The UB Gender Institute is fully invested in the importance of research on gender and sexuality to promote a more equitable and just world.

Our commitment to research extends to all Schools and Colleges at UB from the arts and humanities to health, business, and legal scholarship. We fund grants and fellowships to faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates. Our research, together with our events, fellowships, and workshops, promote a culture of exchange and collaboration to imagine solutions for the challenges of the twenty-first century.

***If you would like to collaborate with other faculty on these topics, please go to our Affiliate page and utilize the search function, here:  Collaborate on Research

Gender Institute Original Research

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The Gender Institute partnered with the Erie County Commission on the Status of Women over the summer of 2021 to analyze the local impact of COVID-19 on domestic violence survivors. This quantitative project shows that Erie County is matching some national trends being reported by domestic violence service providers. This report provides an overview of the connections between the coronavirus pandemic and the hidden pandemic of domestic violence. 

Written by Hilary Vandenbark (UB Gender Institute)
Research Supervisor: Karen King, Erie County Commissioner of Public Advocacy and Executive Director of the CSW
Designed by Amanda M. Hart (CSW/GWEM Magazine)
Design Supervisor: Melissa Daily (Erie County)

Semantic and Lexical Change in Gendered Descriptive Terms

The Gender Institute is currently designing an original research project on language use and gender with the help of Sydney Jameson-Blowers, a graduate student in the Linguistics department at UB. We are currently seeking UB students (ages 18-25) to complete a brief survey. 

The purpose of this study is to examine how the understood meaning and use of various gendered terms of description by university students has changed from 1990 to 2020.  If you agree to participate, you will be asked to provide examples of terms that you yourself use/have heard used, as well as to provide your opinions on the popularity and/or continued use of a variety of descriptive terms used in 1990.

This survey is completely anonymous.  It includes multiple choice and short answer sections and should take approximately 30-45 minutes to complete. You may stop participating in the survey at any time. The survey will be live until December of 2021.

If you are a university student aged 18-25 and wish to participate in this survey, follow the link below:

If you have questions about the research study, talk to the research team at or