The Intercollegiate Feminist Center for Teaching, Research and Engagement offers programs and support for students, faculty and staff interested in feminism and gender issues, as well as those active in women’s, gender and feminist studies at the Claremont Colleges. We sponsor and co-sponsor lectures, symposia, workshops, conferences, and community-building events. We offer:

• A complete lending collection with books and films, as well as senior theses and magazines, open daily for browsing or studying. New books and films in our library collection. Explore the Women Make Movies collection on kanopy.

• An events calendar of feminist/gender/women’s studies at the Claremont Colleges and the surrounding area

• A list of Women’s Studies courses offered each semester, with detailed descriptions

• Monthly networking lunches for students on specific themes

• A mailing list with information about events and other opportunities to get involved

• An up-to-date list of conferences and calls for proposals and papers

The IFC Steering Committee includes one or more faculty representatives from each of the undergraduate colleges and several students representatives.

The IFC offices and library are located in Vita Nova Hall at Scripps College.  Our hours are 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m, Monday through Friday.  Please drop by to visit!


Course Catalog

Fall 2019 GWS Course Descriptions here:


Getting Involved

Interested in coming to the Center? Drop in during our open hours to hang out or study. Follow our Facebook page to be regularly updated on IFC events.


IFC Newsletter here:


Faculty News

Congratulations to Aimee Bahng, Assistant Professor of Gender & Women’s Studies at Pomona, who received the 2018 Science Fiction and Technoculture Studies Book Prize for her book Migrant Futures: Decolonizing Speculation in Financial Times. The prize was announced at the June Science Fiction Research Association conference in Honolulu.  Aimee will also serve on the jury for the 2019 award.  She is at work on the manuscript, Transpacific Ecologies, and has also been writing on Octavia Butler. Her other publications include “Plasmodial Improprieties: Octavia E. Butler, Slime Molds, and Imagining a Femi-Queer Commons” in the Queer Feminist Science Studies Reader (2017) and “#BlackLivesMatter and Feminist Pedagogy,” co-authored with Reena Goldthree, in Radical Teacher (Fall 2016).  You can listen to an interview with her, “Aimee Bahng on Speculating from the Undercommons,” part of the “Imagine Otherwise” podcast.

Isabel Balseiro (Humanities, HMC) gave a paper, “Mistress of Her Own Silences:  The Transatlantic Poetry of Maria Acuna,” at the 2019 MLA International Symposium, “Remembering Voices Lost” in Lisbon in July.

Suchi Branfman (Dance, Scripps) presented “Embodied Human Landscapes” at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA) in June with two dances she’d choreographed. Janie was inspired by Mary Jane, a woman incarcerated at the California Institution for Women who rescues and raises birds.  Suchi visited CIW under the auspices of a gardening program inside with which IFC partners.  Angee’s Journey was choreographed with Ernst Fenelon, retracing his mother’s path as she visited her son during his 14 years of incarceration.  Suchi will present Dancing Through Prison Walls on November 8 at Scripps.

Sue Castagnetto (IFC) published “Women’s Writing Groups Inside:  Healing, Resistance and Change,” co-authored with Molly Shanley (Vassar) in Critical Perspectives on Teaching in Prison:  Students and Instructors on Pedagogy Behind the Wall (Routledge, 2019).  Also appearing in the volume are essays by Tessa Hicks (Community Engagement Center, PZ), “Healing Pedagogy From the Inside Out:  The Paradox of Liberatory Education in Prison” and Romarilyn Ralston (PZ, ‘14), “Schools, Prisons, and Higher Education.”  Romarilyn was also a panelist for the Sentencing Project’s webinar “Women and Life Imprisonment.”  Listen here.

Brinda Sarathy (Environmental Analysis, PZ) has an article, “An Intersectional Reevaluation of the Environmental-Justice Movement,” in the anthology The Nature of Hope, edited by Char Miller (Environmental Analysis, PO) and Jeff Crane.

Sarah Sarzynski (History, CMC) published Revolution in the Terra do Sol: The Cold War in Brazil (Stanford University Press, 2018).   The book examines the influence of revolutionary social movements in Northeastern Brazil during the lead-up to the 1964 coup that would bring the military to power for 21 years.

Jean Schroedel (Political Science, CGU) was part of a team of scholars who surveyed US mayors about whether they experienced violence or threats of violence, resulting in two online publications: “Not for the Faint of Heart: Assessing Physical Violence and Psychological Abuse Against US Mayors” in State and Local Government Review and “Physical Violence and Psychological Abuse Against Female and Male Mayors in the United States” in Politics, Groups and Identities.  CGU alum Marcia Godwin and current CGU student Eveline Gnabasik also participated. With Nancy Neiman (Politics, SCR), she published “Plant Justice: A Case Study in Radical Pedagogy and Food Justice in an Alternative Education Setting” in Creative Education. Along with Christopher Krewson (Politics & Government, CGU) and CGU student Joseph Immormino, she presented “Supreme Court Legitimacy and the Gender Gap” at the 2019 American Political Science Association Meetings in Washington DC.

Kyla Wazana Tompkins (GWS, Pomona) published “Eleven Theses of Civility,” co-authored with Tavia Nyong’o, in Social Text Online in July.

Rachel VanSickle-Ward (Political Studies, PZ) has a forthcoming book, The Politics of the Pill: Gender, Framing, and Policymaking in the Battle over Birth Control, co-authored with Kevin Wallsten, to be published by Oxford in November.   She is currently co-editing a volume on Hillary Clinton’s legacy.

Chair appointments.  The following faculty have received endowed chair appointments: Ken Gonzales-Day (Art, SCR) to the Fletcher Jones Chair in Art, Julie Liss (History, SCR) to the Mary W. Johnson and J. Stanley Johnson Professorship in the Humanities, Jean Schroedel (Political Science, CGU) to the Thornton F. Bradshaw Chair in the Department of Politics and Government, and Sheila Walker (Psychology, SCR) to the inaugural appointment of the Laura Vausbinder Hockett Endowed Professorship.  Congratulations to all!


Student News

JungJa Joy Yu, PhD in Religion (Women’s Studies), CGU
Author of Breaking the Glass Box: A Korean Woman’s Experiences of Conscientization and Spiritual Formation
FMI: https://jungjajoyyu.wixsite.com/mysite


November 14 – 17, 2019 NWSA Annual Conference – Protest, Justice, and Transnational Organizing
Hilton Union Square, San Francisco, CA.


Michelle Memran’s film THE REST I MAKE
UP on Cuban American dramatist Maria Irene Fornes is available on Kanopy, available at The Claremont Colleges Libraries. See list of other GWS films available through Kanopy here.


November 4: STUDENT ACTIVIST NETWORKING LUNCH
Featuring Colby Lenz: Colby is a longtime organizer and legal advocate with California Coalition ow Women Prisoners and is co-founder of Survived & Punished, a national coalition that includes survivors, organizers, victim advocates, legal advocates and attorneys, policy experts, scholars, and currently and formerly incarcerated people.
Vita Nova 100, Scripps College
12:00-1:00 pm