Center for the Study of Women
The UCLA Center for the Study of Women is an internationally recognized center for research on gender, sexuality, and women's issues and the first organized research unit of its kind in the University of California system. Though CSW is funded by theDivision of Social Sciences, it serves the entire university. CSW is part of the Division’s commitment to gender equity and research parity at UCLA. Its mission is to develop and foster research, to facilitate productive scholarly relationships, and to aid recruitment and retention efforts. Established in 1984, it draws on the expertise of more than two hundred members from thirty-four departments and ten UCLA professional schools. CSW administers research grants for faculty and students; organizes research projects, conferences, seminars, and public lectures; and publishes a monthly web newsletter that features research, conference reports, faculty profiles, and announcements.
Principal StaffKathleen McHugh, Ph.D., Director (On leave)
Ph. (310) 206-7735
Rachel Lee, Interim Director
Julie Childers, Assistant Director
Allison Wyper, Administrative Specialist
Ph. (310) 206 1871
Brenda Johnson-Grau, Managing Editor, Publications
Ph. (310) 206-5487
Areas of Expertise:Higher Education, Sexuality & Gender, Women's, Gender & Feminist Studies
Projects & Campaigns
Reports & Resources
CSW Update Newsletter
Keep it Green!
UCLA Female Faculty
Women in Media Industries
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
Support for Undergraduate Students
As part of its commitment to academic excellence, CSW encourages the development of scholarly and professional skills among UCLA undergraduate students interested in research related to women, gender and sexuality. Through our awards, newsletter, meeting space, and employment, CSW fosters the success of many undergraduates. While student support has always been a part of CSW’s mission, this structure has been extended and formalized through the organization of new opportunities for undergraduate students.
Support for Graduate Students
n its twenty-six years as an organized research unit at UCLA, CSW has advanced academic excellence in the study of gender, sexuality, and women’s issues by developing and fostering both faculty and student research and by facilitating productive scholarly relationships across the campus and around the world. Through funding, programming, and employment opportunities, CSW has long supported and advanced the research and professional careers of graduate students at UCLA. In recent years, CSW has dramatically extended and formalized this support through targeted fundraising, innovations in programming structures, and the creation of new scholarly and professional training opportunities. The Graduate Student Initiative is our renewed and extended public commitment to promoting the professional success and academic excellence of graduate students at UCLA. If you have any questions about this initiative, please email CSW at email@example.com
Research Scholars Program
The UCLA Center for the Study of Women (CSW) partners regularly with other UCLA entities to foster innovative scholarship and intellectual community. CSW cosponsors events on a selective basis. The campus-based event must be hosted or initiated by another UCLA unit and have a clear relevance to CSW’s mission of reaching across disciplines to foster a community of scholars studying women, sexuality, and gender.
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.