WGS 2224

Addresses the role the media has played in creating images and understandings of “Blackness” in the United States, particularly where it converges with popular ideologies about gender.  Combined with MDST 2240.



WGS 3625

The main focus of this class is the culture and values of development practitioners, and how these shape ideas of development itself. It explores the interconnected processes, relationships, and spaces through which development practitioners and planners learn, live , work, and encounter (or not) people who are the targets of development plans and interventions.

WGS 4340

Examines leading feminist contributions to, and gendered critiques of, theories of international relations including (but not limited to) war, peace and security; international political economy; and international institutions and organizations.


WGS 7559

Course will provide an overview of the politics of gender and nationalism in the Middle East. Among the topics we will examine are gendered discourses and practices of nation-states; gendered constructions of national identity; gendered violence; women's engagement in politics, state power, social movements and civil society; women’s activism, state feminism, and Islamic feminism; and the state regulations of sexuality, family, and citizenship.

WGS 7559

Scholars working on the history of black girls in the US, Latin America, the Caribbean and Africa have created a vibrant new field of black girl studies.  Combining insights from black feminism and the history of childhood, these scholars have centered black girls’ experience as a means of reframing our understanding of citizenship, labor, and creativity.

WGS 7559

An introduction to contemporary feminist and queer theories, intended for graduate students. Offers a survey of contemporary feminist and queer epistemology, subject formation, ethics, and politics, as well as a grounding in the methods of feminist and queer theory.  What is a woman? What is sex? What is gender? What is sexuality?   These and related questions are discussed from multidsciiplinary perspectives.

WGS 5500

Previous topics taught:

Gender & Education: Education topic courses offered on a semster-to-semester basis.  Please see the WGS website for specific approved sections. 

Women, Peace, Justice: Through the lenses of politics, philosophy, sociology, education, public health, economics, history and anthropology, we will together seek to gain understanding of contemporary issues and processes imbedded in the poverty-society relationship and discern their impact on women and children. 

WGS 4655

Course will investigate marriage as represented on the early modern European stage.  Italian, Spanish, French and English plays comprise our subject matter.  We'll consider the legal, social, and cultural history of matrimony to background our study of the stageworks; we will analyze scripts and performances to learn how dramatic and theatrical convention intersected w/ marital institution and negotiations, onstage and off.  Taught in English.

WGS 1510

Previous topics taught:

Philosophy of Masculinity: In this course, we will explore the following questions. What is masculinity? Is there a natural basis for masculinity? Is masculinity a social construction? If so, in what sense? Is there a distinctively masculine form of embodiment? What is the relationship between masculinity and gender? Is masculinity implicated in racism? In homophobia? In what ways can masculinity be reinterpreted or changed?

WGS 4500

This course emphasizes violence against minority groups.  Particular attention will be paid to violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people, although the class will also focus on forms of abuse against other historically-marginalized groups.  Topics covered will include racist and sexist violence, sexualized abuse, including rape and sexual assault, domestic violence, and the politics of hate crime.