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An Expert on Gender Policies and Politics

Jyl Josephson served as the director of the Women’s and Gender Studies program at Rutgers University-Newark from 2004-2008.  She has both developed and taught courses in feminist theory and feminist methods; gender and public policy; gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender politics; political theory, public administration, public and social policy, and American politics, at the graduate and undergraduate levels.

But during the 2013-2014 academic year, Josephson was chosen for a very different position: Co-chair of the Rutgers University-Newark Strategic Planning Oversight Committee, which was charged with guiding a campuswide planning process to chart the future of the RU-Newark campus.  The committee’s charrette groups and town hall meetings, along with the Chancellor’s listening tour, provided the input that is the basis of RU-N’s strategic planning recommendations.

In 2011 Josephson was awarded a Fulbright grant to spend the spring semester at the University of Iceland in Reykjavík, the nation’s capital, to teach the Politics of Sexuality at the Centre for Women’s and Gender Research. During her time there, Josephson also studied Iceland’s gender policies and politics, and has continued to research gender equality policies in collaboration with Icelandic colleagues.