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2023-24 Western Washington University Catalog 
2023-24 Western Washington University Catalog

Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

The Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program pursues praxis and critical inquiry through feminist and queer scholarship by teaching and activism that makes sense of how gender impacts our world and shapes social, political, and cultural formations. We are dedicated to teaching undergraduate majors and minors to use critical thinking to bridge feminist theories and social justice practice. Our program foregrounds interdisciplinary analyses of feminism, gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, and queer studies in transnational and multicultural contexts. The program prepares students to pursue graduate school, law, social service, counseling, public policy, health care, teaching, social activism, and the arts.

Students who wish to declare a minor or major in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies should contact Professor Rae Lynn Schwartz-DuPre, Communications Facility 283, You can also meet with WGSS Program Coordinator Dylan Gibson in Miller Hall 223,, 360-650-7779. Declarations may also be submitted online to Professor Schwartz-DuPre or Dylan Gibson: Major Declaration, Minor Declaration.

Affiliated Faculty

KRISTIN ANDERSON, Sociology. Gender and society, the family in society, domestic violence and the criminal justice system.
DHARITRI BHATTACHARJEE, South Asian History, Indian Ocean World, Empire, Colonialism, Decolonization. 
BIDISHA BISWAS, Political Science. Diaspora politics, international relations, ethnic and civic conflicts, terrorism.
CHRISTINA BYRNE, Psychology. Interpersonal violence and psychological trauma.
JOSH CERRETTI, History. Feminist and queer theory, militarism and war, historical approaches to race, gender, and sexuality.
ELIZABETH COLEN, English. Hybrid genres, experimental writing, ecopoetics, and literary collage.
SUSAN COSTANZO, History. Russian women’s history and culture.
RITA DANIELS, Communication Studies. African womanism, women and gender studies, intersectionality, women organizing and organizations, decolonization, intergroup communication, and mixed research methods.
SHIRIN DEYLAMI, Political Science. Feminist and queer theory; post-colonial and Islamic thought; and gender and Islam.
ROBYN DAHL, Geology.
RAINE DOZIER, Health & Community Studies. Gender theory; sociology; social and economic inequality.
JULIE DUGGER, English. Women writers, gender and genre, the romance novel.
MARIE EATON, Fairhaven College. Lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgendered issues in education.
NADA ELIA, Arab and Muslim American Studies.
LENA ERICKSEN, Psychology. Gender issues.
MARY ERICKSON, Communication Studies. Critical media studies, gender, film/TV/internet, media industries.
AMANDA EURICH, History. Gender, sexuality, and religion in early modern Europe.
BARBARA FARRAND, Psychology. Gender issues, learning and cognitive development, adolescent development.
ANGELA FILLINGIM, Sociology. Human rights, immigration, international law, Latin America, race, and policical sociology.
ALLISON GIFFEN, English. Early 19th century American women writers and American women poets.
CAROL GUESS, English. Queer Studies, Creative Writing.
PAM HARDMAN, English. Women’s literature, cultural studies, medical institutions’ treatment of women.
NINI HAYES, Environmental Studies. Critical education theory, environmental education, and social justice.
VICKI HSUEH, Political Science. Feminist political theory, political participation and gender, post-colonialism, ethnicity, and race.
MARY HUNT, Public Health. Gender and sexual and reproductive health, particularly abortion.
MELINA JUAREZ PEREZ, Political Science and WGSS. Immigration, Latinex politics, race, gender, and sexuality.
LAURA LAFFRADO, English. Early U.S. literature and culture, U.S. women’s writing, women’s autobiographical writing.
ANNE LOBECK, English. Language and gender.
JEN LOIS, Sociology. Social psychology, emotions, gender, qualitative methods.
BAOZHEN LUO, Sociology. Family and life course, social gerontology, Asian/Asian American.
KELLY MAGEE, English. Creative Writing, lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgendered studies.
LORI MARTINDALE, Honors and WGSS. Gender studies, film and media studies, philosophy and literature, feminist theory, writing about literature. 
BARBARA MILLER, Art History. Feminist art theory, contemporary women artists, and the representation of gender in modern and contemporary visual culture.
CAROLYN NIELSEN, Journalism. Diversity, mass media and social change as it relates to women’s lives.
NANCY PAGH, English. Gender and Pacific Northwest regional studies, women and environments, women and space.
SUZANNE PAOLA, English. Creative writing, women and literature.
RACHEL PAUL, Political Science. Women and politics.
TRACEY PYSCHER, Secondary Education. Social and cultural experiences of children and youth with histories of DV; school, critical literacy and learning, and praxis.
LYSA RIVERA, English. Chicano/a and African American literature and culture, science fiction, literature and cultura.
DEBRA J. SALAZAR, Political Science. Queer politics, social justice, social change, women and environmental politics.
RAE LYNN A. SCHWARTZ-DUPRE, Communication. Rhetoric, mass media and postcolonial communication.
MICHAEL SLOUBER, Global Humanities and Religions. South Asia history and culture, gender and sexuality.
TAMARA SPIRA, Fairhaven/American Cultural Studies. Transnational, de-colonial, and critical race feminist theories and praxis; queer of color and transnational sexuality studies and feminist critiques of militarism, prisons, and empires.
ANIKA TILLAND-STAFFORD, WGSS. Queer & feminist theory and methods, critical childhood studies, colonialism and North American history.
MIDORI TAKAGI, Fairhaven College. Race, class and gender, comparative studies of women of color.
SHURLA THIBOU, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Introduction to Women Studies, women and globalization.
KATE TRUEBLOOD, English. Women and literature, creative writing.
CHRIS VARGAS, Art. Time-based art, queer radicalism, transgender history, and imperfect role models.
VERONICA N. VELEZ, Education and Social Justice/Woodring and Fairhaven. Critical race theory and Latina.o critical theory in education, Chicana feminist epistemologies, politics of parent engagement in educational reform, particularly for Latina/o (im)migrant families, and participatory action and community-based models of research.
THERESA WARBURTON, English. Contemporary women’s literature, Native literature, women of color and indigenous feminisms, feminist theory, anarchist studies, social justice.
CHRISTOPHER WISE, International Studies. Colonization/Post colonization and expected gender roles.
JANE WONG, English. Creative writing, women of color in the literary arts, Asian American studies, digital humanities.
GREG YOUMANS, English. Film and media studies, documentary and experimental cinema, LGBTQ history and historiography, and queer and feminist theory.
KATHLEEN YOUNG, Anthropology. Cross cultural gender roles.
SARAH ZARROW, History. Jewish women’s history and culture, gender and sexuality in Judaism.
SARAH ZIMMERMAN, History. Africa, colonialism, women and gender.



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      Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies

      Courses numbered X37; X97; 300, 400 are described in the University Academic Policies  section of this catalog.

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