Working Group
Working Group

Agnes Bundy Scanlan ’79
Trustee Emerita
Agnes Bundy Scanlan is a senior adviser at Treliant Risk Advisors. She was the chief compliance officer at TD Bank and global chief privacy officer at TD Bank Group. She is co-vice chair of the American Bar Association's Committee on Corporate Compliance and serves on the boards of the International Association of Privacy Professionals and the Boston Children’s Museum. She is also on the advisory board of MassGeneral Hospital for Children.

Justin Cammy
Associate Professor of Jewish Studies and of Comparative Literature
Justin Cammy is associate professor of Jewish studies and a past director of Smith’s program in Middle East Studies. He sits on the advisory committee for the Lewis Global Studies Center and has thrice taken Smith students to Jerusalem to study its complex religious and political history.

Jennifer Chrisler ’92
Vice President of Alumnae Relations and Executive Director
of the Alumnae Association

Jennifer Chrisler is responsible for engaging alumnae through programs that reinforce Smith’s standing as a thought leader on global women’s issues. She works with administrative and academic offices, along with the Alumnae Association's board, to align alumnae programming with the college’s strategic objectives and to enhance alumnae professional and volunteer networks.

Ana Darrow ’15
Ana Ruffino Darrow is an American studies major with a focus on race, gender, disability and performance. She is particularly interested in considerations of space, power and embodiment, especially as they intersect with Palestinian politics, and the worlds of theatre and dance.

Rebecca Davidson ’16
Rebecca Davidson is an English major and study of women and gender minor. She is a former co-chair of PRISM: Queer Students of Color, and is a part of Peer Sexuality Educators and a newly formed disability advocacy group on campus. Davidson is interested in social justice activism and education, and making Smith a safer and more inclusive space for students with marginalized identities.

Yasmin Chin Eisenhauer ’94
Instructional Technologist
Yasmin Chin Eisenhauer works in Educational Technology Services, collaborating with faculty to redesign courses and launch projects that incorporate emerging technologies. She earned her bachelor’s in sociology from Smith and a master’s in educational communications and technology from New York University. She received Smith's Society Organized Against Racism Prize in 1994 and has served a term on the Alumnae Association board.

Ambreen Hai
Professor of English Language and Literature
Ambreen Hai is affiliated with the Study of Women and Gender and the South Asia Concentration. She teaches global postcolonial and diasporic literature in English, literature of the British Empire, literary theory and South Asia studies. In addition to her book, Making Words Matter: The Agency of Colonial and Postcolonial Literature, Hai has published scholarly articles on writers, including Salman Rushdie, Hanif Kureishi, Bapsi Sidhwa and Jhumpa Lahiri.

Andrea Hairston ’74
Louise Wolff Kahn 1931 Professor of Theatre and Professor
of Afro-American Studies

Andrea Hairston is a professor of theatre and serves as the chair of the Afro-American studies department. She is also a novelist, performer, playwright and artistic director of Chrysalis Theatre.

Zara Jamshed ’17
Zara Jamshed is an engineering student from New York City and one of three social justice and equity representatives for Wilson House. She has done peer-to-peer outreach at home and at Smith and is excited to collaborate with administrators on cultivating a safe and open campus.

Hye-Kyung Kang
Associate Professor of Social Work
Hye-Kyung Kang’s research focuses on social and mental health of immigrant communities, community organizing, cultural citizenship, and race and racism. She is interested in community capacity building through participatory research, and she teaches social justice-oriented clinical social work.

Marc Lendler
Professor of Government
Marc Lendler teaches American politics, including a course on the First Amendment. He has written articles on the Sedition Act of 1798, campus speech codes and the landmark case Gitlow v. New York, which found that states should be held to the same standards as the federal government in regulating speech.

Donna Lisker
Dean of the College and Vice President for Campus Life
Donna Lisker came to Smith in July 2014 after a 15-year career at Duke University, where she was the associate vice provost for undergraduate education. In 2004 she founded the Baldwin Scholars, Duke’s women’s leadership program, and served as its co-director until her departure. She was also a director of the Duke University Women’s Center, where she led undergraduate research for the Women’s Initiative.

Janis Luke ’17
Janis Luke was born and raised in Florida and now lives in Sessions House. She intends to fulfill the government and dance major requirements, while also working toward a Five College certificate in Arabic.

Alison Marsh ’17
Alison Marsh is a biology and dance double major and is co-president of the Smith College Republican Club. She is eager to help the Smith community discuss tough issues on campus in a way that fosters appreciation of differing opinions.

Sam Masinter
Director of College Relations
Sam Masinter joined Smith in 2011 to focus on strategic communications and public relations for the college. He represents Smith on the boards of New England Public Radio and the Northampton Business Improvement District. He was previously the assistant director of public affairs at Amherst College.

Calvin McFadden
Dean of the Sophomore Class and Ada Comstock Scholars
Calvin McFadden earned his bachelor’s in sociology from Bethune-Cookman University, a master of divinity degree in sociology of religion from the Interdenominational Theological Center/Gammon Seminary, and a doctorate in family and child sciences from Florida State University. Prior to Smith, he served as dean of behavioral and social sciences at a Massachusetts community college and was on the faculty at Springfield College, American International College, Florida State University and Florida A&M University.

Freda Raitelu AC
Freda Raitelu received her associate degree in liberal arts from LaGuardia Community College. She is majoring in history, with a focus on Africana studies, and she believes the study of history is necessary for examining such societal issues as the erosion of public education, intergenerational welfare dependency and mass incarceration. After Smith, Raitelu intends to pursue graduate studies, with the goal of becoming a public school educator.

Katherine Rowe
Provost and Dean of the Faculty; Working Group Chair
Katherine Rowe is Smith’s chief academic officer. She oversees the curriculum, supports faculty teaching and research, and chairs the Committee on Academic Priorities. Rowe came to Smith after 16 years as a member of the English faculty at Bryn Mawr, where she led curricular innovation and directed the Katharine Houghton Hepburn Center for leadership and public engagement. She is co-founder of Luminary Digital Media, which brings literary works to mobile devices.

Michael Thurston
Professor of English Language and Literature
Michael Thurston has taught at Smith since 2000. He is the director of the American Studies program and the author of three books and numerous articles and reviews. In 2010, Thurston won the Kathleen Compton Sherrerd ’54 and John J.F. Sherrerd Prize for Distinguished Teaching.

Nanci Young
College Archivist
Nanci Young has been the college archivist for more than 16 years. She documents the life of Smith by collecting, preserving and making accessible materials related to the college’s history. In addition to the Smith community, researchers include those with interests in local, regional, national and global issues. Young is a member of the Staff Council and looks forward to providing a staff voice in this group.

Hayley Spizz
Faculty Policies Specialist; Working Group staff support
Hayley Spizz works in the Office of the Provost/Dean of the Faculty, where she supports the Committee on Tenure and Promotion, administers faculty sabbaticals and leaves, and supports other faculty committees and projects. In 2010 she was trained as a facilitator as part of the Five College Intergroup Dialogue Initiative.