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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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Trans & Crip

Feb. 6, 2019

Thanks for joining us at our spring semester keynote event with Alexandre Baril, Ph.D., Assistant Professor at the School of Social Work at the University of Ottawa. We had a wonderful turnout at both events with Dr. Baril.


See the event posters below for more information.

Students interested in talking with Alexandre over lunch joined us on Tuesday, February 26 for a lunch discussion. See below for more information.



NEW Independent Study!

Nov. 28, 2018

We’re excited to offer a new one credit independent study on feminist and queer research methods!

Have you ever been curious how to use a feminist lens to explore information on gender, sex, and sexuality? Do you want to expand your knowledge on how to access feminist and queer oral histories and archives?

We will explore these topics and more in this exciting new independent study with K. Allison Hammer and Melinda Brown!

If interested, please contact K. Allison Hammer ( by December 7. Time and location for the course to be determined.



Gender/Sexuality Matters Seminars

Sep. 21, 2018


The Women’s and Gender Studies Program at Vanderbilt Presents: Gender/Sexuality Matters: Fall 2018

Come join us for informal discussions on some of the most pressing gender/sexuality matters currently facing women and LGBTQI+ communities in Nashville, on the Vanderbilt campus, as well as nationally and internationally. These will be informal conversations with experts in specific areas. We may also pursue ways to discuss the topic further in the future. All talks will take place in Buttrick 123; snacks and beverages will be provided. Undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, staff, and community members are welcome to attend. We would love to have you! 

Tuesday, October 9, 4-5:30: The Forgotten Victims of HIV/AIDs Today

This discussion will focus on the ongoing effects of HIV/AIDs on underrepresented and ignored populations, including women and people of color, as well as new research advances. Dr. Robertson Nash will present on his work with the Vanderbilt Comprehensive Care Clinic (VCCC), where he serves as an HIV/primary care clinician and also as the Director of the PATHways Program, a nursing-led, interdisciplinary, intensive, and individualized specialty service that he developed to address the complex needs of patients at greatest risk of falling out of ongoing HIV Care. Dr. Briana Furch has a research focus in vector-borne illness, specifically at the intersection of HIV and neglected infectious disease. Dr. Furch is currently a recipient of a NIH Fogarty Global Health Fellowship where she is spending her fellowship year at the University Teaching Hospital in Lusaka, Zambia. Dr. Furch has graciously agreed to present from Zambia. This will be an exciting dialogue on a pressing issue.

Tuesday, November 6, 4-5:30: The Intimate and Social Effects of “Borders”

Our final fall panel discussion will focus on the effects of border policies inside and outside of the United States. Discussions will include the intimate and social effects that the current rhetoric regarding the border wall have had on families, family separations, anti-immigrant/Latinx sentiments in the U.S, and women’s labor work at the border. Dr. Karla McKanders, Director of Vanderbilt University’s Immigration Practice Clinic will join in the conversation, and Dr. Diana Aldrete, professor of Language and Culture Studies at Trinity College, will moderate the panel. This should be a timely and enlightening conversation.


Please feel free to contact the Associate Director of Women’s and Gender Studies if you have any questions: K. Allison Hammer,




May. 11, 2018


Congratulations to our graduating seniors! To those of you considering becoming majors or minors in WGS, check out this Senior Seminar capstone project by graduating seniors Olivia Solow-Niederman and Mary Armintrout. 

OMPR (Olivia and Mary Public Radio) podcast series focuses on the unique challenges that female leaders face at Vanderbilt and in Nashville, Tennessee.

Olivia and Mary talk to five trailblazing women: Mayor Megan Barry, VSG President Jami Cox, Chief of Staff Dabby Dale Mason, GetFit615 Owner Kate Moore, and Vice Provost of Inclusive Excellence Melissa Thomas-Hunt.

Listen to the podcast!



Dr. Robert McRuer, “Crip Times 2018: Queer/Disability Politics in a Post-Truth Era”

Apr. 5, 2018

On March 27, 2018, Dr. Robert McRuer, Professor of English at the George Washington University, gave a talk entitled, “Crip Times 2018: Queer/Disability Politics in a Post-Truth Era.” The talk was based on his very recent book, Crip Times: Disability, Globalization, and Resistance, and included implications for his argument in the present moment.




Gender/Sexuality Matters with Edwin D. Real and Zoe Foster

Feb. 25, 2018

On Thursday, February 22, the Women’s and Gender Studies Program hosted the second Gender/Sexuality Matters seminar of the spring 2018 semester. Edwin D. Real and Zoe Foster, transgender activists, discussed their experiences growing up and living as transgender and how these experiences inform their activism.



“Sin Big: Why Mary Daly’s Insights (and Her Limitations) Are Valuable to Us Now,” Jennifer Rycenga, San José State University, March 1, 1:10pm, Wilson 112

Feb. 21, 2018

“Sin Big: Why Mary Daly’s Insights (and Her Limitations) Are Valuable to Us Now”

Mary Daly, radical feminist elemental philosopher (and sometime theologian) spurred much of feminist thought from the 1970s forward. Her work is provocative, historically important, and challenging. Is the work of these early radical feminist thinkers useful at all to us today?

Jennifer Rycenga is Professor of Comparative Religious Studies at San José State University and co-editor with Linda Barufaldi of The Mary Daly Reader

Sponsored by the Department of Religious Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies, and the Carpenter program in Religion, Gender and Sexuality