Professor, human rights activist to keynote Commencement

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Penn State Brandywine Associate Professor of History Julie Gallagher will usher a new class of graduates into the working world as the keynote speaker at the campus' annual fall Commencement ceremony on Friday, Dec. 20, at 10 a.m. in the Commons Building gymnasium.

Gallagher currently serves as the Rosenberg Career Development Professor, a three-year honor bestowed upon an outstanding faculty member at the campus. The professorship recognizes current achievement, demonstrates a belief in potential and allows young faculty to direct initial energies to the classroom, establishing a commitment to teaching. It also provides start-up funds for new areas of research, teaching and laboratories and offers early recognition for outstanding accomplishments.

Since joining the faculty at Penn State Brandywine in 2007, Gallagher has taught courses on the history of the United States, specializing in twentieth century political history, women's and gender history, U.S. history in the global context and African American history.

She has presented her research at a number of conferences nationally and internationally, including in Uganda, Korea, Spain and Brazil. Gallagher was recognized for her teaching in 2006 in the Excellence in Ohio Education issue of Ohio Magazine while she was on the faculty at Antioch College. Outside of campus, she is also a human rights activist and serves as a legislative coordinator for Amnesty International in Pennsylvania and has monitored elections for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Armenia and Belarus.

In 2012, she published the book Black Women and Politics in New York City (University of Illinois Press).

Penn State Brandywine students receiving their diplomas will join the largest dues-paying alumni association in the world that consists of more than 145,000 members.