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Faculty Research Spotlight: Meredith Chesson

September 03, 2019 • Categories: Alumni and Students

Meredith Chesson Aquaduct WebDr. Meredith Chesson recording a late 19th/early 20th century aquaduct in the San Pasquale Valley, Calabria, Italy (2015 season) | Photo: Nicholas Ames

Meredith Chesson, a Nanovic Institute Faculty Fellow and Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Notre Dame, recently published an article in the latest volume of the Journal of Mediterranean Archaeology

Congratulations to our graduate minor students who are graduating this August!

August 09, 2019 • Categories: Alumni and Students

We wish you all the best in your future ventures -- please keep in touch!

Marisol Fonseca Malavasi, PhD in Literature

Marjorie Housley, PhD in English, additional minor in Irish Studies

Minju Kwon, PhD in Political Science

Eric Lewis, PhD in English, additional minor in Irish Studies

Colleen Mitchell, PhD in Political Science…

'Mamalogues' to present womens' stories

May 22, 2019 • Categories: Alumni and Students

When Noelle Elliott experienced postpartum depression following the birth of her second child, she initially hesitated to share her struggle, feeling it would somehow make her a less-than-perfect mom.

But one evening, over dinner with several girlfriends, she finally opened up and shared what she was going through. And she listened to what her friends had to say.…

Attend ND Explores STEM during the 2019 Reunion on campus

May 22, 2019 • Categories: Alumni and Students

ND Explores Stem

Notre Dame Research in coordination with the College of Science and the College of Engineering will participate in the Alumni Association’s Annual Reunion event on Friday, May 31, 2019 from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Three gender studies professors named ACLS fellows

May 12, 2019 • Categories: Alumni and Students

Historians Katie Jarvis and Emily Remus were among 81 fellows named from more than 1,100 applicants in the 2019 award cycle. And Sarah McKibben, an associate professor of Irish language and literature, was one of 78 to receive a 2018 fellowship. ACLS awardees are selected for excellence in the humanities and humanistic social sciences, and the fellowships support six to 12 months of full-time research and writing.

Winners of Undergraduate Writing Awards

May 01, 2019 • Categories: Alumni and Students

Congratulations to Brooke Littman and Lia Rocchino.

2019 recipient of Philip L. Quinn Gender Studies Essay Award
Brook Littman (Major: Film, Television, and Theatre, Supplementary Major: Pre-Health Studies)
“Harold, They’re Lesbians”; A Semiotic and Queer Analysis of A Letter to Three Wives
Written for Critical Approaches to Screen Cultures/Professor Pam Wojcik…

GSU Teaching Award Winners

May 01, 2019 • Categories: Alumni and Students

Congratulations to our Graduate Minors: Trish Bredar, Catherine Brix, Colleen Mitchell

Teaching Award Winner

Lauren Trichtinger, Psychology


Teaching Award Honorable Mention

Trish Bredar, English

Niraja Suresh, Biology


Instructor Award Winner

Catherine Brix, Romance Languages & Literatures


Instructor Award Honorable Mention

Q&A with Terence McDonnell

May 01, 2019 • Categories: Alumni and Students

Eck Institute for Global Health faculty member, Terence McDonnell, Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Concurrent Associate Professor in the Keough School of Global Affairs, shares details about his global health research from a social science lens and what he finds to be the most gratifying moment while training students.

Jason Ruiz awarded Whiting Public Engagement Fellowship to support work on Latinx murals of Pilsen

April 18, 2019 • Categories: Alumni and Students

Ruiz awarded Whiting Public Engagement Fellowship.

Two Notre Dame faculty elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

April 18, 2019 • Categories: Alumni and Students

Declan Kiberd and Dianne Pinderhughes have been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the nation’s oldest learned societies and independent policy research centers. 

Affiliated Faculty News

April 09, 2019 • Categories: Alumni and Students

Marianne Tarcov joins the Gender Studies Affiliate Faculty. She currently is a Visiting Professor in East Asian Languages and Cultures teaching Japanese Literature and Language. Please join us in welcoming her to the Gender Studies Program.…

Congratulations to our 2019-20 Teaching Apprentices

April 08, 2019 • Categories: Alumni and Students

The Gender Studies Program is pleased to announce that Brianna McCaslin (Sociology PhD student, minor in Gender Studies) and Laura Ortiz Mercado (English PhD student, minors in Gender Studies and Screen Cultures) will serve as the Teaching Apprentices for the 2019-20 academic year. As Teaching Apprentices, they will TA for the Introduction to Gender Studies in Fall 2019 and co-teach the course in Spring 2020. Please join us in congratulating them!…

Congratulations Susan Harris

April 04, 2019 • Categories: Alumni and Students

Teaching Award Winner Poster Susan Harris Edited


Outstanding Graduate Student Teacher Award

April 02, 2019 • Categories: Alumni and Students

Congratulations Marisol Fonseca Malavasi (PhD in Literature) and Marjorie Housley (PhD English) 2019 Kaneb Center Outstanding Graduate Student Teacher Award Recipients. Marisol and Marjorie were the Gender Studies 2017-18 Teaching Apprenticeship recipients. They will be honored at an Awards Dinner on Wednesday, April 17 at 5:45 p.m. in the Smith Ballroom of Morris Inn.…

G. Margaret Porter Graduate Writing Awards

April 02, 2019 • Categories: Alumni and Students

Congratulations to Abigail Jorgensen and Stacy Sivinski, 2019 recipients of G. Margaret Porter Graduate Writing Awards.


Recipient of G. Margaret Porter Graduate Writing Prize – Article Chapter:

Stacy Sivinski (PhD English, Gender Studies and Irish Studies Minors)

“Velvet, Silk, and Other Ecstasies: Exploring Affective Encounters with Clothes in Early Issues of Vogue”

Congratulations Paola Uparella Reyes

March 20, 2019 • Categories: Alumni and Students

Uparella Img 1859 Edited

Paola Uparella Reyes, ABD in Notre Dame’s new PhD Program in Spanish, has accepted a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor in Spanish American Literature (Colonial Studies) in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies at the University of Florida.…

Internal Scholar-in-Residence Recipient

March 19, 2019 • Categories: Alumni and Students

Congratulations to Karen Graubart

Karen Graubart, Associate Professor of History, is the recipient of our first annual Internal Scholar-in-Residence (ISR) position. Her one year ISR term will begin in Fall 2019 and conclude in Spring 2020. The ISR will collaborate with the Gender Studies Associate Director and Director, and will be a close colleague with the incoming postdoctoral fellow in a mutual relationship that promises career mentorship for the postdoctoral scholar and increased familiarity with contemporary Gender/Feminist/Sexuality Studies for the more senior ISR.…

2019-20 Steering Committee Election Results

March 08, 2019 • Categories: Alumni and Students

Here are the results of our election for open positions on the 2019-20 Gender Studies Steering Committee.

The following faculty have been elected to the Committee, and each will serve 3-year terms: Karen Graubart (HIST), Vanessa Miseres (LLRO), and Connie Mick (CSC).

Emily Smith (History, PhD) will serve as the new Graduate Student Representative (2019-20).…

Undergraduate Writing Awards

February 28, 2019 • Categories: Alumni and Students

Writing Awards Undergraduate Edited

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 excellence for the Gender Studies Program.…

Historian Paul Ocobock awarded American Historical Association prize for book on the role of age in Kenyan violence

February 27, 2019 • Categories: Alumni and Students

Kenya has been troubled by ethnic violence for many years, especially surrounding elections, and most histories of the country focus on the issue of ethnicity. But there is another factor that is just as important, Paul Ocobock argues — age. He was awarded the 2018 Morris D. Forkosch Prize for his exploration of the centrality of age and masculinity in the lives of young men in his book, An Uncertain Age: The Politics of Manhood in Kenya.

‘Ways of seeing and changing the world’: Gender Studies Program marks 30 years of rigorous, interdisciplinary study and a commitment to social justice

February 19, 2019 • Categories: Alumni and Students

Three decades after its founding, the Gender Studies Program is thriving, with more than 70 students currently pursuing gender studies majors, supplementary majors, and minors at the undergraduate and graduate levels, as well as more than 50 associated faculty across campus. Hundreds of students have found a home in the program over the years — including Sarah A. Mustillo ’96, the I.A. O’Shaughnessy Dean of the College of Arts and Letters.

Fewer unintended pregnancies contribute to all-time low U.S. fertility rate, according to new research by concurrent faculty member

February 16, 2019

Kasey Buckles, Brian and Jeannelle Brady Associate Professor of economics at the University of Notre Dame, and her co-authors, Melanie Guldi at the University of Central Florida and Lucie Schmidt at Williams College, found that the number of births that were likely unintended has fallen 16 percent since 2007.

Graduate Writing Awards

February 08, 2019 • Categories: Alumni and Students

Writing Award Graduate Edited

The G. Margaret Porter Gender Studies Graduate Writing Prizes are awarded for the following:

  1. An award in the amount of $100 is awarded to the best paper written for a graduate course, and
  2. An award in the amount of $100 is awarded for the best article (draft, under review, or published), dissertation chapter, or MA thesis chapter.

Graduate Research Grants

February 08, 2019 • Categories: Alumni and Students

Congratulations to our Spring 2019 Gender Studies Graduate Research Grant recipients:


Patricia Bredar (English) will present her paper, “Wild Wanderings: Imagining Women’s Mobility in Charlotte Smith’s Elegiac Sonnets,” this April at the 2019 British Women Writer’s Conference in Auburn, Alabama.


Shinjini Chattopadhyay (English)

Teaching Apprenticeships for Graduate Students - application deadline

January 28, 2019 • Categories: Alumni and Students

The Gender Studies Program offers graduate students at Notre Dame the opportunity to serve as Teaching Assistants for our Introduction to Gender Studies undergraduate course.  Two graduate students in good standing in the Gender Studies Graduate Minor program are selected for these positions each spring.  The following fall semester, the students serve as Teaching Assistants for the Associate Director, who instructs the class. The Teaching Assistants participate in the annual review and updating of the course syllabus, teach a few lectures, help grade papers and exams, discuss papers with students and meet weekly with the Associate Director to discuss the course. In the spring semester, the Teaching Assistants co-teach the class, with the Associate Director in an advisory capacity. During the fall, the Teaching Assistants receive standard TA pay; in the spring, they receive adjunct pay. This is an excellent opportunity for graduate students to strengthen their knowledge and pedagogical skills by getting concrete experience teaching Gender Studies. Applications are reviewed in February, and details on applying can be found on the Gender Studies website.…

Call for Applications: Gender Studies Internal Scholar-in-Residence

January 28, 2019 • Categories: Alumni and Students

Gender Studies Internal Scholar-in-Residence Position Description

The Gender Studies Program invites applications for a competitive one-year Internal Scholar-In-Residence position that grants a tenured Gender Studies faculty member a one- year teaching release—one course per semester—from their home department. During the year of residence, the scholar will teach one course originating in Gender Studies and receive relief from teaching another course in exchange for teaching, mentoring, and/or programming service to Gender Studies. Specific responsibilities will be determined by the scholar’s profile and interests, but may include developing one or more courses in targeted subject areas, teaching one of Gender Studies’ core courses, and/or developing a specific program initiative. To participate fully in the life of the Program, the Scholar-in-Residence is expected to work primarily from the Gender Studies office for the term of their commitment and to be regularly available for meetings with Gender Studies staff, faculty, and students.

Marian Mullin Hancock Teaching Award

January 28, 2019 • Categories: Alumni and Students

Marian Mullin Hancock Picture

This annual award honors teaching excellence in the area of gender studies at the University of Notre Dame.  Via this award faculty members are recognized for their essential contributions to the intellectual growth of Notre Dame students and development of the Gender Studies Program through excellent teaching in interdisciplinary courses focused on gender.  The award is named for Marian Mullin Hancock (1903-1992), a benefactor of the Gender Studies Program who attended Saint Mary’s Academy and received many honors for her philanthropic work, including the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice medal. …

Call for Undergraduate Papers - Through Gendered Lenses

January 03, 2019 • Categories: Alumni and Students

Call For Papers Tgl Poster 2019 New Edited

Through Gendered Lenses is an academic journal published by Triota, the Gender Studies Honor Society at Notre Dame, created to foster research in the broad field of Gender Studies and to highlight excellent gender-related work being done by undergraduate students across the university. We welcome submissions from all disciplines. Submissions must focus on topics related to gender, including but not limited to sexuality, religion, politics, the family, media, health, economics, culture, and violence.…