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A global Approach to Gender and Sexuality
Challenging inequity through cross-disciplinary,
intersectional scholarship

 


Who We Are

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The first graduate program in women’s studies in the United States, the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) Program has been a leader in the field since 1972. Known for its interdisciplinary, innovative approach, the program bridges the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences through the study of topics relating to gender, race, sexuality, ethnicity and nationality.

Students analyze feminist theory and cross-cultural perspectives, examine historical trends and religious practices, explore policy and power structures and develop theories and methods for challenging inequality and re-imagining social justice. Beyond the classroom, students have access to unique networking events, research experiences and internship opportunities — experiences that can only be found in the nation's capital.

 

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Ragini Sharma, BA '21, WGSS

Ragini Sharma

BA '21

"The decision to take on WGSS as a second major was the most importat moment of my undergraduate career. I am incredibly humbled to have learned from our department's wonderful professors and students in my last three semesters at GW."


 

Highlights From WGSS

Professor Eiko Strader

WGSS Faculty Published: Dr. Eiko Strader

Congratulations to Dr. Strader for publishing "Workplace Disability and Death in an Era of Mass Incarceration: Insights from the US Military"

WGSS Faculty Published: Dr. Eiko Strader

Congratulations to Dr. Eiko Strader on her recent policy brief contribution, "Workplace Disability and Death in an Era of Mass Incarceration: Insights from the US Military." This work was published by the Sociological Insights for Development Policy! In this piece, Dr. Strader explores the connection between the high incarceration rates in the United States and the nation's military strength, considering that the military is one of the largest employers in the U.S. to regularly hire people with a criminal record. This research adds to the growing body of knowledge about the nature of jobs that are available to the people who come into contact with the criminal justice system.

WGSS Faculty Mentioned in a Publication: Dr. Moshenberg

WGSS faculty Dr. Dan Moshenberg was recently mentioned in an article published by Fairfax County Times, titled "Zoning Ordinance Modernization Project." This article discusses how the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors voted to proceed the proposed Zoning Modernization Ordinance, which are a series of updates to the local zoning laws that have been in progress since 2017. Dr. Moshenberg was cited in the article as a local afforable housing advocate, and he gave his opinion on the ordinance, saying that, "Although it’s a relatively small step, given the enormity and depth of the affordable housing crisis in Fairfax County and in northern Virginia more generally, rethinking accessory dwelling units will, first, assist those living with disabilities and those older than 55. An eviction crisis unlike any we’ve seen before is looming large, and every bit helps."


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