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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.

WGSS Dept. Job Announcement– WGSS is currently conducting a search.

WGSS Department Candidate Talks: for the position of Assist. Professor in WGSS and Gender, Migration and Human Trafficking

All candidate talks will be from 3:30-5:00 in the Kansas Union.

Monday, Dec. 1 Alderson Auditorium, KS Union, Visiting candidate: Dinah Hannaford, Ph.,D., Emory University, Dept. of Anthropology, Assist. Prof., Texas A&M, Dept. of International Studies, "Transnational Spouses: Navigating Love and Marriage in Neoliberal Senegal"

Monday, Dec. 8 Pine room, KS Union, Visiting candidate: Megan Lowthers, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Western Ontario, Socio-Cultural Anthropology and Migration and Ethnic Relations, "Sexual-Economics Entanglement and the Realities of Everyday Mobility in East Africa"

Thursday, Dec. 11 Jayhawk room, KS Union, Visiting candidate: Stacey Vanderhurst, Ph.D., Brown University, Dept. of Anthropology, Jerome Hall Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Law, Society, and Culture, Maurer School of Law, Indiana University, Title: to be announced.

The WGSS Department is pleased to welcome Ayesha Hardison, Langston Hughes Visiting Professor, in Fall 2014.

Langston Hughes Lecture - “Of Maids and Ladies: The Ethics of Living Jane Crow”
Presented by Ayesha Hardison, Fall 2014 LHVP
Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies Dept.
Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014
3:30 p.m., Kansas Room, Kansas Union
Reception to follow
Malott Room, Kansas Union

Ayesha Hardison is Associate Professor of English at Ohio University, where she teaches courses in African American literature. Her first book, Writing through Jane Crow: Race and Gender Politics in African American Literature (American Literatures Initiative, University of Virginia Press, 2014), examines representations of African American women during the World War II/pre-modern Civil Rights Movement era and the politics of black literary production during that period. As part of this research, her essay on Zora Neale Hurston is forthcoming in African American Review. Her second book project, Specters of Segregation: The Post-Civil Rights Literary Imagination, will explore depictions of the Civil Rights Movement in contemporary literary texts. Earning her PhD in English from the University of Michigan, Professor Hardison has received fellowships and awards from The National Academies Ford Foundation, the Black Metropolis Research Consortium in Chicago, and the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute in African American literature at Pennsylvania State University. She is currently a junior fellow in the Charles J. Ping Institute for the Teaching of the Humanities at Ohio University.


Assistant Professor of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies – Gender, Migration and Human Trafficking
The University of Kansas Department of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) is seeking exceptional candidates to apply for a tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies. We are interested in candidates whose work focuses on gender, migration, or human trafficking with an African emphasis. This position is part of an emerging cluster of interdisciplinary positions on the topic of migration, immigration, diaspora and human trafficking and may include participation in interdisciplinary initiatives or in research projects with scholars in other disciplines. The position is expected to begin as early as August 18, 2015. In addition to this collaborative work, the faculty member will be expected to research, write, and publish in the candidate’s substantive field; develop and teach courses in migration and human trafficking and African studies; serve on graduate student committees, direct theses and dissertations and perform advising responsibilities; and serve on departmental, College, and University committees. Faculty will be affiliated with the Kansas African Studies Center and are expected to participate in KASC activities.
The University of Kansas is particularly interested in hiring faculty members who can contribute to the climate of diversity in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, including a diversity of scholarly approaches, and four key campus-wide strategic initiatives: (1) Sustaining the Planet, Powering the World; (2) Promoting Well-Being, Finding Cures; (3) Building Communities, Expanding Opportunities; and (4) Harnessing Information, Multiplying Knowledge. For more information see http://www.provost.ku.edu/strategic-plan/initiatives.
We especially encourage woman and minorities to apply.
KU is a Research 1 (RU/VH) institution, the flagship of the Kansas system, and a member of the AAU. It is located in Lawrence, a thriving and progressive community a short drive from Kansas City. The Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies has a 40+ year history, an interdisciplinary faculty (8 core faculty members and a large courtesy and affiliated faculty), and graduate and undergraduate programs (a new Ph.D. program, a graduate certificate program, an undergraduate major in Women’s Studies, and Human Sexuality, and undergraduate minors in Women’s Studies and in Human Sexuality). The Kansas African Studies Center coordinates the African Studies program and works with over 90 affiliated faculty members and 35 core Africanist faculty.


  • A Ph.D. or ABD in the humanities or a social science discipline, with a substantive focus on gender, from an accredited school is expected by the start date of the appointment (08-18-2015)
  • Demonstrated ability to work in interdisciplinary and collaborative environments
  • A proven record or demonstration for high potential in research, publications, and grants
  • Demonstrated ability to teach effectively at undergraduate and graduate levels, as evidenced by application materials
  • Demonstrated ability to teach gender studies and Africa-related courses, as evidenced by application materials, educational background, and teaching philosophy statement
  • Demonstrated research qualification in gender, migration, immigration, and/or human trafficking in Africa as evidenced by course work, grant activity, and/or scholarly publications

For a complete announcement and to apply online, go to https://employment.ku.edu/academic/1675BR or https://employment.ku.edu and click “Search Faculty Jobs”; search by key word [MIGRATION]. A complete online application includes the following materials: cover letter, curriculum vitae, one research sample such as an article or dissertation chapter, proof of teaching experience (e.g. course evaluations and syllabi), and the names, e-mail addresses, and contact information for three references. Only complete applications will be considered.

Initial review of applications will begin October 1, 2014 and will continue as long as needed to identify a qualified pool. KU is an EO/AAE. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, national origin, disability, genetic information or protected Veteran status.

Undergraduate and Graduate KU Women of Color Retreat

The Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Emily Taylor Resource Center for Women and Gender Equity, with faculty sponsorship from the Department of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, are sponsoring an Undergraduate and Graduate Women of Color Retreat, October 4, 2014.

Please follow this link below to find out more information about the Retreat and to register for this event.

The Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking Initiative — (ASHTI »)

Dr. Hannah Britton, Professor of Political Science and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies is part of a team of KU researchers (faculty and students at the University of Kansas) studying a myriad of issues surrounding human trafficking and developing a prevention model with the goal it could one day apply both nationally and internationally. "We're working on an empirical model for assessing vulnerabilities within populations that can eventually lead to exploitation," said Hannah Britton, director of the Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking Initiative.

ASHTI, which means peace, is working to find solutions to trafficking and exploitation transnationally. We are developing individual and collaborative research projects to understand the components of human trafficking in the US and in our international field sites. We are interested in the patterns of both contemporary and historical slavery and how they can inform each other. Led by Hannah Britton and housed at the Institute for Policy & Social Research, ASHTI draws on KU's existing faculty strengths and research centers designed to address contemporary issues of migration, immigration, international studies, inequality, gender studies, public health, and public policy.

Degrees Offered

Award Announcement - YOUNGER-WENDLAND


Two awards of $100 each to the two best LGBTQ-related papers or projects produced by an undergraduate KU student for a WGSS course during Sum 14, Fall 14, or Spring 15 semesters

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: There is no minimum or maximum length, nor is there a required type of submission. Traditional academic research papers and essays as well as projects such as films, blogs, photographic essays, art pieces, zines, and performances are eligible.

TO SUBMIT AN ENTRY: For written entries (research papers, essays, memoirs, etc), email a copy in .pdf or .doc format. For non-written entries (videos, displays, photographic essays, art pieces, etc), email photographs, video files, hyperlinks, descriptions, and other relevant evidence of the project. BE SURE TO INCLUDE (a) your entry and supporting documentation; (b) your full name, KUID, email address, and telephone number; and (c) the WGSS course number, name, instructor name, and semester for which the paper/project was produced. If the entry is not clearly LGBTQ-related, please also provide a brief statement of explanation. All entries should be submitted via email to LGBTQPaperPrize@gmail.com; entries are due via email no later than 5pm Friday, April 24th.


Dr. John Younger and Dr. Milton Wendland established the Younger-Wendland LGBTQ Prizes to recognize valuable undergraduate contributions to LGBTQ scholarship in the Department of Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies at the University of Kansas. Dr. Younger previously served as Department Chair of WGSS at KU and is currently Professor of Classics and Academic Director of CGIS Jewish Studies at KU. Dr. Wendland earned a Graduate Certificate in WGSS at KU and served as Visiting Assistant Professor of WGSS at KU (2011-2013). He is currently Faculty and Director of Internships in Women’s & Gender Studies at the University of South Florida.


WGSS & History Prof. Marta Vicente and WGSS 549 "History of Feminist Theory" students, Fall 2013.


    Image of Alesha Doan, New Chair of WGSS

    We are excited for the skills, background, and energy Prof. Doan is bringing to the program, and wish John Younger the best in his new position as Director of Jewish Studies.

    A 40th Anniversary: February Sisters and the Birth of Women's Studies

    On February 4, 1972, a group of women took over a building on campus and made some demands, including more women faculty and a women's studies program -- this event changed the face of KU and is the spark that led to our department.

    WGSS celebrated the 40th anniversary of these events with a week-long series of talks, panel discussions, and art exhibits, culminating in a talk by Angela Davis and a banquet.

    Angela Davis in Budig 120, February 7, 2012, 5-6 pm

The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, retaliation, gender identity, gender expression and genetic information in the University’s programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies and is the University’s Title IX Coordinator: the Executive Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access, IOA@ku.edu, 1246 W. Campus Road, Room 153A, Lawrence, KS, 66045, (785)864-6414, 711 TTY.