Undergraduate Director:Dr. Ethel Brooks
Sr. Department Administrator: Monique Gregory
The Women's & Gender Studies undergraduate program, founded in the early seventies, is one of the oldest in the nation. Currently the program has over 200 majors and minors and serves over 1900 students annually in a wide array of core and cross-listed courses. The major, approved in 1984, introduces students to significant issues and debates in feminist scholarship, theory, and activism.
“Women’s & Gender Studies seek to enrich traditional disciplinary approaches not simply by including women but by transforming the categories, through which knowledge is produced and disseminated.”
All courses are interdisciplinary and each considers the complex dynamics among race, ethnicity, locality, class, gender, and sexuality. The readings and discussions in each class represent a wide variety of women's perspectives concerning issues such as: the conceptualization of difference, the production and recreation of femininity and masculinity, language and gender, the division of labor, women and poverty, sexual violence, reproductive rights, gay and lesbian theory, gender and popular theory, and contemporary feminist politics. Ultimately, we strive to ground both research and theory in the everyday realities of feminist activism around the globe. Women’s & Gender Studies program faculty, students and staff are active members and leaders of academic and community women’s organizations.
The WGS alumnae pursue their professional career in various fields. One fifth of our graduates continue their education in graduate programs in different fields (political science, English, law) around the country. Many alumnae also engage in work in the area of health and pharmacy (about one fourth). Others choose law (one fifth of the alumnae), education (one fourth) media or computer studies. Many WGS graduates continue their activist work in non-governmental organizations that engage with women and work, international politics and women’s leadership.
WOMEN'S AND GENDER STUDIES FACULTY
Bottom row: Carlos Decena, Ethel Brooks, Yana Rodgers, Abena Busia
Middle row: Bonnie Smith, Zakia Salime, Leslie Fishbein, Marisa Fuentes, Jasbir Puar, Barbara Balliet, Lisa Hetfield, Charlotte Bunch
Top row: Judy Gerson, Mary Trigg, Mary Gossy, Harriet Davidson, Kyla Schuller, Sue Carroll, Radhika Balakrishnan, Anna Sampaio
Not pictured: Nikol Alexander Floyd, Ed Cohen, Drucilla Cornell, Josephine Diamond, Elizabeth Grosz, Melissa Feinberg, Mary Hawkesworth, Nancy Hewitt, Jennifer Jones, Jacquelyn Litt, Phyllis Mack, Ishani Maitra, Joanna Regulska, Louisa Schein, Deborah Gray White
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Graduate Faculty Research Directory
To find contact information for our graduate faculty please visit: http://search.rutgers.edu/index.php?form=people
To find contact information for our affiliate faculty please visit: http://search.rutgers.edu/index.php?form=people