Spring 2013 Application

Hiring decisions will be made on an ongoing, rolling basis.  Please apply soon - We look forward to hearing from you!

SSP Project Openings


The Student-Scholar Partnership Program - the SSP is an exciting internship for sophomores, juniors and seniors offering educational and real-world experience while benefiting from a supportive mentoring relationship with a Scholar. Students are hired for 50 hours of meaningful work over the course of a semester and are paid $9.00 an hour.
To apply,  please submit your resumé to the SSP Listings through the Office of Student Employment online site: https://careers.brandeis.edu/studentjobs/. Job ID# are listed next to the title. If chosen to interview, you may need to fill out the SSPP application form and submit a writing sample directly to Kristen Mullin in Epstein at the Women's Studies Research Center. The writing sample can be any length or topic (relevant to project is better).  It needs to show you can take a thought, put it in on paper, and then discuss it clearly and intelligently. Many students have used past graded papers before.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Kristen Mullin, SSP Program Coordinator: mullin@brandeis.edu
Available Spring 2015  SSP Opportunities 
1.  "Raising Social-Consiousness for Feminism"  Research  Asst  (Job ID: 523674) – Scholar Janet Freedman
2.  Age Studies Research and Writing  (Job ID: 523675) – Margaret Gullette 
3.  Gender and Achievement Concerns: Is “Fear of Success” Still With Us?  (Job ID: 523676) – Scholar Phoebe Schnitzer
4. Researching the life of my militant, suffragist Grandmother  (Job ID:  523677) – Scholar Pam Swing
5.  Women’s Education in Peru in the 1880’s  (Job ID: 523678) – Scholar Mary Berg
6. Eating With Strangers : Observing Cultural Differences Through Food (Job ID: 523679) – Scholar Regina Wasserfall 

1.  "Raising Social-Consiousness for Feminism"  Research  Asst – Scholar Janet Freedman

Student Employment Job ID# 523674

Description:  My work involves learning how to gain a larger audience to discuss the importance of consciousness-raising as a tool for feminist organizing and activism.  To this end, I have written a book on the subject and I need a student to help publicize my work through social media and my website.  If time permits, I would also like to begin work on a future project on the role of language in advancing or limiting activism for women’s liberation and other social justice concerns.

Requirements: Related coursework in Women’s Studies and courses dealing with social justice; Excellent technology skill including: website updating (web design not necessary), blogs and social media tools; library research skills; Excellent writing skills; interest in working with women and social justice issues

2.  Age Studies Research and Writing – Margaret Gullette

Student Employment Job ID: 523675

Description:  The Scholar is an award-winning author and cultural critic who works on age issues and is considered a pioneer in the emerging field called Age Studies. She is working on her fourth book, “How Not To Shoot Old People”. 

 Age Studies studies the age relations invented by culture. It goes beyond ageism to study middle ageism and the kind of decline thinking that is targeting young adults. The Student Partner will be involved in cutting-edge work that is part of an ant-ageist movement. This is important historically, theoretically, practically, and politically.

My major project is finishing a  crossover book called How Not to Shoot Old People. I will be writing the final two chapters.  The Partner will be doing research on two or three topics/ issues, and help with checking references and end-notes. 

(1) One chapter is on ageism on the Internet, and how a writing assignment in first-year college courses might counter it. I’ve already invented a writing assignment. The title is “The Elder Hostile: Debating Ageism in the College Classroom”. This involves research on anti-ageist pedagogy, on how people learn to resist bias, or how they resist learning when bias is involved; and feminist/ anti-racist modes (if any) of introducing critical assignments into writing courses.  

(2) Chapter Two on photography requires that the Partner acquire permissions from photographers (or the copyright holders) for 10 art works. (Letter-writing, follow-up, using a template provided by my press.)

(3) The last chapter. “Redress: Overcoming Trauma, Repairing Relationships, Healing  Society” (milestones of anti-ageist thinking, feeling, and acting). Research might involve psychology of parent-adult child relationships, international criminal law, theory about building activist movements, reconciliation models).  

Research involves Lexis-Nexis and academic data bases as well as books, articles.   The Partner will also be reading and editing the drafts.  I welcome ideas from the Partner on all aspects, content as well as style.

Requirements: Background in critical thinking; Background in social construction of self/society (courses in gender, soc of aging, anthro, history, media, literature, political science can provide good background); Experience with sexism, racism, ableism, if not ageism helpful;  Background or interest in art (photography) would be wonderful; Excellent and demonstrated writing skills; Thoughtful skepticism about  media and scientific “information” helpful. All Applicants should submit a writing sample to Kristen Mullin, SSP Program Coordinator at: mullin@brandeis.edu   Sample should show a student can take a thought, put in writing and thoughtfully discuss it.  Past graded papers are most commonly used.  No topic requirement, but relevant topics helpful.

3.  Gender and Achievement Concerns: Is “Fear of Success” Still With Us? – Scholar Phoebe Schnitzer

Student Employment Job ID: 523676

 Description: Since its introduction by Matina Horner (1969), “Fear of Success” (FOS) has evolved from a groundbreaking construct highlighting gender differences, to a hotly contested characterization of women, and eventually to an idea viewed with widespread skepticism. Asking, “To what extent was FOS a phenomenon of its times?” our research examines responses of female and male undergraduates from different eras .  With a central focus on gender differences, the research highlights the evolution of  earlier to current success themes, and their relationship to the social climate of each era.

Requirements:  Coursework in Psychology and or Women’s Studies; Interest in working with qualitative data; Professional interest in Social sciences, Pysch., Sociology or Gender helpful

4. Researching the life of my militant, suffragist Grandmother – Scholar Pam Swing

Student Employment Job ID: 523677

Description:  This Scholar is researching the life and work of her militant suffragist grandmother, Betty Gram Swing (1893-1969) in preparation for writing a book about her. Amongst other activities, she did legislative work trying to get the Equal Rights Amendment passed in Congress.  She was instrumental in the formation of the Sub-Commission on the Status of Women at the 1946 United Nations General Assembly. (It became a full Commission that is still in existence!)  Student and Scholar will be working with primary source materials from her papers, transcribing, analyzing, and organizing them as needed.  They will also be doing online research into other relevant archival material.

Requirements: Strong interest in Feminism movements in history; Excellent research skills both in library, archival systems,  and online;  Ability to grasp ideas and curiosity to flesh them out.

5.  Women’s Education in Peru in the 1880’s – Scholar Mary Berg

Student Employment Job ID: 523678

Description:  We will explore the differences between what women students read and learn now, and what women’s schools were like in the end of the 19th century and beginning of the 20thAves sin nido ( an award-wining  book written by a woman in 1998) should be the ideal starting point for a consideration of the materials (including one complete textbook) Matto gathered and published for use by her women high school students – she taught most of her life, and supported herself in exile in Argentina by teaching.  It should be really interesting to compare Matto’s selections to other textbooks of the era. What were girls expected to learn from their classroom readings? What are the women characters like in these stories and essays?  We may decide to write one or more articles about Matto in her role as teacher of women students.

Requirements:  Related coursework in History, Education, Gender;   Knowledge/Interest in Latin American history and language; Well-developed higher-thinking skills; Ability to read, synthesize and discuss relevant projects; Excellent research skills both online and library.

6. Eating With Strangers : Observing Cultural Differences Through Food – Scholar Regina Wasserfall

Student Employment Job ID: 523679

Description:  This project focuses on the potential divisiveness of eating with strangers. It looks at cultural, political and social meanings of eating with gendered others. Food is much more than a biological need; it is a universal language that moves every one of us from the particular to the general and vice versa. Food touches all aspects of being humans, from gender to security to politics, to ethics and to physiology. In this partnership we will be exploring in particular the relations of food, to ideas of homosexuality and transgender culture.

Requirements: Related coursework in Soc. or Anthropology methods of research; Strong English writing skills; Library and website research skills;  Similar Professional Interests in social sciences, international, narrative of food, emotions and physicality related to food helpful; Also helpful would be open mind, curiosity and responsibility.