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The Department of Women’s & Gender Studies offers students an interdisciplinary curriculum that focuses on the diverse experiences of women in both national and international contexts. The Department also examines the meaning of gender as a socially constructed category that shapes personal identities, beliefs, opportunities, and behaviors. The wide range of classes explores the intersections of gender, race, class, and sexuality; the institutional structures that have an impact on women’s and men’s lives; and the broad range of feminist theory that seeks to explain and influence women’s status in society. Among the areas of emphasis in Women’s & Gender Studies are gender and sexuality, queer studies, third world feminism, cultural representation and literature, women and labor, feminist theory, critical race feminism, immigration and citizenship, and social activism.

Core and affiliated faculty in the Department come from a wide range of disciplinary perspectives including history, literature, anthropology, sociology, geography, environmental studies, ethnic studies, philosophy, religious studies, architecture and fine arts, music, romance and Germanic languages, political science, public policy, and law.

The Department of Women’s & Gender Studies offers students:

  • Unique opportunities to participate in internships in the community and to pursue individual research projects;
  • Ability to engage in participatory learning and teaching experiences in feminist pedagogy seminars and as discussion facilitators for the introductory class; and
  • Close interaction with faculty, individualized guidance and advising, and courses that prepare them for employment and/or further education in graduate schools or professional schools of law, medicine, teaching, or social work.

“We are Not Red Indians”: The Gender of Anticolonial Sovereignty

Please join us for this very special guest lecture with Audra Simpson, PhD, of Columbia University.

When: 17 November 2015, 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Where: Knight Library Browsing Room

Across the borders of time, place, and sentiment, Simpson reflects upon the deep specificity and global illegibility of indigenous struggle and life in the face of death and dispossession in North America. Audra Simpson, PhD, is an associate professor of anthropology at Columbia University. She is the author of Mohawk Interruptus: Political Life Across the Borders of Settler States (Duke University Press,


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Making Love to James Baldwin: A Novelist’s Exploration of How Gay AAPIs Can Navigate Race in the Bedroom

The Department of Women’s and Gender Studies invites you to

MAKING LOVE TO JAMES BALDWIN: A Novelist’s Exploration of How Gay AAPIs Can Navigate Race in the Bedroom

When: Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 12:00 – 1:20 PM Where: Villard 300

Featuring a guest lecture and writing workshop with San Francisco Writers grantee/activist/novelist, Paul Ocampo

BIO: Paul Ocampo was born in the Philippines and immigrated to the U.S. at the age of eleven. After graduating from Berkeley, he assisted Maxine Hong Kingston in editing the anthology Veterans of War, Veterans of Peace which includes his


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Welcome Dr. Edmond Chang and Dr. Margaret Rhee

Dear WGS faculty, students, staff, and supporters,

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Edmond Chang and Dr. Margaret Rhee to the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Oregon. Both are Visiting Assistant Professors of Women’s and Gender Studies and will be teaching new courses in the department this year, including:

WGS 199: Gender and Pop Culture (“Welcome to the Whedonverse”) WGS 331: Science/Technology and Gender (“The Fembot, Women and Construction of Difference in Film and Media”) WGS 422: Explicit Sex and Politics WGS 422: Advanced Queer Theory WGS 422: