Faculty receive Institute for Women’s Leadership Summer Grant Award

The Institute for Women’s Leadership (IWL) recently launched an Interdisciplinary Summer Pilot Grant Program, which seeks to foster interdisciplinary research collaborations across the university that further the campus community’s understanding of gender and sex.

The program helps fund research into larger extramurally funded projects. The IWL and this pilot program recognizes that research on gender/sex spans many disciplines and that gender/sex intersects with other social categories.

The Interdisciplinary Summer Pilot Grant Program supports projects involving collaborators from two or more disciplinary backgrounds or traditions. Projects may be directed toward:

  1. The gathering of primary data
  2. The application of innovative approaches and analyses to provide novel insights from existing data
  3. Creative endeavors that stimulate or strengthen competitive extramural grant applications

The inaugural 2020 Interdisciplinary Summer Pilot Grant Program award winners are:

“Black Women’s Lives: An Interdisciplinary and Multimethod Exploration of Identity and Strength within Intersectionality”

Principal investigators:

de St. Aubin

Dr. Ed de St. Aubin, associate professor of psychology

Dr. Karen Robinson, associate professor of nursing and associate director of Marquette’s nurse-midwifery program



“The Genuine Farmer: The State, Gender and the Dynamics of Agricultural Change in Southeastern Nigeria, 1900-1960”

Principal investigator:

Dr. Chima Korieh, associate professor of history


“The Effect of Mindful Prayers on First-Generation Immigrant/Refugee Muslim Women’s Wellness: A Mixed Methods Research”

Principal investigators:

Dr. Enaya Othman, assistant professor of Arabic

Dr. Lee Za Ong, assistant professor of counselor education and counseling psychology

Dr. Karisse A. Callender, assistant professor of counselor education and counseling psychology






“The Sexual Education of Catholic Young Women: An Ethnographic Study of the Gender Messages in Catholic Sexual Pedagogy”

Principal investigator:

Dr. Karen Ross, visiting assistant professor of theology, program director for the M.A. in Christian Doctrine Program


“Intimate Partner Violence as Structural Torture: An Integrated Interdisciplinary Analysis”

Principal investigators:


Dr. Desiree Valentine, assistant professor of theology

Dr. Jessica Wolfendale, professor of philosophy



“Global Voices from the Woman’s Building Library, Chicago, 1893: A Case Book in Close and Distant Reading”

Principal investigator:

Dr. Sarah Wadsworth, professor of English