Spring 2013 Application

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

SSPP Project Openings

The Student-Scholar Partnership Program - the SSPP 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 $8.00 an hour.
To apply,  please submit your resumé to the SSPP 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 Fall 2014 SSPP Opportunities (5) (please scroll down and click on the Project Title for a more detailed position description.)

1.  Project Title:  "Laid To Rest" Film Documentary on Argentine Jewry and the slave trade from between the 1870's and 1930's   Scholar:  Ornit Barkai

2. Project Title:  "How Not To Shoot Old People" Book on Ageism   Scholar: Margaret Gullette

3. Project Title:  Website presenting Women's Rights in the Sweatshops of El Salvador    Scholar: Louise Lopman

4. Project Title:  Economic Study on "Gender, Wealth, and the Great Recession"   Scholar: Smriti Rao

5. Project Title:   Left on Pearl: Making a Feminist Documentary  Scholars: Susie Rivo and Rochelle Ruthchild

1.  Project Title:  "Laid To Rest" Film Documentary on Argentine Jewry and the slave trade from between the 1870's and 1930's
Scholar:  Ornit Barkai

The feature length documentary Laid to Rest: Buried Stories of the Jewish Sex Trade explores untold themes of the Jewish sex trade in Argentina between 1870s and 1930s. Tracing scarce archival resources, the film weaves a compelling collage that bears witness and gives a voice to the "polacas" (the Jewish women who were trafficked into prostitution) whose story was buried with them but was never laid to rest. By juxtaposing contemporary footage and historic imagery, this issue-based film creates powerful audiovisual contexts that inform, educate and inspire change. Currently in post-production phase, the project is in the process of seeking completion funds to finalize the rough-cut edit, as well as market and distribute the finished film by approaching funders, community leaders and educational organizations in the areas of anti-trafficking, community development and social action.

 What role will the student play in the project? Please be specific regarding expected    responsibilities.

• Research documentary film grant providers

      • Establish communication with educational and community resources

      • Social media research and strategies to increase online presence

• Contribute to website and presentations design (primarily via WordPress, PowerPoint)

• Assist with distribution and marketing strategies by discussing and developing content

• Depending on film production skills: opportunities to participate in editing of rough-cut and trailers

2. Project Title:  "How Not To Shoot Old People" Book on Ageism
Scholar: Margaret Gullette

I will be researching the last three chapters of my next book, the fifth book in age studies that I have written. The chapters are: The Elder Hostile: Debating Ageism in the College Classroom (combatting ageism on the Internet and among young people through a college composition assignment); Advertisements for Our Scared New World Fantasies of Euthanasia and Pre-emptive Suicide (a movie, a play, a novel, and a lot of media stories make the case that end-of-life situations--especially Alzheimer's-- have gotten so terrifying that suicide or murder are preferred); and Redress: Overcoming Trauma, Repairing Relationships, Healing  Society (milestones of anti-ageist thinking, feeling, and acting).

 The Partner will first read Chapter One and discuss it with me, to make sure s/he understands the concepts and aims of the book. The Partner will be doing research on two or three well-defined topics/ issues, creating bibliographies, and helping with checking references and end-notes.   They will also edit a wikipedia entry.

Scholar: Louise Lopman

El Salvador NOT For Sale explores the impacts of a brutal 12-year Civil War that concluded with the signing of Peace Accords in 1992 and a devastated economy. A main focus is on the emergence of maquilas (sweatshops)  in free trade zones as a result of “free” trade agreements and other U.S. neoliberal policies, and women’s struggle to  win workers’ rights.  Research includes interviews in El Salvador with sweatshop workers, labor organizers, and women’s organizations, as well as observations in the maquila that manufactures for the GAP.

The main responsibility of the student will be to work closely with me in order to advise, create, design, and implement together my first-ever web page. This will involve research of other sociologists’ web pages for ideas in presenting my academic and professional background (from my CV) and all other relevant information in an interesting, relevant and attractive format.  Hopefully, a highlighted feature will be my recently completed book. In conjunction with the web page, the student will select photos and publications, etc. related to my bio and decide on the best means to organize and present them according to their relevance. In short, I will rely heavily on and be very receptive to the student’s talent and expertise in all of these tasks. 

Scholar: Smriti Rao

The study is part of a larger feminist effort to understand the gendered effects of capitalism. The Great Recession of 2007-08 resulted both in a loss of wealth as well as a redistribution of wealth, but there is almost no research on the gendered patterns of wealth losses and gains in its aftermath. This study uses panel data from the 2007 and 2009 US Survey of Consumer Finance to evaluate how and why women and men may have been differently by the crisis.

The student will have two primary responsibilities:

1. To generate summaries of select published papers on the subject ( I will usually provide the student with the paper).

2. Use Excel and STATA to prepare data tables of means, medians, frequencies, as we try to uncover these gendered patterns.

Also, it would be very helpful for me to have someone help with the collation of my data into tables. Initial analysis of such large data sets requires a tremendous number of tables to be analyzed and it would be very useful to have help on that.  It would also be very useful to have someone to discuss the tables with and perhaps benefit from the student’s insights into what the data might be telling us. 

Scholar: Susie Rivo and Rochelle Ruthchild

“Left on Pearl” is a documentary film nearing completion, about the “surprise ending” of the 1971 International Women’s Day march in Boston, the takeover of the Harvard-owned building at 888 Memorial Drive, Cambridge. This action led to the creation of the Cambridge Women’s Center and many other women’s and community organizations in this area. We propose to create a study guide and an interactive online archive/database to accompany the film for use in educational

The student will carefully read existing transcripts of interviews, select highlights, and categorize/index clips within these interviews by speaker, topic and other filters. This will help lay the groundwork for an online interactive archive/database. Other potential responsibilities include: researching still photo rights and licensing, corresponding with various archives, assisting with mailings, updating and further developing the film’s website, and other administrative tasks, as needed. 

The student will be doing essential work required in order to complete the film and to create a study guide and online interactive video archive. We would benefit greatly from fresh eyes looking at this material, in which we have been immersed for many years. We would also benefit from the different generational perspective a student would likely bring.