Feminist Research Alliance

Founded in 2010, the Feminist Research Alliance Workshop advances and energizes interdisciplinary conversation and collaboration among feminist scholars locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally. At our convivial meetings, faculty, graduate students, and visiting scholars present and discuss research-in-progress.  A fertile space for idea-incubation, the workshop also is community-building, enabling students and faculty to network with potential committee members, mentors, and colleagues beyond the boundaries of their home departments. All events are free and open to the public.

FALL 2019


Rebecca Borowski

Ph.D. Candidate
Department of Educational Policy and Leadership

Women Leaders in STEM Disciplines: A Comparative Case Study on Leadership and Disciplinary Culture

Thursday, October 10, 2019
12:00 - 1:30 pm 
207 UB Commons 
UB North Campus


Sarah Robert.

Sarah Robert

Associate Professor
Department of Learning and Instruction

How Gender and Policy “Work” in Education: A View from the Americas

Thursday, October 24, 2019
12:00 - 1:30 pm 
207 UB Commons 
UB North Campus

Professor Robert, recipient of a Gender Institute Faculty Research Award  


Meredith Conti

Assistant Professor
Department of Theatre and Dance

American Girls, American Guns: Whiteness and Transgressive Womanhood in the Sharpshooting Performances of Annie Oakley and Lillian Smith

Thursday, November 21, 2019
12:00 - 1:30 pm 
207 UB Commons 
UB North Campus

Professor Conti, recipient of a Gender Institute Faculty Research Award  

In the wild west show of the late 1800s, an entertainment genre dominated by feats of muscular athleticism and simulated violence, the acts of female sharpshooters operated as deviations from the show’s staple depictions of frontier masculinity, as well as appealing, if not problematic, amplifications of the mythic narrative of the U.S. American West. In this talk, nineteenth-century theatre historian Meredith Conti considers the shooting acts of celebrated markswomen Annie Oakley and Lillian Smith, both of whom made their careers wielding that most hyper-masculinized of objects, the U.S. American firearm. As Conti will assert, Oakley and Smith performed divergent versions of “frontier femininity” through their expert spectacles of gunplay and by positioning their stage identities as “Western girls” in relationship to two adjacent variants of womanhood: an elite white womanhood revered by Victorian Britons, and an indigenous womanhood only partially inspired by the native inhabitants of the land occupied by the United States.