Mary Edwards was a founding member of the Purchase College faculty and was instrumental in developing the Women’s Studies Program. Following her death in 1994, at age 48, her family and friends created an endowment to fund an annual lecture in Women’s Studies to honor Professor Edwards’ commitment to her students and to the elimination of social and political inequality.
Dr. Christiansen holds the Joanne Woodward Chair of Public Policy at Sarah Lawrence College, where she teaches Economics and Labor Studies and supervises student internships in NYC unions and non-profits. She taught Economics and Women’s Studies for twenty-five years at Purchase College where she helped build the Women’s Studies Program.
While at Purchase, she received the Students’ Union Award for Outstanding Teaching, the President’s Award for Innovative Pedagogy, and the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Distinguished Teaching. She was also active in campus politics, particularly around issues of AIDS education. Her scholarship centers on race, class, and gender and she has published extensively. Dr. Christensen is deeply honored to give this lecture in memory of her friend and colleague.