xWelcome 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.


Fall Symposium CFP: "Gender & Color"


Visit the Gender & Color webpage for full details


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Read our spring 2013 NEWSLETTER!

Fall 2014 Dissertation Workshop
This fall, the Gender Institute is once again hosting its dissertation writing workshop, which meets weekly to write and discuss over lunch. Workshop attendees have included domestic and international graduate students from four different schools across campus (College of Arts and Sciences, School of Nursing, Graduate School of Education, and School of Social Work) who are conducting research on women and gender. If you are interested in joining the upcoming fall session, meeting Mondays from September 8 to December 1, contact Tina Žigon at


"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

"The opportunity to participate in the Dissertation Workshop...offered a terrific boost to my project. The weekly meetings were incredibly helpful."
Ronan Crowley, English

"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
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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