What is Feminist Research

FRI Receives NSF Grant for Innovating Cultural Inclusivity in Graduate STEM Training

November 08, 2018

The Feminist Research Institute (FRI) and Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies (GSW) department received the National Science Foundation Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) grant.  The IGE award will provide graduate students with training to locate their research questions within a larger societal context. This will include how to recognize and address issues of historical bias and cultural complexity.

Serena Williams’ Catsuit and #BlackMommaMagic

September 24, 2018

In “Serena Williams’ Catsuit and #BlackMommaMagic: Speaking Back Through Fashion,” published today in Dismantle, Sarah Rebolloso McCullough brings a feminist sports studies lens to recent controversies surrounding Serena Williams’ tennis attire, and situates them in a historical context that dates back centuries.

What is Feminist Research: Jeanelle Hope

August 29, 2018

Cultural Studies doctoral candidate Jeanelle Hope is researching the role black women artists play in combatting gentrification in the Oak Park neighborhood of Sacramento.  Hope places gentrification in a greater historical context of a racial resegregation that has been ongoing since deindustrialization.

What is Feminist Research: Leslie Quintanilla and Jennifer Mogannam

August 02, 2018

Indigeneity, settler colonialism, and borders are central frames for the feminist research of Ethnic Studies doctoral candidates Leslie Quinatanilla and Jennifer Mogannam.  Quintanilla’s research on the U.S.-Mexico border is in conversation with women of color feminism.  Mogannam examines what is happening in Palestine through a framework of settler colonialism.

Leslie Quintanilla and Jennifer Mogannam are PhD Candidates in Ethnic Studies at the University of California, San Diego.

What is Feminist Research: Renae Ryan

July 27, 2018

Pharmacologist Renae Ryan discusses gender equity in STEM, institutional change-making, and the value and importance of inclusive and diverse research teams.

Renae Ryan is a Professor of Biochemical Pharmacology in the School of Medical Sciences at Sydney University, Academic Director of Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE), and Chair of the Sydney Medical School Gender Equity Committee.

What is Feminist Research: Natasha Myers

July 12, 2018

Natasha Myers’ work is grounded in a thinking through of feminism as a political theory of the asymmetries of power in relations not only between humans but also between humans and the “more than human” world.  Much of Myers’ work explores the possibilities of an aspirational episteme in service to plant beings, termed the Planthropocene.

What is Feminist Research: Lisa Ikemoto

July 04, 2018

Legal scholar Ikemoto applies critical race and critical feminist theory to an intersectional examination of reproductive rights and justice issues.  The goal of reproductive justice is for every person to have all the means necessary to make self-determining decisions on behalf of themselves.  This includes access to education, safe neighborhoods, and environmental justice.

What is Feminist Research: Karen Tongson

July 04, 2018

Karen Tongson discusses queer theory, gentrification, and popular culture.  Feminist research of popular culture can help us understand what kinds of interventions we can make into prevailing cultural messages and create conditions of possibility for new narratives and trajectories.