Women's Studies Research Center

Research and Art Initiatives

The Women's Studies Research Center promotes interdisciplinary exchange between scholars and artists, faculty and students, who conduct innovative research and create art with a focus on gender issues and women's lives.

Group of C – Change leaders seated in chairs for a discussion

Directed by Dr. Linda Pololi

The National Initiative on Gender, Culture and Leadership in Medicine engages medical schools in action-research to facilitate institutional culture changes that allow all faculty members and physicians-in-training to contribute fully and reach their own full potential.

Woman on ladder installing displays in the art exhibit

Photo Credit: Susan Eisenberg

Directed by Susan Eisenberg

The On Equal Terms Project draws on research, art, and personal testimony to analyze, convey, and address equity issues for women in historically-male occupations.

Group of people seated in a room talking

Directed by Dr. Karen V. Hansen

The Cascading Research Group explores the process of falling from a particular status in ways that trigger additional declines. While fundamentally driven by an economic drop, cascading coexists with and provokes multiple losses, which can in turn become a constellation of descents — social, interpersonal, aspirational.

19 century photograph of group of slaves with the heading "Beyond Slavery"

Directed by Dr. Bernadette Brooten

The Feminist Sexual Ethics Project works to create Jewish, Christian and Muslim sexual ethics rooted in freedom, mutuality, meaningful consent, responsibility and female (as well as male) pleasure untainted by slave-holding values.