Jessica Ann Nathanson, 42 , Assistant Professor, Director of the Women's Studies Program, and Director of the Women's Resource Center at Augsburg College, died April 5, 2011, of breast cancer in Minneapolis, MN. She is survived by her husband, Dr. Daniel Weinstein, and son, Koan, of St. Paul, MN; her parents, Norbert and Barbara Nathanson of Northport, ME; and her brother, Jared Nathanson of Boston. Jessica graduated Linton High School in 1986, earned a B.A. from Wesleyan University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from The State University of New York at Buffalo. Jessica's passion for and knowledge of social justice and gender issues was instrumental in shaping the Women's Studies community on the Augsburg College campus. Prior to moving to St. Paul, she was an active force in feminist organizations and taught at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. In her work beyond Augsburg, Nathanson was an active member of the National Women's Studies Association and recently co-edited the book Mother Knows Best: Talking Back To The 'Experts.' She developed a broad outreach to diverse community groups and enjoyed a wide following as a blogger on feminist issues.
Published in The Daily Gazette Co. on Apr. 10, 2011.