Photos: Yecid Calderon Rodelo / Flyer: Rick Lee


IRW working groups seek to foster collaborative, interdisciplinary research on women, gender, and sexuality at Rutgers. We nurture innovative ideas, both big and small.  We also support projects that bridge research and activism, develop public scholarship, or encourage professional development. We currently host four working groups:

The Gender, Race and Disability Politics of Science and Technology Working Group is Newark-based and designed to build a collaborative inter-disciplinary network of students and scholars working to better understand the gender, race, sexual and disability politics of science and technology, both historically and contemporarily. Open to researchers across the university, the group holds monthly research meetings and brings guest speakers to Rutgers.

The Carceral Studies Working Group is based in New Brunswick and explores carceral studies from feminist, queer, and decolonial perspectives. It is open to faculty, students, and activists. This working group functions as a reading group and also hosts scholars and/or artists working in related fields to share their work in events that are open to the whole university community.

The Working Group on Dalit and Adivasi Women is based in New Brunswick and addresses the violence inflicted upon these communities and the responses to human rights violations by women and/or other non-state actors working with them.

The Working Group on Democracy in Hong Kong is based in New Brunswick and explores the struggle for democracy and human rights in that region.

If you are a faculty member who is exploring a new area of research relating to gender or sexuality and looking for others to partner with, or a graduate student who wishes to start a writing group, please reach out to IRW. We provide financial support, meeting space, and logistical assistance for projects lasting from one to four semesters. The topics of working groups are open, and may also involve skills-building, such as grant writing or even community organizing. See our current call for proposals for more information.