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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”

Faculty Highlights

  • Zimmermann Damer Published

    Erika Zimmermann Damer, associate professor of classical studies and WGSS, published Travel, Geography, and Empire in Latin Poetry with Routledge.

  • Herrera Awarded Grant

    Dr. Patricia Herrera, associate professor in theatre and dance, along with UR colleagues was awarded grant support for the inter-campus collaborative project, "Participatory History and Archiving: An Initiative to Promote and Support Undergraduate Instruction and Project Outcomes in Community-Based Research and Archiving." Read More

  • 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.

  • Mifsud Published

    Mari Lee Mifsud, professor of rhetoric, published the chapter, “A Feminist Praxis of Comparative Rhetoric,” in the Routledge Handbook of Comparative World Rhetorics.

  • Herrera Published

    Patricia Herrera, associate professor of theatre, published Nuyorican Feminist Performance From the Café to Hip Hop Theater University of Michigan Press.

  • Mifsud Published

    Mari Lee Mifsud, professor of rhetoric, published the chapter, “A Feminist Praxis of Comparative Rhetoric,” in the Routledge Handbook of Comparative World Rhetorics.

  • 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.

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.

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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.

WGSS Feature Stories

  • Zimmermann Damer Published

    Erika Zimmermann Damer, associate professor of classical studies and WGSS, published Travel, Geography, and Empire in Latin Poetry with Routledge.

  • Herrera Awarded Grant

    Dr. Patricia Herrera, associate professor in theatre and dance, along with UR colleagues was awarded grant support for the inter-campus collaborative project, "Participatory History and Archiving: An Initiative to Promote and Support Undergraduate Instruction and Project Outcomes in Community-Based Research and Archiving." Read More

  • 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.

  • Mifsud Published

    Mari Lee Mifsud, professor of rhetoric, published the chapter, “A Feminist Praxis of Comparative Rhetoric,” in the Routledge Handbook of Comparative World Rhetorics.

  • Mifsud Published

    Mari Lee Mifsud, professor of rhetoric, published the chapter, “A Feminist Praxis of Comparative Rhetoric,” in the Routledge Handbook of Comparative World Rhetorics.

  • 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.

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