2015-2016 CSW Travel Grant Recipients

We are happy to announce the recipients of CSW’s 2015-2016 Travel Grants!

CSW Travel Grants assist graduate and undergraduate UCLA students with air and ground transportation expenses related to research on women, gender, and sexuality. More information and details on how to apply are available here.

We’re proud to support emerging UCLA scholars, and their transformative research on gender and sexuality!


Fall 2015 Travel Grant Recipients

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L to R: Hanna Carlan, Nury Chavez, Min Joo Lee


Hannah Carlan, Linguistic Anthropology

Project: Proud to be Indian, Terrified as an Indian Woman: Violence, Culture, and Nation on Social Media in India

Presented at the 2015 meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Denver, CO.

Read Hannah Carlan’s blog post about feminist activism in India.


Nury Chavez, Gender Studies

Project: Sexual Harassment in Public Places: An Analysis of Latina’s Experiences and Perspectives

Presented on the Student Roundtable at the Association of Black Sociologists/Sociologists for Women in Society 2015 meeting, Chicago, IL.


Min Joo Lee, Gender Studies

Project: Welcome to Korea: Television Dramas, Traveling, and Feminist Re-imagination of National Boundaries

Presented at the New York Conference on Asian Studies at Vassar College.

Read Min Joo Lee’s blog post about gender politics in Korean popular culture.



Jeffrey Roy conducting fieldwork among hijra


Jeffrey Roy, Ethnomusicology

Project: Ethnomusicology of the Closet: The Ritual and Performance of ‘Coming Out’ at a Hijra Jalsa

Presented at the 2015 meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology, Austin, TX.

Read Jeffrey Roy’s blog post about music and transgender communities in India.



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L to R: Gwyneth Shanks, Nefertiti Takla, Sharon Tran, Alexandra Verini


Gwyneth Shanks, Theatre and Performance Studies

Project: The Photographic Sphere: Spray Paint LACMA and Sighting a Chicana Public

Read Gwyneth Shanks’s blog post about her project and her trip to the American Society of Theatre Research conference.

Presented at the 2015 meeting of the American Society for Theatre Research, Portland, OR.


Preeti Sharma, Gender Studies

Project: Affective and Intimate Labor in LA’s South Asian Threading Salons

Research conducted at the 2015 National Nail and Beauty Salon Convening, New York.


Nefertiti Takla, History

Project: Marriage and Precarity in Interwar Egypt: The Gender, Sexual, and Class Politics of Nation-Building

Presented at the 2015 meeting of the National Women’s Studies Association, Milwaukee, WI.

Read Nefertiti Takla’s blog post about crime and the construction of gender in Egypt.


Sharon Tran, English

Project: The Political Aesthetics of Kawaii: On Asian Cuteness, Disability, and Affect

Presented at the 2015 meeting of the Pacific, Ancient, and Modern Language Association, Portland, OR.

Read Sharon Tran’s blog post about “Asian cuteness,” disability, and Hello Kitty.


Alexandra Verini, English

Project: ‘A New Kingdom of Femininity’: Medieval and Early Modern Female Alliance and Utopia

Research conducted in archives in England and Germany.

Read Alexandra Verini’s blog post about researching early women’s convents.


Melissa Whitley, Gender Studies

Project: The Loan Forgiveness of Widows of Color: Anti-Black Financial Violence during the Subprime Foreclosure Crisis

Presented at the 2015 meeting of the American Studies Association, Toronto, Canada.


Spring 2016 Travel Grant Recipients

Roanna CheungLina ChhunBecca Di Bennardo

L to R: Roanna Cheung, Lina Chhun, Rebecca DiBennardo


Roanna Cheung, History

Project: Flower Market: Representations of Working Women in Early Twentieth Century South China

Presented at the 2016 meeting of the Western Association of Women Historians, Denver, CO.


Lina Chhun, Gender Studies

Project: Asian American Critique and Feminist Interventions: Re-reading the Psychosomatic Register and Hauntings in the Afterlife of the Cambodian Genocide

Presented at the 2016 meeting of the Association for Asian American Studies, Miami, FL.


Rebecca DiBennardo, Sociology

Project: From Pervert to Predator: Defining and Regulating the Sexually Violent Predator in California

Presented at the 2016 meeting of the Law and Society Association, New Orleans, LA.


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L to R: Melissa Melpignano, Catherine Nguyen, Cassia Roth


Melissa Melpignano, World Arts and Culture/Dance

Project: Representation of femininity and women in Israeli society through the work of Israeli female choreographers

Field research conducted in Tel Aviv, Israel, and archival research to be conducted at the Dance Library of Israel.


Esha Momeni, Gender Studies

Project: Iranian Shi’i Collective Mourning Rituals: Negotiating Power at the Intersection of Shi’ism, Nationalism, and Popular

Ethnographic research conducted in Iran.


Catherine Nguyen, Comparative Literature

Project: Migrating, Finding, Locating Little Saigons: Feminine Displacement and Memories in Baloup’s Little Saigon

Presented at the 2016 meeting of the Association of Asian American Studies, Miami, FL.


Brenda Nicolas, Chicano/a Studies

Project: The Making of Zapotec Identity in Los Angeles across Generations: Women Cultural Participation in Communal Spaces

Presented at the 2016 meeting of the Native American Indigenous Studies Association, Honolulu, HI.


Cassia Roth, History

Project: He Said, She Said: Abortion Rumors and Power in Early-Twentieth-Century Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Presented at the Transnationalism and Justice and the Arts Research Group and History Department at the University of Durham, Durham, UK.