Articulating Differences

Since its inception in 1981, the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women has questioned the ways in which society creates and applies categories and definitions related to gender, race, ethnicity, and sexuality. At the heart of its research agenda is the concept of “difference” and how it's reflected in the production of knowledge throughout the academy.

As a result of this multidisciplinary mission, the center fosters critical, collaborative scholarship on questions of gender and difference. Its unique array of programs and resources includes: 

  • The Pembroke Seminar, a year-long advanced research seminar
  • An undergraduate concentration and graduate certificate in Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • Public conferences and lectures
  • International partnership projects
  • Postdoctoral fellowships
  • Seed grants and fellowships for Brown faculty and students in any discipline whose work concerns gender or sexuality
  • A noted academic journal, differences
  • The Pembroke Archives, dedicated to feminist and queer scholarship and the history of women at Brown and in Rhode Island


“ Our community nurtures students and promotes the analysis society so urgently needs. It is the Pembroke Center’s ability to see virtually all topics as open to feminist inquiry that has kept its research vital. ”

Suzanne Stewart-Steinberg Director of the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women, Professor of Comparative Literature and Italian Studies

The Pembroke Center's groundbreaking research is timely and relevant and its archives preserve women’s and LGBTQ history for future generations. Your gift will enable this work and directly enhance education, advising, and mentoring for students and scholars. 


Why give now?

Our ambitious goals are achievable when we unite to create our shared future: BrownTogether.

For information about specific giving opportunities, contact:

Rebecca Laiho
Development Coordinator for Academic Initiatives
+1 (401) 863-7700
[email protected]

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