Who We Are

FRI brings together the existing strengths of UC Davis faculty and researchers in science, social science, humanities and professional fields with expertise in various forms of feminist/gender/sexuality studies. FRI is a dynamic and supportive place where faculty engaged in questions of gender equality - a key aspect of diversity, inclusion, and social justice - can advance their work. 

Kalindi Vora

2017-18 Director, Kalindi Vora, Ph.D.


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.

Sarah E Rebolloso McCullough

Sarah E. Rebolloso McCullough,
Associate Director 


Sarah Rebolloso McCullough, PhD, creates meaningful and respectful dialogue across boundaries that typically divide—between universities and communities, activists and researchers, scientists and humanists, workers and policymakers. Her book manuscript examines the process through which experiences of fun became a sellable commodity by examining the origins and growth of mountain biking. She also conducts applied research on cultural adaptations to climate change with a focus on sustainable transportation through the Bicicultures project. McCullough previously worked on strategic planning in Graduate Studies at UC Davis and as the Associate Director of the Center for the Humanities at UC San Diego. She earned her PhD in Cultural Studies and has published in Fashion Theory, thirdspace: a journal of feminist theory and culture, and in a forthcoming edited volume titled, The Bicycle in Environmental History (University of Oregon Press). More information can be found on her website: http://sarahmccphd.com.

Stephanie Maroney, Graduate Student Researcher  


Stephanie Maroney is a PhD candidate in Cultural Studies at UC Davis, with a Designated Emphasis in Feminist Theory and Research. Drawing from feminist science and technology studies and critical food studies, her dissertation, "Eat Right for Your Microbes: Reimagining Dietary Health and Subjectivity in the Probiotic Present," examines how the science of the human microbiome is shaping ideas about how to eat for our multispecies bodies. At FRI, Stephanie manages the website, social media, and provides administrative support related to project development. 

Amanda Modell, Graduate Student Researcher  


Amanda Modell is a PhD candidate in Cultural Studies with a Designated Emphasis in Feminist Theory and Research. Amanda's dissertation, Hearing Heredity: Evolution, Sound, and Music in the Twentieth Century US, addresses the ways in which evolutionary theories have contributed to understandings of “natural” and hereditary musical capacities in the context of unequal power relations around race, gender, class, and ability. This work has been supported by the American Philosophical Society, and you can read Amanda's work in Media Fields. At FRI, Amanda assists with program support and administration, as well as interviews for the pilot research program "What is Feminist Research?"

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Faculty and graduate student affiliation with FRI is a straightforward process. Become an affiliate by answering a few questions about your campus affiliation, active research projects, and general research areas.