Research

Nursing Professor Jody Lori on research trip promoting maternal and child health in Liberia

IRWG’s research faculty are the core of the Institute, generating important scholarship at the intersections of gender, sexuality, race, nationality, class, health, and social justice.

IRWG's research agenda reflects the wide-ranging interests of U-M faculty, researchers, and graduate students who study women and gender.

Explore current research projects below.

Faculty Research Support Services 

IRWG provides assistance to U-M faculty applying for external funding, from research development consultation to grant administration.

Current IRWG Research Projects

Project Title Summary

Health, Stress, and Tobacco Use Disparities among Sexual Minority Populations

Three-year NIH-funded study to enhance the understanding of tobacco/nicotine use among sexual minorities in the U.S.

Leaders and Laggards: Explaining Variation in University Responses to Sexual Violence in a Changing Legal Environment

Three year NSF-funded study led by sociologists Elizabeth A. Armstrong and Sandra R. Levitsky, investigating how universities respond to campus sexual assault in a tumultuous legal environment. 

Organizational Constructions of a New Right

Two-year NSF-funded study led by Anna Kirkland to examine the implementation and understanding of the Affordable Care Act's Section 1557, which bans sex discrimination by health care providers. The study will focus on health care employees who are responsible for implemeting the new regulations and receiving complaints.

Trajectories of NonMedical Prescription Drug Misuse

NIH/NIDA study led by Sean Esteban McCabe to assess the individual patterns and trajectories of medical and nonmedical use of four classes of prescription medications (i.e., opioids, sedatives, stimulants, tranquilizers) from adolescence to adulthood and the development of substance use disorders and other long-term adverse consequences in adulthood.

Longitudinal Changes in Recovery from Drug Use Disorders: A National Study

Three year NIH/NIDA study led by Sean Esteban McCabe to examine the course of drug use disorders along with longitudinal changes in recovery, rates and correlates of relapse and full remission. 

E-Cigarette Use and Longitudinal Changes in Cigarette Smoking and Health

Sean Esteban McCabe's NIH study examining the relationships among e-cigarette use, traditional cigarette smoking, other tobacco use, other substance use behaviors and health problems from adolescence to young adulthood.

Adolescent Sexual Violence: A Longitudinal Examination of Outcomes and Risk

A two-year NIH study of sexual violence among adolescents. P.I. Quyen Epstein-Ngo

Translating Feminist Scholarship for Curriculum Transformation in China

Professor Wang Zheng will conduct a translation project for the purpose of providing updated feminist scholarship for the on‐going curriculum transformation in higher education in China. 

Sport, Health, and Activity Research and Policy (SHARP) Center

SHARP is an internal research center which supports the study of gender-based issues in health, physical activity and sports.

The SHARP Center

The Sport, Health & Activity Research & Policy Center (SHARP) researches and creates real world solutions to our most pressing questions in public health and health care, deploying gender as a critical lens. Learn more about this IRWG initiative at sharp.research.umich.edu.