Welcome to the Gender Institute

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.


Thanks to all those who participated in our spring conference:

Visit the Gender Across Borders website for more information (including the full program).

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Read our spring 2013 newsletter

Spring 2014 Dissertation Workshop
This semester, the Gender Institute will once again host its dissertation writing workshop,
which meets weekly to write and discuss over lunch. Writers include domestic and
international graduate students from three different schools across campus
(College of Arts and Sciences, School of Nursing, and School of Social Work) who are conducting research on women and gender.Participants of the Spring 2013 Dissertation Workshop: Aubrey Kubiak (Romance Languages and Literatures; Facilitator), Tina Žigon (English), Theresa Warburton (Global Gender Studies), Rachel Eshenour (History), Sarah Handley-Cousins (History), Jessica Saltzberg Perkins (American Studies), Keiko Ogata (English), Whitney Mendel (Social Work). Not Pictured: Roslyn Collins (Social Work), Jin Young Seo (Nursing)

"A mother's vision includes tough nurturance, survival love, a demanding state of grace.  It is a vision slowly forming from the body of work created by women.  I imagine a wide and encompassing room filled with women lost in concentration.  They are absorbed in the creation of an emotional tapestry, an intellectual quilt."
Louise Erdrich, The Blue Jay's Dance

"Looking back over the chapter I recently submitted, I was surprised to see how much I had completed during our dissertation workshop."
Tina Žigon

"I enjoyed having a time set aside dedicated to writing, and consistent group of colleagues for support; what a great way to meet new people, make friends, and form new networks within the University. I found it beneficial because not only did it set aside that time on Monday for writing, but it helped to keep my dissertation prospectus at the front of my attention, which motivated me to write throughout the week, as well. By the last meeting of the group, I had completed my prospectus. I hope to be involved again in the future!"
Sarah Handley-Cousins, History

The Gender Institute is pleased to announce our
2013-14 Dissertation Fellows

David Squires, English
"Adapting the Archive: Modern Literature and the Rise of Library Science"


Mr. Squire's project investigates the epochal shifts in the social function of archival institutions that came with the rise library science between 1880 and 1950. Tracing those changes through their impact on modern literature, he argues that library science transmuted knowledge of gender, race and national belonging by pioneering new modes of circulating information in the Atlantic world.


Bincy Wilson, Social Work
"Examination of the process of exit of women from Commercial Sexual Exploitation (CSE) across cultures - India and the US"

To understand the cultural nuances in the exit process of women from Commercial Sexual Exploitation (CSE) and develop/modify services that would best assist them in the process, this study captures the experiences of women who are currently in, exiting, or have exited CSE, and are receiving or have received services from non-profit agencies along with tapping into the knowledge gained by service providers across India and the US.


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