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Visiting Scholars Program

The Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program at Northeastern annually offers research associate positions to scholars researching issues related to women, gender, and/or sexuality in the humanities and social sciences. Visiting scholars work on their related projects while in residence for the semester or academic year at Northeastern University. Scholars must have their own financial support, but are provided with office space, library privileges, and support for photocopy, fax, and postage expenses related to research. Located in the heart of Boston, Northeastern University is ideally located for scholars. Beyond its proximity to Boston’s vibrant cultural and artistic life, Northeastern is near several major research libraries, including the Boston Public Library and the Schlesinger Library at Radcliffe College, as well as numerous academic institutions that make the intellectual life of Boston one of the richest in the world.

Now accepting Visiting Scholar applications for the 2018-2019 academic year. Applications close April 1, 2018. Click here for more information.

For a list of previous Visiting Scholars, please click here.

2017-2018 Visiting Scholars

We are pleased to welcome the following visiting scholars for the 2017-2018 academic year. Scholars will be in residence at Northeastern from September 2017 – May 2018, unless otherwise noted.

Krista Miranda, PhD
Visiting Lecturer, Middlebury College
Project: Playing With Your Parts: Dismantling Bodily ‘Wholeness’ Through Queer & Crip Performance

Krista Miranda holds a PhD in Performance Studies from New York University where her work culminated in the dissertation “Playing with Your Parts: Dismantling Bodily ‘Wholeness’ Through Queer and Crip Performance,” a study of the concept of “wholeness” and its coded meanings by examining performances of embodiment that remap the body and its meaning, taxonomies, and possibilities. While at Northeastern, she will work to turn her dissertation into a book, framing the project within an exploration of global discourses on “wholeness” and examining the differences between how the body is shaped discursively and how notions of bodily wholeness and fragmentation play out in practice. The book will also address body integrity disorder and concepts of belonging within queer and crip communities, and examines the legislation of “abnormal” bodies in the US. Miranda has held research and teaching positions at NYU and Miami Dade College, Barry University, and Middlebury College.  She will be in residence at Northeastern through August 2018.


Megan Goodwin, PhD
Visiting Assistant Professor, Syracuse University
Project: “Women and Children Last: Sex, Abuse, and American Minority Religions”

Megan Goodwin received her PhD in Religion and American Culture from UNC Chapel Hill. Her work focuses on gender and sexuality, race, and contemporary American minority religions. A former Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow for Creative and Innovative Pedagogy in the Humanities, Goodwin will complete her first monograph (title above) while at Northeastern. The project explores late twentieth and early twenty-first century American perceptions of religious difference as sexual and racial danger, using case studies of Mormon Fundamentalists, Muslims, and satanists. Another project she will undertake while at Northeastern involves the operation of Islamophobia as an apparatus of white supremacy deployed against Muslim American women and women of color. Dr. Goodwin will be at Northeastern for the academic year.


Camilla Gaiaschi, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Milan
Project: “Women in Biotech Careers: A Pocket of Emerging Change?”

Camilla Gaiaschi received her PhD from the University of Milan in 2016, where her work focused on gender inequalities in Italian hospitals (“Women, work, and medicine”). While at Northeastern, she plans to work on a project surrounding gender inequalities in academic careers in the different fields of science, focusing on the mechanisms of vertical segregation and the gendered processes of selection in academia by comparing Social Sciences & Humanities to Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Medicine, and within the natural life sciences. Gaiaschi has held positions as a researcher at the Equal Opportunity Committee of the University of Milan , GENDERS (Gender and Equality in Research and Science) Research Centre at the University of Milan, Yellow Window in London, and the Second Welfare Research Lab in Milan and Turin, Italy. She is currently a consultant for the EU’s technical board, working on education and awareness of ending violence against women. Gaiaschi has also worked as a freelance journalist in Italy, reporting on finance, business, and gender and culture. She will be in residence at Northeastern for the Fall semester only.

Dean’s Postdoctoral Fellow & Visiting Scholar in WGSS & DH

With support from the College of Social Sciences and Humanities, WGSS announced the creation of the Dean’s Postdoctoral Fellow and Visiting Scholar in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Digital Humanities.– a first of its kind postdoctoral fellowship. The Dean’s Postdoctoral Fellow and Visiting Scholar was a two-year appointment, from 2014-2016, who taught courses in both WGSS and the Digital Humanities and who worked closely with the WGSS program and the NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks. Moya Bailey joined Northeastern as the Dean’s Postdoctoral Fellow and Visiting Scholar in WGSS and DH beginning in July of 2014; she is now full-time faculty in both WGSS and the department of Cultures, Societies, and Global Studies.