Women and Gender Studies Program
Jenna Mehnert, MSW, has been hired as executive director of the Maine Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the statewide advocacy organization for people affected by mental illness. Mehnert brings a diverse background as an advocate, policymaker, administrator, service provider and network builder to the position.
The Maine Transgender Network, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides support and resources for the transgender community, families, and significant others, and raises awareness about the varied forms of gender identity and expression by providing training and consultation for mental health and social service professionals.
Susan Fineran and co-author James Gruber (UMich-Dearborn) will be giving a paper on Gender, Sexual Orientation, and the Impact of Sexual Harassment Experiences on School Outcomes at the Society for the Study of Social Problems, New York City, August 9, 2013.
Professor Kate Wininger (Philosophy and Women & Gender Studies) was the guest on MPBN Public Radio's "Maine Calling" with Keith Shortall on the topic "What good is Philosophy?"
Assunta Kent, (Theater and Women & Gender Studies) presented the paper Playing Together Across Racial Divides: Patient Preparation for Respectful Direction, at the Association for Theatre in Higher Education in Orlando, August 2013.
Four USM alums with ties to USM Women and Gender Studies pursue graduate degrees at New York University, Northwestern University, Simmons College and the University of Texas
Thompson along with a UROP research fellow are working in local preschools assessing children’s development in this area and exploring how it may be influence by different rates of pre-frontal cerebral cortex development—specifically executive function (e.g. impulse control, planning).
Associate Professor of Music and WGS Affiliated Scholar, Daniel Sonenberg was awarded USM's Provost's Research Fellowship and Trustree Professorship for 2013-14 (the first professor to hold both awards concurrently), in order to orchestrate his opera, The Summer King, about Negro League baseball great Josh Gibson.
Wendy Chapkis, Professor of Women and Gender Studies and Sociology was interviewed for a July 16th article in the Forecaster about prostitution in the Parkside neighborhood of Portland.
Prof. Eileen Eagan (History and Women & Gender Studies) is working on a "Digitizing Maine" project over the summer, developing an online Portland Women's History Trail.