Emma Spruce – MSc Gender (Research) and Best Overall MSc Result Prize-winner (2009-10)
I came to the GI having studied a BA in French and Politics. I suppose what drew me to LSE was the reputation - no matter who I talked to they had heard of the university and I felt that was especially important because Gender Studies wasn't so well known. The best thing about my year there was the people - it felt like an amazing community to be part of and the fact the students were from all over the world really enriched the academic discussions. Emma will be studying for a PhD at the GI from 2011.
Asiya Islam – MSc Gender, Media and Culture (2009-10)
When I came to London last year to join a one year programme of MSc in Gender, Media and Culture, I had pretty high expectations. And, I am glad to say, the Gender Institute not only fulfilled but went above and beyond those expectations. The reason I decided to study at the LSE Gender Institute was the impressive array of course choices offered by it - I almost felt like the course in Gender, Media and Culture was tailor-made for me! Now that I reflect back on the whole year gone by, I can say with conviction that the decision to attend the LSE Gender Institute was absolutely right. It's hard to say what I enjoyed the most though I think the best part of being at LSE and at the GI was the vibrant academic atmosphere; it was also wonderful to meet fellow gender-academics-in-the-making from all over the world! I ended up writing on the performative nature of stereotypes of Third World women in the UK media, the topic might seem obvious but was actually quite difficult to arrive at. The reason I decided to finalise this for my dissertation was because it gave me scope to explore all the three dimensions of my year long study - gender, media and culture. Having completed my studies, I now work for the LSE Equality and Diversity division. I aspire to go in for journalism in the near future and also plan to embark on a Ph D in a couple of years!
Jeanne Firth – MSc Gender, Development and Globalisation (2009-10)
I came to the GI with a Bachelor of Specialised Studies in Peace and Conflict Studies. What I enjoyed most about being at the GI was getting to know the incredible students, staff and faculty. The casual discussions and debates with other students outside of class were just as important as the learning going on inside the classroom. My dissertation focused on the 'obesity epidemic' by examining Michelle Obama's 'Let's Move' childhood obesity prevention campaign. I'm now eager to explore food systems in global context through activism and further academic work.
Jacob Breslow – MSc Student 2010-11
After graduating from the University of California Santa Cruz's Feminist Studies and Community Studies programs, I applied to the LSE in hopes of continuing my engagement with feminist and queer theory. The LSE drew me in after I had the opportunity to see Judith Butler speak here; I quickly became aware of the amazing minds and talent that the university, and the Gender Institute specifically, brought in and had as faculty. This MSc program challenged me in extraordinarily productive ways, connecting me to people and epistemologies that have and will proactively shape my thinking and my future career in academia.
Holly Rodger – MSc Gender (2009-10)
Studying MSc Gender at the LSE helped me to fill in the gaps in my knowledge that I felt had been left by my BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of York. The degree gave me the opportunity to study subjects from a wider range of disciplines than would have been possible at another institution. Both the exceptional teaching staff and the diversity of the students at the Gender Institute created a vibrant atmosphere and close sense of community on the course. My time at the Gender Institute gave me the guidance I needed to build my knowledge as well as the freedom to choose my own direction and make my own mind up.
Amy Mollett – MSc Gender and Social Policy (2009-10)
I came to the GI with a degree in English Language and Gender Studies, and some experience of volunteering in the women's sector, which set me up for studying the interactions of gender and social policy. My dissertation focused on the limited voices of sex workers in policy making and policy consultation exercises. One of the best things about the GI is meeting other students; people from all parts of the world, who I'll be in touch with for a long time, I'm sure. After graduating I started working as a research assistant at the LSE Public Policy Group, an independent consultancy and research organisation.
Nazneen Damni, MSc Gender and Development (1995)
After graduating, Nazneen worked as a researcher for the United Nations Environment Programme in Nairobi, Kenya from 1996-97, assisting in the development of UNEP's strategy on gender equality and the environment. From 1997-98, she was a Programme Officer in the Women's Rights Programme of the INternational Cnetre for Human Rights and Democratic Develpoment in Montreal, Canada, focusing on women's rights in the context of conflict. This work included monitoring the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. In 1998, Nazneen started working with the United Nations Development Fund for Women in New York on women's economic secuirty and rights. She continued working in UNIFEM as a Programme Associate in New York, providing programming support in the area of women's economic security and rights for the Asia-Pacific and Arab States regional programmes.