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Quigley Research Fellowship

Majors in the class of 2016 and 2017 may compete for a limited number of Quigley Research Fellowships for 2015-2016. These paid research fellowships enable qualified juniors to work one-on-one with a faculty member in the Program for the Study of Women and Gender on a research or curricular project.

***NEW ***Quigley Spring 2016

Application due November 30th.

Quigley Research fellowship Spring 2016

Quigley Research Fellowship; Project Description
Carrie Baker: Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking
Carrie Baker (Spring 2016)
This Quigley fellowship involves research into the social movement against sex trafficking of youth in the United States and legal changes relating to domestic minor sex trafficking over the last two decades. Areas of research include the historical treatment of youth involved in commercial sex, how youth advocates have leveraged anti-trafficking frameworks to push for changes to the legal treatment of minors, strategies and tactics of anti-youth-trafficking activists, critiques of the movement, legal changes including safe harbor laws and reform of child welfare treatment of minors involved in sex trade, and media portrayals of juvenile sex trafficking.  Skills and interests required: A student research assistant would help conduct primary and secondary research, including research in scholarly databases and on the internet, legal research, organizational research, and archival research in the Sophia Smith Collection.


Quigley Proposals for Fall 2015
Applications due Thursday, April 29, 2015

Quigley Research Fellowship 

SWG Quigley Research Project Description
(full year: 2015-16)
Naomi Miller
“Writing Early Modern Women through Historical Fiction”

My Quigley research project is two-fold: first, I’m researching contemporary historical fiction novelists’ representations of female figures in the Renaissance, from artists to patronesses, courtesans to queens, across a range of novelists including Hilary Mantell and Sarah Dunant, Geraldine Brooks and Tracy Chevalier, Philippa Gregory and Margaret George, for the purposes of writing an article and developing a new course. Second, I’m conducting research in support of my own historical fiction novel series, called Shakespeare’s Sisters: Women Writing the Renaissance, which focuses on such early modern English women authors as Mary Wroth, Mary Sidney, Anne Clifford, Amelia Lanyer, and Elizabeth Cary.
My Quigley Fellow will assist with primary research into details of women’s lives in the early modern world, as well as research into examples of historical novels written by the authors above as well as new and emerging authors.

SWG Quigley Research Project Description
(full year: 2015-16)
Lisa Armstrong
“Black/Land Project and Gendered Resistance, Springfield MA

This Quigley research project looks into the basic needs movements of Springfield, Massachusetts from 1967-2015 led by groups such as Live Well Springfield, Gardening the Community, No One Leaves, Concerned Citizens of Mason Square. This research can focus on a variety of areas: collecting historical photography of city activism, reading city planning meeting notes, researching city archives, and GIS mapping of collected materials to tell the story of Springfield’s activism around civil rights, housing rights, food rights and transportation rights. These movements have all raised questions and produced answers to issues of food access, cultural dignity and land, livable-waged employment, and rights for renters and home-owners to fair housing.

SWG Quigley Research Project Description (Fall 2015)
Lisa Armstrong
“Student-centered Voices on Title IX”

This Quigley research project is linked to the student-run conference “Beyond Title IX” held in September 18-19, 2015. This student will collect the responses of area students who participate in the conference. They will attend the conference to gather student assessments of workshops and panels, to record initiatives that emerge from the conference and to bear witness to unfolding events. The student will be asked to gather materials from the conference preparations and aftermath as well to keep an ongoing record of student activism around sexual assault on regional campuses in the Pioneer Valley.

How to Apply

To apply, submit a description of your interests, prior coursework and research skills that qualify you for the fellowship of your choice on the application form below (if applying for more than one project, a separate form must be submitted for each).

You may apply for more than one project, but you may only receive a single fellowship for work with a single faculty member as a Quigley fellow (up to a maximum of 10-hours-a-week for one semester*, five-hours-a-week over two semesters, or a more intensive hourly work schedule over interterm, depending on faculty member's needs.)

*Accepting a 10-hour a week Quigley Fellowship means you may not hold another full-time campus job or STRIDE position.


Quigley forms must be e-mailed to rsiegel@smith.edu by April 29. First priority will be given to SWG majors in the Class of 2016 and 2017.