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 photograph of Victor Mendoza
Program Director, Colonialism, Race, and Sexualities Initiative; Associate Professor of Women's Studies and English Language and Literature, LSA
color photograph of Sari van Anders
Program Director, Feminist Science Studies; Associate Professor of Psychology and Associate Professor of Women's Studies, LSA
color photograph of Nadine Hubbs
Program Director, Lesbian-Gay-Queer Research Initiative; IRWG Executive Committee; Professor of Women's Studies, LSA; Professor of Music, School of Music, Theatre & Dance
color photo of Stephanie Rowley
Associate Vice President for Research, Social Sciences and Humanities; IRWG Executive Committee
color photo of Shobita Parthasarathy
IRWG Executive Committee; Associate Professor of Public Policy and Women's Studies
color photo of Jennifer Proctor
IRWG Executive Committee; Associate Professor of Journalism and Screen Studies, U-M Dearborn
color photo of Naomi Andre
IRWG Executive Committee; Associate Professor of Women's Studies, Afroamerican and African Studies and the Residential College
color photo of Lisa Martin
IRWG Executive Committee; Associate Professor, Health Policy Studies; Associate Professor of College-Wide Programs; Director, Women in Learning & Leadership U-M Dearborn
color photo of Tiffany Marra
IRWG Executive Committee; Director, Center for the Education of Women

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.