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Women's Studies Faculty Research Award

Dr. Jaipreet Virdi

​Dr. Jaipreet Virdi, 2019 Faculty Research Award Recipient

As of May 1, 2020, The Department of Women & Gender Studies is accepting proposals for the 2020 Women's Studies Faculty Research Award, funded by the Mae and Robert Carter Endowment in Women's Studies. This competitive 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 July 1, 2020.

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, 2020 through May 31, 2021.

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 July 1, 2020 to Deborah Arnold ( The Award 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, 2020.


Faculty Research Award Recipients

The recipient of the 2019 Women’s Studies Faculty Research Award was Dr. Jaipreet Virdi, Assistant Professor, Department of History at the University of Delaware, for her research “Gendering Deafness: Dorothy Brett’s Lived Experiences with Disability.”  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 Ph.D. 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.  Dr. Virdi’s research will be presented during a lecture in October 2020 (TBA).

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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