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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:
- Resident Scholars have a long-term affiliation with the program and work on one or more projects, contribute collegial support and help with administration of the program.
- Visiting Scholars join a vibrant scholarly community at the WSRC and have the benefits of institutional affiliation with Brandeis University. While Visiting Scholars do not receive a stipend, they are eligible to apply for work space at the Center, to present work-in-progress, join a study group, and apply to be a Scholar partner to a Brandeis undergraduate student in the Student-Scholar Partnership Program. Visiting Scholars may be in residence for up to a year, but may come for a shorter window of time (e.g. a single semester, two months in the summer, etc.) The position is renewable for an additional year.
- Dissertation Scholars participate for one year while they finish writing their dissertation.
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.