WGS Statement on Academia and Free Speech Rights
It is inherent to the discipline of Women's Studies to deal with complex subjects through theoretical lenses, which question conventional knowledge production. This department, one of the most distinguished departments of WGS in the country, has a highly visible faculty of national and international reputation invited to speak in various fora on sometimes highly controversial subjects. Such faculty members, as scholars, have not only a right, but also an obligation to produce and disseminate knowledge within and beyond the academy. Moreover, as private citizens, our faculty continue to enjoy the same freedoms of speech and expression as any private citizen and in accordance with university policy the department supports their protection from institutional discipline in the exercise of these academic and free speech rights.
Check out the recent major accomplishments for WGS graduate students:
- Rosemary Ndubuizu was awared a Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, which awards her a full year of funding to finish her dissertation.
- Lindsey Whitmore was awarded the School of Arts and Sciences Award for Distinguished Contributions to Undergraduate Education.
- Susana Galán was recently awarded the Bevier Fellowship, a highly competitive award given to dissertation-stage doctoral students at Rutgers to support completion of the PhD. This is the first time a WGS PhD student has won this award since the program's inception in 2001.
- Rasha Moumne was awarded a Social Science Research Council (SSRC) Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship, which will allow her to do fieldwork in Lebanon this summer.
- Carolina Alonso Bejarano was awarded the Graduate School of New Brunswick's Dissertation Teaching Award. GSNB makes two awards each year to graduate students who have shown excellence in both teaching and research and who propose to offer an upper-division undergraduate course in the major in the area of the student’s dissertation research. Carolina will teach a course on "Decolonial New Jersey."
- Max Hantel was recently awarded a two-year postdoctoral fellowship to begin Fall 2015 at the Gender Research Institute at Dartmouth (GRID). Max will take part in a seminar on "Gender Matters: Feminist Ecologies and Materialities."
- Recent PhD graduate Laura Lovin won a two-year Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship from the European Commission. Her research project is "The Race, Class and Gender of Transnational Urban Labour: Romanian Workers in the Cities of London and NYC,” and her collaborating institution is the Weeks Centre for Social and Policy Research at London South Bank University.
Women's & Gender Studies has a rich history at Rutgers University. Inaugurated as a department in 2001, Women's & Gender Studies has grown from offering a few courses at the University in 1973 to becoming one of the strongest interdisciplinary graduate and undergraduate programs in the United States.
In 2009-2010, 3,297 undergraduate and 203 graduate students enrolled in courses offered by the Department. Currently Women's & Gender Studies enrolls 184 undergraduates in major and minor degree programs, 33 students in the Ph.D. program and 21 students in the M.A. program.
Department faculty include 31 core, 102 graduate, and 70 affiliate members whose expertise in women's and gender studies is enriched by specializations in the arts, anthropology, philosophy, sociology, political science, and comparative literatures in English, French, and Spanish.
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