Loyola University Chicago

Women and Leadership Archives


WLA summer research grant recipients

The WLA Summer Research Grants support and encourage scholarly research on women and their contribution to society by utilizing the holdings of the Women & Leadership Archives (WLA). Two $1,500 grants are available each year and are made possible by the Ann Ida Gannon, BVM, Center for Women & Leadership. This year's recipients are Suzanne Bost and Jillian Plummer.

Suzanne Bost is a Professor in the Department of English and the Graduate Program Director for Women’s Studies and Gender Studies at Loyola University Chicago. At the WLA she plans to analyze the ways in which women religious write about their social justice work with Latina/o communities. Her readings of collections like the 8th Day Center for Social Justice, the Instituto Hispano, and the Nuevo Mundo school will focus on the reciprocity, identification, and affection established between the primarily white social justice workers and the Latinas they worked to serve. How does service translate across language and culture?

Jillian Plummer is a PhD student at the University of Notre Dame. Her summer research at the WLA will be guided by the following question: how did Catholic nuns turn out to be one of the few visibly active legacies of the 1960s New Left today? Her future dissertation project aims to answer this question by tracing the growth of American sisters’ religiously-inspired peace and justice activism against US foreign policy in Central America and for anti-nuclear and disarmament campaigns. At the WLA archives, she will examine collections on female activism in the late twentieth century, including Marjorie Tuite, O.P’s papers and the 8th Day Center for Justice’s records at the WLA.