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Graduate Student Research Grants

The Feminist Research Institute accepts applications for graduate student research and travel grants in the spring semester. Grants of up to $750 each will be awarded every Spring. These small grants are intended to support feminist research (including LGBT, Queer and Queer of color) or projects focused on the study of gender and/or sexuality. Proposals to support dissertation and thesis-related research are particularly encouraged. The grants may be used to support travel expenses and materials related to research projects, but may not be used for travel to conferences and research presentations.

Proposals for interdisciplinary projects are particularly welcome, and master’s and doctoral students in any UNM graduate program are welcome to apply.

Application deadline: submissions are closed  Please submit the materials listed below in order electronically as one PDF file or .doc/x Word to Ailesha Ringer @ If you have questions please email

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

  1. A cover page with current contact information (department affiliation, degree status, campus mail address, email address, and telephone number)
  2. A two-page proposal that clearly explains, in non-specialist language, the focus of the research project; its theoretical grounding in feminist/LGBT/Queer/Queer of Color literature; its connection to FRI's mission, and how funds will be used (single-spaced, 12-point type)
  3. A detailed budget that outlines research and travel expenses. Please indicate other funding sources pursued (pending or awarded).
  4. A brief CV

For information on additional sources of research funding available to UNM graduate students, please visit the GPSA Funding website.

Research for applicants should be completed December 31 of that year. All travel reimbursements have to 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. For more information, please contact Ailesha Ringer at

Previous Recipients


Yuka Doherty, "Femininity Politics in the Post-Colonial Japan Empire: The roles of Filipinas from 1941-2017."

Mariko Thomas, "The Keepers of Plants: Women, Healing, and Plant-Human Relationships in New Mexico."


Amy Gore, "Sarah Winnemucca Hopkins, E. Pauline Johnson, and Zitkala-Se: Indigenous Women Writers."

Laura Powell, "Exploring the Participation of Indigenous Ecuadorian Women in Nineteenth-Century State Building."


Alexis MacLennan, "Governing 'Good Science:' The Language of Health Risk and Sound Medical Practice in Texas Abortion Legislation."

Benjamin Summer Abott, "Remembering Socialism, Forgetting Feminism: John F.M. Lawson's 'In the Wave of Time'."

Godfried Asante, "(Re)producing the Ghanaian/African Queer Subject: Ideological Tensions and Queer Subjectivities in Post-Colonial Ghana."

Kelly Hunnings, "Women in the Margins: Reconfiguring Pastoral Space in Ann Yearsley's 'Clifton Hill'."

Julie Williams, "Miss Atomic Bomb and Domestication in Cold War Era Las Vegas."


Anna Calasanti, "Abortion for Export: Impact of Texas Abortion Restrictions on Class, Race, and Reproductive Health in New Mexico."

Sandra Lara, "Protecting our Families and Communities: Child Sexual Violence Cases in Coahuila, Mexico, 1876-1931."

Natalie Latteri, "On Saints, Sinners, and Sex in Medieval Apocalypses."

Julia Youngs, "Ele Resiste, Ella Recuerda: Representations of Gender and Narratives of Dictatorships in Brazil and Argentina's Memorial Museums."


Julia Hellwege, "Constituency, Identity, and Surrogate Substantive Representation: Minority Women in U.S. State Legislatures."

Kelly Hunnings, "Patronage, Poetic Identity, and Domestic Tensions: Jane Wiseman and Mary Leopor, 1717-1746."

Jennifer McPherson, "'Not Your Mother's PTA:' Uncovering the Work of the National Parent Teacher Association."

Megan Speciale, "Sexual Ideology in the Classroom: A Critical Examination of Sexuality Counseling Pedagogy."


Angelina Gonzalez-Aller, "Going to Work: Informal Processes and Gender in the U.S. Congress."

Erin Hegberg, "Making Ends Meet in 19th Century Territorial New Mexico: New Mexican Ceramics and Identity."


Carson Morris, "Female Desire, Lesbians, and Productive Sexuality in Cold War Chile."

Julie Williams, "The Changing Landscape of a Peripatetic Philosophy: Health and Home in the Life of Mary MacLane."

Erin Murrah-Mandril, "Ghosts in the Archive: Recovering the Work of Adina de Zavala."


B. Erin Cole, “A Single-Family City: Zoning, Race, Sexuality, and Neighborhoods in Denver, 1956-1989."

V. Gina Diaz, dissertation research on Chicana lesbian feminist art.

Suzanne Dunai, "Cooking for the Patria: Education, Feminism, and Consumerism during the Franco Regime."

Christine Kozikowski, "Reading Privacy in Middle English Texts 1350-1450: Private Space, Public Face."

Elena Avilés, “Mi/My lengua franca: Manipulating a Chicana Cultural Heritage in Art and Literature.”

Pamela Gravagne, "The Becoming of Age."


Lucinda Grinell, “'Lesbianas Presente': Lesbian Activism, Transnational Networks, and Cold War Politics in Mexico City, 1968-1996.”

Stacey Kikendall, “The eye of Glorvina met mine”: Vision Gender and Imperialism in the “Wild Irish Girl.”

Kathleen McIntyre, “Contested Spaces: The Rise of Protestantism in Oaxaca, 1920-1994.”

Emira Ibrahimpasic, “Muslim Women’s Identities in post-war Bosnia and Herzegovina.”

Leigh Johnson, “Historical Romance and Representation: Jovita Gonzalez and Eve Raleigh’s Collaboration and Correspondence.”

Jennifer A. Sandoval, “Outsourcing Fertility: A Critical Analysis of Surrogacy in India.”

Kellie Sawyer, “Philadelphia’s Straight History/Gay Nightlife: Tourism and ‘Diversity’ in the U.S. Nation’s ‘Freedom Capital.’”


Elaine Nelson, “Sex and Commercial Tourism in the Black Hills: The Legacy of Deadwood's Prostitution Industry.”

Ashley Carlson, “From Housekeeping to Volcanoes: Sarah Stickney Ellis on Female Education.”


Sarah Guengerich
Jocelyn Salaz
Emira Ibrahimpasic
Lavinia Nicolae
Robin Runia
Lena McQuade
Michele Leiby
Sarah Payne