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Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

About WGSS Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies is an area of continued research, scholarship, and creative activity. South Dakota State University faculty have researched different topics connected to socio-cultural understandings of sex, gender, and/or sexuality. On this page you will find some of the most recent faculty studies.

  • Would you like to be featured on this page or know of someone with related works? For more information, please contact Rebecca Kuehl.

Selected WGSS Coalition Members' Research:

Women’s Paths to Power: Female Presidents and Prime Ministers, 1960–2020

Women's Paths to Power

Authors: Evren Celik Wiltse and Lisa Hager

From Brazil to Bangladesh, Liberia to Switzerland, Malta to the Marshall Islands, more and more women are rising to the top level of political leadership. What can we learn from this? What kinds of conditions and political institutions pave the way for a woman's ascendance to power? Are there common pathways to power? How much do family ties matter? Is political activism an important factor?

Drs. Evren Celik Wiltse and Lisa Hager answer these questions, and more, in their comprehensive study encompassing all women presidents and prime ministers around the world from the 1960s through 2020.

Dr. Evren Celik Wiltse is associate professor of political science and Dr. Lisa Hager is assistant professor of political science at South Dakota State University.


Brookings Inclusive Collaborative

  • Principal Investigator: Dr. Rebecca A. Kuehl
  • Co-Principal Investigator: Dr. Molly Enz
  • Other WGSS Coalition members serving as Key Personnel: Kas Williams

The Brookings Inclusive Collaborative is funded through a $193,256 Bush Foundation Community Innovation grant from 2020-2022.

SDSU is excited to be part of the Brookings Inclusive Collaborative, a community coalition that is taking a comprehensive look at workplace diversity and inclusion in Brookings County. The community coalition includes the following: SDSU, Brookings Economic Development Corporation, Brookings Area Chamber of Commerce, Vision Brookings, and the Brookings Human Rights Commission. The collaborative aims to identify community strengths and challenges for enhancing cultural diversity and inclusion, generate community-powered solutions, and encourage people to become more engaged with other community stakeholders. Learn more about the Brookings Inclusive Collaborative here!


SDSU Parent and Caregiver Surveys  

Co-Principal Investigators: Dr. Jana M. Hanson, Dr. Erica Moore, Dr. Molly Enz, Dr. Sharity Bassett, and Dr. Rebecca A. Kuehl

The South Dakota State University Parent Survey, conducted in August 2020, included 274 respondents. The purpose of this survey was to determine the childcare/schooling needs facing working parents at SDSU, especially women, who are often primarily responsible for coordinating childcare/schooling.

The South Dakota State University Caregiver Survey, conducted in May-June 2021, included over 100 respondents. The purpose of this survey was to determine the needs of working caregivers at SDSU, especially women, who are often primarily responsible for coordinating care, such as childcare and schooling. This survey was funded in part by the College of Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences Collaborative Scholarship Fund.

This below infographic and full research report from the August 2020 parent survey have been part of conversations with the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, Student Affairs, and the Provost's Office, to improve SDSU's support of employees who are parenting or caregiving during COVID-19.

Research Results: