Women's and Gender Studies is an interdisciplinary program that examines the multiple roles gender plays in everyday life, the impacts of gendered practices on social, cultural, and political behavior and thought, and the intersections of gender, race, sexuality, ability, age, and class.

    Our courses examine topics such as women in culture and history; gender and race, class, and sexuality; gender in literature, politics, the law, and the sciences.

    Founded in 1991, we offer a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Women's and Gender Studies, an undergraduate minor, and a graduate minor. We are proud to include faculty from every college at LSU, who represent over 25 departments.

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    Faculty News!

    The WGS department had an amazing year last year. Our faculty and students excelled in all aspects of academia.


    Dr. Sarah Becker was published in Critical Criminology (1-20)in August of 2013 with the article “‘Because That’s What Justice Is to Us’: Exploring the Racialized Collateral Consequences of New Parochialism.”


    Benjamin A. Kahan was awarded five separate honors for the 2012-2013 scholastic year. He received the Outstanding Graduate Faculty Award from the English Graduate Student Association, the Phi Kappa Phi Non-Tenured Faculty Award, the SEC Visiting Faculty Travel Grant Program Award, the Manship Summer Research Award, and the Award for Fourth Year Non-Tenured Faculty Teaching Release. His book Celibacies: American Modernism and Sexual Life will be published this November by Duke University Press. Professor Kahan has also written and published “The Walk-in Closet: Situational Homosexuality and Homosexual Panic in Hellman’s The Children’s Hour” in Criticism (55.2) this past spring. He also contributed a chapter entitled “Modernism and Queer Studies” to A Handbook of Modernism Studies, edited by Jean-Michel Rabaté and published with Wiley-Blackwell in May of 2013.

    Monica Miller, fourth year grad student, was awarded the Mary Lily Research Grant, an award sponsored by the Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture at Duke University. She attended the conference The Dickens Universe at UC-Santa Cruz as one of two representatives of LSU. In the spring of 2013, she had an article written about her research fellowship with the Eudora Welty Foundation in the Eudora Welty Review. In addition, she and two fellow grad students, Emily Beasley, and Penelope Dane, made a presentation regarding the effects of bullying as well as comparative policies to the Louisiana Women's Policy and Research Commission at the State Capitol in Baton Rouge on April 9, 2013.

    Dr. Laura Mullen was recently featured on Jacket 2’s podcast Poemtalk. Discussed on the show was an excerpt from her book Enduring Freedom: A Little Book of Mechanical Brides (Otis Books, 2012). For those interested, the podcast can be found here.