The Elizabeth D. Gee Endowed Fund for Research on Women

This fund supports the research of advanced Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies doctoral students.  It is named in honor of Elizabeth D. Gee in recognition of her scholarship in the fields of education and feminist ethics and in appreciation of her commitment to raising funds for Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies research.

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Downtown Lewiston, Maine    Kennedy Park, Lewiston, Maine

2015-2016 Gee Award

My research examines the role gender and sexuality play in the expression of shifting racial formations in a town experiencing rapid and significant racial change, and the challenge these expressions may pose to ideas of multicultural inclusion in a post-racial America. In the past year, I conducted 29 interviews exploring the racial identifications and experiences of 40 Somali-American and white teens in Lewiston, Maine. Lewiston is a predominantly white, Christian, non-metro town currently home to the largest per capita Somali Muslim population in the U.S., and situated in one of the historically “whitest states in the nation.” The Elizabeth D. Gee Grant for Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Research made it possible for me to travel back to Maine from Ohio to begin my research with local teens in the fall of 2015. The funds also allowed me to purchase an external hard drive to back-up my interviews, pay each research subject for their time, and finally, cover transcription costs in this last stage of my research. -Andrea Breau, Doctoral Candidate

2014-2015 Gee Awards

This year, I have been able to do archival research on the experiences of indigenous use in the inland Northwest in boarding and other compulsory education schools around the turn of the 20th century in three different archives, including the national archives in Seattle. I have also traveled to the in the northwest to begin ethnographic interviews with youth who have had contact with the juvenile justice system. This grant has been invaluable to facilitating the research that will be necessary to complete both my dissertation and my first manuscript. -Krista Benson, Doctoral Candidate

The Elizabeth D. Gee grant I received was absolutely critical to allowing me to complete my fieldwork for my dissertation. I used the grant to study the effects of economic distress on individuals in Central Ohio. Particularly, I interviewed participants and followed up with them over the course of a year about their experiences of job loss and how it affected their involvement in care work and housework. The grant enabled me to compensate these individuals for granting the interviews and for revealing so much of their hardship for my study. My ability to compensate them was important to having access to the stories of an economically precarious population, for whom participating in the study meant less time with their families or looking for jobs. Without the Gee grant, I could not have completed my fieldwork in a timely manner, nor could I have gotten the scope of data that I did. These grants are critical for the development of graduate students' research in the department. -Haley Swenson, Doctoral Candidate

 

 

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