Yale Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
Volume 1, Issue 2
Spring 2011
Editor, Geetanjali Singh Chanda
Managing Editor, John-Albert Moseley
Layout Design: Nick Appleby

2011 Summer Fellowship in WGSS & LGBTS

WGSS is pleased to be able to offer The Shana Alexander Research Fellowship in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, providing summer fellowships to support original undergraduate research projects in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. This Fellowship is made possible through the generosity of the Shana Alexander Foundation, in honor of Ms. Alexander's pioneering work in journalism and her commitment to feminist ideals. WGSS is grateful to the work of Lisa Alter and the Shana Alexander Foundation.

This year the committee selected four Yale College students to receive the Fellowship. All four students will be engaged in research this summer.

The 2011 Shana Alexander Research Fellows:

Bonnie Antosh (Pierson 2013) "Isis Onstage: Dramatizing the Life of Madame Helena Blavatsky."

Miranda Lewis (Brandord 2012) "A Qualitative Study of the Value of Female Leadership in Rwanda's Parliament in the Context of Authoritarian Rule."

Liane Membis (Ezra Stiles 2012) "The New Woman of the Urban South: A Documentary on How African-American Women Reclaimed Sites of Tension."

Micha'le Simmons (Timothy Dwight 2012) "Planned Parenthood of Southern New England Clinical Advocacy Program: Reflections on Patient Activism."

LGBT Studies is also pleased to be able to continue offering the Solomon Research Fellowship in LGBT Studies. A generous gift from Andrew Solomon '85 has enabled LGBTS to organize an annual competition for summer fellowships to support undergraduate research projects in sexuality studies, especially Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and/or Transgender Studies. Stipend support fulltime summer research. A committee of LGBT Studies faculty reviewed many applications this year and selected four worthy projects. LGBT Studies is thankful to the continued commitment and support of Andrew Solomon and his family.

The 2011 Solomon Research Fellows Recipients:

Joan Gass, (Morse 2012), "Transnational LGBTQ Movements in India."

Mara Dauphin, (Davenport 2012) "The Role of Publications in Building LGBTQ Communities in 20th Cent. America."

Katherine Lund, (Silliman 2012) " LGBT Family Portraits: A Senior Project in the Writing Concentration."

Peter Thompson, (Ezra Stiles 2013) "An Ethnography of Epicentro: Centro Comunitario Gay de Lima Peru."

For more information about both these Fellowships visit:


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