Spring 2018

Women, Gender & Sexuality Courses

WGS 2100-100  Intro to Gender and Sexuality Studies   Field

WGS 2100-002  Intro to Gender & Sexuality Studies    Speidel  

WGS 2100-003  Intro to Gender & Sexuality Studies    Arnold

WGS 2224-001  Black Femininities and Masculinities in Media  Shutt

WGS 2224-002  Black Femininities and Masculinities in Media  Shutt

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring “From Marriage Equality to Campus Safety: The Role of the Modern Attorney General”

Mark Herring

The University of Virginia’s Women, Gender & Sexuality Program will host Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring.  He will discuss the role of the Virginia Attorney General’s office in issues such as same-sex marriage and campus safety, and he will field questions from the audience. The event is free and open to the public,to be held in the Kaleidoscope Room, on the 3rd floor of Newcomb Hall. .
The Women, Gender & Sexuality Program is hosting Herring in partnership with the UVA Department of Politics, the UVA Women’s Center and the UVA LGBT Center.


Selected Publications:

Handbook of Psychological and Sexual Orientation (Oxford University Press, 2013)
Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Identities and Youth (Oxford University Press, 2001)
Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Identities in Families (Oxford University Press, 1998)
Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Identities Over the Lifespan (Oxford University Press, 1995)




Opinion/Commentary: Mideast journalists often pay in blood: Khashoggi is the latest

Feeling pain and fear in the marrow of my fingers, I wonder what was so dangerous, so menacing about a journalist whose only weapons were his words. Why were Jamal Khashoggi’s pen-wielding fingers chopped off before he was allegedly strapped to a desk and dismembered?

Befuddled, I ask myself, why would a sovereign and powerful government dispatch a whole hit squad to another country, and fully equip it with private jets, cars, bone saws, and forensic technology to assassinate a man who dearly loved his country? What had he done to deserve such fury and such a brutal death?

UVA Professor: Transgender Characters in Media Are ‘Moving in Right Direction’

Transgender characters on television shows, in movies and in other mainstream media have never been more prevalent. But how do people in the transgender community feel about these characters, who are attempting to portray them?

Well-represented? Empowered? More vulnerable? Better understood? Indifferent?

These are questions that University of Virginia assistant media studies professor André Cavalcante addressed in his recent book, “Struggling for Ordinary: Media and Transgender Belonging in Everyday Life.”

Free Cece

Reducing Sexual Harassment at UVA: A Day of Discussion

The 2018 National Academy of Sciences (NAS) report, Sexual Harassment of Women:  Climate, Culture, and Consequences in Academic Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (pdf copy available free of charge at http://nap.edu/24994) outlines the problem of sexual harassment in academia and provides 15 recommendations to reduce sexual harassment for faculty staff, and students in academic settings. On Oct. 10, we will hold a day-long series of events on this subject, with the primary focus of workshops on a prioritized set of the 15 recommendations.

Tumbling Into Queer Utopias and Vortexes: Experiences of LGBTQ Social Media Users on Tumblr

WGS Professor Andre Cavalcante has a newly published article in a special issue of the Journal of Homosexuality on queer media cultures.  Read it here: https://doi.org/10.1080/00918369.2018.1511131

WGS co-sponsors 2018 SIP Film Festival

SIP FilmFest 2018:

Contemporary Women’s Visions from Spain, Italy, and Latin America.

9/27 - 9/30

Women directors have often been neglected by mainstream audiences and by canonical academic syllabi.

At a time of renewed uncertainty for women's rights, we would like to continue giving voice to female

filmmakers, protagonists and minor characters who question the status quo with their gaze, their stories,

and their behaviors, and have gone beyond traditional portrayals of women. Our selection of movies for

WGS Has An Open Faculty Position!


Assistant Professor, General Faculty

Department of Women Gender & Sexuality