A university-wide research center founded in 1997, the Gender Institute promotes research and teaching related to women, gender, and sexuality.
We offer grants and awards to faculty and students to support scholarship on women and on the intricate connections between gender and other social forces, such as sexuality, race, class, health, age, religion, and place. We convene interdisciplinary networks and organize lectures, workshops, conferences, film screenings, art exhibitions, and community events.

Dedicated to advancing women's and LGBTQ leadership, vision, and influence, the Gender Institute fosters workspaces in which each participant is stimulated to reach their highest potential and to increase knowledge and justice within the university, within their disciplines, and in society at large.

Message from the Director

Carrie Bramen.

During a period dominated by #MeToo, Time’s Up, and what the press have called the “Weinstein moment,” it is certainly a remarkable time to be director of the UB Gender Institute. The current national climate affords us an important opportunity for thoughtful dialogue about the impact of these social movements on our everyday lives and to explore the language and neologisms that have emerged in their wake.

To encourage dialogue throughout the year, we have organized a lecture series called “On Misogyny,” which includes some of the major feminist voices today. This year-long lecture series will grapple with the meaning of misogyny: what is it and how does it differ from sexism? One goal is to broaden our perspective from focusing on individual misogynists to understanding misogyny as a structure of power. We will add to this an intersectional critique of misogyny, one that looks at transphobia and misogynoir. For more on the topic, we have designed and posted a syllabus on the theme.

#MeToo Graphic.

#MeToo, by Liza Donnelly

I am delighted to announce that the Australian philosopher Kate Manne, who teaches at Cornell, will kick-off this series with reflections on her internationally acclaimed book, Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny. A public intellectual whose work has appeared in the Huffington Post and the New York Times, Manne argues that misogyny is not simply the hatred of women, but a punitive social system that rewards compliant women while punishing those who ‘misbehave.’ We are pleased to be collaborating with the UB Philosophy Department to bring Professor Manne to UB.

Read more about our other speakers on our Featured Events page: Professor Wazhmah Osman from Temple University on global feminism in an age of hypermasculinity, and Professor Moya Bailey from Northeastern University on misogynoir. 

We also have two timely fall workshops designed primarily for students. One features LA-based public speaker and eating disorder survivor, Gloria Lucas, who will be conducting a workshop on how body image issues, especially in communities of color, are shaped by a history of historical trauma, racism, and assimilation. Cosponsored by UB Wellness Education Services, this important event will look at eating disorders through a cultural and historical lens.

Our second workshop, held before the November elections, features LittleSis, a local initiative that teaches online research skills to understand the impact of campaign financing.

We have a dynamic line-up of lectures and workshops that will be of interest to all members of the UB community. All of our events are free and open to the public and I look forward to seeing you in the exciting year ahead.


Carrie Tirado Bramen
Director of the Gender Institute
Fall 2018

Congratulations to...

Laura Anderson, Asst. Professor of Nursing & Educational Psychology, Barbara Bono, Assoc. Professor of English and Annette LeCuyer, Professor of Architecture on being awarded the 2016 President Emeritus and Mrs. Meyerson Award for Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching and Mentoring at UB.

Rina Das Eiden on being named to the NIH's Center for Scientific Review's Psychosocial, Risk and Prevention Study Section.

Joyce Hwang, Martha Bohm and Gabrielle Printz on publication of their co-edited volume, Beyond Patronage: Reconsidering the Models of Practice (Actar 2016).

Kelly Hayes McAlonie on her election to the American Institute of Architects' College of Fellows.  

Despina Stratigakos on two major new books: Where Are the Women Architects?  and Hitler at Home (Yale UP 2015).

Jennifer Zirnheld on being recognized as one of 100 most influential women in STEM