UM-Dearborn Prof. Suzanne Bergeron wins award for leadership on women's issues

February 8, 2008


DEARBORN / Feb. 8, 2008---Suzanne Bergeron, associate professor of women's studies and social sciences and director of the Womenís and Gender Studies Program at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, is one of three U-M faculty members who will be honored with the University's Sarah Goddard Power Award. The award will be presented by the Academic Women's Caucus at 4 p.m. Feb. 13 in the Hussey Room of the Michigan League on the Ann Arbor campus.

The winners of the 24th annual Sarah Goddard Power Awards all have worked throughout their careers to mentor women and girls through research, academic development and outreach efforts, according to the selection committee.

The award was established by the Academic Women's caucus in memory of Sarah Goddard Power, a former U-M Regent who was a strong advocate for women within the University. The award honors faculty members and senior administrative staff who have made significant contributions to the betterment of women at U-M and globally through distinguished leadership, scholarship or other activities related to their professions.

Since coming to the university in 1998, Bergeron has taken an active role in supporting feminist scholarship and gender equity efforts on the campus. She was the founding director of the Women in Learning and Leadership program, which combines courses in womenís and gender studies with co-curricular and experiential opportunities in metropolitan Detroit to inspire activism and leadership for gender justice among its members. She also played a key role in initiating a major in Womenís and Gender Studies at UM-Dearborn. Bergeron has served on many committees working for gender justice at UM-Dearborn such as the Agenda for Women, the Womenís Resource Center planning committee and advisory board, and the On the Move program committee. She also is active in the campusís SOAR program, which provides low-income women with mentoring, scholarships, advising and financial aid. She received UM-Dearbornís Susan B. Anthony Award in 2002 and the Distinguished Teaching Award in 2004.

Bergeronís research is in the field of gender and international political economy. She holds an affiliate position at the Institute for Research on Women and Gender at U-M Ann Arbor where she has organized panels on gender, international security and sexuality. She serves on the editorial board of the International Feminist Journal of Politics and has published in Signs, Feminist Economics, National Womenís Studies Association Journal, Review of Radical Political Economy and Frontiers: Journal of Womenís Studies. Her work also appears in edited volumes such as Feminist Economics and the World Bank, Development, Sexual Rights and Global Governance, and World (Bank) Literatures. Her book Fragments of Development: Nation, Gender and the Space of Modernity was published by University of Michigan Press in 2004.




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