Institute for Research on Women and Gender
The Institute for Research on Women and Gender (IRWG) at the University of Michigan was established to promote and support gender-related research endeavors by faculty at the university. Specifically, IRWG aims to facilitate and monitor ongoing interdisciplinary research efforts, to offer support and coordination for these projects, and to heighten the presence and impact of the University of Michigan in the field of gender scholarship. The institute also supports study groups centered on topics of interest to a self-defined community of scholars.
Principal StaffCarol Boyd, Director
Deborah Keller-Cohen, Senior Associate Director
Janet Malley, Associate Director
Debra M. Schwartz, Public Relations
Beverly Kissel, Financial & HR Specialist
Lisa Parker, Research Administrator
Patricia Smith, Business Administrator
Terri Torkko, Event Coordinator
Tammy Culler, Computer Support Specialist
Nicole Perry, Secretary to the Director
Areas of Expertise:Access & Disparities, Advancing Women's Leadership, Body Image & Wellness, Globalization, Arts & Activism, Barriers & Opportunities, Diversity & Inclusion, Communications, Media & Gender, Culture & Identity, Educational Leadership of Women & People of Color, HIV/AIDS, International Organizations, Diversity & Inclusion, Higher Education, Mental Health, Older Women, Globalization, Sexuality & Gender, Women in History, Communications, Culture & Society, Globalization, Human Rights & Security, Health, Reproductive Rights & Sexuality
Projects & Campaigns
Reports & Resources
Adolescents and Girls
Children's Time with Fathers in Intact Families, Pamela Davis-Kearn.
Gender, Puberty, and Objectification, Karin Martin.
Tharp, Feminism, and Postmodern Dance, Sally Banes.
Art/Girl: Graffiti, Femininity, and the Career of Lady Pink, Kristina Milnor.
No Place for a Woman? Critical Narratives and Erotic Graffiti from Pompeii, Kristina Milnor.
Family Stories/Family Pictures: Mothers With Cameras, Joanne Leonard.
Representation of Women in Art History: An Overview, Patricia Simons.
Studies in Gender Based Censorship: An Annotated Bibliography in Law, Abigail Carter.
Studies in Gender Based Censorship: An Annotated Bibliography in Sociology, Susannah Dolance.
Studies in Gender Based Censorship: An Annotated Bibliography in Literature, Leslie Dorfman Davis.
Studies in Gender Based Censorship: An Annotated Bibliography in Feminist Theory and Philosophy, Troy Gordon.
Studies in Gender Based Censorship: An Annotated Bibliography in Education, Edwina Hansbrough.
Studies in Gender Based Censorship: An Annotated Bibliography in the Mass Media, Edwina Hansbrough.
Studies in Gender Based Censorship: An Annotated Bibliography in Psychology, Zaje Harrell.
Studies in Gender Based Censorship: An Annotated Bibliography in Visual and Performing Arts, Libby Otto.
Studies in Gender Based Censorship: An Annotated Bibliography in Economics, Lucie Schmidt.
Studies in Gender Based Censorship: An Annotated Bibliography in American History, Chris Talbot.
Feminist Thought and Scholarship
Objectification Theory: Emotional Consequences of Sexual, Barbara Fredrickson.
Feminist Foundations: Practicing Feminism in the Community. A transcript of a panel at the conference, Feminists at Work: Multicultural, Feminist Influences on Practice, sponsored by the Interdisciplinary Program in Feminist Practice, The University of Michigan, October 16-17, 1998.
Giving It Up: Disrupting White 'Innocence,' Re-Educating White Feminism, Gail Griffin.
International Issues - Religion
The Home and Garden are a Small Paradise for Women: Men and Women Gendering Bosnjak Nationalism in Muslim Bosnia-Hercegovina, Elissa Helms (1997).
Health and Health Care
Dual Autobiography and AIDS Witnessing, Ross Chambers.
Improving Pregnancy Outcomes during Imprisonment
Initial Exposure to Nicotine in College-age Women smokers and Never-smokers, Cynthia Pomerlau.
Mental Illness and Substance abuse: Implications for Women's Health and Health Care Access, Beth Glover Reed and Carol Mowbray.
Representations of Women's Bodies and Birthing, Carolyn Sampselle.
Women and Stress, Elizabeth Young.
Rumination and Depression in Women, Susan Nolen-Hoeksema.
Serious Mental Illness: Women and Parenting, Carol Mowbray.
Telling An Untellable Story: White "Daughter" Black "Mother" After the Cuban Revolution, Ruth Behar.
Prison Discipline, Reform and Debate: Negotiating the Female Prisoner in Nineteenth-Century England, Susanna Calkins.
The Figure of the Adulteress in the Construction of the "Cult of True Womanhood" in the19th-Century American Moral Reform Literature, Lisa Cochran.
Remembering a Forgotten Past, or Why Have We Only Heard of Ballerinas, Lynn Garafola.
The Pasha's Prostitutes: Rethinking Women, the State, and Female Prostitution in Nineteenth Century Egypt, Mario Ruiz.
International Issues - Prostitution
Making A Spectacle: The Nightly Transformations of Egyptian Nightclub Performers in a Conservative Age, Katherine Zirbel.
Contraband Women, Immigration Tricks of the Sex Trade, and State Visions of Migrant Women Workers' Rights? The 1997 Toronto Massage Parlour Raids, Cheryl Harrison.
Institutional Gender Analysis: Running for the Russian Duma, Janet Johnson.
Visions of Citizenship: Questioning the Liberal Promise of Equality, Elizabeth Wingrove.
Informed Consent Issues in Assisted Reproduction, Nancy Reame.
Recent Trends in Abortion Legislation in Central Europe, Eleonora Zielinska.
Rural Women - International Issues
The (Wo)man in the Cashew: Gender and Development in Rural Belize, Melissa Johnson.
Images of Fashion: Constructing the Visible Body, Olga Vainshtein.
Sports and Fitness
Your Hair is Caked, Your Limbs are Sore: Gender, "Roughing It," and Class in Early Yosemite Tourism, Stephanie Palmer.
Violence Against Women
Assessing Sexual Harassment among Latinas, Lilia Cortina.
Domestic Violence Against Women in Serbia, Zorica Mrsevic.
Offender Interventions to End Violence Against Women, Daniel Saunders.
Women of Color
Dis/Arming the Black Champ: Joe Louis and the Legacy of Racial Uplift in the Post-Civil Rights Movement, Marlon Ross.
Seng, Julia, and Mickey Sperlich. 2008. Survivor Moms: Women’s Stories of Birthing, Mothering, and Healing after Sexual Abuse.
Opportunities, Grants & Fellowships
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.