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BYU Women’s Studies faculty Teaching AND Research Group (WSTAR)

Purpose of the group:
The Global Women's Studies program at BYU, a joint program in the College of Humanities, the College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences, and the Kennedy Center for International Studies and with faculty affiliates from across campus, is an interdisciplinary forum for the study of women's past and present position in global society. One of its aims is to bring together faculty from myriad disciplines to share their work on topics related to women’s studies as a means of enhancing their teaching and scholarship. The Women's Studies Faculty Teaching and Research Group helps to further its members' training in contemporary theories and practices related to women’s studies.

This forum allows faculty whose work involves the study of women an opportunity to deepen their level of engagement with the latest trends in the field. The research group plans to take an aspect of Women’s Studies each year and focus its activities around this topic so as to encourage sophisticated, sustained, and critical thinking that could enhance teaching and scholarship in multiple disciplines. Topics could include women and media, women and space, women and the body, women and religion, or more focused subjects such as the female brain, female spectatorship, and so on.

We plan to schedule events and activities that involve presentations and workshops conducted by eminent scholars in the field of women’s studies as well as by members of the group. In the fall semester, the group will read one article or essay that has been identified as central to the year’s topic and then invite the author to campus to conduct a workshop that will focus on the pedagogical and practical applications of their work. We will also determine a “book of the year” that we will read in the course of that semester. In the winter semester, we will invite the author of this book to campus to lead a mini-seminar. In both semesters, we will hold one or two meetings in which faculty present their research and scholarship and obtain feedback from the group.

If you would like to present your research to the group, please contact Marie Orton to schedule a presentation:

Members of the group:
Julie Allen (Comparative Literature), Bethany Beyer (Spanish & Portuguese), Wendy Birmingham (Psychology), Donna Lee Bowen (Political Science), Cindy Brewer (Germanic & Slavic Languages), Rachel Cope (Religion), Rebecca DeSchweinitz (History), Eric Dursteler (History), Renata Forste (Sociology), Anna-Lisa Halling (Spanish & Portuguese), Amy Harris (History), Jennifer Haraguchi (French & Italian), Valerie Hegstrom (Spanish & Portuguese), Jane Hinckley (Comparative Arts & Letters), Erin Holmes (SFL), Jamie Horrocks (English), Heather Belnap Jensen (Art History), Megan Sanborn Jones (Theater & Media Arts), Connie Lamb (HBLL Social Science Librarian),  Francesca Lawson (CAL), Daryl Lee (French), Brianna Magnusson (Public Health), Kristin Matthews (English), Rex Nielson (Spanish & Portuguese), Marie Orton (Italian), Martha Peacock (Art History), Sara Phenix (French), Natalie Wright Romeri_Lewis (International Development), Susan Rugh (History), George Ryskamp (History), Carl Sederholm (CAL), Jeffrey Shumway (Spanish & Portuguese), Brandie Siegfried (English), Delys Waite Snyder (English), Leslee Thorne-Murphy (English), Evan Ward (History), Matt Wickman (Humanities), Lorraine Wood (English)

Past Events

Fall Semester 2014 Faculty Research Presentations

All workshops will take place from 4:00-5:00 in 4010 JFSB. Papers will be distributed electronically one week in advance of the meeting.

October 24: Jennifer Haraguchi (French & Italian) -  "Convent Alternatives: Lay Conservatories for Women in Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Tuscany"



December 5: Brandie Siegfried (English) - "Notorious: Gráinne Ní Mháille, Graven Memory, and the Uses of 






January 9 (3:00-4:00pm): Renata Forste (Sociology) - "Caregiver Decision-making: Household Response to Child Illness"

Fall Semester 2014 Guest Workshop

Susanne Luhmann will be discussing her chapter on pedagogy in Rethinking Gender and Women's Studies and leading a conversation about teaching Women's Studies on Friday, November 14 from 2:00-4:00 in 4010 JFSB. She will also be giving a lecture for the German department on her research on perpetrator representations at the concentration memorial site at Ravensbrueck on Thursday, November 13 from 3:00-4:00 (this will probably be in German).   

Information on Luhmann's teaching and research can be found at:

Past Events

Judith GrantWinter Semester Mini-Seminar 2014:Judith Grant, Professor and Chair of Political Science at Ohio University, author of Fundamental Feminism, has worked as Director of the Women's Studies programs at USC and Ohio University. She will be on campus March 12-14 to have three conversations with the Women's Studies Faculty Teaching and Research Group (WSTAR): 

Wednesday, March 12
 “Writing Fundamental Feminism, How My Thinking Has Developed, and How It Would Change If I Rewrote It Today"  at 5:00-6:15 PM in 2114 JFSB.

Thursday, March 13
"My Current Resarch - Recent Articles" at 4:00-5:15 PM in 4010 JFSB.

Friday, March 14
“The Current State of Women’s Studies in the Academy - My Advice”  at 4:00-5:15 PM in 4010 JFSB.

Winter Semester Faculty Research Presentation 2014:
Dr. Amy Harris (BYU History) discussed her book project: A Single View: Family Life and the Unmarried Georgian with WSTAR members. This lively, highly informative, and productive session took place on February 18 at 4:15 PM in 2114 JFSB.


Francesca Lawson

Fall Semester Faculty Research Presentation 2013:
Dr. Francesca Lawson (BYU Humanities): Discussion of The Women of Quyi: Reclaiming the Feminine Voice in Republican China.

Francesca took 25 minutes to talk about her work, share selections from it, and the WSTAR members spent the remainder of the time offering feedback. Dr. Lawson brought copies so that we could mark them and and offer additional feedback.