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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.

Current Events

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“Telling Tales: Sexuality’s Fiction”

When: Tuesday, March 3rd, 4:00 pm Where: Browsing Room, Knight Library Who: Anjali Arondekar, University of California, Santa Cruz

Anjali Arondekar is Associate Professor of Feminist Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her research engages the poetics and politics of sexuality, geopolitics and historiography. Her first book, For the Record: On Sexuality and the Colonial Archive in India (Duke University Press, 2009), won the 2010 Alan Bray Memorial Book Award for best book in lesbian, gay, or queer studies in literature and cultural studies from the GL/Q Caucus of the Modern

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Upcoming Events

Poster for the lecture

Philosophy Colloquium: Coming to Understand: Orgasm and the Epistemology of Ignorance

“Coming to Understand: Orgasm and the Epistemology of Ignorance,” is part of the Philosophy Department’s commitment to the study of gender, sexuality, and feminism. Co-sponsored by the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies.

Department News

Visiting professor Erica Rand featured in Register Guard

Professor Erica Rand is a courtesy research associate at the University of Oregon this year while on sabbatical from Bates College, Maine. In Fall 2014, she taught WGS 422: Queer/Trans Sports Studies.

Off campus, Professor Rand is an avid figure skater, and has found a new home rink at the Lane County Fairgrounds. Check out her story at the Register Guard.

Professor Rand has also written a book about her experiences and the intersection of this unique sport with gender studies, Red Nails, Black Skates: Gender, Cash, and Pleasure on and off the Ice.