Ann's Ph.D. is in developmental psychology, and she advises a variety of studies in that area. She is also currently studying for an M.A. in Counseling Psychology. She has worked in UI&U's Bachelor of Arts program (formerly ADP) for more than 15 years; prior to that she taught for 10 years at a private liberal arts college for women.
Ann grew up in multicultural New Mexico and lived for 4 years in the Latin American countries of Peru, El Salvador and Mexico. She holds a deep interest in anthropology and cross-cultural studies. Her undergraduate major was sociology. She is always interested in how larger social forces – economic, political and historical – promote or inhibit individual development and how they influence individual behavior and choices. She is also interested in social change.
Ann focused on the theories of Jean Piaget in graduate school. From that base, she became interested in understanding humans as meaning-makers: how do we make sense of complexity? How do we know what is true? For the last two decades she has pursued these questions by working within the framework devised by the authors of Women's Ways of Knowing. She also enjoys advising Gender Studies. As psychology has changed, so has Ann, teaching herself whole new areas related to biological sciences, including Mind/Body studies, nature vs. nurture, biopsychology, stress and trauma.
Ann has spent her life with her eyes and ears wide open, trying to make sense of the world and her place in it as a self, a woman, a thinker, a mother, an American citizen, and a human being. Her comfort along this perilous journey has been the opportunity to know, to teach and to learn from her students.