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Dr. Dara Silberstein


Executive Director and
Visiting Assistant Professor of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies


Office: LN2408B
Phone: (607) 777-4222
Fall 2012 Office Hours: TBD


Ph.D. New York State School of Industrial Labor Relations at Cornell, 1995
J.D. SUNY at Buffalo School of Law, 1985

Dara Silberstein earned her B.A. from Binghamton University (1981), her J.D. from SUNY at Buffalo (1985), and her M.S. and Ph.D. from the New York State School of Industrial Labor Relations at Cornell (1995). Her area of research is in U.S. women's labor history with a focus on the effects of public policies and laws on women's status. She is currently working a project about the development of the public librarian profession in the United States examining how the relationship between gender-based and sexuality-based assumptions influences one's occupational status. Professor Silberstein is also a licensed New York State attorney and provides advice and counsel in the areas of labor law and employment discrimination. In 2011 the City Council of Binghamton, NY appointed her as its representative on the newly formed Binghamton Human Rights Commission. Professor Silberstein has served as the Director of the Women's Studies Program since 1995 and has worked with the Program's faculty, staff and students to strengthen the kind of feminist scholarship and pedagogy that best represents Binghamton University. In recent years she has pursued a number of civic engagement opportunities for the program's students and faculty. She was a co-recipient of an award from Americorps which supported a three year project developing neighborhood assemblies throughout the city of Binghamton.


  • Wierzbicki E, Silberstein D, Nguyen D, Konovitz L, Clemente P, Philibin J, Balassie K Zakolski L, Sinozich P, Noland C (1996) Employment Relationship. American Jurisprudence 2d. 27: 529-617.


  • A Legal History of Sexualilty in the United States (WOMN 380)
  • Women and the Law (WOMN 405) 
  • Introduction to Women's Studies (WOMN 100a) 
  • Feminism and Activism (WOMN 280)


  • Development of Binghamton Neighborhood Assembly Project in partnership with the City of Binghamton and supported by the Corporation for National and Community Service
  • Created curriculum for an undergraduate course on Civic Engagement in collaboration with the Binghamton Neighborhood Assembly Project
  • Participated in a partnership between the Women's Studies Program, German and Russian Department, Romance Languages Department and the University of Trento to develop a dual degree program proposal for the EU-US Atlantis Program.
  • Development of Professional Science Management graduate program, via Sloan Foundation grant to SUNY
  • Participation in the development of the curriculum for graduate writing workshops for underrepresented minority students

Last Updated: 10/23/15