Center for the Study of Women in Society
The University of Oregon's Center for the Study of Women in Society promotes research on the complexity of women’s lives and the intersecting nature of gender identities and inequalities. Faculty and graduate students affiliated with the Center generate and share this research with other scholars and educators, the public, policymakers, and activists. CSWS researchers come from a broad range of fields in arts and humanities, law and policy, social sciences, physical and life sciences, and the professional schools.
Generating, supporting and disseminating research on the complexity of women’s lives and the intersecting nature of gender identities and inequalities.
Principal StaffCarol Stabile, Director
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Gabriela Martínez, Associate Director
Alice Evans, Dissemination Specialist
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Peggy McConnell, Accounting and Grants
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Pam Sutton, Office and Events Coordinator
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Areas of Expertise:Advancing Women's Leadership, Diversity & Leadership, Economic Development & Microfinance, Communications, Media & Gender, Diversity & Inclusion, Poverty, Globalization, Mentoring, Sexuality & Gender, Women's Leadership, Women's, Gender & Feminist Studies, Communications, Culture & Society
Projects & Campaigns
Feminist Thought and Scholarship
Research Interest Groups. Research Interest Groups (RIG) organized by CSWS foster collaboration between scholars at the university. Faculty, graduate students, and community members participate in programs and events. RIGs are designed to facilitate collaborative research; create support groups for the preparation of grant proposals; build better connections between scholars and community activists; and generate opportunities for cross-disciplinary dialogue among scholars.
Women of Color Project
CSWS was awarded a Ford Foundation grant in March 2008 from the National Council for Research on Women (NCRW). “Diversifying the Leadership of Women’s Research Centers,” was meant to promote the leadership of women of color from historically underrepresented groups in the United States within NCRW and within its women’s research, policy, and advocacy member centers. CSWS and the UO Office of the Vice President for Research provided matching funds.
Charise Cheney, associate professor, UO Department of Ethnic Studies, continues as the 2012-13 coordinator of the CSWS Women of Color Project. Cheney’s research interests include African-American popular and political cultures, black nationalist ideologies and practices, and gender and sexuality. She is the author of Brothers Gonna Work It Out: Sexual Politics in the Golden Age of Rap Nationalism (New York: New York University Press, 2005) and is currently working on a book about black resistance to school desegregation in Topeka, Kansas in the decade before Brown v Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas. She earned her PhD at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.
Designed to re-imagine academic writing and research, the Fembot Project participates in the ongoing revolution in academic publishing, taking seriously the advice of scholars to democratize our publications by embracing open access, open source publications. The Fembot Project centrally includes a new journal—Ada: Journal of Gender, New Media, and Technology—that will be broadly accessible, both in terms of physical access and in terms of its content. The Fembot website (http://fembotcollective.org/) comprises three overlapping projects: Ada, Laundry Day, and a professional clearinghouse.
For more information, contact Carol Stabile, Director, CSWS, firstname.lastname@example.org
Women Writers Project
This group organized MemoirFest, the first annual CSWS Women Writers Symposium, held May 12, 2012. The second annual CSWS Women Writers Symposium: Common Ground, will be held over Mother’s Day weekend 2013. The Women Writers Project (http://csws.uoregon.edu/?page_id=10220) seeks to foster and enhance opportunities for women writers on campus, in the community, and throughout the Pacific Northwest; to bring distinct voices of published women writers to campus; and to support the work of creative writing by bringing together writers from different disciplines.
For more information, contact coordinator Alice Evans at email@example.com
Reports & Resources
2012 CSWS Annual Review
Available online at <http://csws.uoregon.edu/?page_id=82>, this 28-page publication includes these highlights:
- “The Rise and Fall of The Goldbergs,” by Carol Stabile, director, CSWS, and professor, SOJC and women’s and gender studies — Despite widespread support as evidenced through fan mail, this popular show by Jewish writer Gertrude Berg was ultimately squelched by anti-communist activists.
- “Witnessing in the Americas: A Conversation with Gabriela Martínez,” documentary filmmaker, SOJC associate professor, and the new associate director of CSWS.
- “We Are the Face of Oaxaca: Testimony and Social Movements,” by Lynn Stephen, professor of anthropology and director of the Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies — CSWS-funded research culminates in innovative book.
- Research articles by UO scholars addressing the underrepresentation of women in STEM fields, rural gentrification and immigrant-centered labor, strategies of silence in American women’s poetry, and more.
CSWS Research Matters is published three times yearly. Each two-page article is written by a UO faculty member whose research has been supported by CSWS. Available online at <http://csws.uoregon.edu/?page_id=85>,the most recent issues include:
- 2012, Fall: “Touchstones, Touchscreens and Timeless Tall Tales: A Feminist Analysis of Communication Practice in Exhibitions,” by Phaedra Livingstone, assistant professor, University of Oregon, Arts and Administration Program (AAD) School of Architecture & Allied Arts (A&AA) and coordinator, Museum Studies
- 2012, Spring: “Thinking Through a Research Trajectory, From Hollywood Latinas to Hair/Style” by Priscilla Peña Ovalle, associate professor, Department of English & associate director, Cinema Studies
- 2012, Winter: “Partner Violence and Girls’ Educational and Vocational Development” by Krista M. Chronister, associate professor, College of Education, Counseling Psychology Program
- 2011, Fall: “Why Oklahoma? All-Black Towns and the Struggle for Civil Rights in Indian Territory” by Melissa H. Stuckey, assistant professor, Department of History
Feminist Thought and Scholarship
Sandra Morgen; Joan Acker; Jill Weigt. 2010.Stretched Thin: Poor Families, Welfare Work, and Welfare Reform. Cornell University Press.
Pascoe, Peggy. 2009. What Comes Naturally: Miscegenation Law and the Making of Race in America. Oxford.
Reis, Elizabeth. 2009. Bodies in Doubt: An American History of Intersex. Johns Hopkins University Press.
Lynn Fujiwara. 2008. Mothers without Citizenship: Asian Immigrant Families and the Consequences of Welfare Reform. University of Minnesota Press.
Lamia Karim, 2011. Microfinance and Its Discontents: Women in Debt in Bangladesh. University of Minnesota Press. Lamia Karim is the associate director of the Center for the Study of Women in Society and an associate professor in the University of Oregon Department of Anthropology.
November 8–9, 2013
- “Agents of Change: Women’s Stories, Women’s Lives,” a two-day symposium featuring outstanding past and present CSWS grantees
- A major feminist keynote speaker
- Roundtable: “Worlds Beyond World: Feminist Utopian Thought”
- Special 40th anniversary edition of the CSWS Annual Review
- Premiere of oral history documentaries featuring founding feminist faculty Joan Acker, Barbara Corrado Pope, and Marilyn Farwell
- Food and entertainment
- The Center for the Study of Women in Society, the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, and the ASUO Women’s Center invite you to join us as we celebrate the 40th anniversary of feminist research and teaching on the UO campus.
Watch our website for details.
Opportunities, Grants & Fellowships
Grants and Fellowships
The Center for the Study of Women in Society maintains a number of grant programs to support the work initiated by University of Oregon faculty, staff (with the appropriate end degrees), and graduate students. By providing these highly competitive grants and fellowships, CSWS consistently has supported many important research projects at various stages of development and enriched programs in all sectors of the university. The Center has offered research funding to faculty and graduate students at the University of Oregon for more than 25 consecutive years.
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“‘Finding Face’ details the controversial case of Tat Marina, who was attacked with acid in Cambodia in 1999. At 16, Marina was a rising star in Phnom Penh’s karaoke music scene. She was coerced into an abusive relationship with Cambodia’s Undersecretary of State, Svay Sitha, and subsequently doused with a liter of nitric acid—allegedly by his wife—that disfigured her face. A decade later, despite the fact that there were multiple witnesses to the crime, no charges have ever been filed in the case.”
- Finding Face Website
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.