Founded in 1972, the Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies fosters the interdisciplinary study of women, gender,
and sexuality,through a rich multicultural and internationally informed academic environment. Our Program seeks to produce intellectually rigorous, analytical and creative work that embodies the perspective of gender in its local and global dimensions through teaching, research, and outreach activities.
Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies welcomes Dr. Pam Gordon, Professor of Classics, as the Interim Chair for WGSS, beginning July 1, 2016: Pamela Gordon received the B.A. in Ancient Greek from Oberlin College and the M.A. and Ph.D. in Ancient Greek from Bryn Mawr College. At KU she teaches Greek and Latin at all levels, as well as courses on Greek and Roman literature in translation. Scholarly interests include gender studies, the cultural history of Epicureanism, and the Roman reception of Greek culture. Publications include: "Phaeacian Dido: Lost Pleasures of an Epicurean Intertext," Classical Antiquity 17.2 (1998); "The Lover's Voice in Heroides 15: Or, Why is Sappho a Man?" in Roman Sexualities, edited by Judy Hallett and Marilyn Skinner (Princeton University Press, 1998); "Some Unseen Monster: Rereading Lucretius on Sex," in The Roman Gaze, edited by David Fredrick (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2002); The Invention and Gendering of Epicurus (University of Michigan Press, 2012); and the article on "Epicureanism" in the new Encyclopedia of Ancient History (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012). Her work on gender and Epicureanism was supported by a grant from the American Council of Learned Societies. She is also the proud author of the introduction to Stanley Lombardo's Sappho (Hackett 2002).
Congratulations to these graduate students on their completion of the WGSS Graduate Certificate Program during the Spring 2016 semester: Sammy Badran (Political Science Ph.D. student), Carolina Costa Candal (Political Science Ph.D. student), Anna Karpusheva (Slavic Languages and Literatures Ph.D. student), Adijat Mustapha (Psychology Ph.D. student), Najmeh Moradiyan Rizi (Film and Media Studies Ph.D. student), and Sherry Warren (Social Work Ph.D. student). WGSS has enjoyed having the opportunity to meet you all.