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: 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011


Ruby Ray Daily
Ruby Ray Daily

“Sex and Violence in Greater Britain, 1850-1950”

Michael DeVito Ashley Walker
Michael DeVito & Ashley Walker
(Communication Studies);

“Coming Out & Being Out Cross-Platform: Investigating Queer Self-Presentation Across Multiple Social Media Channels”

Gil Engelstein
Gil Engelstein

“Queer Europe: Mobility beyond borders, and the making of the postwar world”

Lauren Herold
Lauren Herold

“Vito Russo’s Our Time and the Cultural Politics of Queer Public Access”

Kyle Kaplan
Kyle Kaplan
(Music Studies)

“Music, Intimacy, and International Homosexual Collaborations (1957-1962)”

Moira Kyweluk
Moira Kyweluk

“Freezing for the Future: Culturally Mediated Fertility Preservation Decisions Among Trans Youth and Parents”

Marie Laperrière
Marie Laperrière

“Understanding Power and Violence between Intimate Partners”

Alyssa Lynne
Alyssa Lynne

“Negotiation and Medicalization of Transgender Identities in a Thai Nonprofit Organization”

C. Tova Markenson
C. Tova Markenson
(Theatre and Drama)

“Entrance Forbidden to the Yiddish Theatre: Performance and Jewish Prostitution in Buenos Aires, 1900-1939”

Bennie Niles, IV
Bennie Niles
(African American Studies)

“‘From Rainbows to Warriors’: Understanding the Role of Masculinity and Sexuality in Hawaiian College Football”

Kenneth Pass
Kenneth Pass

“Making Bad Laws Better: Race, Sexuality, and the Modernization of HIV Criminal Law”

Keegan Terek
Keegan Terek

“The Language of Queer Asylum in Amman, Jordan”

Benson Zhou
Benson Zhou
(Communication Studies)

“Chinese Gay Masculinities, Globalization, and Homonormativity: An Ethnographic Study of Sexual Hierarchy in Beijing”


Morgan Clark
Morgan Clark

“Violence and Boundary Work in Online Video Game Communities”

John Fleming
John Fleming (Clinical Psychology)

“Identifying Factors That Influence PrEP Uptake Among Transgender Women”

Alexandra Garr-Schultz
Alexandra Garr-Schultz (Psychology)

“Identity Denial, Authenticity, and Resilience in Bisexual Populations”

Julian Glover
Julian Glover (African American Studies)

“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)

“Exploring Southern Black Queer Women’s Identity, Pleasure, Resistance, and Erotic Community”

Kevin Hsu
Kevin Hsu (Psychology)

“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)

“Incorporating the Erotic: Women’s Sexuality and Symbolic Boundaries in Romance Genre Fiction”

Bennie Niles, IV
Bennie Niles, IV (African American Studies / GSS)

“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)

“Pornographic Corporealities: Constructing the Body in Moving Image Representations of Sex”

Stefan Vogler
Stefan Vogler (Sociology)

“Legal Bureaucracies and the Production of Sexual Knowledge”


Robin Bartram
Robin Bartram (Sociology)

“Uncertain Sexualities and Unusual Women: Museum Depictions of Jane Addams and Emily Dickinson”

Catherine Harrington
Catherine Harrington
(RTVF/ Screen Cultures)

“Producing Prison: Prison representation and the negotiation of industry, technology and race 1970-present”

Ryan Lei
Ryan Lei (Psychology)

“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)

“Negotiating Queer and Religious Identities: Integrating Contradictory Cultural Frameworks”


Clare Forstie
Clare Forstie (Sociology/ Gender & Sexuality Studies Cluster)

“Queer Connections: Making Friends in Community and Identity Contexts”

Roy Gomez Cruz
Roy Gomez Cruz (Performance Studies)

“Transnational Acrobatics: Performing Flexible Labor and Fluid Sexuality in the Contemporary Circus”

Rae Langes
Rae Langes (Performance Studies)

“Performing Monstrosity: Queer and Transgender Tactics of Resistance in Twenty-first Century United States.”

Angela Leone
Angela Leone (Rhetoric and Public Culture)

“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)

“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)

“Supersensual: Erotic Engagements with Media and the Extension, Reconfiguration and Remapping of the Spectatorial Sensorium”


Kemi Adeyemi
Kemi Adeyemi
(Performance Studies)

“Performing Somewhereness: Black Hipsters and the Politics of Belonging in the Gentrifying Neighborhood”

Savina Balasubramanian
Savina Balasubramanian (Sociology)

“From Griswold to Naz: Transnational Implications of Foreign and International Law for Sexual Politics in India, 1990-2009”

Robin Bartram
Robin Bartram (Sociology)

“Flirtation Flats and Race Suicide Apartments: Encouraging White Reproduction Through Architectural Design”

Beth Hartman
Beth Hartman (Anthropology)

“An Ethnographic and Ethnomusicological Study of Stripping in the Midwestern U.S.”

Jeff Kosbie
Jeff Kosbie (Sociology/Law)

“Contested Identities: Legal Translation and Social Movement Organizations”

Justin G. Louie
Justin G. Louie (Sociology/Management & Organizations)

“Shifting Gay Identities and the Evolution of the Gay Bar”

Mollie McQuillan
Mollie McQuillan (Human Development & Social Policy)

“Victimization Is More Strongly Associated With Depressive Symptoms for LGBTQ Adolescents Compared to Other Adolescents”

Stefan Vogler
Stefan Vogler (Sociology)

“Legally Queer: The Sexual Politics of Orientation Asylum”


Andrew Brown
Andrew Brown (Performance Studies)

“Refuge in Performance: LGBTI Asylum Seekers and Belonging in South Africa”

Teri Chettiar
Teri Chettiar (History)

“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)

“Transnational Political Mobilization of Kurdish Women: Narratives of Sexual Violence, Trauma, and Displacement”

Jeffrey Kosbie
Jeffrey Kosbie (Sociology/Law)

“Queer(ing) Law: How LGBT Legal Organizations Use Law to Construct Identity”

Melissa Minor Peters
Melissa Minor Peters (Anthropology/Public Health)

“Kuchu Kampala: Economic Aspirations and Queer Subjectivities in Uganda”

Elizabeth Rodriguez
Elizabeth Rodriguez (English)

“Consensual Relations: Sexual and Political Subjectivity in England, 1550-1680”


Tera Agyepong
Tera Agyepong (African American Studies)

“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)

“Broadcasting Sex Ed”

Gregory Mitchell
Gregory Mitchell (Performance Studies/Gender & Sexuality Studies)

“Tourist Attractions: Gay Tourists and Men Who Sell Sex to Men in Brazil”

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