Women, Gender & Sexuality is an interdisciplinary department in which students study gender and sexualities with an emphasis on transnational perspectives.

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Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Awards: Phi Beta Kappa, Academic Distinction

Favorite WGS Class: Feminist Theory with Denise Walsh. It opened my eyes to all the different ways one can think about gender, and how deeply connected feminist theory is to both everyday life and other academic subjects. 



Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Parting Thoughts: I took Queer Theory this semester and absolutely loved it! I was pretty intimidated coming in (after being pretty confused by Butler/Foucault in Fem Theory), but I learned a ton and really enjoyed our class discussions.


Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Awards: 2 time Chemistry Department Undergraduate Teaching Award, Dean's List

Jeyda will be attending University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine in the fall.


Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Awards: Rush Family Scholar (2019-2020)

Quote: "When you get these jobs that you have been so brilliantly trained for, just remember that your real job is that if you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else. This is not just a grab-bag candy game.” Toni Morrison



Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Favorite WGS Class: Intro to WGS with Bonnie Hagerman because it introduced me to the department and my passion!

Quote: "If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman." -Margaret Thatcher



Pronouns: She/Her

Parting Thoughts: I remember on one of the first days of Issues in LGBTQ Studies with Doug Meyer, he said something along the lines of "Profound change doesn't make people comfortable."  That class made me think much more critically about the world and made me want to declare my major in WGS.


Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Awards: Dean's List

After graduation Piper will work as a literacy tutor with Americorps for a year before grad school.


Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Awards: Echols Scholar, Dean’s List, and Intermediate Honors

Quote: "The liminality of selfhood is a liminality of otherness, a surrender that embraces what it is to be other, a practice of tension between two essential principles: 'I am (a) me' and 'I am someone's an/other.'" -Dr. Kevin Quashie



Pronouns: They/Them or He/Him

WGS Distinguished Major

Favorite WGS Class: Queer Theory- This course introduced me to so many important thinkers and concepts that push the boundaries of feminist and gender studies. Plus Doug is a fantastic lecturer who is seriously dedicated to his students and the development of their theoretical knowledge.


Pronouns: She/Her

Camila plans to apply to PA schools while working as a clinical technician at Inova hospital

Quote: Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you. - Ruth Bader Ginsburg 



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WGS is thrilled to announce that Dr. Tiffany King will be joining us this fall as Associate Professor of Women, Gender and Sexuality! 

In fall 2022, she will assume the Barbara and John Glynn Research Professorship in Democracy and Equity. 

“Pretty hurts”: Acceptance of hegemonic feminine beauty ideals and reduced sexual well-being among Black women