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the global studies research group

The Taft Global Studies Research Group explores global phenomena and issues and their manifestations at local, national, and regional levels around the world. This interdisciplinary group welcomes the participation of faculty with interests and expertise in these areas across the University of Cincinnati community. Participation can include involvement in current projects, proposals for new projects interested faculty wish to organize, and requests for seed or supplemental funding for projrcts faculty are developing relevant to global studies, especially those that reflect “glocal” orientations that engage or connect local publics with global issues.

Currently the group is engaging in a gender equity study of the City of Cincinnati municipal government, prompted by the passing of a resolution in 2015 and then an ordinance in 2017 by the Cincinnati City Council for city government to reflect the spirit of the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). These were the results of several years of organizing by the Cincinnati4CEDAW Coalition, made up of non-profit women’s organizations and some UC faculty (from Planning, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and Political Science) and formed in response to the Cities for CEDAW national initiative begun by women’s organizations across the country to redress the fact the US is only one of seven countries that has not ratified CEDAW. Cincinnati is the seventh city in the country to pass an ordinance to authorize a mayor-appointed Gender Equality Task Force and a gender equity study of city government.

Under the auspices of the Global Studies Research Group and the College of Cincinnati Project and with funding and in-kind support from the City of Cincinnati, the Taft Global Studies and Human Rights Research Groups, and several UC departments and colleges, a Gender Equity Research Team was formed that is now conducting that study (2017-2019). The UC members of that team, who also comprise, at present, the core of the Global Studies Research Group, are the following:

Study Leaders
Co-Project Leader: Dr. Anne Sisson Runyan, Professor, Department of Political Science

Co-Project Leader, Financial Manager, and Co-Qualitative Research Leader: Dr. Amy Lind, Mary Ellen Heintz Professor and Head, Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Co-Project Leader and Co-Qualitative Research Leader: Dr. Rebecca Sanders, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science

Quantitative Research Leader: Dr. Jack Mewhirter, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science

Other Study Members
Dr. Jan Marie Fritz, Professor, School of Planning (progenitor of Cincinnati4CEDAW Coalition and also serving on the City of Cincinnati Gender Equality Task Force; also on the task force from UC is A&S Associate Dean Jennifer Malat)

Dr. Michelle McGowan, Research Associate Professor, Ethics Center of Cincinnati Children’s and Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Dr. Kim Conger, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science

Dr. Jeff Millar, Assistant Professor-Educator, Departments of Anthropology and Communications

Dr. Laura Jenkins, Professor, Department of Political Science

Dr. Rina Williams, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science

Dr. Lisa Vaughn, Professor of Pediatrics, College of Medicine/Cincinnati Children’s with a joint appointment in Educational Studies

Murat Yilmaz, PhD student and GA for study, Department of Political Science


For more information on this project, to propose others you wish to organize, and/or to request seed or supplemental funding for projects you are organizing relevant to global studies, contact the co-chairs of this group: Anne Runyan or Rebecca Sanders.


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