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Kathy Harrington Sullivan

Assistant Director, University of Illinois Systems Institute of Government and Public Affairs

Kathy Harrington Sullivan is the Assistant Director at the University of Illinois Systems Institute of Government and Public Affairs. In this role she is the director of the NEW Leadership Illinois program and the Douglas Award for Ethics in Government. She manages internal and external relations. Before coming to the university, Kathy worked in the


Emma Brick-Hezeau

NEW Leadership Research Aide, Newcomb Institute

Emma Brick-Hezeau earned a B.S. from Tulane University in Economics with a minor in Political Science and a B.A. in Linguistics from Tulane University. Emma joined Newcomb Institute as an NEW Leadership and Newcomb Scholars Research Aide in 2019. At Newcomb, Emma studies gender in higher education, American political leadership, and women’s history, connecting scholars


Aidan Smith, Ph.D.

Director of the Newcomb Scholars Program, Newcomb Institute

Aidan Smith is the Director of the Newcomb Scholars Program and teaches its first year seminar, The History and Philosophy of Higher Education: The Role of College Women. She earned her bachelor’s degree at Barnard College and holds a master’s degree in mass communication from the University of Florida. She completed her doctorate in American


Anna Mitchell Mahoney, Ph.D.

Director of Research and Administrative Assistant Professor of Women's Political Leadership, Newcomb Institute

Anna Mitchell Mahoney earned a B.A. from Loyola University in Mass Communications, a M.A. in Women’s Studies from the University of Alabama, and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Rutgers University. She joined Newcomb Institute as an Administrative Assistant Professor of Women’s Political Leadership in August 2014. In 2016, she became Director of Research for


Julie Henriquez Aldana, Ph.D.

Administrative Assistant Professor of Women’s Leadership and Director of Student Leadership and Engagement, Newcomb Institute

Julie Henriquez Aldana serves as an Administrative Assistant Professor of Women’s Leadership and Director of Student Leadership and Engagement for the Newcomb Institute.  She earned a B.S. in International Trade and Finance (2003), M.S. in Human Resource Education (2005), and a Ph.D. in Human Resource Education with a concentration in Human Resource and Leadership Development


Sally J. Kenney, Ph.D.

Executive Director, Newcomb Institute

Sally J. Kenney has served as director of the Newcomb Institute and held the Newcomb endowed chair since 2010. She is a faculty member in the Political Science Department and an affiliated faculty member in the law school. Her research interests include sexual assault on campus, women’s imprisonment, women and leadership, gender and judging, judicial


Claire Krafka

Alumnae in Residence, The Ohio State University

Claire Krafka (she/her) is a rising fourth-year at Ohio State University from Dayton, Ohio. She studies Strategic Communications and Public Management, Leadership, and Policy, with a minor in Campaigns and Elections studies. On-campus, she is the Director of Legislative Affairs for the Association of Big Ten Students, a member of the Undergraduate Student Government, an


Lauren Schueler

Director of N.E.W. Leadership and Civic Engagement, University of Oklahoma

Lauren Schueler is the director of N.E.W. Leadership and civic engagement at the Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center. She coordinates the N.E.W. (National Education for Women’s) Leadership program that seeks to address the historical under-representation of women in politics and public service, as well as civic engagement more broadly on campus. In addition,


Dr. Rachel Blum

Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Oklahoma

Rachel Blum is an Assistant Professor in the Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center and the Department of Political Science at the University of Oklahoma. She received her Ph.D. in 2016 from Georgetown University. Her research examines how political parties interact with and shape U.S. political institutions. She also specializes in political methodology, with


Sandra Miller

Program Assistant, The Ohio State University

Sandra Miller fosters community leadership as a Program Assistant for the Professional Development unit at the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at her alma mater, The Ohio State University. Sandra also has an Associate Degree in Digital Design and Graphics from Columbus State Community College and worked for Edible Columbus magazine and the Columbus