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CWGS Faculty Development Program

The Center for Women's & Gender Studies is pleased to present our Faculty Development Program. This program is designed to assist in recruitment, retention and promotion of new faculty members by providing them with support of various kinds, including mentors and research funding.

Our goal is to welcome, inform and support our new colleagues. The faculty selected are outstanding young scholars who work in gender studies. We are very pleased to have them as members of the university community.

During the academic year, all of the participants give presentations in the Faculty Development Program Speaker Series. CWGS encourages interested faculty and students from the university community to attend the colloquium series to learn about and engage with the latest research in gender studies from across campus.

This program is part of a broader effort by CWGS to facilitate interdisciplinary research on campus by bringing together scholars trained in different methodologies and disciplinary traditions around a common theme. When interdisciplinary groups of scholars form broader intellectual communities, it also increases the likelihood that these scholars will go on to have successful research and become long standing members of our faculty.

To see a list of past FDP Fellows, Past FDP Fellows.

The 2018-2019 Faculty Development Program participant bios and Colloquium Schedule:


October 31, 2018 - Marisol LeBrón (Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies)

Marisol LeBrón is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. An interdisciplinary scholar working across American Studies and Latinx Studies, her research focuses on social inequality, policing, violence, and protest movements in Puerto Rico and its diaspora. Her forthcoming book, Policing Life and Death: Race, Violence, and Resistance in Puerto Rico, examines the growth of punitive governance in contemporary Puerto Rico. She is also one of the creators of the Puerto Rico Syllabus, a digital project about the Puerto Rican debt crisis.

November 28, 2018 - Ashley Farmer (AADS)

Ashley Farmer is a historian of black women's history, intellectual history, and radical politics. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Departments of History and African and African Diaspora Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Her book, Remaking Black Power: How Black Women Transformed an Era  (UNC Press, 2017), is the first comprehensive study of black women's intellectual production and activism in the Black Power era.  She is also the co-editor of New Perspectives on the Black Intellectual Tradition (NUP Press, 2018) Dr. Farmer's scholarship has appeared in numerous venues including The Black Scholar and The Journal of African American History. Her research has also been featured in several popular outlets including VibeNPRCSPAN,  and The Chronicle Review.

February 26, 2019 - Hershima Young (AADS)

Hershini Young comes to AADS from the State University of New York at Buffalo, where she was Professor of English and taught courses on gender and sexuality in African and African Diasporic literature and performance. Her first book, Haunting Capital: Memory, Text and Black Diasporic Body, re-theorizes the African Diaspora in a way that accounts for the massive dislocations that have occurred within the African continent as well as the Middle Passage. Young’s second book, Illegible Will: Coercive Spectacles in South Africa and the Diaspora, uses a series of southern African historical performances to explore how scholars have read the archive for evidence of black will.

March 6, 2019 - Sarah Nicholus (Embrey Family Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellow in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies )

Dr. Sarah Nicholus is the Embrey Family Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellow in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. They recently earned their PhD in Luso-Brazilian Cultural and Media Studies in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. Dr. Nicholus’ research examines contemporary LGBT+ cultural productions in Northeastern Brazil including quadrilha dance performances, cordel folk poetry, and the ephemeral spaces of traditional June festivals. By examining how queer communities reinvent tradition and re-claim space in the Brazilian Northeast, this research complicates representations of the region as rural or “anti-modern,” and therefore unwelcoming of LGBT+ people and culture.




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