summer research

The Sexualities Project at Northwestern (SPAN) awards summer research grants to Northwestern graduate students through an annual competitive process. Awards are made by a faculty committee. For information on upcoming calls for applications, click here.

By Year: 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011


2018

Karlia Brown (Sociology)
KarliaBrown2016@u.northwestern.edu
“Do All Black Lives Matter? The Treatment of Sexual Misconduct within Black Activist Communities and What We Can Learn from It”
Ivan Bujan (Performance Studies)
IvanBujan2019@u.northwestern.edu
“Aesthetic Encounters: PrEP-inspired Art as Iteration of Aids-related Activist Practices”
Julia Fernandez (Communications Studies)
j-fernandez@u.northwestern.edu
“Transgender Users of Dating Platforms”
Julian Glover (African-American Studies)
JulianGlover2019@u.northwestern.edu
“To Be Real: Black and Latinx Transgender Women in the Ballroom Scene”
Tay Glover S. Tay Glover (African-American Studies)
s.tayglover@u.northwestern.edu
“Queered Belonging in the Black Diaspora: Southern Black Lesbian Queer Women and Erotics”
Carlos Gustavo Halaburda (Spanish & Portuguese)
carloshalaburda2020@u.northwestern.edu
“Governmental Fiction: Melodrama and Latin America’s Reproductive Futures, 1880-1910”
Moira Kyweluk Moira Kyweluk (Anthropology)
moirakyweluk2018@u.northwestern.edu
“The ‘Egg Timer Test’ in Clinical Context: Sexuality, Identity, and Fertility Testing”
image Gervais Marsh (Performance Studies)
gervaismarsh2021@u.northwestern.edu
“Centering Disrespectability” Performance Activism in the Anglophone Caribbean”
Anna Michelson Anna Michelson (Sociology)
annamichelson2015@u.northwestern.edu
“Redefining the Romance: Classification and Social Change in Romance Genre Fiction”
Bahram Naderil (Anthropology)
naderil@u.northwestern.edu
“Pious Prostitutes: The Practices of Religious Devotion among Indonesian Transgender Sex Workers”
Mirna Nadia (Sociology)
mirnanadia2017@u.northwestern.edu
“The Pro[s]per Families: Tracing the Sexuality Discourse within the Indonesian Family Planning Program”
Jennifer Porter-Lupu (Anthropology)
jenniferporter-lupu2022@u.northwestern.edu
“Albert and his Live-In Carpenter: Queer Encounters with Archaeological Trash”
Ashley Walker & Michael DeVito (Communication Studies)
amwalker@u.northwestern.edu; devitom@u.northwestern.edu
“Stigma in Supportive Online Spaces: Investigating the Disclosure and Management of Doubly-Stigmatized Gender and Sexual Identities Online Within the LGBTQ+ Community”
Mlondolozi Zondi (Performance Studies)
mlondolozizondi2014@u.northwestern.edu
“Unmournable Void: Movement, Corporeal Integrity, and Death in Black Contemporary Performance and Visual Art”

2017

Ruby Ray Daily Ruby Ray Daily (History)
rubydaily2014@u.northwestern.edu
“Sex and Violence in Greater Britain, 1850-1950”
Michael DeVito & Ashley Walker (Communication Studies)
devitom@u.northwestern.edu; amwalker@u.northwestern.edu
“Coming Out & Being Out Cross-Platform: Investigating Queer Self-Presentation Across Multiple Social Media Channels”
Gil Engelstein Gil Engelstein (History)
GilEngelstein2020@u.northwestern.edu
“Queer Europe: Mobility beyond borders, and the making of the postwar world”
Lauren Herold Lauren Herold (Radio/TV/Film)
Laurenherold2015@u.northwestern.edu
“Vito Russo’s Our Time and the Cultural Politics of Queer Public Access”
Kyle Kaplan Kyle Kaplan (Music Studies)
kylekaplan2014@u.northwestern.edu
“Music, Intimacy, and International Homosexual Collaborations (1957-1962)”
Moira Kyweluk Moira Kyweluk (Anthropology)
moirakyweluk2018@u.northwestern.edu
“Freezing for the Future: Culturally Mediated Fertility Preservation Decisions Among Trans Youth and Parents”
Marie Laperrière Marie Laperrière (Sociology)
marielaperriere2018@u.northwestern.edu
“Understanding Power and Violence between Intimate Partners”
Alyssa Lynne Alyssa Lynne (Sociology)
alyssalynne2022@u.northwestern.edu
“Negotiation and Medicalization of Transgender Identities in a Thai Nonprofit Organization”
C. Tova Markenson C. Tova Markenson (Theatre and Drama)
ctmarkenson@u.northwestern.edu
“Entrance Forbidden to the Yiddish Theatre: Performance and Jewish Prostitution in Buenos Aires, 1900-1939”
Bennie Niles, IV Bennie Niles (African American Studies)
b-niles4@u.northwestern.edu
“‘From Rainbows to Warriors’: Understanding the Role of Masculinity and Sexuality in Hawaiian College Football”
Kenneth Pass Kenneth Pass (Sociology)
kenpass@u.northwestern.edu
“Making Bad Laws Better: Race, Sexuality, and the Modernization of HIV Criminal Law”
Keegan Terek Keegan Terek (Anthropology)
keeganterek2016@u.northwestern.edu
“The Language of Queer Asylum in Amman, Jordan”
Benson Zhou Benson Zhou (Communication Studies)
zhiqiuzhou2014@u.northwestern.edu
“Chinese Gay Masculinities, Globalization, and Homonormativity: An Ethnographic Study of Sexual Hierarchy in Beijing”

2016

Morgan Clark
Morgan Clark (Sociology)
morganclark2014@u.northwestern.edu
“Violence and Boundary Work in Online Video Game Communities”
John Fleming John Fleming (Clinical Psychology)
JohnFleming2018@u.northwestern.edu
“Identifying Factors That Influence PrEP Uptake Among Transgender Women”
Alexandra Garr-Schultz Alexandra Garr-Schultz (Psychology)
alexandragarrschultz2019@u.northwestern.edu
“Identity Denial, Authenticity, and Resilience in Bisexual Populations”
Julian Glover Julian Glover (African American Studies)
jkevonglover@u.northwestern.edu
“Eating It, Working It, Serving It and Living: On the experiences of Transgender Women of Color in Chicago’s Ballroom Scene”
Tay Glover Tay Glover (African American Studies)
s.tayglover@u.northwestern.edu
“Exploring Southern Black Queer Women’s Identity, Pleasure, Resistance, and Erotic Community”
Kevin Hsu Kevin Hsu (Psychology)
khsu@northwestern.edu
“Sexual Racism in the LGBT Community: What’s Behind Racial Preferences in Sex and Dating Among Gay and Bisexual Men?”
Anna Michelson Anna Michelson (Sociology)
annamichelson2015@u.northwestern.edu
“Incorporating the Erotic: Women’s Sexuality and Symbolic Boundaries in Romance Genre Fiction”
Bennie Niles, IV Bennie Niles, IV (African American Studies / GSS)
b-niles4@u.northwestern.edu
“Queering the Starting Line: Making a Case for Caster Semenya and Other Non-Binary Athletes”
Karly-Lynne Scott Karly-Lynne Scott (Radio, TV, and Film / Screen Cultures)
karlylynnescott2017@u.northwestern.edu
“Pornographic Corporealities: Constructing the Body in Moving Image Representations of Sex”
Stefan Vogler Stefan Vogler (Sociology)
svogler@u.northwestern.edu
“Legal Bureaucracies and the Production of Sexual Knowledge”

2015

Robin Bartram (Sociology)
rbartram@u.northwestern.edu
“Uncertain Sexualities and Unusual Women: Museum Depictions of Jane Addams and Emily Dickinson”
Catherine Harrington Catherine Harrington (RTVF/ Screen Cultures)
charrington@u.northwestern.edu
“Producing Prison: Prison representation and the negotiation of industry, technology and race 1970-present”
Ryan Lei Ryan Lei (Psychology)
ryanlei2017@u.northwestern.edu
“Who is Included When Talking About “Gays”?: The Role of Prototypicality on Ethnic Majority and Minority Member’s Group Identification and Support for Collective Action”
Erik Lovell Erik Lovell (Sociology)
eriklovell2020@u.northwestern.edu
“Negotiating Queer and Religious Identities: Integrating Contradictory Cultural Frameworks”

2014

Clare Forstie Clare Forstie (Sociology/ Gender & Sexuality Studies Cluster)
cforstie@u.northwestern.edu
“Queer Connections: Making Friends in Community and Identity Contexts”
Roy Gomez Cruz Roy Gomez Cruz (Performance Studies)
roygomez@u.northwestern.edu
“Transnational Acrobatics: Performing Flexible Labor and Fluid Sexuality in the Contemporary Circus”
Rae Langes Rae Langes (Performance Studies)
rlanges@u.northwestern.edu
“Performing Monstrosity: Queer and Transgender Tactics of Resistance in Twenty-first Century United States.”
Angela Leone Angela Leone (Rhetoric and Public Culture)
angelacleone@gmail.com
“Born Wild, Created to be Free: Sexual Promiscuity, Western Masculinity, and Religion in Professional Bull Riding”
Kellie Owens Kellie Owens (Sociology/ Science in Human Culture/ Medical Humanities)
kowens@u.northwestern.edu
“From the Delivery Room to the Bedroom: How Obstetricians and Midwives View Their Role in the Sexual Health of Their Patients”
Karly-Lynne Scott Karly-Lynne Scott (Screen Cultures/ RTVF)
karlylynnescott2017@u.northwestern.edu
“Supersensual: Erotic Engagements with Media and the Extension, Reconfiguration and Remapping of the Spectatorial Sensorium”

2013

Kemi Adeyemi Kemi Adeyemi (Performance Studies)
kadeyemi@u.northwestern.edu
“Performing Somewhereness: Black Hipsters and the Politics of Belonging in the Gentrifying Neighborhood”
Savina Balasubramanian Savina Balasubramanian (Sociology)
savinabalasubramanian2015@u.northwestern.edu
“From Griswold to Naz: Transnational Implications of Foreign and International Law for Sexual Politics in India, 1990-2009”
Robin Bartram (Sociology)
rbartram@u.northwestern.edu
“Flirtation Flats and Race Suicide Apartments: Encouraging White Reproduction Through Architectural Design”
Beth Hartman Beth Hartman (Anthropology)
bethhartman@u.northwestern.edu
“An Ethnographic and Ethnomusicological Study of Stripping in the Midwestern U.S.”
Jeff Kosbie Jeff Kosbie (Sociology/Law)
j-kosbie@nlaw.northwestern.edu
“Contested Identities: Legal Translation and Social Movement Organizations”
Justin G. Louie Justin G. Louie (Sociology/Management & Organizations)
justin-louie@kellogg.northwestern.edu
“Shifting Gay Identities and the Evolution of the Gay Bar”
Mollie McQuillan Mollie McQuillan (Human Development & Social Policy)
molliem@u.northwestern.edu
“Victimization Is More Strongly Associated With Depressive Symptoms for LGBTQ Adolescents Compared to Other Adolescents”
Stefan Vogler Stefan Vogler (Sociology)
svogler@u.northwestern.edu
“Legally Queer: The Sexual Politics of Orientation Asylum”

2012

Andrew Brown Andrew Brown (Performance Studies)
andrewbrown@u.northwestern.edu
“Refuge in Performance: LGBTI Asylum Seekers and Belonging in South Africa”
Teri Chettiar Teri Chettiar (History)
terichettiar2011@u.northwestern.edu
“Deprived Children, Unstable Marriages, and Neglectful Mothers: On the Rise of the Psychiatric Family and the Psychopolitics of Emotion in Britain, 1945-c.1979”
Nisa Goksel Nisa Goksel (Sociology)
nisagoksel2014@u.northwestern.edu
“Transnational Political Mobilization of Kurdish Women: Narratives of Sexual Violence, Trauma, and Displacement”
Jeffrey Kosbie Jeffrey Kosbie (Sociology/Law)
j-kosbie@nlaw.northwestern.edu
“Queer(ing) Law: How LGBT Legal Organizations Use Law to Construct Identity”
Melissa Minor Peters Melissa Minor Peters (Anthropology/Public Health)
m-minor@northwestern.edu
“Kuchu Kampala: Economic Aspirations and Queer Subjectivities in Uganda”
Elizabeth Rodriguez Elizabeth Rodriguez (English)
elizabeth.rodriguez@u.northwestern.edu
“Consensual Relations: Sexual and Political Subjectivity in England, 1550-1680”

2011

Tera Agyepong Tera Agyepong (African American Studies)
tera@u.northwestern.edu
“Intersecting Constructions of Race, Gender, and Sexuality: The Criminalization of African American Children in Chicago and the Development of the Juvenile Justice System (1896-1940).”
Leigh Goldstein Leigh Goldstein (Radio-Television-Film/Screen Cultures)
leighgoldstein2014@u.northwestern.edu
“Broadcasting Sex Ed”
Gregory Mitchell Gregory Mitchell (Performance Studies/Gender & Sexuality Studies)
gcmitchell@gmail.com
“Tourist Attractions: Gay Tourists and Men Who Sell Sex to Men in Brazil”

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