Hess_Cynthia_photo.jpgStudy Director, Institute for Women’s Policy Research

Cynthia Hess has worked for the Institute of Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) since 2007. She has served as study director for projects on numerous issues, including the status of women in the United States, women’s activism and leadership, immigration, and Social Security. Currently, she directs a large-scale project examining the availability of wraparound supports in job training programs, the need for supports, and promising practices in support service delivery. Prior to joining IWPR, Hess taught for 2 years as a visiting faculty member in the Philosophy and Religious Studies Department at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Her scholarly work has focused on the intersection of feminist theory, theology, and peace studies, and her publications include Sites of Violence, Sites of Grace: Christian Nonviolence and the Traumatized Self as well as articles on terrorism, traumatic violence, and religious peacemaking. Hess received her PhD from Yale University and her AB from Davidson College.