By Christine Gailey
The UCR Women's Studies Department welcomes our newest faculty member,
Assistant Professor Tracy Fisher. A specialist on grassroots women's organizations,
Dr. Fisher has conducted research in Britain on historically shifting
patterns of racialization and their intersection with gender in nongovernmental
organization (NGO) efforts. She is concerned with how NGOs negotiate both
community priorities and state agendas to gain access to resources for local
women. She is developing new courses for the Department, which will begin
to be offered next Fall.
This year, you will find Dr. Fisher teaching
Women, Politics, and Social Movements (WMST 109) in the Fall and Women
and Culture (WMST 010) in the Spring.
We also welcome Professor Georgia Warnke, now Chair of the Philosophy
Department, who for the next two years will be teaching courses for Women's
Studies as well as Philosophy. Valued by our students for her teaching
Gender Theory (WMST 100), Philosophies of Feminism (PHIL/WMST 166) and
Philosophical Issues of Race and Gender (WMST 108/PHIL 108), this term
Professor Warnke is teaching her new course on Ethics and Families (WMST
You can find out more about Dr. Fisher and Prof. Warnke in "Meet
Women's Studies is relishing our new office space in 1141 Watkins.
We also now have a conference/seminar room, 1140 Watkins, so a brown-bag
lunchtime speaker series is in the works. Watch for fliers and email
The Women's Studies office continues to be one of the most user-friendly
spaces on campus. You can find Bev Palmer as you enter the office:
Bev is our AA II, lured from retirement to run our day-to-day operations
and assemble this newsletter.
New to Women's Studies this Fall is Kris King, the AA III who's
been assigned to us while Irma Kemp is out on disability. Kris brings
to her managerial position a background in working with students
as well as the UC systems, which our minors and majors have already
found to their benefit.
Nancy Huynh is our dedicated work-study this year: the information-packed
bulletin boards outside Watkins 1141 are her inspiration, and she's
updating our student list-serve.
Welcome, Nancy! So drop in and share insights into women's issues
(and usually a laugh or two) with Bev, Kris, Nancy, and Christine.
Please visit the Women in Coalition
office in 2121 J Watkins, where Piya Chatterjee and the advisory
team are planning a number of projects for this year.