Caroline Kitchener '14 Writes Article on Campus Sexual Assault for The Atlantic

"When Helping Rape Victims Hurts a College’s Reputation", an article by Caroline Kitchener, was published in The Atlantic. Caroline is a member of the GSS Certificate Class of 2014 and this article is based on the research done for her thesis.

Professor Brian Herrera Receives Donald D. Harrington Faculty Fellowship

Brian Herrera, Assistant Professor of Theater in the Lewis Center for the Arts and Affiliated Faculty with the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies, has received a 2014-15 Donald D. Harrington Faculty Fellowship, a research fellowship awarded by the University of Texas at Austin.

GSS Grad Student Tikia Hamilton Pens Article on American Racial Climate

"‘Thuggish': A Hypocritical Pretext for Killing Black People" an article written by GSS Graduate Student Tikia Hamilton was published in Urban Cusp.

2014 Meredith Miller lecturer receives MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Grant

Cartoonist Alison Bechdel ‘in shock’ after winning $625,000 ‘genius’ grant.
The graphic memoirist is among 21 recipients of this year’s MacArthur Foundation no-strings-attached stipend.

In a Mattress, a Lever for Art and Political Protest

A Columbia University student’s performance piece is a protest against the university’s handling of her charges of sexual assault on campus.

GSS Certificate Student Naimah Hakim Selected as One of Seven Ambassadors for the Women and Girls Rising Conference

GSS Certificate Student Namiah Hakim '16, was selected as one of seven ambassadors for the Women and Girls Rising Conference. 
This conference will be held September 11-13 at the Roosevelt Institute, a progressive policy think tank.  This invitation-only conference will convene major leaders on gender issues from organizations like the UN, the Center for Reproductive Rights, Planned Parenthood, Human Rights Watch, etc. 

GSS Students Attend 8th Annual Feminist Theory Workshop at Duke University

Several GSS Certificate Students attended the 8th Annual Feminist Theory Workshop at Duke University. This workshop offered a unique opportunity for scholars to engage in sustained dialogue about feminist theory as a scholarly domain of inquiry.

Naimah Hakim '16, Brittney Edmonds (English, GS) , Nimisha Barton (History, GS), Kat Huemoeller (Classics, GS), Nicholas Williams '15

GSS Grad Student Keisha Blain receives 2014 Huggins-Quarles Award from the Organization of American Historians

At the 2014 OAH Annual Meeting, OAH President Alan M. Kraut and OAH President-Elect Patricia Limerick presented Keisha N. Blain, Princeton University, with a 2014 Huggins-Quarles Award, which is given annually to one or two graduate students of color to assist them with expenses related to travel to research collections for the completion of the PhD dissertation.
Blain’s study, “ʻFor the Freedom of the Race’: Black Women and the Practices of Nationalism, 1929–1945,”  is an innovative work that examines the role of African American women in the development of African nationalism from the 1930s through the World War II era. These women, she argues, played significant—yet little understood or appreciated—roles in shaping and reshaping black nationalist and internationalist movements and thoughts. Her focus on a leading group of African American women leaders demonstrates that these women “asserted their political agency,” despite the rampant racial and sexual discrimination they faced on a daily basis. Blain finds that, to accomplish their goals, they set out a practical agenda that drew upon and extended “Garveyism,” the political thought engendered by black nationalist and pan-Africanist leader Marcus Garvey in the early twentieth century. These women organized at the grass roots level, lobbied the legislature, carried out letter-writing campaigns, and even made what she calls “unlikely alliances” with other racial and ethnic minorities in the United States to achieve their goals of eradicating “racism, sexism, colonialism, and imperialism.” Blain plans to use her award funds to travel to Chicago, Illinois where she will visit the Newberry Library and the Chicago Public Library.
For more information about the Huggins-Quarles Award, visit the OAH online at