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

Save the Date: Lee Edelman and Lauren Berlant


May 7-8 Dialogue: Lee Edelman and Lauren Berlant (Critical Theory Cluster event)

Organized by Anna Parkinson (German) and Nick Davis (English and Gender and Sexuality Studies)

May 7

Lecture by Lee Edelman, discussant Michelle Wright (English and African-American Studies)

May 8

Dialogue: Lee Edelman and Lauren Berlant

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    

Remapping the Erotic:
Changing Contours in Studies of Sexualities, Identities, and Social Regulation, April 23-24




For more details about the workshop, click here.

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.

SPAN Mentoring Group on Summer Funding


On Tuesday, April 28 from 5-6:30 PM, SPAN will be holding a Graduate Student Summer Grant Info Session and Report-back. The session will take place in the French & Italian Studies seminar room (Crowe 2-130). Please come to hear some of last year’s awardees talk about their research. In addition, this will be an opportunity to find out about this year’s application process and to ask questions. The deadline for applications is May 13th. For more information, please see the summer funding page.

Presenters will include:
Roy Gomez Cruz — "Transnational Acrobatics: Performing Flexible Labor and Fluid Sexuality in the Contemporary Circus"
Rae Langes — "Beacons of Freakdom: Performances of Monstrosity at the Edges of Queer"
Angela Leone — "Born Wild, Created to be Free: Sexual Promiscuity, Western Masculinity, and Religion in Professional Bull Riding"
Karly-Lynne Scott — "Supersensual: Erotic Engagements with Media and the Extension, Reconfiguration and Remapping of the Spectatorial Sensorium"


Nick Davis, Steve Epstein, and Héctor Carrillo will be on hand to talk about the application process and answer questions.

We hope you can attend. Even if you’re not interested in applying this year, please come hear the presentation from your fellow graduate students. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

Call for Proposals — SPAN Graduate Student

Summer Grants

Deadline: May 13, 2015

The Sexualities Project at Northwestern (SPAN) awards summer research grants to Northwestern graduate students. Any Northwestern University doctoral student at any stage who has a research project that relates to the topics of sexual orientation and/or sexuality is invited to apply for summer research funding to cover research expenses. Projects of all sizes are welcome, up to a maximum of $2,500. 
For additional information and detailed application instructions, go here.

Call for Proposals — SPAN Dissertation Fellowships

Deadline: May 13, 2015

The Sexualities Project at Northwestern (SPAN) awards dissertation fellowships to Northwestern graduate students. Any Northwestern University doctoral student who either has advanced to candidacy or will advance in the current academic year, and whose dissertation relates to the topics of sexual orientation and/or sexuality, is invited to apply for a dissertation fellowship for the subsequent academic year. Awardees are selected by the SPAN steering committee.
For additional information and detailed application instructions, go here.