Nationally and internationally women's, gender, and sexuality studies has grown into an important and well-established field of academic inquiry.  Women's, gender, and sexuality are studied in relation to other important aspects of identity, including race, ethnicity, religion, class, disability, nationality, and sexuality. Women's, Gender, and Sexuality analyzes the ways in which social and institutional power is structured in part around social identities, and it examines the meanings attached to these identities through interdisciplinary lenses.  This broader understanding has implications not only for what is studied but how it is studied.  Emory scholars working in the study of women, gender, and sexuality reflect this development in their work, which covers a range of disciplinary and methodological approaches.

Departmental Strengths

Our departmental strengths and areas of expertise are concentrated in the following four areas: 1) Race, Class, and Justice; 2) Globalization and Development; 3) Visual Culture, Narrative, and Ethics; and 4) Bodies, Sexualities, and Science.

With 10 core faculty members and over 60 associated faculty, we enjoy consistent support from the university administration and continue to grow.  Our most recent hires in feminist science studies demonstrate our ongoing commitment to building bridges with other parts of the university, including the Neuroscience Initiative, the Psychoanalytic Studies Program, and the Rollins School of Public Health.  We continue to offer a vibrant undergraduate major and minor, an increasingly popular graduate certificate, and a Ph.D. program that sets the benchmark for the nation.

What WGSS Faculty and Students are saying about

Emory's Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies


Beth Reingold, Associate Professor of WGSS and Political Science, talks about what sets Emory's WGSS apart.

Natalie Turrin talks about her search for a graduate program.

Rachel Weitzenkorn talks about the academic community in Emory's WGSS.