Welcome from the Co-Directors of SPAN


Greetings and welcome to the 2015-16 academic year! As SPAN enters its sixth year of operation, we want to remind everyone of opportunities that the project offers and give a heads-up concerning events planned for the coming months.

This year SPAN will continue to provide a range of funding opportunities for faculty and graduate students, including small grants for students to present sexualities-related work at academic conferences, summer research awards for graduate students, dissertation fellowships, and faculty research grants. We will also hold a faculty/graduate student reading group during the Winter quarter. Details about all of these opportunities will be posted on this website.

We are excited to announce that the keynote address for this year’s SPAN workshop will be delivered by the acclaimed sexualities scholar and anthropologist Gayle Rubin (University of Michigan). More information about the theme of the workshop and the lineup of speakers will be available soon. Please hold the dates of the workshop, which will take place on April 21 and 22.

This year SPAN is also conducting a national search for postdoctoral fellows who will take residence in September 2016. If you know of promising candidates please refer them to our website. The call for applications will be posted shortly.

Finally, we would like to welcome our new SPAN Program Assistant, Eliot Colin, who joined our team over the summer. Please stop by the GSS office to say hello and introduce yourself or look for Eliot at the GSS Start of Year Reception on October 8. Eliot can be reached by email at sexualities@northwestern.edu.

We look forward to seeing you all at events this year, and we always appreciate your feedback and suggestions.

Héctor Carrillo and Steve Epstein
Co-Directors, the Sexualities Project at Northwestern (SPAN)



Participants Nick Davis, Amy Partridge, Jaimie Morse, Deborah Tuerkheimer, and Aaron Norton during the 2015 Reading Group

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"
SPAN Postdoc Kai Green presenting "Into the Darkness: A Black Queer (Re)Membering of Los Angeles in a Time of Crises"


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.



LGBTQ Health Conference


Logo of conference, IMPACT, and Center on Halsted

Saturday, October 31, 2015 | 1 pm – 7 pm

Join IMPACT for their 4th annual LGBTQ Health Conference: Bridging Research and Practice. This year’s conference will more specifically focus on creating a dialogue between researchers and practitioners by integrating both research findings and clinical application into each panel or symposium. The LGBTQ Health Conference is an interdisciplinary translational research conference that aims to bring together scientists, public health professionals, social workers, psychologists, and counselors. We further aim to foster professional development and networking opportunities.

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Faculty Search: Assistant or Associate Professor in Gender and Sexuality Studies



The Gender and Sexuality Studies Program at Northwestern University invites applications to fill a tenure-track position in feminist studies at the rank of assistant professor or tenured associate professor, to begin September 1, 2016.


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


Call for Proposals:

Conference Presentation Funding


SPAN helps graduate students to publicize their work and findings. Students are invited to apply for up to $400 in funding to offset expenses to attend conferences where they present work related to sexuality or sexual orientation. There are three funding cycles, and the first deadline is Friday, October 16th, 2015 for conferences taking place in Fall Quarter 2015; Winter and Spring Quarter 2016. Download the application found here.