May 10 alumni symposium to envision ‘feminist futures’

What does it take to shape a feminist research center? How do we incubate feminist projects and envision feminist futures? These questions and more will be explored May 10 at the Center for the Study of Women in Society (CSWS) Alumni Symposium—our culminating fiftieth anniversary event.

Anita Hill to Discuss Peril and Promise for Feminism May 9

Thirty-three years ago, Professor Anita Hill started a national conversation on sexual harassment in testifying against Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas. On May 9, she visits the University of Oregon to discuss the ongoing fight against gender-based violence in this year’s Lorwin Lecture on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties.

UO researchers to study the health effects of homelessness

Editor's note: Seed funding for Weaver's research was provided by a CSWS faculty research grant. 

From Around the O—As cities of all sizes struggle with rising homelessness, researchers at the University of Oregon are studying the link between stress and long-term health conditions among people without housing and how it drives health inequity.

CSWS featured in Oregon Quarterly winter issue

From the Winter 2024 Oregon Quarterly—Coinciding with the fiftieth anniversary of the UO Center for the Study of Women in Society, the Winter issue of Oregon Quarterly celebrates women who have overcome gender stereotypes and paved roads of equity for others to travel: the Mighty Women of Mighty Oregon.

OVPRI features CSWS in Research News

The Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation (OVPRI) will be featuring the Center for the Study of Women in Society (CSWS) in its upcoming Pursuit newsletter. The article, "Gender Research Opens Pathways for Feminist Futures," will help to broaden awareness of the CSWS mission, anniversary events, and DuckFunder campaign to benefit undergraduate research and skill-building in the region.

History Symposium to Highlight Role of Women in Science

From Around the O—An upcoming symposium organized by the Department of History, with many co-sponsors from across the University of Oregon, will highlight the role of women in science for the past 600 years. It is one of the events marking the 50th anniversary of the UO’s Center for the Study of Women in Society.

CSWS to offer Nov. 1 grant funding info session

If your research, scholarship, or creative work engages with the complexities of women’s lives or the complicated nature of intersectional gender identities and inequalities, then you should apply for research funding from the Center for the Study of Women in Society (CSWS).

As the 2024-25 grant funding cycle rapidly approaches, CSWS will be hosting an information session and a grant writing workshop to support graduate students and faculty through the funding application process.

Anjali Singh and Shay Mirk to discuss comics publishing Nov. 2

The University of Oregon’s Center for the Study of Women in Society (CSWS) is partnering with Comics Studies to present literary agent Anajali Singh and graphic journalist Sarah “Shay” Mirk in conversation on Nov. 2. The event is part of CSWS’s year-long 50th anniversary programming on the theme of “feminist futures.”

Nov. 7–8 Film events to highlight feminist avant-garde media

The University of Oregon’s Center for the Study of Women in Society (CSWS) is partnering with the Department of Cinema Studies to present film screenings and discussions centered on the legacy and future of feminist avant-garde media. The events are part of CSWS’s year-long 50th anniversary programming on the theme of “feminist futures.”

Spotlight on Native Ecologies and Fire Management

Pictured above, from left, are Joe Scott, David G. Lewis, and Kari Marie Norgaard. Photos by Jack Liu.


On April 25, 2023, CSWS hosted “Native Ecologies,” a panel discussion on Indigenous histories and approaches to fire management, knowledge production, and ecological stewardship. 

Weaver receives OVPRI award for houselessness study

CSWS affiliate Jo Weaver from the Department of Global Studies has received a 2023 Incubating Interdisciplinary Initiatives (I3) award from the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation (OVPRI). Weaver is an associate professor and director of the Global Heath Program. 

Hypatia to host UO conference Sept. 6-9

Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy is hosting its 40th anniversary conference at the University of Oregon, Sept. 6-9, 2023. Registration for the conference is free for UO community members. 

CSWS previews 50th anniversary celebration lineup

During AY 2023-24, the Center for the Study of Women and Society (CSWS) celebrates its 50th anniversary with speakers, symposia, exhibits, performances, and more programming that speak to the theme of “Feminist Futures.”

CSWS announces 2023-24 grant awardees

The Center for the Study of Women in Society (CSWS) is thrilled to announce funding awards for AY 2023-24 of $78,000 to support scholarship, research, and creative work on women and gender at the University of Oregon. A total of 21 research grants were given to 16 graduate students and five faculty members. 

Common Reading selects 'Feminist Futures' theme for 2023-24

From Around the O—The Common Reading program will partner with the UO’s Center for the Study of Women in Society during 2023-24, with multiple title selections and associated programming centered on the theme “Feminist Futures: Research on Women and Gender in Society.” 

Noon talks examine race in Bollywood, beauty pagents, higher ed and more

During spring term, CSWS presents a line-up of funded research talks that explore intersections of gender and race across popular culture and higher education. All talks are noon–1 p.m. and in hybrid format. Bring your lunch to the CSWS Jane Grant Room, 330 Hendricks Hall, 1408 University Street, for interesting discussion and community renewal or take a break from your busy day to join us on Zoom.

Littlejohn to discuss birth control and reproductive justice April 21

On Friday, April 21, Krystale Littlejohn, associate professor of sociology at the University of Oregon, will be giving a talk on her recent book, Just Get on the Pill: The Uneven Burden of Reproductive Politics (University of California Press, 2021).

Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Women in Society (CSWS), the event will also preview the Center's 50th anniversary programming for the 2023-24 academic year.

Saavedra to discuss masculinity and localized liberalism Mar. 9

The CLLAS Faculty Research Series presents Creating Californios: Masculinity and Localized Liberalism in Mexican California, 1800-1850, with Yvette Saavedra, assistant professor of women's, gender, and sexuality studies. She is also a CSWS faculty affiliate. Please join us for this exciting in-person event on Thursday, March 9, 3:30-4:30pm in the Diamond Lake Room, EMU. 

Margot Canaday to discuss sexual minorities and work Feb. 16


On February 16, Princeton historian Margot Canaday will discuss her book, Queer Career, which explores the experiences of sexual minorities in the American workforce during the second half of the twentieth century. Canaday shows how LGBT history helps us understand the recent history of capitalism and labor and rewrites our understanding of the queer past. The talk will be held 4:30–6 p.m. in the Knight Law Center, room 110, 1515 Agate St., Eugene. Livestreaming is available for this event. 

Research Matters looks at Antonina Riasanovsky's The Family

In the winter issue of Research Matters, Jenifer Presto, associate professor of comparative literature, shares the extraordinary story of Antonina Riasanovsky, author of best-selling 1940 novel The Family. Antonina, her husband, and their two young sons immigrated from China to Eugene during the Second World War.

Tannaz Farsi wins 2022 Presidential Fellowship

From Around the O—CSWS advisory board member Tannaz Farsi, Department of Art in the College of Design, is one of two recipients of the 2022 Presidential Fellowship in Arts and Humanities. Chosen from a pool of 50 applicants, the winners were recognized for their outstanding scholarly and creative records, respectively, as well as specific works in progress. Recipients will receive a $25,000 award to support their creative and scholarly work.

Inclusive Pedagogies RIG to discuss rhetorical listening Jan. 27 & 31

On Friday, Jan. 27, and Tuesday, Jan. 31, the IPRIG will be reading together and discussing "Enacting Rhetorical Listening: A Process to Support Students’ Engagement with Challenging Course Readings," by Jessica Rivera-Mueller (Journal on Empowering Teaching Excellence, vol. 4, no. 2, Fall 2020). Below is the article's abstract:

Applications now available for all CSWS grants

Applications for AY 2023-24 faculty, staff, and student research grants are now available. Applications for AY 2022-23 graduate student travel grants are also available. Please be sure to download guidelines below and prepare your grant proposal materials before completing your application form. Questions and letters of recommendation should be directed to

CSWS affiliates awarded 2023-24 OHC fellowships

The Oregon Humanities Center (OHC) has announced its 2023-24 faculty research and teaching fellowships.

The OHC Research Fellowship program identifies, fosters, and promotes innovative humanities research produced by University of Oregon faculty. These fellowships provide faculty with one course release so they can have a term free of teaching to pursue full-time research as part of a community of scholars. 2023-34 faculty research fellowships went to the following CSWS affiliates: