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December 11, 2014 • Categories: Alumni and Students



In Memoriam: Joan Aldous, Kenan Professor of Sociology Emerita at Notre Dame

November 03, 2014 • Categories: Alumni and Students

Joan Aldous

Joan Aldous, William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Sociology Emerita at the University of Notre Dame, died Wednesday, October 29, in the Kindred Transitional Care and Rehabilitation Center in South Bend, Indiana. She was 88 years old. Aldous joined the Notre Dame sociology faculty as the first female holder of an endowed professorship at a time when there were few women on the faculty. From 1976 until her retirement in 2012, she taught, studied, and wrote about family sociology, family policy, gender, work and families, and intergenerational relationships.

Embrace the F-Word

August 13, 2014 • Categories: Alumni and Students


Feminism is not a dirty word.

Hear it.  Say it.

Take Gender Studies.


T-Shirts available in Ladie's Men's sizes.  $5 Gender Studies Office…

Video: Mary Celeste Kearney on Filmmaking and Girls' Media Culture

August 12, 2014 • Categories: Alumni and Students

Mary Celeste Kearney

“The world of filmmaking and television production is dominated by men’s voices. We are not seeing enough representations that are actually from a girl or a woman’s perspective,” said Mary Celeste Kearney, associate professor of film, television, and theatre and a senior fellow in the gender studies program at the University of Notre Dame.

Video: Meet Gender Studies Major Natalie Perez

August 12, 2014 • Categories: Alumni and Students

Natalie Perez

“Being in gender studies helps you really understand how to be an advocate for yourself and an advocate for other people as well,” said Natalie Perez ’14, a gender studies major in the College of Arts and Letters. Gender studies at Notre Dame is an interdisciplinary academic program which analyzes the significance of gender in all aspects of human life, especially in the social formation of human identities, practices, and institutions. “We live in a culture that’s very permissive about these [gender] stereotypes … and I don’t think it’s OK to sit back and accept things for the way they are,” said Perez.

Congratulations to Eileen Botting

August 11, 2014 • Categories: Alumni and Students

Congratulations to Eileen for being the 2014 recipient of the APSA Okin-Young Award in Feminist Political Theory

The Okin-Young Award in Feminist Political Theory, co-sponsored by Women and Politics, Foundations of Political Theory, and the Women’s Caucus for Political Science, commemorates the scholarly, mentoring, and professional contributions of Susan Moller Okin and Iris Marion Young to the development of the field of feminist political theory. This annual award recognizes the best paper on feminist political theory published in an English language academic journal during the previous calendar year.…

Gender Studies Major Interns with TV Production Company

May 19, 2014 • Categories: Alumni and Students

Video: Arts and Letters Student Interns with TV Production Company

May 15, 2014 • Todd Boruff

“There’s so much that goes into preparing a show that you never see,” said senior Blake Avery, a gender studies

2014 Summer Internship Grant Recipients

May 09, 2014 • Categories: Alumni and Students

Congratulations to our 2014 Summer Internship Grant Recipients

Rachel Hughes '15
Pregnancy Center East (PCE), Cincinnati, Ohio
Rachel will be working at Pregnancy Center East (PCE), a pregnancy resource center that serves downtown Cincinnati and the surrounding suburb. She will research and propose a  plan to implement public health services (STI testing and referrals) through PCE as well as provide services for clients at the center. These include acting as a client advocate (counselor) for women who seek help through PCE and providing material assistance (diapers, formula, clothing, etc.) through donations made to PCE. This internship swill provide her with public health experience to broaden her perspective on health care as more of a community issue, rather than just an individual’s issue. This internship specifically will enhance her understanding of the impact of public policy on healthcare services provided by agencies such as Pregnancy Center East.…

Congratulations to our 2014 Writing Award Recipients

April 29, 2014 • Categories: Alumni and Students

 The Philip L. Quinn Essay Award, presented to a Notre Dame undergraduate for an outstanding essay on a topic related to gender studies:

2014 Recipient

Maria Kosse

Major: American Studies
Minor: Peace Studies

Graduation date: May 2014

The Stripping Culture: An Analysis of Male and Female Strippers

Professor: Dr. Pamela Butler

2014 Summer Research Grant Recipients

April 24, 2014 • Categories: Alumni and Students

Congratulations to our 2014 Summer Research Grant Recipients:

Kristin Brennan ‘16
Exploring Women’s Role in the Israeli Food Industry

Daniella Grover ‘16
Childhood Experiences to Maternal Attitudes: Breastfeeding, Positive Touch, Responsiveness, Play, Embedded-ness, and Social Support

Anne Kuster ‘16
The Effect of Family Solidarity on Economic Independence of Single Mothers in Mexico…

Concurrent Faculty

April 15, 2014 • Categories: Alumni and Students

Dear Gender Studies Community

I am very pleased to announce that Gender Studies now has Concurrent faculty!  This is an important component of our growth as a primary major and provides our students with a consistent roster of faculty who will teach in Gender Studies and be available for student research and theses.

Through Gendered Lenses Journals are here!

April 03, 2014 • Categories: Alumni and Students

Through Gendered Lenses is a student-organized academic journal created with the purpose of fostering research in the broad field of Gender Studies and highlighting excellent gender-related work being done by undergraduate Notre Dame students across the university. Submissions from all disciplines are accepted.  Submissions must focus on gender topics, including but not limited to, sexuality, religion, the family, media, health, economics, culture, and violence.

Annual Gender Studies Writing Awards

March 28, 2014 • Categories: Alumni and Students

Genevieve D. Willis Senior Thesis Prize Competition

Genevieve D. Willis Senior Thesis Prize for the best thesis written by an undergraduate at Notre Dame on a topic related to Gender Studies ($150). This prize is named in honor of Genevieve D. Willis, whose family has provided an endowment for the Gender Studies Program.…

Summer Internship Grant

March 24, 2014 • Categories: Alumni and Students

The Boehnen Fund for Excellence in Gender Studies Summer Internship Grant

The Boehnen Summer Internship Grants are competitive grants that are awarded annually to Notre Dame Gender Studies undergraduate students who have secured unpaid summer internships that will help them analyze, understand, and gain valuable work experience in fields pertaining to Gender Studies. The internships may be at any organization or business, inside or outside the United States, insofar as the student makes a persuasive case for its relevance to his or her Gender Studies education. Our expectation is that the Boehnen Summer Internship Grants will help to offset living expenses for the students as they undertake their unpaid internship work; to that end, the student is expected to work full-time for the sponsoring agency, business, or organization (as they define full-time) and to explain to their supervisor that they have received funding that enables them to work full-time. All currently enrolled Gender Studies Majors and Minors are eligible to apply for these grants. The typical amount awarded is $2500. The typical length of the internship should be a minimum term of five (5) weeks with a maximum term of eight (8) weeks. However, the award amount and length of internship term are negotiable with respect to the specifics of each internship and these specifics should be described in detail in the “Statement of Purpose” of the grant application.…

Research Grants

March 24, 2014 • Categories: Alumni and Students

What can the Genevieve D. Willis Research Grant help me to achieve?

The Genevieve D. Willis Research Grant is a competitive grant awarded to students in the Gender Studies Program who plan to undertake research in preparation for a senior thesis/essay in either Gender Studies or their primary major.  The grant awards up to $1,000 for expenses incurred during research, including, but not limited to, books and materials and travel expenses and accommodations.  Recipients of the grant have the opportunity to receive feedback on their work from faculty, graduate students, and fellow undergraduates and will be expected to submit their thesis/essay for the annual Genevieve D. Willis Gender Studies Senior Thesis Prize competition or the annual Philip L. Quinn Essay Prize competition.…

Congratulations Erin Hinz

March 19, 2014 • Categories: Alumni and Students

Erin Hinz, MFA, Art History/Design Painting and Gender Studies Graduate Minor Student is in Issue II of Fresh Paint Magazine.  Congratulations Erin!…

Congratulations Kevin Burke

March 17, 2014 • Categories: Alumni and Students

Toward a Theory of Liking written by Kevin Burke and Adam Greteman has been voted article of the year by the Queer Studies Special Interest Group in (AERA) the American Educational Research Association.

In the current essay, Kevin Burke and Adam Greteman challenge this thing called love by looking at how we might instead “like” in education. Within education, multiculturalism can be viewed as a way of loving, or learning to love, diversity and, as such, learning to love the self; this tendency is notably apparent in the recent rise of concern expressed about student self-esteem. According to the authors, however, critical research on multiculturalism demonstrates how, in loving diversity, multicultural discourses limn the possibilities for subjects to come into being and be liked for their differences. Drawing on James Alison's On Being Liked

Congratulations to our Teaching Apprenticeship Recipients

March 04, 2014 • Categories: Alumni and Students

Catherine Brix (PhD in Literature) and Melissa McCoul (PhD English) are the 2014-2015 Teaching Apprenticeship recipients.  They represent two graduate students (who are in good standing in the Gender Studies Graduate Minor program) who in Fall 2014 will serve as teaching assistants in the Introduction to Gender Studies which will be taught by the Director of Undergraduate Studies in Gender (DUS

Bursting Gender's Bubble

February 18, 2014 • Categories: Alumni and Students

Let’s break open the bubble…

The GeNDer Studies Program is co-hosting, with the Gender and Women’s Studies Program of Saint Mary’s College and the Women’s and Gender Studies Department of Indiana University-South Bend, an undergraduate conference on gender issues.

Learn how your peers at other Midwest institutions talk about sex/gender/sexuality.…

Alumna Kelley Tuthill to deliver keynote address at Pink Zone Luncheon

February 04, 2014 • Categories: Alumni and Students

Kelley Tuthill

University of Notre Dame alumna Kelley Tuthill will be the keynote speaker at the annual Pink Zone Luncheon on Feb. 9 (Sunday) at the Purcell Pavilion at Notre Dame. The luncheon, organized by the College of Science and the Notre Dame women’s basketball team, will bring together local oncologists, researchers, survivors and patients and their families. The luncheon will be held before the Notre Dame Women’s Basketball Pink Zone game against Syracuse at 3 p.m.