Call for GSR Applications: 2019 Thinking Gender Conference Coordinator


The Center for the Study of Women (CSW) is accepting applications for the 2019 Thinking Gender Conference Coordinator. This Graduate Student Researcher (GSR) position offers a rare opportunity to plan and facilitate an internationally recognized graduate student research conference.

Thinking Gender is an annual public conference that draws scholars from across disciplines – humanities, social sciences, life sciences, arts, law, education, public health, and public policy – to share research on women, sexuality, and gender. Thinking Gender 2019 will be the 29th year of the conference. To find information on past Thinking Gender conferences, please visit our website at


Feminists Confronting the Carceral State

Thinking Gender 2019 will focus on gendered regimes of incarceration, and feminist, queer, abolitionist, and intersectional interventions.

Possible session foci may include (but are not limited to) feminist and queer approaches to:

  • State-sponsored violence
  • Racialized policing and surveillance
  • Specific institutional modes of power, such as prisons, jails, and detention centers
  • Processes of carceral expansion
  • Immigration and detention
  • Cultural/media representations of incarceration
  • Art and media produced by incarcerated individuals
  • Historical and contemporary abolitionist, feminist, and queer anti-carceral activism/organizing
  • Histories of imprisonment and carceral development
  • Youth/girlhood
  • Discourses of gender responsive punishment
  • Medical/psychiatric control
  • Toxicity and environmental impact
  • Reproductive justice
  • Criminalization of gender and sexual nonconformity
  • Political economies of punishment

While we are particularly interested in applications from candidates with strong research and/or activist interests in these areas, we invite all UCLA Graduate Students with an interest in intersectional feminism to apply.

The selected applicant will have the opportunity to collaborate with CSW Associate Director Sarah Haley in refining this conference theme and developing a program that makes a significant contribution to feminist anti-carceral research.


The Conference will take place in Winter 2019. This position provides a 25% Graduate Student Researcher (GSR) appointment during Summer 2018, Fall 2018, and Winter 2019. During the academic year, fee remissions will be included. There is a possibility for an additional GSR appointment during Spring 2019, depending on remaining work and needs of the Center.

The GSR must be registered as a full-time student (enrolled in a minimum of 12 units) and maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 throughout the duration of the appointment.



Under the supervision of the CSW Associate Director and Management Services Officer and in collaboration with the CSW Program and Research Developer, the Conference Coordinator will:

  • Plan and oversee an international, interdisciplinary conference
    • Develop and implement plans that will aid the conference goal of serving graduate students and contributing to feminist, anti-carceral research
  • Head the conference selection and program committee
    • Curate conference panels and presentations
    • Review and critique submissions
    • Lead and prepare agendas for conference planning meetings
    • Write and prepare conference documents, including but not limited to calls for submissions, publicity materials, manuals, etc.
  • Build and engage with a network of prominent scholars and administrators to create an interdisciplinary program
    • Develop cross-campus fundraising strategies and hone academic development skills
    • Interact with high-level university administrators
    • Spearhead outreach initiatives



  • Registered UCLA graduate student in 2018-2019 academic year
  • Experience organizing or participating in research conferences
  • Demonstrated ability to lead networking, fundraising, and outreach initiatives
  • Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team and to lead meetings and discussions
  • Strong organizational skills, including:
    • Demonstrated ability to set and meet deadlines and priorities
    • Ability to organize and present information effectively and concisely
    • Ability to set and maintain a reliable work schedule
  • Research interests related to the conference theme and compatible with CSW’s core research on women, sexuality, and gender. We encourage students in any discipline to apply.



The following materials are required when submitting your application through the online application system:

  • Cover Letter, outlining how your research interests relate to the conference theme, and what sessions you would incorporate (keynote speakers, workshops, etc.) that would both support the theme and serve the professional and research development needs of graduate students (1 page maximum)
  • CV
  • Unofficial UCLA Transcript
  • List of References: Provide at least two references (name, title, contact information, relation to applicant), one of whom must be a UCLA faculty member. We advise that references be able to comment on your research aptitude (particularly as it relates to the theme), organizational skills, and capacity to oversee the production of a conference.

If selected for an interview, please be prepared to suggest and discuss possible sessions related to the theme, speakers, outreach and fundraising strategies, and formats for the conference.


Please submit your application online at

NEW DEADLINE: June 15, 2018 @ 11:59 PM

Application materials MUST be received by the deadline in order to be considered for the position.

Questions? Contact Kristina Magpayo Nyden, Management Services Officer at