Office Hours

9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Shulamit Reinharz, Founding Director

Shulamit Reinharz was born in Amsterdam, Netherlands, grew up in New Jersey, received her B.A. in sociology from Barnard College (1967) and her Ph.D. from Brandeis University (1977).
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Olivia Sederlund, Assistant to Shulamit Reinharz, National Coordinator for HBI Conversations

Olivia Sederlund is the assistant to Shulamit Reinharz. In addition to providing administrative support for the director, Olivia serves as the National Coordinator for HBI Conversations, a book and author series.

Rosa Di Virgilio Taormina, Scholars Program Assistant Director and Board Coordinator

Rosa Di Virgilio Taormina, Assistant Director of the Scholars Program, oversees all aspects of the Scholars Program: admissions, website, lecture series, and various program publications, including this guide. She is also the coordinator of the National Board of Directors. Rosa received her B.A. in Social Science with a minor in Italian from Providence College and her Juris Doctorate from the Massachusetts School of Law with a concentration in litigation. She is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Project and Program Management from Brandeis University. When not at the WSRC, she enjoys time with her husband, daughters and Boston Terrier named Liz Lemon. In her free time, she runs her own business where she designs and sells fashion accessories for women and kids (

Sarah JM Hough, Associate Director, WSRC

Sarah Hough, Associate Director, administers various aspects of the Women’s Studies Research Center and its programs, and coordinates use of the WSRC building by the programs housed within it as well as by external organizations and individuals. Additionally, she oversees the use of the WSRC’s space and equipment, manages the building operations, and acts as the budget manager for the center and all of its internal programs. Sarah received her B.A. in Legal Studies and B.A. in Classical Studies from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a Master of Science in Project and Program Management from Brandeis University.

Susan Metrican, Rosalie and Jim Shane Curator and Director of the Arts

Susan Metrican, Curator & Director of the Arts, oversees the arts program at the Women’s Studies Research Center through developing exhibitions for the Kniznick Gallery and creating educational programs to enhance exhibitions. Susan is a co-founder of kijidome, an experimental project space and collaborative based in Boston’s South End. Aside from curating exhibitions at the WSRC and kijidome, she maintains a studio practice and has exhibited her work nationally and throughout the Boston area.  She holds a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and an MFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design.   

Kristen Mullin, Student Scholar Partnership Program Coordinator

Kristen Mullin is the part-time Program Coordinator for the Student-Scholar Partnership (SSP), a unique mentoring program run through the Women’s Studies Research Center. Kristen facilitates the recruitment and hiring of undergraduate student research assistants to work on a diverse array of projects proposed by WSRC Scholars and Faculty each semester. Kristen earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts from Framingham State University, with a Minor in Business Administration. She also has a Master of Science in Human Resources from Suffolk University.

Abby Rosenberg, Librarian

Abby serves as librarian to the WSRC\HBI scholars, staff and students. She received a Bachelor of Arts from Alfred University; a Master of Arts in American history from the University of Delaware; and a Master of Library Science from the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Simmons College.