Campus: CSU Los Angeles -- March 5, 2004
Cal State L.A.'s New Center Supports Gender and
Four Cal State L.A. faculty members and six students are currently working
on research projects studying gender and sexuality topics through a
special program funded by the University’s new Center for the
Study of Genders and Sexualities (CSGS).
Each faculty member was awarded release time units for the academic
year 2003-2004 under the Faculty Grant Writing program and given stipends
to support a student research assistant.
Talia Bettcher, assistant professor of Philosophy, is preparing grant
proposals on “Transgender Health-in-Education” and “Community
Gender Anti-Violence” projects, with assistance from Angela Bowden
(graduate student, economics). Ester Hernandez, assistant professor
of Chicano Studies, is studying “Gender Politics Among Central
Americans in Southern California,” with assistant Douglas Alejandro
Diaz (senior, English). Micol Seigel, assistant professor of Liberal
Studies, is researching “Gender Identity and Mass Incarceration
in Los Angeles,” and is working with Margaret Salazar (senior,
liberal studies). Tamar Semerjian, assistant professor of Kinesiology
and Nutritional Science, is focusing on “Trans-Experience and
the Politics of Sport,” with Portia Tsotetsi (senior, kinesiology)
as her research assistant.
Three stipends were also awarded for individual research through a competitive
application process open to graduate students and upper-division undergraduates.
The winners were: Lucila Chavez (graduate student, Chicano studies)
for her thesis project, “Female Gender Subversion and Queerness
in the Mexican Revolution”; Margaret Salazar (senior, liberal
studies) for her research, “Ballet Folklorico: Staging Feminine
Identities”; and James Singer (graduate student, philosophy) for
work on his thesis, “Agency and Erasure in the Borderlands.”
Cal State L.A.’s Center for the Study of Genders and Sexualities
is part of the University’s new Integrated Humanities Center.
CSGS provides support for scholars, teachers, students, and community
partners who investigate gender and sexuality, in particular work that
bridges the diverse communities represented at Cal State L.A. and its
surrounding areas. It is home to the Rockefeller Humanities Residency
Program, “Becoming and Belonging: The Alchemy of Identity in the
Multicultural Metropolis.” For more information,
C ontact Ann Garry, director, CSULA Center for the Study of Genders
and Sexualities, firstname.lastname@example.org,
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