Vanessa Volz received her B.A. in Gender Studies and Literature from Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York and her J.D. from the University of Georgia. She previously has worked as a special education instructor, domestic violence advocate, and attorney for a disability rights law non-profit organization. She currently serves as the Executive Director of Sojourner House, which is a comprehensive domestic violence agency that serves Providence and northern Rhode Island. She is also President of the Women's Health and Education Fund (WHEF), which is a non-profit organization that raises funds for low-income women to access reproductive health care. She has published articles in the Rutgers Women's Law Journal and the Tennesse Law Journal of Law and Policy, and she has taught WMST 200: Gender and Society and WMST 350: Women and Madness at RIC.