Board of Trustees: Gwen Kay

Gwen Kay

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Dr. Gwen Kay, Professor of History at SUNY Oswego and President of the Faculty Senate, joined the SUNY Board of Trustees July 1, 2017

Professor Kay received her B.A. degree in Biology and History from Bowdoin College and her Ph.D. in the History of Medicine and Science from Yale University. A member of Oswego’s faculty since 2000, she specializes in 20th century American history, particularly issues of medicine, science, and gender. She has taught undergraduate courses in History, First Choice, as well as in the Honors program. She has supervised four students working towards their Masters degree in History, as well as more than twenty undergraduate Honors theses.

Professor Kay has served the academic community. She is director of Oswego’s Honors program, served as coordinator of the History department’s graduate program, on numerous campus and SUNY-wide committees, and Vice President and Secretary of the University Faculty Senate. She is treasurer for the History of Science Society. Professor Kay has also served the community in which she lives. She is an instructor of religion for the Syracuse Jewish community and chaired numerous nonprofit boards in the Jewish community.

Dr. Kay’s first book, Dying To Be Beautiful, focused on federal regulations around cosmetics in the 20th century. Her current work examines the gendering of science, looking particularly at the transformation of the field of human ecology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries as both a way to teach science to women and also to de-gender science. She is the author of numerous articles and book chapters, and co-editor of Remaking Home Economics, a book on family and consumer sciences

Dr. Kay and her husband, Jef Sneider, MD, live in Syracuse. Her older stepson Elliot and his family live in Miami, where he works for HBO Latin America. Her younger stepson Howard is the executive director of The Steelyard, a non-profit in Providence RI.

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