2018-19 CSWS Research Awards: Jane Grant Fellowship, Graduate and Faculty Research Grants

April 9, 2018—The Center for the Study of Women in Society at the University of Oregon recently awarded more than $67,000 in graduate student and faculty research grants to support research on women and gender during the 2018-19 academic year. The research being funded includes projects focused in Senegal, Ghana, the Caribbean, and across the country.

PhD candidate Laura Strait, Media Studies, School of Journalism and Communication, was chosen from a highly competitive pool of applicants to receive the prestigious Jane Grant Dissertation Fellowship for her dissertation research, “Occupying a Third Place: Pro-Life Feminism, Legible Politics, and the Edge of Women’s Liberation.”

Laura Strait

Strait’s research investigates pro-life feminism, looking “to read an alternative history of the feminist movement from the perspective of pro-life feminists in order to pinpoint incommensurabilities that in turn define the state of feminism(s) today. To this end, [the] project details the history of pro-life feminism as it runs parallel to mainstream histories of the feminist movement – focusing on departures in feminist philosophy from the logic and tenets of pro-life feminism.” Her award also includes a tuition remission grant from the Dean of the Graduate School, and a health insurance stipend from CSWS.

CSWS-funded graduate student research includes an award to SOJC doctoral student Layire Diop, who is assessing communication campaigns for “the end of fistula in Senegal.” Ben Nelson, a graduate teaching fellow in the Department of Psychology, received a research grant to investigate mechanisms connecting maternal depression to physical disease. Nicole Francisco, a doctoral student in the Department of Political Science, received support for her dissertation research, which “explores incarceration through the lens of gender and sexuality, with a particular focus on the activist organizing efforts that emerge at the intersections of queerness and incarceration.”

CSWS-funded faculty research includes writing time for novelist Marjorie Celona, an assistant professor in the Creative Writing Program, for revision of her novel Be On My Side, scheduled for publication in 2019. Nicole Giuliani, assistant professor in the School Psychology Program, COE, received funding to examine the differential impact of socioeconomic status on the immune health of mothers of young children. Linda Long, curator of manuscripts for Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, was funded to carry out work on her “Eugene Lesbian Oral History Project.” Shoniqua Roach, an assistant professor in the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, received funding for her book project on “Black Sexual Sanctuaries.”

In all, seven UO graduate students will receive awards ranging from $1,200 to more than $12,000. Seven faculty scholars will receive awards ranging from $1,500 to $6,000 each.

2018-19 CSWS Jane Grant Dissertation Fellowship

  • Laura Strait, Media Studies, School of Journalism and Communication, “Occupying a Third Place: Pro-Life Feminism, Legible Politics, and the Edge of Women’s Liberation.”

2018-19 CSWS Graduate Student Research Grantees

  • Elinam Amevor, Media Studies, School of Journalism and Communication, “Participatory Communication for Women’s Livelihood Empowerment under Ghana’s ‘Planting for Food and Jobs’ Program.”
  • Layire Diop, Media Studies, School of Journalism and Communication, “Communicating with Pariahs: An Assessment of the Communication Campaigns for the End of Fistula in Senegal.”
  • Peter Ehlinger, Department of Counseling Psychology and Human Services, “Development of a Trans-Affirmative Alcohol Preventive Intervention.”
  • Nicole Francisco, Department of Political Science, “Organizing on All Fronts: Contemporary Queer Carceral Justice Activisms.”
  • Ben Nelson, Department of Psychology, “Understanding Lower-Income Female Health Disparities: An Investigation into Mechanisms Connecting Maternal Depression to Physical Disease.”
  • Andrew Robbins, Media Studies, School of Journalism and Communication, “Expanding the Industries of Visibility: The San Francisco Transgender Film Festival (1997-2017).”

2018-19 CSWS Faculty Research Grantees

  • Marjorie Celona, Assistant Professor, Creative Writing Program, writing time for revision of her novel Be On My Side (scheduled for publication in 2019).
  • Maria Fernanda Escallón, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, “Women from Palenque and the Trap of Visibility.”
  • Nicole Giuliani, Assistant Professor, School Psychology Program, Department of Special Education and Clinical Sciences (COE), “Differential Impact of Socioeconomic Status, Parenting Stress, and Self-Regulation on Immune Health in Mothers of Young Children.”
  • Ana-Maurine Lara, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, and Alaí Reyes-Santos, Associate Professor, Department of Ethnic Studies, “Women’s Roles in Afro-Aboriginal Healing Traditions in the Caribbean and Its Diasporas.”
  • Linda J. Long, Curator of Manuscripts, Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, “Eugene Lesbian Oral History Project.”
  • Ernesto Martinez, Associate Professor, Department of Ethnic Studies, “A Child Should Not Long for Its Own Image: Producing Literature and Visual Media for Queer Latinx Youth.”
  • Shoniqua Roach, Assistant Professor, Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, “Black Sexual Sanctuaries.”

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