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Congrats to Our Susan Ford Wiltshire Essay Competition Winners!

Apr. 24, 2020


Gender and Sexuality Studies is thrilled to announce the winners for the 2020 Susan Ford Wiltshire Awards.

The undergraduate student award goes to Meilan Lu for the essay, “Old Father, Old Artificer: Female Sexuality and Male Authorship in Les Fleurs du mal and A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.”

The graduate student award goes to Hannah Hicks for the essay, “She Should Burn it in Ashes”: Women on Trial for Arson in Post-Civil War South Carolina.” Congratulations to both of these exemplary students!


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Welcome to Spring 2020 from WGS

Feb. 5, 2020

Women’s and Gender Studies is excited to kick off Spring semester! Continue to check out our website for a list of events, awards, and courses.



Congrats to our Harriet S. Gilliam Recipient!

Jan. 15, 2020

Faculty award winners posing with deans

Our very own Professor Elizabeth Covington is the 2019 recipient of the Harriet S. Gilliam Award for Excellence in Teaching, which recognizes Senior Lecturers and Lecturers for outstanding undergraduate teaching. Professor Covington, currently the Associate Director of the Program in Women’s and Gender Studies, teaches a wide array of courses in both WGS and English and has a series of literary projects in store for the future.


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Fall 2019

Jul. 31, 2019


Welcome back to campus! We will soon update our site with information about our fall events. Stay tuned for more details!



Congrats to the Wiltshire Essay Competition Winners!

Apr. 29, 2019

Congratulations to our 2019 Susan Ford Wiltshire Essay Competition winners.

The undergraduate winner was Cassidy F. Alla, Class of 2019, with an essay entitled “‘Girlboss Feminism’: How Young Women View Feminists on Television and in their Lives.”

We had two graduate winners this year: PhD student Ludwig Beethoven J. Noya, with an essay entitled “ONAN SPEAKS BACK!: An Autobiographical and Postcolonial Reading of Genesis 38:8-10” and Ph.D. candidate Joanna Huh with an essay entitled “Glimpsing Medusa’s Head: Confronting the Body of Lavinia in Shakespeare’s ‘Titus Andronicus.'”

Thank you to everyone for their submissions!



2019 Graduation Celebration

Apr. 24, 2019

Please join us for our graduation celebration. Open to all!



End of Year Celebration

Apr. 12, 2019

On April 23 from 11am-1pm, Women’s and Gender Studies will host an undergraduate student  project/essay showcase and an end-of-year lunch. We will display up to 25 posters, and 5 students may give brief presentations (from 11am-noon) to an audience of students and faculty.

At noon, we will have Blue Coast Burrito for lunch. Vegetarian options will be available.

We are so excited about this end-of-year event, and we would love for you to join us!



New Course for Fall 2019: WGS 2610

Apr. 8, 2019

Register now for our new course WGS 2610: Womanism in Global Context! This course will be a survey of global Womanist (Black Feminist) theory and praxis. Topics will cover race, class, sexuality, spirituality, activism, and controversies over female bodies.