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Three faculty awarded NEH fellowships, continuing record funding for humanities research

December 14, 2018 • Categories: Alumni and Students

Three University of Notre Dame faculty members — Rebecca Tinio McKenna, Sarah McKibben, and Vincent Phillip Muñoz — have been offered fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities in the 2018 award cycle. With 65 total awards, scholars in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters have received more NEH fellowships any other private university in the United States since 1999. 

Congratulations Elizabeth Evans

December 10, 2018 • Categories: Alumni and Students

Congratulations to Elizabeth Evans, Gender Studies Concurrent Faculty, on her book's publication!

Threshold Moderism

Threshold Modernism reveals how changing ideas about gender and race in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Britain shaped - and were shaped by - London and its literature. Chapters address key sites, especially department stores, women's clubs, and city streets, that coevolved with controversial types of modern women. Interweaving cultural history, narrative theory, close reading, and spatial analysis, Threshold Modernism considers canonical figures such as George Gissing, Henry James, Dorothy Richardson, H. G. Wells, and Virginia Woolf alongside understudied British and colonial writers including Amy Levy, B. M. Malabari, A. B. C. Merriman-Labor, Duse Mohamed Ali, and Una Marson. Evans argues that these diverse authors employed the 'new public women' and their associated spaces to grapple with widespread cultural change and reflect on the struggle to describe new subjects, experiences, and ways of seeing in appropriately novel ways. For colonial writers of color, those women and spaces provided a means through which to claim their own places in imperial London.…

Welcome to our newest Affiliated Faculty

November 20, 2018 • Categories: Alumni and Students

Gender Studies is pleased to announce the addition of two new Affiliated Faculty members, Sara Bernstein and Jessica Shumake.

Sara Bernstein is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Thomas J. and Robert T. Rolfs Collegiate Chair. She specializes in the metaphysics of causation, and in related topics in ethics and the law, with additional work in the metaphysics of time and time travel. She has multiple teaching and research interests in feminist philosophy, particularly on the topics of intersectionality, misogyny, and sexual consent. She has held the Philip L. Quinn Fellowship at the National Humanities Center, the Andrew W. Mellon Assistant Professorship, been a visitor at Arché at the University of St. Andrews, and is a frequent visitor at the Australian National University. Prior to her current position, she was assistant professor of philosophy at Duke University.…

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Gender Studies University of Notre Dame

October 31, 2018 • Categories: Alumni and Students

Position Description:
The Gender Studies Program at the University of Notre Dame invites applications for a one-year postdoctoral fellowship in Gender Studies to begin August 2019. The successful candidate will teach one course per semester (two courses total) and will be expected to pursue a program of independent research and participate in the scholarly life of the faculty. The fellowship stipend is $40,000 plus benefits and a $2,000 research and travel budget. Area of concentration is open; however, the Program has identified the intersectional study of sexualities, masculinities, transnational and U.S.-multiracial feminisms, and trans studies as core areas for growth. Applicants must be fluent in gender/feminist theory and methodologies and prepared to teach an undergraduate elective course in one or more of the areas listed above. Evidence of scholarly achievement and successful teaching experience is essential.…

Call for Graphic Artist

October 30, 2018 • Categories: Alumni and Students

Call For Graphic Artist Poster

Call for Graphic Artist

Through Gendered Lenses
An Undergraduate Academic Journal
in Gender Research and Scholarship


The Gender Studies Program seeks a student graphic artist to produce the cover artwork for Through Gendered Lenses, the annual undergraduate research journal published by Triota, the Gender Studies Honor Society. It is preferred (but not required) for the artwork to reflect in some way the workings of gender and/or sexuality in the Notre Dame community. Abstract imagery is welcome. Past experience in graphic design is preferred. The artist will be paid $150 for their contribution.…

Graduate Research Grant Recipients

October 29, 2018 • Categories: Alumni and Students

Congratulations to our first Gender Studies Graduate Research Grant recipients:

Minju Kwon (Political Science) will conduct field research in January 2019 at the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children, to further her study of women’s participation in domestic and international regulations regarding child pornography.…

PhD Student wins the prestigious Victoria Urbano Graduate Student Essay Award

October 23, 2018 • Categories: Alumni and Students

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Paola Uparella Reyes, PhD candidate in the Spanish program in the department of Romance Languages and Literatures won the Victoria Urbano Graduate Student Essay Award by the International Association of Gender and Sexualities Studies. Her essay titled “The Guamanpumian Gaze and Colonial Shame (Guaman Poma's sketches of genitalia)” studies Guaman Poma's overlooked textual and visual representations of indigenous woman genitalia and annus (“güergüenzas”). This research is part of an upcoming article and of a chapter of Paola’s dissertation “Mirada, poder y genitalidad. La emergencia visual del género” [Gaze, Power and Genitality: the Visual Engendering of Gender] directed by Professor Carlos A. Jáuregui. Paola has presented this work at professor Jauregui’s graduate Seminar on Cultural Theory (2017), the Kellogg Institute’s Latin American History Working Group (organized by Professor Karen Graubart; Feb. 2018), the Universidad de los Andes (Aug. 2018), and the University of Illinois-Chicago (Sep. 2018).…

Welcome Julia Kowalski as Concurrent Faculty

August 27, 2018 • Categories: Alumni and Students

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Julia Kowalski is an assistant professor of global affairs and a concurrent faculty member in Notre Dame’s Gender Studies Program. A cultural anthropologist by training, she completed her PhD in the Department of Comparative Human Development at the University of Chicago. She has been conducting fieldwork in north India since 2007, focusing on issues of gender, kinship, women’s rights, personhood, gendered violence, and everyday institutional practices.…

Graduate Research Grants offered

August 27, 2018 • Categories: Alumni and Students

Ann Biddlecom

As a result of Dr. Biddlecom’s generous contributions to our program, Gender Studies will offer grants to our graduate minors to assist with expenses associated with research and creative work, including materials, fieldwork, and travel to conferences, workshops, or archives. 

Why Gender Studies?

August 23, 2018 • Categories: Alumni and Students

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Congratulations Vanesa Miseres

August 09, 2018 • Categories: Alumni and Students

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Vanesa Miseres’ book Mujeres en tránsito: viaje, identidad y escritura en Sudamérica (2017) has been honored with the Premio Roggiano para la Crítica Literaria Latinoamericana 2018 awarded from the International Institute of Latin American Literature. The prize recognizes the best book of Latin American literary criticism published between 2016 and 2017.

Art historian wins grant from Graham Foundation to complete book on American artist Alison Knowles

August 09, 2018 • Categories: Alumni and Students

Nicole Woods, a Notre Dame assistant professor of modern and contemporary art history, has won a grant from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Arts. One of 21 grants awarded from a pool of more than 700 applications, Woods will use the funding to complete her book on American artist Alison Knowles, the sole female founding member of the influential artist collective Fluxus. Like many female artists of her era, Knowles had limited storage space and little professional recognition, creating a challenge in surveying the breadth and impact of her work.

ILS Director speaks about his experience at Harvard

May 29, 2018 • Categories: Alumni and Students

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ILS Director, Luis R. Fraga, discusses his time as part of the “Harvard 15” with Leslie Sanchez of CBS news. Fraga was raised in Corpus Christi, Texas, and believes his admission to Harvard resulted from a decision made by the university “to admit small numbers of low-income students, first-generation-to-college students, and to see what that would be like.”…

Call for Papers - Due July 1, 2018

May 22, 2018 • Categories: Alumni and Students

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The University of Notre Dame’s Gender Studies Program is happy to announce its fifth biennial international conference, which will be held in conjunction with the second meeting of the International Girls Studies Association.

University of Notre Dame - Notre Dame, Indiana, USA…

Congratulations Linda Przybyszewski

May 21, 2018 • Categories: Alumni and Students

Linda Przybyszewski’s article, “Scarlet Fever, Stanley Matthews, and the Cincinnati Bible War,” is the winner of the 2017 Hughes-Gossett Award for best article in the Journal of Supreme Court History. One of the Justices will present her with her award at the Supreme Court History Society's annual dinner at the Supreme Court on June 4.  …

Congratulations to Emily Garrett

May 21, 2018 • Categories: Alumni and Students

Joan Aldous Praxis Award 2018 Edited

Congratulations to Emily Garret '18 (Gender Studies Major and English Major) as our first annual recipient of the Joan Aldous Praxis Award.


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Congratulations to our 2018 Writing Award Recipients

April 24, 2018 • Categories: Alumni and Students

Philip L Quinn Essay Award 2018 Recipient

Rebecca L. Fritz

Majors: Neuroscience and Behavior and Gender Studies

“Feminist Critiques of Neuroimaging Sex/Gender Difference Research”

Undergraduate Essay Award Recipients


Genevieve D. Willis Senior Thesis Award 2018 Recipient

Congratulations to our 2018 Summer Grant Recipients

April 17, 2018 • Categories: Alumni and Students

2018 The Boehnen Fund for Excellence in Gender Studies Summer Internship Grant Recipients


Allison Dopazo ‘19 (Gender Studies major; Interdisciplinary Minor in Constitutional Studies)

Allison will be interning in the Domestic Crimes unit at the Florida State's Attorney’s Office in Coral Gables.


Abigail Ferguson ’19

Congratulations Dinuka Cooray

April 16, 2018 • Categories: Alumni and Students

Congratulations to Dinuka Cooray ‘20, University of Notre Dame – The Ugly Side of Beauty for her contribution to the second issue of Hoochie Reader, a print anthology of feminist thought and creativity based at Boston University.…

Congratulatons Nicole Woods

April 05, 2018 • Categories: Alumni and Students

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Professor Nicole Woods, an art historian and Gender Studies concurrent faculty member, has been awarded a grant from the prestigious Graham Foundation.  The grant will support research on her monograph, Performing Chance: The Art of Alison Knowles In/Out of Fluxus.  Please join us in congratulating Professor Woods!…

Marian Mullin Hancock Teaching Award Recipient

April 03, 2018 • Categories: Alumni and Students

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I’m happy to announce that Pamela Butler is this year’s winner of the Marian Mullin Hancock Award for Excellence in Teaching Gender Studies!


Please join me in wishing her congratulations, and thanking her for her deep commitment to feminist pedagogy and to ensuring that Notre Dame students receive a top-notch education in gender studies. …

Research Workshop Coordinators 2018-2019

March 27, 2018 • Categories: Alumni and Students

Shinjini Chattopadhyay (PhD English) and Danielle "Dani" Green (PhD English) will coordinate the Research Workshops for Graduate Students for 2018-2019.  The dates for 2018-2019 Research Workshops will be available soon for presenters to sign up.

Thank you to Stacy Sivinski and Dominique Vargas for their continued work on this year's Research Workshops.…

Steering Committee Election Results

March 27, 2018 • Categories: Alumni and Students

The following faculty have been elected to the Committee:

Meredith Chesson was the only Social Science candidate, so she will serve as a new Social Science Representative (2018-21).

Perin Gurel will serve as a new Humanities/Fine Arts Representative (2018-21).

Pam Wojcik will serve as a new At-Large Representative (2018-21).…

2018-2019 Teaching Apprenticeship Recipients

March 27, 2018 • Categories: Alumni and Students

Congratulations to our 2018-2019 Teaching Apprenticeship Recipients

Chamara Moore (PhD English)

Dominique Vargas (PhD English)…

Congratulations to our newly appointed Affiliated Faculty member

March 23, 2018 • Categories: Alumni and Students

Congratulations Susan St.Ville our newly appointed Affiliated Faculty member.

Susan M. St.Ville, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies…

Operation Frankenstein Fall 2018

March 07, 2018 • Categories: Alumni and Students

This conference is part of a panoply of interdisciplinary activities taking place on the Notre Dame campus (Fall 2018) in celebration of the bicentennial of Mary Shelley's great novel, Frankenstein.

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Why Frankenstein Matters at 200: Rethinking the Human through the Arts and Sciences, July 4-6, 2018.…

Congratulations Nicole Woods on your publication

March 01, 2018 • Categories: Alumni and Students

“A Lunatic of the Sacred”: The Life and Work of Charlotte Moorman


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Nicole L. Woods is an Assistant Professor of modern and contemporary art and a Gender Studies Concurrent Faculty at the University of Notre Dame . In fall 2017 she holds the Ailsa Mellon Bruce Visiting Senior Fellowship at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, National Gallery of Art. She is currently completing the first scholarly monograph on the Fluxus artist Alison Knowles.…

Congratulations to our newly appointed Affiliated Faculty members

February 28, 2018 • Categories: Alumni and Students

Congratulations to our newly appointed Affiliated Faculty members:


Lakshmi Iyer, Associate Professor of Economics


Linda Przybyszewski, Associate Professor in History


Sarah Margarita Quesada

In Memoriam: Mary Ellen Konieczny, Henkels Family Associate Professor of Sociology

February 28, 2018 • Categories: Alumni and Students

In Memoriam: Mary Ellen Konieczny, Henkels Family Associate Professor of Sociology, Gender Studies Affiliated Faculty and Gender Studies Steering Committee Representative for the Social Sciences

by Kate Garry

February 26, 2018


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