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Women's Studies Faculty Research Award CFP

The Department of Women & Gender Studies is currently accepting proposals for the 2021 Women's Studies Faculty Research Award, funded by the Mae and Robert Carter Endowment in Women's Studies. This competitive annual award program is open to full-time University of Delaware faculty, and the award provides up to $5,000.00 to support research on women.

The deadline for submissions is June 30, 2021.

All award recipients are expected to present the results of their research in a public lecture at the University of Delaware in October 2022, sponsored by the Department of Women & Gender Studies.

Award funds may be used for travel, research costs, and other expenses directly related to the proposed activities. Salary and stipends are not eligible for funding in this award program. No cost share is required. Faculty teams may also apply for a joint award, but it will not change the maximum amount of $5,000. Preference will be given to faculty who have not received a prior award from the Department of Women & Gender Studies. One award will be given in each award cycle. The current award research period runs from September 1, 2021 through May 31, 2022.

Submission Requirements: Proposals must include: (1) A two-page narrative explaining the significance of the project, potential contributions to the field, and relevance to Women's Studies; (2) A budget page and justification for the line items; (3) A detailed timeline of the project; and (4) A curriculum vitae, not to exceed 2-3 pages.

Proposals must be submitted electronically by June 30, 2021 to Dr. Patricia Sloane-White (pswhite@udel.edu). The members of the Awards Committee of the Department of Women & Gender Studies will review the proposals and select the Award recipient. The Faculty Research Award recipient will be notified by August 31, 2021.


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Faculty Research Award Recipients

Dr. Tiffany E. Barber, 2020 Faculty Research Award Recipient

​Dr. Tiffany E. Barber, 2020 Faculty Research Award Recipient

The Department announces Tiffany E. Barber, Assistant Professor of Africana Studies and Art History, as the recipient of the 2020 Women's Studies Faculty Research Award. Dr. Barber's research focuses on women artists of the Black diaspora working in the United States and the broader Atlantic world, with a particular interest in developing new modes of criticism and theory that contest well-worn notions of feminist art as a reparative enterprise, particularly with regard to women artists of African descent in the West. The 2020 Women's Studies Faculty Research Award will support Dr. Barber's completion of her book manuscript, Undesirability and Her Sisters: Black Women's Visual Work, which consider how Black women's otherness at the intersection of race, gender, and sexuality spurs aesthetic strategies of refusal within contemporary Black feminist art practice and criticism. Bridging Women's Studies, Art History, and Africana American Studies, Art History, and performance studies, Dr. Barber's work explores the binary between fracture and unity—rupture and repair—within critical theories of Blackness and feminism as well as in everyday life, and in doing so, expands the aesthetic and ethical terrain of what it means to be Black and woman in the 21st century to reveal the omnipresence of historical injury and strategies of survival.

Dr. Barber will present her research in Fall 2021 as part of The Carter Series Lecture.

The 2019 recipient of the Mae and Robert Carter Endowment Women’s Studies Faculty Research Award was Dr. Jaipreet Virdi, Assistant Professor, Department of History at the University of Delaware, received the 2019 Women’s Studies Faculty Research Award for her research “Gendering Deafness: Dorothy Brett’s Lived Experiences with Disability," which she presented for The Carter Series Lecture in November 2020. Dr. Virdi is a historian of medicine, technology, and disability. Her research and teaching interests include the history of medicine, the history of science, disability history, disability technologies, and material/visual culture studies. She received her PhD from the Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology at the University of Toronto (2014). Her research on Dorothy Brett offers an alternative perspective for examining Brett’s biography, focusing on her disability and gender performances.

The 2018 recipient of the Mae and Robert Carter Endowment Women’s Studies Faculty Research Award was Dr. Ann V. Bell, Assistant Professor of Sociology, who presented her research "A Neglected Disparity: Race, Class, Gender, and the Lived Experience of Abortion" during her October 2019 lecture at UD. Dr. Bell's research explored the disconnect between statistics and women's lived experiences of abortion, asking how does the social construction of abortion and its embedded stereotypes influence how women understand and experience abortion? Furthermore, importantly, how does one's life circumstances, including race, class, and gender, shape such an experience? The standing room-only lecture was attended by students, faculty, and the UD community.

The 2017 recipient of the Mae and Robert Carter Endowment Women’s Studies Faculty Research Award was Dr. Mieke Eeckhaut, Assistant Professor of Sociology at the Department of Sociology & Criminal Justice, University of Delaware. The award supported Dr. Eeckhaut's research to investigate the association between economic conditiions and long-acting contraceptive methods such as female sterilization, intrauterine devices, and implants during the Great Recession of 2007-2009. On November 1, 2018, Dr. Eeckhaut presented her research "Women's Sterilization and Contraception During the Great Recession, " as the Women & Gender Studies' Fall Lecture Series in the Trabant University Center Theater.

The 2016 recipient of the Mae and Robert Carter Endowment Women’s Studies Faculty Research Award Program was Dr. Rachael Hutchinson, Associate Professor of Japanese Studies, Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures at the University of Delaware, who presented "The Representation of Women in Japanese War-Themed Video Games." Dr. Hutchinson’s research focused on the representation of women in Japanese war-themed videogames, specifically the highly popular online card game Kantai Collection.

The 2015 Mae and Robert Carter Endowment Women’s Studies Faculty Research Award recipient was Dr. Amanda Bullough, Assistant Professor of Management in the Lerner College of Business and Economics at the University of Delaware, for "Women Entrepreneurs: Resilience and Reducing Fear through Business Ownership." Building on her previous research in countries like Afghanistan, Dr. Bullough presented her newest data on women entrepreneurs' perceptions about culture and adversity, domestically (Chicago) and abroad (Pakistan), and how these perceptions not only affect their business decisions but also how entrepreneurial activity in turn affects their perceptions of adversity. Dr. Bullough's research spans entrepreneurship, leadership, organizational behavior, cross-cultural management, and international development. Her newest streams of research include entrepreneurship in war zones and under adverse conditions, global leadership, and women's entrepreneurship and leadership.

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