Andrea Rees Davies takes post as Clayman's Associate Director

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Andrea Rees Davies takes post as Clayman's Associate Director

by Gender News staff on Thursday, January 2, 2014 - 9:02am

Image of Andrea Rees DaviesAs a former firefighter, Andrea Rees Davies is a master at getting large groups of people to acquiesce. For example, before a big lecture begins at the Clayman Institute, it’s Davies’ secret job to get attendees to end their side conversations—and grab their last handful from the snack table—so the event can begin on time. “That’s her leadership style,” explains Executive Director Lori Nishiura Mackenzie. “She has a way of figuratively putting her arm around people and letting them know the right direction even though we don’t know we’re being led.” It’s this intrinsic, effortless leadership style that will make Davies a great Associate Director for the Clayman Institute, Mackenzie said.

Davies has been promoted from her post as Director of Programs and Research to the Institute’s Associate Director. In her new role, Davies will run day-to-day operations at the Institute. Mackenzie, who previously served as Associate Director, will now lead the Institute as Executive Director.

The Clayman Institute is in a period of tremendous growth as it expands the Voice & Influence program and various new initiatives. Amidst these changes, Davies is charged with a big task: She will ensure that the Institute keeps its focus on research and transforming lives. The Clayman Institute will remain the generator and conduit for new gender research while the Voice & Influence program seeks to put that research directly into action. “Andrea will ensure that the great work of the Clayman Institute continues," Mackenzie said. "She will make sure the Institute’s bread-and-butter research doesn’t get sidelined by new initiatives.”

Davies, who has a Ph.D in history, has taught at California State University, Northridge and Stanford.  She works on interdisciplinary solutions to advancing gender equality and has contributed to the Clayman Institute research projects on dual-career academic couples, women in technology, and women entrepreneurs. Davies’ years working as a San Francisco firefighter sparked an interest in the social consequences of disasters, leading her to write her 2011 book, Saving San Francisco: Relief and Recovery after the 1906 Disaster.

“I’m really excited to accept this role,” Davies said, noting the importance of maintaining relationships on campus and forging new ones. “My goal is for Clayman to continue to connect with all levels on campus: whether it’s working with undergraduates, graduate, staff, or faculty to keep translating gender research to transform campus culture and peoples’ lives.”

Andrea Rees Davies
Associate Director

Andrea Rees Davies is Associate Director at Stanford's Clayman Institute for Gender Research. A former San Francisco firefighter, Davies graduated magna cum laude from Harvard and is author of numerous research studies at the Clayman Institute. Davies' book, "Saving San Francisco," was released in December 2011, from Temple University Press. She holds a Ph.D. in history and M.A. in religious studies from Stanford University and a B.A. in women's studies and comparative religion from Harvard University.