Welcome back to Women and Gender Studies for Fall 2013!
The department faculty and staff are excited to begin our work with you this semester. Whether you are a current WGS major or minor, a graduate student in WGS, an alum, or a friend of the department on or off campus, we hope to see you this fall, and to work together on feminist projects.
As you return to campus, you will see some new faces around the department. This fall, we welcome Assistant Professor Evren Savci, to San Francisco. We are also happy to have new lecturers joining us as well: Robin Garcia, Leece Lee, Randall Williams, and Hentyle Yapp.
Current students should be sure to meet with their advisor in the first few weeks of the semester to discuss your courses and degree program. Office hours are posted in HUM 315, and on the department website.
For advising, please see the following faculty.
- Nan Alamilla Boyd, Graduate Coordinator
- Last names A-G: Nan Alamilla Boyd
- Last names H – M: Jillian Sandell
- Last names N – R: Julietta Hua
- Last names S – Z: Kasturi Ray
WGS is offering a range of exciting courses this fall, and we are planning additional events and activities. To stay up to date with department events, please stop by HUM 316 (Monday – Thursday, 9:00 – 5:00) or click onto the department Facebook page.
We look forward to learning and working with you this semester!
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About Women and Gender Studies
The Women Studies Department at SFSU was founded in 1976 as part of a movement to bring feminism and studies of identity into the university. At that time, most similar programs were called “Women’s Studies.” The apostrophe can imply that the discipline belongs to women rather than has women as its object of study. The program at SFSU chose to identify women as our object of study, not as the owners of the field. The Women Studies Department at SFSU is unique in its use of the construction “women studies.”
Today, who and what constitute “women” is a complex topic. Since the 1970s, woman of color feminism, post-structuralism, transgender studies, and intersectional feminisms have transformed how, why, and who we study as “women.” An added emphasis on “gender” in the name of the department follows curricular, activist, and research changes to the field. “Women and Gender Studies” suggests that “women” is a contested category of identity, always subject to a multiplicity of determinants, including race, ethnicity, nation, class, sexuality, and ability.
The expansion of our name does not signal a shift in our departmental mission. The content of our courses will not change. They will continue to include identity-based studies of women and men in transnational and multicultural contexts alongside deconstructive approaches to the categories of analysis (gender, race, nation, sexuality, class, ethnicity, and able-bodiedness) that frame our teaching and scholarship.