Gender Studies in MINT

Prof. Dr. Anelis Kaiser Trujillo

Anelis Kaiser
Gender Studies in STEM
University of Freiburg
Department of Computer Science
Georges-Köhler-Allee 079
D- 79110 Freiburg

+49 761 - 203 54080

Email: anelis.kaiser@tf.uni-freiburg.de

NEW: Award

A. Kaiser Trujillo obtains Emma Goldman Award 2021 for her innovative research and knowledge on feminist and inequality issues.
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Research Focus

My research started by addressing the question whether there are differences in the brains of women and men and, if yes, whether the differences are related to behaviour. As a psychologist, I worked on the topic of "brain and sex/gender" for many years. To a large part, my empirical work has been based on the application of fMRI in order to examine sex/gender differences and similarities in the brain. My conceptual work is grounded in intersectional gender theory, where "sex" and "gender" is always intertwined and where "intersectional'' refers to the fact that the variable of sex/gender is always interacting with other factors such as "race", class, disability, sexuality etc. Gender theory revealed to me that addressing sex/gender in neuroscience is more complex than just comparing means between groups of women and men. It became clear that sex/gender in the brain needs to be tackled by an interdisciplinary approach including concepts and methods from science (natural sciences, engineering, medicine...) but always also from social sciences and science studies.
With my professorship in Gender Studies in STEM, my perspective on the methodology in different scientific fields of science has been widened through my participation in new projects in computer science, environmental research, bio-technology, and microsystem engineering. Research and teaching in cooperation with colleagues from microsystem engineering and biology, as well as fMRI labwork at the University Hospital in cooperation with colleagues from Medical Physics have enabled me to come into contact with the whole range of STEM, including environmental studies.

Research Interests

  • Sex and Gender Differences in Neuroscience
  • Feminist Neuroscience
  • Gender and Language
  • Multilingualism in the Brain
  • Neurolinguistics and Gender (Studies)
  • Neurocognition of Language
  • Gender Theory & (Studies of) Science
  • Intersectionality in Science
  • "Race" Bias and Gender Bias
  • Inter- and Transdisciplinarity between Science and Gender Studies
  • Gender Equality in STEM
  • Latin American Theories in Gender Studies

Curriculum Vitae

Career and milestones

  • 2017 - 2023 Professor for Gender Studies in MINT at the Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Engineering at the University of Freiburg

  • 2013 - 2016 Marie Heim-Voegtlin fellow (Title of project "Multi-Scale Battery of Femaleness and Maleness to Examine Language Processing and its Plasticity in Structure and Function of the Brain". Funder: Swiss National Foundation) at the Department of Social Psychology and Social Neuroscience, Institute of Psychology, University of Bern, Switzerland

  • 2012 Interim professor for Cognitive Science and Gender Research at the Center for Cognitive Science, University of Freiburg, Germany

  • 2010 - 2012 Visiting professor at the Institute of Pedagogical Psychology / Centre for Interdisciplinary Women's and Gender Studies, Technical University of Berlin, Germany

  • 2010 Foundation of the international network NeuroGenderings: Critical Studies of the Sexed Brain

  • 2008 - 2009 Visiting scholar at the Centre for Gender Research, Uppsala University, Sweden (Cooperation with members of the GenNa programme)

  • 2007 - 2010 Researcher at (Project Gender and Science) at the Center for Gender Studies, University of Basel, Switzerland

  • 2005 - 2006 Visiting PhD student at BIOS (Multidisciplinary Research Centre in Bioscience, Biomedicine, Biotechnology and Society), London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), London, England (Funder: Swiss National Science Foundation)

  • 2005 Researcher at the Institute of Informatics and Society, University of Freiburg, Germany

  • 2002 - 2005 Researcher at interdisciplinary research project The Multilingual Brain, Department of Neuroanatomy, Institute of Anatomy, University of Basel, Switzerland

  • 2002 - 2005 Graduate student in the Postgraduate Programme Science "Gender" – Symbolic Order, University of Basel, Switzerland