The Girl w/ Pen team is made up of our current editors, regular columnists, and contributing writers. To find out more about each member of our team, click on any linked name to see a full bio. If you’d like to join our team, please see “Submit Your Ink.”

Founding Editor

 Deborah Siegel

DSC_0046+med_rDeborah Siegel, PhD is an expert on gender, politics, and the unfinished business of feminism across generations. She is the author of Sisterhood, Interrupted: From Radical Women to Grrls Gone Wild (Palgrave), co-editor of the literary anthology Only Child (Random House), co-founder of both the webjournal The Scholar & Feminist Online and the popular website, and a collaborateur with The OpEd Project.

Managing Editor

Kyla Bender-Baird

img_7620Kyla Bender-Baird, author of Transgender Employment Experiences: Gendered Perceptions and the Law, is a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center. She holds an M.S. in Women’s Studies from Towson University and a B.A. in Sociology from Principia College.  Kyla specializes in gender, sexuality, law and society, and medical sociology.


Susan Bailey

Susan served as Executive Director of the Wellesley Centers for Women (WCW) and a Professor of Women’s & Gender Studies and Education at Wellesley College for 25 years (1985-2011). Following college she taught in Asia, Latin America and the United States; experiences that fostered her commitment to gender equitable education as a cornerstone of active citizenship. As the principal author of the 1992 AAUW Report: How Schools Shortchange Girls, her insights fostered national public dialog on gender in K-12 education.

Tristan Bridges

Tristan BridgesTristan Bridges is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at The College at Brockport, State University of New York. He received a B.A. in Sociology from Colorado College in 2003 and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University Virginia in 2011.  Tristan is also a book review editor at Men & Masculinities and currently serves on the editorial boards of both Gender & Society as well as Men & Masculinities.  He teaches courses on gender, masculinities, sexuality, family, as well as introductory courses in sociology.

Kelsy Burke

KelsyBurke.SpringHeadshotKelsy Burke is a sociologist researching sexuality, gender, and Christianity in contemporary America, paying special attention to how digital media shape religious culture and politics. Her first book is Christians Under Covers: Evangelicals and Sexual Pleasure on the Internet (2016, University of California Press). She is an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Nebraska Lincoln.

Karlyn Crowley

kac 3Karlyn Crowley is the author of Feminism’s New Age: Gender, Appropriation, and the Afterlife of Essentialism (SUNY P, 2011), that explores the relationship between feminism and New Age culture. It was a 2011 finalist for the ForeWordBook of the Year Award in the Women’s Issues category. Karlyn directs the new gender center, the Cassandra Voss Center, at St. Norbert College, in De Pere, Wisconsin. She is also a professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and English and lives in Green Bay, Wisconsin, as an east-coast transplant with her 4-year old, partner, cats, and snow.

Heather Hewett

Heather HewettHeather Hewett writes about women, feminism, and culture in the U.S. and globally. Her essays have appeared in several books, including Chick Lit: The New Woman’s Fiction and Mothering in the Third Wave. Her work on the myths and realities of motherhood and family life has appeared in academic and mainstream publications including The Washington Post,, The Christian Science Monitor, The Scholar & Feminist Online, Mothers Movement Online, Ms. Magazine Online, Brain, Child: The Magazine for Thinking Mothers, Journal of the Association for Research on Mothering, and Women’s Studies Quarterly.

Elline Lipkin

Elline Lipkin is a scholar, poet, and nonfiction writer who has also worked as an editor for a variety of newspapers, magazines, and journals. Her first book, The Errant Thread, was chosen by Eavan Boland to receive the Kore Press First Book Award and was published in 2006. Her second book, Girls’ Studies, was published by Seal Press in 2009. Endorsed by Peggy Orenstein and part of the Seal Studies series, Girls’ Studies explores the state of contemporary girlhood in the United States and how gender is imprinted from birth forward.

Dara Persis Murray

DaraDara Persis Murray writes about the intersections of beauty and feminism as they occur online and in consumer culture (branding campaigns, advertisements, television programs). She has examined topics such as the Dove Campaign for Real Beauty, the “Am I Ugly?” YouTube phenomenon, America’s Next Top Model/Tyra Banks, cyberfeminism and eating disorder/disordered eating websites, and Kate Moss. Her work has appeared in the academic journals Feminist Media Studies andCelebrity Studies, as well as in edited collections.

Adina Nack

Adina NackAdina Nack PhD, has been researching and writing about health, sexuality and stigma since 1994: starting as an outreach educator for Girls, Inc. of Orange County, CA and continuing through her doctoral work at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Author of the book Damaged Goods? Women Living with Incurable STDs, Nack has published articles and essays on topics including STD stigma, sex education, and HIV/AIDS. She has written for Ms. Magazine, her academic articles have been reprinted in over a dozen anthologies, and she has won awards for her research, teaching, activism, and public policy work.

CJ Pascoe

CCJ PascoeJ Pascoe is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Oregon.  She is also the chair of the American Sociological Associations section on Sex and Gender. She teaches courses on sexuality, social psychology, deviance, gender and education.  Her current research focuses on gender, youth, homophobia, sexuality and new media.


Virginia Rutter

Virginia Rutter is Professor of Sociology at Framingham State University (MA) and member of the Board of the Council on Contemporary Families. Her books, articles, columns, and engagement of public sociology through CCF and Sociologists for Women in Society aim to do what she does as an award-winning teacher at FSU: to make accessible and clear the best available social science research on families, sexuality, and inequality. She is co-author or co-editor of Families as They Really Are 2nd edition, The Gender of Sexuality, and The Love Test, and writes and researches topics related to sexuality in more- and less-committed relationships; divorce; family policy; infidelity; inequality; and scholar activism.