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2019

  • National Geographic: Sharra Vostral, associate professor of history and WGSS affiliate, was quoted in a story about sustainability issues related to the use of plastics in menstrual products.
  • Vox: Nadia Brown, assistant professor of political science and WGSS affiliate, talks about how Americans view men in power, especially following numerous political battles and the #MeToo movement.
  • More than 80 years have passed since aviator Amelia Earhart’s mysterious disappearance. As part of its examination into the lingering interest in Earhart’s story, National Geographic spoke with TJ Boisseau, associate professor of women’s, gender, and sexuality studies and 2017-19 Amelia Earhart Faculty-in-Residence at Purdue.
  • Cheryl Cooky, associate professor of women’s, gender, and sexuality studies, was interviewed by the Christian Science Monitor and talks about the rise and interest in women’s sports, as well as issues in marketing and investments in the events. Cooky also discussed the parallels between athletic teams and the business world for a Harvard Business Review article about lessons learned in the U.S. women’s soccer team’s fight for equal pay.
  • Congratulations to Harry Denny, associate professor English and WGSS affiliate, for winning the International Writing Centers Association Outstanding Book Award for Out in the Center:  Public Controversies and Private Struggles.  This collection presents literature reviews and individual narratives about the politics of identity and disclosure around race, gender, sexuality, class, faith, multilingualism, and learning disabilities in the context of writing centers.
  • Congratulations to Risa Cromer, assistant professor of anthropology and WGSS affiliate, for winning a Hunt Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Ahthropological Research.  Risa will use the fellowship to complete her book, Ex Utero: Frozen Embryo Politics in the United States.  Based on 27 months of ethnographic research within programs that make and manage frozen embryos, this book offers an inside look at American answers to where frozen embryos belong.  She argues that the figure of the ex utero embryo provides a novel focal point for revealing how racial capitalism, private property regimes, and white Christian nationalism co-operate within twenty-first century reproductive politics in the United States.
  • Congratulations to Jill Suitor, distinguished professor of sociology and WGSS affiliate, for being awarded $755,623 by the National Institute on Aging to fund the first year of T3 data collection for the Within-Family Differences Study.  This phase of the WFDS will focus on how the deaths of families' oldest generations impact the health and well-being of their adult children and adult grandchildren.
  • Congratulations to Silvia Z. Mitchell, assistant professor of history and WGSS affiliate, for the publication of her book Queen, Mother, and Stateswoman: Mariana of Austria and the Government of Spain (Penn State University Press, 2019).  Silvia’s new narrative of the Spanish Habsburg monarchy advances understanding of women’s legitimate political entitlement in the early modern period. 
  • Following headlines about a home birth with the most recent royal baby, Dema G. Seelye Chair in the History of Medicine, and WGSS affiliate, Wendy Kline wrote in the Washington Post about how the United Kingdom associates home births and midwives with positive birth outcomes versus more skeptical U.S. attitudes
  • Kline talked with WTHR about the public health, access, and data issues that contribute to Indiana's high maternal mortality rate and infant mortality rate.
  • Nadia Brown, associate professor of political science and African American studies, and WGSS affiliate, discussed with the Washington Post how the word "squad" has taken on new life and meaning following the rise of four female freshman lawmakers in Congress.
  • Nadia Brown also was awarded a collaborative grant from the National Science Foundation to work on a project titled "#MeTooPoliSci Leveraging A Professional Association to Address Sexual Harassment in Political Science."
  • Among the leading storylines during this summer's FIFA Women's World Cup was the conversation about gender equity and the pay gap between women and men in sports. Cheryl Cooky weighed in on the equal-pay debate in a story by Reuters and contributed to an op-ed for USA Today about criticisms the U.S. team faced for their boisterous celebrations during their opening win over Thailand. The associate professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and American Studies also spoke to NBC News for a story on lesbian visibility at the World Cup.
  • Congratulations to WGSS affiliate, Melinda Zook, Professor of History and director of the Cornerstone Integrated Liberal Arts program, for winning the Helen B. Schleman Gold Medallion award from the Purdue University Mortar Board Society. Created in 1968 by the university’s Mortar Board members, Women’s Residence Council, Panhellenic, and Off-Campus Women, the annual award and cash prize go to a faculty or staff member who has matched the goals of former Dean Schleman, who served as dean of women from 1947-1968. Melinda will also keynote the annual Mortar Board initiation breakfast.
  • Congratulations to WGSS affiliate, Silvia Z. Mitchell, Assistant Professor of Early Modern European History, for the publication of a special journal issue of The Court Historian:  The International Journal of Court Studies that she guest edited.  The special issue is named The Spanish Habsburg Court during the Reign of Carlos II (1965-1700).  She also authored the introduction and one of the articles:  "Women and Children First:  Court Ceremonial during Carlos II's Minority, 1665-1675."
  • Congratulations to WGSS affiliate, Aparajita Sagar, Associate Professor of English, for winning the College of Liberal Arts Outstanding Undergraduate Teacher award for the academic year 2018-19.
  • WGSS Affiliate, Sharra Vostral, and WGSS-affiliated student organization The Period Project, address misinformation around periods.
  • Congratulations to Cheryl Cooky, Associate Professor of American Studies and Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies, for receiving the Trailblazer Award.
  • Congratulations to Wendy Kline, Dema G. Seelye Chair in the History of Medicine, for being awarded the Fulbright-University of Birmingham Distinguished Chair for fall 2019.
  • Congratulations to Yvonne Pitts, associate profess of history and WGSS affiliate, for being named as recipient of the 2019 Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award in Memory of Charles B. Murphy.  
  • Nadia Brown, associate professor of political science and African American Studies, and WGSS affiliate, helped edit a Washington Post article by Scripps College professor Vanessa Tyson in the Journal of Women, Politics, and Policy about understanding sexual assault.  Tyson has accused Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of sexual assault.
  • Sharra Vostral, associate professor of History and WGSS affiliate, addresses the cultural shift in discussing menstruation in public (CNN).
  • Associate Professor of Political Science and African American Studies, and WGSS affiliate Nadia Brown discussed why Democrats tapped former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacy Abrams to deliver their response to the State of the Union address with "Moneyish."  (Marketwatch)
  • Assistant Professor of Sociology Jean Beaman and WGSS affiliate weighed in on the racial implications surrounding a recent controversy at a local nail salon accused of discriminatory practices (WBAA).

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Student Organizations

Under the purview of WGSS faculty advisor, TJ Boisseau, The Period Project put on a menstrual product competition among the sororities and collected about one thousand products. They also used the money from a bake sale to procure products at a reduced price from Kimberly Clark to donate about 2,000 products to ACE food pantry. They also do a brief education section at each of our meetings, which facilitates conversation outside of meetings.

Under the purview of WGSS faculty advisor, Jennifer Freeman Marshall, the purpose of FACT is to promote gender equity and social justice on the Purdue Campus and in the local community.

Under the purview of WGSS faculty advisor, TJ Boisseau, Gamma Rho Lambda National sorority is a multicultural social sorority for women, trans-women, trans-men and non-binary students of any race, culture, or sexual orientation. Gamma Rho Lambda National Sorority is dedicated to providing a social support system for young college students. Gamma Rho Lambda has been referred to as the first national multicultural lesbian sorority; however we are inclusive of cis -gendered women, Trans women, Trans men, and gender variant people of all sexualities and racial identities.

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