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Congratulations to WGSS Executive Committee member Laura Green and affiliated faculty Sara Wylie and Kathrin Zippel on receiving Dean's Research Development Awards for the following projects:

Laura Green, Chair and Professor of English
"Third Wave Realism: Anglophone Fiction in the Twenty-First Century"

In this book project, Green argues that the realist novel is not dead and that realism is an evolving and flexible genre of literature. Her research focuses on twenty-first century, Anglophone, digitally enhanced realism, which has evolved from previous waves of the genre. Green will use this award to hire research assistants, to travel to present her work at the International Society for the Study of Narrative (ISSN), and ultimately to prepare National Endowment for the Humanities grant proposals.

Sara Wylie, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Anthropology and Health Sciences
"A Civic Alternative: D.I.Y. Hydrogen Sulfide Monitoring and Mapping"

Wylie's project will further develop and test a low-cost, do-it-yourself hydrogen sulfide monitoring tool that can help affected communities monitor and map their exposure. She will carry out the scientific tests at four different locations, create a field guide and best practices to share with the Public Lab online community, and ethnographically document the testing process. Wylie plans to publish her results in a science studies journal and apply for several external grants to continue this work.

Kathrin Zippel, Associate Professor of Sociology and Anthropology
"Gender Equality Reforms and Institutional Change in Higher Education"

Zippel's project will explore the paradoxes of enhancing gender equality while expanding a neoliberal policy agenda across globalizing institutions of higher education. She is writing a series of co-authored articles and books that builds on her previous research on gender and workplace policies in the U.S., Germany, and the European Union. This award will allow Zippel to do a pilot study of a systematic discourse analysis of national and international reports and seek funding from agencies to test her framework on a larger scale.

The WGSS program is now accepting applications for Visiting Scholars for the 2015-2016 academic year. Please see our Visiting Scholars page for more details and a link to the full ad.

Incoming Signs Editor-in-Chief Suzanna Walters and Chair of the Board of Associate Editors Carla Kaplan with outgoing Editor-in-Chief Mary Hawkesworth at the National Women's Studies Association Conference, November 2014.

Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society invites submissions for a special issue titled “Pleasure and Danger: Sexual Freedom and Feminism in the Twenty-First Century,” slated for publication in the Autumn 2016 issue.

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    Check out npr.org to read "A Dark Side of the Focus on Gay Marriage" by Barbara J. King.

  • Congratulations to the following WGSS faculty, who were granted tenure and received promotions in the past year.

    • Executive Committee member Elizabeth Bucar, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religion

      Professor Bucar works within the Islamic and Christian traditions on issues of gender, politics, and emergent technologies, including new media and medical advances. Her most recent books include Creative Conformity: The Feminist Politics of U.S. Catholic and Iranian Shi'I Women (Georgetown University Press, 2011), and The Islamic Veil: A Beginner's Guide (Oneworld Publications, 2012). Professor Bucar's current projects are tentatively titled "The Good of Ambiguous Bodies: The Comparative Ethics of Transsexuality" and "Pious Fashion: The Virtues of Hijabi Fashionistas."

    • Executive Committee member Serena Parekh, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religion

      Professor Parekh's primary research interests are in social and political philosophy, feminist theory, continental philosophy, and the philosophy of human rights. Her publications include Hannah Arendt and the Challenge of Modernity (Routledge, 2008), "Hannah Arendt and Global Justice" in Philosophy Compass, "Between Community and Humanity: Arendt, Judgment and Responsibility to the Global Poor" in Philosophical Topics, and "Getting to the Root of Gender Inequality: Structural Injustice and Political Responsibility" in Hypatia.

    • Affiliated Faculty Nicole Aljoe, Associate Professor of English

      Professor Aljoe specializes in eighteenth-and nineteenth-century Black Atlantic literature, the slave narrative, postcolonial studies, and eighteenth-century British novels. She is the author of Creole Testimonies: Slave Narratives from the British West Indies (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012). She is the project manager for the NULab for Texts, Maps, and Network's Early Caribbean Digital Archive, a Digital Humanities project for the collaborative research and study of pre-20th century Caribbean literature.

    • Affiliated Faculty Amy Farrell, Associate Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice

      Professor Farrell, whose research seeks to understand arrest, adjudication and criminal case disposition practices, is the co-author with Daniel Givelber, professor of law, of Not Guilty: Are the Acquitted Innocent? published by New York University Press in 2012. She has testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee on police identification of human trafficking, and she has examined disparities in criminal justice processing and the prosecution of human trafficking in numerous peer-reviewed journal articles. Professor Farrell is also the associate director of the Institute on Race and Justice.

    news @ Northeastern published an article on the block party and Artist-in-Residence Tatyana Fazlideh. The event was sponsored by several departments and programs on campus including CAMD, the Northeastern Center for Arts, and WGSS.

    • Read the full article here.

    news @ Northeastern just published an article on artist Artist-in-Residence Tatyana Fazlideh of “Stop Telling Women to Smile Project.”

    • Read the full article here.

    WGSS is hiring Graduate Assistants for Spring 2015.

    • Read more about the available positions here and here.

    We are thrilled to announce that the premiere feminist academic journal Signs will be coming to Northeastern University in January of 2015. After 10 years at Rutgers, the journal, which is published by the University of Chicago Press, will make its home at Northeastern University for the next 5 years, with Program Director Suzanna Walters as Editor in Chief and Davis Distinguished Professor of Literature Carla Kaplan as the Chair of the Board of Associate Editors.

    • Read the full announcement here.

    The Tolerance Trap by Program Director Suzanna Walters was reviewed in The Guardian.

    • Read the review here.

    Postdoctoral Fellow Dr. Moya Bailey is featured in Salon.com article "From Riot Grrrls to 'Girls': Tina Fey, Kathleen Hanna, Lena Dunham and the Birth of an Inspiring New Feminism."

    • Read the article here.

    WGSS executive committee member and Director of International Affairs Professor Val Moghadam has three reviews of films in the latest edition of Films for the Feminist Classroom, an online, open-access journal that publishes reviews of films to provide a critical assessment of the value of films as pedagogical tools in the feminist classroom.

    • Check out the issue here.

    An excerpt from Program Director Suzanna Walters' new book The Tolerance Trap is featured on Salon.com.

  • There will be a Women's Equality Rally on Tuesday, July 8 at 5:00 pm in City Hall Plaza to highlight two recent Supreme Court rulings that will reduce access to reproductive health services and birth control and put women and health care providers at risk.

    • More information is available here.

    Program Director Suzanna Walters is featured in the June 13 edition of Northeastern News's 3Qs, talking about her new book The Tolerance Trap.

  • Program Director Suzanna Walters has written a feature for The Atlantic.

  • WGSS has changed locations!

    • The Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program has moved to 263 Holmes Hall!

    Program Director Suzanna Walters has written a feature for the Chronicle of Higher Education.

  • WGSS Faculty Committee Member Named a 2014-2015 Humanities Center Fellow

    • We are proud to announce that WGSS Executive Committee member Serena Parekh, Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Religion, has been named a 2014-2015 Humanities Center Fellow. The 2014-2015 Humanities Center Fellows consist of six Northeastern faculty members and two Ph.D. candidates, who will collaborate around the theme "space and place". Professor Parekh's project is entitled "Refugees and the Ethics of Sharing Space". The fellowship program, which will run from September 2014 - May 2015, will facilitate productive discussions and collaborations among the participants. Please visit the Humanities Center website to learn more and to keep up to date with their programs.

    New Members of WGSS for 2014-2015
    • We are pleased to announce that the WGSS program is expanding in 2014! We will be joined by Moya Bailey, the first ever Dean's Postdoctoral Fellow and Visiting Scholar in WGSS and Digital Humanities this July. Professor Bailey comes to us from a postdoctoral fellowship at Pennsylvania State College after having received her Ph.D. From Emory University. Professor Bailey will teach Introduction to Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies in Fall 2014. Her fellowship will involve both teaching and research and she will share time with the WGSS program and the NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks. This is a two-year appointment and we are excited about this new relationship with both NULab and Professor Bailey.

    • We are also thrilled to announce that we have selected three outstanding visiting scholars to join us for the 2014-2015 academic year. Banu Subramaniam, and evolutionary plant biologist by training, joins us on sabbatical from University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she is Associate Professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Juli Grigsby is a Ph.D. Candidate in Cultural Anthropology from University of Texas at Austin and Beenash Jafri is a Ph.D. Candidate in Gender, Feminist, and Women's Studies at York University. You can find more information about these scholars' anticipated projects here.

    • We look forward to how the work of these new additions to the program will overlap and intersect with the ongoing work of our faculty and students, adding rich texture and diversity of studies to our program.

    Dean's Research Development Grants
    Miss Anne in Harlem by Carla Kaplan
    • Click here to read the Northeastern News feature on Miss Anne in Harlem, by WGSS and English faculty member Carla Kaplan. The book is featured in the following articles:

    "Gay Rights After Gay Marriage Panel"
    • Click here to read a review of the "Gay Rights After Gay Marriage Panel", which our director Suzanna Walters was a panelist in.

    Collaborative Research Cluster Program
    • Congratulations to Program Director Suzanna Danuta Walters and Executive Committee member and affiliated WGSS faculty Kimberly Juanita Brown, who have both been selected to convene Collaborative Research Clusters through the Northeastern Humanities Center! Follow the link to read more about th clusters' research and the CRC Program.


    Faculty Experts

    The following members of the executive committee have been listed as faculty experts of Northeastern! Check out the links to see their areas of expertise, recent publications, and interesting articles.

    Aziza Ahmed

    Elizabeth Bucar

    Laura Frader

    Denise Horn

    Serena Parekh

    Suzanna Walters

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    Suzanna Walters- Blog Post on NYU Press Blog

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  • Altar-ed Expectations

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    3Qs are three question interviews with professors on current hot-button topics. Check out the links below, which feature interviews conducted with members of the executive committee of WGSS!