Articulating Differences

Since its inception, the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women has been devoted to rigorous scholarship on the struggles people face as they seek equal opportunity, especially those whose gender identity or sexual orientation make them targets of violence. Attending to both national and transnational contexts, scholars with a wide range of disciplinary expertise convene at the center to confront real-world problems and advance justice and transformational change.

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


Scholars at every level are essential to these efforts. But postdoctoral fellows—those who have just completed their Ph.D.—play a critical role in the center’s intellectual community. They bridge professors’ innovative explorations and those of graduate and undergraduate students; teach undergraduate courses of their own design; benefit from research and conference funding; and develop professionally through faculty mentorship.

“ Pembroke Center postdoctoral fellows bring cutting-edge ideas to our research agenda and into the undergraduate curriculum. They also offer invaluable mentorship to students in the program. ”

Leela Gandhi Shauna McKee Stark ’76, P’10 Director of the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women, John Hawkes Professor of the Humanities and English

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 Jenkins
Academic Initiatives Development Coordinator
+1 (401) 863-7700

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