Mary S. Hartman is a social historian specializing in women's history and gender studies. She served as the dean of Douglass College, the college for women at Rutgers, from 1982 to 1994. In that role, she initiated a number of nationally recognized programs for women including the Douglass Project for Rutgers Women in Math, Science, and Engineering; the Center for Women's Global Leadership; the Laurie New Jersey Chair in Women's Studeis; and the Institute for Women's Leadership. Dr. Hartman is the author or editor of numerous publications, including: Talking Leadership: Conversations with Powerful Women, editor, and introduction (Rutgers Press, 1999); Gender, Household, and Power: A Subversive View of Western History (forthcoming); Victorian Murderesses: A True History of Thirteen Respectable French and English Women Accused of Unspeakable Crimes (1977); and Clio's Consciousness Raised: New Perspectives on the History of Women, editor (1974). Dr. Hartman has a B.A. from Swarthmore College and earned her M.A. and Ph.D. from Columbia University.
In partnership with the Writers House, Rutgers University Department of English, the Institute for Women’s Leadership piloted Transforming Lives. This project combining filmmaking and interview skills to help our undergraduate Leadership Scholars learn from women leaders who are making a difference in the world. This documentary was created by Leadership Scholar Nancy Santucci, Class of 2010, with the assistance of instructor Dena Seidel and filmmakers Pilar Timpane.