SPAN Postdoc Kai Green presenting "Into the Darkness: A Black Queer (Re)Membering of Los Angeles in a Time of Crises" Participants Nick Davis, Amy Partridge, Jaimie Morse, Deborah Tuerkheimer, and Aaron Norton during the 2015 Reading Group Elena Shih (Brown University) presenting "The Price of Freedom: Moral and Political Economies of Human Trafficking Rescue in China, Thailand, and the U.S." at the 2015 Workshop "Remapping the Erotic"


The Sexualities Project at Northwestern (SPAN) is a multi-pronged, critical, and interdisciplinary initiative to promote research and education on sexuality, sexual orientation, and health in social context.

SPAN funds research by Northwestern faculty members; selects postdoctoral fellows in an international competition; and awards dissertation fellowships, summer research grants, and conference travel support to Northwestern graduate students. SPAN also organizes workshops, brings speakers to campus, and promotes a range of educational activities relating to sexuality studies. Our goal is to support Northwestern's contributions to the emerging research agenda on sexual orientation and sexuality, particularly within the social sciences (broadly construed).

SPAN has provided funding to faculty and students in more than 15 departments and programs on campus, and its workshops and events have been attended by a wide cross-section of the Northwestern community.






news and updates


Congratulations to this year's
faculty funding awardees


George J. Greene & Michael E. Newcomb (Medical Social Sciences). “Engaging Parents of LGBT Youth in Adolescent Sexual Health Research: Preliminary Feasibility and Acceptability Studies.”


Aymar Jean Christian (Communication Studies). “Open TV beta: Investigating Queer TV Distribution through Research Creation.”


You can learn more about these projects on our faculty research page.


Kai Green


SPAN Postdoc Kai Green featured in the Windy City Times


"Queer trans man leaves impact at Northwestern and beyond"


Click here to read the full article.


SPAN News & Updates Archive


For the archive of past SPAN News & Events, please see here.


SPAN events
and calls for proposals


Call for Proposals
Faculty Research on Sexuality: Social Science Perspectives



The Sexualities Project at Northwestern (SPAN) invites applications from Northwestern faculty members for funding to conduct research on sexuality from a social science perspective (broadly construed) in academic year 2016-17.


SPAN will be allocating up to $85,000 for faculty research projects in 2016-17. Proposals will be funded according to ratings by external reviewers who are senior scholars in sexuality studies. We anticipate funding both small and large projects, and the requested funding may be of any size up to $40,000 per proposal.


Deadline for applications: March 10, 2016


For application instructions and detailed information, please click here.



Saying "Yes" to the Bulldagger Within: A Black Lesbian Trans* Inheritance (Kai M. Green)


(Click here for the full poster)


March 1st at 5pm

University Hall, Hagstrum Room (201)


In this talk Green uses local print materials from Los Angeles in the 90s to examine the relationship between Black Lesbian feminism and Black trans embodiment. He examines the way local Black lesbians create black queer genealogies that experiment with myth and “proper” history in order to create a knowable past for themselves.



Save the Dates:
Annual SPAN Workshop
April 21-22, 2016


This year’s SPAN workshop will focus on the topics of sexuality, space, and place. We have an exciting lineup of guest speakers, including our Keynote Speaker, Gayle Rubin (University of Michigan). Further details will be forthcoming. We hope to see you at the workshop.
Thursday, April 21 – 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM (followed by reception)
Keynote address
Gayle Rubin
Anthropology and Women’s Studie
University of Michigan
“(Gay) Sex and the (Post) Industrial City: Leathermen, San Francisco, and the Future of Queer Worlds”
Friday, April 22 - 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM

(followed by reception)
Marlon Bailey
Women and Gender Studies

Arizona State University
“Right Time, Right Place: Black Gay Men, Sexual Situations, and the Means of Pleasure”
Amin Ghaziani

University of British Columbia
“Integration, Inequality, and the Gayborhood”
Chistina Hanhardt
American Studies

University of Maryland, College Park
“‘Dead Addicts Don’t Recover’: Geographies of Risk and Harm in Early Needle Exchange”
LaMonda Horton-Stallings
Women’s Studies

University of Maryland
“Future Black Arts and the Revolutionary Black Queer Club”