“More and Less than Equal,” and article co-authored by Brandeis PhD Miranda Waggoner

Miranda Waggoner received her PhD in Sociology from Brandeis in 2011; currently she is a post-doctoral fellow at Princeton University and her article, “More or Less than Equal,” co-authored with Rene Almeling of Yale University, has been featured on Slate and Time Magazine.

“In both social science and medicine, research on reproduction generally focuses on women. In this article, we examine how men’s reproductive contributions are understood. We develop an analytic framework that brings together Cynthia Daniels’ conceptualization of reproductive masculinity (2006) with a staged view of reproduction, where the stages include the period before conception, conception, gestation, and birth. Drawing on data from two medical sites that are oriented to the period before pregnancy (preconception health care and sperm banks), we examine how gendered knowledge about reproduction produces different reproductive equations in different stages of the reproductive process. We conclude with a new research agenda that emerges from rethinking the role of men and masculinity in reproduction.”

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Add comment February 10th, 2014

History Professor Abigail Cooper wins the Mandel Faculty Grant in the Humanities Award

Professor Abigail Cooper is one of two winners of the Mandel Faculty Grants in the Humanities Awards this year. These annual grants of $10,000 each were introduced in 2012-13, thanks to a generous gift from the Mandel Foundation, to fund two faculty members in the humanities/humanistic social sciences for summer research projects. Professor Cooper won this award for her project, “American Refugee Camps”, a study of refugees of the American Civil War. Congratulations, Professor Cooper!

Add comment January 31st, 2014

AAAS and WGS search for Joint Assistant Professor!


By: Phil Gallagher

See entire article at the Brandeis Justice

As part of a cluster hiring initiative around the theme of the African diaspora, the African and Afro-American Studies department and the Women’s and Gender Studies program are jointly conducting a search for a tenure-track faculty member to specialize in women’s and gender studies in relation to the African or Afro-American community.

The new professor will divide his or her time equally between the AAAS department and the WGS program, according to Prof. Wendy Cadge (SOC), chair of the Women’s and Gender Studies program.

Prof. Chad Williams (AAAS), the chair of the AAAS department and co-chair of the search committee, said in an interview with the Justice that the committee has narrowed down its original applicant pool of almost 250 applications to three finalists, who will be visiting campus and delivering lectures in the next couple of weeks as a part of the interview process. The lectures are open to the campus community.

Williams stated that each of the three finalists fills “a gap in our curriculum … particularly in sociology, performance and the creative arts, [and] queer studies. These are all areas that we feel very strongly about, that students need to be exposed to.”

Cadge also addressed the importance of having a joint appointment between AAAS and WGS. “[The] WGS and AAAS programs saw an opportunity to greater combine their research and teaching by sharing a faculty member with expertise in both areas. It also adds to the commitments in both programs/departments to address issues of intersectionality,” she wrote in an email to the Justice.

Cadge also wrote that the new faculty member is expected to “teach core courses in WGS in both the undergraduate and graduate programs and actively advise and mentor students” alongside new electives which will be “determined based on their expertise.”

Williams expressed a similar expectation for the professor’s involvement in the AAAS department. “We would like for the person who accepts the position to be able to teach our Introduction to African-American Studies course, which is one of our foundational courses. But we’re really leaving it open to the person that we hire to shape their own courses according to their expertise and their interests as well,” he said.

Williams said that he expects the new professor to begin teaching at the University in the coming fall. According to Cadge, the three finalists are as follows: Jasmine Johnson of Northwestern University, will give a lecture, entitled “Choreographing Return: West African Dance Tourism and the Politics of Diaspora,” on Jan. 15 at 12 p.m. in Mandel 328. Kai Green of the University of Southern California will give a lecture, entitled “In the Presence of a Future Past: Black Los Angeles’ Queer Recoveries,” on Jan. 22 at 12 p.m. in Pearlman Lounge.

Kiana Cox of the University of Illinois at Chicago will give a lecture entitled “Visible but Out of Place: Black Women and Gender in Assessments of African-American Inequality” on Jan. 24 at 2 p.m. in Mandel 328.


Add comment January 24th, 2014

Division of Social Sciences launches over TWENTY new courses this spring!

The Division of Social Sciences is thrilled to launch over twenty new courses this spring! Striving to keep things fresh and exciting for the Brandeis community, professors in the DSS worked hard to create new courses that explore a diverse range of social issues. African and Afro-American Studies will offer Hip Hop History and Culture while American Studies offers The American Tourist. Anthropology has five new courses this spring, including Colonialism and Post Coloniality in Africa; Medicine and Religion; Conquest: Archaeology and Colonialism; and a graduate Gender and Sexuality Seminar.  Cross-listed with Business, Anthropology also introduces Business, Culture and Society, while Economics offers American Fiscal Policy. Life on a Changing Plant is Environmental Studies’ new course, and History has four fresh classes including Coping with Defeat: Germany and Japan after 1945; Mapping Boston’s Religions: A Digital History Seminar; Copley’s World: A Humanities Research Lab; and American Transformations: Perspectives on United States History, Origins to the Present. International and Global Studies introduces The Amazon Forest: Challenges, Opportunities, Paradoxes, and South Asian Studies offers two new courses including Cinema and Society: History, Film, and Visual Culture in Pakistan; and Pakistan: History, State and Society. Self and Society: Who Am I Really? is Sociology’s new course, while Psychology launches Attachment, Separation, Risk and Resilience in Adoption and Foster Care; and a class through the Semester Online consortium: Psychological and Socio-Cultural Perspectives on Health. Finally, Politics offers Track-II Diplomacy: Theory and Practice; and a new graduate-level class on Quantitative Methods for Social Sciences. Be sure to check out these courses: They begin THIS SPRING!

Add comment January 9th, 2014

Professor Kathryn Graddy quoted in Wall Street Journal


Professor Kathryn Graddy from the Economics Department was quoted in the Wall Street Journal on the risks and rewards of art as an investment.  Graddy points out that one important difference between investing in art and stocks, is that “one would expect to earn dividends from equities… Art pays dividends in the form of enjoyment and social capital. Hence, the monetary returns to art should be less than other forms of investible assets.” The full article can be found here.

Add comment December 18th, 2013

Rachel McCulloch Recipient of the 2013 Carolyn Shaw Bell Award


Rachel McCulloch, the Rosen Family Professor Emerita of International Finance in the Department of Economics and International Business School at Brandeis University, is the recipient of the 2013 Carolyn Shaw Bell Award. The Bell Award is given annually to an individual who has furthered the status of women in the economics profession.

Professor McCulloch will formally accept the Award at the Business Meeting and Luncheon of the American Economic Association (AEA) Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession (CSWEP), held during the 2014 AEA Meetings in Philadelphia, PA. The event is scheduled for 12:30-2:15PM on January 3, 2014 at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown.

For more information, please download the Official Press Release.

Add comment December 13th, 2013

Environmental Internship Symposium & Enviro. Health & Justice JBS Study Presentation

All are welcome!

December 11th, 6:30-8:30 pm in Heller G-1

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With presentations by student interns:

Deanna Heller, Deena Kanopkin – U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Fiona Aguilar, Shimon Mazor – WATCH
Karrah Beck – Land Art Generator Initiative
Anna Bessendorf – Center for Environmental Health
Rohan Bhatia, Mary Chun – MA Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs
Schuyler Brass, Venus Tran, Sara Taylor – Healthy Waltham
Beth Cohen, Stephanie Parisi – Philadelphia Zoo
Grace Fosler – Animal Welfare Society
Tasneem Islam – Heal the Bay
Gene Arciprete -Waltham Recycling

Join in to support friends, meet representatives from outside organizations & learn about your own many internship and JBS opportunities!  Welcome for all or just a part.

For further info please contact: goldin@brandeis.edu

Add comment December 4th, 2013

This Anthropological Life

Every Thursday at 11:00 am, graduate students Adam Gamwell (Anthropology PhD), Ryan Collins (Archaeology PhD), and Aneil Tripathy (MA International and Global Studies), cohost an anthropology radio program on campus at WBRS 100.1 FM. Titled This Anthropological Life, the radio program is  a round-table, open format discussion of an anthropological take on the people, objects, ideas, and possibilities of everyday life around the world. Additionally, Gamwell runs an associated blog at www.thisanthrolife.wordpress.com that features podcasts and related and extended content from the radio program.  Be sure to tune in next Thursday for the latest show!

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Left to Right – Gamwell, Collins, Tripathy

Add comment November 26th, 2013

Professor Rachel McCulloch wins Carolyn Shaw Bell Award


Professor Rachel McCulloch is the recipient of the 2013 Carolyn Shaw Bell Award. This very prestigious award is given annually by the American Economic Association Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession (CSWEP) to a person who has furthered the status of women in economics.   Professor McCulloch has deep and sustained support for this award from her many former students and colleagues.

Note that Anne Carter of Brandeis won this award in 2008. The only other university that has had two recipients is the University of Pennsylvania.

Past recipients of the award include:
Catherine C. Eckel (2012) Sharon Oster (2011), Elizabeth Hoffman (2010), Elizabeth E. Bailey (2009), Anne Carter (2008), Olivia S. Mitchell (2007), Barbara Fraumeni (2006), Claudia Goldin (2005), Barbara Bergmann (2004), Robin L. Bartlett (2003), Margaret Garritsen de Vries (2002), Francine Blau (2001), Marianne Ferber (2001), Eva Mueller (2000), Sandra Ohrn Moose (1999), and Alice M. Rivlin (1998).

Add comment November 25th, 2013

Brandeis Garden Week

Brandeis Garden Week, a week full of plants and volunteering, is ending today. Brandeis Garden Week is a campus-wide initiative to increase awareness of urban agriculture and garden education.

This past week, there have been indoor garden displays in the Shapiro Campus Center atrium, the Shapiro Science Center lobby, and Goldfarb Library. The displays were a successful hit for students, and they show that even in the cold weather, we can garden inside!

About a week and a half ago, there was a bike tour of Waltham gardens, ending at Waltham Fields Community Farm where there was a bicycle-powered cider press! The event was sponsored by DeisBikes and was a great opportunity for students to enjoy the fall weather and be outside.

Last Wednesday, students went to the Waltham Fields Community Farm to spend the morning working outside in the community.

Today is Brandeis Garden Week’s final event, which is a cooking event with Sodexo cosponsored by HSSP and Brandeis Pluralism Alliance. The event is free for the students who are meal plans and $10 otherwise. If you would like to attend, it is not too late! The event is from 4:30 to 6:00 pm and you can sign up here.

As Brandeis Garden Week is ending, we are reminded not only how important and healthy it is to have locally grown foods, but also how much fun it is!

Add comment November 20th, 2013

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