What is Feminist Research?

Feminist research takes on different contours depending on the questions being asked, just as feminism looks different as context varies. What unites projects supported by FRI are the values of intersectionality, inclusivity, justice, and transformation.


Feminist Collaboratory

Feminist thought and practice has the potential to change what we know and how we act to produce a better, more just world. The Feminist Collaboratory puts these possibilities into action. FRI collaborates with HATCH: a feminist art & science shop to engage in projects that unite the arts, sciences, humanities, and social sciences around shared concerns. We are creating Feminist Makerspaces and Design Labs that take on community-defined problems and explore solutions generated through interaction between community members and FRI research affiliates.


Feminist Pedagogy, Unlimited

FRI is integrating feminist training into STEM education at the undergraduate and graduate levels. We are available to speak to classrooms, seminars, faculty meetings, or student groups about the crucial contributions a feminist approach can make to the work you do. Feminist practices can improve the impact, reach, and inclusivity of research by offering tools oriented toward criticality, reflexivity, and bringing about a more just world. We welcome deeper partnerships in developing curriculum and projects that deeply embed feminist research into STEM training. Contact us to arrange a visit or talk further.

FRI and the Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies (GSW) department have received a 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. By learning to place their research in a broader context, junior researchers are able to better frame complex research questions, particularly those presented by communities traditionally under-served by science. The curriculum also provides support for interdisciplinary collaborations and the inclusion of diverse voices and approaches in STEM research. More information on the NSF grant here.