March 24, 2023

Lisette Varón-Carvajal, Ph.D. candidate in history, has been selected as one of eight Dissertation Fellows in Women’s Studies.

Since 1974, the WW Women’s Studies Fellowship program has supported outstanding humanities and social science Ph.D. candidates whose work address women’s and gendered issues in interdisciplinary and original ways. Each Fellow receives a stipend to use towards research-related expenses such as travel, data work or collection, supplies, and others.

Lisette Varón-Carvajal is exploring the past and present lives and medical practices of midwives and female healers in Colombia. Her dissertation is titled "Caring Women: Midwives and Female Healers in New Granada, 1700-1850."

“My research project represents who I am as a feminist scholar. I am indebted to a long feminist tradition that has fought for the recognition of care: care as work, care as labor, and care as a human necessity,” says Ms. Varón-Carvajal. “Care matters have been an important battleground for diverse feminist movements. It recognizes that women have been performing work that is necessary for the maintenance of society and that, most often than not, this work has gone unacknowledged.”

More information about the new class can be found here.

Congratulations, Lisette!