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Critical Difference for Women

2011-12 research grant recipients chosen

Scholars working on a wide variety of research topics, from research itself to economics to art, to name a few, have been chosen to receive the 2011-12 Coca-Cola Critical Difference for Women Faculty and Graduate Studies Research grants. A few examples of the research projects chosen include:

Communication — Gender-Typing in Perceptions of Scientific Contributions

This study examines gender stereotyping in perceptions of scientific work. Perceived quality and relevance of a scientific contribution may depend on the author’s sex, perceiver’s sex, and the research topic. Research topics are subject to gender-typing, such that research involving children or technology, for example, may seem more “suitable” for females or for males. Such gender-based stereotyping would undermine fairness and excellence in science such that men may be more likely than women to get encouraged and promoted in academic careers. Moreover, self-stereotyping could lead women to be more self-critical and less persistent in pursuing an academic career. Coca-Cola CDW funds will support a survey of a sample of 80 individuals.

History and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies — Counting  Indians: Population and the Body Politic, 1800-1970

This research investigates the inter-connected histories of reproduction, gender, family, and population in modern India. Funding from the Coca-Cola CDW grant will allow the researcher to examine the archives of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), an international organization that played an important role in Indian population control campaigns during the 1960s. The researcher plans to examine the flow of ideas, funds, and personnel that brought together international concerns about population growth with the Indian government’s often coercive programs for “family planning.” Coca-Cola CDW funds will support research at IPPF in London.

Agricultural, Environmental, and Development Economics — Gender and Metropolitan Area Productivity, Poverty, and Income Inequality

Gender studies in economics are often centered on the impact the economy has on women, but far less research has examined how women are in turn affecting the economy. This research measures the impact of growing numbers of women in the workforce and in small businesses on U.S. metropolitan areas from 1980 to 2000. The impact of female employment share on wage growth, poverty, and income inequality is empirically estimated and initial results indicate the impact is both positive and significant. These results suggest that gender is an important aspect to understanding the determinants of regional economic growth. Coca-Cola CDW funds will be used to purchase a data set and software for analyses. Doctoral research.

Dance —  Shifting Traces: Contemporary Dance Africa

Shifting Traces: Contemporary Dance Africa is an online databank that highlights contemporary dance in 56 African countries. While facing challenging working conditions, numerous African-based dance artists are producing innovative and socially relevant performance. African women dance artists, specifically, lack support and visibility in the dance field. Coca-Cola CDW funds will allow the researcher to include interviews and documentation of the work of women choreographers in the databank. Funds will be used for travel for one faculty person and one graduate student assistant to the Festival Internacional de Dança Contemporanea, in Maputo, Mozambique, in November 2011 to interview women artists and film their performances. These will be added to the 35 choreographer profiles on www.shiftafrica.wordpress.com.

To learn who received the grants and how all the recipients are putting the funds to work, download the full list of project abstracts.