Meet the YWCA Board President

Juli Parker, Ph.D. is the Assistant Dean of Students & Director of the Center for Women, Gender & Sexuality UMass Dartmouth. She has a B.A in Theatre from the University of Maine, an M.A. in Women’s Studies from the University of Alabama and a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences from The Union Institute & University with a focus in Women’s Studies and Theatre. Her anthology, Representations of Murderous Women in Literature, Theatre, Film and Television: Examining the Patriarchal Presuppositions Behind the Treatment of Murderesses in Fiction and Reality was published in 2010 by the Edwin Mellon Press. She is the winner of the 2004 Yvonne Sandstroem University Service Award, the 2005 Educational Services Unit Service Award. She was a 2008 Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women Unsung Heroine, a 2012 YWCA Woman of Distinction, and in 2014 was awarded the $100,000 UMass System’s Roy J. Zuckerberg Endowed Leadership Prize. She maintains a blog called The Feminist Critic. She is active in the Rhode Island theatre community as an actor, director, and writer.