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The Sexualities Project at Northwestern (SPAN) is a multi-pronged, critical, and interdisciplinary initiative to promote research and education on sexuality, sexual orientation, and health in social context.

SPAN funds research by Northwestern faculty members; selects postdoctoral fellows in an international competition; and awards dissertation fellowships, summer research grants, and conference travel support to Northwestern graduate students. SPAN also organizes workshops, brings speakers to campus, and promotes a range of educational activities relating to sexuality studies. Our goal is to support Northwestern's contributions to the emerging research agenda on sexual orientation and sexuality, particularly within the social sciences (broadly construed).

Recipients of direct support from SPAN are affiliated with 43 different campus departments and programs across seven Northwestern schools (Bienen, Feinberg, Law, Medill, SESP, SOC, and WCAS). They include Black Studies, Anthropology, Art History, Art Theory & Practice, Asian American Studies, Asian Languages and Culture, the Buffett Institute for Global Studies, Clinical Psychology, Communication Studies, Comparative Literary Studies, English, French and Italian, Gender & Sexuality Studies, Global Health Studies, HDSP, Health Services Research, History, Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing (ISGMH), Jewish and Israel Studies, Journalism, Law, Learning Sciences, Liberal Studies, Linguistics, MTS, Medical Humanities & Bioethics, Medical Social Sciences, Medicine, Middle East and North African Studies (MENA), Musicology, Performance Studies, Pediatrics, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Public Health, Religious Studies, Rhetoric and Public Culture, RTVF and Screen Cultures, Slavic, Social Psychology, Sociology, Spanish & Portuguese, and Theater and Drama.

For more information about SPAN please go to their website.


Héctor Carrillo, Co-Director

Gregory Ward, Co-Director

Ariel Clark-Semyck, Program Assistant