Meet the Dean

Dr. Jacquelyn Litt, an award-winning sociologist and Professor in the Departments of Sociology and Women's and Gender Studies, is the dean of Douglass Residential College and the Douglass Campus.


Dean Litt earned her master's and doctoral degrees in sociology from the University of Pennsylvania and received a bachelor's degree in sociology at William Smith/Hobart College. Prior to joining Rutgers, Dean Litt was the founding chair of the Women's and Gender Studies Department at the University of Missouri, where she developed a strong emphasis on feminist methodology and intersectionality, and an undergraduate concentration on genders and sexualities

As the principal investigator for the National Science Foundation PAID ADVANCE grant at the University Missouri, Dr. Litt has been responsible for establishing practices to promote gender equity in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), as well as developing university programs for women in senior faculty positions in STEM. Dean Litt has worked with university presidents and provosts on promoting campus diversity and has held many leadership positions to support women faculty.  She is a national expert on faculty mentoring programs and consults on mentoring program development around the country. She earned the Distinguished Faculty Award from the American Association of University Women-Iowa Chapter for her distinguished contribution toward gender equity in education .Dean Litt has won numerous teaching awards, including Master Teacher in Multi-Cultural Education.  Dean Litt is a dedicated teacher who loves working with students, in and out of the classroom.

The American Sociological Association awarded Dr. Litt Honorable Mention for  Outstanding Achievement in Scholarship on race, class and gender for her book Medicalized Motherhood: Perspectives from the Lives of African-American and Jewish Women (Rutgers University Press)." Professor Litt also is the co-author of Global Dimensions of Gender and Carework (Stanford University Press)." She is currently writing a book, Women of Katrina: Crossing Borders, Weaving Networks, and Taking Care which documents the strategies of survival low-income women took to disaster recovery in the Katrina diaspora. The research was funded by the Social Science Research Council and the Rockefeller Foundation. The monograph is part of "The Katrina Shelf," a series of major books on Hurricane Katrina published by University of Texas Press.

Jackie Litt co-chaired (with Kai Erikson) the Social Science Research Council Network of Persons Displaced by Katrina, a collective of researchers studying the gender, race, and socio-economic implications of Hurricane Katrina. The Rockefeller Foundation, the American Sociological Association, and the Social Science Research Council funded the Network's project. The network published its first collection, "Displaced,"  in 2013.

Dean Litt lives on the Douglass Campus in the historic Dean's Residence with her husband, James McGlew, Professor and Chair of the Rutgers-New Brunswick Classics Department, and with their 15 year old son who is the so-called  "little brother" to the Douglass students.  She is also an avid sailor and when she has time loves to throw pots and study ceramics.

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Professor Cynthia Daniels is the Associate Campus Dean of the Douglass Campus.