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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.

Tucker-Boatwright Professor in Gender Violence

The Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program is proud to welcome Debra Bergoffen as Tucker-Boatwright Professor in Gender Violence for spring 2019. She is the is the Bishop Hamilton Lecturer in Philosophy at American University and Professor Emerita of Philosophy at George Mason University.  Dr. Bergoffen will be giving a lecture on Tuesday, April 9 at 4:30 p.m. in the Brown-Alley Room entitled "The Misogynist Politics of Shame".

View Dr. Bergoffen's lecture from Spring 2018: Confronting Misogynist (In)Justice:The Case of the WWII "Comfort Women”

WGSS Feature Stories

  • Méndez Invited to Brazil

    Mariela Méndez, associate professor and chair of LALIS, was invited to Brazil in December ’20 and January ’21 to give lectures at Universidade Federal de São Paulo and Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro on Brazilian writer Clarice Lispector.

  • Méndez Published

    Mariela Méndez, associate professor and chair of LALIS, just published a co-edited volume of essays on contemporary Argentinean writer María Moreno titled El Affair Moreno (Buenos Aires: Editorial Mansalva, 2020).

  • Singh Published

    Julietta Singh, associate professor of English and WGSS, has partnered with Daunt Books Publishing who acquired The Breaks, a nonfiction book about race, inheritance, and mothering at the end of the world.

  • Herrera Published

    Patricia Herrera, associate professor of theatre, published Nuyorican Feminist Performance: From The Café to Hip Hop Theater (Michigan University Press). Nuyorican Feminist Performance examines the contributions of 1970s and ‘80s performeras and how they challenged the Café’s gender politics.

  • Méndez Published

    Mariela Méndez, associate professor of LALIS and WGSS, published “Operación Araña: Reflections on How a Performative Intervention in Buenos Aires's Subway System can Help Rethink Feminist Activism.” in a renowned history journal from Brazil.

  • Herrera and Méndez Published

    Patricia Herrera, associate professor of theatre, and Mariela Méndez, associate professor of LALIS and WGSS, published an “Performando un activismo feminista: El trabajo de Debora Kuetzpal Vasquez en La Marca” in Conjunto.

  • Méndez awarded

    Mariela Méndez, Associate Professor of LALIS and WGSS, has received a Fulbright Scholar Award to support three months in Rio de Janeiro to advance her research on understanding representations of genders and sexualities in Latin American newspapers and magazines.

  • Damer Published

    Erika Zimmermann Damner recently published In the Flesh: Embodied Identities in Roman Elegy in the Wisconsin Studies in Classics by the University of Wisconsin Press.

  • Mendez Published

    Mariela Méndez has received the 2019 Best Critical Monograph Award by the Association for Gender and Sexuality Studies for her bookCrónicas Travestis: The Transgressive Journalism of Alfonsina Storni, Clarice Lispector and María Moreno.

  • Méndez Book Awarded

    Dr. Mariela Méndez's book Crónicas travesties recently won the Premio Vicoria Urbano Award given by the Asociación de Estudios de Género y Sexualidades.

  • Mendez Grant

    LALIS professor Mariela Mendez has received a collaborative grant from the Chilean Comisión Nacional de Investigación Científica y Tecnológica (CONICYT) to further her research on the Brazilian press and on female contributions in Latin American and American magazines.

  • Singh Talk

    English professor Julietta Singh will speak at The Center for Gender and Sexuality about her book, No Archive Will Restore You.

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Scholarship Repository Readership

The University of Richmond's Scholarship Repository shares faculty publications with a world-wide audience. The map below shows where articles from WGSS faculty are being read around the globe.

Department News

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

National studies confirm that women's studies is more popular than ever- 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. Please review the Program's full response WGSS and Gender Based Violence.

Contact Us

Mailing address:

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

Phone: (804) 289-8080

Program coordinator: Erika Damer
Administrative coordinator: Nancy Propst