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The New Knowledge Creators

At the Feminist Research Institute, we believe in a future of justice and inclusivity, and in a knowledge base made more impactful by intersectional research. And we think this approach to research is a little bit radical.

Thanks Not Goodbye

Many of you know and have received support for your scholarship from Dr. Kalindi Vora. For four years, Dr. Vora served as faculty director of the Feminist Research Institute and was instrumental in growing our mission-driven programming.

“There are countless individuals on campus who benefit from Dr. Vora’s support, leadership and knowledge. We at FRI know we are not alone when we say that she’s made many lasting contributions to her field and campus,” said Associate Director Sarah McCullough.

Apply to the Fall 2021 Asking Different Questions Program

The Feminist Research Institute will be offering the research training series, Asking Different Questions in Fall 2021 on Wednesdays from 12-1:30 pm. While the program targets UC Davis graduate students and postdocs, we are letting in a limited number of UCD undergraduate students, faculty and research staff. Researchers from other institutions may apply as well and join for a fee of $1,000 (discounts for those with financial need available). This program will take place virtually.

Improve Transportation By Engaging Diverse Communities

In order to improve transportation strategies and projects, government agencies must seek modes of community engagement, particularly with historically excluded communities of color. To understand this landscape better, and to promote just transportation planning, Rebecca van Stokkum (Geography graduate student) and I studied four successful participatory planning processes in San Francisco, Oakland, Fresno, and Los Angeles. We aimed to identify what made the processes successful and where further improvements were needed.

Kalindi Vora and Sarah McCullough on Antiracist Approaches to STS

Director Kalindi Vora and Associate Director Sarah McCullough had the opportunity to share recent FRI work with attendees at the second STS Futures panel discussion. You can watch their talk, "The Science We Are For: Feminist Antiracist STS Approaches to STEM," which explores the origins and goals of the Asking Different Questions research training program, as well as other emerging research in the field.

Introducing New Student Staff

The Feminist Research Institute is proud to welcome two undergraduates and two graduate student researchers to our student staff.

Calling for 2021-22 Undergraduate Advisory Board Applications

The UC Davis Feminist Research Institute (FRI) is now accepting applications from undergraduates to apply to our Undergraduate Advisory Board. New members will be joining current members to participate in feminist research. The FRI collaborates across disciplines in creating empowering research rooted in social justice and equity. We invite undergraduates to apply to be apart of our advisory board to grow the impact of feminist research amongst undergraduates.

Undergraduates will have the opportunity to:

Reading Beyond Health: Reproductive Justice

The Feminist Research Institute is hosting a Collaboratory throughout the year focused on this year’s annual theme “Beyond Health.” The Collaboratory brings together our Visiting Scholars and members of the UC Davis community to engage in timely conversations organized around keywords related to the theme.

Apply to the Second Asking Different Questions Scholars Program

UC Davis graduate students can apply now to participate in the Asking Different Questions Scholars program for Spring Quarter 2021. This quarter-long research training workshop is grounded in a commitment to social justice, and welcomes researchers who seek to better incorporate their values into their scholarship. Programming will take place on Fridays from 12-1:30 pm.

Beyond Health Scholar Hannah Zeavin

Exploring parental fitness, presence and absence in the era of automation, Feminist Research Institute 2020-21 Beyond Health research scholar Hannah Zeavin shares new research for her upcoming book, "Mother's Little Helpers: Technology in the American Family."

Read more research related to these themes, as well as reflections on Zeavin's research in our latest edition of Reading Beyond Health.

Reading Beyond Health: Automation

The Feminist Research Institute is hosting a Collaboratory throughout the year focused on this year’s annual theme “Beyond Health.” The Collaboratory brings together our Visiting Scholars and members of the UC Davis community to engage in timely conversations organized around keywords related to the theme.

Asking Different Questions Research Grant Call for Proposals

Asking Different Questions Scholars and Seminar Participants Research Grant Call for Proposals

The Feminist Research Institute welcomes proposals for research, discussion groups, events, workshops, or other projects that applies the material in the Asking Different Questions research training series or the Asking Different Questions seminar.

Eligible applicants must: