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Ann Bookman

Senior Fellow, UMass Boston McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies, Former Director UMASS Boston Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy

Ann Bookman is an accomplished scholar, poet, anthropologist and social justice advocate. She published a poetry chapbook, Point of Attachment with Finishing Line Press and recently published a full poetry collection, Blood Lines with Kelsay Books. She currently serves as Poet-in-Residence at the O’Bryant School in Roxbury, nurturing the writing talents of students 7-12.

Bookman’s 40-year career in academia included teaching, research and administrative positions at Brandeis University, MIT and the College of the Holy Cross. She is a nationally-known scholar and policy expert in women’s issues, work/family balance, and community engagement. She served as Director of the Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy and Director of the Graduate Program in Gender, Leadership and Public Policy, both at UMass Boston, training women for public service and weaving an intersectional feminist perspective into her work.

Bookman also worked as a presidential appointee during the Clinton administration, serving as Policy and Research Director of the Women’s Bureau at the US Department of Labor and Executive Director of the bipartisan Commission on Leave, assessing the impact of the FMLA.