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The Department of Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies at the University of Washington includes eight full-time faculty members, who are affiliated with Anthropology, Nursing (psychosocial and community health), Psychology and the Jackson School of International Studies, as well as 98 adjunct and affiliate faculty who hold appointments in other departments and share the feminist mission of GWSS.

Intersectional and transnational analyses foreground our studies of race and ethnicity in U.S. and global contexts, as we analyze how these social formations intersect with gender, women, and sexuality in specific times and places. Our research and teaching complement and contribute to Ethnic Studies, Transnational Studies, and Women of Color scholarship.

In addition to our Feminist Graduate Program leading to a Ph.D., we offer undergraduate majors and minors in GWSS and graduate certificate programs in Feminist Studies and Sexuality and Queer Studies.

All undergraduate majors are required to complete a senior capstone course and participate in an internship—distinctive marks of our commitment to excellence in writing and critical thinking, and to linking those skills to community-based social justice practice.

Our alumnae hold important positions in academic, professional, and non-profit institutions.

Renee Byrd, Ph.D. successfully defended her dissertation "Punishment's Twin: Theorizing Prisoner Reentry for a Politics of Abolition," on June 7, 2013.
Renee is taking a position as Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Humboldt State University.
Nina Young Kim, Ph.D. successfully defended her dissertation, "The 'Call of God': Korean American Women's Activism in the Pacific Northwest," on June 5, 2013.
Dr. Kim will be teaching for GWSS!
She is pictured here with her Committee Chair, Professor Shirley Yee.


Martha Gonzalez, Ph.D. successfully defended her dissertation, "Chican@ Artivistas: East Los Angeles Trenches, Transborder Tactics," on May 17, 2013.
Martha is also the recipient of the prestigious Annual College of Arts & Sciences Dean's Graduate Medal for Social Sciences, 2013.
She is taking a position as Assistant Professor in the Intercollegiate Chicana/Latina Studies Program at Scripps College.

Graduating Majors and Minors
Bailey Campbell
Lena Chong
Emily Cox
Shatarra Devose
Kelcey Dunaway
Sellyna Ehlers

Jiabao Fang

Maria Garcia
Jennifer Gibbons
Shelby Handler *(English, Creative  Writing) ††
Maria Hartman Thomas *(Anthropology)
Lori Hilliard
Theresa Hoey
Tuesday Kelly
Yili Li
Hayley McJunkin
Pamela Santiago *(English, Creative Writing)
Devon Steinbacher
Elizabeth Stone
Iris Viveros **
Minghan Wang
Patricia West †
Katherine Young


 *Dual Major

Departmental Honors
††Interdisciplinary Honors 

















Prof Amanda Swarr on Kuow.org


Upcoming Autumn 2013 Events

TA/RA Conference
2013 Conference – September 16th-18th
Registration will be open from June 24th-August 4th.

  • Monday, Sept. 16th (1:00-4:00) – International TA Program Workshops
  • Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 17th & 18th (9:00-4:00) – Workshops for all TAs and RAs


New Graduate Student Orientation
Monday, September 16th, 9:00 -11:00 a.m.
New Graduate Lunch & Welcome Reception 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
GWSS Conference Room, B110G

Faculty Retreat
Thursday, September 19th
Waterfront Activities Center 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
(Setup is 9:30-10:00 a.m., Clean-up is 3:00-3:30 p.m.
Box lunches and snacks will be served.

GWSS Fall Reception
Friday, October 4th
The University of Washington Club

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