Jan 24 2022: GI Deputy Director, Jo Freudenheim, was quoted in Medium on UB research conducted in collaboration with the University of Puerto Rico suggesting that sunlight reduces the risk of breast cancer.

Jan 20, 2022: GI Affiliate, Victoria Wolcott, featured in UB NOW regarding the op-ed she posted in the Washington Post, that explains how Martin Luther King Jr.’s “vision of a society based on full equality predated the Vietnam War and the urban revolts of the 1960s by more than a decade.”  

Jan 12, 2022: Gender Institute Affiliate, Yige Dong, was quoted in Radio Free Asia regarding why younger Chinese women are buying homes before marrying and having children.  

Jan 11, 2022: Gender Institute Co-Founder, Isabel Marcus, who passed away on Oct 31, 2021, was memorialized by the Law School in an obituary on UB NOW.   In 2012, the Gender Institute established a student research fellowship in her honor, which continues today.    For more details, please visit:
Isabel S. Marcus International Research Fellowship.  

Jan 11, 2022: GI Executive Committee member and Affiliate, Margaret Sallee, featured in the Graduate School of Education Tuesday News Brief article, "Lessons from learners: GSE student celebrates her doctoral advisor in a new book, "Keeping Us Engaged" outlining the successful mentoring techniques that Sallee uses.

Jan 10, 2022: GI Deputy Director, Jo Freudenheim, featured in UB NOW regarding benefits of limited sun exposure on the development in breast cancer.

Jan 10, 2022: GI Affiliate, Patrick McDevitt, featured in UB NOW will be moving into the role of Academic Director of the UB Honors College.  His first priority is to continue to expand the diversity of the students, in terms of race, ethnicity, gender identity, majors, geography and economic background.

Jan 5, 2022: GI Director, Carrie Bramen, featured on WBFO regarding what women wanted to hear from Gov. Kathy Hochul during her first State of the State Address.

December 1, 2021: GI Affiliate, Erin Hatton, Associate Professor of  Sociology, featured in a WIRED article on Gig Economy and the need to recognize low-wage independent contract workers as employees. 

November 29, 2021: GI Affiliate, Kenneth Joseph, Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering is a co-principal investigator of the reserach team that recieved a NSF grant of $378,940 to explore how to better utilize the social media platform Twitter for improving disaster response.

November 9, 2021: GI Affiliate, Nadine Shaanta Murshid, Associate Professor in the School of Social Work featured in a Washington Monthly Magazine article about the inability to fight poverty through micro-finance in the Global South.

November 12, 2021:  GI Affiliate Theresa McCarthy, Associate Professor in the Department of Africana and American Studies is the Principal Investigator of the project that will support the creation of the Haudenosaunee Archive and Resource Collection at UB.  The College of Arts and Sciences and Professor McCarthy recieved a $175,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support the new collection.

November 4, 2021: GI Executive Committee Member, Kelly Hayes McAlonie, Director - UB Capital Planning Group, contributed to The New York Times article on Louise Blanchard Bethune, the first American woman to become a certified architect and her impact on the landscape of Western New York.

October 22, 2021 (UBNow): Ethos interviewed Cody Mejeur, Gender Institute Affiliate, Assistant professor in the Department of Media Study, in a story about LGBTQ players’ experiences in digital games.

October 14, 2021: GI Affiliate, Kenneth Joseph, Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering featured in  The New York Times  article on sexism and microaggression 
towards women at workplace.  

September 28, 2021: GI Affiliate, Wooksoo Kim, Associate Professor of Social Work and Director of Immigrant and Refugee Research Institute, featured in an UBNow article on immigrants and refuge population in Buffalo.

September 20, 2021: "Navigate" program, begun in partnership with former GI Deputy Director Glenna Bett, assists women persist and overcome bias in STEM

August 19, 2021:  GI Affiliate, Tia Palermo co-hosts Buffalo Healthcast, a podcast dedicated to take deeper look at issue of health and racism.  

August 11, 2021: GI Director Carrie Tirado Bramen was interviewd by WBFO's Marian Hetherly about the historic moment for women and what Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul's leadership will mean for New York.

August 11, 2021: UB Gender Institute leader: Cuomo resignation a milestone in views on sexual harassment
Buffalo News Article

August 11, 2021: GI Affiliate, Margaret Sallee, Associate Professor in Educational Leadership and Policy recently appeared on a podcast for Student Affairs Now, discussing how to bring humanity back into the treatment of student affairs staff.

August 10, 2021: GI Affiliate, Yige Dong, Assistant Professor in Sociology, is quoted, "In China, women fill gap in heavy-labor industries."   Wall Street Journal

August 10, 2021: GI Affiliate, Margaret Sallee, Associate Professor in Educational Leadership and Policy is quoted, "about college professors’ concerns about the delta variant"  USA Today Article

August 4, 2021: GI Director Carrie Tirado Bramen reacting to NY Attorney General’s Report on Governor Cuomo. Radio Station WBFO

July 28, 2021: GI Deputy Director Jo Freudenheim featured in an UBNow article.

July 19, 2021: GI Affiliate Margaret Rhee's poem The Year Before I Left For Mars featured in Academy of American Poets "Poem-a-day" series.

July 15, 2021: GI Affiliate Margaret Rhee featured in recent article on AAPI representation in pop culture on Korean JoongAng Daily.

April 21, 2021: GI Affiliate David Schmid featured in the USC Annenberg Media article  Colton Underwood coming out represents a larger conversation.

March 10, 2021 (UBNow): Author and activist Barbara Smith will speak on Wednesday as part of the Gender Institute’s Signature Series. The lecture is a collaboration with the Department of Africana and American Studies.

January 19, 2021: GI Affiliate Carine Mardorossian featured in The Independent article on Kamala Harris and women in politics.

January 7, 2021 (UBNow): GI Affiliate Jo Freudenheim received the Abraham Lilienfeld Award from the American Public Health Association’s Epidemiology Section. The award recognizes excellence in the teaching of epidemiology during the course of a career.

To learn more, visit UBNow.

Fall 2020: GI Affiliate Lora Park received a National Science Foundation grant award for their collaborative research project "Testing a Model of Instructor Feedback to Improve College Students' Success in Calculus."

December 15, 2020: UB NOW: GI Affiliate Libby Otto won the Northeast Popular & American Culture Association’s 2020 Peter C. Rollins Book Prize for Otto's new book, Haunted Bauhaus: Occult Spirituality, Gender Fluidity, Queer Identities, and Radical Politics

Read more here: 

November 20, 2020: UB NOW: Gender Institute Affiliate, Pam Rose, Web Services and Library Promotion, within the UB Libraries is featured in this article for Rose's timely assistance to the World Health Organization (WHO) in these COVID-19 times.

UB Libraries deliver crucial aid during pandemic

August 26, 2020: NPR: GI Director Carrie Tirado Bramen featured in segment on the role of music in the Women's Suffrage Movement.

August 24, 2020: UB News: UB research on gender and leadership emergence wins award 
GI Affiliate, Emily Grijalva, and their team, wins top award from the journal Personnel Psychology.

August 19, 2020: GI Affiliate Victoria Wolcott published a piece in The Conversation entitled "Suffragists used hunger strikes as a powerful tool of resistance – a tactic still employed by protesters 100 years on."

August 14, 2020: UBNow: Lillian Williams, Gender Institute Executive Committee Member, featured in article regarding their research of Mary Talbert.

July 30, 2020: GI Affiliate Tia Palermo featured in webinar on child marriage during COVID-19. The recording of the webinar is available here and the presentations can be found here.

JUNE 2020

The Palah 파랗 Light Lab website is now live!

Picture of participants in website.

Cody Mejeur and Margaret Rhee, GI Affiliates, inaugurate a creative, critical, feminist and queer new media lab within the Department of Media Study for ongoing and community-based digital art projects.  They were assisted by awesome student creators Andrea Pagan, Blair Johnson, and Awa Sow.

The Media Lab can be viewed here:

They will continue to update the website in coming weeks with more information on current and future plans, and would love to hear your thoughts and interests for the lab and new site. We also welcome new lab members and collaborators!

June 18, 2020: GI Affiliate Jo Freudenheim published an invited review on alcohol and breast cancer. It was published in Alcohol Research Current Reviews, which is a peer-reviewed journal of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) of the NIH.

The review can be found by clicking here.

Freudenheim was also recently awarded the title of SUNY Distinguished Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Environmental Health.

June 11, 2020: Former GI Director Kari Winter featured in Greek University event "Anti-Racism and White Allies: What Comes Next?" 

To watch the recording, click here.

June 10, 2020: UBNow:
David Schmid, 
GI Affiliate, featured in article on the importance of movies for coping with COVID-19 lockdown.

June 10, 2020, UBNow:
Becky Burke, 
GI Staff Assistant, featured in article on Professional Staff Senate's virtual networking program.

Kari Winter wearing a bright blue shirt standing in front of a bookcase.

June 1, 2020: Spectrum News: Kari Winter Interview
(former Gender Institute Director)

June 1 2020: Podcast/Radio Show “Global News: The Bill Kelly Show”,  Kari Winter (former Gender Institute Director) Interview.  (begins at 31 minutes)

May 2020: Director Carrie Bramen featured in amicus brief regarding NY Primary Election

Carrie Bramen was featured in this amicus brief filed to the U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd District, in response to NY Board of Elections' decision to cancel the 2020 Presidential Primary. You can read the full brief here.

"Carrie Bramen, a professor, feminist, and historian, adds that it is by exercising our 'democratic right' that we 'instill its importance to young people.' The value of these intergenerational exchanges is apparent in the stories of other amici."

April 2020  (Organization of American Historians)

Erik R. Seeman.

Erik R. Seeman, Professor and Chair, History, UB
Gender Institute Affiliate

Recipient of the Lawrence W. Levine Award for his latest book, Speaking with the Dead in Early America (University of Pennsylvania Press).  This award is given annually to the author of the best book in American cultural history.  

March 2020  (UB NOW)

Kelly Hayes McAlonie and Lillian Williams

Gender Institute Executive Committee members

Recipients of the 2020 Women of Courage, Compassion & Commitment Award from the Erie County Commission on the Status of Women.

Theresa McCarthy.

January 2020

Theresa McCarthy
UB Transnational Studies
Gender Institute Affiliate

Winner of a $3.174 million Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant in support of developing a Department of Indigenous Studies. 


September 10, 2019
(UB Center for the Arts News)

Maryam Muliaee

Ph.D. Candidate, Media Study
University at Buffalo

UB Gender Institute's Dissertation Fellow, Maryam Muliaee, a feminist media scholar, will be featured in the upcoming film series: "Live Your Art."

Screening: Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019 - 12:00 p.m.
Center for the Arts, UB North Campus

Christine Varnado.

Gender Institute Affiliate Christine Varnado receives Henry E. Huntington Fellowship

Christine Varnado, Assistant Professor in the Global Gender Sexuality Studies Department at UB has been awarded a fellowship at the Henry E. Huntington Library in Pasadena CA for Spring 2020. She will conduct research for Varnado's second book project, Queering Birth, Queeirng Death: The Problem of 'Life' in Literature.
Varnado will also present work in progress from Queering Birth, Queering Death at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC on November 14-16, as one of fifteen scholars in Renaissance literary studies invited to the Folger Institute's fall symposium, "Intersecting the Sexual: Modes of Early Modern Embodiment."  


The Killeen Chair of Theology and Philosophy Lecture Series

“The Feminist Politics of (In)Civility”

Carrie Tirado Bramen, Ph.D.
Director of the UB Gender Institute
University of Buffalo

Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019
7:00 p.m.
Fort Howard Theater
F. K. Bemis International Center
St. Norbert College

Rocko's Modern Life cartoon illustration.

August 15, 2019
(MTV News)

David Schmid

Associate Professor English

Gender Institute

The Trans Storyline On 'Rocko's Modern Life' Is A Big Deal — And Hopefully The New Normal

Joyce Hwang and students.

August 9, 2019

Joyce Hwang

Associate Professor Architecture

Gender Institute

‘Renaturing’ a former slaughterhouse to respond to a changing climate

Susan Cahn.

February 14, 2019 (UB NOW)
Sharonah Fredrick

Clinical Assistant Professor
Romance Languages and Literatures

Gender Institute Faculty Research Award winner

Life Raft Debate, Participant (Feb 12)
“We cannot choose who survives; the human struggle is for all or for none."

Susan Cahn.

December 20, 2018 (UB NOW)
Susan Cahn

Professor of History
Gender Institute Affiliate

Anthology inspires critical thinking about women’s sports

November 30, 2018 (WBFO)
Carrie Tirado Bramen
Gender Institute Director, gives an interview
to celebrate the birthday of this legendary author.
How Buffalo defined Mark Twain

Mark Twain's "Fortifications of Paris," which first appeared in the Buffalo Express, was later reincarnated in book form. Credit Buffalo & Erie County Central Library.
Book cover, American Niceness.

November 20, 2018 (Black Agenda Report)

Carrie Tirado Bramen,
Gender Institute Director, gives an
interview on their latest book, American Niceness.

Emily Grijalva.

October 22, 2018 (UB NOW)

Talk on ‘himpathy’ launches new ‘On Misogyny’ lecture series

Motivated in part by the #MeToo movement and inspired by Cornell philosopher Kate Manne’s instant classic “Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny,” the UB Gender Institute is presenting a yearlong lecture series titled “On Misogyny.”

October 19, 2018 (UB NOW)

Emily Grijalva.

UB spinoff Cytocybernetics looks to move into new market with funding from NIH

Glenna Bett, Deputy Director, Gender Institute Vice Chair for Research in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Physiology and Biophysicsa was a recent Feminist Research Alliance speaker and is co-founder of Cytocybernetics. 

Emily Grijalva.

October 9, 2018 (UB NOW)

Conference to explore past, present, future of gender and sexuality studies

In the late 1960s, UB faculty member Elizabeth Lapovsky Kennedy and others founded UB’s Women’s Studies College, one of the first women’s studies programs in the nation.

August 7, 2018  (Futurity)

Emily Grijalva.

Many don’t see women as leaders at work

Emily Grijalva, Assistant Professor of Organization and Human Resources, recipient of 2015-16 Gender Institute Faculty Research Grant, is quoted in this article by Matthew Biddle.  

July 10, 2018
(UB Graduate School of  Education Tuesday Ticker)
Megan Holland, Assistant Professor in Educational Leadership and Policy, recipient of 2017-18 Gender Institute Faculty Research Grant.

Students learning about the college application process.
Despina Stratigakos.

June 26, 2018 (UB NOW)

Stratigakos named vice provost for inclusive excellence


Despina Stratigakos, former Deputy Director of UB’s Institute for Research and Education on Women and Gender.

Women in STEM lab.

May 2, 2018 (UB NOW)

Women in STEM Cooperative wins Slice Award

Gender Institute is one of the offices that collaborate to form the Women in STEM Cooperative.

April 22, 2018 (Los Angeles Review of Books)

Review of Carrie Bramen's American Niceness

Mike Rembis.

March 1, 2018 (The Spectrum)

Global gender and sexuality studies becomes independent department

After being folded into the Transnational Studies Department for 10 years, Global Gender and Sexuality Studies is once again a standalone program.

Mike Rembis.

Michael Rembis, Associate Professor of History, Director of the Center for Disability Studies and Gender Institute Excecutive Committee member, is building links within the WNY disability community. "Rembis says it is important not only to reach out to those who are living with a disability, “but also to create awareness of who they are and what their lives are like, to help foster inclusion and equity with others who are not disabled.”

UB Architects picture.

February 19, 2018

UB architects help write history of women architects

Despina Stratigakos, Associate Professor, UB School of Architecture and Planning, recently named Interim Vice Provost for Inclusive Excellence and Kelly Hayes MacAlonie, Director of capital planning for UB, both members of the Gender Institute Executive Committee.

Liesl Folks.

Liesl Folks, Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and Professor of Electrical Engineering

February 5, 2018

New program to help women in STEM overcome gender discrimination

Glenna Bett
, Associate Professor, Vice Chair for Research (OB/GYN) and Gender Institute Deputy Director and Liesl Folks, Dean of School of Engineering and Applied Sciences collaborate on program.

January 23, 2018 (The Time Literary Supplement) 
"What cheer, though?"
Harvard historian Joyce Chaplin reviews American Niceness by Gender Institute director Carrie Bramen in latest issue of TLS 

January 18, 2018 (UB NOW)
Cytocybernetics receives award to advance drug-screening technology

Glenna Bett, Associate professor, Vice Chair for Research (OB/GYN) and Gender Institute Deputy Director.

Pioneering Women in American Architecture

Over the past several years, Despina Stratigakos, Professor of Architecture and Kelly Hayes McAlonie, Director of the UB Capital Planning Group, have been involved in a major research project undertaken by the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation, with funding from the NEA, culminating in a website and soon to be published in book form.
“Pioneering Women in American Architecture”
 is a collection of profiles of fifty women who have made important contributions to American architecture. All of these women were born before 1940, at a time when women struggled both to be allowed entrance into the architectural profession and to be recognized for their work. As such, the names of many of these women are not well known, even among architectural historians." Mary McLeod and Victoria Rosner, Co-directors, Columbia University.
Despina Stratigakos and Kelly Hayes McAlonie both contributed profiles for the site.

Louise Blanchard Bethune, by Kelly Hayes McAlonie

Elsa Mandelstamm Gidoni, by Despina Stratigakos

The website launched on Dec 15 and has already received accolades from several media outlets:

December 12, 2017 (The Atlantic)
It's Not That Hard To Avoid Normalizing Nazis
Despina Stratigakos,
Professor, Architecture, Gender Institute Executive Committee member.

Kelly Hayes McAlonie, in Jacobs Medical Campus Building, second floor.

November 20, 2017 (UB NOW)
“I have, in one form or the other, dedicated myself to educational architecture.”
Kelly Hayes McAlonie, Director, Capital Planning Group, Gender Institute Executive Committee member.

Reclaiming Our Ancestors

October 19 - 21, 2017
"Reclaiming Our Ancestors Conference"

October 19 - October 21   (
"UB conference aims to reclaim ancestral history"

Louise Bethune Icon.

Gender Institute Director Carrie Bramen's new book

Sarah Stanford.

May 9, 2017 (UBNow):
"Gender Institute scholarship winners making global contributions"
Stanford, this year’s scholarship winner and an English-social work double major, studied factors that affect educational resilience, health and wellness in Buffalo’s Bhutanese-Nepali community. She now will go on to teach in Malaysia with the Fulbright award.

Naw Ruz, Persian Dancing.
Women's demonstration met with resistance.

Photo credit Allison Staebell, The Spectrum

Soldarity Party News

Solidarity Party poster.

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