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Study of Women & Gender

Archival photo of women marching for reproductive rights

The Program for the Study of Women and Gender examines gender, race, class and sexuality as important and simultaneous aspects of social worlds and human lives. Students examine the construction and operation of power relations, social inequalities and resistances to them in national, transnational, cultural, historical and political contexts.

As an interdisciplinary endeavor, the program looks at how different academic disciplines view the operation of gender in the labor market, the family, political systems and cultural production. The study of women and gender is joined to an understanding of the forms of activism around the globe.

Photo above: March on Washington for Women's Reproductive Rights, Washington, D.C. (circa 1989 or 1992)
Loretta J. Ross Papers, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College

News

SWG Junior Katie Fleischer has written an article for Ms. Magazine on "What the Candidates Aren't Talking About in the Debate and Why It Matters."

– Congratulations Katie!

 

Jacquelyn Dowd Hall on her recently published book, Sisters and Rebels: A Struggle for the Soul of America

Thursday, October 24, 4-6 p.m., Alumnae House Conference Hall
National Humanities Award-winning historian Jacquelyn Dowd Hall uses her recent book about descendents of a slaveholding family to frame an ongoing conversation about how white Americans can face up to a legacy of slavery and segregation—our country's originial sin.

 

SWG Presentation of the Major and Minor

Thursday, October 31, 12:15-1:15 p.m., Campus Center 205. Lunch will be provided.

 

SWG Community

Requirements

Not every course that is cross-listed in the program or taught by SWG faculty will address all of these goals for the major in the Study of Women and Gender, but we expect that every graduating senior will have engaged these concepts and ways of thinking more than once during the course of the major. The goals of the major are to:

  • Understand the social construction of familiar or naturalized categories, while also acknowledging that these social constructions have real effects in subordinating groups and in marking bodies.
  • Understand and be able to apply the concept of intersectionality—a dynamic analysis of how the intersections of gender, race, class, sexuality, nationality, and other aspects of identity mutually and simultaneously constitute structures, social processes, ideologies and representations in the complex, multidimensional power hierarchies of society.
  • Analyze social change and understand agency and resistance.
  • Engage theory, read and write about theoretical texts, and recognize that theory emerges from different disciplinary locations.
  • Examine historical periods and beliefs different from the current moment.
  • Analyze forms of representation and discourse as they shape experience and shape our understanding of ourselves and of the world.
  • Approach problems and questions from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.
  • Engage in systemic analysis with attention to institutional and economic structures of power.
  • Understand theories of transnational, postcolonial and diasporic studies.
  • Understand feminist pedagogy and ethics of knowledge production.

Advisers

All members of the Program Committee for the Study of Women and Gender serve as advisers for the major and minor.

Requirements for the Major

The major requires the completion of 10 semester courses, including at least two 300-level seminars, totaling 40 credit hours. These courses shall comprise SWG prefix courses and department-based courses chosen from a list of possibilities compiled yearly by the Program for the Study of Women and Gender. These courses must include: 

1. SWG 150 Introduction to the Study of Women and Gender (normally taken in the first or second year; may not be elected S/U)
2. One course with a queer studies focus
3. One course with a race and ethnicity studies focus
4. One course with a transnational, postcolonial or diasporic studies focus
5. Four courses with the SWG prefix, including 150 and one 300-level seminar
6. Two 300-level courses (total)

A single course can be used to fill more than one of these requirements. Transfer students are expected to complete at least half of their major (or five courses) at Smith (or with approved Five College courses). Students with double majors may count a maximum of three courses toward both majors.

In the senior year, a student will complete a statement reflecting on the connections among the courses in their major. The senior statement and SWG advising checklist are due to the faculty adviser by the Friday prior to spring break.

Advisers

All members of the Program Committee for the Study of Women and Gender serve as advisers for the major and minor.

Requirements for the Minor

The minor requires the completion of six semester courses, totaling 24 credit hours from SWG-prefix courses or cross-listed courses.  These courses must include:

1. SWG 150, Introduction to the Study of Women and Gender (normally taken in the first or second year, and which may not be elected S/U)
2. One course with a queer studies focus
3. One course with a race and ethnicity studies focus
4. One course with a transnational, postcolonial or diasporic studies focus

A single course can be used to fill more than one of these requirements.  Minors are strongly encouraged to elect at least one course at the 300 level.

Honors Requirements

A student may honor in SWG by completing an 8-credit, two-semester thesis in addition to the 10 courses in the major and fulfilling all the general requirements. Eligibility of students for honors work, and supervision and evaluation of the thesis, are determined by the Program Committee for the Study of Women and Gender.

SWG 430D Honors Project
An 8-credit, two-semester thesis in addition to the 10 courses that fulfill the major. Eligibility requirements for honors work, and supervision and evaluation of the thesis are determined by the Program Committee for the Study of Women and Gender.
Credits: 4
Members of the department
Normally offered each academic year

 

Special Studies

SWG 400 Special Studies 
For qualified juniors and seniors. Admission by permission of the instructor and director of the program. No more than 4 special studies credits may be taken in any academic year and no more than 8 special studies credits total may be applied toward the major. Credits: 1-4 
Members of the department 
Normally offered each academic year 


Courses

Fall 2019 SWG Courses

For more information, see the Smith College Course Search.

SWG 150 Introduction to the Study of Women and Gender
An introduction to the interdisciplinary field of the study of women and gender through a critical examination of feminist histories, issues and practices. Focus on the U.S. with some attention to the global context. Primarily for first- and second-year students, the course includes lecture and discussion, and students are assigned to sections. {H}{S} Credits: 4
Kelly Anderson
Elisabeth Armstrong

SWG 222  Gender, Law and Policy 
This course explores the impact of gender on law and policy in the United States historically and today, focusing in the areas of constitutional equality, employment, education, reproduction, the family, violence against women, and immigration. We study constitutional and statutory law as well as public policy. Some of the topics we will cover are sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination, pregnancy/caregiver discrimination, pay equity, sexual harassment, school athletics, marriage, sterilization, contraception and abortion, reproductive technologies, sexual assault, intimate partner violence,
and gender-based asylum. We will study feminist efforts to reform the law and examine how inequalities based on gender, race, class and sexuality shape the law. We also discuss and debate contemporary policy and future directions. {H}{S} Credits: 4
Carrie Baker

SWG 228 Theorizing Queer Feminism
This course is an introduction to queer feminist theory.
We will consider varied articulations of both feminism and queerness and ways the relationship between them has been narrated and debated. Questions explored include: what might it mean to “queer” feminism? What might it mean to understand queerness through a feminist lens? How might we understand the place of the figure of the lesbian in imagining queer feminism? What sorts of ethical questions might queer feminist perspectives center? Concepts explored include: the centrality of race to concepts of gender and sexuality, relationships among feminist, queer, and trans studies, and sexual ethics. {S} Credits: 4
Angela Willey

SWG 230 Gender, Land and Food Movements 
We begin this course by working alongside Gardening the Community, a youth-based and anti-racist food and land movement in Springfield, MA. We center our studies on both regional and transnational women’s movements across the globe to develop our understanding about current economic trends in globalization processes. Through the insights of transnational feminist analysis, we map the history of land and food to imagine a more equitable present and future. Students will develop a community-based research project that spans issues of climate change, environmentalism, critical race analysis and feminism, write papers and written reflections about their work. Prerequisite: SWG 150. {H}{S} Credits: 4
Elisabeth Armstrong

SWG 233 Gender and Sexuality in Asian America
Dragon ladies, lotus blossoms, geisha girls: The U.S. cultural imaginary is saturated with myths regarding Asian sexuality and gender. This interdisciplinary course intervenes into this dominant imaginary by exploring feminist and queer frameworks derived from Asian American contexts: immigration, labor, militarism, so-called “terrorism,” beauty, family, and movement-building. Through a mix of scholarly, creative, activist, literary, and media texts, we will challenge preconceived notions of Asian Americans as “model minorities,” repressed, politically regressive, or hyper-sexual, as well as explore the diversity of Asian American gender and sexuality offered within literature, film, performance, and culture. Prerequisite: SWG 150. {A}{L} Credits: 4
Jina Kim

SWG 241 White Supremacy in the Age of Trump
This course will analyze the history, prevalence, and current manifestations of the white supremacist movement by examining ideological components, tactics and strategies, and its relationship to mainstream politics. We will also research and discuss the relationship between white supremacy and white privilege, and explore how to build a human rights movement to counter the white supremacist movement in the U.S. Students will develop analytical writing and research skills, while engaging in multiple cultural perspectives. The overall goal is to develop the capacity to understand the range of possible responses to white supremacy, both its legal and extralegal forms.  {H} {S} Credits: 4
Loretta June Ross (Yes! Really!)

SWG 267 Queer Ecologies: Considering the Nature of Sexualized Identities
What is learned by reading Queer Ecologies alongside Octavia Butler’s Lilith’s Brood? What does Over the Hedge have to do with environmental racism (Hamilton)? In short, these texts ask us to consider what it means to have a racialized and sexualized identity shaped by relationships with environments. We will ask: How is nature gendered and sexualized? Why? How are analytics of power mobilized around, or in opposition to, nature? We will investigate the discursive and practical connections made between marginalized peoples and nature, and chart the knowledge gained by queering our conceptions of nature and the natural. Enrollment limited to 18. (E) {H} Credits: 4 
Evangeline M. Heiliger

SWG 305 Queer Histories & Cultures
This course is an advanced seminar in the growing field of queer American history. Over the course   of the semester, we will explore the histories of same-sex desire, practice, and identity, as well as gender transgressions, from the late 19th century to the present. Using a wide range of sources, including archival documents, films, work by historians, and oral histories, we will investigate how and why people with same-sex desire and non-normative gender expressions formed communities, struggled against bigotry, and organized movements for social and political change. This course will pay close attention to the intersections of race, gender, class, and sexuality and the ways that difference has shaped queer history. Not open to first-years and sophomores. Maximum enrollment 12. {H} Credits: 4
Kelly Anderson

Spring 2020 SWG Courses

For more information, see the Smith College Course Search.

SWG 150 Introduction to the Study of Women and Gender
An introduction to the interdisciplinary field of the study of women and gender through a critical examination of feminist histories, issues and practices. Focus on the U.S. with some attention to the global context. Primarily for first- and second-year students, the course includes lecture and discussion, and students are assigned to sections. Enrollment limited to 30.  {H} {S} Credits: 4
Carrie Baker
Jina Kim

SWG 220 Introduction to Queer Studies
This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to the interdisciplinary field of queer studies, including its historical formations and recent innovations. We will explore the roots of queer theory in feminist theories of subjectivity and desire, queer of color critique, and queer critiques of traditional domains of knowledge production, including psychoanalysis and visual culture. Students will examine a wide range of media and forms of documentation ranging from archival material and oral histories, to critical theory. Throughout the course we will attend carefully to race, class, gender, sexuality, and disability, and will put these and other topics/identifications in conversation with course material and discussions. Prerequisite: SWG 150. {L} {S} Credits: 4
Cat Dawson

SWG 238 Women, Money and Transnational Social Movements
Flickers of global finance capital across computer screens cannot compare to the travel preparations of women migrating from rural homes to work at computer chip factories. Yet both movements, of capital and people, constitute vital facets of globalization in our current era. This course centers on the political linkages and economic theories that address the politics of women, gender relations and capitalism. We will research social movements that challenge the raced, classed and gendered inequities, and the costs of maintaining order. We will assess the alternatives proposed by social movements like the landless workers movement (MST) in Brazil, and economic shifts like the workers cooperative movement. Assignments include community-based research on local and global political movements, short papers, class-led discussions & written reflections. {S} Credits: 4
Elisabeth Armstrong

SWG 241 White Supremacy in the Age of Trump
This course will analyze the history, prevalence, and current manifestations of the white supremacist movement by examining ideological components, tactics and strategies, and its relationship to mainstream politics. We will also research and discuss the relationship between white supremacy and white privilege, and explore how to build a human rights movement to counter the white supremacist movement in the U.S. Students will develop analytical writing and research skills, while engaging in multiple cultural perspectives. The overall goal is to develop the capacity to understand the range of possible responses to white supremacy, both its legal and extralegal forms. Enrollment limited to 50.  {H} {S} Credits: 4
Loretta June Ross

SWG 271 Colloquium: Reproductive Justice
This course is an interdisciplinary exploration of reproductive health, rights and justice in the United States, examining history, activism, law, policy, and public discourses related to reproduction. A central framework for analysis is how gender, race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, disability and nationality intersect to shape people’s experiences of reproductive oppression and their resistance strategies. Topics include eugenics and the birth control movement; the reproductive rights and justice movements; U.S. population control policies; criminalization of pregnant people; fetal personhood and birth parents’ citizenship; the medicalization of reproduction; reproductive technologies; the influence of disability, incarceration and poverty on pregnancy and parenting; the anti-abortion movement; and reproductive coercion and violence.  Prerequisite SWG 150 or permission of the instructor.  Enrollment limited to 20. {S} Credits: 4
Carrie Baker

SWG 300 Special Topics in The Study of Women and Gender
Topic: Queer Visual Cultures
As representations of queer subjectivities has left the largely coded citations of the closet, they have come to rely on discursively complex and intersectional forms of representation that at once exceed, and rely on, queer cultures, communities, and even subjects. Queer visual culture has long offered a way for queer subjects to both represent, and come to understand, who they are and how meaning is inscribed onto and through [their] bodies. We will leverage history and theory to explore a range of media from fine art to popular culture, and develop a queer lens with which to interrogate visual culture. This class will map the trajectory from the early twentieth century to our present moment, and ultimately seek to describe what queer visual representation is—and perhaps is not—today. Prerequisite: SWG 150 and at least one additional SWG course. {L} {S} Credits: 4
Cat Dawson

SWG 321 Marxist Feminism
Marxist feminism as a theory and a politics imagines alternate, liberatory futures and critiques present social orders. Beginning with a simple insight: capitalism relies on the class politics of unpaid, reproductive “women’s work,” Marxist feminists in the 19th century sought to imagine new social connections, sexualities, and desire to overthrow patriarchy, slavery, feudalism and colonialism. Today, queer of color & decolonial feminist theory, alongside abolition, environmental, and reproduction justice movements rejuvenate this tradition of Marxist feminism. This seminar will focus on theoretical writings from around the world to better understand radical social movements from the past and the present. Prerequisite: SWG 150 and permission of the instructor.  {H} {L} Credits: 4
Elisabeth Armstrong

SWG 360 Memoir Writing
How does one write a life, especially if it’s one’s own? This writing workshop addresses the profound complexities, challenges, and pleasures of the genre of the memoir, through intensive reading, discussion, and both analytical and creative writing. Our readings will be drawn from a range of mostly contemporary memoirists with intersectional identity locations—and dislocations—drawing from a range of voices, experiences, and representations, pursuing what the class comes to identify as our own most urgent aesthetic and ethical questions. Our attention will be to craft, both in the memoirs we read and those we write. Writing sample and permission of the instructor required. Enrollment limited to 12.  {H} {L} Credits: 4
Cornelia Pearsall

Fall 2019 Cross-Listed Courses

For more information, see the Smith College Course Search.

AFR 111 Introduction to Black Culture
Flavia Santos De Araujo

AFR 202 Topics in Africana Studies: The Black Archive
Samuel Galen Ng

AFR 249   Black Women Writers
Daphne M. Lamothe

AFR 360 Seminar: Toni Morrison
Flavia Santos De Araujo

ANT 250 The Anthropology of Reproduction
Suzanne K. Gottschang

CLT 205 20th-Century Literatures of Africa
Katwiwa Mule

EAL 242 Modern Japanese Literature
Kimberly Kono

ENG 243 The Victorian Novel
Cornelia D.J. Pearsall

ENG 323 Seminar: Toni Morrison
Flavia Santos De Araujo

ENG 384 Writing About American Society: Writing About Women and Gender
Susan Faludi

FRN 230 Colloquium in French Studies Banlieue Lit
Mehammed A. Mack

FYS 175 Love Stories
Ambreen Hai

FYS 179 Rebellious Women
Kelly P. Anderson

FYS 184 Educating Women: A History and Sociology, at Home and Abroad
Rosetta Marantz Cohen

FYS 193 Red Devil and Pink Ribbons: Representations and Refutations of Cancer    
Evangeline M. Heiliger  

FYS 199 Re-Membering Marie Antoinette
Janie M. Vanpée

HST 252 (L) Women and Gender in Modern Europe, 1789-1918
Darcy C. Buerkle

HST 263 (C) Aspects of Latin American History Women and Gender in Latin America
Diana Sierra Becerra

PSY 166 Introduction to the Psychology of Gender
Lauren E. Duncan

REL 227 Women and Gender in Jewish History
Lois C. Dubin

REL 277 South Asian Masculinities
Andy N. Rotman

SDS 364 Research Seminar in Intergroup Relationships
Randi Garcia

SOC 213 Race and National Identity in the United States
Vanessa Mohr Adel

SOC 229 Sex and Gender in American Society
William Cory Albertson

SOC 236 Beyond Borders:  The New Global Political Economy
Payal Banerjee

SOC 239 How Power Works
Marc William Steinberg

SOC 327 Seminar: Global Migration in the 21st Century
Payal Banerjee

SPN 250 Iberian Cultural History Sex and the Medieval
Ibtissam Bouachrine

THE 319 Shamans, Shapeshifters and the Magic If
Andrea D. Hairston

Spring 2020 Cross-Listed Courses

For more information, see the Smith College Course Search.

AFR 155 Introduction to Black Women’s Studies
Flavia Santos De Araujo

AFR 212 Family Matters:Representations, Policy and the Black Family
Diana Ashley Burnett

AFR 289 Race, Feminism and Resistance in Movements for Social Change
Samuel Galen Ng

AFR 366  Seminar: Contemporary Topics in Africana Studies Afro-Brazilian Culture
Flavia Santos De Araujo

AMS 201 Introduction to the Study of American Society and Culture
Christen Mucher, Kevin L. Rozario

AMS 220 Colloquium Dance, Music, Sex, Romance
Steve Waksman

AMS 241 Disability in Popular Culture
Sarah Orem

AMS 245 Feminist and Indigenous Science Studies
Evangeline Heiliger, Christen Mucher

ANT 267 Contemporary South Asia
Pinky Hota 

ART 278 Race and Gender in History of Photography
Emma R. Silverman

ART 291 Topics in Art History Intersectional Feminisms in American Art, 1900 to Present
Emma Silverman

CLT 230 “Unnatural” Women: Mothers Who Kill their Children
Thalia A. Pandiri

EAL 244 Japanese Women’s Writing
Kimberly Kono

EAL 262  Representation of Women in Chinese Culture
Lingqian Kong

ENG 273 01 Bloomsbury and Sexuality
Cornelia D.J. Pearsall, Lise A. Sanders

ENG 275 Witches, Witchcraft and Witch Hunts
Michael T. Thurston

FMS 261 Video Games and the Politics of Play
Jennifer C. Malkowski

FRN 230 Colloquium in French Studies Consumers, Culture and the French Department Store
Jonathan Keith Gosnell

FRN 230 Colloquium in French Studies Women Writers of Africa and the Caribbean
Dawn Fulton

GOV 233 Problems in Political Development
Anna Kapambwe Mwaba

GOV 267 Problems in Democratic Thought
Gary L. Lehring

HST 270 Aspects of American History: Oral History and Lesbian Subjects
Kelly Anderson

HST 371 Seminar: Problems in 19th-Century United States History Remembering Slavery: A Gendered Reading of the WPA Interviews
Elizabeth S. Pryor

IDP 208 Women’s Medical Issues
Leslie Richard Jaffe

ITL 344 Senior Seminar: Italian Women Writers Women in Italian Society: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
Giovanna Bellesia

LAS 244 Feminisms and Women's Movements: Latin American Women's and Latinas' Pursuit of Social Justice
Ginetta E. B. Candelario

PSY 374 Psychology of Political Activism
Lauren E. Duncan

REL 226 Gender, Power and Bioethics in Rabbinic Literature

SOC 216 Social Movements
Marc William Steinberg

SOC 237 Gender and Globalization
Payal Banerjee

SOC 244 Feminisms and Women's Movements: Latin American Women's and Latinas' Pursuit of Social Justice
Ginetta E. B. Candelario

SOC 253 Sociology of Sexuality: Institutions, Identities and Cultures
William Cory Albertson

SOC 323 Gender and Social Change Gender, Sexuality and Social Movements in Conservative Times
Nancy E. Whittier

SOC 327 Seminar: Global Migration in the 21st Century
Payal Banerjee

Events

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Emeriti

Martha Ackelsberg
William R. Kenan Jr. Professor Emerita of Government & Professor Emerita of the Study of Women & Gender

Paula Giddings
Elizabeth A. Woodson Professor Emerita of Africana Studies 

Marilyn Schuster
Andrew W. Mellon Professor Emerita in the Humanities (Study of Women & Gender) & Provost and Dean of the Faculty Emerita

Susan Van Dyne
Professor of the Study of Women and Gender and Chair of the Archives Concentration Emerita


Adviser: Mehammed Mack

All students should work with their academic adviser to define their academic goals for study abroad before meeting with the SWG study abroad adviser.

Requirements

Minimum eligibility for study abroad: 3.0 GPA (some programs require higher) and program approval from your SWG adviser.

Study Abroad Programs

See the Office for International Study for Smith-approved programs.

Annual SWG Prizes

The Jeanne McFarland and Valeria Dean Burgess Stevens Prizes are awarded annually by the Program for the Study of Women and Gender and the Project on Women and Social Change for excellent work in the study of women and gender.

The Schuster Van Dyne Prize in Queer Studies is awarded annually by the Program for the Study of Women and Gender for excellent work in queer studies.

The Meg Quigley Prize is awarded annually for the best work in SWG 150 Introduction to the Study of Women and Gender.

Deadline

Items that cannot be submitted electronically may be submitted in hard copy to the program office, Seelye 207b.

Winners are notified by the dean of the college in writing and are announced on Commencement weekend at Last Chapel and at Convocation in the fall.

Guidelines
  • Cover sheet must accompany all submissions.
  • Each student may submit no more than one paper (total) to the program for consideration in any given year.
  • Manuscripts on any aspect of the study of women and gender may be of any length and may have been previously submitted for courses.
  • Creative pieces or portfolios as well as analytic essays are appropriate for submission.
  • If your paper is a research paper, or one that uses sources, please be sure to cite those sources in an approved fashion (i.e., include footnotes and bibliography where appropriate). Include a brief description of the original assignment or reason for the paper (instructor, class, paragraph describing the assignment, etc.). Papers will be read and evaluated by a multidisciplinary committee, the members of which will not necessarily be aware of the context in which the paper was originally presented.
  • All papers should be paginated (i.e., each page should be numbered consecutively).
  • Only clean, unmarked papers should be turned in (i.e., without teacher's comments or grades).  
  • Electronic submissions should be sent to lhedger@smith.edu. Please send in word documents or pdfs. Items that cannot be submitted electronically may be submitted in hard copy to the program office, Seelye 207A.
  • Submissions must be received by 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 1, 2019.
Questions?

Call 413-585-3390 or contact Carrie Baker.

Recent Prize Winners

2018-19

Jeanne McFarland Prize
Jenna Gilley '19
Becca Tibbetts '19
 

Valeria Dean Burgess Stevens Prize
Alexandra Eleazar '20
Lauren Ramos '21

The Schuster Van Dyne Prize in Queer Studies
Marcela Rodrigues '20J

Meg Quigley Prize in Women's Studies
Shelly Kira Kuper 'AC
Kathleen McGarry 'AC
Elisabeth Nesmith '22
Kate Parkhurst '22

 

2017–18

Jeanne McFarland Prize
Priscilla Semphere ’18
Molly McQuire ’18
Barker Tucker ’18
Katrina Schroeder ’19

Valeria Dean Burgess Stevens Prize
Samantha Stolar ’18
Gretta Donckers ’18
Izzy Owen ’18

The Schuster Van Dyne Prize in Queer Studies
Zarah Ferrari ’18

Meg Quigley Prize in Women's Studies
Emily Ehrensperger ’21
Christine Qian ’21

Fellowships

Quigley research fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis to SWG majors in their junior year to enable majors to work one-on-one with SWG faculty. The paid research fellowships each enable majors to participate in ongoing or new projects as part of a faculty member’s research or development of SWG course materials.

Majors will learn valuable research tools that will prepare them for advanced work in seminars or to propose honors theses.

Each fellowship award is $1,200 paid research assistance (or about 100 hours). The fellowships are available only during the academic year, but may be either for a semester or for two semesters. For example, a fellowship might require a commitment of 10 hours of work per week for a semester, or five hours a week for the academic year. Faculty proposals will identify their preferred timeframe.

In early spring of their sophomore years, majors can apply for one or more of these fellowship opportunities, and rank their choices.

Quigley Proposals for Fall 2019 and Spring 2020

Majors in the class of 2020 and 2021 may compete for a limited number of Quigley Research Fellowships for 2019–20. These paid research fellowships enable qualified juniors and seniors to work one-on-one with a faculty member in the Program for the Study of Women and Gender on a research or curricular project.

Student Research Assistant
Jina Kim
This position involves research assistance for a book project that brings together disability studies with feminist and queer-of-color critique, and that locates alternate genealogies for the field of disability studies in the health and reproductive activism of women and queers of color. Following this, the research assistant will examine feminist and queer of color anthologies like This Bridge Called my Back, Home Girls, Making Waves, to name a few, and note all the mentions of disability, health/care, and illness therein. The assistant will also conduct archival research at the Sophia Smith archives. Here, they will examine the papers of feminist/queer of color organizations (such as the Third World Women’s Alliance), and similarly, note if, where, and how questions of disability, health/care, and illness figure into their movements.

The ideal research assistant will have interests in post-1968 feminist and queer of color activism, theory, and writing, and will build their skills in literary and archival analysis.

Spring 2020, 5-10 hours a week

From Colonies to Neoliberal Geo-politics: Gender, Race, and the Political Economy of Contemporary Dispossessions
Payal Banerjee
This Quigley fellow will support research for my proposed course "From Colonies to Neoliberal Geo-politics." Research topics: historical legacy of colonialism, sociological/intersectional analysis of economic history; and, the interconnections between colonial political economy and a number of urgent concerns (confronting us on a global scale). This (future) course will employ a feminist, transnational, and intersectional lens in which gender and race will to be central to our studies of colonial policies bearing particular relevance today in relation to contemporary issues, such as: surveillance (e.g., colonial surveillance and penal technologies to current digital databases and biometric monitoring); war and militarism (e.g., colonial geo-political expansionism to contemporary wars, masculinity, and the politics of the transgender ban); food and environmental emergencies (e.g., organization of plantation and cash crop economies, ecological restructuring, and colonial era famines to current food insecurities and climate change as they impact women); and increasing global inequality (e.g., trace the movement of surplus, trade, and labor).

The Quigley Fellow should have an interest in the history of imperialism and colonialism and in an intersectional and transnational study of race and gender, given that most of the research and reading associated with the fellowship will involve these areas. The fellow will assist specifically with the following: developing a course bibliography (library searches, journals/databases); read relevant academic literature and offer feedback; view/comment on materials at the Smith College Museum of Art; read fiction related to the course; and, view/search documentaries and films.

Reproductive Justice History in Action Project 
(2 Fellowships)
Joyce Follet
This Quigley fellow will assist in creating a digital toolkit of stories and evidence of the histories of women of color, indigenous women, queer women and low-income women organizing for reproductive health, rights and justice over 500 years in the United States. The interactive toolkit of multimedia sources is intended for use by today’s movement leaders, who are collaborating with digital designers and academic experts in developing this popular education resource.
The work will draw upon the student’s interests and experience and will build skills in:

  • a) public history and digital scholarship
  • b) secondary and primary research, including archival research in the Sophia Smith Collection
  • c) digital project management, including organizing audiovisual and other materials
  • d) collaboration with community partners

(2) Full year fellowships, 5 hours a week

 

Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism 
(2 Fellowships)
Ginetta E. B. Candelario
The Quigley fellowship involves research assistance to the editor and staff of the journal Meridians, feminism, race, transnationalism. Work will include providing background information on various subjects published by the journal; helping to assess published articles for possible use in the undergraduate curriculum; and learning publishing-related tasks that will help the fellow to understand how to edit and/or prepare a scholarly journal for publication. Other tasks may include organizing information for the author/subject database and other general clerical needs of the journal. Students applying should be interested in the publishing process as well as the journal content and have sufficient technical skills to perform the required tasks.
(2) Full year fellowships

Third Worldist Transnational Feminism
Lisa Armstrong
Anticolonial feminist women’s movements in the mid-20th century sought to build a transnational feminism with truly emancipatory potential. Women from Asia, Africa and Latin America forged alliances with socialist women’s movements in the Second World, particularly women from Hungary, Bulgaria and the Soviet Union. This Quigley research project will pull together current scholarship and research questions about these other origins of the transnational women’s movement, one that sought leadership by rural women in the postcolonial nations, spurred the United Nations to take women’s rights seriously and forged the Convention on the Elimination Against All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).
Fall 2019

Women’s Rights Journalism
Carrie Baker
This position will involve assistance in writing blogs and articles for Ms. Magazine and other media outlets on a range of current issues, including reproductive justice, sexual harassment and assault, and sex discrimination in employment and education. Responsibilities will include research, transcription of interviews, editing and social media promotion. This position provides opportunities to co-write articles for publication.
Full year, 5 hours a week

Major Author Seminar on Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Ambreen Hai
Transnational award-winning novelist, postcolonial feminist, McArthur Genius Grant recipient living in Nigeria and the United States, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has become an internationally famous figure at an astonishingly young age. This Quigley research fellow will help prepare an advanced level seminar (to be offered for the first time in 2020–21) that will examine the fiction and nonfiction of this major contemporary writer as well as the critical conversations surrounding her work. Research will include: building a collection of critical and theoretical materials relevant to her novels, short stories, essays, TED talks, blogs; reading and summarizing secondary materials; and gathering and helping select other relevant scholarly and non-scholarly materials.
Spring 2020, 5–10 hours a week


How to Apply

To apply, submit a description of your interests, prior course work and research skills that qualify you for the fellowship of your choice on the application form below (if applying for more than one project, a separate form must be submitted for each).

You may apply for more than one project, but you may only receive a single fellowship for work with a single faculty member as a Quigley fellow (up to a maximum of 10-hours-a-week for one semester*, five-hours-a-week over two semesters, or a more intensive hourly work schedule over interterm, depending on faculty member's needs.)

*Accepting a 10-hour a week Quigley Fellowship means you may not hold another full-time campus job or STRIDE position.

Deadline

Quigley forms must be emailed to Lorraine Hedger. First priority will be given to SWG majors in the class of 2020 and 2021.


Graduate Programs

Ph.D. Programs

UNITED STATES

Arizona State University, Ph.D. in gender studies

Claremont Graduate University (Claremont, CA), Ph.D. and M.A. in women’s studies in religion

Emory University (Atlanta, GA), Ph.D. in women’s studies

Indiana University, Bloomington, Ph.D. in gender studies

Ohio State University, Ph.D. and M.A. in women’s, gender and sexuality studies

Oregon State University, Ph.D. in women's, gender and sexuality studies

Rutgers University (New Brunswick, NJ), Ph.D. in women’s and gender studies

Stony Brook University (Stony Brook, NY), Ph.D in women’s and gender and sexuality studies

Texas Woman's University, Ph.D. in multicultural women’s and gender studies

University of Arizona, Ph.D. in gender and women’s studies

University of Buffalo, Ph.D in global gender studies

University of California, Los Angeles, Ph.D. in gender studies

University of California, Santa Barbara, Ph.D. in feminist studies

University of California, Santa Cruz, Ph.D. in feminist studies

University of Kansas, Lawrence, Ph.D. in women, gender, and sexuality studies

University of Kentucky, Lexington, Ph.D. in women’s studies

University of Iowa, Iowa City, Ph.D. in women’s, gender and sexuality studies

University of Maryland, College Park, Ph.D. and M.A. in women’s studies

University of Michigan, joint Ph.D. programs in women’s studies and English, history, psychology, or sociology

University of Minnesota, Minneapolis (with Center for Advanced Feminist Studies), Ph.D. in women’s, gender and sexuality studies

University of Washington, Seattle, Ph.D. and M.A. in gender, women’s and sexuality studies

INTERNATIONAL

Central European University, Budapest, M.A. and Ph.D. in gender studies (a Smith alum directs the program)

Josai International University, Ph.D. and M.A. in women’s studies

London School of Economics and Political Science, Gender Institute, England, Ph.D. and M.Phil. in gender studies; M.Sc. in gender and social policy

Manchester University, M.A. in women’s studies

Monash University (Melbourne, Australia, Ph.D. and M.A. in women’s studies

The Netherlands Research School of Women's Studies (NOV), Ph.D. in women’s studies at six Dutch universities

Simon Fraser University (British Columbia, Canada), Ph.D. and M.A. in gender, sexuality and women’s studies

University of Auckland, New Zealand, M.A. and Ph.D. in gender studies

University of British Columbia (Vancouver, BC, Canada), M.A. and Ph.D. administered by Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice

University of Melbourne (Melbourne, Australia), Ph.D. and M.A. in gender studies

University of Sussex (Brighton, UK), D.Phil. and M.A. programs in gender studies

University of Sydney (New South Wales, Australia), Ph.D. and M.A. (by research) in women’s studies

University of Toronto (Women and Gender Studies Institute), Ph.D. (Doctoral Program in Women and Gender Studies (DWGS)) and M.A. programs

University of Warwick, England, Ph.D. programs in women and gender; M.A. in interdisciplinary gender studies, gender and international development, or gender, literature and modernity

York University (Ontario, Canada), Ph.D. and M.A. in gender, feminist and women’s studies

University of York (York, England), D.Phil., M.A., and M.Phil. programs in women’s studies

Dual Degree J.D./M.A. Gender and Women’s Studies Programs

George Washington University, J.D./M.A. in women’s studies

Pace University and Sarah Lawrence College, J.D./M.A. in women’s history and law

State University of New York, J.D./M.A. women’s, gender and sexuality studies

University at Albany & Albany Law School, J.D./MA in Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies

University of Arizona, J.D./M.A. in women’s studies

University of Cincinnati, J.D./M.A. in women’s studies

University of Florida, J.D./M.A. in women’s studies

Other Gender and Law Programs

American University, Women and International Law Program L.L.M. in international legal studies with a specialization in gender and international law.

For more information, including law schools with feminist journals and women’s rights clinics, see this listing (pdf).

See also “Second-Degree Feminism,” Ms. Magazine (Fall 2014), p. 15.

M.A. Programs

UNITED STATES

Brandeis University (Waltham, MA), M.A. in women’s, gender and sexuality studies

Claremont Graduate University (Claremont, CA), interdisciplinary M.A. program in applied women’s studies

Clark Atlanta University (Atlanta, GA), M.A. in Africana women’s studies

DePaul University (Chicago, IL), M.A. in women’s and gender studies

Eastern Michigan University (Ypsilanti, MI), M.A. of liberal studies in women’s and gender studies (interdisciplinary)

Florida Atlantic University (Boca Raton, FL), M.A. and graduate certificate in women’s studies

George Mason University (Fairfax, VA), M.A. Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in women and gender studies

George Washington University (Washington, D.C.), M.A. in women’s studies; M.A. in public policy with a concentration in women’s studies

Georgia State University (Atlanta, GA), M.A. in women’s studies

Jewish Theological Seminary, M.A. in Jewish women’s studies

Loyola University, Chicago, M.A. in women’s studies, and a three-course graduate certificate; Mary Griffin Graduate Scholarship in WST available to one full-time graduate student in the program

Minnesota State University, M.S. in women’s studies

Ohio State University (Columbus, OH), M.A. in women’s studies

Roosevelt University (Chicago, IL), M.A. and graduate certificate in women’s and gender studies

San Diego State University (San Diego, CA), M.A. in women’s studies

San Francisco State University, M.A. in women’s studies

Sarah Lawrence College (Bronxville, New York), M.A. in women’s history

Simmons College (Boston, MA), Interdisciplinary M.A. program in gender/cultural studies

Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, M.A. in women’s studies and a graduate certificate in women’s studies

State University of New York, Albany, M.A. in women’s, gender sexuality studies

Texas Woman's University, M.A. in women’s studies

Towson University (Maryland), M.S. in women’s and gender studies

University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa M.A. in women’s studies

University of Cincinnati, M.A. in women’s studies

University of Florida, M.A. and M.W.S. in gender, sexuality and women’s studies

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, self-designed, interdisciplinary M.A. in women’s studies

University of Louisville, M.A. in women’s and gender studies

University of Memphis, interdisciplinary M.A. program in women’s studies

University of North Carolina, Greensboro, M.A. in women’s and gender studies

University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, M.A. in women’s studies

University of South Florida, Tampa, M.A. in women’s studies

University of Texas, Austin, M.A. in women’s and gender studies

University of Wisconsin-Madison M.A. in women's studies/gender studies

INTERNATIONAL

Manchester University, M.A. in women’s politics and policy research

Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s (Newfoundland, Canada), M.A. in gender studies

Mount St. Vincent University, Halifax (Nova Scotia, Canada), M.A. in women’s and gender studies offered jointly by Dalhousie, Mount Saint Vincent, and Saint Mary’s universities

Oxford University (England), One-year interdisciplinary master’s degree

Simon Fraser University, Burnaby (British Columbia, Canada), M.A. in women’s and gender studies

Trinity College at University of Dublin, The Centre for Women’s Studies offers the M.Phil. in women’s and gender studies, also welcomes applications from those wishing to do the M.Litt. and Ph.D. degrees, which are by research alone

University of Leeds, multiple post graguate programs at the master’s and Ph.D. levels in women’s, gender and sexuality studies in multiple contexts

University of Nijmegen (Netherlands), M.A. degree specializations, including feminist theology

University of Ottawa (Canada), collaborative program in women’s studies at the master’s level

University of Toronto (Canada), graduate collaborative program in women’s studies, M.A. and Ph.D.

University of Western Ontario (Canada), M.A. in women’s studies and feminist research

University of Wollongong (Australia), M.A. in women’s studies

University of York (England), standalone M.A. in women’s studies. Also offers M.A. in women’s studies by research and an M.Sc in women, development and administration


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Contact

Program for the Study of Women & Gender

Seelye Hall 207A
Smith College
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: 413-585-3390

Chair: Carrie Baker
Administrative Coordinator:
Lorraine Hedger

Individual appointments can be arranged directly with the faculty.