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For Immediate Release: November 6, 2017

Megan Cassidy, Senior Communications Associate
Wellesley Centers for Women
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Life in the Trump Era: A Look at Gender, Culture, and Civic Engagement

Team of research scientists and Wellesley College student researchers to share new findings

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In the days leading up to and immediately following the 2016 U.S. presidential election, Linda Charmaraman, Ph.D., a research scientist at the Wellesley Centers for Women (WCW), surveyed over 1,600 people from across the country, aged 18-80+ to better understand how they felt about the election and its results. Dr. Charmaraman and her research team will share some results from the survey during the presentation, “Life in the Trump Era: A Look at Gender, Culture, and Civic Engagement,” on Thursday, November 30 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at Cheever House, 828 Washington St, Wellesley. This program is part of the fall Lunchtime Seminar Series hosted by the Wellesley Centers for Women (WCW), a program of Wellesley College.

Dr. Charmaraman’s research team, which includes Lisette DeSouza, Ph.D., a postdoctoral research fellow at WCW, and Wellesley College students Rebecca Leu ’19, a WCW Class of ‘67 Intern, and Katie Madsen ’19, a former Sophomore Early Research Program Intern and Social Sciences Summer Intern, will reveal what their survey captured around gender, culture, and civic engagement. The survey was part of Dr. Charmaraman’s ongoing Media and Identity Study, which aims to understand how different types of media (i.e. social, technological, televised) impact people’s sense of social identities, including racial/ethnic, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, political attitudes, and civic engagement.

Linda Charmaraman, Ph.D., is a research scientist at WCW and a former National Institutes of Child and Human Development (NICHD) postdoctoral research fellow at WCW. Her research interests include adolescent identity and agency, primarily in the areas of social and televised media, racial/ethnic identity, sexuality, bullying, sexual harassment, peer networks, civic engagement, and positive youth development programs emphasizing girls and underrepresented young people. Lisette M. DeSouza, Ph.D., is a postdoctoral research scientist working with scholars at the National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST) and at WCW.

The Lunchtime Seminar Series at the Wellesley Centers for Women is free and open to the public. Most programs are held Thursdays, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. at the Centers’ Cheever House location (828 Washington St, Wellesley) and parking is available on site. Guests are invited to bring their lunches, and WCW will provide tea and coffee. For accessibility questions, contact Disability Services at Wellesley College at or call 781.283.2434. The Lunchtime Seminar Series schedule is subject to change. To confirm program lineup and location, call 781.283.2500 or visit

For those who are unable to attend in person, the program will be streamed live on the Wellesley Centers for Women Facebook page (@wcwonline). Recordings from past seminars are posted online at

The Wellesley Centers for Women (WCW) is the largest academic, women-and gender-focused, social-change-driven, research-and-action institute in the United States, located at Wellesley College. Scholars at WCW advance gender equality, social justice, and human wellbeing through high-quality research, theory, and action programs. Areas of work include: Education, Economic Security, Mental Health, Youth and Adolescent Development, and Gender-Based Violence.

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