Center for the Study of Women
The UCLA Center for the Study of Women (CSW) is a nationally recognized center for research on women, gender, and sexuality, and the first organized research unit of its kind in the University of California system. Established in 1984, it draws on the expertise of 245 faculty members from 34 departments and 10 UCLA professional schools. Organized to develop, promote and disseminate faculty and graduate student research, the Center administers grants, conferences, seminars, and a quarterly speaker's series that brings together UCLA, UC, national and international scholars with the intellectual community of Los Angeles.
Principal StaffKathleen McHugh, Ph.D., Director
Ph. (310) 206-7735
Julie Childers, Assistant Director
Emily Moon, Administrative Specialist
Brenda Johnson-Grau, Managing Editor, Publications
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Van DoNguyen, Honorary Staff Member
Patricija Petrac, Administrative Assistant
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Areas of Expertise:Higher Education, Sexuality & Gender, Women's, Gender & Feminist Studies
Projects & Campaigns
From Protest to Policy: A History of Women’s Social Movement Activities in Los Angeles, 1960-1999
Professor Kathleen McHugh
April de Stefano, PhD
This major research project is examining the history of women’s social movement activities in mid to late twentieth-century Los Angeles. The outcome of this research will be a history of women’s social activism in Los Angeles during this period based not on an a priori definition of the Women’s Movement but on the history of activities by which women organized demands against discrimination and for access, equal opportunity, and equal representation.
The focus of the project is conducting archival research and oral history interviews; developing publicly accessible data resources; and organizing a public conference to disseminate research findings. This project will document any material effects of women’s social movement activities on public policy and civic institutions in Los Angeles. It will be a major contribution to the historiography on Los Angeles and will provide new resources for scholars, the public, and today’s policy leaders.
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Professor Sondra Hale
GSRI fosters international exchanges between UCLA Department of Women's Studies and the Center for the Study of Women, and women's/gender studies institutions in Middle East/North Africa and Muslim South Asia. Our primary objective is to facilitate dialogue on emerging theories, concepts, pedagogies, and curricula as related to contemporary social and political issues within the field of women's/gender Studies.
Esha Niyogi De, PhD
Professor Sondra Hale
An interdisciplinary research group of UC faculty and graduate students from Anthropology, Asian American Studies, Chicana/o Studies, Comparative Literature, English, Ethnic studies, Film Studies, French, and Women’s Studies working on questions of women, difference, and knowledge formations in an era of globalization.
Professor Kathleen McHugh
A group of FTV critical studies faculty and graduate students are working with the UCLA MIAS program and the Oral History project on recording and preserving the experience of women in the film and television industries in Los Angeles. A database of about 1300 records is available for searching. It contains the locations of interviews with prominent women in print, radio, television and film industries.
The format of these interviews vary: some are in a traditional oral history format, others are part of a public speaker series. Some were recorded only on audio equipment, others were shot on video or film. You will not find the interview files on this site. If you would like to listen to or view the interviews, you will need to contact the particular institution.
To add records to the Women in Media database, please email email@example.com so that we can verify your identity and create an account for you.
Academy of Television Arts and Sciences
American Film Institute
Columbia University Oral History Program
Directors Guild of America
Margaret Herrick Library
The Paley Center for Media
UCLA Film and Television Archives
UCLA Young Research Library Special Collections
University of Southern California, Cinematic Arts Library
Writers Guild of America
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Women of Color Feminism
A research group of primarily junior UCLA faculty in African American Studies, Asian American Studies, Chicana/o Studies, English, History, and Dance whose research interests converge around questions of the erasure of women of color feminism in current academic concerns with the transnational.
Reports & Resources
CSW Update Newsletter: Current Issues from the 2009-2010 Academic Year:
JMEWS (Journal of Middle East Women's Studies) is the official publication of the Association for Middle East Women's Studies, a multidisciplinary, international organization affiliated with the Middle East Studies Association. Its purpose is to advance the fields of Middle East women's studies, gender studies and Middle East studies through contributions across disciplines in the social sciences and humanities.
Thinking Gender Papers:
Ah-Sue, Geraldine: ReOrienting Asian/American Subjectivities: On the Cultural (Re)Writings of All- American Girl, 2009.
Opportunities, Grants & Fellowships
UCLA CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF WOMEN announces:
Research Scholars Program:
Funding Opportunities for Graduate Students
Funding Opportunities for Undergraduate Students
UCLA Center for the Study of Women presents Paul Campos, author of "The Obesity Myth: Why America's Obsession with Weight is Hazardous to Your Health." In this talk, he discusses efforts to make fat people thin, through weight-loss diets, drugs, and surgery. Campos sees weight as a political and social issue and notes that body size is often used as a tool of discrimination, especially against women. Organized by Prof Abigail Saguy, Department of Sociology at UCLA, this talk is part of the Gender and Body Size lecture series, which addresses the new interdisciplinary field of "fat studies." Recent discussions of body weight have been dominated by health policy concerns over the so-called obesity epidemic. Despite a long tradition of feminist critique of fat hatred as a problem of patriarchy, there has been very little critique of the growing emphasis on the importance of slenderness for health reasons.
This video is a short history of the UCLA Center for the Study of Women, an internationally recognized center for research on women, gender, and sexuality.
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.