Litt, Jacquelyn

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Email: drcdean@echo.rutgers.edu 

Tel: 848-932-2900

 Office: DRC - College Hall

 

 

Education

Ph.D. in Sociology, University of Pennsylvania

M.A. in Sociology, University of Pennsylvania

B.A. in Sociology, William Smith College

Research Interests

Medicalized Motherhood: Perspectives from the Lives of African-American and Jewish Women, Global Dimensions of Gender and Carework, Women of Katrina: Crossing Borders, Weaving Networks, and Taking Care, Inequality.

Biographical Notes

Jacquelyn Litt joined Rutgers University in 2010 to serve as Dean of Douglass Residential College and the Douglass Campus and Professor in Women’s and Gender Studies and Sociology. Dr. Litt has a distinguished record of scholarship, teaching, and administrative service that focuses on women's issues. She comes to Rutgers from the University of Missouri where she was founding chair of Women's and Gender Studies. Prior to her tenure at Missouri, Litt directed Women's Studies programs at Iowa State University and Allegheny College. At Iowa State, Professor Litt earned the Distinguished Faculty Award from the Iowa chapter of the American Association of University Women for exemplary contributions toward gender equity in education. She also received Iowa State's Early Excellence in Teaching and Master Teacher in Multicultural Education awards.

As the principal investigator for the National Science Foundation ADVANCE grant at the University Missouri, Dr. Litt has been responsible for establishing practices to promote gender equity in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, as well as developing university programs for women in senior faculty positions in STEM. Dean Litt has held many leadership positions to support women faculty and earned the "Distinguished Faculty Award" from the American Association of University Women-Iowa Chapter for her distinguished contribution toward gender equity in education. She is a national expert on faculty mentoring and consults on mentoring program development around the country. Dean Litt has won numerous teaching awards, including "Master Teacher in Multi-cultural Education."

The American Sociological Association awarded Dr. Litt the "Outstanding Achievement in Scholarship" award on race, class and gender for her book Medicalized Motherhood: Perspectives from the Lives of African-American and Jewish Women. Professor Litt also is the co-author of Global Dimensions of Gender and Carework. She is currently writing a book, Women of Katrina: Crossing Borders, Weaving Networks, and Taking Care which documents the strategies of survival women took to disaster recovery in the Katrina Diaspora. Her primary research has been on motherhood, carework, and inequality.

Read excerpt from Rutgers Today, Rutgers Appoints New Dean of Douglass Residential College and the Douglass Campus, June 24, 2010.

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