The Center for Research on Women (CROW) at the University of Memphis conducts, promotes and disseminates scholarship on women and social inequality. CROW's approach to research, theory and programming emphasizes the structural relationships among race, class, gender and sexuality, particularly in the U.S. South and among women of color.
CROW publishes a semi-annual newsletter, and periodic special reports.; facilitates faculty research on topics related to race, class, gender and sexuality; sponsors conferences, workshops, and speakers on related scholarship; and collaborates with community partners in policy-oriented and action research. Areas in which faculty affiliated with the center currently conduct research include work; poverty and social policy; education and economic development; women's health, including violence against women; Latino immigration and racial/ethnic transformation in the U.S. South; and globalization. Several faculty are also involved in community-based research projects, undertaken in partnership with local nonprofit organizations, on topics of concern to women and girls in Memphis and the South.
Principal StaffLynda M. Sagrestano, Ph.D., Director
Ph. (901) 678-2780
Lornette Stokes, B.S., Administrative Secretary
Ph. (901) 678-2770
Teresa A. Diener, M.A., Project Coordinator, Community Voice Evaluation
Ph. (901) 678-2293
Naketa M. Edney, M.A., Research Associate, Community Voice Evaluation
Ph. (901) 678-2153
Jennifer Gooch, M.A., Research Associate, Women's Economic Security: Campaign
Ph. (901) 678-2642
Areas of Expertise:Affirmative Action , Awareness & Education , Higher Education , Women in STEM , Women's, Gender & Feminist Studies , Education & Education Reform , Equality, Diversity & Inclusion 
Projects & Campaigns
CROW's brand of action-oriented, community-based research strengthens the public's understanding of women's experiences in Memphis and contributes to local, regional and national policy discussions.
Women's Academic Network 
The Women's Academic Network provides women on our campus with an informal opportunity to meet new colleagues, socialize, and discuss topics of interest and relevance to women in academia.
The Center invites women scholars to present their work on campus in a public forum.
Memphis Safe Campus Initiative 
CROW is conducting research on campus safety, as well as working to prevent and reduce violence against women on the University of Memphis campus.
In addition to ongoing research, the Center:
* is heading a collaborative of over 50 Memphis organizations dedicated to reducing the numbers of teen pregnancy in our community.
* is working with other University of Memphis faculty, staff and students to create a Safe Zone for GLBTQ students on our campus.
Current Research Agenda for Spring 2010:
Research to assess Tennessee's TANF program, Families First, and its effectiveness in serving the state's single female-headed households. Sponsored by the Women's Foundation of Greater Memphis.
An investigation of the frequency, types, and long-term impact of sexual harassment experienced by teenagers in Memphis middle and high schools. Supported in part by The Urban Child Institute and the University of Memphis Faculty Research Grant Program.
Evaluation of Community Voice, a new intervention to reduce infant mortality. Supported in part by the Tennessee Governor’s Office of Children’s Care Coordination.
Project to assess, reduce and prevent violence against women on University of Memphis campuses.
Project in development that would address pregnancy planning, timing, and preparation for healthy pregnancy among urban adolescent girls, with goals to prevent unintended pregnancy and adverse birth outcomes.
Project in development to systematically increase the recruitment, retention, and advancement of women faculty in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) disciplines at the University of Memphis.
Reports & Resources
Extensive back list of working papers and bibliographies on Southern women and women of color. Contact CROW for list and order information.
Examples of recent publications include:
* Sagrestano, Lynda. 2009. Nowhere to hide: A Look At the Pervasive Atmosphere of Sexual Harassment in Memphis Area Middle & High Schools.
* CROW. 2008. Center for Research on Women: 2007-2008 Annual Report.
* Across Races & Nations: Building New Communities in the U.S. South, Published September 2006 by The Center for Research on Women, University of Memphis (TN); the Highlander Research and Education Center (TN); and the Southern Regional Council (GA). This 370-page report published in English and Spanish provides information to activists, philanthropists and others who seek to address immigration and the needs of immigrants as part of larger social justice agendas in the South. Includes project and participant overviews, case studies, glossaries of U.S. immigration terms and policies, economic fact sheets, maps, "Know Your Rights" workshop guides for immigrants, and other materials for popular education.
* What Is a Living Wage in Memphis?, David H. Ciscel, working paper (2002).
* Advocates for Girls: Promoting Success in Early Adolescence, Barbara Ellen Smith and Claire Porter (1998).
* Profiles: A Report on the Women and Girls of Greater Memphis, Martha Schmidt (1997).
Opportunities, Grants & Fellowships