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.


To sign up for the SPAN mailing list, please click here.



Participants Nick Davis, Amy Partridge, Jaimie Morse, Deborah Tuerkheimer, and Aaron Norton during

the 2015 Reading Group




news and updates

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    

Check for SPAN events and CFPs in Fall 2015.


Have a great summer!