Professor Juana Maria Rodriguez received the Social Sciences Distinguished Teaching Award for 2011-2012.  She will be honored at a reception on Thursday, February 7, 2013  in the Durant Hall Atrium (2nd floor) from 4-6pm.  For information on Professor Rodriguez' research please visit her faculty page. Congratulations Professor Rodriguez!

GWS students Zully Juarez and Jessica Garcia Ibarra were selected as McNair Scholars. Congratulations!

The McNair Scholars Program prepares selected UC Berkeley undergraduates for graduate study at the doctoral level. Twenty to thirty McNair Scholars are selected each year to participate in both academic and summer activities. The McNair Scholars Program aims to increase numbers of groups underrepresented in doctoral programs.

The Award Includes:

  • Close relationship with a faculty mentor
  • $2,800 stipend for Summer research
  • Paper published in the Berkeley McNair Journal
  • Research findings presented at the Annual California McNair Scholars Symposium
  • Fully funded GRE Prep Course
  • Assistance to ensure admission to graduate programs of choice
  • Fee Waivers from participating institutions graduate applications
  • Strengthening of academic skills

Animacies: Biopolitics, Racial Mattering, and Queer Affect
Duke University Press, Perverse Modernities series). 2012.

In Animacies, Mel Y. Chen draws on recent debates about sexuality, race, and affect to examine how matter that is considered insensate, immobile, or deathly animates cultural lives. Toward that end, Chen investigates the blurry division between the living and the dead, or that which is beyond the human or animal. Within the field of linguistics, animacy has been described variously as a quality of agency, awareness, mobility, sentience, or liveness. Chen turns to cognitive linguistics to stress how language habitually differentiates the animate and the inanimate. Expanding this construct, Chen argues that animacy undergirds much that is pressing and indeed volatile in contemporary culture, from animal rights debates to biosecurity concerns.

Duke University Press

GWS Alumnus Matthew Grigorieff is making an impact on campus with his Honors Thesis work. See the latest article about the "Fitness for All" program here.

Professor Trinh T, Minh-ha's book,  Elsewhere, Within Here: Immigration, Refugeeism and the Boundary Event, has received the 2012 Critics Choice Book Award of the American Educational Studies Association (AESA).

The Department of Gender and Women’s Studies is proud to announce that Marco Flores, GWS class of 2012, has been selected to receive The Judith Lee Stronach Baccalaureate Prize.  This prize supports intellectual and creative pursuits that heighten awareness of issues of social consciousness and the public good.  Marco will be using this prestigious University-wide prize to continue his social justice work on behalf of undocumented youth in the Bay Area. Felicidades Marco!

The Lifetime Achievement Awards were first presented in 1979 in President Jimmy Carter’s Oval Office to Isabel Bishop, Selma Burke, Alice Neel, Louise Nevelson, and Georgia O'Keeffe. Past honorees have represented the full range of distinguished achievement in the visual arts professions.

Undergraduate GWS major Jessica Y. Neasbit's senior thesis, "Lip Service(s): Discourses on Designer Vagina" was just published in the Penn BioEthics Journal.

The special issue of The Scholar and Feminist Online on 'Religion and The Body' has just gone live! You can view it here at The Barnard Center for Research on Women website. Professor Minoo Moallem's essay is titled "Passing, Politics and Religion".

On October 7th, 2011 GWS celebrated our 20th Anniversary as a department with a day long conference. Check out the event webpage for a look at the program and webcasts. Thank you to all those who participated and attended.