The Center for the Study of Women (CSW) is accepting applications for the 2020 Thinking Gender Conference Coordinator. This 25% Graduate Student Researcher (GSR) position offers a rare opportunity to plan and facilitate an internationally recognized graduate student research conference.

Thinking Gender is an annual public conference that draws scholars from across disciplines – humanities, social sciences, life sciences, arts, law, education, public health, and public policy – to share research on women, sexuality, and gender. Thinking Gender 2020 will be the 30th year of the conference. To find information on past Thinking Gender conferences, please visit our website at   

THINKING GENDER 2020 CONFERENCE THEME: Sexual Violence and Intersectionality

The 2020 Thinking Gender Conference will address intersectional, anti-carceral, and transnational responses against sexual violence. Much of the recent public conversation around remedying sexual violence has been caught in legalistic, punitive, or criminal justice discourses that centers the punishment of individual actors. We ask instead: what questions, analytics, and strategies emerge if we think of sexual violence as a function of empire, militarism, the afterlife of slavery, dispossession, incarceration, detention and deportation, and labor exploitation, among other forms of state and capitalist violence, rather than only caused by the actions of a particular individual that can be corrected through punishment? What histories of feminist, Indigenous, queer, anti-racist, and anti-colonial organizing against sexual violence can we excavate as durable traditions for the challenges of our times? What capacious understandings of harm and alternative definitions of justice, repair, and remedy might emerge out of such frameworks?

While we are particularly interested in applications from candidates with strong research and/or activist interests related to this theme, we invite all UCLA Graduate Students with an interest in intersectional feminism to apply.

The selected applicant will have the opportunity to collaborate with CSW Faculty Grace Hong in refining this conference theme and developing a program that makes a significant contribution to sexual violence and intersectionality research.


The Conference will take place in Winter 2020. This position provides a 25% Graduate Student Researcher (GSR) appointment with a monthly salary during Summer 2019, Fall 2019, and Winter 2020. During the academic year, fee remissions will be included. There is a possibility for an additional GSR appointment during Spring 2020, depending on remaining work and needs of the Center.

The GSR must be registered as a full-time student (enrolled in a minimum of 12 units) during the academic year and maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 throughout the duration of the appointment.


Under the supervision of the CSW Associate Director and Management Services Officer and in collaboration with the CSW Program and Research Developer, the Conference Coordinator will:

  • Plan and oversee an international, interdisciplinary conference 
  • Develop and implement plans that will aid the conference goal of serving graduate students and contributing to feminist research
  • Head the conference selection and program committee
  • Curate conference panels and presentations
  • Review and critique submissions
  • Lead and prepare agendas for conference planning meetings
  • Write and prepare conference documents, including but not limited to calls for submissions, publicity materials, manuals, etc.
  • Build and engage with a network of prominent scholars and administrators to create an interdisciplinary program
  • Develop cross-campus fundraising strategies and hone academic development skills
  • Interact with high-level university administrators
  • Spearhead outreach initiatives 


  • Registered UCLA graduate student in 2019-2020 academic year
  • Experience organizing or participating in research conferences 
  • Demonstrated ability to lead networking, fundraising, and outreach initiatives
  • Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team and to collaborate during meetings and discussions
  • Strong organizational skills, including:
  • Demonstrated ability to set and meet deadlines and priorities
  • Ability to organize and present information effectively and concisely
  • Ability to set and maintain a reliable work schedule
  • Research interests related to the conference theme and compatible with CSW’s core research on women, sexuality, and gender. We encourage students in any discipline to apply. 


The following materials are required when submitting your application through the online application system:

1) Cover Letter, outlining how your research interests relate to the conference theme, and what sessions you would incorporate (keynote speakers, workshops, etc.) that would both support the theme and serve the professional and research development needs of graduate students (1 page maximum)

2) CV

3) Unofficial UCLA Transcript (with most recent coursework and grades)

4) List of References: Provide at least two references (name, title, contact information, relation to applicant), one of whom must be a UCLA faculty member. We advise that references be able to comment on your research aptitude (particularly as it relates to the theme), organizational skills, and capacity to oversee the production of a conference.

If selected for an interview, please be prepared to suggest and discuss possible sessions related to the theme, speakers, outreach and fundraising strategies, and formats for the conference.

UCLA Center for the Study of Women

Call for Graduate Student Researchers, 2019-2020 Academic Year

The Center for the Study of Women (CSW) is hiring two 25%-50% Graduate Student Researchers (GSRs) for the 2019-2020 academic year (percentage based on student availability and qualifications) to start in Summer 2019 (if available) or Fall 2019. 

Position includes a monthly stipend and graduate student fee remission benefits. Possibility of continuation of appointment based on satisfactory performance. CSW is seeking GSRs to contribute to a wide range of research projects and those with interests and expertise related to our four research streams are particularly encouraged to apply. 

Students at the advanced PhD or post-MA stage are preferred, but we welcome applications from interested UCLA graduate students at all stages of their studies.


Duties will be shared by two GSRs based on expertise; each individual GSR will not be responsible for all of the items below.

  • Grant Support: Conduct research on potential grant opportunities and contribute to writing grant applications and proposals. Conduct research on foundation grants, government grants, and intramural opportunities. Make recommendations on the feasibility of grants for particular CSW projects.
  • Research Proposals: Assist in the preparation of research proposals for review by the UCLA Institutional Review Board (IRB). Assist in developing ethical guidelines for research projects.
  • Undergraduate Research Mentorship: Mentor a group of undergraduate researchers who are contributing to CSW’s Chemical Entanglements project ( Mentorship duties may include meeting regularly with student researchers and providing training on archival, ethnographic, oral history, statistical, survey, or other research techniques as needed.
  • Interviews and Oral Histories: Conduct oral history and/or ethnographic research through phone, in-person, and/or video interviews. Projects may include oral histories of environmental illness as part of the Chemical Entanglements initiative and oral histories of past CSW leadership, faculty, and students as part of CSW’s 35th Anniversary commemoration.
  • Archival Research: Conduct research in the UCLA University Archives housed in Library Special Collections on the institutional history of CSW in preparation for CSW’s 35th Anniversary commemoration.
  • General Research: Read, interpret, and evaluate primary and secondary sources. Summarize sources and compile comprehensive and accurate annotated bibliographies, literature reviews, and reading lists.
  • Writing: Compose high-quality content for online publications (blog posts, social media posts), literature reviews, research summaries and reports, policy briefs, and newsletters.
  • Editing: Assist CSW staff in copy-editing, typesetting, and preparing journal articles and other documents for publication. 
  • Event Support: Staff CSW events, conferences, and symposia.

Hours are flexible but students must maintain regular schedule.


Students who meet some, but not all, qualifications are strongly encouraged to apply. We plan to hire two GSRs in order to cover all required duties.

  • UCLA graduate student (master’s or doctorate) in good academic standing.
  • Experience designing, implementing, and overseeing research projects. 
  • Experience working on interdisciplinary projects, ability and willingness to read and critically summarize literature from a broad range of disciplinary fields, and capacity to adapt to the scholarly practices of diverse academic fields is strongly desired. 
  • Adept at finding information and answering complex questions by conducting library and online research using primary and secondary sources.
  • Skills or interest in gender studies, archival or information studies, history, oral history, ethnography, cultural studies, science and technology studies, public policy, public health, environmental studies, or related fields.
  • Able and willing to read academic texts from a variety of disciplines (including those outside your field of study). Ability to coherently, comprehensively, and accurately synthesize and summarize information from academic texts for the preparation of literature reviews and publications.
  • Experience applying for federal and foundation grants from agencies and organizations, and knowledge of current academic grant landscape.
  • Experience preparing proposals for UCLA’s IRB review and approval process.
  • Experience conducting interviews for oral history or ethnographic projects.
  • Experience teaching and/or mentoring undergraduate students.
  • Organized, responsible, thorough, timely, and able to work in a collaborative team.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills. Prior experience in editing or producing publications is highly desirable.
  • Ability to work independently on a project and meet deadlines and benchmarks.
  • Ability to develop meeting agendas and prepare meeting notes and minutes.

Experience working with Microsoft Office Products (Excel, Word, Outlook, etc.). 


Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until position is filled. Interviews will begin as soon as possible.

  • Cover Letter (no more than 2 pages): Concisely use this statement to 1) specify the Job Duties you are interested in (from the list), 2) explain how you specifically qualify for the Job Duties via the list of Qualifications, and 3) identify which CSW research projects interest you and how you can best serve them. For information on CSW Research Projects, see
  • CV/Resume
  • Writing Sample (no more than 10 pages and must be sole-authored)
  • Contact information for two references


Work study funding is not required for these positions. However, if applicant qualifies for work study for the 2019-2020 academic year, please indicate on application.

Center for the Study of Women