Centers, Institutes, and Projects

The Feminist Sexual Ethics Project is a faculty initiative to provide religious communities and society at large with the knowledge and framework needed to recognize and acknowledge past collaboration in slavery; to engage in restorative justice for slavery; and to create sexual ethics untainted by slave-holding values.


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The Hadassah-Brandeis Institute develops fresh ways of thinking about Jews and gender worldwide by producing and promoting scholarly research, artistic projects and public engagement.

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The Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism, the nation’s first investigative reporting center based at a university, was launched in 2004 to help fill the void in high-quality public interest and investigative journalism. As one of the pioneers in the new nonprofit journalism, the Schuster Institutes goals are to investigate significant social and political problems and human rights issues, and uncover corporate and government abuses of power. Founded by longtime investigative journalist and editor Florence Graves, the Schuster Institute is among just a handful of independent reporting centers in the United States focused on local, national, and international issues — and the only one whose central focus is social justice and human rights.

This collaborative project emerged from the course "Transnational Feminisms: Perspectives from South Asia and Beyond" taught by anthropologist Shilpa Phadke, who was Madeleine Haas Russell Visiting Professor in South Asian Studies at Brandeis in the spring of 2018. In exploring the parallels and frictions of women's movements across national boundaries, both undergraduate and graduate students compiled reading lists for specific themes and regions. Participating students share their work as a resource for individuals interested in exploring feminisms in these individual contexts, as well as a broader perspective on how feminism has been mobilized across the globe.

The WSRC is an innovative, interdisciplinary research facility of scholars, students and faculty who study gender issues and women's lives.

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