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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

AMERICAN STUDIES and GWSS invite you to attend their joint Community Dinner

AMERICAN STUDIES and GWSS invite you to attend their joint Community Dinner for both American Studies and Feminist Studies PhD Recruits. Please join our prospective graduate students on Monday, March 27th at 6:00pm in Walter Library 401. We look forward to seeing you!

Summer Dissertation Writing Funds requests due by April 24, 2017

Summer Dissertation Writing Funds

Summer Dissertation Writing Funds are awarded only once in your PhD career. The current award is an amount of up to $4,000. Criteria for requesting available funds are that the student must be ABD, be actively writing their dissertations, not have received the funds previously, and in good standing.

The request should include:

1) Your name, student ID, dissertation title, and a statement that you have not received your dissertation writing funds previously.

2) A description (1 page) of your dissertation.

3) A description detailing what you will undertake over the summer (up to 1 page). Be as specific as possible with your writing schedule.

4) A note from your adviser confirming that you have completed enough research to be actively writing substantive portions of the dissertation.  Please ask your adviser to email Melanie directly.

Submit your request to Melanie (stein196@umn.edu) by the April 24,2017 deadline.


THE CENTER for AUSTRIAN STUDIES is pleased announce applications are open for their Summer 2017 Research Grants of $3,000 - $5,000. The grants are intended to provide financial support to currently enrolled University of Minnesota graduate students in order to further their progress towards the degree.  Applications are welcome from all disciplines with a connection to Austrian/Central European Studies. Applications for this grant are due on Friday, March 31, 2017. Click here for information and to apply.


THE WINTON CHAIR CORNERSTONE EVENT SERIES is pleased announce their upcoming events with Professor Kyla Tompkins titled “Thinking Food: Justice, Boundaries and Borders”. This event series includes three events. There is a talk and reception on Monday, March 27 from 3:00PM- 5:30 in Heller Hall 1210. There will be two talks on Thursday, March 30. The first will be from 12:00PM- 2:00PM in the Coffman Memorial Union’s Campus Clubroom and the second will be from 3:30PM- 5:00PM in Northrop Auditorium’s Crosby Seminar Room. This event will also include a lunch. Click here for more information and register for the event.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

CLA-RIGS Gender Policy Report GRPP Summer 2017 Fellowship

CLA-RIGS Gender Policy Report GRPP Summer 2017 Fellowship
The College of Liberal Arts and the RIGS Initiative are pleased to announce that there will be two Gender Policy Report GRPP Fellowships in 2017. This GRPP Fellowship is a $3500 award that will be paid over five pay periods during the summer.
The Gender Policy Report (GPR) fosters an interdisciplinary and cross-cultural community of faculty and graduate students committed to studying gender and policy issues. Our mission is to take the best insights from scholarship and research and make them accessible to broader communities in a way that is timely for addressing serious policy challenges.
The Gender Policy Report was created to provide empirically-rich policy analysis that is intersectional, meaning a focus on the interactions between gender and other dimensions of inequality, such as class, race, sexuality nationality and gender identity.  Working groups led by faculty “curators” track key national policy developments on a dedicated website. Faculty and graduate students write regular research-based (not opinion based) blog analyses from scholars and researchers, post multimedia content (video, podcasts), and contribute to the site’s Twitter feed.  Gender Policy Report contributions clarify the gendered bases of policy practices and conflicts. They offer diverse public audiences informed perspectives on how policies matter for gender equality, gender equity and constructions of gender itself.

Students must apply to work with a GPR faculty curator* on a project to translate and transmit analysis on key areas of gender policy, including:

  • Built & Natural Environment
  • Criminal Justice
  • Economic Security
  • Health and Reproductive Health
  • Immigration and Refugees
  • Education
  • Labor & Family
  • International Human Rights
  • International Development and Trade
  • Leadership and Representation
  • Violence

(*see attached list of curators and collaborators for more information or visit genderpolicyreport.umn.edu).

Students should apply with at least one of these areas in mind.  Applicants must specify the types of projects they will work on with the curator to contribute to the GPR website content.  Applicants must also describe how working with faculty curators will enhance their own research, and how their research interests intersect with the aims of the Gender Policy Report.
Application and deadline:  A completed application and proposal must be submitted to rigs@umn.edu by 4pm April 21, 2017
Selection Process: A subcommittee of faculty curators from the Gender Policy Report will review applications and determine awards based on eligibility and merit of the submitted proposals.  
Eligibility: CLA students from any discipline are eligible to apply. Recipients of the Gender Policy Report Summer Fellowships are not eligible for other internal fellowships during summer 2017 (e.g. CLA GRPP Fellowships, CLA DOVE Summer Fellowships, Graduate School Dissertation Fellowships, department fellowships). As a condition of the award, recipients may not register for courses during the summer term and may only hold up to a 25% appointment during the summer.
Reporting Requirements: Each Gender Policy Report Fellowship recipient must submit a 1-3 page summary to that includes the current status of their contributions to the Gender Policy Report, and how it has contributed to their thinking about their own research.  The report should also include any plans for conference presentations, public talks, publications, or exhibits that may result from the partnership. This report should be submitted to rigs@umn.edu and the CLA Office of Graduate Programs by September 1, 2017.

Application Instructions:
Proposal (5 pages max.)
The proposal should include the following information:
  1. Background. Give a brief overview of your research interests and place them in the context of the relevant GPR topic area you wish to work in for the summer.   
  2. Describe the projects you will work on with the GPR curator (e.g. blogs, mapping, web analytics, data analysis, community engagement).
  3. Explain the relevance of the project to the goal of translating research with policy implications to broader audiences.
  4. Explain how the project will contribute to your academic experience, professional development, and degree progress.
  5. Describe the mentoring relationship that will take place between you and the faculty curator endorsing this proposal.
Include the following attachments with the proposal.
6. A two-page or shorter curriculum vitae for the student; make sure to list any previously held fellowships or other awards.
7. An (unofficial) University of Minnesota graduate transcript.
8. Statement of support from the GPR Curator who will serve as mentor (1 page max.)

Combine the proposal and attachments into a single PDF document. The file name should be the applicant's last name_GPR_GRPP.  
Send the PDF file to rigs@umn.edu with the subject line NAME-GPR GRPP Application
Example: AHMED-GPR GRPP Application

Gender Policy Report Curators and Collaborators

Built & Natural Environment: Insights and analysis into the gender-specific implications of infrastructure policies, national environmental policies and global environmental agreements.

Curators:  Gabriel Chan (Humphrey), Anu Ramaswami (Humphrey)

Collaborators:  Ellen Anderson (UMN Energy Transition Lab), Peder Garnaas-Halvorsen (Graduate Student, Humphrey), Alexandra Klass (Law)

Criminal Justice: Understanding how gender works intersectionally to shape the creation, operations, and consequences of criminal justice policies.

Curators: Lena Palacios (GWSS), Joe Soss (Humphrey)

Collaborators: Alex Cheatham (Humphrey Grad Student), Victoria Piehowski (Sociology Grad Student), Alisha Volante (History Grad Student), Kevin Murphy (American Studies and History), Rebecca Shlafer (Pediatrics)

Economic Security: Understanding how social welfare policies can either exacerbate or improve gender inequalities and their intersections with other forms of inequality.
Curators: Rose Brewer (AFRO), Brittany Lewis (CURA)

Collaborators:  Maria Hanratty (Humphrey), Jodi Sandfort (Humphrey), Joe Soss (Humphrey)

Education: Insights and analysis into how education policy can influence gender equality and equity understood intersectionally, in schools, communities and in families.

Curators:  Keith Mayes (African American & African Studies), Catherine Squires (Communications Studies)

Collaborators: Diane Boesch (HHH Grad Student), Joan DeJaeghere (OLPD), Fran Vavrus (OLPD)

Health: Understanding how health policies can either exacerbate or improve gender inequities and their intersections with other forms of inequity.

Curators: Susan Craddock (GWSS), Debra DeBruin (Bioethics/Medicine/Philosophy), Christina Ewig (Humphrey)


Immigration & Refugees: Understanding the specific gendered implications of US immigration and refugee policies.

Curators: Nimo Abdi (Curriculum & Instruction), Blanca Caldas Chumbes (Curriculum & Instruction), Bianet Castellanos (American Studies, Chican@ Studies),  Kale Fajardo (American Studies), Roozbeh Shirazi (OLPD)

Collaborators:  Cawo (Awa) Abdi (Sociology), Ryan Allen (Humphrey), Martha Bigelow (CEHD, CI), Fernando Burga (Humphrey), Lorena Muñoz (GWSS)

International Development and Trade: Understanding the implications of US international development and trade policies for gender equality and equity.

Curators:  Karen Brown (ICGC), Cosette Creamer (Political Science)

Collaborators: Ragui Assaad (Humphrey), Joan DeJaeghere (OLPD), Jane Lawrence Sumner (Political Science), Corinna Turbes (Humphrey Graduate Student)

International Human Rights: Insights and analysis into the implications of US international security and human rights policies for gender equality.

Curators:  Barb Frey (Human Rights Program), Amanda Lyons (Human Rights Center)

Collaborators: Fionnuala Ní Aoláin (Law School), Alex Sevett (Humphrey Graduate Student) Corinna Turbes (Humphrey Graduate Student),

Labor & Family: Highlighting how labor and family policies interact to shape gender equality and equity across class and race.

Curators:  William Jones (History), Colleen Manchester (Carlson School), Carrie Oelberger (Humphrey)

Collaborators: Diane Boesch (HHH Grad Student), Debra Fitzpatrick (Humphrey)

Leadership & Representation: Do our leaders reflect the diversity of our people?  Insights and analysis on gender and representation in federal positions.  

Curators: Kathryn Pearson (Political Science), Michael Minta (Political Science)

Collaborators: Laura Bloomberg (Humphrey), Diane Boesch (HHH Grad Student), Christina Ewig (Humphrey)

Reproductive Health: Understanding the implications of federal policy for access to a full range of reproductive health services for all individuals, at home and abroad.

Curators:  Liz Boyle (Sociology)

Collaborators: Diane Boesch (HHH Grad Student), June Carbone (Law), Alex Cheatham (Humphrey Grad Student), Audrey Dorelein (Humphrey), Amy Pittenger (Pharmaceutical Care), Siri Suh (GWSS)

Violence: Insights and analysis into the implications of policies that may impact violence against women, Lesbians, Gay men and gender nonconforming individuals.

Curators: Greta Friedemann-Sánchez (Humphrey) and Leigh Goodmark (Univ. of Maryland Law)

Collaborators: Kristin Bumiller (Amherst College), Jane Gilgun (Social Work), Annie Hill (GWSS), Claire Renzetti (Sociology, University of Kentucky), Robin Runge (University of North Dakota, Law), Terrion Williamson (African American St, American St), Lena Palacios (GWSS)