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.

July 1, 2016-
We welcome Dr. Pam Gordon, Professor of Classics, as the Interim Chair for WGSS

Spring 2017 - Welcome WGSS Undergraduates!  The WGSS Department is happy to announce that WGSS currently has 58 WGSS Majors, 36 WGSS Minors, 11 Human Sexuality Majors, and 21 Human Sexuality Minors!

Update on WGSS Graduate students:

WGSS Ph.D. Candidate Corinne Schwarz presented her poster "Health and Human Trafficking in the Midwest: Service Providers' Perspectives" at the 2016 Persistent and Emerging Issues in Population Health Science Conference at Penn State.  Corinne presented preliminary findings from the ASHTI research team's survey on vulnerability, exploitation, and trafficking. More information about ASHTI's work can be found at

Congratulations to WGSS Ph.D. students Rachel Denney, Andrew Gilbert, and Elizabeth Stigler.  Each have been awarded assistance from the Doctoral Student Research Fund to support their dissertation research.

Congratulations to WGSS Ph.D. student Ashley Mog.  Ashley has been selected for the AAUW American Dissertation Fellowship for the 2016-2017 academic year to assist her in finishing up her dissertation.

Congrats also to WGSS Ph.D. student Marcy Quiason.  Marcy has been offered and accepted a Graduate Research Position for the Heartland Project, which begins Spring 2017.  Marcy's GRA will be funded by the Institute for Policy & Social Research.

Congratulations to WGSS Ph.D. student Rachel Denney!  Rachel successfully completed the PhD Oral Comprehensive on Nov. 30th, 2016.

Congrats to WGSS Ph.D student Marcy Quiason!  Spring 2017: Marcy has been awarded the Doctoral Research Fund Grant from the Office of Graduate Studies.

Congrats to WGSS Ph.D student Jo Kipgen! Spring 2017: Jo has been awarded the Doctoral Research Fund Grant from the Office of Graduate Studies.

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