Linda Arnold Carlisle Faculty Research Grant | Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Linda Arnold Carlisle Faculty Research Grant

Dr.  Hewan Girma, winner of the 2022-2023 Linda Arnold Carlisle Research Grant

Dr. Hewan Girma

Every academic year, the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program awards a faculty member with the Linda Arnold Carlisle Faculty Research Grant to support promising research or creative work related to the program. Dr. Hewan Girma, Assistant Professor and Director of Studies in the African American & African Diaspora Studies Department is this year’s recipient. Her project, “Ethiopian Birth Family Perspectives on Transnational Adoption” employs a reproductive justice lens to interrogate the construction of motherhood, reproductive hierarchies of adoption, and power imbalances between transnational adoptive parents and birth parents from the Global South. She notes that the traditional western model of adoption, as codified in the Hague convention, includes the irrevocable termination of parental rights for birth parents, which is rooted in disrupting the ability of women of color to parent. Dr. Hewan Girma’s project will center the reproductive labor of women of color, as they are are often neglected, marginalized, and erased from the conversations surrounding adoption and will privilege the voices and perspectives of birth families.

Applications are available electronically and may be submitted via email with subject line “LAC Faculty Grant Application” to  Applications are due April 1, 2023.

Award Description

Linda Arnold Carlisle Faculty Research Grants are awarded to UNCG faculty to support research or creative activity related to women’s, gender, and sexuality studies. All full-time faculty who have not received the Carlisle Grant within the past three years are eligible to apply. Grants are awarded based on the quality and completeness of the proposal, the significance of the project, its implication for WGSS, and the significance of the project to the applicant’s career and future plans.

Carlisle Faculty grants provide a stipend of $1,500 to support tenure-stream faculty research.  The funds should be used between July 1st and June 30th of the academic year of the award.  Typically each grant recipient gives a presentation of their research in the Spring of the award year.


Previous LAC Research Grant Awards Winners

2021-2022: Dr. Judith Leitch
Department of Social Work
“A Grounded TheoryStudy of the Perceptions and Experiences of Psychotherapy by Sexual and GenderMinority People in North Carolina”

2020-2021: Dr. Daniel Coleman
Assistant Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
“Trans Ecologies at the End of the Human”

2019-2020: Jennifer Feather
Assistant Professor of English
“Rights Before the Human: Renaissance Appropriations of Ovid”

2018-2019: Yarneccia D. Dyson
 Assistant Professor of Social Work
“Herstory: The Use of Womanism as an Epistemological Lens to Explore Sexual Health Risks and Lived Experiences of Women of Color in College Aged 18- 29”

2017-2018: Cybelle McFadden
Associate Professor of French, Director of Undergraduate Studies
“Race, Place, and the Republic: Immigration, Discrimination and Citizenship in Contemporary French Film”

2016-2017: Lisa Levenstein
Department of History
“Women’s Rights are Human Rights: A Transnational History”

2015-2016: Sarah Dorsey
Head Music Librarian at UNCG
“Composing Her Way: The Life and Works of Louise Talma”

2014-2015Risa Applegarth
Department of English
“Rhetorical Education and Professional Embodiment in Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, 1919-1945”

2013-2014: Noelle Morrissette
Department of English
“Southern Modernisms: Anne Spencer’s Letters and Legacy”

2012-2013: Christine Woodworth
Department of Theatre
“From Pantomime to Propaganda: Actress Kitty Marion and Birth Control Reform”

2011-2012: Elizabeth Bucar
Department of Religious Studies
“The Islamic Veil: A Beginner’s Guide”

2010-2011: Lisa Levenstein
Department of History
“Don’t Agonize, Organize” Displaced Homemakers and the Decline of the Family Wage in the Postwar United States

2009-2010: Stephen Sills
Department of Sociology
“Impact of Global Downturn on Filipina Factory Workers”

2008-2009: Michelle Dowd
Department of English
“Adam’s Rib: An Anthology of Early Modern Women’s Writing on the Fall”

2007-2008: Alexandra Schultheis Moore
Department of English
“The Songs and Sentences of the Drapchi 14”

2006-2007: Jody Natalle
Department of Communication
“Jacqueline Kennedy as International Diplomat”

2006-2007: Jennifer Keith

Department of Music
“The Poems of Anne Finch: A Critical Edition”

2005-2006: Elizabeth Keathley
School of Music
“The Feminine Face of Musical Modernism: Schoenberg’s Women Collaborators”

2004-2005: Juana Suarez
Department of Romance Languages
“From the Brigades: Critical Essays on Columbian Cinema”

2003-2004: Karin Baumgartner
Department of German and Russian
“Letters From Paris: A German Woman’s View from Post-Revolutionary France”

2002-2003: Ann Dils
Department of Dance
“Doris’ Children: History, Tradition, and the Humphrey Line”

2001-2002: Katherine M. Jamieson
Department of Exercise and Sport Science
“An Assessment of Physical Activity Patterns Among Immigrant Adolescent Latinas in North Carolina”

2000-2001: Lucinda Kaukas
Department of Housing and Interior Design
“Re-Placing Women in the History of Modern Architecture and Design”

1999-2000: Mary P. Erdmans
Department of Sociology
“Oral Histories of White, Working-Class Women”

1998: Dr. Leandra A. Bedini
Leisure Studies
“Differentiating Perceptions of Entitlement to Leisure of Caregivers of Older Adults”

1997: Dr. Jude Rathburn
Bryan School of Business
“Women Working Together as Friends and Collaborators: Building a Community of Scholars”

1996: Dr. Paige Hall Smith
Public Health Education
“Seeking Shelter: A Contextual Analysis of Decision-Making by Women Experiencing Battering”

1995: Dr. Hephzibah Roskelly
Department of English
“Widening the Circle: Group Learning for Change”