Women and Gender Studies Program

Two WGS Council Members Offered Honorary Fellowships Abroad

Profs. Jim Messerschmidt and Wendy Chapkis

This summer, USM professors James Messerschmidt (Criminology) and Wendy Chapkis (Sociology and Women & Gender Studies) were invited to be plenary speakers at the Center for Sex, Gender and Sexualities’ summer institute at Durham University in England.  Their plenary presentations opened the Center’s institute on “Re-imagining Sex, Re-imagining Gender” during the first week of June.  Dr. Messerschmidt, in his address, “From Hegemonic Masculinity to Hegemonic Masculinities,” discussed the past, present and future of masculinities scholarship.  In her remarks, “The Trouble with Mary Jane’s Gender,” Dr. Chapkis explored the intersection of gender politics and drug policy reform.  Both Professor Messerschmidt and Professor Chapkis also presented Research Master Classes on methodological issues and met with faculty and graduate students.  Professor Chapkis  was also invited to present her research on U.S. prostitution policies at the university's Law School.  The two guests were honored at a formal dinner and have been invited to become honorary fellows at Durham University.