Gender and Women’s Studies

Gender and Women's Studies

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Gender and Women’s Studies is an interdisciplinary program that centers on issues of gender, sexuality, and the ways gender and sexuality shape human experience through history and across cultures. Students work closely with GWS faculty in discussion-centered courses and independent research projects. Our students become critical and creative thinkers, able to analyze gender through interdisciplinary connections and multiple cultural perspectives.  GWS graduates bring their knowledge of gender and their analytical abilities to other academic fields, to graduate and professional programs, and to a wide range of careers.

Beyond the Classroom

Students have a wide array of opportunities for research, internships, conferences, and networking beyond the classroom that give them an advantage to prepare for life after W&J.

Student Research

Recent capstone projects include:

  • “Danger Zones and Gendered Zones: Rape Culture”
  • “Treating Trauma Based on Gender: Improvements for Transgender and Non-binary Individuals”
  • “Black Matriarchy”

Graduate School

GWS majors and minors have earned advanced degrees in a variety of fields from institutions including the London School of Economics, Northeastern University, University of Texas, Brown University, University of Pittsburgh, Penn State University, American University, Carnegie-Mellon University, Vanderbilt University, Bowling Green State University, West Virginia University, and Sciences Po Paris School of International Affairs.


GWS majors and minors have achieved success in business, communications, counseling, the creative arts, higher education, law, medicine, nonprofit management, politics, public health, publishing, social work, teaching, and many other fields.

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Gender and Women’s Studies Faculty

Carolyn Kyler, Ph.D. portrait

Gender and Women’s Studies Program Chair

Carolyn Kyler, Ph.D.

Carolyn Kyler, Ph.D. is a professor in the Department of English and director of the Gender and Women's Studies Program at Washington & Jefferson College.

Amanda Holland-Minkley, Ph.D. portrait
Portrait of Associate Professor Amparo Alpanes
Anoosua Mukherjee
Candy DeBerry portrait
Carolyn Kyler, Ph.D. portrait
Charles Hannon Ph.D. portrait
Christy Shaughnessy, Ph.D. portrait
Cynthia Hogan portrait
Dana Schiller
Danielle Ficco
David Kieran, Ph.D. portrait
Elizabeth Bennett portrait
Gregory Hallenbeck portrait
H.J. Manzari, Ph.D. portrait

H.J. Manzari, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Spanish; Spanish Coordinator; Director of Latin American Studies

Latin American Studies, Spanish, International Studies, Gender and Women's Studies, Conflict and Resolution Studies

James Benze portrait
Jennifer Harding, Ph.D. portrait
John Lamberston
Professor Judith Atzler portrait
Karin Maresh, Ph.D. portrait
Kathleen McEvoy Ph.D. portrait
Lauryn Mayer, Ph.D. portrait
Lynn Wilson, Ph.D. portrait
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Mary Jo Podgurski, Ed.D.

Adjunct Professor of Education

Gender and Women's Studies

Michael Lewis portrait
Michael Wolf, Ph.D. portrait
Olga Solovieva
Rebecca McDonald, Ph.D. portrait
Robert East, Ph.D. portrait
Sharon Taylor, Ph.D. portrait
Steven Malinak, Ph.D. portrait
Stevie Berberick
Susan Medley
Susan Vdovichenko, Ph.D. portrait
Tara Robbins Fee, Ph.D. portrait

Tara Robbins Fee, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Chair of the English Department

English, Gender and Women's Studies

Tiffani Gottschall

Tiffani A. Gottschall, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Economics; Coordinator of Economics Program

Economics, Gender and Women's Studies

Victoria List, Ph.D. portrait

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