Amy Rutstein-Riley, PhD, MPH, is the Interim Dean of the Graduate School of Education, Associate Professor of Sociology, and Principal Investigator of The Girlhood Project (TGP) at Lesley University in Cambridge Massachusetts. Amy teaches courses in girls’ and women’s studies, sociology, qualitative research methods, and adult learning and development. She is the Co-chair of the Women’s Studies Steering Committee and Women’s Center where she has initiated programming focused on women’s health, sexual assault prevention, and most recently, a leadership enrichment and development study group for core women faculty.
The work closest to Amy’s heart is The Girlhood Project, a multilayered community-based service learning and research program focused on the exploration of intersectional girlhoods in the context of intergenerational feminist girls’ groups. As TGP enters its 10th year, Amy has mentored over 170 undergraduate and graduate students and is currently writing about the emerging girlhood scholar model, a central component of TGP. Amy can be found presenting locally, nationally and internationally about this unique program. Amy’s current research areas include girls’ and emerging adult women’s health and identity development, relationship-centered teaching and mentoring, feminist pedagogy, and leadership development of women faculty. Throughout all academic and professional roles, training and opportunities, it is the relationship between feminist theory, pedagogy, and praxis that is the essence of Amy’s work with her students and faculty peers.