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Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality

Department Website: http://gendersexuality.uchicago.edu

Faculty Director

  • Kristen Schilt

Staff

  • Gina Olson, Associate Director
  • Tate Brazas, Program Coordinator
  • Sarah Tuohey, Student Affairs Administrator

Faculty

  • Niall Atkinson - Art History
  • Leora Auslander – History
  • Shadi Bartsch-Zimmer - Classics
  • Orit Bashkin - Near East Languages & Civilizations
  • Sian Beilock, Psychology
  • Kathleen Belew - History
  • Lauren G. Berlant - English Language & Literature
  • Alida Bouris - Social Service Administration
  • Catherine Brekus - Divinity
  • P. Sean Brotherton - Anthropology
  • Adrienne Brown - English Language & Literature
  • Bill Brown - English Language & Literature
  • Margot Browning - Humanities
  • E. Summerson Carr - Social Service Administration
  • Mary Anne Case - Law
  • Kyeong Hee Choi - East Asian Languages & Civilizations
  • Elisabeth Clemens - Sociology
  • Cathy Cohen - Political Science
  • Jennifer Cole - Comparative Human Development
  • Patrick Crowley - Art History
  • Kristine Culp - Divinity
  • Jane Dailey - History
  • Shannon Dawdy - Anthropology
  • Daisy Delogu - Romance Languages & Literature
  • Wendy Doniger - Divinity
  • Sascha Ebeling - Near East Languages & Civilizations
  • Jacob Eyferth - East Asian Languages & Civilizations
  • Martha Feldman - Music
  • Susan Gal - Anthropology
  • Melissa Gilliam - Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Jan Ellen Goldstein - History
  • Alessandra González - Economics
  • Ramón Gutiérrez - History
  • Elaine Hadley - English Language & Literature
  • James Heckman - Economics
  • Julia Henly - Social Services Administration
  • Kimberly Kay Hoang - Sociology
  • Judy Hoffman - Visual Arts
  • Patrick Jagoda - English Language & Literature
  • Alison James - Romance Languages & Literature
  • Waldo Johnson - Social Services Administration
  • Demetra Kasimis - Political Science
  • Robert L. Kendrick - Music
  • Karen Kim - Medicine
  • Janice Knight - English Language & Literature
  • Aden Kumler - Art History
  • Edward O. Laumann - Sociology
  • Laura Letinsky - Visual Arts
  • David Levin - Germanic Studies
  • Amy Lippert - History
  • Jonathan Lyon - History
  • Agnes Lugo Ortiz - Romance Languages & Literatures
  • Armando Maggi - Romance Languages & Literature
  • Rochona Majumdar - South Asian Languages & Civilizations
  • Patchen Markell - Political Science
  • Jeanne Marsh - Social Service Administration
  • Jill Mateo - Comparative Human Development
  • Martha K. McClintock - Psychology
  • Françoise Meltzer - Romance Languages & Literatures
  • J. Mark Miller - English Language & Literature
  • Anna Mueller, Comparative Human Development
  • Deborah Nelson - English Language & Literature
  • Larry Norman - Romance Languages & Literatures
  • Martha C. Nussbaum - Law
  • Wendy R. Olmsted - College
  • Mark Osadjan - Biological Sciences
  • Emily Lynn Osborn - History
  • Tianna Paschel – Political Science
  • Lucy Pick - Divinity
  • Johanna Ransmeier - History
  • Melissa Roderick - Social Service Administration
  • Martha Roth - Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations
  • Lisa C. Ruddick - English Language & Literature
  • Jennifer Scappettone - English Language & Literature
  • Kristen Schilt - Sociology
  • Reynolds Barton Schultz - Humanities
  • Bozena Shallcross - Slavic Languages & Literatures
  • Richard Shweder - Comparative Human Development
  • Michael Silverstein - Anthropology
  • David Carroll Simon - English Language & Literature
  • William Sites - Social Service Administration
  • Xi Song - Sociology
  • Amy Dru Stanley - History
  • Christine Stansell - History
  • Justin Steinberg - Romance Languages & Literature
  • Malynne Sternstein - Slavic Languages & Literatures
  • Sonali Thakkar - English Language & Literature
  • Jenny Trinitapoli - Sociology
  • Leigh VanValen - Ecology & Evolution
  • Candace A. Vogler - Philosophy
  • Linda Waite - Sociology
  • Martha Ward - Art History
  • Lisa Wedeen - Political Science
  • Laura Weinrib - Law
  • Jennifer Wild - Cinema & Media Studies
  • David Wray - Comparative Literature
  • Wu Hung - Art History
  • Tara Zahra - History
  • Judith Zeitlin - East Asian Languages & Civilizations
  • Linda Zerilli - Political Science

The Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality coordinates courses and activities that take up gender and sexuality as primary objects of study and categories of analysis. Courses engage these domains in many different ways, including: the study of gender and/or sexuality as historical practice; scientific concept and site of representation; in social movements such as feminism and gay and lesbian liberation; feminist and queer theory; family structures; the gendering of labor force participation; representations of women in literature and the visual arts; intersections of race and gender, transnationalism; and women’s and men’s participation in politics.

Our courses fall under traditional disciplinary rubrics, and use gender and sexuality as categories of analysis to track contemporary transformations in these and other domains of knowledge. We are interested in developing points of comparison within and among diverse areas of organized knowledge, not assuming that gender means the same thing in different disciplines, historical moments, epistemologies, or cultural frameworks. We are also dedicated to fostering debate about the construction and implications of categories of gender difference and sexual identity. Further, we promote engagement with ways that gender and sexuality give us insight into other modes of social organization and change, including transformations of economic and political systems; media public spheres; forms of repression and resistance; modes of production, knowledge and experience; and everyday life.

The Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality confers no graduate degrees at this time. It does, however, offer a graduate certificate in Gender and Sexuality Studies for University of Chicago doctoral students, and it fosters graduate participation in the center in several other ways. In addition to offering undergraduate and graduate courses and an undergraduate major and minor in gender studies, the Center sponsors lectures and symposia of interest to graduate students. It also encourages and supports graduate student initiatives for conferences and speakers, as well as student participation in the governance of the center. In addition, many Gender and Sexuality Studies faculty and students participate in the graduate workshops conducted under the auspices of the Council on Advanced Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences that engage questions of gender, sexualities and identities including the Gender and Sexuality Studies Workshop. Each year, the Center offers a dissertation writing fellowship as well as an office space competition at the Center. Problems in the Study of Gender and Problems in the Study of Sexuality (the core undergraduate courses for the program) and Advanced Theories of Sex and Gender (a graduate level theory course) promote collaborative teaching among faculty and graduate students. The Center also offers graduate student teaching opportunities in the form of free standing courses in the College. A library of textual materials related to the curriculum and the workshops, together with information about gender and women’s studies programs at other institutions and funding opportunities for research on women’s and gender studies, is kept in the Gender and Sexuality Studies at 5733 S. University Avenue.

The affiliated faculty draws from departments, committees, and professional schools from around the University. Members of this faculty support interdisciplinary work in gender and sexuality studies, even when their major course offerings are not directly gender or sexuality studies courses. Faculty also regularly direct master’s theses in the field of gender and sexuality studies within the MAPSS and MAPH programs as well as Ph.D. dissertations in their own departments. Students interested in gender and/or sexuality studies who wish to earn advanced degrees leading to careers in research and teaching should apply for admission to the department in which their chief interest falls.

Please contact Sarah Tuohey, Student Affairs Administrator at the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality (773-702-2365; stuohey@uchicago.edu) for specific information regarding courses and programs. More information can also be found on the Center’s website at http://gendersexuality.uchicago.edu/.