Ten years ago Diane di Mauro, director of the Sexuality Research Fellowship Program (SRFP) (1995–2006), reflected on the SSRC’s effort to develop the field of gender and sexuality studies beyond the public health sphere. For Pride Month, Items republishes di Mauro’s retrospective to offer readers a window through which to reflect on the development and history of this field over the years. The SSRC will also be revisiting the SRFP in the fall of 2018 with a digital media project highlighting contributions from former fellows.
A 2016 International Dissertation Research Fellowship recipient, Heather Wurtz is a doctoral candidate at Columbia University. Her dissertation research assumes an ethnographic approach along the Mexico-Guatemala border to examine how migrant women navigate their reproductive lives within complex institutional settings. The “Research Snapshots” series is an initiative aimed at highlighting important and innovative research by SSRC fellows who are currently conducting or who have recently returned from doing international research.
B Camminga, a 2016-17 Next Generation Social Sciences Completion Fellow, studies transgender refugees establishing a new life in South Africa. SSRC staff, Francesca Freeman and Natalie Reinhart, interviewed B at a workshop in Nairobi, and B shared reflections on their dissertation research.