Chatham University Women's Institute
Jessie B. Ramey, Ph.D.
Jessie B. Ramey, Ph.D., is the Founding Director of the Women's Institute at Chatham University and Associate Professor of Women's and Gender Studies. She is a historian of gender, race, working families, and U.S. social policy. Her book, Child Care in Black and White: Working Parents and the History of Orphanages (University of Illinois Press, 2012), won the Lerner-Scott Prize in women’s history from the Organization of American Historians, the Herbert G. Gutman Prize from the Labor and Working-Class History Association, and the John Heinz Award from the National Academy of Social Insurance. She received a New Faculty Fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), and the Iris Marion Young Award for Political Engagement from the University of Pittsburgh in recognition of her work on public education policy. Dr. Ramey was named one of the top "people to know" by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette; one of "5 People Making Pittsburgh a More Livable City for All," by NEXT Pittsburgh; and was invited twice to President Obama's White House to discuss education policy. Pittsburgh City Council appointed her to the new Gender Equity Commission, and she serves on the Mayor's Task Force on Women in Public Art. She earned a BA with honors in Social History from Carnegie Mellon University, an MA in Women's History from Sarah Lawrence College, and an MA and Ph.D. in History from Carnegie Mellon University.
Melody Harris has a background in event planning and program support in the philanthropic and non-profit sector. At Grantmakers of Western Pennsylvania, she worked with the region's foundation community. A graduate of Edinboro University and Leadership Pittsburgh, Melody has taught as an adjunct in women's studies at Carlow University. She serves as a volunteer on the selection committee for the Three Rivers Community Foundation and the planning committee for the Women’s Law Project. She has also served on the board of the Pittsburgh chapter of GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network) and the junior board of the Andy Warhol Museum.