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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.

Announcing the 2017-18 Faculty Seed Grants


The Feminist Research Institute (FRI) at UC Davis recently awarded $46,000 to six interdisciplinary feminist research projects in our 2017-18 Seed Grant Competition. The annual competition aims to support collaborative faculty projects that use feminist approaches to engage in transformative, trans-disciplinary research.

Call for Nominations: FRI Board of Directors

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The Feminist Research Institute (FRI) is currently seeking nominations for its Board of Directors. All Senate faculty are eligible. Consideration of nominations will be ongoing, but we encourage submissions by June 30th, 2017.

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.”