Why Women's and Gender Studies Students Are Changing Themselves and the World, 2nd Edition
Routledge – 2015 – 326 pages
Transforming Scholarship is a user-friendly work of practical guidance and inspiration for supporting a student's interest in a Women's Studies degree. Berger and Radeloff use empirical evidence to help students with the major barriers they face when exploring Women's Studies: the negative response a student often faces when announcing to the world that he or she is interested in Women’s Studies; and the perceived lack of employment and career options that supposedly comes with graduating with a Women's Studies degree. This book will support students to think critically about what they know, how to demonstrate what they know, and how to prepare for life both personally and professionally after the degree. Transforming Scholarship is a practical guide for students interested in women’s and gender studies that targets advanced undergraduates who have a firm connection to the discipline. This book is ideal for women’s and gender capstone courses, and for those who have finished their degree and need a resource to assist in conceptualizing the answers to the question "What’s next?"
This second edition of Transforming Scholarship focuses on areas that undergraduates might want integrate into their women’s and gender studies education: study abroad, civic engagement projects, internships, independent studies, and honors theses. It includes exercises to help flesh out talents, passions, and skills, and how to link them to employment, information about the diversity of employment opportunities (and further professional training) available, and a plan to help prepare for graduation. It also delves into how to live a feminist life after graduation, including activism after college, building and sustaining feminist communities, and feminist parenting. The authors have also added new "Point of View" boxes throughout the book, where scholars focus on contemporary issues and deepen a student’s understanding of the organizations and individuals fighting to end sexist oppression.
"Every Women’s and Gender Studies student—and instructor—should read Transforming Scholarship. It provides practical advice for students’ transition from ‘everyone should take this course!’ to articulation of the personal and professional value of their degree, informed by the history and experiences of Women’s and Gender Studies students and professionals. There should be a copy of this great resource in every Women's Center."— Jeannie Ludlow, Women’s Studies, Eastern Illinois University
"In reflections on the range of what we do in WGS, how to talk about WGS, and what you can do with a WGS degree, this engaged and lively book lays out an exciting roadmap of the field’s breadth and scope. Its strength is especially in the way it makes connections between WGS and the rest of one’s life, while at university and afterwards. Ideal and highly recommended reading both for people new to WGS as well as to more experienced practitioners."—Ann Braithwaite, Diversity and Social Justice Studies, University of Prince Edward Island
"Transforming Scholarship is a book that every women’s and gender studies major should read. Full of practical advice for how to pursue a meaningful and feminist career, the book also provides students with a wide range of real-life examples of how people are using their women’s and gender studies degrees after graduation. The perfect book for an undergraduate senior seminar or capstone course."— Astrid Henry, Women’s Studies, Grinnell College
"Transforming Scholarship is the ideal guide for young people starting their journeys in women’s and gender studies. Berger and Radeloff provide an engaging, practical, evidence-based map of both the field and the many paths where it can lead. They invite readers to reflect, share their knowledge, and then chart their own course. This book is a gift to faculty and students."— Elizabeth Cole, Women’s Studies, University of Michigan
"Berger and Radeloff have revised their ground-breaking 2011 practical guidebook to women's and gender studies by expanding on the field's applications for study, research, and career development… The references offer practical as well as scholarly materials for further research, making this guide a unique reference source for career shelves as well as a useful supplementary classroom text. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and above."— G. M. Herrmann, SUNY College at Cortland, CHOICE Reviews
Introduction: Transform Yourself 1: Claiming an Education: your inheritance as a student of women’s and gender studies 2: developing the core of your academic career: coursework, internships, study abroad and more 3: how you can talk about women’s and gender studies anytime, anywhere, and to anyone 4: discovering and claiming your internal strengths and external skills 5: so, what can you do with a wgst degree? exploring career pathways 6: women’s and gender studies graduates as change agents: 10 profiles 7: Transform your world: preparing to graduate and living your feminist life Appendix a: a research note Appendix b: For those New to Women’s and Gender Studies
Michele Tracy Berger is associate professor in the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill. She holds adjunct appointments in the Department of Political Science and the Department of City and Regional Planning.
Cheryl Radeloff is a Disease Investigation and Intervention Specialist II with the Southern Nevada Health District. She is also an adjunct professor of Women’s Studies at the College of Southern Nevada.