Fall 2014 newsletter


WGS & ES Welcome Lani Teves

Ethnic Studies and Women's and Gender Studies is thrilled to welcome Dr. Lani Teves, Assistant Professor. Her research areas include Native Pacific Cultural Studies, Native American and Indigenous Studies; Decolonization in the Pacific; Comparative Indigeneity; Native and Women of Color Feminisms; Queer of Color Critique; Queer Indigeneity; Sovereignty; Performance Studies; Indigenous Theory.

To read a full interview, click here.

WGS Welcomes Erica Rand

Women's and Gender Studies is pleased to welcome visiting professor Erica Rand of Bates College, Lewiston, Maine, where she is Whitehouse Professor of Art and Visual Culture and of Women and Gender Studies.

Professor Rand is currently teaching WGS 422, Queer/Trans Sports Studies.

Read more here and here.

Elizabeth Reis receives award

Elizabeth Reis, professor and chair of Women’s and Gender Studies, is a 2014- 2015 Fund for Faculty Excellence awardee.

Read more here.

New volume of essays co-edited by WGS Professor Ernesto Martínez

ES/WGS Professor Martínez has co-edited, with Stephanie Fryberg, a groundbreaking new volume of essays on diversity in American higher education.

The Truly Diverse Faculty: New Dialogues in American Higher Education (Palgrave, October 2014)

To read more about The Truly Diverse Faculty, click here.

Elizabeth Reis participates in Beyond Toxics panel

On October 24th Elizabeth Reis joined Dr. Tyrone Hayes, professor of biology at University of California at Berkeley, on a panel considering the impact of herbicides on water, animal, and human health.

Read more here.

Congratulations to Miriam Abelson, new assistant professor at PSU!

Miriam received her PhD in Sociology with a graduate certificate in Women's and Gender Studies from the University of Oregon in Summer '14.

Her research interests are in sexualities, men and masculinities, transgender, LGBT youth, urban and rural studies, and intersectional approaches to race, sexuality, and gender.

Read more here.

Congratulations to our scholarship winners for 2014-15!

Abbie Jane Bakony winners: Mallory Davis, Mary Wagner

Miller Family winner: Eva Hoffman

Bruce Abrams Award: Megan Burke

The next scholarship application season will open in mid- to late- April and winners will be notified by commencement. We look forward to your applications!

Planned 2014-2015 WGS Courses


Fall 2014

WGS 101 Women/Difference/Power
WGS 351 Intro to Global Feminisms
WGS 352 Gender, Literature and Culture
WGS 411 Feminist Praxis
WGS 422 Queer/Trans Sports Studies

Winter 2015

WGS 101 Women/Difference/Power
WGS 201 Intro to Queer Studies
HUM 298 Medical Humanities (Topic)
WGS 303 Women and Gender in American History
WGS 315 History and Development of Feminist Theory
WGS 407 Gender and Disability
WGS 422 Queer Film
WGS 409 Practicum Facilitation
WGS 413 Feminist Pedagogy
WGS 513 Feminist Pedagogy
WGS 609 Practicum Facilitation

Spring 2015

WGS 101 Women/Difference/Power
WGS 399 Gender & Muslim Modernities
WGS 321 Feminist Perspectives: Identity, Race, Culture
WGS 407 Queer Migrations
WGS 407 Assisted Reproductive Technologies
WGS 432 Gender, Environment and Development
WGS 409 Practicum Facilitation
WGS 413 Feminist Pedagogy
WGS 513 Feminist Pedagogy
WGS 609 Practicum Facilitation

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