Institute for Research on Women
At the forefront of feminist research for over thirty years, the Institute for Research on Women (IRW) advances cutting-edge, interdisciplinary scholarship on gender and women. Affiliates include 900 faculty, graduate students, and advanced undergraduates drawn from a wide range of disciplines on all three Rutgers University campuses. Each year, the IRW holds a thematically-based Distinguished Lecture Series featuring feminist scholars and activists from Rutgers and other universities, convenes a weekly interdisciplinary research seminar for select faculty and graduate students, and hosts top visiting scholars from the US and abroad as part of its Global Scholars Program. Since 2007, the IRW has also created an Undergraduate Learning Community to introduce undergraduates to the work of leading feminist scholars, enabling participants to work with faculty mentors to create their own feminist research projects.
Principal StaffYolanda Martínez-San Miguel, Ph.D., Director
Sarah Tobias, Ph.D., Associate Director
Marlene Importico, Office Manager
Areas of Expertise:Culture & Identity, Sexuality & Gender, Women's Movements, Women's, Gender & Feminist Studies, Equality, Diversity & Inclusion, Women's & Girls' Leadership
Projects & Campaigns
Reports & Resources
- No Permanent Waves: Recasting Histories of U.S. Feminism (ed.Nancy A. Hewitt, 2010)
- The Sex of Class: Women Transforming American Labor (ed. Dorothy Sue Cobble, 2007)
- Working-Class Subjectivities and Sexualities (Special issue of International Labor and Working-Class History, No. 69 (Spring 2006), ed. Dorothy Sue Cobble and Victoria Hattam)
- Gendering Disability (ed. Bonnie G. Smith and Beth Hutchison, 2004)
- Feminist Locations: Local and Global, Theory and Practice (ed. Marianne DeKoven, 2001)
- Transitions, Environments, Translations: Feminisms in International Politics (ed. Joan W. Scott, Cora Kaplan and Debra Keates, 1997)
- Reproductive Laws for the 1990s (ed. Sherrill Cohen and Nadine Taub, 1989)
- Women, Households, and the Economy (ed. Lourdes Beneria and Catharine R. Stimpson, 1987)
- Changing Our Own Words: Essays on Criticism, Theory and Writing By Black Women(ed. Cheryl Wall, 1989)
Opportunities, Grants & Fellowships
Fellows at IRW
Since the IRW interdisciplinary research seminar began in the 1996-1997 academic year, the IRW has hosted more than 45 visiting scholars and Rockefeller Resident Fellows in the Humanities. Take a moment to discover who's been at the IRW and find out about their subsequent publications, as well as their IRW projects during their terms at Rutgers. We welcome updates to this growing database.
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What We Do
NCRW is a network of leading university and community based research, policy, and advocacy centers with a growing global reach dedicated to advancing rights and opportunities for women and girls. We also have a Corporate Circle comprised of senior diversity professionals from leading U.S. and global member companies and a Presidents Circle of college and university leaders who share our commitment. NCRW harnesses the collective power of its network to provide knowledge, analysis, and thought leadership on issues ranging from reducing women’s poverty to building a critical mass of women’s leadership across sectors.