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Faculty Research Grants

The Feminist Research Institute offers Faculty Research Grants of up to $1,500 once per year. These annual  grants are intended as “seed money” to support feminist (including LGBT, Queer/Quare) research or projects focused on the study of gender and/or sexuality. Please note, the Feminist Research Institute defines "feminist" research in broad terms, including for example, queer, queer of color, and LGBTQ scholarship. Funds may be requested for research trips, supplies, graduate assistant stipends, or other research expenses. They are not intended to support conference travel or stipends for the applicant. 

Proposals for interdisciplinary projects are particularly welcome, and junior faculty are encouraged to apply. Only full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty are eligible. 

Proposals for research about or in collaboration with women outside the United States will be considered for the Susan Geiger award, which is given in memory of 1997 Feminist Research Institute Visiting Scholar and University of Minnesota Professor Susan Geiger.

Applications are now closed. Please submit the materials listed below electronically as a single PDF file or .doc/.docx Word file to If you have questions please e-mail Ailesha Ringer at

Applicants should submit the following materials in a single computer file (.doc/x or .PDF, please) in the following order:

  1.     A cover page with current contact information including department affiliation, campus mail address, e-mail address, and office telephone number (if applicable).
  2.     A 2-to-3 page proposal that clearly explains, in non-specialist language, the focus of the project, its connection to the FRI's Mission, and details exactly how the funds will be used (single-spaced, 12-point type).
  3.     A brief CV
  4.     A detailed budget that outlines expenses. 

Grant money must be spent within 18 months of receiving the award and research travel reimbursements must be submitted within 15 days after returning. Each awardee will be asked to give a public talk on their research the semester after it is completed and will be asked to acknowledge the FRI in any talks, papers, and/or projects that this grant helped to foster. For more information, please contact Ailesha Ringer at or Dr. Elizabeth Hutchison at

Award Recipients




Lisa Broidy, "Mother's in Jail: Impacts on Maternal Identity and Child Well-Being."

Belinda Wallace, "Rise of the Queer Radical Champion: Imagining Carribean Women, Rebellion, and the Rubble of History."


Jennifer Moore, "Women's Work: Reconciliation, Livelihood, and Accountability after Armed Conflict in Africa."

Aubrey Jackson, "The Socio-Political Context of Abortion Bill Activity in the Texas Legislature."

Sarah Townsend, "Teresa Deevy and the Gender Politics of the Irish National Theater."

Bernadine Hernandez, "Sexing Empire: Producing Nationhood, Sexual Economies, and Racialized Gender and Sexuality in the Nineteenth-Century Borderlands."

Shana Judge, "At Risk Sexual Behavior in ER Visits."


Kency Cornejo, "From Femicide to Feminisms: Art and Decolonial Gestures in Postwar Central America."

Sabrina Volpone, "Looking Beyond the Bump: How Women Navigate the Workplace During and After Pregnancy."

Cathleen Cahill, "Joining the Parade: How Chinese and Indigenous Women Challenged the Mainstream U.S. Suffragette Movement."


Jennifer Denetdale, "Navajo Women, Gender, and the Politics of Tradition."

Tiffany Florvil, "Making a Movement: A History of Afro-Germans, Emotions, and Belonging."

Kimberly Gauderman, "Group Security: Gender, Violence, and Collective Identity in Latin America and US Asylum Law."




Cathleen Cahill, “Making, Marketing, & Buying Baskets: Women’s Economic and Intercultural Networks of Exchange in Northern California.”
Pamela Cheek, “The Gender of Cosmopolitanism:  Women Writers and their Heroines Abroad, 1769-1810.”

Brian Herrera, “Latin Explosion: Latinos, Racial Formation and Twentieth Century U.S. Popular Performance”
Juan Pablo Micozzi, "The More Women at Work, the Sooner We Win? Gender Quotas and Legislative Productivity in the Argentine Congress"

Kathleen Washburn, “Gertrude Bonnin, Literary Reform, and Writing Modern Indians”
Karen Foss, “Fertility Tourism: The Commodification of Human Reproduction”

Amy Brandzel, “Refugee in ‘America’: Gendered Scripts and Colonial Feminism in U.S. Refugee Law”
Glenda Balas and Jan Scheutz, “Facing Down the Odds: Women Pioneers in Communication”
Patricia Covarrubias, “New Identities: Danish Women as Muslims”
Gail Houston, “Envisioning Nineteenth-Century British Women’s Radical Spirituality"

Bárbara Reyes, “Latina Leadership in Mainstream Politics, Civil Rights or Civic Duty: Graciela Olivarez’s Life and Public Service”
Kathryn McKnight, "Afro-Latino Voices: Narratives from the Early Modern Ibero-Atlantic World, 1552-1808."
Ziarat Hossain, “A Developmental-Contextual Approach to Understanding Mothers’ and Fathers’ Involvement with Children and Its Relationship to Children’s Academic Achievement and Social Development in Mexican Immigrant Families”

Carmen Nocentelli, "Islands of Love: Europe, 'India,' and Interracial Romance, 1572-1673"

Alex Lubin, "Intimate Enemies: The Politics of Marriage and Demography in the Israel-Palestine Conflict"
Liz Hutchison, “My Walking Archives: Oral and Archival Research on the History of Chilean Domestic Service”

Melissa Axelrod, “Linguistic Ethnography of the Ixil Mayans of Guatamala”
Anita Obermeier, Assistant Professor, “Seed, Sex, Superiority: Medieval Concepts of Fertility and Sterility”
Rebecca Schreiber, “Exile, Post-Nationalism and the Politics of Frm in the Work of Elizabeth Catlett”

Barbara Reyes, “Women and 19th century California Missions”
Glenda Balas, “Enhancing Internality and Self Awareness among Girls in Roosevelt County, NM”
Gary Scharnhorst, “Biography of Kate Field”