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 her/his 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

I am delighted to begin my tenure as Director of the UB Gender Institute during its twentieth anniversary year. 2017 marks an important milestone in the Institute’s history and gives us an opportunity  to  both reflect on its many accomplishments and imagine its future course.

In pursuit of this history, I browsed through the early documents of the Institute including a poster advertising one of the first events-- a panel discussion among UB faculty at Harriman Hall. I looked carefully at the names of the four faculty members listed on the poster to see if I remembered any of them and noticed, to my surprise, that I was one of them. 

Although I cannot recall the specifics of what I said at that inaugural event as an assistant professor not long out of graduate school, I do know that my own development as both a scholar at UB and as a member of this university community has been profoundly shaped by the inclusive and welcoming spirit of the UB Gender Institute.    

It is now a privilege to serve as the Institute’s director and in the same spirit of hospitality, I welcome new faculty, students and staff to participate in and attend our events throughout the year.

It is appropriate that the Gender Institute is located in the University “Commons,” because the Institute represents that common space where scholars from diverse disciplines and academic backgrounds come together through our shared interest in research on women and gender.

The theme for this anniversary year will be bridging the old and the new, celebrating the fine leadership the Institute has had from Isabel Marcus to Kari Winter, as well as building on our past to make the Institute a dynamic space of truly interdisciplinary and innovative research.

To this end, I am inaugurating several new initiatives, including a Wednesday lunchtime “book chat” series that will feature recently published monographs by UB scholars; a podcast series highlighting research on gender; and a feminist blog that welcomes contributions from all members of the UB community. We have also heightened our social media profile, so follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Hope to see you at some of our events this year!

Carrie Tirado Bramen
Director of the Gender Institute










Congratulations to...

Hershini Young, Professor of English, on her new book Illegible Will: Coercive Spectacles of Labor in South Africa and the Diaspora (Duke UP 2017).

Michael Boucai, Assoc. Professor of Law, on the publication of his article "Is Assisted Procreation an LGBT Right?" in the Wisconsin Law Review. Michael presented a draft of this article in a 2015 FRA workshop.

Nnedi Okorafor, Associate Professor in UB English Department and best-selling fiction writer, won two huge awards in one year - the Hugo Award, Best Novella for Binti and the Nebula Best Novella Award. Hugo Award is the highest recognition for science fiction and fantasy.

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.

Joseph Gardella on receiving UB's Excellence in University-Community Engagement Award for Sustained Contributions.

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