The CRWG promotes collaborative, multidisciplinary research related to women and gender, with an emphasis on work, health and culture. In addition to research conducted within the university community, the Center collaborates with a range of other Chicago organizations to assist them in developing their evaluation and research programs. The Center’s mission is to produce improved understanding of the lives of women and the role of gender in society. Center staff members view research activities as collaborations in which all partners work towards the same goal.


The Center for Research on Women and Gender (CRWG) is the result of collaborative work among researchers from the Colleges of Nursing, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Medicine, Social Work, and the School of Public Health. CRWG’s efforts are focused on multidisciplinary, collaborative research and training in the areas of health, work, and culture, broadly defined. The Center is currently supported by the University through the UIC College of Medicine in addition to several external funders. The Center has received support from multiple sources including the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Institutes of Health, and the Johnson Foundation.

The Center encourages and supports collaborative research at UIC through a variety of activities. Center staff are available to assist faculty members in developing proposals, to provide office support for grant writing and submission, and to provide fiscal management after the grant is obtained. The Center reports to the UIC College of Medicine. This disciplinary independence facilitates working with faculty from a wide variety of fields.

In 1986, the UIC Faculty Senate approved Graduate Concentrations in Women’s Health and Women’s Studies; these concentrations provided momentum for the development of a new research center designed to promote collaborative research related to women and gender among UIC faculty. In September, 1991, the Illinois Board of Higher Education voted to approve the Center for Research on Women and Gender, and in July, 1992, Alice J. Dan, Ph.D., was appointed director. Since then, the Center has sponsored research crossing a range of disciplines; held major conferences on women’s health; developed programs for students and faculty focused on women in science, math, engineering and technology; and expanded its staff, funding, and space. The Center currently occupies space on the fifth floor of the DSHP building at 1640 W. Roosevelt Road.


The advisory board is a group of faculty and staff from UIC as well as community members who provide guidance on CRWG activities. We seek a wide representation of members from across UIC’s schools and colleges. For more information about the CRWG Advisory Board, please contact Lynda Warner.

Donna Baptiste, Professor, The Family Institute, Northwestern University
Tarini Bedi, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Shelley Brickson, Associate Professor, College of Business
Nancy J. Cohen, Community Member
Alice J. Dan, Director Emerita, Center for Research on Women & Gender; Professor Emerita, College of Nursing
Luisa Ann DiPietro, Professor; Director, The Center for Wound Healing and Tissue Regeneration, College of Dentistry
Sharon Haar, Professor, School of Architecture
Memoona Hasnain, Director of Research, Department of Family Medicine, College of Medicine
Laura Hirshfield, Assistant Professor, Department of Medical Education, College of Medicine
Stacey Horn, Associate Professor, Department of Educational Psychology, College of Education
Joan Kennelly, Research Assistant Professor, Community Health Sciences Division, School of Public Health
Pauline Maki, Professor; Director of Women’s Mental Health Research, Department of Psychiatry
Sharon Hogan Mastracci, Associate Professor, Public Administration Program, College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs
Alicia K. Matthews, Associate Professor, Department of Health Systems Science, College of Nursing
Sekile Nzinga-Johnson, Assistant Professor, Gender and Women’s Studies, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Patricia O’Brien, Associate Professor, Jane Addams College of Social Work
Hayat Onyuksel, Professor, Department of Biopharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy
Brenda Parker, Assistant Professor, Department of Urban Planning and Policy, College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs
Nadine Peacock, Associate Professor, Community Health Sciences Division, School of Public Health
Janet Richmond, Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Carrol Smith, Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Health Systems Science, College of Nursing
Annette Valenta, Professor, Biomedical and Health Information Sciences, College of Applied Health Sciences