About IRWG

Color photography of lilac blossoms in front of Lane Hall, a UMich Building

Established in 1995, the Institute for Research on Women & Gender (IRWG) is an interdisciplinary unit of the University of Michigan Office of Research, supporting research on women, gender, and sexuality.

Our research vision is interdisciplinary and broadly inclusive of the creative and performing arts as well as the humanities, social sciences, and the sciences. IRWG is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in research and across our scholarly communities.

The Institute:

IRWG is housed in historic Lane Hall, along with the Department of Women’s Studies. Lane Hall is located on the corner of Washington and South State Streets. Faculty, students and staff make Lane Hall a unique and vibrant feminist research community.

Visit the Lane Hall Gallery.


Color photography of Anna Kirkland
IRWG Director, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Women's Studies
color photograph of Michelle Segar
Assistant Research Scientist, IRWG; Director, SHARP Center
Color photograph of Julia Seng
IRWG Executive Committee, IRWG Research Professor; Professor of Nursing, School of Nursing; Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Medical School; Professor of Women's Studies, LSA
Color photograph of Quyen Ngo
Research Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine Injury Center, IRWG
Color photograph of Philip Veliz
Research Assistant Professor, IRWG; Faculty Associate, Youth and Social Issues, Institute for Social Research; SHARP Associate Director
Color photograph of Sean Esteban McCabe
Research Professor, IRWG
Color photography of Carol Boyd
Research Professor, IRWG; Deborah J Oakley Collegiate Professor of Nursing, Professor of Nursing, School of Nursing; Professor of Women's Studies, LSA; Research Professor, Psychiatry, Medical School
color photograph of Wang Zheng
Research Scientist; IRWG Executive Committee; Professor of Women's Studies and History
color photograph of Terrence Crimes
Business Administrator

Support IRWG

Be a Victor for Gender Research!

Your gift to IRWG will support research, enhance public programming, and help strengthen the status of women and the LGBTQ* community worldwide. All contributions are tax deductible.


Support research on women, gender, and sexuality by making a gift to the following funds:

The Sisters Fund for Global Health

Support innovative faculty research on global health issues related to women or gender.

Give online


The Joan Schafer Research Faculty Award in Sport, Fitness and Disability

Support early-stage research that investigates the ways in which living with a physical challenge influences sport, physical activity, and fitness.

Give online 


The Boyd / Williams Dissertation Grant

Support a U-M graduate student who is writing about women and paid and unpaid work.

Give online


Support IRWG events, public programs and general research efforts:

Give online or send a check, payable to the University of Michigan, to:

Institute for Research on Women & Gender

University of Michigan

1136 Lane Hall

Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1290

Attn: IRWG Gift Fund


Looking for research funding?

IRWG provides direct research funding and research support services to assist U-M faculty seeking external funding opportunities for research, scholarship, or other creative activities that focus on women, gender and sexuality.