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Gender and Sexuality Studies

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We are a diverse group with a common goal: to create and maintain a supportive intellectual community that encourages a variety of rigorous work related to the topics of gender and sexuality. 

Together, our work represents a wide range of intellectual inquiry along three tiers. As colleagues, we discuss and explore gender as something structural and institutional; one group member studies the feminist welfare state and gender stratification in contemporary development policy, specifically the ways in which state policies regulate pregnant bodies. We explore gender and sexuality as interactional; the project liaison investigates small groups devoted to accountability around sex “addiction” in an evangelical mega-church. Another member investigates the ways in which the household division of labor shifts, through conversation, negotiation, and absence, when male migrants in Nepal leave their homes for extended periods, and one member investigates the ways in which women manage the financial hardships associated with the imprisonment of their romantic partners. Finally, we explore gender and sexuality as individual; one member studies grieving of public figures and its processes through a gendered lens, another studies historical artifacts related to 19th-century cross-dressing in France, and another looks at the ways in which sexual identity and disclosure affects workplace interactions in Japan.

This working group was established in 2014 and includes students from five departments. We have five overarching goals:

  1. Creating and maintaining space for workshopping each others materials
  2. Fostering collaborations between group members
  3. Providing accountability for productivity and deadlines for group members
  4. Growing as an intellectual community
  5. Networking with graduate students at other universities


Primary Contact

Sarah Diefendorf (Sociology)