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Standing in Solidarity

The UC Davis Feminist Research Institute seeks to change research culture to be more equitable and just. Key to achieving this is a livable wage and inclusive working conditions for all members of the research community. This is why FRI supports and stands in solidarity with the graduate students, postdocs, and academic student workers represented by UAW 2865, UAW 5810, and SRU-UAW in their strike. 

FRI is hiring for 2023

The Feminist Research Institute is hiring two graduate student researchers and two student assistants for Winter and/or Spring 2023. We encourage applicants with expertise in justice-based responses to systems of oppression. These expertise can come from lived experience, academic training, activist/advocacy work, or other professional training.   Equity in the Granting Process One GSR is sought to work on an equity evaluation of research contracts at the California Air Resource Board.

Future Faces of Research

FRI is proud to present Future Faces of Research. This new series features the voices of undergraduate students writing about their experiences doing justice and equity focused research. The inaugural piece is written by Ellie Legg, FRI undergraduate researcher.

Workshopping Our Values

What values define the way the Feminist Research Institute strives to operate? This was the question the FRI team explored this past year. We landed on three words: humility, collaboration and liberation. These emerged from a process modeling the methods of Max Liborion’s CLEAR Lab, an anti-colonial & feminist lab. We started by sharing stories about a moment that made us glad to be a part of FRI or another learning/activist/professional community.

Calling for 2022-2023 Undergraduate Board Applications

The UC Davis Feminist Research Institute (FRI) is now accepting applications from undergraduates to apply to our Undergraduate Research Board. New members will be joining current members to promote and participate in feminist research. 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:

Environmental Justice Leaders Program Applications Open

Community organizers, advocates, and practitioners from across the country are invited to apply to take part in the second year of the UC Davis Environmental Justice Leaders in Residence Program (formally EJ Fellowship Program). EJ leaders from across the country will work on a project of benefit to their community in partnership with researchers. Participants will network with elected officials, policymakers, and industry leaders.

EJ Leaders selected to this program can expect to

Performative vs. Authentic Equity Work

Transportation equity is a priority for agencies across California. This policy brief, conducted by FRI Associate Director Sarah McCullough and C. Sequoia Erasmus, highlights the importance of distinguishing between performative and authentic equity work.

Introducing the Environmental Justice Fellows

The Environmental Justice Fellows program brings leaders working in environmental justice into dialogue and collaboration with the UC Davis research community. Fellows conduct research that benefits the community they serve, utilizing the expertise and resources at UC Davis. They are also participating in seminars, visiting classes, and speaking to the research community. The program is a collaboration between FRI, the Institute for Transportation Studies, and the Energy Efficiency Institute.


Martha Armas-Kelly

A Feminist Science of Mars is Possible

In this excerpted interview, Interim Co-Director Dawn Sumner (professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences) and Asking Different Questions scholar Maya Cruz (PhD candidate in Cultural Studies and Science and Technology Studies) explore the cultural and scientific significance of a viral image of Mars. Chiefly, how can we continue to center questions of care, responsibility and accountability in our scientific practices?

Five Steps to Supporting a Better Research Culture


The mission of the Feminist Research Institute (FRI) is to shift research cultures to enable more impactful and accurate knowledge. Key to this mission is the creation of equitable research cultures that empower faculty, staff and student researchers to thrive and make vital contributions to knowledge ecosystems.

Sarah McCullough Named Director of Environmental Justice Fellows Program

We are proud to announce that FRI Associate Director Sarah McCullough will direct the newly-formed UC Davis Environmental Justice Fellows program. McCullough will work with campus transportation, energy and environmental researchers, as well as community activists and organizations to foster collaborative development within the environmental justice community on-campus and beyond.