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

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Favorite WGS Class: Human Sexuality taught by Lisa Speidel.  Lisa created such incredible discussions on very important topics and it is a class that I would encourage everyone to take.

After graduation Jack hopes to work on the production side of the film industry when the economy re-opens. Until then he will be raising his new dog Tyson and doing freelance work in filming and editing.


Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Favorite WGS Class: Intro to WGS because it really sparked my interest in gender related issues and feminist politics.

Parting Thoughts: Thank you so much to Bonnie Hagerman, Lisa Speidel, and Doug Meyer for inspiring my studies and feminist/LGBTQ activism. There's no one like you guys.


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Favorite WGS Class: Gender Based Violence... Lisa was a great teacher!!

Favorite Books: The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah



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Awards: Dean's List 

After graduation Emily will be interning with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville, and completing a Master of Public Policy at the Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy next May. 


Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Awards: Kishore Scholarship Nominee 

Quote: "Come, my friends, 'T is not too late to seek a newer world. Push off, and sitting well in order smite The sounding furrows; for my purpose holds To sail beyond the sunset, and the baths Of all the western stars, until I die." 


Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Favorite WGS Class: Human Sexuality with Professor Lisa Spiedel was my favorite WGS class because it really pushed me out of my comfort zone and made me consider my ideals.

Favorite Book: My favorite book in WGS was Living a Feminist Life by Sarah Ahmed. 



Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Awards: Dean's List

Favorite WGS Class: Feminist theory was one of my favorite WGS classes. It made me question my pre-existing notions of what feminism is and can be.  

After graduation Claire will be working as an executive assistant for TTR Sotheby’s in Georgetown, DC



Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Quote: “If you’re always trying to be normal you will never know how amazing you can be.” -Maya Angelou

Parting Thoughts: Thank you to all my professors, advisors, friends and family for supporting me so I could graduate and move on to the next chapter of my life. 


Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Awards: Dean's List: Fall 2018, Spring 2019, Fall 2019

Parting Thoughts: Thank you to Professor Hagerman for being such a great professor and advisor! 

Favorite Book: "An Invisible Thread," by Laura Schroff. It is about how one person can come into your life and be the thread that changes you, pulls you to another version of yourself and allows you to connect.



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In the News

WGS is pleased to announce that we have been awarded significant new support from one of our founding donors. We are very grateful for this donation, which was made “in acknowledgment of amazing achievements and to support continued growth.”


November 7, 2022

Rising Scholars Postdoctoral Fellowship

Review of applications will begin January 16, 2023.

Please join the WGS Department in congratulating Professor Corinne Field on the release of her latest book, The Global History of Black Girlhood.