Women's, Gender & Feminist Studies

In 1970, the field of women’s, gender and feminist studies was launched and was able to thrive in the ensuing years. NCRW was established in 1982 to create a supportive network for the burgeoning women’s research movement. Today, there are more than 900 women’s studies programs in the US with more than 10,000 courses offered on college campuses. Much of the curriculum is interdisciplinary and, in many instances, mainstreamed across subject areas. From the social sciences to liberal arts, fine arts and the sciences, feminist theory and framing (especially the intersection of race, gender and class) is having an important impact across disciplines in academia and beyond.

Gender Across Borders IV: Globalisms


Gender Across Borders is a biennial forum for the interdisciplinary study and discussion of women and gender where scholars in fields ranging from the health sciences to literary studies meet to share their research and work. 

Gender Across Borders IV: Globalisms


Gender Across Borders is a biennial forum for the interdisciplinary study and discussion of women and gender where scholars in fields ranging from the health sciences to literary studies meet to share their research and work. 

Nancy Falchuk interviews Noam Shalit

An emotional interview with Noam Shalit, the father of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, who was kidnapped by Hamas on June 25, 2006. Gilad has been held captive in the Gaza Strip since his abduction.

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Friends in deed

By Dalia Itzik

The Jerusalem Post

17/01/2010 19:35

One cannot put a price tag on the dedication of an army of 300,000 volunteers in the Diaspora.


Hadassah-Brandeis Institute

The Hadassah-Brandeis Institute develops fresh ways of thinking about Jews and gender worldwide by producing and promoting scholarly research and artistic projects.

The world's only academic center of its kind, the HBI provides research resources and programs for scholars, students and the public. The Institute publishes books and a journal, convenes international conferences and local programming, and offers competitive grant and internship programs.


515 South Street
Waltham, MA 02454
Ph. (781) 736-2064
Fx. (781) 736-2078


Principal Staff

Shulamit Reinharz, Co-Director
E-mail: reinharz@brandeis.edu

Sylvia Barack Fishman, Co-Director
E-mail: fishman@brandeis.edu

Debby Olins, Program Manager
E-mail: dolins@brandeis.edu

Nancy Leonard, Office Coordinator
E-mail: nleonard@brandeis.edu

Amy Sessler Powell, Director of Communications
E-mail: aspowell@brandeis.edu

Featured Events

Employment Opportunities

Projects & Campaigns

The Project on Gender, Culture, Religion, and the Law (GCRL) was launched in February 2007 as part of the celebrations to mark the 10th anniversary of the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute. The project is generously funded by a gift from the Dan Fischel and Sylvia Neil Philanthropic Fund.
The mission of the Project on Gender, Culture, Religion and the Law is to support research and activism, which explores conflicts between women's claims to gender equality and legal norms justified in terms of religious and cultural traditions. Its location in the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, a leading research center on Jewish women's studies, shapes its unique approach to exploring these issues. The project supports research on the rights of women in Jewish law, both in Israel and the Diaspora. It also supports comparative work that examines the issues of women's rights under religious laws in inter-disciplinary and cross-cultural perspective.

Launched in February 2009, the mission of the HBI Project on Families, Children and the Holocaust is to introduce a new dimension to Holocaust studies – interdisciplinary research on the histories and representations of East European Jewish families and children from 1933 to the present. In particular, the project aims to explore the experience of childhood, motherhood and fatherhood in specific geographical locations and in a transnational context. The project also encourages methodological research and artistic expressions pertaining to adult and child survivors' accounts of their prewar, wartime and postwar lives.


Reports & Resources

614: The HBI EZINE

The Hadassah-Brandeis Institute (HBI) publishes and promotes a diverse range of works, from academic books and scholarly papers to popular prose and fiction and multimedia projects featuring some of today’s most prominent authors in the field of Jewish and gender studies. Topics covered in the HBI’s publications span the spectrum of Jewish women’s history and culture – from an in-depth exploration of women’s life in the Yishuv to contemporary trends of intermarriage in Jewish-American familial life, delving into the history of Jewish women in sports, to readings on Jewish women’s lives in Muslim societies, circulating the globe to examine pertinent issues and survey the oft-unexplored in Jewish women’s life.

The Reuben/Rifkin Jewish Women Writers Series

HBI Series on Jewish Women

Brandeis Series on Gender, Culture, Religion and the Law


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Opportunities, Grants & Fellowships

Undergraduate Internship Program

-Participate in a 35 hour per week, Monday-Friday, internship program

-Produce, under staff supervision, an original piece of scholarly research or a creative and/or artistic project that focuses on Jewish gender issues

-Assist HBI-affiliated scholars and Brandeis offices with research and administrative tasks

-Learn about the daily operations of an academic research institute by occasionally assisting with administrative tasks

-Visit local institutions and organizations of Jewish interest

-Meet local community activists

-Live on the Brandeis campus in subsidized housing

-Receive a weekly stipend

Graduate Internship Program

Similar in structure to the undergraduate program, the graduate student interns also facilitate the research of HBI affiliated scholars while carrying out their own research projects. Graduate student interns interact closely with their supervisors, who act as their academic advisers. While not a requirement, the ideal candidates are working towards a degree in an area of study related to the supervisors’ expertise. All field trips and extracurricular activities are optional for the graduate student interns.


Women's Research Forum


Women's Research Forum

Location: Chancellor's Conference Room, Quinn Administration Building, UMass Boston

Expert Profile

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Judith S. White is the executive director of Higher Education Resource Services (HERS), an educational non-profit that provides leadership and management training for women in higher education administration. The main offices of HERS are located on the campus of the University of Denver. Previously Dr. White was assistant vice president for campus services and adjunct professor of women’s studies at Duke University. She has taught and held administrative positions at Dartmouth College, UNC-Greensboro, UNC-Charlotte, and Queens College. Dr. White was a Senior Fellow of the Association of American Colleges and Universities from 2003-05, serving as an advisor to AAC&U’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Global Initiatives and the Project on the Status and Education of Women and as chair of the advisory board of Campus Women Lead. Judith attended Salem College before finishing her B.A. at Princeton University. She received her M.A.


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Gloria Jacobs is Executive Director of the Feminist Press, a non-profit publisher affiliated with the City University of New York. The Press has been publishing books by and for women around the globe for 36 years, and also publishes WSQ, the Women’s Studies Quarterly. A journalist, author and feminist activist, Ms. Jacobs was for many years the Executive Editor of Ms. magazine. She is the co-author, with Barbara Ehrenreich and Elizabeth Hess, of Re-making Love: The Feminization of Sex, which analyzed the convergence of the women’s movement and the sexual revolution. Her articles have appeared in many publications, including The New York Times, The New York Daily News, The Guardian (UK), Mother Jones, Working Mother, and New York Woman. Working as a consultant for the United Nations, she edited and wrote several major reports on the status of women around the world.


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All WST Center Events are co-sponsored with ADVANCE, free, and open to the public. Please RSVP to Irina Nikiforova if you are interested in attending.

I Would Rather Be A Cyborg Than A Goddess: Intersectionality, Assemblage, and Affective Politics


JASBIR PUAR, Sociology, Rutgers University

Location: Room 6112 (Sociology Lounge)

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