Selected Publications:

Gendering the Global Nation (WomenUnlimited)

Lyrical Movements, Historical Hauntings (Stanford University Press, 2002)


Selected Publications:

Words, Not Swords: Iranian Women Writers and the Freedom of Movement (Syracuse University Press, 2011)

An Iranian Icarus: The Life and Poetry of Forugh Farrokhzad (in progress)

The Gender of Modernity and Counter-Modernity in Iran (forthcoming)

Women, Gender & Sexuality Distinguished Major

Majors in Women, Gender & Sexuality (WGS) may, with the supervision of a WGS core faculty member, propose a Distinguished Major Project.  Working with that faculty member, Distinguished Majors complete a two-semester written thesis (approximately 35-40 pages in length) in their fourth year. The thesis allows students to pursue their own interests in depth and have the intellectual satisfaction of defining and completing a sustained project. The Distinguished Major Program is an especially good option for students considering graduate level work in any field.


Selected Publications:

Writing from the Women’s Prison: Autobiographical Texts by Incarcerated Women (in progress)


2018 Essay Award Submission Guidelines

The deadline for submissions is 12:00 p.m. on Friday, April 27, 2018. 

Awards carry a modest cash prize.

Students may submit their own work or a faculty member may submit outstanding student papers. A student need not be a Women, Gender & Sexuality major or minor to be eligible.

  • There is a minimum page requirement of 20 pages, double-spaced.
  • Please limit submissions to a full length seminar paper. In the case of a senior thesis or dissertation, only one chapter may be submitted.
  • Essays must have been written between Spring 2017 and Spring 2018.
  • Authors are limited to a single submission.
  • If substantial portions of the essay are in a language other than English, please provide an English translation for the reviewers.

Please submit the essay electronically to wgsuva@virginia.edu and include the essay contest cover sheet.
Essay Cover Sheet

Prior Years Essay Winners and Titles:
Elizabeth Cady Stanton Award (Undergraduate)
Zora Neale Hurston Award (Graduate)


Women, Gender & Sexuality

Women, Gender & Sexuality is an interdisciplinary department in which students study gender and sexualities with an emphasis on transnational perspectives.