3rd Edition

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

    388 Pages
    by Routledge

    388 Pages
    by Routledge

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    Transforming Scholarship offers an essential guide to one of the most richly rewarding yet often under-appreciated academic majors: Women's and Gender Studies.

    This fully updated and revised third edition answers the question of what you can do with a women’s and gender studies degree with resounding authority. Chapters include exercises and valuable point-of-view segments with recent graduates and academics to help students realize their many talents and passions and how these may be linked to future professional opportunities. Students are also encouraged to reflect on the ways in which their efforts in the classroom can be translated into a life guided by feminism, civic engagement, and activism with updates such as:

      • A focus on activism that resulted from socio-political movements in the 2010s–2020, such as #BlackLivesMatter (BLM) and the #MeToo Movement;
      • An examination of the impact of COVID-19 on the academic and socio-cultural environment and career opportunities for graduates;
      • An exploration of increased acceptance of social justice and feminist perspectives;
      • Highlighting of intersectional identities of WGST students and faculty.

    Transforming Scholarship is an ideal counterpart and companion for capstone courses in women’s and gender studies, and for those who have finished their degree and are looking for invaluable advice while pondering, "What’s next?"

    Detailed Table of Contents  Series Foreword  Preface  Introduction  1. Claiming an Education: Your Inheritance as A Student of Women’s and Gender Studies  2. Developing the Core of Your Academic Career: Coursework, Internships, Study Abroad, And More  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  5. So, What Can You Do with Your Degree? Exploring Various Employment and Career Pathways  6. Women’s and Gender Studies Graduates as Change Agents Seven Profiles  7. Transform Your World Preparing to Graduate and Living Your Feminist Life  Appendix: A Research Note  References  Index


    Michele Tracy Berger is Associate Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Her research, teaching, and practice all focus on intersectional approaches to studying areas of inequality, especially racial and gender health disparities. Her work spans the fields of public health, sociology, and women's and gender studies.

    Cheryl Radeloff is a Senior Health Educator with the Southern Nevada Health District. She is also an Adjunct Professor of Sociology and Women’s Studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and the College of Southern Nevada. She received her PhD in Sociology from UNLV in 2004. Her research interests include gender studies, sexual and public health, particularly HIV and STIs, and social policy and are reflected in her professional and community activism. 

    “In this timely and important third edition, Berger and Radeloff continue their deep dive into what WGS students can do with their degrees. Unique in its focus on students’ ‘professionalization,’ Transforming Scholarship offers everyone in WGS, from students to faculty, important insights into how to translate and communicate this field’s skills and knowledges to multiple audiences—and why it matters even more now. A key text for this critical moment, when the lens offered by WGS education are so important to challenging and changing the world around us.”

    Ann Braithwaite, Professor of Diversity and Social Justice Studies, University of Prince Edward Island, Canada

    Transforming Scholarship provides plenty of opportunities for introspection and exploration of what it means to be a gender scholar in the world. Berger & Radeloff have produced an updated tool that will effectively help our students take their passion for gender equality and turn it into the fuel to launch their professional lives.”

    Paola Ehrmantraut, Director of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, University of St. Thomas, USA

    “Now more than ever, the world needs the critical thinking and skills for social change that women’s and gender studies majors spend years developing. Berger and Radeloff are inspirational guides for early career feminists preparing to take on these challenges.”

    Elizabeth R. Cole, Professor of Psychology, Women's and Gender Studies, and Afroamerican and African Studies, University of Michigan, USA