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

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 


Staged Reading of Trans Scripts Part I: The Women at the UVA Arts Grounds

 The UVA Department of Drama wishes to make you aware of a staged reading of Paul Lucas’ ground breaking play Trans Scripts Part I: The Women in the Helms theater on the UVA Arts Grounds, November 22nd and 23rd at 7:00 pm.  They have assembled a fully representative cast of seven trans women to bring to life this new work, exploring the life and experience of multiple generations.  Spread the word about this stunning and unique live theater experience.  

Faculty Opening: Assistant or Associate Professor of Sexuality Studies

The University of Virginia's Department of Women Gender & Sexuality (WGS) invites applicants for a tenure track appointment as Assistant or Associate Professor of Sexuality Studies.  Candidates’ field of specialization should fall within the areas of transnational sexuality studies and/or LGBTQ issues in a global context. Research centering on the global south that concerns people of color, disenfranchised communities, and/or indigenous populations would be particularly valuable. Scholars working on LGBTQ health in transnational perspectives are also encouraged to apply.


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Congratulations Professor Hagerman... for your contract with UVa Press!

"Skimpy Coverage: Sports Illustrated and the Construction of the Female Athlete" coming next spring!

Led by WGS affiliates David Getsy and Cole Rizki, the working group will “have two main foci: first, to discuss the role of global history within transgender studies and, second, to encourage development of curricular and research activities in transgender studies at the University of Virginia.