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Department ofWomen's and Gender Studies

Women's and Gender Studies

Welcome to Women's and Gender Studies!

Women’s and Gender Studies (WGST) is a multidisciplinary field that provides an integrated approach to understanding the social and cultural constructions of gender that shape our diverse experiences. With its roots in social justice movements of the last three decades, the methods and goals of Women’s and Gender Studies support the University’s mission of education informed by both ethical and intellectual values. In addition to educating undergraduates in traditional classroom environments, the program provides opportunities for civic engagement through internships, support for faculty scholarship on gender issues across the disciplines, and diverse co-curricular programming for the university.

  • Faculty Spotlight: Joanna Núñez

    We welcome our new Inclusive Excellence Postdoctoral Fellow, Joanna Núñez, to the Women's and Gender Studies department. She earned her Ph.D. in Feminist Studies with a graduate minor in Development Studies and Social Change from University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

  • Alumni Spotlight: Claire Muller '15

    Claire graduated from Santa Clara University in 2015 with a double major in Psychology and Women's and Gender Studies. After graduation, Claire worked for a few months before starting her graduate program at San Diego State University, pursuing an M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT).

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Sharmila Lodhia, Ph.D., Department Chair

Janice Jorgenson, Department Manager


St. Joseph's Hall