Global Under Menu
Home > About > Constituency Groups

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.

Caucuses designate groups that are under-represented within society or NWSA as an organization. Caucuses collect fees through the membership form and use these fees to promote the mission of the caucus primarily through conference activities.

Task Forces focus on an issue or problem, relevant to the policies and principles of NWSA and women's studies that can be addressed through action.
Interest Groups serve programmatic and networking functions and exist on an ad hoc basis. They are groups that allow members to get involved in NWSA without governance or operating document responsibilities and may serve as an initial step in building interest among those wanting to establish a caucus or task force. Bound by the same code of ethics as other constituent groups, formation requires a simple petition to the office of the Association. 

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 Group Chairs

Aging and Ageism Caucus Melanie Cattrell
  Carol Ann Gosselink
  Janet Hutchinson
Community College Caucus Heather Rellihan
  Genevieve Carminati
Feminist Mothering Caucus Denise Schultz
  Leslie Bailey
Girls and Their Allies Caucus Heather Switzer
  Emily Bent
  Amy Traver
Graduate Student Caucus Cherise Charlswell
  Ina Seethaler
  Kari Szakal
Jewish Caucus Laini Kavaloski
Lesbian Caucus Michele Mel Lewis
South Asian Feminist Caucus Fawzia Afzal-Khan
  Alka Kurian
  Archana Pathak
Trans/Gender Variant Caucus Reese Kelly
  Regina Wright
  Sel Hwahng
Undergraduate Student Caucus Vacant
Women of Color Caucus Lydia Kelow-Bennett
  Nana Osei-Kofi

Interest Groups
Asexuality Studies Interest Group Regina Wright
  Karli June Cerankowski  
Disability Studies Interest Group Sarah Rainey
  Petra Kuppers
Distance Education Interest Group Betsy Eudey
  Kris Peleg
Early Modern Women Interest Group Donna Thompson
Fat Studies Interest Group Michaela Nowell
  Candace Buss
Feminism and Activism Interest Group Nicole Carter
  Rebecca Dolhinow
Feminist  Masculinities Interest Group Brian Jara
  Tal Peretz
Feminist Spirituality Interest Group Glenda Jones
  Karen Cordoza
Girls Studies Interest Group Heather Switzer
  Emily Bent
  Amy Traver
Law and Public Policy Interest Group Carrie Baker
Medieval Women Interest Group Vacant
Third Wave Feminisms Adam Foley
  Nafisa Tanjeem

Task Forces
Anti White Supremacy Task Force Jessica Caldwell O'Keefe
  Heather Turcotte
Independent Scholars Task Force Vacant
International Task Force Deniz Durmus
  MC Santana
Librarians Task Force Cynthia Ingold
  Alana Kumbier
Science and Technology Task Force Gwen D'arcangelis
Social Justice Education Task Force Michelle Slaughter

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.