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Director's Welcome
photo of Colleen Murphy, Director WGGP 

On behalf of the Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program (WGGP) at the University of Illinois, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the new semester.

This year we will be celebrating our 40th anniversary.  Since 1980, WGGP has had as our goal encouraging and facilitating research, instruction, and service focused on gender equity and human development.  Our 71 Faculty Affiliates from 12 Colleges and 33 Departments from across campus comprise a rich community of scholars with expertise in these areas.  The complete list of Faculty Affiliates is located on the People page of our website.

We now have a new website with a new look.  The new website has dedicated areas for us to highlight our faculty affiliates, showcase our current GRID students, and advertise our programming.  This year we will also feature “Throwback Thursday,” offering a retrospective of events and people these past 40 years.  Please check out the new website at https://wggp.illinois.edu

Our program strives to engage students, faculty as well as community members through lectures, brown bags, and symposia. On the Home page of our website, you will find upcoming events that we are hosting or co-sponsoring. This semester we will kick off a two-year project on “Migration and Game Design”.  For more information on the project or how to get involved, please visit our Research page

Over 150 graduate students have participated in WGGP through what was originally a certificate program and is now a graduate minor on Gender Relations in International Development (GRID).  For more information about our GRID minor, please look under the Academics page. Each year we highlight our GRID alums on our website, in our weekly newsletter, and on social media.  During Spring 2020, we will host a GRID Student Symposium and a GRID Alumni Symposium.  Stay tuned for more information. 

Annually, we offer a competition for graduate student awards that includes two full year fellowships (the Barbara A. Yates Fellowship and the Rita and Arnold Goodman Fellowship) along with research awards (the Accad & Vielle and Due & Ferber International Research Awards).  The deadline for applying for funding for AY 2020-21 is February 17, 2020.  Complete details and a link to the application is on the Fellowship page

I encourage you to look over our website and learn more about our program.  I also invite you to “Like” us on Facebook  and “Follow” us on Twitter and Instagram to learn about happenings on campus and around the world related to human development and gender equity. 

We are happy to meet with you to discuss any questions you might have about our program or about how you may get involved with WGGP.  Please don’t hesitate to contact me or our Assistant Director, Anita Kaiser, at arkaiser@illinois.edu or (217) 333-6221.  We look forward to hearing from you.

Finally, I would like to invite you to our Fall Reception on September 4, 2019 from 4-5pm.  This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about WGGP and meet colleagues and supporters from across campus.  RSVP is appreciated by September 1st at https://forms.illinois.edu/sec/9581248.


Warm regards,

Colleen Murphy
Director, Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program
Professor of Law & Professor of Philosophy and Political Science

Annual Fall Reception

The Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program (WGGP) invites you to join us for our annual fall reception.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019
4:00-5:00pm (remarks at 4:20pm)
Room 101 International Studies Building
910 S. Fifth Street, Champaign

Light refreshments will be served.

RSVP online is appreciated

Alumni Spotlight

Angela Cotler
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Alumna
GRID Minor, 2005
Ph.D. in Socio-Cultural Anthropology, 2005

Current Position

Director of Membership and Development, Latin American Studies Association (LASA)

See full interview here

Faculty Affiliate News

WGGP Faculty Affiliate, Kathryn Anthony, received the 2018-19 Faculty Award for Excellence in Research from the College of Fine & Applied Arts at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 

Read more information here.


Faculty Affiliates and GRID Students are welcome to send award and
publication updates to be included in future newsletters.

If you have news to share, please contact Anita Kaiser at arkaiser@illinois.edu
or (217) 333-6221.



Women and Gender in Global Perpsectives Program with Playful by Design: Illinois Interdisciplinary Game Studies (PbD) and the Siebel Center for Design (SCD) will host a two year project on Migration and Game Design.  For future information on the project, please visit here.

If you are interested in attending the September 11th working group meeting, RSVP appreciated by September 8th. 

This project is made possible through funding by the Illinois Global Institute. 


Position Notice-University of Illinois

Outreach Coordinator

European Union Center

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The European Union Center (EUC) is searching for an Outreach Coordinator to develop, implement, and assess the outreach programs and public events. As a Title VI National Resource Center and Jean Monnet Center of Excellence, the incumbent will represent the EUC to external and internal constituencies. Provide programs for diverse constituents, including University of Illinois faculty and students, K-16 educators and students, the business community, media, government officials, and the general public.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit http://go.illinois.edu/EEO

For complete details, please visit position notice.

WGGP Courses and Programs

WGGP Gender Relations in International

Development Graduate Minor

WGGP offers a graduate minor in Gender Relations in International Development (GRID). The GRID interdisciplinary minor is designed to give students the analytical and empirical skills needed to address and critically evaluate human development issues in research and policy analysis, as well as in daily life. As of 2019, GRID Alumni have come from 35 departments across campus and 50 different countries.

To learn more about the GRID minor, please contact Anita Kaiser at arkaiser@illinois.edu or by phone at 333-6221.


Undergraduate Certificate

in Global Health

Joint with WGGP and LAS Global Studies

GLBL 240 and GLBL 440 are both offered Fall 2019

Certificate Description

LAS Global Studies, in conjunction with Women and Gender in Global Perspectives (WGGP) is offering a Certificate in Global Health. This certificate is open to all undergraduate majors at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

More information about the Global Health Certificate including upcoming information sessions is available here

** Next information session is Monday, September 16th: 10-10:30 am

Campus Courses of Interest

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Fall 2019 Courses


EALC 550 Seminar
Law and Society in Chinese History
Fall 2019
Prof. SHAO Dan
Tuesdays 2-4:20pm; G18 FLB

This cross-disciplinary seminar introduces students to the historical and cultural roots of contemporary problems concerning law and society in China. This course focuses on historical, legal, anthropological, and fictional readings on “law” (C: fa, ling, lü, li, gui, ze) in modern and contemporary Chinese society from the late Qing to the present. Major themes to be covered include: 1) the changes in Chinese conception of law in different historical periods; 2) cultural idioms about law and social consequences of legal codes; 3) import of western legal concepts and codes; 4) methodology of using legal materials in the field of East Asian studies. Course materials include varied genres of publications: academic writings, journalistic reports, governmental documents, archival excerpts, as well as visual materials. 

This course aims at training students to develop skills at transnational research, comparative studies of primary sources, critical review of theories, creative application of cross-disciplinary research methods, multi-lingual reading, as well as ability to identify problems and pose interesting questions and to conduct multidisciplinary research in a crucial field that is growing fast.


Spring 2020







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