Rebecca Shea Irvine

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Job Title: 
Program Director for Faculty Research Development
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Job Title: 
Program Director for Faculty Research Development
Email Address:

Rebecca Shea Irvine joined the IRWG team as the Program Director for Faculty Research Development in June 2021. In this role, she advocates for gender and sexuality research by working with faculty to find funding sources and develop proposals. She is particularly interested in promoting equitable and inclusive research practices and supporting academic and community partnerships that can lead to social change.

Professional Summary:

Prior to joining IRWG, Rebecca served as the Interim Associate Director for the Center for Gender in Global Context at Michigan State University. She has supported over 50 grant proposals ranging in size from $5,000 to $15 million to funding agencies including NSF, NEH, USAID, US Department of State, US Department of Justice, Fulbright Scholar Program, Global Affairs Canada, European Commission, National Geographic, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Social Science Research Council, Russell Sage Foundation, Elhra, and Tinker Foundation.

Rebecca has also contributed to numerous funded projects as a researcher focused on issues related to gender, disability, and inclusion and has served as a consultant for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Northern Irish government departments and agencies, Inclusion Europe, Plan International, CGIAR, and various other international NGOs.

Educational Background:

Rebecca holds a B.A. in International Relations (James Madison College at Michigan State University), an M.A. in Comparative Ethnic Conflict (Queen's University Belfast (QUB)), and a Ph.D. in Sociology and Social Policy (QUB). 


Rebecca identifies as a disabled woman of mixed European and Ojibwe heritage and holds citizenship rights and responsibilities in the United States, United Kingdom, and Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. 

How can Rebecca support your research: 

  1. Meet with you to discuss your research agenda (including considerations for scaling and scaffolding) and connect you to relevant funding opportunities;
  2. Once funding is identified, Rebecca can work with you on grant writing strategies and ways to effectively communicate about your research;
  3. Facilitate brainstorming and grant writing workshops for research teams;
  4. Provide feedback on written drafts of your grant, including evaluating the written proposal based on the criteria by which the application will be judged;
  5. Connect you with other support services, including peer review by IRWG affiliate faculty or grants administrators.
  6. Develop a draft of your budget and/or timeline.

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Schedule a meeting or consultation with Rebecca: