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.

Current Programs and Initiatives

Program or Initiative Title Summary

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. 

Feminist Theory and Music Conference 2024

The Feminist Theory and Music Conference, planned for June 2024 in Ann Arbor will provide a venue for explorations of intersections in music scholarship between gender/sexuality and such identity categories as race, ethnicity, socioeconomic class, disability, age/ageism, and others. 

Global South Gender and Sexuality (GS2) Collective

The Global South Gender and Sexuality (GS2) Collective aims to develop a multidisciplinary space for engagement with issues of gender, sexuality, and racialization through postcolonial, decolonial, and critical area studies approaches.

Initiative on Gender Based Violence and Sexual Harassment at IRWG

This initiative brings together scholars, practitioners, and activists from across disciplines to share strategies and develop innovative ideas to end gender-based violence.

Insurance Justice Research Project

IRWG researchers are looking at consumer- and patient-side insurance problems and barriers in areas such as women’s health, transgender health, contraception and abortion coverage, opioid addiction treatment coverage, and mental health coverage, and how these events drive life chances and economic circumstances among the insured population.

Lesbian-Gay-Queer Research Initiative (LGQRI)

An ongoing speaker series addressing interdisciplinary research and scholarship on sexuality. LGQRI presents public events throughout each academic year.

MiStory Incubator: Comparative Analysis of Culture and Trauma Recovery

Multicultural Study of Trauma Recovery group (MiStory), comprised of 35 members from 13 countries, examines how internalized cultural perceptions impact survivor recovery.

Ni une más (Not One More)

“Ní una más” (Not one more) is a cross-disciplinary arts project focused on survivors of sexual violence.

Student Opportunities for AIDS/HIV Research (SOAR)

SOAR is a two-year training program for juniors and seniors at U-M Ann Arbor focused on cultivating the next generation of behavioral and social science researchers on HIV.