Women's Studies Program
The Women's Studies Program at Miami University is a dynamic, interdisciplinary program that investigates how our lives are affected by gender, race, class, age, sexuality, religion, (dis)ability, gender identity, and nationality. Women's Studies emphasizes the importance of understanding gender as a part of wider social and political structures of power, knowledge, experience, culture, embodiedness, intimacies, and labor. Women's Studies courses are organized around contemporary feminist research and theory, and focus intersectionally on women, gender, and sexuality as subjects of inquiry. Our coursework also focuses on how theory and practice come together. Students may choose from courses spanning departments, disciplines, divisions and ideologies. The Women's Studies program provides a context in which women's work and women's issues are explored in-depth, celebrating women's creativity, women's lives, and women's work. In Women's Studies, students find an active and supportive community, close interaction with faculty, opportunities to take on leadership roles, and an academic program that allows them to cross the traditional disciplinary boundaries. With nine core faculty members and over 40 affiliates, the Women's Studies program at Miami University integrates expertise in virtually every field of human endeavor.
Principal StaffDr. Madelyn Detloff, Director
Ph. (513) 529-4616
Ann Fuehrer, Assistant Director & Chief Program Advisor
Ph. (513) 529-6827
Areas of Expertise:Access & Disparities, Advancing Women's Leadership, Arts & Activism, Awareness & Education, Barriers & Opportunities, Culture & Identity, Family & Society, Religion & Spirituality, Sexuality & Gender, Women in History, Women's Movements, Women's, Gender & Feminist Studies, Women's Networks
Projects & Campaigns
The Miami University Women's Center serves as a place of support, education and advocacy for women. The center advocates for equitable treatment and promotes the critical analysis of gender issues in the educational system. Located on the 2nd floor of MacMillan Hall, the Women's Center offers a variety of resources and programs to enhance the educational climate and community for women faculty, staff and students. Although the Women's Studies Program and Women's Center are distinct entities, they are highly cooperative.
Reports & Resources
Detloff, Madelyn. The Persistence of Modernism: Loss and Mourning in the Twentieth Century. New York and Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009.
Detloff, Madelyn. “Mrs. Dalloway and the Ideology of Death: A Cultural Studies Approach.” Approaches to Teaching Mrs. Dalloway. Ed. Eileen Barrett and Ruth Saxton. New York: Modern Language Association (2009).
Virginia Woolf: Art, Education, and Internationalism. Selected Papers from the 17th Annual Conference on Virginia Woolf. Ed. Diana Royer and Madelyn Detloff. Clemson, SC: Clemson University Digital Press, 2008.
Cressy, E.C., Harrick, E.A., & Fuehrer, A. (2002) The narrative study of feminist psychologist identities. Feminism & Psychology, 12 (2), 221-246.
During Operation Jungle Red II, nail painting stations will be set up around campus to paint women’s – and men’s – pinky nails “Jungle Red” to wear for the entire week to focus awareness and spark discussion about violence against women and how to stop it.
The program, first held in 2008 to commemorate the anniversary of the deadly shootings at Virginia Tech and raise awareness of senseless violence on college campuses, is organized by students in the kinesiology and health class, Contemporary Issues in Men’s Health.
“This year we have a goal to reach one in four students, which represents the number of women who could be sexually assaulted in their lifetimes,” according to Reginald Fennell, professor of kinesiology and health. “We hope to have 4,000 Miami University students, including 2000 men, take a stand against violence against women.”
Many students are already on board with getting their mini manicure for a good cause.
“I feel this is an important program because we need to educate more individuals on the everyday violence against women that goes unseen,” said Jordain Brown, a junior sports studies and psychology double major. “It’s a good way to reach out to the masses so that they, too, can either join our efforts or come up with their own ideas to take a stand.”
According to Joey Benson, a senior health studies major, “Three women are killed every day by men who ‘love them.’ As a young man, I want to do my part to raise awareness of this tragic and avoidable statistic.”
For more information, contact Fennell at 529-3226 or email@example.com.
Opportunities, Grants & Fellowships
The WMS Program sponsors an essay contest each year in the late spring to recognize outstanding student work in the area of Women's Studies. Prizes are awarded to the best essay written by a graduating senior in the Program and for the best paper by any other graduate.
The National Council for Research on Women (NCRW) has provided a grant to help fund three fellowships for Miami University faculty.
Nellie Craig Women's Studies Research Scholar
This award is named for Miami University 1905 graduate Nellie Craig, the first African-American student at the university. The scholar who holds this position will conduct new research in African-American women's history and advise the Women's Studies Program regarding research directions and new programming.
Miami Tribe Women's Studies Coordinator
The scholar who holds this award will conduct new research on American Indian women and women in the Miami tribe. The Miami Tribe Women's Studies Coordinator will work closely with the staff of the Myaamia Project, based in Oxford, Ohio, and also travel to Miami tribal locations in Indiana and Oklahoma to meet with women tribal leaders.
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.