Sheila O'Connor-Ambrose is a fellow of the Alexander Hamilton Institute in Clinton, New York, and an independent scholar of feminism, American literature and culture, and the role of Catholicism in contemporary society. She received her Ph. D. in women's studies from Emory University and her M. A. from the University of Dallas. Her dissertation on the writings of Gail Godwin was written under the direction of Elizabeth Fox-Genovese at Emory. O'Connor-Ambrose has received Emory's Dean's Teaching Fellowship, an H. B. Earnhart Fellowship, and an Andrew J. Mellon Dissertation Fellowship in Southern Studies. Recently she was appointed to serve a three-year term on the Diocesan Commission on Women in Church and Society by the Bishop of Syracuse. This information and more can be found at the Alexander Hamilton Institute here.