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The Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality 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, and Sexuality 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, and Sexuality 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.

Sovereignty in the Law, Sovereignty in Our Stories

Mary Kathryn Nagle

Friday, November 17, 2017

12-1:30 PM

Knight Library Browsing Room

Mary Kathryn Nagle is a renowned lawyer and playwright in Indian Country. She is a partner at Pipestem Law, a law firm specializing in sovereignty of Native tribes and peoples. In 2013 she authored an amicus brief for the famous “Baby Veronica” case before the US Supreme Court and assisted with the amending of the Violence Against Women Act to include tribal jurisdiction over non-Indian perpetrators of domestic violence. She has written numerous plays, including ManahattaFairly TraceableSliver of a

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WGS Commencement – Date, Time and Location Announced!

The date, time and place for the WGS Commencement Ceremony were just announced.

Date: Sunday, June 18th, 2017 Time: 4:00 PM Pacific Time Place: Science Green (Deschutes Courtyard)

We will be contacting students regarding Commencement in the next few weeks.  If you have any questions please contact the main office.

New Faculty Member – Welcome Professor Shoniqua Roach!

Welcome Professor Shoniqua Roach!

Professor Roach received her B.A. in English Literature from The Pennsylvania State University in 2012, an M.A. in English Literature from the University of Florida in 2013, and a Ph.D. in Performance Studies with certificates in African American and Diaspora Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, and Critical Theory from Northwestern University in 2017. She joined the faculty at the University of Oregon in 2017. Her research lies at the intersections between black feminisms, queer studies, performance studies, and post-civil rights era black popular

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