Professor Abigail Saguy

Professor Juliet Williams

Saguy and Williams Win NSF Grant on Development of Term “Gender Neutrality”

UCLA Professors and 15-16 CAPPP Faculty Fellows Abigail Saguy and Juliet Williams have been awarded a $326,000 multi-year grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

The grant, awarded for their project, “How Difference Matters in the Development of Legal Doctrine,” will enable their team of graduate and undergraduate students to carry out a study of the development of the term “gender neutrality” in “US law and activism from the 1970s to the present, using a multi-method research design that draws on quantitative and qualitative analyses of news media reports, court cases, and in-depth interviews with legal and non-legal actors,” says Saguy.

Over three years, Saguy and Williams’ team will scrutinize nearly 500 Federal court decisions and accompanying case documents, 265 federal and state statutes, nearly 1000 news stories and op-eds, and 90 interviews with stakeholders.

The project received start-up support in 2015-2016 from the Center for American Politics and Public Policy in the form of a Faculty Fellowship.

Abigail Saguy is a professor of Sociology and Gender Studies.

Professor of Gender Studies Juliet Williams is Chair of the UCLA Social Science Interdepartmental Program.