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
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.