IRWG's research agenda reflects the wide-ranging interests of U-M faculty, researchers, and graduate students who study women and gender. We have successfully supported research grant proposals by Michigan faculty from the following agencies:

  • National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • NIH - NCI (National Cancer Institute)
  • NIH - NIAAA (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism) 
  • NIH - NIDA (National Institute on Drug Abuse)
  • NIH - NICHD (National Institute of Child Health and Human Development)
  • NIH - NINR (National Institute of Nursing Research)
  • NIH - NIMH (National Institute of Mental Health
  • Ford Foundation
  • Women's Sports Foundation
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • Spencer Foundation
  • Joyce Foundation
  • Russell Sage Foundation
  • U.S. Department of Education - FIPSE
  • National Association for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD)

Explore current research projects below.

Currently Funded Studies

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. 

Current Programs and Initiatives

Program or Initiative Title Summary

ARTEMIS (Alliance To End Preventable Maternal and Infant Morbidities and Mortalities)

Scholars of ARTEMIS will have an impact on improving the health and well-being of globally underserved populations with a specific focus on women and newborn health.

Black Feminist Health Studies (BFHS)

This faculty led program seeks to bring together diverse speakers and researchers working in the emerging field of black feminist health sciences. 

Colonialism, Race, and Sexualities Initiative (CRSI)

This program seeks to develop forums and dialogue produced at the junction of postcolonial, empire, comparative ethnic, critical race, gender, and sexuality studies. 

Consortium for Gender Responsive Prisoner Healthcare

The Consortium for Gender-Responsive Prisoner Healthcare aims to gather the often-siloed efforts of academics, formerly incarcerated people, healthcare professionals, prisoner advocates, victims and their families, Department of Corrections officials, and public health directors to provide gender-responsive, trauma-informed care for people incarcerated. 

Faculty Research Support Services 



“Jocelyn helped me to make a connection between my first book and my second book project. That connection was very important for my Institute for the Humanities proposal and has been just as crucial for reworking my IH proposal into an NEH Summer Stipend application. I just wanted to highlight the ripple effect of your helping me to make sense of the larger thematic connections across my work.”

- Annette Joseph-Gabriel, Assistant Professor of French, author of Reimagining Liberation: How Black Women Transformed Citizenship in the French Empire (University of Illinois Press, January 2020)