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    


Postdoctoral Fellowship in Sexuality Studies
(Social Scientific Approaches)


The Sexualities Project at Northwestern (SPAN) invites applications for two-year post-doctoral fellowships in sexuality studies, to run from September 1, 2016 through August 31, 2018. Click here for more information about how to apply.

Deadline: January 4, 2016