Scholars Program

WSRC Scholar Rajashree Ghosh with Brandeis Heller graduate students and staff members

WSRC Scholar Rajashree Ghosh takes a break during a workshop with Brandeis Heller Graduate Students and staff

Photo Credit: Rajashree Ghosh

Evolving and dynamic, the Scholars Program is committed to fostering outstanding individual achievement of the highest caliber while building a community among the scholars and a partnership with the university.

As a group, the scholars constitute a research-and-support community:

Mission and History

Through WSRC's Scholars Program, artists and academic scholars explore women's and gender issues, their work often culminating in thought provoking books and inspiring presentations that are open to the public. The WSRC Scholars Program offers events and a lecture series for the public.

In 1992, the Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program at Brandeis University opened its doors to academic scholars who were on leave from other universities, in retirement or working independently, conducting their own research and writing.

Subsequently, under the leadership of Dr. Shulamit Reinharz, funds were raised to rehabilitate a run-down building on the edge of campus and designate a portion of it for a women's studies research center with an innovative scholars program that opened in January 2001. Professor of Sociology Karen V. Hansen subsequently took over leadership of the WSRC from 2017-2021.

 Today, the WSRC is led by Associate Professor of Literature, and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies, WSRC Director Harleen Singh.