• Sara Ahmed Feb 15 2018
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    The Feminist Research Institute (FRI) pursues the core research mission of UC Davis, with a defined and cutting edge specialization that brings disciplines together in new ways to catalyze research innovations rooted in feminist analytical and methodological insights.

  • The FRI vision includes the establishment of an innovative, out-of-the-box research program that generates transformative linkages across disciplines by bringing feminist ethics and methodologies to bear on the basic sciences, social sciences, humanities, health sciences, engineering, law, economics, and agriculture and environmental science.


The Feminist Research Institute is located at the University of California Davis.

Contact FRI by email at FRI@ucdavis.edu.

Welcome FRI Director, Kalindi Vora


The Feminist Research Institute is proud to welcome Kalindi Vora as our new Director. Vora comes to Davis from UC San Diego where she served as Associate Professor in the Department of Ethnic Studies, and as affiliate faculty of the Critical Gender Studies and Science Studies Programs. A graduate from the History of Consciousness program at UC Santa Cruz, Vora holds a position in the Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies program as well as serving as FRI’s Director.

HATCH: A Feminist Arts & Science Shop

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This three-year Mellon Research Initiative encourages the development of new science-making and artistic and humanistic modes of inquiry by providing a designated platform to co-create new ways of thinking about democracy and knowledge making in a community-engaged way.

FRI Looks to Bridge Gap between Humanistic and Scientific Sides of UC Davis

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In her opening remarks at the Feminist Research Institute symposium, “Feminist Research Across the Disciplines,” Interim Director Laura Grindstaff noted that feminist scholarship has had minimal impact on the STEM disciplines compared to social sciences and humanities.

“In STEM, there is increasing attention to the under-representation of women and people of color as researchers, but much less attention to paid to the ‘what’ and ‘how’ of research itself,” said Grindstaff. “Having a more diverse workforce is important, but that won’t necessarily or automatically change research priorities or the process of knowledge-production itself.”