Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies

Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies

The Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies program offers students of all backgrounds the opportunity to examine their assumptions and ask the big questions about our cultural and societal realities.

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Department News

Dr. Del McWhorter was recently recognized for 25 years of service to the University of Richmond.

National studies confirm that women’s studies is more popular than ever — read the full story here.

The WGSS Program’s response to gender-based violence on the University of Richmond campus. The Program offers an 8 Point Plan for Addressing Gender-Based Violence and 3 Appendices. The first Appendix, a "Green Paper," includes the array of community voices WGSS gathered from faculty, students, alumni, and administrators over the past few weeks.

WGSS Program’s Statement in Response to Campus Incidents on Halloween


Careful Worldmaking: A WGSS Symposium

JANUARY 25-26, 2024

Great Hall & Humanities Commons, Humanities Building

The WGSS program invites its faculty and staff, current and alumni majors and minors, and everyone in the UR community who cares about the program to gather for an evening and a day to consider what “careful worldmaking” means in the fields of women, gender, and sexuality studies, and specifically what it means, or might mean, at the University of Richmond. The symposium invites us to consider how our histories and our dreams for feminist, queer, and decolonial futures inform our everyday practices together on campus, and in our lives beyond.

Thursday: Presentations by former Stephanie Bennett-Smith Chair Ladelle McWhorter, and newly appointed Chair Julietta Singh, followed by a reception.

Friday: Presentations by special guests Naisargi Davé (University of Toronto), Melody Jue (University of California- Santa Barbara), and Jennifer Christine Nash (Duke University).


Careful Worldmaking AfterParty

FRIDAY, JANUARY 26, 5 P.M. | Humanities Commons

Please join us for an AFTERPARTY to celebrate the pre-publication of Humanities Coordinator Nathan Snaza’s Tendings: Feminist Esoterisms and the Abolition of Man (officially published February 16). There will be a brief reading from the book followed by Q&A, plus food, drinks, and esoteric arts.

Students working together

will Program

will is a nationally recognized program for students interested in exploring gender and social justice issues both in and out of the classroom. Students strengthen their leadership skills, build close friendships, and actively work to create a more equitable world.

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Faculty Highlights

Dr. Rhiannon Graybill
Graybill Awarded

Rhiannon Graybill, Marcus M. and Carole M. Weinstein & Gilbert M. and Fannie S. Rosenthal Chair of Jewish Studies, received the American Academy of Religion's 2022 Award for Excellence in the Study of Religion: Textual Studies for the book Texts after Terror: Rape Sexual Violence, and the Hebrew Bible. The annual competition recognizes new scholarly publications that make significant contributions to the study of religion. This year, 2022 and 2023 awards were announced simultaneously.

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Dr. Rhiannon Graybill
Graybill Published

Rhiannon Graybill, Marcus M. and Carole M. Weinstein & Gilbert M. and Fannie S. Rosenthal Chair of Jewish Studies, published Lee Edelman and the Queer Study of Religion.

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Dr. Nathan Snaza
Snaza Published

Nathan Snaza, assistant professor of English, published Tendings: Feminist Esoterisms and the Abolition of Man by Duke University Press.

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Dr. Erika Zimmermann Damer
Zimmerman Damer Published

Erika Zimmermann Damer, associate professor of classical studies and women, gender, & sexuality studies, published “Religious Authority and Classical Reception in Baroque Rome: Martha Marchina’s Musa Posthuma and Feminist Epistemologies of Care” in Believing Ancient Women Feminist Epistemologies for Greece and Rome

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Contact Us

Mailing address:

Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program
University of Richmond
211 Richmond Way
Richmond, Virginia 23173

Phone: (804) 289-8080

Program Coordinator: Julietta Singh
Academic Administrative Specialist: Nancy Propst