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WGS welcomes two new faculty affiliates

Dr. Heather Silber Mohamed’s research interests include Latino politics, immigrant socialization and participation, immigration policy, and identity politics in the US, focusing on the influence of race, class, and gender. She teaches Women, Politics, and Public Policy, which will be offered next Spring. Before coming to Clark, Dr Silber Mohamed spent six years working on Capitol Hill, in both the Senate and the House of Representatives. She then left politics to pursue her PhD at Brown University. She worked as a Visiting Lecturer at Brown for a year before starting as an Assistant Professor at Clark in January 2014.

Dr. Silber Mohamed has a recent publication in the journal Politics, Groups, and Identities:
Silber Mohamed, Heather. 2015. “Americana or Latina? Gender and identity acquisition among Hispanics in the United States.” Politics, Groups, and Identities. DOI: 10.1080/21565503.2014.999801

Andrew L. Stewart is a social psychologist studying intergroup relations in the contexts of gender, race, nationality, sexual orientation, and class.
He teaches a research course, PSYC210: Research in Ideology and Violence, that undergraduates can register for. He plans on teaching seminars in masculinities and violence, the psychology of privilege, the psychology of intergroup relations (including gender relations), and stereotypes and prejudice, which will cover gender stereotypes and sexism.
Before coming to Clark, he conducted research on intergroup violence and social change as a graduate student at the University of Connecticut. Part of his research included administration and evaluation of sexual assault prevention programs for college men to reduce sexual violence.

Some of Dr. Stewart's recent publications include:
Stewart, A. L. (2014). The Men’s Project: A sexual assault prevention program targeting college men. Psychology of Men and Masculinity, 15, 481-485. doi: 10.1037/a0033947
Stewart, A. L., Pratto, F., Bou Zeineddine, F., Sweetman, J., Eicher, V., Licata, L., van Stekelenburg, J. (in press). International support for the Arab uprisings: Understanding sympathetic collective action using theories of social identity and social dominance. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations.

2015 WGS Award Recipients

Suzanne Birdesell '15
The HAZEL HUGHES Women's Studies Award for Academic Excellence: in honor of early Women’s Students Dean Hazel Hughes, for outstanding academic work by an undergraduate student.

Imogene Winkleman '15
The ALICE HIGGINS Award in Women's Studies: in honor of wonderful long time Clark trustee (and WS fan) Alice Higgins, for outstanding contributions to the Clark and/or wider community of women and girls. Nominate a senior student who has been “out there” making a positive difference in the lives of Clark and/or Worcester women and girls.

Hannah Yore '15
The CYNTHIA ENLOE Scholar/Activist Award: awarded to a student who has worked hard to advance scholarship in Women’s Studies and has been an activist in this cause.

Professor Valerie Sperling on Pussy Riot and Putin

Professor Valerie Sperling has a lot to say about gender politics in contemporary Russia since the release of her latest book "Sex, Politics, and Putin: Political Legitimacy in Russia". Visit Prof. Sperling's latest blog post on Pussy Riot's criminal feminism at the Oxford University Press blog, and Huffington Post article about the use of gender stereotypes in Russian domestic and foreign policy. Prof. Sperling's books is available for purchase from the Clark University Bookstore.