, which honors the editing and overall presentation, content and design of a magazine. For six years she taught students how to create and edit magazines at George Washington University.

Tate Herbert

Tate Herbert is the Assistant editor Brandeis University's Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism.

Terry Ann Knopf

Terry Ann Knopf

Terry Ann Knopf has worked as a TV critic for the Miami Herald and the Patriot Ledger, and was also a Boston Globe correspondent specializing in television. Her freelance pieces have appeared inColumbia Journalism Review, the New York TimesBoston magazine, and in numerous scholarly journals. 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. Most recently, she is the author of the 2017 book called The Golden Age of Boston Television.

Patrice Oppliger

Patricia OppligerDr. Oppliger teaches mass communication theory and research methods at Boston University. She is particularly interested in persuasion and mass media effects theories. Oppliger’s research focuses on the influence of the media and popular culture on adolescents’ development, using a variety of qualitative and quantitative research methods. She has published two books: Wrestling and Hypermasculinity (2004) and Girls Gone Skank: The Sexualization of Girls in American Culture (2008). She has also published articles and book chapters on humor and is an active member of the International Society for Humor Studies.

Juliet Pennington

Professor Donohue is an award-winning public radio producer and editor. She was the special projects editor at Monitor for five years, and has also been a contributor to NPR, the BBC, WGBH, WBUR and other public radio programs, winning the prestigious duPont-Columbia Award for The DNA Files on NPR. She has a special interest in international news, politics and health and has reported from China, Egypt, Japan, Indonesia and throughout the United States. She has won numerous journalism awards for productions on women and AIDS, population and women’s reproductive health, and treatment of women and girls in the developing world. Prior to her work in public radio, Donohue was a writer and producer in commercial television news at ABC News in Washington and the CBS affiliate in Boston.

In 2008, Donohue was a Fulbright Scholar in Beijing, teaching journalism at Renmin (People’s) University. Donohue remained in Beijing and filed radio reports for several public radio outlets during the run up to the Olympics as well as assisting NBC News during the Olympics. She is the author of a chapter in From Home to Homeland, published in 2010.

Caryl Rivers

Caryl RiversCaryl Rivers is the 2007 winner of the Helen Thomas Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of professional Journalists. She is a nationally known author, journalist, columnist, media critic and professor of journalism at Boston University, and has been reporting about — and commenting on — American life and politics for four decades.

As a Washington newspaper correspondent, she wrote on the Vietnam debate, the women’s movement, the rise of the political right, the battles over political correctness and the divides over race, class and gender that have often convulsed the nation for U.S. newspapers and magazines. Her books have been selections of the Literary Guild, Book of the Month, Doubleday book Club and Troll Book Club.

Rivers’ commentaries appear widely in the media. She blogs regularly on media and politics for Huffington Post, she is a regular commentator for the award winning website Women’s e news and her opeds have appeared in many national publications.

Teaming up with Brandeis Senior Scientist Dr. Rosalind Barnett, she has co-authored a series of award- winning books on the behavioral sciences that debunk myths about women, men and society.

Heather Unruh

Heather Unruh

Heather Unruh is an accomplished 4 time EMMY award-winning writer/producer and broadcast journalist with 27 years of broadcasting experience.  She left her job as a longtime Boston news anchor in October 2016 in search of more impactful storytelling.  Heather has earned tremendous recognition in her career in television news.  Her accomplishments include multiple Edward R. Murrow Awards, the top national recognition from the American Women in Radio and Television, the “Grand Gracie” for excellence in reporting, the Clarion Award from Women in Communications, the American Cancer Society’s Sword of Hope Award and the Global Lung Cancer Coalition Excellence in Journalism Award.  She is currently pursuing a career in documentary filmmaking.