News & Updates

Congratulations to WGS Major, Toni Eby!

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Toni Eby just had a short piece published in Open Democracy! Toni is transfer student who joined the Women and Gender Studies Department in Spring 2017. We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge their hard work. If you would like to read the article, please take a look at the following link:



Part-Time Lecturer Positions

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

WGS Dept. Response to President Wong's Feb 23, 2018 Email

Friday, March 02, 2018

On February 23rd, President Wong of San Francisco State University sent an email to the entire campus community. In his statement, Wong apologizes for the hurt feelings of Jewish students—represented in his email by a about a dozen student members of Hillel—and emphasizes that “Zionists are welcome” on the campus of SF State. The Women and Gender Studies Department is deeply concerned about the motivation, tenor, and potential effects of this statement, which comes as the latest missive in a longstanding debate about Zionism, the impact of Israeli state policy, and the struggle for Palestinian freedom as they affect the social justice mission of San Francisco State University.

Zionism is not equivalent to Jewishness; anti-Zionism is not anti-semitism. Zionism is a political ideology that supports the state of Israel. It does not represent all Jewish people--nor does Hillel represent all Jewish students. Wong’s statement fails to express concern or support for Palestinian, Arab, and Middle Eastern students and their allies that are harmed by Zionism. At the least, the philosophy of Zionism must be a subject of political debate at San Francisco State University, and cannot hold protected status as a discourse of “safety” set apart from other historical, political and ideological movements that impact members of the SFSU community. We are concerned that such material support for Zionist discourse, evidenced in this statement and previous actions by the university president, outweighs concern for the whole of our campus community.

Zionism mobilizes race, gender, and sexuality in specific ways, which continue to be a topic of investigation and contestation in fields such as Women and Gender Studies. The history and contemporary discourse of racialized gender and sexuality for Jewish people in Zionism is a site of debate and political protest today--especially as the Israeli state’s project of “pinkwashing” is decried by queer activists internationally. In addition, there is strong contestation among feminists regarding Zionist ideologies. As the case of Palestinian teenager Ahed Tamimi illustrates, feminists are identifying and protesting contemporary conditions of emergency in Palestine, and pointing out how Zionism targets women and families in broader projects of racialized population control. This, among other histories of feminist debate, show that Zionism as a political ideology needs to be up for debate at minimum.

In sum, the Department of Women and Gender Studies unequivocally rejects the equation of Zionism with Judaism, and stands by all of our SFSU students and their right to a university committed to intellectual inquiry and social justice.

Some further reading on gender, sexuality, Zionism, and Palestinian liberation:

Abdulhadi, Rabab, Evelyn Alsultany, and Nadine C. Naber. Arab & Arab American Feminisms: Gender, Violence, & Belonging. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2011.

Barghouti, Miriam. "No, You Can't Be a Feminist and a Zionist," The Forward. November 27, 2017.

Boyarin, Daniel. Unheroic Conduct: The Rise of Heterosexuality and the Invention of the Jewish Man. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1997.

Daoud, Nihaya. "Internal Displacement and Health among the Palestinian Minority in Israel," Social Science and Medicine, 74 (2012) 1163-1171.

Lloyd, David. "It is our Belief that Palestine is a Feminist Issue..." Feminists @ Law: An Open Access Journal of Feminist Legal Scholarship, Vo. 4 n.1, 2014 Accessed February 18, 2018.

 Meyerson, Colleen. "Can you be a Feminist and a Zionist? Linda Sarsour Says No." The Nation, March 13, 2017. Accessed February 18, 2018.

Naber, Nadine C. Arab America: Gender, Cultural Politics, and Activism. New York: New York University Press, 2012.

"Palestinian Women's Call for Worldwide Women's Endorsement of BDS," BDS, March 8, 2016.’s-call-worldwide-women’s-endorsement-bds

Pappé, Ilan. The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine. Oxford: One World Publications, 2006.

Sabbagh, Suha. Palestinian Women of Gaza and the West Bank. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1998.

Sarsour, Linda."Can you be a Zionist Feminist? Linda Sarsour Says No," The Nation. March 13, 2017.

Shalhoub-Kevorkian, Nadera. "Palestinian Feminist Critique and the Physics of Power: Feminists Between Thought and Practice," feminists@law, 4:1 (2014).

Shalhoub-Kevorkian, Nadera. “The Grammar of Rights in Colonial Contexts: The Case of Palestinian Women in Israel”, Middle East Law and Governance 4 (2012), pp. 106-151.

Sharoni, Simona. Gender and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: The Politics of Women's Resistance. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 1995.

Shulman, Sarah. “Israeli and ‘Pinkwashing.’” New York Times, Nov. 22, 2011 Accessed Feb. 27, 2018

Sri, Meg. “Why Liberal Feminism Must Embrace the Cause to #FreeAhedTamimi”, Jan 8, 2018 Accessed February 27, 2018.

Ziadeh, Rafael. Hadeel [spoken word album]


Seniors with cumulative grade-point average of 3.5 or higher

Monday, March 26, 2018

The College of Liberal & Creative Arts is pleased to announce that 496 of its seniors have earned a cumulative grade-point average of 3.5 or higher. WGS congratulates all the College students for their hard work, dedication, and perseverance. Click the link to see the complete list of students.

2017-2018 Women and Gender Studies Graduates

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

The Department of Women and Gender Studies graduated 26 undergraduate majors, 17 undergraduate minors, and 10 graduate students. We are so proud yet sad to say goodbye to these wonderful people and wish them all the best in their future endeavors. 


Fall 2017 Graduates-BA

Ines Diot

Marilyn Fernando

Kyle Liddle


Fall 2017 Graduates-Minors

Helen Hunt

Alyson Amstadt

Katherine Shannon

Kaylee Fagan

Carolyn McBride


Spring 2018 Graduates-BA


Alina Ahmed

Michelle Caesar

Sofia Cardenas

Julia Grace

Toni Eby

Lynn Fischer

Helen Ghebreyesus

Emma Herms

Jennifer Interiano

Jessie Lynn

Casey Lam

Takiyah Larkin

Brenna Lundy

Cynthia Maldonado-Rodas

Kat Penagos

Katie Ralls

Elaina Revilla

Sheevena Singh

Spring 2018 Graduates-Minors

Megan Bograd

Paige Denholm

Kiana Fillius

Vee Flanagan

Lauren Mason

Sabrina Mora

Amanda Ramos

Eliza Taylor

Oliva Torres


Spring 2018 Graduates-MA

Schmian Evans

Julie Frey

Connie Guzman

Melinda Lopez

Amanda Mannshahia

Miho Naruse

Amey Neumuth

Marissa Saraswati


Stephaie Vasquez

Summer 2018 Graduates- BA

Diana Gonzalez

Shonnon Gutierrez

Chalyna Lazo


Summer 2018 Graduates- Minors

Ellie Christenson

Joanna Sanchez


Tenure Track Search for Interdisciplinary Feminist Scholar

Friday, September 07, 2018

Tenure Track Search for Interdisciplinary Feminist Scholar (specialization in either Gender, Sexuality and the Global South and/or Environmental Justice and Indigenous Feminisms)

San Francisco State University, Department of Women and Gender Studies seeks applicants for a tenure-track Assistant Professor engaging in transnational research in (a) Gender and Sexuality and the Global South or (b) Environmental Justice and Indigenous Feminisms. A scholar in area (a) might engage such issues as religion and secularism; critical development studies and human rights; language and translation; and/or social movements. A scholar in area (b) might engage such issues as disability; global health inequalities; and/or sustainability. The position requires research that challenges historically validated and legitimated formations of knowledge. Ph.D. in Feminist, Gender, Sexuality or related fields from the social sciences, humanities or law; while we welcome degrees from a range of disciplines, research and teaching should reflect interdisciplinary and transnational scholarship. Salary commensurate with qualifications. Full position description and job duties available at SF State serves a diverse student body with a mission to promote scholarship, instructional excellence and intellectual accomplishment. Application review begins October 23, 2018.  Send letter of interest; CV; teaching philosophy; a statement on how your teaching and scholarship align with the commitment of the Women and Gender Studies Department to foster an inclusive and diverse academic community; and contact information for three recommenders to Search Committee, Dept of Women and Gender Studies, 1600 Holloway Ave, San Francisco CA 94132 or; subject line: WGS TT Search Application. Letters of recommendation, writing sample, syllabi and course evaluations upon request at a later date.

Click here for the position advertisement

 Click here for the Position Description

**Deadline has passed** 

Congratulations to Alumna, Monica James!

Friday, November 03, 2017

Congratulations to WGS alumna, Monica James, whose book _Invisible Libraries_ was published in India and is a finalist for the Jan Michalski award! Monica graduated from the Department of Women and Gender Studies in Spring 2016. 


Announcing New Faculty Member: Fall 2017

Thursday, March 30, 2017

We are excited to announce that our department will have a new full-time faculty member beginning 2017-2018. Please be sure to welcome Chris Hanssmann in August and look for his classes next year. In the meantime, you can learn more about his research at:


Food Pantry now open

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

SFSU now has a food pantry for students. 

Associated Students Food Pantry is now OPEN at the Event Center / The Annex. This service is offered every Monday to all SFSU students. For more information you can email the staff of AS Productions at:

You may register to receive this service:


Thursday, April 13, 2017

The Women and Gender Studies Department wants to give a huge congratulations to Sharron Watts and Sofia Cardenas ( for receiving the SF State Student Award for Excellence in Community Engagment, and to Swetha Pottam for being published in the Sutro Review!