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

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 Brandeis University's Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism.

Lisa Button

Lisa Button is the Managing Editor at Brandeis University's Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism.

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.

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.

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.