Office Hours

9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Karen V. Hansen, Director

Karen V. Hansen, Professor of Sociology and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Brandeis leads the Women’s Studies Research Center. Provost Lisa Lynch appointed Professor Hansen in June of 2018, saying “Her scholarship and teaching on the sociology of gender, class, race and ethnicity and her commitment to knowledge advancing positive change for women and their families makes her the ideal person to lead the WSRC in this next phase of its development.” Professor Hansen served as department chair in Sociology from 2007-2012 and more recently in 2016-2018. Her research has focused on the intersection of kinship, community and inequalities and has been supported in recent years by the Guggenheim Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities the Alfred P. Sloan foundation and the Swedish Fulbright Commission. Professor Hansen holds a BA and MA from the University of California at Santa Barbara and her PhD from the University of California at Berkeley

Catherine Longwell, Assistant Director

Catherine Longwell is the Assistant Director of the WSRC and is responsible for executing the vision and mission set by Professor Hansen. Working closely with the National Board of Advisors, Catherine Longwell delivers content and events designed to engage and inspire WSRC leadership. She has responsibility for the financial sustainability of the WSRC and it’s related research projects, including fundraising. To this role, she brings both business and non-profit experience: marketing at Microsoft in the 90s to service a director at the Acton-Boxborough United Way from 2009-2017. Her BA is from Fairfield University in Economics.


Aina Lagor, Programs Coordinator

Aina Lagor manages programming at the WSRC. She produces the lecture series, print and online publications for the scholars program, and manages the research program, as well as all infrastructure including admissions and renewal. Her focus on marketing allows the research and art produced at the WSRC to reach a broad audience, both on campus and in the broader community. Aina Lagor holds a MS in Arts and Media Management from Johannes Kepler University Linz in Europe.

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

Susan Metrican, WSRC Curator oversees the arts program developing exhibitions for the Kniznick Gallery and creating educational programs to enhance exhibitions. She 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, Susan Metrican 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 manages all aspects of the WSRC Student Scholar Partnership (SSP), an innovative program matching Brandeis students with WSRC Scholars for mentoring and internships. She serves as the key point of contact, advice and support to the SSP pair during the student mentor experience. As a long time Brandeis staff member, Kristen Mullin provides direction and perspective on the history of the WSRC. She holds a MS in Human Resources from Suffolk University

Abby Rosenberg, Librarian

The WSRC is fortunate to have the professional services of Abby Rosenberg on hand to navigate online and physical library resources as well as to create and maintain an archive of work. Her role as Librarian serves scholars, students and staff. She holds a Masters in Library Science from Simmons University.