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Transforming Scholarship

Why Women's and Gender Studies Students Are Changing Themselves and the World

By Michele Tracy Berger, Cheryl L Radeloff

Routledge – 2011 – 278 pages

Series: Contemporary Sociological Perspectives

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Transforming Scholarship is a user-friendly work of practical guidance and inspiration for supporting a student's interest in a Women's Studies degree. It focuses on three of the major barriers students face when exploring Women's Studies: a lack of awareness that Women's Studies constitutes an academic field; the negative response a student often faces when announcing to the world that he or she is interested in Women’s Studies; and the perceived lack of employment and career options that supposedly comes with graduating with a Women's Studies degree. This book will support students to think critically about what they know, how to demonstrate what they know, and how to prepare for life both personally and professionally after the degree.

Integrated into this book is the authors' research. They surveyed over 900 women’s and gender studies graduates (1995-2010) from around the globe ranging from Georgia State University to University of Ghana about their experiences as a student and their career paths. This is currently the largest global data set about contemporary women's and gender studies graduates!


"This book is suitable as a course textbook and indispensable for women's and gender studies programs. It is a necessary acquisition for academic libraries. Summing Up: Essential. Lower-level undergraduates and above; general readers."—CHOICE, G. M. Herrmann, SUNY College at Cortland, USA

"Direct, clear, compelling, this volume could not be more articulate in exploding every myth associated with this transformative field. This volume is a must for an introductory women’s studies course through to a capstone for WS majors; it both orients those new to the field, and provides excellent concrete advice for how to move from the college campus into the world."—Judith A. Howard, Sociology, University of Washington, USA

"Transforming Scholarship will help students to think through the history and significance of the field of Women’s and Gender Studies, guide them in answering challenging questions about themselves and their major or minor, and provide support and information about the job search and the ways they want to change the world. Rest assured that all Women’s and Gender Studies majors at my school will be given a copy of this text"—Alison Piepmeier, Women’s and Gender Studies, The College of Charleston, USA

"What can you do with a major in women’s studies?" How many times have I heard that question from students and parents! Thank goodness Michele Berger and Cheryl Radeloff have given us a thoroughly researched, accessible answer to that question. I’d highly recommend this book as required reading for first-year college students or as a great graduation gift for high school seniors interested in gender issues."—Susan M. Shaw, Women’s Studies, Oregon State University, USA

"If you have ever wondered what someone can do with a women’s and gender studies degree, Transforming Scholarship is the book for you. Michele Berger and Cheryl Radeloff have assembled an invaluable resource for both teacher and students that provides practical and theoretical insights into this evolving and dynamic field."—Anne Lacsamana, Women’s Studies, Hamilton College, USA

"…a practical and valuable handbook for current and prospective majors and minors in women and gender studies and for the people who care about them."—Sherri L. Barnes, University of California, Santa Barbara, Feminist Collections Volume 32, Numbers 3-4


Introduction: Transform Yourself: An Invitation to Explore Your Interest in Women's and Gender Studies Section One: You've Discovered Women's And Gender Studies and Want To Know More: Great! Now What? 1. The Birth of Women’s and Gender Studies and Who We Are Now: Your Inheritance as a Student of Women's and Gender Studies 2. Claiming Your Education Section Two: You've Committed To Learning in Women's And Gender Studies: Great! Now What? 3. How You Can Talk About Women's and Gender Studies Anytime, Anywhere and to Anyone 4. Discovering and Claiming Your Internal Strengths and External Skills Section Three: You’re Graduating: Great! Now What? 5. Women's and Gender Studies Graduates as Change Agents: Six Profiles 6. Transform your world: Preparing to Graduate and Living your Feminist Life

Author Bio

Michele Tracy Berger is Associate Professor in the Department of Women’s Studies at the University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill. She holds adjunct appointments in the Department of Political Science and the Department of City and Regional Planning. Her books include Workable Sisterhood: The Political Journey of Stigmatized Women with HIV/AIDS (Princeton University Press, 2004) and the co-edited collections The Intersectional Approach: Transforming the Academy Through Race, Class and Gender (University of North Carolina Press, 2010) and Gaining Access: A Practical and Theoretical Guide for Qualitative Researchers (Altamira Press, 2003). Her teaching and research interests include multiracial feminisms, qualitative methods, and HIV/AIDS activism. She is also a lifestyle coach and conducts seminars on women and leadership and creativity. In 2004, she launched The Creative Tickle™, a coaching practice that focuses on innovation and resourcefulness development, helping individuals and organizations to understand and harness the power of creativity for the 21st century. Michele writes a blog about the everyday practice of creativity:

Cheryl Radeloff is a Disease Investigation and Intervention Specialist II with the Southern Nevada Health District. She is also an adjunct professor of Women’s Studies at the College of Southern Nevada. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2004. Her dissertation was entitled "Vectors, Polluters, and Murders: HIV Testing Policies toward Prostitutes in Nevada". Prior to joining the Southern Nevada Health District, she was an assistant professor of Women’s Studies at Minnesota State University, Mankato. She has co-authored several book chapters, including a chapter in Wright’s (Ed.) Sex Offender Laws: Failed Policies, New Directions entitled "Sex Offenders, Mandatory HIV Testing, and Intentional Transmission" (Springer Publishing Company, 2009) with Erica Carnes, a chapter in Atwood’s (Ed.) Making Sense of Online Pornography entitled "How do I Rate? Websites as Erotic Looking Glasses" (Peter Lang Publishing, 2009) with Dennis Waskul, as well as written essays on safer sex, feminist pedagogy, and feminist methodology. She is in the process of becoming certified as a sex educator with the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT)

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