For more information about our scholars, please request a hard copy of the Scholars Program Directory by sending an email to the Scholars Program Coordinator, Aina Lagor 

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Mission and History


"Inspiration" by Rita Blitt

Our Mission

The Brandeis Women’s Studies Research Center Scholars Program mission is to be an innovative and mutually supportive community of scholars engaged in research and artistic activity.

Working in the arts, humanities, sciences and social sciences and their intersections, these researchers and artists focus on questions related to women’s lives and gender dynamics. Advancing the social justice mission of Brandeis University, scholars contribute intellectually to the university as well as to the broader local, national and international communities.

Our History

In 1992, the Women's Studies Program at Brandeis University opened its doors to academic scholars who were on leave from other universities, in retirement or working independently. Talented individuals working on projects of particular relevance to women and gender became members of the Scholars Program. While conducting their own research and writing, they gave lectures, organized panels, collaborated on projects and supervised students.

Over time it became clear that this interesting group of researchers was producing significant work and thus becoming an important asset to Brandeis University. Shortly thereafter, the idea was born to raise money to rehabilitate a run-down building on the edge of campus and designate a portion for the Women's Studies Research Center.

In less than three years' time, Dr. Shulamit Reinharz raised all essential funding and designed the building. Scholars moved into the WSRC in January, 2001. 

We remain true to our original goal: building a self-governing community of feminist scholars — women and men — who enhance the university while undertaking research and initiating thoughtful, cross-disciplinary projects of the highest quality.

Today, the Women's Studies Research Center is led by Karen V. Hansen and consists of scholars from many disciplines. Scholars are researching, engaging in activism and collaborating with one another. The program also holds a lecture series in the fall and spring with lectures scheduled on select days of each month at 12:30 p.m. in the Liberman-Miller Lecture Hall. See our Lecture Series webpage for more details.

We hope you will come visit us, learn more about our scholars and our program.