Welcome to the website for the Sexualities Project at Northwestern (SPAN), 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.


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Visiting Speaker Mark McCormack giving a talk entitled "Those Cuddling Brits: Spooning, Intimacy and the Transformation of Masculinity."




news and updates

Happy New Year from SPAN!


Best wishes for 2015!

Congratulations to Theo Greene!


Congratulations to SPAN dissertation fellow Theo Greene, who has accepted a tenure track position in the Sociology/Anthropology Department at Bowdoin College!



SPAN News & Updates Archive


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

SPAN events and calls for proposals    

SPAN Conference Travel Funding


Upcoming deadline: April 10, 2015

The Sexualities Project at Northwestern 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. Work related to the theme of “sexual orientation and health in social context” will receive higher priority. At the time of application, presentations need not yet be accepted, but must have been submitted.


For more information on how to apply, please see the Conference Presentation Funding page.

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 2015-16.

Deadline for applications: April 26, 2015

For application instructions and detailed information, please see here.

Save the Date


Remapping the Erotic:
Changing Contours in Studies of Sexualities, Identities, and Social Regulation

April 23-24, 2015 at Northwestern University, Evanston

Keynote address: Thursday, April 23 at 5 pm, Guild Lounge in Scott Hall
Jafari Allen, Associate Professor of African American Studies, American Studies, and Anthropology at Yale University

Panels: Friday, April 24, 9:00 am - 5:30 pm, Hagstrum Rm, University Hall 201
Three panels showcasing innovative approaches to sexuality studies by younger scholars:


Queerness and Space
Gender, Sexuality, and Social Regulation
Policing Risky Parts, Practices, and Identities

Free and open to the public.

If you have any questions, please contact Jeremy Cornelius at sexualities@northwestern.edu.