Welcome to the official blog for Villanova's Gender and Women's Studies program! Please come back often for information on events, programming, academic opportunities, alumni news, student accomplishments, and more! Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The Vagina Monologues

The presentation of The Vagina Monologues on Tuesday, February 24 was a great success! The Gender and Women's Studies program would like to thank all of its actors: Fatima Doumbia, Professor Shauna MacDonald, Lauren Marasco, Sarah Ochocki, Jessica Otterbine, Professor Heidi Rose, Alix Rosenfeld, and Carla Windt. We would also like to thank Women in Transition for being our beneficiary for this event and coming to talk to us about their organization. For more information on WIT, their website is http://www.helpwomen.org/wp/.

Thank you to all who came out to support this event! Below are some pictures of the reading.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

GSC Meeting: Today at 6:00 PM!

GSC Meeting
Thursday February 12
6:00pm | Health Services Building Room 200
Join us for conversation on LGBT representation in movies and TV!
                     Enjoy pizza AND HOT WINGS and camaraderie!
                     All are welcome!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

35th Annual Mid-Atlantic Undergraduate Social Research Conference

Attention Students, Staff, and Faculty!

We are pleased to announce that the 35th Annual Mid-Atlantic Undergraduate Social Research Conference (MAUSRC) will be held on Friday, April 24, 2015.  For the third consecutive year, this conference will be held at Villanova University and sponsored by the Department of Sociology & Criminology.

Come join more than 100 students, faculty, and staff from diverse disciplines such as Anthropology, Global Studies, Sociology, and Education from institutions across the Mid-Atlantic region including the University of Pennsylvania, Swarthmore College, Haverford College, Temple University and Drexel University.

Registration is now open for the conference!  Students may present the results of their research projects in either a traditional panel setting or in a poster session.  There is no fee to register or participate in the conference.

Students: To sign-up, please visit the registration site and complete the brief online form. Be ready to provide the title and abstract for your research presentation or poster and the full name and email address of your faculty or staff project advisor(s). The registration deadline is Wednesday, April 1, 2015.

Faculty & Staff: We encourage your registration so that we can provide you with a personalized name badge, include you in our lunch count, and offer you specific opportunities to promote the success of the conference!

We will convene from 10am-5pm and the day’s events will include an inspiring keynote speech by recent sociology and criminology graduate Kenny Tsang, a complimentary lunch, and exciting opportunities for students to present their research as well as to hear what their peers have been investigating.

Please visit our departmental website, www.socandcrim.villanova.edu, to view the conference schedule and guidelines for panel and poster presentations. 

Here is what students shared about their experience at the 2014 MAUSRC:

"It was a great opportunity to see what other students are researching and to exchange ideas.  It also gave me the chance to get over my fear of presenting at a conference.

It was fun and a great learning experience for me.

Don’t miss out on this valuable opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with other young scholars from across the region!   You are welcome to check out highlights from previous conferences, including the 2014 MAUSRC and 2013 MAUSRC.

We look forward to seeing you on April 24 at Villanova University.

Candy Chang and VBS-Week 2015

VSB-Week – an annual, week-long series of events intended to celebrate and showcase Villanova School of Business' strategic initiatives, expose students to emerging business trends, enhance their professional development and foster a sense of community within the college.
CANDY CHANG, artist-designer-urban planner, is this year’s Keynote Speaker.  Please visit her website and/or view her TEDTalk to find out more about the inspirational work she has done around the globe.  The VSB-Week Committee has painted a wall in Bartley Hall (first floor near the elevator) with chalkboard paint and will be initiating a replica of Candy Chang’s “Before I die I want to…”wall. 

VSB-Weekis on social media so please follow along/engage @VSBWeek on Twitter or on the Facebook Page.  You can also find VSB-Week posts on the Clay Center’s Instagram account - @claycenteratvsb.  They’ll be using #vsbweek across all platforms.


Thursday, February 5, 2015

GWS Event - "Is This Okay?": A Conversation About Mutual Respect and Consent at Villanova

Welcome to a New GWS Faculty Member: Melissa Hodges!

Melissa Hodges joined the department of Sociology and Criminology and the community at Villanova last fall. Receiving her PhD in Sociology from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, her primary research and teaching interests focus on the intersections of Race, Class, Gender inequalities and work and occupations.

Professor Hodges’ research agenda primarily focuses on the study of wage inequality among individuals and families both in the United States and cross-nationally.  Her dissertation research investigates the role of parenthood and gender dynamics within households in the production of wage gaps across families by race and social class in the US. While previous research has primarily investigated these phenomena across individuals, she finds that current wage inequality is partially situated within married couple households. She also finds that the gender wage gap within married couples grows with the addition of children to the household and that these effects contribute to overall US wage inequality.

Her ongoing research also examines the wage penalties associated with paid and unpaid caregiving and the effect of motherhood on women’s self-employment.  Her work has been published in the American Sociological Review and Gender & Society. She is a past recipient of the Reuben Hill Award from the National Council on Family Relations and the Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award for Research Excellence in Families and Work. In 2012, her work was also recognized by the American Sociological Association when she received the Article of the Year Award, Family Section.

Professor Hodges has had several opportunities to teach in diverse classroom settings ranging from urban high school to her current position at Villanova, but in all of her courses, she encourages students to engage critically in the social world around them. As an educator, her goal is to encourage students to apply sociological theories and concepts in making sense of their social world and to use these tools to make an impact on society. She is particularly excited to join the faculty at Villanova as the university’s emphasis on service to the community and social justice is well suited to both her research and teaching goals. She is also committed to continuously improving the learning experience of her students and appreciates student feedback on her courses. Her teaching interests include courses on the family, gender and work, race, class and gender, and political sociology. She currently teaches Introduction to Sociology and Sociology of Gender.

Professor Hodges received her undergraduate degree from James Madison College of Public Affairs at Michigan State University. A Detroit native, Professor Hodges is a serious Tigers fan, but also enjoys reading, gardening, and cooking in her spare time.