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    Women's Studies Research

    Women’s studies majors engage in meaningful interdisciplinary research by completing a senior research project as part of their senior seminar. However, some students undertake more extensive projects by pursuing departmental honors, engaging in collaborative research, or by presenting their work at conferences.

    Recent Honors Theses in Women’s Studies

    Honors projects are student-initiated and culminate in the production of professional quality research projects. These research experiences offer an opportunity for students to work closely with a faculty member on a topic of significance to the field of women’s studies. Students who successfully defend their honors thesis are awarded departmental honors at graduation, and their accomplishments are recognized on their academic transcript.

    Anika Eide Abortion in a Post-Dictatorship Environment: The Development of the Reproductive Rights Movement in Chile.

    Amanda Hanson  The Societal Impact of Stereotypes: Gender and the Workplace. Katie Marshall  Silent No More: Women’s Activism in Northern Ireland.

    Victoria Hickenbotham ”Real”-izing the “Phallus”-y of Reflection: A Feminist Examination of Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre Using Lacanian Developmental Theory.

    Recent Undergraduate Collaborative Research

    Women’s studies students with exceptional research skills can, if accepted to do so, collaborate with a women’s studies faculty member on a complex research project. These experiences might be funded by the Hamline University Undergraduate Collaborative Research Program, or they might be independent collaborations.    

    Johnanna Ganz, “Betsy-Tacy’s ‘Violent Study Club’:  The Violet Study Club of Minneapolis.”  Faculty collaborator Kristin Mapel Bloomberg.
    Leah McLaughlin, “‘Part and parcel of a great cause,’ The St. Paul Society for the Hard of Hearing.” Faculty collaborator Kristin Mapel Bloomberg.

    Erin Parrish, “She Will Marvel that it Should Have Been Possible: The Political Equality Club of Minneapolis.” Faculty collaborator Kristin Mapel Bloomberg.

    Emily Erickson, “Homeless Youth in Twin Cities Culture.” Faculty collaborator Kristin Mapel Bloomberg.
    Debbie Friedman “Women’s Bodies in Personal and Literary History: Construction of Abortion Narratives, 1912-1992.” Faculty collaborators Kristin Mapel Bloomberg and Sharon Preves.  

    Recent Conference Presentations

    Each year, women’s studies majors and minors have the opportunity to present their research at local, regional, and national conferences, such as the ACTC Women’s Studies Undergraduate Conference, the National Conference on Undergraduate Research, the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity, and the National Women’s Studies Association Conference.  Students also have the opportunity to compete for funding to attend these conferences as non-presenters and learn about the latest developments in their area of interest.

    2010 ACTC Women’s Studies Undergraduate Conference

    Mandy Gurria, “The Sh*t List: A Visual Display on Derogatory Terms for Woman.” (photo exhibition).
    Sarah Hunter,  “How the Women’s Movement in the United States Has Responded to Abortion Legislation and the Stigma Attached to Abortion.”
    Alanna Storey,  “Is Prostitution Feminist or Anti-feminist?”
    2009 ACTC Women’s Studies Undergraduate Conference

    Alanna Storey,  “Race, Gender and the Election”
    Sarah Jane Johnston, “Women’s Organizational Role in Students for a Democratic Society”
    Krista Wetschka, “Feminist Pedagogy”
    2008 ACTC Women’s Studies Undergraduate Conference

    Alison Gilmore, “A Feminist Critique of Mary Daly and Radical Feminism.”
    Johnanna Ganz, “Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue: Examining ‘Woman.’”
    Ebony Baggett, “African American Feminist Philosophy.”Alanna Storey & Jen Piller “Campus Activism in the Women’s Resource Center.”