Women's Studies Research Center

Scholars Program

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 WSRC Scholars constitute a research-and-support community through their affiliation with the program, work on one or more projects, and their contributions of collegial support and help with administration of the program and projects.

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 would like to take this opportunity to thank the following Scholars for the value they have added to our community while participating in thoughtful and inspiring research with meaningful impact. Your work has made a difference, and we celebrate you

Scholar News

WSRC Scholars are welcome to submit items of recent research and field activity to the program administrator. Updates will be posted as sent in. Send submissions to:

Kristen Mullin, WSRC Program Administrator

Helen Berger, Affiliated Scholar 

Appearing in "All of Them Witches," a  documentary film premiering Dec. 21 on AMC+ Exclusive. Historically seen as a dangerous crone conjuring destructive magic. Perceived as a threat to the community and in league with the Devil. This is the untold story of the witch and her persecution and perseverance throughout history. Written and directed by Mona Anil Panchal ("Mucho Mucho Amore: The Legend of Walter Mercado"). 

Susan Eisenberg, Resident Scholar
  • Joined the editorial board of "Labor: Studies in Working Class History" (Duke) as poetry editor beginning with the fall 2022 issue.

  • Was among four honored as Trailblazers at the Women Build Boston conference Oct. 8 keynoted by U.S. Secretary of Labor Marty Walsh.

Fran Forman, photographer and Alumna Scholar
  • Critical Mass Top 50: BBA Gallery, Berlin, shortlist and group exhibition; Solo exhibition, Photografica Gallerie, San Miguel d’Allende, Mexico; International Color Awards, Honorary Mention; Podcast, Frames Magazine; Juror, ND Awards; Feature, "PhotoBook Journal"; Feature, "OneTwelve Magazine."

  • Group exhibits: North Carolina Museum of Art; Griffin Museum; A-W Galerie, Frankfurt, Germany

Karen Frostig,  Affiliated Scholar

Invited to speak at the UN General Assembly on International Holocaust Remembrance Day 2023. This deep honor is reserved for Holocaust survivors and speakers who have made noteworthy contributions to remembering this tragic history. She will be speaking about her family and her work. The "1941 Deportation Video to Riga" will be on display in a reserved area within the building.

Rajashree Ghosh, Affiliated Scholar
Margaret Morganroth Gullette, Resident Scholar
Suzanne B. Hanser, Affiliated Scholar
  • Keynote address for “Culture & Health” at the Universitá della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano, Switzerland.

Laurie Kahn, Affiliated Scholar
  • Artist residency/fellowship in Auvillar, France

Amelia LeClair, Affiliated Scholar

Amelia LeClair is the published author of "Dame Ethel Smyth's Mass in D from 1893/rev 1925." Furore Verlag of Germany, who publishes only music by women composers, has accepted her edition. It will be the first in the world (although the original publishers in the UK claim to have an edition, it is not actually available). 

These are the same publishers who told Dame Ethel in 1925 that they would not imprint her work due to lack of demand for it. This is the work she was doing in the Brandeis WSRC library with her Student-Scholar Partnership students for six years as a Resident Scholar. Ethel wrote this piece as a young woman in Leipzig. It is a magnificent piece of music, on the scale of the Brahms Requiem, and once heard will surely become part of the standard canon.

With only a handwritten manuscript to work from, this was truly a labor of love. The world premiere will be in December 2023 at Jordan Hall, and Amelia will dedicate it to Jake Sibley, one of her past SSPs, but she hopes that all of her SSPs know about it: Elon Wong, who taught her so much about using Sibelius; Dominique Norgaisse, a brilliant double major in linguistics and music; and Hannah Gudeman, who was there to offer invaluable assistance when needed.

Annette Miller, Affiliated Scholar

"You Will Not Play Wagner," starring actress and scholar Annette Miller, has been chosen to headline the 2023 Sarasota Jewish Film Festival. The film was also accepted at the Miami Jewish film festival and the Chicago Jewish film festival at the Skokie Holocaust Museum.

Vaughn Sills, WSRC Alumna, (Visiting Scholar)
  • "This Precious Life,"  solo exhibit and catalog, Art Center, Anna Maria College, Paxton, Massachusetts, from Oct. 19 – Dec. 19, 2022

Susan Wilson, Affiliate Scholar
  • Signed a contract with McFarland & Co. Publishers for her WSRC project of the past six years, a biography of pioneering 19th century physician/surgeon Dr. Susan Dimock.

  • Had 7,000-word illustrated article on Dr. Dimock published in the Annals of Surgery Open. This was the second article in a medical journal co-authored with former Student Scholar Partner Megan Catalano and retired surgeon, Dr. Jane Petro.

  • Created You Tube channel, “Susan Wilson's History Channel."

  • Was a finalist for House Historian of the Year, an annual award given by Historic Hotels of America, for her work at the Omni Parker House.