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Quigley Research Fellowship

Majors in the class of 2018 and 2019 may compete for a limited number of Quigley Research Fellowships for 2017-2018. These paid research fellowships enable qualified juniors and seniors 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.

Fall Quigleys Due Sept 15, 2017

New Quigley Research Assistantships

Public histories of domestic worker organizing in the United States
Jennifer Guglielmo
I am currently developing a public history project with the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA), to help them train their membership in the history of their movement and use history as an organizing tool in their current campaigns. Founded in 2007, the NDWA is a national alliance of over 60 affiliate organizations of over 20,000 nannies, housekeepers, and caregivers for the elderly in 36 cities and 17 states. This project is tied to both my advanced research seminar in US women’s history, which I teach every year, and my own scholarly research agenda. I am working with the NDWA to make this history accessible via curriculum designed for worker-organizers, an online interactive Smartphone-accessible timeline, and other formats. Domestic work – housekeeping, childcare, and home elder care -- has historically been done by women of color and been among the lowest paid, most vulnerable and exploited forms of labor. These formats therefore present these histories in service of uplifting the movement, upholding the dignity and value of care work, and fighting for respect and just labor conditions. A Quigley Research Fellow would assist me with this project, including evaluating the material we’ve produced thus far and helping me to clear copyright permission on the images that we’re using in the timeline. This would mean working with me and Miriam Neptune (Digital Scholarship Librarian) to contact libraries, activist organizations, scholars, and other copyright holders. If you’re detail oriented, responsible, work well independently, and interested in helping domestic workers come to know their inspiring histories, then this is the project for you. This project is for the fall semester: 10 hours/week.

Reproductive Justice Project
Joyce Follet
This Quigley fellow will assist in creating a digital toolkit on the histories of women of color organizing for reproductive health, rights, and justice in the US. The toolkit is intended for use by movement leaders, who will participate in the project’s development. 
The work will draw upon the student’s interests and experience and will build skills in:

  1. public history and digital scholarship
  2. secondary and primary research, including archival research in the Sophia Smith Collection
  3. digital project management, including organizing audiovisual and other materials
  4. collaboration with community partners. 

Full year fellowship, 4-5 hours a week. 

Resettlement and Relocation
Laura Fugikawa
This Quigley fellowship involves research into the relocation and resettlement of Japanese American and Native Americans in the 1940s-1960s. Areas of research include Native American and Asian American history, gender and sexuality, Los Angeles, Chicago and urban renewal. Skills and interests required: A student research assistant would help conduct primary and secondary research, research on online oral histories, requesting records from government agencies, and collecting newspapers articles and government documents.
Two positions: full-year at 5 hours per week.


Quigley Proposals for Fall 2017 and Spring 2018
Applications due Friday, April 14, 2017

SWG Quigley Research Project Description:

Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking
Carrie Baker
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
Full year fellowship, 4-5 hours a week.

Archives and Violence
Jennifer DeClue
This Quigley Fellowship will support research into the archival documentation of acts of violence committed against black women during Reconstruction and the Jim Crow Era, as they are represented in black feminist films. The areas of research for this fellowship, beyond the historical periods mentioned above, include black popular culture, experimental cinema, black feminism, and the study of the archive.
This fellowship will draw upon and help strengthen the candidate’s ability to conduct primary and secondary research, use and navigate research databases, read scholarly articles and discuss their key points.
Full year fellowship that requires (4-5) hours of work per week.

Meridians: feminism, race, transnationalism
(2 Fellowships)
Ginetta Candelario
The Quigley fellowship involves research assistance to the editor and staff of the journal Meridians, feminism, race, transnationalism.
Work will include providing background information on various subjects published by the journal; helping to assess published essays for possible use in the undergraduate curriculum; and learning publishing-related tasks that will help the fellow to understand how to edit and/or prepare a scholarly journal for publication. Other tasks may include organizing information for the author/subject database and other general clerical needs of the journal.

Students applying should be interested in the publishing process as well as the journal content and have sufficient technical skills to perform the required tasks.
(2) Full year fellowships

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 14. First priority will be given to SWG majors in the Class of 2018 and 2019.