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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.

Unpacking Pariah(s): The Black Queer Feminist Liberation Plot and the Politics of Black (Sexual) Articulation

Shoniqua Roach

Friday, January 26, 2018

TIME CHANGE: 10-11:30 AM

Jane Grant Conference Room 330 Hendricks Hall

Professor Shoniqua Roach will explore her research in a CSWS Works-In-Progress Talk. Her talk is titled “Unpacking Pariah(s): The Black Queer Feminist Liberation Plot and the Politics of Black (Sexual) Articulation.”



Description of Research Talk

Both mainstream and academic critics responded warmly to Dee Rees’s feature-length film, Pariah. Mainstream critics hailed the 2011 release as a universal coming-of-age drama; an “African-American variation of a familiar


WGS Main Office Closed for Winter Break

The WGS main office will close on Friday, December 22nd and will reopen on Tuesday, January 2nd. Enjoy your winter break!