Scholarly Community

women at table in discussionScholars who are doing research on women, gender, and sexuality can find a strong support system and network at IRWG. 

Funds, resources such as space and technology, and administrative support are available for residencies, projects, groups, and collaborations.

Read below for information on our Faculty Affiliates program and to learn more about our current IRWG Incubators and initiatives.

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IRWG Affiliates

Become an Affiliate

There are over 220 IRWG affiliates from more than 80 different departments at the University of Michigan who make up a core group for creating collaborations, meeting like-minded scholars, and participating in planning sessions and brainstorming to build ambitious research projects. Gender may be the primary focus of their work, or it may be just one part among many.

Learn more about becoming an affiliate here.

Find Scholars

  • Browse our database of IRWG affiliates by name, department or research tag.
  • Visit the Michigan Experts website to explore profiles of all faculty at the University of Michigan, where you’ll find publications, social media activity, and potential collaborators. 

Current Programs and Initiatives

Program or Initiative Title Summary

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. 

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.

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.

Sustainable Health Activities Research Program

This faculty-led program aims to create an interdisciplinary community of scholars whose work on behavior change pertains to boosting the health and well- being of individuals, communities, organizations, and our greater society in sustainable ways.