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
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.
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
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.
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.