ISD1 Feminists Without Borders


This working group intends to encourage collaborations among those who conduct feminist research or engage in feminist advocacy from various disciplinary and national backgrounds.

Active since: 2020

  • University of Rochester
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Hobart & William Smith Colleges

Collaborative Goals

The working group wants to transcend 1) disciplinary boundaries, 2) regional and national borders and 3) the scholarship-activism divide. The goal of this group is to combine resources and expertise of the members, and to come up with creative and effective ways to study and address gender inequality in a global context and also in relation to other systems of oppression that intersect with it. We intend to provide an intersectional feminist lens to humanistic scholarship beyond gender studies. As the reality of globalization makes it imperative to understand the local and the global, the group will utilize the localized knowledge of its members and their network as an entry point of understanding the global experience of exclusion and marginalization. While we start with the idea of “feminists without borders,” we also welcome those who conduct gender studies and activism related to gender issues in general. We are aware of existing working groups that also research gender-related issues. This working group, however, pays special attention to fostering connections between scholarship and activism in research as well as in education.

Group Organizers

Yuhan Huang

Assistant Professor of Modern Languages and Cultures

Rochester Institute of Technology

Nickesia Gordon

Associate Professor of Communication

Rochester Institute of Technology

Wenjie Liao

Assistant Professor, Sociology and Anthropology

Rochester Institute of Technology

Anthony Jimenez

Assistant Professor, Sociology and Anthropology

Rochester Institute of Technology

Betty Bayer

Professor of Women’s Studies

Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Brianna Theobald

Assistant Professor of History

University of Rochester

May Farnsworth

Associate Professor of Spanish and Hispanic Studies

Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Kristin Doughty

Associate Professor of Anthropology

University of Rochester

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