About Jean

Current Affiliations

Founder and President Emerita, Political Research Associates, Somerville, MA

jeanportrait2Political Research Associates is an independent, nonprofit research center that exposes and challenges the Right and larger oppressive movements, institutions, and forces. PRA produces accurate applied research and useful analytic tools to inform and support progressive activism that promotes equality and justice.

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Senior Scholar, Wellesley Centers for Women, Wellesley College

For more than 30 years, the Wellesley Centers for Women (WCW) has been a driving force, both behind the scenes and in the spotlight, promoting positive change for women and girls. The world’s largest women’s research center, WCW is the powerful alliance of the Center for Research on Women and the Stone Center at Wellesley College.

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Biography Timeline

2010 present Member, Boston Busing/Desegregation Project, Union of Minority Neighborhoods
2010 present Member, National Advisory Committee, FOCAL, Federation of Children Centers of Alabama, Inc.
2006 2007 Member, Gulf Coast Commission on Reconstruction Equity, sponsored by Interfaith Worker Justice and Good Jobs First
2001 2007 Member, Board of Directors, Highlander Research and Education Center, New Market, Tennessee
2000 2005 Member of the Board of Directors, Center for Community Change, Washington, D.C.
1989 2013 Founding Member, Women’s Community Cancer Project, Cambridge/Boston, MA
1995 2007 Education Consultant, Ms. Foundation Democracy Funding Circle, New York City
1981 2004 President, Political Research Associates, Somerville, MA, Director of an independent research center that monitors anti democratic and authoritarian trends and movements. PRA maintains a library of primary and secondary material, publishes, books, monographs and reports, works with the media, and provides speakers for small and large groups.
1981 2004 Member of the Board of Directors, Political Research Associates, Cambridge, MA
1997 2000 Member of the Board of Directors, The Sister Fund, NYC
1993 1999 Member of the Board of Directors, Center for Women Policy Studies, Washington, D.C.
1994 1997 Member of the Board of Directors, Community Works, Boston, MA.
1991 1997 Founding Member of the Board of Directors, Institute for Affirmative Action, Boston, MA
1994 1996 Visiting Research Scholar, Wellesley Center for Research on Women, Wellesley, MA.
1992 1996 Member of the Board of Directors, Grassroots International, Somerville, MA
1985 1995 Member of the Board of Directors, Center for Democratic Renewal, Atlanta, GA.
1988 1994 Member of the Board of Directors, American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts.
1992 1993 Member of Advisory Board, Reclaiming Diversity Project, Council for Research on Women, New York, NY
1985 1987 Member of the Board of Directors, Illinois Justice Foundation, Chicago, IL. IJF is a Chicago organization that funds local community organizations.
1984 1987 Member of the Board of Directors, Ms. Foundation for Women, New York, NY. MFW is a national foundation that funds grassroots women’s organizations.
1980 1987 Founding Member of the Board of Directors, The Crossroads Fund, Chicago, IL. President, 1985 1987.
1980 1981 Consultant, Reproductive Rights Project of the Roger Baldwin Foundation, American Civil Liberties Union, Chicago, IL. Researched and wrote A Speaker’s Manual on Abortion. The handbook is in its second edition and is available on request.
1979 1980 Assistant Professor, Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, IL
1978 1980 Founding Member of the Board of Directors, Chicago Abused Women Coalition, Chicago, IL.
1977 1979 Visiting Assistant Professor, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
1976 1977 Assistant Professor, Colgate University, Hamilton, NY
1971 1976 Northwestern University, Evanston, IL Ph.D., Political Science
1970 1971 University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA M.A., Political Science
1963 1967 Northwestern University, Evanston, IL