Harvard Salutes Marine for Women’s Leadership Work

Susan Marine, associate professor and program director of higher education graduate programs, was presented with a 2017 Women's Leadership Award by Harvard University for her work on behalf of sexual-assault prevention.

The award, in its 20th year, promotes awareness of women’s and gender issues, and each year recognizes a woman outside the college who has excelled in her professional field, and through her contributions has challenged, motivated and inspired others.

Prior to joining Merrimack in 2011, Marine served as founding director of the Harvard College Women’s Center and, before that, Harvard’s Office of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response.

“I am delighted and honored to receive this award,” Marine said. “My near-decade at Harvard laid the groundwork for my commitment to scholar-activism at Merrimack. Research and teaching about sexual violence prevention and advancing the status of people of minoritized genders is my driving mission.”

Past winners have included NASA astronaut Stephanie Wilson; Tina Tchen, Michelle Obama’s speechwriter; and historian Doris Kearns Goodwin.

Marine teaches courses in higher education history, theory and practice, and her research interests include feminist praxis in higher education, transgender politics, identity and agency, the history and future of American women’s colleges, and critical student affairs practice.

She has 17 years of experience leading initiatives in higher education for the advancement of women and gender-nonconforming students, with additional expertise in student leadership development, violence prevention, diversity initiatives and advocacy for the LGBT community.

Marine is a graduate of Transylvania University and holds a Ph.D. in higher education from Boston College.