University-based Research Centers on Race, Class & Gender
The Women and Politics Institute is a part of the School of Public Policy at American
University. Founded in 2000, it sponsors a lecture series on women in leadership,
weekend classes on women employed in government, law, media, and the health sectors,
and hosts a weeklong young women's leadership program in the summer. Students can
work toward a certificate in Women, Policy, and Political Leadership.
The Center for Research on Women promotes a dialogue between feminist scholarship
and activism, and serves a community composed of faculty, students, staff, community
activists, scholars, and alumnae. Founded in 1971, the Center fosters inquiry and
advances knowledge about women; keeps feminist issues at the intellectual forefront
of college life; and increases ties among diverse groups of women. The Center works
cooperatively with the College's Department of Women's Studies and Columbia's Institute
for Research on Women and Gender. The Center achieves its aims through its public
programming, including the sponsorship of the nationally recognized annual "The Scholar
and the Feminist" conference and through the availability of its collection of periodicals
Founded in 1990, the Boston College Center for Work & Family (CFW) is committed
to enhancing the quality of life of today's workforce by providing leadership for
the integration of work and life, an essential for business and community success.
Its vision is that companies and communities will work together to ensure their mutual
prosperity and the well-being of employees and their families. CFW is part of the
Carroll School of Management at Boston College.
Established at Brandeis University in 1997, the Hadassah International Research
Institute on Jewish Women is the world's first university-based research institute
devoted to the study of Jewish women. The HIRIJW supports interdisciplinary research
on Jewish women's historical and contemporary experiences. The Institute works to
increase knowledge about Jewish women around the world, carrying out activities in
partnership with other universities and organizations. It aims to develop international
networks of Jewish women scholars and community leaders.
The National Center on Women and Aging is part of the Heller School for Social Policy
and Management at Brandeis University. The mission the Center is to focus national
attention on the special concerns of women as they age, to develop solutions and strategies
for dealing with these concerns, and to reach out to women and organizations across
the country, promoting the changes necessary to improve older women's lives.
The Women's Research Institute is committed to the scholarly study of women's unique
patterns of development, their viewpoints and contributions, and their involvement
in families, religions, communities, and societies throughout the world. The Women's
Research Institute is conducting programmatic research in three key areas of concern
to women. These broadly conceived areas include women around the world, personal and
public peace, and women and technology.
The Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women was established in 1981 as
a research center on gender. What distinguished the Pembroke Center was its focus
on the theoretical dimensions of the category of gender. At the heart of the Center's
research agenda is a questioning of what counts as foundational knowledge in a given
discipline. The Pembroke sponsors a range of programs and activities: a major research
program that funds Postdoctoral Fellows in residence, Faculty Research Fellows, and
Graduate Research Fellows; a scholarly journal, Differences, published three times
a year by Indiana University Press; instructional programs, including the undergraduate
concentration in Gender Studies; the Pembroke Associates, an alumnae/i organization
of more than five hundred members that supports the work of the Center through fundraising
and programming; and the Christine Dunlap Farnham Archives, housed at the John Hay
Since 1977, The Center for the Study of Women and Society has promoted interdisciplinary
feminist scholarship. The focus of the Center's research agenda is the study of gender,
sexuality, race, ethnicity, class and nation in relationship to the experiences of
women and men in societies around the world. The Center cosponsors with the Women's
Studies Certificate Program intellectual exchange symposia and lectures-among scholars
within CUNY as well as with visiting scholars. The Center also seeks to collaborate
with grassroots and professional organizations.
The Center for Women, Economic Justice and Public Policy focuses on economic inequalities
associated with gender, race/ethnicity, and other consequential differences in contemporary
society. Through courses, scholarship, activities, and community partnerships the
Center strives to shift the emphasis from short-term assistance to sustainable opportunities
The Institute for Research in African-American Studies, founded in 1993, is an academic
resource center that is building a new intellectual tradition upon the rich legacy
of Harlem's history. The strategic research mission of the Institute is the critical
examination of contemporary black politics, social relations, culture, and history.
Towards that end, the Institute administers the undergraduate and master's degree
programs in African-American Studies at Columbia University; regularly sponsors academic
conferences, lectures and forums on a wide variety of topics; and produces the scholarly
publication Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture and Society.
The Institute for Research on Women and Gender was founded in 1987. Since its formation,
the Institute has grown steadily. It now counts more than fifty faculty among its
associated community. At present, Institute faculty provide feminist instruction and
critical pedagogy leading to an undergraduate major, concentrations of several varieties,
and a graduate certification program. It also anchors a vibrant interdisciplinary
community of scholars, researchers and students, and facilitates collegial exchange
through three distinct public lecture series.
The Institute for Women and Work (IWW) is a program of the School of Industrial
and Labor Relations at Cornell University. It is an applied research and educational
resource center, which provides a forum for examining and evaluating the forces that
affect women and work. The institute offers opportunities for women in New York State
and nationally to develop skills, create linkages, explore concerns, build support
systems, obtain technical assistance, and exchange ideas. The Institute has offices
in New York City and Ithaca, and at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
in Washington D.C.
The W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for Afro-American Research is the nation's oldest research
center dedicated to the study of the history, culture, and social institutions of
African Americans. Founded in 1975, the Institute serves as the site for research
projects, fellowships for emerging and established scholars, publications, conferences,
and Working Groups. The Institute also sponsors two major lecture series each year,
and serves as the cosponsor for numerous public conferences, lectures, readings, and
The Women and Public Policy Program (WAPPP) at the Kennedy School of Government
focuses on women's role within the public policy process as initiators of the policy
agenda, as decision makers in the process, and as clients affected by the outcome.
WAPPP's primary activities concern: facilitating scholarship on women and public policies;
encouraging and enhancing teaching on women and public policy; publishing materials
on women and public policy; and influencing the policy process.
Founded in 1993, the African American Women's Institute (AAWI) is a focal point
for cross-cultural studies of women in color. The Institute seeks to build collaborative
links with other local university women's programs and community organizations and
also seek to create scholarly exchange programs between the university and local institutions
like the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center, the Bethune Museum and Archives, and the
Library of Congress. Research emphases include chronicling African American women's
history, research, and scholarship with particular emphasis on the upper south of
the United States.
Founded in 1947, The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction
is a private, nonprofit corporation affiliated with Indiana University. The mission
of The Kinsey Institute is to promote interdisciplinary research and scholarship in
the fields of human sexuality, gender, and reproduction. The Institute carries out
this mission through development of specialized collections of resources for scholars,
programs of research and publication, interdisciplinary conferences and seminars,
provision of information services to researchers, and graduate training.
The Ann Ida Gannon Center for Women and Leadership promotes women's studies programs
and progress and provides archives documenting women in leadership and education.
The Center contributes to the development of women as scholars and leaders by providing
role models and mentors, and by offering resources and research data enabling women
to expand their contributions to the workplace, academia, and the community. The Center's
mission is to: chronicle, celebrate, research, criticize, present, and nurture the
roles of women in positions of leadership; promote an interdisciplinary approach to
issues of women in leadership by bringing together a variety of existing projects
and new initiatives; support innovation in the study and practice of women in leadership;
serve as a primary center in the Midwest for scholarship and research on women and
Founded in 1992 by a group of professional educators, the Marymount Institute helps
teachers and administrators, parents, policymakers and students to identify the educational
needs of girls and women and to facilitate positive transformation of their experiences
in classrooms at all levels. The Institute has been awarded a number of grants to
do research and take an active role in providing enrichment in gender equity training
for faculty in graduate and undergraduate education programs throughout the Northeast.
The Institute holds conferences and workshops and is also reaching a far wider public
through Equity, a national newsletter on educational equity for all women and girls.
The Institute provides educational equity consulting to schools and colleges.
The mission of the Women's Leadership Institute is to promote the development and
recognition of women's leadership for a stronger society and a better world. Institute
interests encompass local, national, and global issues. As part of the Mills academic
environment, the Institute mission includes being a visible and integral component
to enrich learning, inquiry, and scholarship within the college.
The Five College Women's Studies Research Center, founded in 1991, supports scholarly
and creative work in women's studies by: providing visiting residencies for feminist
scholars, teachers, artists, and activists from the United States and abroad; creating
a structure for Five College faculty (Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, Hampshire
College, Amherst College, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst), local community
activists, and teachers with research interests in women's studies to discuss, critique,
and facilitate one another's work; sponsoring faculty seminars, community workshops,
and networking events on topics of importance to women's studies; organizing national
and international conferences on scholarship and teaching in women's studies; and
encouraging the use of archival collections on women in the Five College area.
The Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality at New York University conducts
a broad interdisciplinary investigation of gender and sexuality as keys to understanding
human experience. It accomplishes its work through a research institute and through
undergraduate academic programming. Collaboration with other NYU units and with outside
organizations large and small is key to its success. The Center crosses academic disciplines;
brings activists, artists, students, and scholars together; and examines the intersections
of gender and sexuality with other social phenomena, such as race, ethnicity, and
The Institute for Policy Research (IPR) is an interdisciplinary public policy research
institute founded in 1968 at Northwestern University. Its mission is to stimulate
and support social science research on significant public policy issues and to disseminate
the findings. IPR's interdisciplinary faculty is committed to applying its research
capabilities to many of the nation's most difficult and unsolved issues. These include
reforming our educational system; implementing welfare reform so that it strengthens
families and promotes positive child development; increasing citizen participation
in communities; defining the appropriate roles of federal, state, and local governments;
understanding the causes of increasing income disparity between races and classes
and developing policies to offset those differences; involving communities in innovative
responses to combat crime; and understanding the impact of the nation's racial and
ethnic diversity and of its growing elderly population.
The Henry A. Murray Research Center at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
is a national repository for social science data on human development and social change.
The Center's data archive includes qualitative material such as case histories, open-ended
interviews, and responses to projective tests as well as computer-accessible data.
In 1995, the Murray Center initiated a project to diversify its holdings through joint
funding from the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Science Foundation.
With a four-year continuation grant from the NIMH starting in July of 2001, the Murray
Center plans to continue its acquisition of data sets with racially and ethnically
diverse samples and encourage the use of these data for new studies.
The Radcliffe Public Policy Center (RPPC) creates new ways of thinking about important
economic, social, and political issues-both nationally and around the world. The Center's
researchers undertake interdisciplinary research and convene scholars, policymakers,
business and labor leaders, and members of the media. Its primary research themes
are work and the economy, and science, gender, and society.
The Center for Gender in Organizations (CGO) is a resource for innovative ideas
and practice in the field of gender, work, and organizations. Recognizing the pervasiveness
of work organizations in society and in individual lives, CGO seeks to advance learning
and support organizations to strengthen both gender equity and organizational effectiveness.
In its approach, CGO understands that gender works simultaneously with race, class,
ethnicity, age, and sexual orientation in shaping organizational systems, cultures,
and practices as well as individuals' identities and experiences at work. CGO is a
part of the Simmons Graduate School of Management, the only management school designed
specifically for women.
The Smith Project on Women and Social Change is an interdisciplinary faculty research
group. Founded in 1978, the Project draws together faculty from a wide range of disciplines
including anthropology, political science, sociology, education, history, exercise
and sport studies, literature, psychology, religion, and economics. The Project's
faculty participants are involved in research and teaching exploring women's contributions
to social change and the ways in which women are affected by change.
The Women's Research and Resource Center has three goals: curriculum development
in women's studies; research on women of African descent; and community outreach.
The Center publishes Sisters of the Word, a bi-annual newsletter, and hosted Sage:
A Scholarly Journal on Black Woman, which was founded in 1984 and ceased publication
in the summer of 1995. The Center also coordinates the College's archives, the Toni
Cade Bambara Writer/Scholar/Activist Internship Program, and the Sojourner Truth Women's
Founded in 1974, Stanford's Institute for Research on Women and Gender supports
research on women's changing economic and social roles and organizes educational programs
that make such work accessible to the public. These programs have contributed to policy
making and leadership on issues with significant impact on women and their families.
The Institute's primary focus has been on interdisciplinary projects including research
on women's health and conferences on divorce reform, adolescent pregnancy, androgyny,
redefining family values, women's autobiographies, and west coast feminism.
Founded in 1978, the Center for Women in Government & Civil Society is part of the
Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at the University at Albany.
The Center publishes reports on appointed policymakers in state government and on
the changing government workforce. Current research projects include, "Agency Leaders
and Policy Priorities," "Governance Futures: New Perspectives on Nonprofit Governance,"
"Technology and Work," "Upstate New York Small Business", and "African American Women
The Institute for Research on Women (IROW) at the University at Albany was established
in 1987 to promote interdisciplinary research and scholarship on women and gender.
Building on a long-standing university commitment to women's studies teaching and
research, the Institute brings together specialists from a wide variety of disciplines
to engage in individual and collaborative research and development.
The Institute for Research and Education on Women and Gender (IREWG) was established
at the University at Buffalo in the fall of 1997. The mission of the Institute is
to promote scholarly gender-related research in science and the humanities and to
enhance the content and delivery of curricula that focuses on women and gender. IREWG
recognizes such scholarship through programs that showcase published works and ongoing
studies. The Institute encourages participation in the development of interdisciplinary
research and education in related areas through networking, programming, and small
seed grant funding.
The Institute for Teaching and Research on Women at Towson State University was
founded in 1990 to promote research on women and the integration of scholarship on
women into the curriculum. The Institute for Teaching and Research on Women has two
fundamental goals; to promote research on women by such activities as developing and
supporting research projects which focus on women and to encourage integration of
the new scholarship on women into educational curricula.
The Newcomb College Center for Research on Women is a division of H. Sophie Newcomb
Memorial College, Tulane University. It is one of ten interdisciplinary research centers
at Tulane University. The Center is the oldest university-based women's center in
the Gulf South. The primary mission of the Center is to advance knowledge about women
by documenting and preserving women's historical pasts, fostering the creation of
scholarship about women, and promoting the inclusion of the scholarship on women throughout
the educational system.
The Southern Institute for Education and Research in a nonprofit race and ethnic
relations center dedicated to promoting tolerance through education and training.
The Institute fosters pluralism and combats bigotry through anti-bias education in
schools and race relations training for community leaders. It coordinated the Southern
Catalyst Network, a regional alliance devoted to combating prejudice and inequality
in the deep South.
The Southwest Institute for Research on Women (SIROW) was established as a regional
research and resource center within the Women's Studies Program at the University
of Arizona. Its mission is to conduct interdisciplinary, inter-institutional research,
professional development, and outreach programs. SIROW is now connected to thirty
campuses in Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming and west Texas, and
with El Colegio de la Frontera Norte and El Colegio de Sonora in Mexico. The projects
that SIROW undertakes either focus on women and gender in the Southwest and the Mexico-U.S.
border region from a multicultural perspective, or are developed because they interest
scholars in the region. Topically, SIROW has conducted work on women's education,
employment, health, history, literature, and culture.
The Beatrice M. Bain Research Group on Gender was established in 1987 at UC Berkeley
to foster and coordinate scholarship on women and gender across the disciplines. To
achieve its goal BBRG has initiated a wide range of programs that address the needs
of its diverse constituencies. The three Group goals and programmatic activities are
the promotion of gender into the course content and the training of undergraduates
of existing area and international studies courses through intensive faculty discussion
and study, curriculum development through a series of interventions including annual
conferences and monthly colloquia designed to expose faculty to women's studies scholars,
and teaching resources around gender issues, and training for faculty and doctoral
The Berkeley Center for Working Families, established in 1998, is devoted to three
goals. Its first goal is to conduct innovative, theory-generating research that sheds
light on the experience of two-job families. The Center encourages research that is
collaborative, qualitative and comparative. Center research is therefore based as
much as possible on rich in-depth interviews and ethnographic observations. It also
compares patterns of care across racial, ethnic, and social class lines. Its second
goal is to train young scholars to do research on working families by participating
in research projects with Center Researchers, by receiving guidance from Core Faculty
and Affiliates, and by joining in Center Workshops and attending Center-sponsored
Public Lectures. Its third goal is to disseminate ideas and information to the scholarly
community and to the public at large through published works, public addresses, and
informal consultation with business, labor, childcare, educational and governmental
The Consortium for Research on Women's mission is to support research by and about
women. First, the Consortium promotes the professional advancement of women scholars
at the University. Second, it fosters interdisciplinary research, creative work, and
dialogue on issues relating to women and gender in the broadest sense, but particularly
in areas that have historically received less scholarly attention and economic support.
UCLA's Center for African American Studies (CAAS) was founded in 1969, the outgrowth
of demands for relevant multidisciplinary research into the social, cultural, and
political experiences of black Americans. The Center's mission is to develop strong
academic and research programs in African American Studies through its five primary
organizational branches: research, academic programs, library, special projects and
publications. CAAS supports research that expands the knowledge of the history, lifestyles,
and sociocultural systems of people of African descent and investigates problems that
have bearing on the psychological, social and economic well-being of persons of African
The UCLA Center for the Study of Women (CSW), established in 1984, draws on the
energies of 245 faculty from ten UCLA professional schools and thirty-four departments.
Through its conferences, seminars and administration of grants, CSW has enabled feminist
scholars to exchange ideas and secure funding. CSW works in conjunction with the UCLA
Women's Studies Program to develop curriculum and promote feminist learning among
both undergraduate and graduate students. The UCLA Center for the Study of Women is
proud to sponsor Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society at UCLA. The journal
will reside at UCLA until 2005.
The Center for Chicano Studies is an organized research unit founded in 1969 to
develop and support research on the history and contemporary sociocultural, political,
artistic, and economic conditions of Chicanos/as, Mexicanos/as, and Latinos/as. The
Center brings together faculty who engage in Chicano Studies through work groups,
collaborative research and creative projects, publications, conferences, seminars,
and exhibits. As one of only two organized research units devoted to the study of
Chicano/a and Latino/a populations in the University of California system, the Center
is often called upon to provide information to local community agencies, community
leaders, and state and national entities, as well as to the local campus community.
Each year the Center co-sponsors numerous community events designed to enhance an
understanding and appreciation of Chicano/a and Latino/a society and culture.
The Center for Gender Studies at the University of Chicago, established in 1996,
consolidates work on gender and sexuality, and in feminist, gay and lesbian, and queer
studies. Questions pursued by participating faculty and students include: liberal
nationalism and contemporary transnationalism; national and diasporic racial formation;
biological, philosophical, and psychoanalytic notions of personality; the architecture
of intimacy and its representation in the law; the relation to state and religious
discourse of erotic ornaments and marginalia in medieval and early modern art. Recently
the Center's focus has been on questions of gender, sexuality, and politics in the
modern and contemporary world.
Researchers at the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture are committed
to moving the study of race well beyond the black/white paradigm that continues to
govern most research within the United States. Its research program places the study
of race in comparative frameworks that include both other racialized minorities within
the United States as well as black (and/or indigenous) populations in Latin America
and the Caribbean, Africa, the Asian Pacific, and Europe. The Center's program incorporates
a commitment to studying the contextual interactions of race with gender and sexuality
in processes of identity formation. The Center shares space and is engaged in ongoing
collaboration with the University's Center for Gender Studies.
The Center for Women's Studies and Gender Research offers an interdisciplinary forum
for the study of gender, its function in cultures and societies, and its intersection
with race and class. Feminist and other theoretical approaches and methodologies are
employed. The Center distributes a semi-annual newsletter and an occasional update
focusing on gender studies.
The Office for Women's Research (OWR), established in 1990, aims to be a lively
intellectual center for feminist research on campus. Its goal is to promote interdisciplinary,
cross-cultural feminist research on campus and in the larger community, and to foster
a sense of excitement in the intellectual and political possibilities offered through
feminist research. A primary focus of OWR's work is on Hawaiian, Asian, and Pacific
women; OWR is also interested in other cross-cultural perspectives on women and/or
gender. OWR wishes to promote work that connects theoretical arguments to practical
issues and applications, and to connect research by women in the university to the
activities and concerns of women in local communities.
The Center for Research on Women and Gender (CRWG) is the result of collaborative
work among researchers from the Colleges of Nursing, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Medicine,
Social Work, and the School of Public Health. CRWG's efforts are focused on multidisciplinary,
collaborative research and training in the areas of health, work, and culture, broadly
The Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program (WGGP) is an academic unit in
the International Programs and Studies Division of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Officially established in 1987 as the Gender Relations in International Development
program, WGGP encourages and facilitates the development of research, teaching, and
service activities focused on the role of women in developing countries and the impact
of international development on women, men, and children throughout the world. The
Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program stresses multidisciplinary, policy-oriented
explorations of gender and development issues.
The Consortium on Race, Gender and Ethnicity, established in 1998, is an association
of academic units and individual faculty on the University of Maryland campus whose
mission is to promote, advance and conduct, research, scholarship and faculty development
that examines the intersections of race, gender and ethnicity with other dimensions
of difference. Through its affiliates, community partners, and research interest groups
it encourages an intellectual climate that supports collaboration. Through its Research
Program Areas, it promotes approaches that contextualize the lives and experiences
of the individuals and groups that participate in its research.
The Center for Women and Information Technology, University of Maryland Baltimore
County (UMBC) seeks to enhance our understanding of the relationship between gender
and IT. The Center has a four-fold mission: to encourage more women and girls to study
computer science and/or information systems and to pursue careers in IT; to enable
all women and girls to use IT comfortably and knowledgeably; to assure that the richness
and breadth of women's lives and concerns are fully represented and readily available
on the internet; and to foster research concerning the relationship between gender
The Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy serves as a catalyst for the
participation of women from diverse social, cultural, and economic backgrounds in
the political life of the Commonwealth and the nation. The Center has three components:
a one-year graduate program for women focused on policy training and leadership development;
a political network for women featuring a series of panels, debates, symposia, and
celebrations related to women's issues and advancement; and research projects examining
the political empowerment of women and the impact of policy decisions on women, and
the economic and social status of women in Massachusetts. The Center is developing
a resource collection to include data, reference, archival, and other materials relevant
to women and public policy.
The Center for Women and Work (CWW) at the University of Massachusetts Lowell is
dedicated to improving the conditions of work and enhancing economic opportunities
for women through research, education, and social action. The Center is also dedicated
to addressing the reciprocal relationship between women's work and the well-being
of communities. The CWW is an interdisciplinary center designed to support a wide
range of innovative projects related to women and workplace issues.
The Center for the Education of Women (CEW) was established in 1964 as the Center
for Continuing Education of Women and was the nation's first comprehensive, university-based
women's center of its kind. From the beginning the Center had a commitment to helping
women further their educational and employment goals, as well as focusing on research
and advocacy for women. The Center changed its name in 1989 to the Center for the
Education of Women to better reflect CEW's three-part mission of service, advocacy,
and research for women.
The Institute for Research on Women and Gender was established at the University
of Michigan in 1995 to: serve as an institutional umbrella for ongoing disciplinary
and interdisciplinary research efforts focusing on women and gender at the University;
provide stimulation, coordination and support for increasing these research efforts;
and heighten the presence and impact of the University of Michigan in the area of
women and gender scholarship both nationally and internationally. Institute activities
link research in Women's Studies, disciplinary departments, interdisciplinary programs
and the professional schools. This research explores differences and commonalities
among and between women and men in the multicultural United States and internationally.
The Center for Advanced Feminist Studies (CAFS) strives to foster intellectual community
and collaborative research among feminist scholars within and outside the University
of Minnesota. The intellectual goals of feminist studies are to develop, through the
evaluative lens of feminist criticism and theory, systematic, comprehensive and accurate
information about women and gender in past and present cultures throughout the world,
and to transform traditional disciplines and fields of study through the incorporation
of new data, methods, theories, and frameworks generated by feminist scholarship.
Since 1985, the Center on Women and Public Policy, a part of the Hubert H. Humphrey
Institute of Public Affairs, has prepared future policymakers, researchers, and community
activists to challenge basic assumptions and bring women from the margins to the center
in public affairs. The Center on Women and Public Policy conducts policy-oriented
research that is recognized statewide, nationally, and internationally. Current and
recent topics include comparable worth and employment discrimination, feminist social
movements, women's political participation, reproductive health and population policy,
international women's rights, and women in the legal profession.
The Sarah Isom Center for Women has a threefold mission: curriculum development,
programming, and research on women/women's issues. Research focuses primarily on southern
women. The Sarah Isom Center performs both academic and service functions. It is dedicated
to promoting research and scholarship about women by developing a multidisciplinary
program of study that will help students appreciate the special concerns, contributions,
and perspectives of women. Through the John Davis Williams Library, the Center is
working to develop resources for further research by locating and recovering materials
relating to the interests and activities of southern women.
The Center for the Study of Women in Society was founded at the University of Oregon
in 1983. Its precursor, the Center for the Sociological Study of Women, was founded
in 1973. This multidisciplinary research center generates, supports and disseminates
research on gender and on all aspects of women's lives. Among the Center's goals are
the initiation of research that addresses gender-related issues facing society today
and the stimulation and increase of knowledge about how gender, race, ethnicity, class,
sexual identity, and culture shape women's lives.
The Alice Paul Center for Research on Women and Gender (APC) provides a forum for
the exchange of ideas and research on women and gender. The APC sponsors seminars,
research fellowships for graduate students and faculty, conferences, speakers, and
an associates program. Penn faculty associates who serve as affiliates of the Center
and participate in APC programs come from many schools in the University and many
academic and professional disciplines. Academics and professionals from the Delaware
Valley also attend functions of the APC.
The Susan B. Anthony Institute was established in 1986 to support the University
of Rochester's Women's Studies program, faculty research, and attention to women's
issues. The Institute sponsors monthly faculty research seminars, conferences, and
a public lecture series. It offers an undergraduate major and minor in women's studies,
and a graduate certificate in gender and women's studies. Susan B. Anthony Institute
research grants, graduate teaching fellowships, and graduate dissertation fellowships
support the ongoing research and curricular development of faculty and students. Each
year the Institute, in conjunction with the English department and Writers and Books,
awards the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize for excellence in fiction by an American woman.
The Center for Feminist Research provides the University of Southern California's
feminist community with research-driven programming. A variety of seminars, workshops,
conferences, and informal gatherings bring together a network of people who share
interests and concerns. Its strengths are in literature and film, global feminism,
and American and European history. Its programs are intended to promote scholarship,
to strengthen the community of teachers and students of these subjects, and to support
the research of faculty and graduate students.
The Hispanic Research Center (HRC) at The University of Texas at San Antonio, founded
in l989, was created to foment high quality research on the nation's fastest growing
population. The HRC's mission is to encourage, facilitate, and support faculty as
they pursue, conduct, and document research which will broaden and deepen the knowledge
base on Hispanics across disciplines, across divisions, and across colleges. A list
of publications and some on-line reports are available on this site.
The Carter G. Woodson Institute for Afro-American and African Studies was established
in 1981 in response to student and faculty demands for a more coherent African and
African-American Studies program and a more aggressive program of minority recruitment
at the University. It is an interdisciplinary teaching and research center drawing
the majority of its faculty and students from the humanities.
The Northwest Center for Research on Women (NWCROW) was established in 1980 by scholars
at the University of Washington to promote, disseminate, and support feminist research
by and about women. At present, NWCROW continues to focus on bringing women into academic
areas from which they traditionally have been excluded. Its activities involve original
research and the organization of lecture series and panel discussions on feminist
research and on the climate for women in academia.
The Women and Gender Research Institute (WGRI) was formed in 1984 in order to foster
research by women, to assist departments in recruiting and retaining women faculty,
and to encourage research on gender issues by men and women.
The Wellesley Centers for Women (WCW) unite the Center for Research on Women and
the Stone Center for Developmental Services and Studies in an interdisciplinary community
of scholars engaged in research, training, analysis, and action. The Center for Research
on Women has worked to shape a better world through research, action, training, and
publications. Studies on gender equity in education, sexual harassment in schools,
childcare, adolescent development, and adult roles in the home and the workplace have
influenced public policy for more than two decades. The Stone Center for Developmental
Services and Studies is dedicated to the prevention of psychological problems, the
enhancement of psychological well-being, and the search for a more comprehensive understanding
of human development. The mission of the Center is carried out through education,
research, and community outreach. Particular attention is paid to the experiences
of women, children, and families across culturally diverse populations.
- The Institute for Women's Leadership is a consortium of teaching, research and public
service units at Douglass College of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.
The institute is dedicated to the study of how and why women lead, and to the development
of programs that prepare women of all ages to lead effectively. Consortium members
include the Center for American Women and Politics, the Center for Women's Global
Leadership, the Center for Women and Work, and the Institute for Research on Women.
- Center for American Women and Politics: Founded in 1971 as a unit of the Eagleton
Institute of Politics, the Center is a leading authority on the status and prospects
of women in government. It conducts programs for women public officials featuring
quadrennial forums for all U.S. women state legislators, an information service with
a database of women officeholders and candidates, and ongoing research on the impact
of women in public life. The Center also runs educational programs that connect students
to the worlds of policymakers and community activists.
- Center for Women's Global Leadership: Founded in 1989 as a project of Douglass College,
the Global Center advances women's leadership in human rights, with emphasis on violence
against women, sexual and reproductive health, and socio-economic well-being. The
Center played a galvanizing role in the United Nations conference on human rights
in 1993 in Vienna and the 1995 conference in Beijing.
- Center for Women and Work: Founded in 1993 in Rutgers' School of Management and Labor
Relations, the Center's primary work is forging links between researchers who study
women and workplace issues and decision makers in government, labor, corporate, and
community organizations. A major goal is to improve the situation of working women
by creating a dialogue that combines research findings with practical experiences.
Activities focus on conducting and disseminating research, sponsoring conferences,
and offering educational programs for individuals, organizations, and the general
- Institute for Research on Women: From its beginnings in the mid-1970s, the Institute
for Research on Women (IRW) has brought top feminist scholars to Rutgers as lecturers
and visiting professors. Affiliates include more than 900 faculty, graduate students,
and advanced undergraduates. The IRW runs an interdisciplinary seminar each year,
a regular lecture series showcasing work by distinguished Rutgers faculty members
and visitors, an annual spring conference, and an annual graduate student conference.
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