Ann RUSSO – Professor and Director of The Women’s Center, DePaul University
Ann Russo is the Director of the Women’s Center and a Professor in the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies. Her scholarship, teaching, and organizing focus on queer, antiracist, and feminist movement building to end violence and to build socially just and caring communities. Integral to her work is exploring the praxis of building alliances and coalitions for social change.
Her most recent book Feminist Accountability: Disrupting Violence and Transforming Power explores ideas and practices central to feminist anti-racist work, community accountability and transformative justice abolitionist organizing, and U.S-based feminist anti-imperialist efforts to address violence in the global south. The book shares approaches and practices that cultivate communal healing, intervention, accountability and transformation in response to systemic intimate, interpersonal and state violence. She weaves the concept of accountability throughout the book and approaches it as a set of everyday practices that contribute to the feminist work of transforming oppression and violence, rather than reproducing them.
Dana WEISER – Chair, Associate Professor, Human Development and Family Sciences, Texas Tech University
Dana’s program of research mainly focuses on how family experiences shape adults’ relationship experiences and sexual behaviors. Dana explores how parents communicate and model behaviors which later influence individuals as they enter their own relationships and become sexually active. Dana studies how and what families teach us about infidelity, sexual health, and sexual violence as well as predictors of and reactions to infidelity. Dana also examines the role of self-efficacy in personal relationships and along with colleagues developed the Self-Efficacy in Romantic Relationships (SERR) measure. Dana utilizes a variety of perspectives, including feminist theories and social cognitive theory. Dana is an active faculty affiliate in the Women’s and Gender Studies program.