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

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Awards: Dean's List for 8 consecutive semesters, Jewish student of the class of 2020 most engaged with the Brody Jewish Center

After graduation Clara will be working with Avodah in Washington DC.

Quote: "Fear can mean two things: forget everything and run or face everything and rise" - Zig Ziglar



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Awards: SABLE’s Elizabeth Johnson’s Legacy honor

Favorite WGS Class: My favorite class was LGBTQ in the media because I was able to learn and physically see the history of sexuality in magazine, movies, shows and more. I could see the the fight for recognition through the various representations of the LGBTQ community over time.


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Awards: Madison Tutoring Program Director

Favorite Book: Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay



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Quote: “You are your best thing.” ― Toni Morrison

After graduation Whitney will work for Teach for America.


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Awards: Cum Laude GPA

Favorite WGS Class: I loved Feminist Theory because it was challenging but really opened my eyes to how important WGS studies are.  


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

Priyanshu will be starting the Master's in Public Policy and WGS at the George Washington University in August. 


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Parting Thoughts: Thank you WGS for an incredible undergraduate experience. Through my WGS courses I met amazing students and faculty that changed my life. This department is truly the best one at UVA and for that I am eternally grateful. Go Hoos! 

Quote:  "The first person you are ever an activist for is yourself. If I wasn't gonna fight for me, who else was?" from All Boys Aren't Blue by George M. Johnson 



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In the fall Kendra will attend the University of Chicago in pursuit of a Masters in Social Sciences.

Parting Message: The work being done by the WGS Department is incredibly important. Thank you for an amazing four years.


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Awards: Dean's List every semester from Fall 2016 to Fall 2019, International Studies Office Scholarship for Fall 2017 SIT Jordan: Geopolitics Program, College of Arts and Sciences Education Abroad Scholarship for Fall 2017 SIT Jordan: Geopolitics Program, 2020 Winner of the Madison Lane and Rugby Road Charitable Trust Visual Arts Prize

After graduation Emmaline plans to get a policy research or analyst position at an organization such as the ACLU, the Center for American Progress, the Center for Reproductive Rights or something similar.


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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. 



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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.