A Distinguished Team Advises WISC on Programs and Participants


A prestigious and diverse Academic Advisory Committee (AAC) counsels the Board of the Women’s International Study Center on its existing and future programs, and reviews potential Fellows and Scholars. The AAC members represent the four areas of interest to WISC. The members are:



Dr. Virginia Scharff

Associate Provost for Faculty Development, Distinguished Professor of History and the Director of the Center for the Southwest at the University of New Mexico. A highly respected authority on Southwest and women’s history, she is Women of the West chair at the Autry National Center in Los Angeles, and a Fellow of the Society of American Historians. She was President of the Western History Association for 2008.





Dr. Martha (Marni) Sandweiss

Marni is a professor of history at Princeton University. She received her PhD in history from Yale University and began her career as a photography curator at the Amon Carter Museum in Ft. Worth, Texas.

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She later taught American studies and history at Amherst College for twenty years before taking her post at Princeton. Marni consults broadly on issues relating to the use of visual images for historical research and teaching.





Dr. Elizabeth W. Hutchinson

Elizabeth is an Associate Professor of Art History at Barnard College, Columbia University. Her research centers on the role of visual and material culture in the interactions between the diverse cultural groups of the American west, using close visual analysis, feminist and postcolonial theory, and cultural history to interpret the contributions of art objects to current and historical cultural debates. She was one of the first academics to recognize the significance of the Acequia Madre House™ archives.





The Honorable Janice Lachance

Janice is the Chief Executive Officer of the Special Library Association and was a Cabinet level officer in the Clinton Administration as Director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. She is an attorney and, with her links to 9,000 special libraries around the globe, brings knowledge of library, archive and research practices.





Dr. Aline Coudouel

Aline brings international, academic and business perspectives to the WISC AAC as a lead economist with the World Bank, where she currently focuses on topics of social assistance, social insurance, and labor markets in Latin America and the Caribbean. Aline holds a PhD in Economics from the European University Institute in Italy.





Dr. Wendy Cunningham

Wendy adds to the AAC’s international and business perspective as the World Bank’s Sector Leader for Human Development for Mexico and Colombia. She managed the research agenda of the World Bank’s Caribbean Region’s Gender team for several years, focusing on labor supply decisions, informal labor markets, and household risk management. Her PhD is in labor economics from the University of Illinois.