UB Gender Institute and Affiliate mentions in local, national, and global news. 

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February 14, 2024: Artist talk. UB faculty member and Gender Institute affiliate Joan Linder, whose exhibition “Joan Linder: Belly” is on display at Rivalry Projects gallery through Feb. 23.

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February 13, 2024: Assistance provided by bilingual adults in a community increases the chances of employment for immigrant men who struggle with English proficiency, but does not play a similar role for women with that same language barrier, according to a new study by Yunju Nam, associate professor in the School of Social Work, Gender Institute affiliate, and the study’s corresponding author.

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January 25, 2024: Connecticut Public Radio interviewed Carrie Bramen, former director of the UB Gender Institute, affiliate, and author of “American Niceness: A Cultural History,” in a story about how we define “niceness” and “likability,” from presidential politics to popular culture.

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January 24, 2024: UBNow sat down with Kyla Tompkins, professor and chair of the Department of Global Gender and Sexuality Studies, College of Arts and Sciences, Gender Institute Affiliate and Executive Committee member, and new UB hire.  When asked about her research, she said, "Feminist studies is the place where it’s possible to discuss gender, race, sexuality, class, disabilities and other topics that impact us every day and are also at the level of local and global political patterns. In this field, you get the tools to understand and analyze how the world works at different scales, and the methodology can be applied to almost every research area."

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January 23, 2024: Professor and Gender Institute Affiliate David Herzberg was quoted in UBNow in a story about UB's new MA program in Drugs, Health, and Society. “Our full-spectrum program covers the scientific and medical angles but does so in continual dialogue with social and political questions, preparing students for the widest possible range of careers helping our society navigate the boom in psychoactive products, and helping individuals with the problems that can be associated with drug use,” Herzberg adds. Students of the program will develop knowledge of the science of drugs, drug use and addiction, and will become familiar with and able to apply the main modalities of addiction treatment. They will develop critical thinking skills wrestling with the biomedical, psychological, public health and political dimensions of drug commerce, drug use and drug addiction.

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January 9, 2024: UBNow published an article on the five faculty members who were awarded Gender Institute Faculty Fellowships. Recipients during the fall 2023 round of funding are Nadine Shaanta Murshid, Andrea Pitts, Michelle Sperlich, Despina Stratigakos and Gwynn Thomas. The grants range from $1,000-$5,000 and will support interdisciplinary research projects in various fields. Applications for the spring 2024 funding cycle for the Gender Institute’s Faculty Research Grants opens on March 4.

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January 3, 2024: Associate Professor and Gender Institute Affiliate David Schmid was quoted in USA Today in a story about the nation’s true-crime obsession with Gypsy Rose Blanchard, who rose to social media stardom after wrapping up a prison sentence for murder for conspiring with her then-boyfriend to kill her mother. "In many ways, (Blanchard) is the perfect embodiment of the fusion of these two passions (true crime and celebrity). Combine that fact with the tabloid-like 'truth is stranger than fiction' characteristic of (Blanchard's) story, and you've got a perfect storm of factors coming together to launch both a million memes and what could be a long-standing career in the public eye."

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January 2, 2024: Erin Hatton, GI Affiliate and Professor of Sociology, was featured in Marketplace, which airs on NPR affiliates, in a story about how the disappearance of temp jobs is a good thing for workers and companies. Dr. Hatton, author of the book “The Temp Economy,” said that not only are permanent workers more committed, they tend to be better trained. “Oftentimes, you’ll see temporary employees thrown into jobs,” she said. “They don’t maybe even know what they’re supposed to do until they arrive. So that doesn’t make for great outcomes for productivity.” Hatton said having workers in permanent jobs also gives them more economic stability, which makes them more comfortable spending.

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December 13, 2023: Gender Institute Affiliate Jasmina Tumbas's second book project, "Queer and Feminist Yugoslav Diaspora: Art of Resistance Beyond Nationhood," has just been awarded a prestigious Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant. "The Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant is a highly competitive grant that has recognized the groundbreaking work of scholars I have admired for years," Tumbas says. "I am humbled to be part of such an impressive community of arts writers.

December 12, 2023: The University at Buffalo has received a $2.5 million grant from The Mellon Foundation in support of a new interdisciplinary research project that seeks to better understand and address issues faced by caregivers and those with disabilities. Communities of Care will combine the expertise of UB’s Center for Disability Studies (CDS) and the Institute for Research and Education on Women and Gender (Gender Institute) to develop elements both within the university and throughout the larger community. “The key here is the power of storytelling,” says Victoria Wolcott, PhD, a co-principal investigator and UB professor of history who directs the university’s Gender Institute. “The humanities are well situated to gather and collect these important stories and create the space required to create new levels of awareness by sharing those narratives with the broader public.”

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December 7, 2023: UB architect and Gender Institute Affiliate Kelly Hayes McAlonie has won the 2023 Arline Custer Memorial Award for her book documenting the life and career of Louise Blanchard Bethune, America’s first professional female architect. The award recognizing “Louise Blanchard Bethune: Every Woman Her Own Architect” (SUNY Press, 2023) was presented by the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference. It recognizes the best books and articles written or compiled by individuals and institutions in the MARAC region — the District of Columbia, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia. The award was presented last month at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference.

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November 24, 2023: Erin Hatton, GI Affiliate and Professor of Sociology, was interviewed by NPR for a story about how ski patrollers are unionizing as housing prices continue to rise at resorts in the Mountain West. Dr. Hatton is quoted as saying, " Those workers are now saying, hang on. We're workers, and we demand more than we're getting. We deserve more than we're getting."

October 18, 2023: The Spectrum, UB's student newspaper, covered the Gender Institute's joint program with the University Archives and Jeffry Iovannone, "Leslie Feinberg's Buffalo", in an article called "Jeff Iovanonne will preserve LGBTQ+ history — no matter what cult tries to stop him."

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September 15, 2023: Victoria W. Wolcott, professor of History and Gender Institute Director, is quoted in a story UB Now. “The Gender Institute draws on all of UB’s talents, and we’re interested in continuing to develop and foster those connections,” says Wolcott. “We want to find innovative ways to creatively think about LGBTQ issues, bodily integrity, reproductive rights in this post‑Dobbs moment, caregiving and wage issues that reframe feminism and discrimination — not just as social and political categories, but as an economic category as well.

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October 6, 2023: Jessica Kruger, clinical associate professor of community health and health behavior, GI Affiliate, and co-investigator on a CTSI seed grant that is enabling the Lighthouse Free Medical Clinic to expand its services to include dental care, is quoted in UB Now.

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September 8, 2023: A new historical marker celebrating Black suffragist Charlotte Dett was unveiled recently during a ceremony in Niagara Falls, thanks to the efforts of UB faculty member and GI Executive Council Member Lillian S. Williams, who nominated Dett for the honor. “Dett is an unknown story, like that of so many African American women, and will enhance our understanding of these reform movements,” said Williams, who is an Associate Professor in the Department of Africana and American Studies. Read more in UBNow

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September 5, 2023: Matilde Sánchez-Peña, Assistant Professor of Engineering and Gender Institute Affiliate, is principal investigator of a project that recently received a $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to determine why, despite more than 20 years of investment in NSF programs seeking to promote gender equity, disparities still persist: Only about 20% of engineering students and tenure-track faculty nationwide are female. When she argues for inclusivity in engineering, Sánchez-Peña says, “We are missing a lot of really important perspectives from the engineering table. It’s not just females; it’s also people of color, first-generation college students, people with disabilities. It’s not surprising that a lot of our engineering misses the insights these people could offer.”

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August 7, 2023: Co-creators with Mattel of Architect Barbie and GI Affiliates, Hayes McAlonie, director of campus planning at UB, and Stratigakos, professor of architecture, School of Architecture and Planning, call the Barbie movie “brilliant,” and were elated to see their creation on the big screen. “We were thrilled to discover our doll featured in the opening sequence — it was very exciting indeed,” Hayes McAlonie recalled.

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August 2023: Axios quoted Jessica Kruger, clinical associate professor of community health and health behavior and Gender Institute Affiliate, in a story discussing that while all marijuana is still illegal in North Carolina, getting high on cannabis is easy and legal due to loopholes.

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Juy 24, 2023: Victoria W. Wolcott, professor of History and Gender Institute Director, is quoted in a story on CNN about the disappearance of public pools in America. "Racial stereotypes around cleanliness and safety, as well as intense fears of Black men interacting with White women in bathing suits, turned pools into some of the most segregated public spaces in America."

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July 13, 2023: A story in the Washington Post on birds using anti-bird spikes to fortify nests quoted Gender Institute Affiliate Joyce Hwang.  “I think there is a kind of poetic justice,” Hwang said of the birds subverting the materials meant to keep them at bay. “It’s pretty remarkable.”

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July 6, 2023: Associate Professor and Gender Institute Affiliate David Schmid was quoted in a recent Newsweek article entitled "James Corden's Appearance at White Party Mocked After Leaving Talk Show." "He's earned a place in the pantheon of quirky, affable, and funny last night hosts. He'll also be remembered as a reliable awards show host that audiences found easy to identify with," Schmid said. "Although The Late Late Show may turn out to be his career peak, I expect him to stick around for quite some time."

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July 5, 2023: Erin Hatton, GI Affiliate and Professor of Sociology, was interviewed by Teen Vogue for a story on how unpaid work experience is a degree requirement that harms students in social work, nursing and teaching. “This unpaid labor requirement is like the gatekeeping function,” Dr. Hatton says. “They have to do this in order to embark on a career.” The fact that these jobs are construed as “education” rather than “work” means students lack protections they would have as employees, including the right to be part of a union and not be subject to discrimination, harassment, or unsafe working conditions."

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May 10, 2023: Victoria W. Wolcott, professor of History, Gender Institute Executive Committee Member and Incoming Director, has been named the winner of the Living New Deal’s annual New Deal Book Award for 2022. Her book, Living in the Future: Utopianism and the Long Civil Rights Movement, (University of Chicago Press, 2022), explores the New Deal’s influence on the Civil Rights Movement. Living in the Future: Utopianism and the Long Civil Rights Movement, was unanimously chosen among eleven works nominated for this year’s award. 


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May 5, 2023: A story in USA Today on a false Instagram claim that a new bill in Minnesota would protect pedophilia as a sexual orientation quoted Michael Boucai, Gender Institute Executive Committee Member and Professor of Law. Boucai told USA TODAY that sexual orientation has never been legally interpreted this way. "I’m unaware of any antidiscrimination law – ever – whose reference to 'sexual orientation' was intended by legislators or has been interpreted by courts to encompass pedophilia."


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May 5, 2023: Students in UB’s School of Architecture and Planning will have the opportunity to explore questions of social equity in architecture with visiting scholars over the next three years, thanks to a new fund established by Professor and Gender Institute Affiliate Despina Stratigakos. The Despina Stratigakos Visiting Fellowship will support research on the built environment as a vehicle for the creation of more inclusive communities, with a focus on gender and sexuality in architecture.


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April 26, 2023: Professor and Gender Institute Affiliate Deborah Chung was named Fellow of American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Chung is among 269 new fellows drawn from academia, the arts, industry, policy, research and science in 2023. Of those, she is one of 11 people elected under the academy’s engineering and technology section. The American Academy of Arts and Sciences is one of the oldest scholarly societies in the United States. It was founded in 1780 by John Adams, John Hancock and other revolutionary leaders.

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April 25, 2023: Associate Professor and Gender Institute Affiliate David Schmid was quoted in a recent USA Today article entitled "Tucker Carlson, Don Lemon and why you're furious (or relieved) at their downfall." "Rather than attempting a structural analysis that would see these news anchors as symptoms of much larger and more complex issues – for example, although Carlson is gone, the audience he's created isn't going anywhere – we prefer to individualize and personalize whenever we can because it makes things more comprehensible."

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April 18, 2023: Associate Professor and Gender Institute Affiliate Lora Park was quoted in a recent Everyday Health article entitled "All About Imposter Syndrome: Definition, Health Effects, and Coping With It." “Low self-esteem is an overall, general assessment of one's self-worth. People with low self-esteem feel inferior to others and do not think very highly of themselves on a global level.” 

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April 13, 2023: Gender Institute Affiliate Noelle St. Vil was awarded the 2023 Buffalo Center for Social Research Excellence in Research Award. This Award was sponsored by the UB School of Social Work and Buffalo Center for Social Research. Noelle is an Assistant Professor with the School of Social Work at UB and Faculty Support Liaison for Racially Underrepresented Students.

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April 13, 2023: Executive Committee Member and Affiliate Miriam Thaggert received an Honorable Mention for the Mary Nickliss Prize in U.S. Women's and/or Gender History for her recent publication, Riding Jane Crow: African American Women on the American Railroad. Sponsored by the Organization of American Historians (OAH), the Nickliss Prize recognizes a book "that is a path breaking work or challenges and/or changes widely accepted scholarly interpretations in the field" and "makes a significant contribution to the understanding of U.S. Women's and/or Gender History."

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April 14, 2023: Associate Professor and Gender Institute Affiliate David Schmid was quoted in a recent Newsweek article entitled "The Rise and Fall of James Corden." 
"I think the puncturing of Ellen's apparent likeability delivered a fatal blow to her career, but I think Corden has already been forgiven and will be allowed to move on. Why? Good old-fashioned sexism, in my opinion," Schmid said. "Our standards for what's considered 'acceptable' conduct for male and female celebrities are just as distorted as our standards for men and women in general."

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March 27, 2023: The Washington Post featured an op-ed by Victoria Wolcott, professor of history, College of Arts and Sciences, on billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk’s plans for building a utopian community outside Austin, Texas.



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March 27, 2023:  UB Gender Institute affiliates, Mishuana Goeman (Tonawanda Band of Seneca) & Theresa McCarthy (Six Nations, Onondaga), received a $500,000 Mellon Foundation grant. The grant is to support implementation of a community-driven digital resource for the preservation and dissemination of Indigenous research. 

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March 20, 2023: Michael Rembis, director of the Center for Disability Studies, was interviewed by Bloomberg Government for a story on a lawsuit alleging the federal government is shirking its responsibility under a little-known law that requires government agencies to buy from firms where people with disabilities handle at least 75% of the production work.

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January 25, 2023: Time magazine interviewed David Schmid, Associate Professor of English, College of Arts and Sciences, and GI Affiliate, for a story about the public’s fascination with true crime.



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January 23, 2023: The Guardian reported on China’s shrinking population and quoted Yige Dong, Assistant Professor in the departments of Sociology and Global Gender and Sexuality Studies and GI affiliate.



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January 10, 2023: A Buffalo News story examining the possibility that Bills safety Damar Hamlin experienced a condition called commotio cordis, brought on by a sharp blow to the chest at a specific time in the cardiac cycle, quoted Anne B. Curtis, SUNY Distinguished Professor in the Jacobs School and GI affiliate.