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Constituency Groups


Current members of NWSA can join and participate in constituency groups
.  Becoming active in a constituency group can support members' research interest and enhance members' networks as well as leadership skills.  Article VII of the NWSA bylaws define the roles and activities of constituency groups.

Conference attendees can become active in constituency groups by attending a business meeting at the NWSA 2016 conference.  Check out business meeting times and locations here. (check the app and the bulletin board at conference for changes).

NWSA offers a range of constituent group opportunities to its members in order to advance its mission, the field, and to foster paths to leadership, including but not limited to:

    Caucuses.  Caucuses focus on groups that are under-represented within society or NWSA.
    Program Administration & Development and Women’s Centers.  These two groups focus roles that are vital to the NWSA mission.
    Task Forces.  Task Forces focus on an issue relevant to NWSA that can be addressed through action.
    Interest Groups.  Interest groups focus on areas of scholarly inquiry.

    Status & Operation
        General.  The GC may set policy regarding constituent groups, consistent with these bylaws.

        Members.  Individual members interested in joining one or more constituent groups do so via their annual membership forms.

     Leadership.  In order to fulfill their role as paths to leadership and maintain process consistency throughout NWSA, constituent groups are expected to have a Chair of Record defined as follows:

        A constituent group chair is elected via election by the members as set forth in Article VIII.A-C of the bylaws.
        Constituent group chairs are subject to the terms/term limits set forth in Article VIII.D of the bylaws.
        Groups with co-chairs to manage their affairs must designate one (1) individual as Chair of Record.

        General.  Constituent groups may not act on behalf of NWSA or commit NWSA resources.

To Propose a New Constituency Group
Please submit the following to Patti Provance

  • Its name,
  • Its purpose relative to the mission of NWSA, AND
  • The signatures of at least twenty-five (25) current members

Note:  We do not require handwritten signatures.  You can submit a spreadsheet with the name, institution, and email address of the 25 members.  The NWSA office will verify their current individual memberships. 
Time Frame: 
Requests for new groups which meet the requirements must be received by September 1 of each calendar year to be listed on the following year’s membership form. 
For example, requests received by September 1, 2016 which meet the requirements will be listed on the NWSA 2017 individual membership form.  This form will be posted on October 1.

To Join a Constituency Group:
You can join a constituency group when you join or renew your membership with NWSA or after you have completed the membership process. 

Download the individual NWSA membership form and mark the groups you would like to join, including the appropriate fee if necessary.

Log in and join constituency groups online.  Current members will see the tab "My Caucuses" on the left hand side of the page.  You must have a current NWSA membership to join a constituency group.

Constituency Groups and Chairs
NOTE:  Elections for Group Chairs take place September, 2017.  Check the Constituency Group Chair election schedule for details.


Program Administration and Development LeeRay Costa
  Christa Craven
Women's Centers Nicole Carter
  Shareia Carter


Aging and Ageism Caucus Melanie Cattrell
  Linda Hess
Community College Caucus Alissa Stoehr
  Anne Hofmann Regules
Feminist Mothering Caucus Abigail Palko
  Marta McClintock-Comeaux
Girls and Girls Studies Caucus Aria Halliday
  Stephanie McCall
  Annastasia Todd
Graduate Student Caucus Cherise Charleswell
  Heather Montes Ireland   
  Krista Benson 
Jewish Caucus Abby Gondek
Lesbian Caucus Jaime Cantrell
North Asian American Feminist Collective Jo-Anne Lee
  Yi-Chun Tricia Lin
South Asian Feminist Caucus Shreerekha Subramanian
  Alka Kurian
  Archana Pathak
Trans/Gender Variant Caucus Cael Keegan
  Rachel Reinke 
Transnational Feminisms Caucus Erin Durban-Albrecht
  Rachel Afi Quinn
Undergraduate Student Caucus Kehana Bonagura
  Sade Williams
Women of Color Caucus Lydia Kelow-Bennett
  Karsonya "Kaye" Wise Whitehead

Interest Groups

Animal Studies/Animal Ethics Interest Group Alka Arora
Asexuality Studies Interest Group Ianna Hawkins Owen
  Eunjung Kim
Confronting Campus Sexual Assault Simona Sharoni
  Yi-Chun Tricia Lin
Contingent Faculty Interest Group Sharon Adams 
  Gwen Beetham
Disabilities Studies Interest Group Sarah Rainey
  Sami Schalk
  Ally Day
Early Modern Women Interest Group Donna Thompson
Fat Studies Interest Group Katie Manthey
  Candace Casas
Feminism and Activism Interest Group Nicole Carter
  Rebecca Dolhinow
Feminists for Justice In/For Palestine Rabab Abdulhadi
Feminist Masculinities Interest Group Aundrea Snitker
  Jordan Clapper
Feminist Media Studies Interest Group Heidi Lewis
Feminist Pedagogy Interest Group Melanie Adley
Indigenous Peoples Interest Group Qwo-Li Driskill
  Ashley Falzetti
Law and Public Policy Interest Group Lisa Alfredson
  Cheryl Llewellyn
  Jennifer Hill
Performance Studies Interest Group Sidra Lawrence
  Jessica Pabón
Publishing Feminisms Interest Group Michelle Meagher
Reproductive Justice Interest Group Erika Derkas
Third Wave Feminisms Interest Group Adam Foley
  Nafisa Tanjeem
Gender, Women's, and Feminist Studies (GWFS) PhD Interest Group Jennifer Musial
  Sonja Thomas

Task Forces

Anti White Supremacy Task Force Tamara L. Spira
  Heather Turcotte
Distance Education Task Force Betsy Eudey
  Kris Peleg
International Task Force Deniz Durmus
  MC Santana
Librarians Task Force Jennifer Gilley
  Karla Strand
Science and Technology Task Force Aimee Bahng
  Rajani Bhatia
  Sara Giordano
Social Justice Education Task Force Cherise Charleswell
  Manjeet Birk 
  Mariam Youssef 

Has the Chair Changed?
Constituency groups determine the method for determining the chair as well as the term of the chair.  Please contact Patti Provance at with the name of the chair, the term of office, and email address.  We will provide chairs with “chair” access to download the roster and other helpful information, including deadlines for planning conference activities.

Chairs should maintain both their NWSA membership and their constituency group membership during the length of their term.