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A university-wide research center funded by the Provost, the Gender Institute supports and promotes research and teaching related to women, gender, and sexuality. We offer fellowships, grants, and cosponsorships to faculty and students to encourage and support their research on women and on the intricate connections between gender and other social constructions, such as sexuality, race, class, health, age, nationality, religion, and nature. We also sponsor and cosponsor programs, including lectures, workshops, conferences, symposia, film screenings, and art exhibitions, to encourage interdisciplinary scholarship and artistic achievement.


“Culture and Control of Women: Remedies and Resources"
Saturday, March 7, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm, 106 O'Brian Hall, UB North Campus


For more information contact Nadia Shahram, Esq. at

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This is a free event with lunch and refreshments provided. Sponsored by The Coalition for the Advancement of Moslem Women, UB School of Law, and The Gender Institute.


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Read our fall 2014 NEWSLETTER!

Read about our Ph.D. Dissertation Workshop here.

The Gender Institute is pleased to announce our
2014-15 Dissertation Fellows

Averill Earls, History
"Queering Dublin: Same-Sex Desire and Masculinities in Ireland, 1885-1965"


Earls' project examines how queer men challenge the parameters of appropriate masculinities as envisioned by the Irish state and Catholic Church, and how those political and religious authorities attempted to control knowledge about same-sex desire and dictate appropriate gender roles from 1885 to 1965. Earls considers these tensions and the construction of “knowledge” (and ignorance) about same-sex desire through queer scandal, the policing of homosex on the streets of Dublin, state and Church-controlled censorship, fictionalized depictions of same-sex desire, and the interactions and relationships of queer men with their non-queer neighbors and fellow countrymen and women.


Lara Iverson, Geography
"The Impact of Social Stigma and Associated Behaviors on Women Seeking Treatment for Tuberculosis Infection in Lusaka, Zambia"

Iverson's work examines the impact of social stigma on women’s decisions to seek treatment for tuberculosis (TB) since women throughout the developing world have disproportionately borne the burden of TB-related stigma, which affects their lives at different scales: within their families, in their communities and as part of national discourses. The research examines the role of intervention strategies that counter TB-related stigma to evaluate their effectiveness and the role of social networks in positive health behavior change in two low-income communities in Lusaka, Zambia using a mixed-methods approach.




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