Born June 17, 1946, in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Shulamit is the daughter of Max Michael (an organization executive) and Ilse (in special education; maiden name, Strauss) Rothschild. She married Jehuda Reinharz (a professor), November 26, 1967. She attended Barnard College, B.A. (with honors), 1967; Brandeis University, M.A., 1969, Ph.D., 1977. Religion: Jewish. Memberships: American Sociological Society, Sociologists for Women in Society, National Women's Studies Association, Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction, Eastern Sociological Society. In 1997, Reinharz was chosen as founding director of the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, after she had chaired the National Commission on American Jewish Women for the organization. The Institute, devoted to the study of Jewish women, was the first of its kind. Between 1997 and 2000, Reinharz, after being denied help from Brandeis administrators, raised over $2.4 million to renovate a derelict building and oversaw its design and construction to house the Women's Studies Research Center. The Center, which opened 19 November 2000 was created to house both the graduate program in Women's Studies and the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, as well as research office space, and a reference library. In 2001, Reinharz stepped down as director of the women's studies program, when she became founding director of the Center.