NOTE: The Women's and Gender Studies Residency will not be offered in Spring 2020.

Study Descriptions

The following studies, offered through the residency, all bear 4 credits. Students may register for only one of these studies.

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4 credits, Gen. Ed. -

Faculty: Nadine Wedderburn 

This study provides students with an opportunity to explore how black women's experiences distinctively articulate negotiations of identity and belonging within transnational contexts.  Using literary and cultural narratives, the study will pursue analyses of the construction of female subjectivity and draw attention to specialized knowledge created by black women's experiences in political, cultural, social and economics terms - whether they occur in Africa, the Caribbean, North/Central/South America or Europe.

4 credits, Advanced, Liberal, Gen. Ed. — N/A

Faculty: Mary Borden

The 1950s was a decade of conformity, typified by the rise of suburbia, the man in a gray flannel suit, as well as an underlying dissatisfaction with gender roles – simply, blandness. “Invasion of the Body Snatchers,” the 1956 film directed by Don Siegel and based on Jack Finney’s novel of the same name, presents a social commentary on collective paranoia – a fear of conformity, conspiracy and constraint, as well as on the growing concern of many (male) Americans over the weakening respect for authority and an emerging feminist critique of rigid gender roles. This study explores the issues that shaped Siegel’s film through its viewing and via a select body of readings that span the disciplines of history, anthropology, literature and film studies, resulting in a robust discussion on gender, sexuality and, yes, fear, within the mid-20th century. 

4 credits, Advanced, Liberal, Gen. Ed. — N/A

Faculty: Himanee Gupta-Carlson

The groundswell of support that President Trump gained in the 2016 presidential election from voters residing in rural areas caught the nation by surprise. Since then, scholars, popular commentators and others have been looking at issues of race, economics, religion and gender in efforts to understand better not only the history and current socio-economics of rural and deindustrialized parts of the United States but also the role of women. Women both contributed to Trump’s popularity and formed significant coalitions in protest of the president’s racial, anti-immigrant and anti-feminist politics. This study uses a set of contemporary texts as a basis for delving into historic moments of the mid-20th through early 21st century that have contributed to shaping a rural American identity. Through readings and discussions – online and face-to-face – we use a feminist lens to analyze and critique texts that offer multiple perspectives. In doing so, we examine our own assumptions of rural America and the role that gender plays in shaping rural identities, perceptions, and critiques.


4 credits, Advanced, Liberal, Gen. Ed. — N/A

Faculty: Anamaria Ross

This study examines women's roles and experiences as healers using a cross-cultural and interdisciplinary perspective. The study is grounded in ethnographic, biographical, historical and journalistic accounts. Women have played a central role in healing and caregiving in all human societies and throughout history, often being subject to different expectations, challenges and dangers compared to their male counterparts.  From birth to the end of life, from home remedies to homeopathy, from shamans to surgeons, women's healing knowledge and skills have made a significant impact on their families, communities and their own destinies, as well as being a means of empowerment and social action


4 credits, Advanced, Liberal, Gen. Ed. — Other World Civilization

Faculty: Karen Garner

This study examines and compares the diverse histories of women in the 20th- and 21st-centuries Middle East. Students will investigate topics such as women and Islamic religious traditions; family life and traditional cultural institutions; work life and economic institutions; legal status and political institutions; relation to Western and Islamic feminism; etc. Analyzing academic texts, videos, memoirs, testimonials and short fiction, this course provides a historical perspective on contemporary social, political and gender relationships in the Middle East.

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