We launched the Future of the Field fundraising campaign in December 2018 to celebrate the 70th anniversary of ASEEES and the 50th convention. Thanks to the generous support of our members, friends and partners, we successfully concluded the campaign in December 2019.

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Thanks to the generous support of nearly 300 individuals and organizations during the campaign, we:

  • Raised over $1.3 million (as of December 31, 2019)

  • Unlocked a $50,000 challenge grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York

  • Unlocked a $72,000 challenge grant from the US Russia Foundation for research grants

  • Doubled the funding for Graduate Student Convention Travel Grants and increased the funding for our other travel grants over the next 3 years

  • Doubled the funding for the Research Grant program and are distributing over $127,000 to twenty-three grantees in 2019

  • Established three new research grants programs: the LGBTQ Studies, the Women and Gender Studies, and Civil Society in Russia

  • Established the Joseph Bradley and Christine Ruane Research Grant

  • Established a new Internship Grant Program

  • Launched and doubled the funding for the Diversity and Inclusion Convention Travel Grant program, awarded for the first time at the 50th Convention in Boston

  • Established the Catharine Nepomnyashchy Travel Grants starting in 2020.Meet two of our recipients and learn what these grants mean for their research and the future of field.


Dissertation Research Grant in LGBTQ Studies Recipient 2019

Peter Worger, History, University of Texas, Austin

“Thank you very much for sponsoring my research into historical attitudes towards sexuality in Russia and the Soviet Union. I am pleased to receive this grant, as it is a core belief of mine that greater education about minority experiences leads to wider acceptance of, and less intolerance towards, those considered ‘other.’” 

Dissertation Research Grant in Women’s and Gender Studies Recipient 2019

Grace Zhou, Anthropology, Stanford University

“My project considers how the feminized figure of the parasite challenges post-socialist and capitalist normative ideas about productivity, deservedness, and intimacy. [This] grant will enable me to carry out archival research on the interpretation, adoption, and social implications of anti-parasite laws in the Kyrgyz Soviet Socialist Republic in the late 1950s. […] I would like to thank ASEEES and the supporters of scholarship on Women’s and Gender Studies in the region for enabling me to complete my doctoral work.”


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