WGS 4559

This course looks at the various ways that globalization--broadly conceived--has shaped the lives, experiences, cultures, and communities of Indigenous women throughout history, and to the present. Equally, this course explores the diverse ways that Indigenous women have embraced, contested, resisted, and responded to globalization.

WGS 3559

This course examines women’s engagements with the sounds, social practices, production, and representation of music. Our case studies draw on popular, vernacular ("folk"), and classical music from the U.S. and around the world, focusing on the 1920s to the present. We will address how music-making can both express and inform gender, and how ideas about gender and sexuality shape musical environments. Previous musical knowledge is not required.

WGS 3559

“Ethnography” is a powerful tool for analyzing people and culture. It is both a method of research and a genre of writing. This course examines the theories, methods, and ethics involved in ethnographic research on gender and sexuality. It addresses questions such as: is research gendered? What can ethnography teach us about gender or sexuality? What is feminist ethnography? Students will conduct ethnographic research in the UVa/local community.

WGS 3559

This course will examine LGBTQ persons, issues, and events in Europe since 1789. Topics to be covered will include the history of anti-sodomy and marriage laws; the evolution of cultural and scientific understandings of sex, sexuality, and gender, including ideas of trans-ness; and the history of LGBTQ activism, both legal and cultural, going up to the present day.

Let’s talk about sex

Let’s talk about sex

Geeta Patel, Director of the UVA in India Program sent us this article about an event she recently participated in. Click through and have a read.

29th Annual Essay Contest


The deadline for submissions is 5:00 p.m. on Monday, April 24, 2017. 

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.

Meet the Scholars Building a Network Around Black Girlhood

Meet the Scholars Building a Network Around Black Girlhood

WGS 7500 (Approaches)

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 multidisciplinary perspectives.

WGS 4559 (Black Feminist Theory)

This course critically examines key ideas, issues, and debates in contemporary Black feminist thought. With a particular focus on Black feminist understandings of intersectionality and womanism, the course examines how Black feminist thinkers interrogate specific concepts including Black womanhood, sexual mythologies and vulnerabilities, class distinctions, colorism, leadership, crime and punishment, and popular culture. 

WGS 4559 (Gender & Sexuality in Islamic Cultures)


This course examines the politics of gender and sexuality in various Muslim societies since the 19th century. It covers a range of topics and themes, including: historical, theological, political, and anthropological accounts of gender discourse; various feminist movements; and sexuality, marriage,family, masculinity, and LGBTQ issues. Of particular interest is how social and state actors have attempted to mobilize gender for political gain.