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The Global Women's Studies Executive Committee

Coordinator of Global Women's Studies:

Valerie Hegstrom, Associate Professor of Spanish Literature

Executive Committee of Global Women's Studies:

Kif Augustine-Adams, Professor of Law

Wendy Birmingham, Assistant Professor of Psychology

Rebecca de Schweinitz, Associate Professor of History

Roni Jo Draper, Professor of Teacher Education

Chad Emmett, Associate Professor of Geography

Connie Lamb, Global Women's Studies Senior Librarian

Brianna Magnusson, Associate Professor of Health Science

Marie Orton, Professor of Italian Language & Literature

Delys Snyder, Assistant Teaching Professor of English

Charlotte Stanford, Associate Teaching Professor of Comparative Arts & Letters



Kif Augustine-Adams
Professor of Law (801) 422-3712 | 428 JRCB

Kif Augustine-Adams is the Charles E. Jones Professor of Law and former Associate Dean for Research and Academic Affairs (January 2008 - July 2013) at the Law School.  She regularly teaches a feminist legal theory course at the law school.  During the 2013-2014 academic year, she was a Fulbright Distinguished Lecturer at Renmin University Law School in Beijing where she also taught feminist legal theory.


Wendy Birmingham
Assistant Professor of Psychology (801) 422-1648 | 1054 SWKT

Professor Birmingham's program of research is guided by previous research indicating that the quality and quantity of one’s social relationships are linked to lower morbidity and mortality and protect against the adverse effect of stress. Her research focuses on two pathways linking relationship quality and quantity to health outcomes: physiological pathways and behavioral pathways. In terms of examining physiological pathways, she is interested in how marital relationship quality and family processes can impact blood pressure, a predictor of cardiovascular disease risk. In terms of examining behavioral pathways, she is interested in how relationship processes such as relationship quality, familial support and influence, spousal support and influence, and patient-provider influence can impact behaviors such as cancer screening adherence (e.g., HPV vaccination adherence, colorectal cancer screening adherence, mammography adherence), and diet and lifestyle choices, specifically in individuals who are at increased risk for cancer due to a family history.  She also teaches the Introduction to Women's Studies course on occasion.

Rebecca de Schweinitz
Associate Professor of History (801) 422-1594 | 2162 JFSB

Dr. de Schweinitz received her PhD in History from the University of Virginia in 2004 where much of her graduate coursework focused on American women and gender history. After researching and writing about late-nineteenth, early-twentieth-century women’s history she began to think about how to use gender theory in the new field of children’s history. Her research on children and youth in the civil rights movement and on childhood, “family values,” and American slavery draws on her expertise in women and gender history. A new research project examines the movement to lower the voting age to 18 in the United States in a number of different contexts, including the modern feminist movement. She teaches U.S. Women’s History and a research and writing course on race and gender in twentieth century America. She has also mentored a number of student theses and independent research projects on women and gender history.


Chad Emmett

Associate Professor of Geography

Dr. Emmett is the newest member of the GWS Executive Committee.  He has served on the Board of Directors of the BYU-based WomanStats Project* since 2001. He has published articles on the status of women all over the globe. His article titled, "Female Genital Cutting and Mormons" can be found at:  Elder Holland has recenty spoken out against FGM. His speech can be referenced at the following link:

*Project Database — a multidisciplinary creation of a central repository for cross-national data and information on women available for use by academics, policy-makers, journalists, and all others. WomanStats is freely accessible online, thus facilitating worldwide scholarship on issues with gendered aspects. WomanStats contains over 260 variables for 174 countries and their attendant subnational divisions (where such information is available) and currently contains over 68,000 individual data points. WomanStats provides nuanced data on the situation and status of women internationally and in so doing facilitates the current trend to disaggregate analyses.
-The WomanStats Project Database: Advancing an Empirical Research Agenda. Available from:

Roni Jo Draper
Professor of Teacher Education (801) 422-4960 | 210-X MCKB

Dr. Draper received her PhD in Curriculum and Instruction: Literacy Studies, University of Nevada, Reno.  She has mentored countless aspiring influential teachers who perhaps could go on to prepare the next great mind who may change the world. Dr. Draper joins us on the Women's Studies Executive Committee.  She has teaching at BYU since May 2000. She has a passion for math and science education and creating welcoming schools. She exudes optimism.

Valerie Hegstrom
Associate Professor of Spanish Literature and Coordinator of Women's Studies (801) 422-3191 | 3148 JFSB

Valerie Hegstrom's research involves the recovery of Early Modern Spanish and Portuguese women authors and their works. She has published books and articles about Early Modern women playwrights and their theater, particularly María de Zayas and Angela de Azevedo. She is currently working on an edition of Bernarda Ferreira de Lacerda's volume of poetry Las soledades de Buçaco (1634), as well as a translation of poems, prose, theater, and letters by Soror Maria do Ceo.Hegstrom offers courses on Spanish women authors, including "Early Modern Women Writers" and "Convent Literature." She has mentored student performances of La muerte del apetito by Sor Marcela de san Félix (2008), El muerto disimulado by Angela de Azevedo (2004), "La fiestecilla del nacimiento" by Sor María de san Alberto (1994), and the Loa al Divino Narciso by Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz (1993). Additionally, she teaches "Introduction to Women's Studies" and supervises the "Women's Studies Colloquium."She is a founding member of GEMELA, Grupo de Estudios sobre la Mujer en España y las Américas (pre-1800). She has served as Coordinator of Women's Studies since February 2011.



Connie Lamb
Women's Studies Librarian  (801) 422-6196 | 1202 HBLL

Connie Lamb is currently the Anthropology, Middle East Studies and Women’s Studies Librarian at the Lee Library. In addition to her Master’s in Library Science, she holds Master’s degrees in biology, international relations, and anthropology. Connie’s major research interests  are Mormon women, Middle East women, and the anthropology of food.

Connie is active in several professional library and subject associations, and has served as the President of the BYU Faculty Women’s Association. She has published numerous articles and book reviews and has co-edited two book-length bibliographies. In her efforts to make women’s materials more accessible for researchers, she has developed the following electronic databases related to women: “Guide to Women’s Manuscript Collections”, “Women in the Middle East Bibliography”, the “Mormon Women’s Studies Resource” and “Index to the Relief Society Magazine”.



Brianna Magnusson 
Assistant Professor of Health Science (801) 422-3083 | 2050 LSB

Dr. Magnusson received her Bachelor of Science in Community Health Education from Brigham Young University (2002) and a Master of Public Health (2005) and Doctor of Philosophy in Epidemiology (2011) from Virginia Commonwealth University.  Her teaching and research interests include epidemiology & reproductive health with specific emphasis on social determinants of health, including the effect of social norms, residential segregation, family structure and childhood experiences on reproductive health. Magnusson joined the faculty at BYU in August 2011 in the Department Health Science, College of Life Sciences.



Marie Orton
Associate Professor of Italian Language & Literature | (801) 422-3389 | 3139 JFSB

Marie Orton completed her B.A. degree in Humanities at BYU, and her M.A. and PhD at the University of Chicago in Italian Language and Literature. Before joining the BYU faculty, she taught at Duke University, and Truman State University.
One area of her research deals with inscriptions of violence in autobiographical writings, and she has published multiple articles on Italian survivors of the Shoah, and members of the terrorist organization, the Brigate Rosse.
However, her major area of research focuses on the cultural ramifications of migration into Italy during the past two decades, particularly the use of humor by migrant authors to subvert negative social stereotypes about migration. She has published an anthology of writings by seventeen migrant authors, Multicultural Literature in Contemporary Italy, co-edited with Graziella Parati, and translated Alessandro Dal Lago’s study Non-Persons: The Exclusion of Migrants in a Global Society. Her chapter for International Migration Literature through the University of Vienna, as well as her translation of Edmondo DeAmicis’ novel Sull’Oceano are forthcoming in January, 2017. She is currently editing a pedagogical database for Language Tribe, based in Turin, and writing an article, “Female Voices of Migration,” to be included in a Festschrift in honor of Rebecca West.


Megan Sanborn Jones
Associate Chair of Theatre Arts Studies, Associate Professor of Theatre  (801) 422-1321 | F-366 HFAC

Megan Sanborn Jones is a Professor of Theatre and coordinates the Theatre Arts Studies BA program. Her scholarly area of research is religious performance in 19th-20th century America and has been published in Theatre Journal, The State of the Art, and Theatre Topics. Her first book, Performing American Identity in Anti-Mormon Melodrama from Routledge Press (2009) won the Mormon History Association Smith-Pettit Best First Book Award.  Her second book project is Walking with the Dead: Reanimating America in Mormon Pageant Performance. 

Megan is also a director/choreographer whose credits at BYU include Romeo and Juliet, Arabian Nights, and elementary school touring production of Henry V where Henry was played by a woman. Much of her scholarship deals with the representation of women on stage and screen. Her directing is particularly focused on women’s issues both in content (the plays she chooses to direct) and in form (how she chooses to direct them).


Delys Snyder
Assistant Teaching Professor of English (801) 422-3486 | 4110B JFSB

Dr. Snyder is a professor in the English Department at Brigham Young University and serves as the associate coordinator of University Writing.  She oversees the advanced writing taught in the English Department and Writing Across the Curriculum.  She trains graduate students to teach advanced writing, and she teaches advanced writing, especially Technical Communications.  She serves on the Women's Studies Executive Board, and teaches Introduction to Women's Studies.  She has published articles about style, espcially in the style of Cormac McCarthy, whose self-proclaimed influences include Shakespeare and Flannery O'Connor.

  • PhD, Instructional Psychology & Technology, Brigham Young University, 2007 
  • MA, English, Brigham Young University
  • BA summa cum laude, English, Brigham Young University


Charlotte Stanford
Associate Teaching Professor of Comparative Arts & Letters (801) 422-3486 | 4110B JFSB

Dr. Stanford is a humanities professor in the Comparative Arts & Letters Department at Brigham Young University.  Her research interests range from medieval architecture to commemorative practices for the dead, with a strong interest in the role of women as donors and creators of art. She regularly teaches IHUM 201 and IHUM 202 (a two-semester sequence for the General Education of History of Western Civilization) and enjoys highlighting the contributions of womens such as Marie de France, Artemesia Gentileschi and Clara Schumann into her survey courses. She has recently published The Building Accounts of the Savoy Hospital, London, 1505-1520, with Boydell Press (2015) and is currently continuing her research on the men and women in the building industry of early Tudor London. Professor Stanford is the current faculty advisor to Volume III of the Women's Studies Student Journal: A Woman's Experience.