Gender, Sexuality & Women's Studies

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Housed in the School of Arts & Sciences, the Gender, Sexuality & Women's Studies program (GSWS) facilitates critical campus-wide curricular and co-curricular examinations of gender and sexuality. Our motivating goal is to encourage students, faculty and staff to interrogate interlocking systems of oppression, including racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, classism, ethnocentrism and colonialism, to learn about their impact on campus and around the world and to practice resisting them.

Along with deploying a diverse set of feminist pedagogies, research methodologies and campus conversations, GSWS supports a curriculum that addresses topics such as histories of gender activism, gender, sexuality and their relationships to the law, religion, reproduction and reproductive technologies, marriage and relationships, war and violence, popular culture, literature, labor and the workplace, technology, social media, mental health, globalization and transnational experiences.

For more information, contact GSWS Co-Directors Lindsay Davis and Rebecca Moody.


Minor in Gender, Sexuality & Women's Studies

Find out about the courses required to minor in Gender, Sexuality & Women's Studies

GSWS Program Information

Core GSWS courses include:

  • HU 1500: Introduction to Gender, Sexuality & Women’s Studies (A23 and C24)
  • HU 2501: STEM-inism (C24 and D24)
  • HU 2502: Global Feminisms (B23)
  • HU 2901: Topics in Sexuality and LGBTQ+ Studies (C24)

Inquiry Seminars that count toward a GSWS HUA requirement include:

  • HU 3900: Power of Manifestos (B23)
  • HU 3900: Queer Cinema (C24)
  • HU 3900: Religion, Power, Inequality (C24)
  • HU 3900: Feminist Killjoys (D24)

Additional courses that can count toward GSWS requirements include

  • EN 1257: Introduction To African American Literature And Culture (B23, D24)
  • HI 1333: Introduction to American Histories of Protest and Power (B23)
  • HI 2318: Topics In Law, Justice And American Society (A23)
  • HI 2900: Topics in Gender and History: Women & Socialism (A23)
  • HI 2900: Topics in Gender and History: Black Women in the U.S. (D24)
  • HI 3312: Topics In American Social History: Mental Health (D24)
  • INTL 2910: Topics In Global Studies: Gender and Sexuality in Asian Religions (B23)
  • PSY 1402: Social Psychology (C24)
  • PSY 1412: Mental Health (D24)
  • PSY 2407: Psychology Of Gender (B23)
  • PSY 2408: Health Psychology (D24)
  • PY/RE 2716: Gender, Race, Class (C24)
  • RE 2721: Religion & Culture (A23)
  • SP 3529: Caribbeanness: Voices Of The Spanish Caribbean (D24)
  • TH 3200: Special Topics in Dramatic Literature: Contemporary Plays (B23)
Lindsay Greer Davis
Lindsay Greer Davis
Assistant Professor of Teaching, Humanities & Arts

Dr. Lindsay Davis is a broadly trained interdisciplinary historian whose research interrogates the gendered, racial, and cultural foundations of the American prison state. Her current book project, "Lessons in Captivity: A Cultural History of Gender and Criminality During the Transitional Carceral Era, 1930-1973," examines the cultural coverage of women prisoners - in "real life" and in film - in an era preceding mass incarceration. In the classroom, Dr.

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Rebecca Moody
Rebecca Moody
Assistant Professor of Teaching, Humanities & Arts

My research centers around religion in North Africa and the Middle East with a focus on Islam; I approach the study of Islam through its representation in visual culture. My first book project, an outgrowth of my dissertation, focuses on recent fiction film by Moroccan women filmmakers as oblique forms of resistance to dominant narratives about Muslim women. My research tends to be very interdisciplinary: I draw on religion, cultural studies, feminist theory, film theory and affect theory.

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Crystal Brown
Crystal Brown
Assistant Professor-Social Science, Social Science & Policy Studies

Crystal H. Brown earned her Ph.D. in Political Science with a focus in the subfields of Comparative Politics, International Relations, and U.S. Foreign Policy at the University of Oregon. She also has a Master of Public Administration (MPA) from Pennsylvania State University. Her areas of interest include comparative immigration and integration policies, human rights, refugees, race/ethnicity and politics, and international security studies.

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Francesca Bernardi
Francesca Bernardi
Assistant Professor-Mathematical Science, Mathematical Sciences

I am an applied mathematician working in the fields of small-scale fluid mechanics and microfluidics. My research includes both mathematical modeling and physical experiments. In particular, I am interested in particle and solute transport in small-scale systems, such as municipal water filtration facilities. I am the PI of the FMNTS Lab - Small-scale Fluid Mechanics and Transport Lab hosted at LEAP.

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