Professor Tom King

Examining the experiences, meanings, and representations of sexuality and gender

The Sexuality and Queer Studies Program's faculty stands in solidarity with the students occupying the Marcus-Bernstein building. Our students have taken the lead again in calling for change, and as stated by our colleagues in the AAAS department, "it is our intellectual and moral obligation to support our students in their struggles to transform Brandeis into a truly 21st century university." We pledge ourselves to transformation and call upon the administration to do likewise.

Are you curious about why gender and sexuality have been key elements of identity formation, at both the personal and collective levels, in modernity?  Are you intrigued by the ways different societies, at different historical moments, have organized and given meaning to gender and sexuality?  Are you concerned about the ways gender and sexuality are represented in the media, in politics, and in everyday life? 

Would you welcome the opportunity to explore the relations among sex, gender, and sexual orientation, desire and identification, and erotic and affectional behavior, as these intersect with other cultural formations including race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, ability, age, and class?

Then consider the undergraduate interdisciplinary minor in Sexuality and Queer Studies, earned within the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program.

Across our curriculum, students may study the relation of sexuality and gender; develop understanding of non-heteronormative genders (including gender non-conforming, intersex, transgender, transsexual, and genderqueer individuals and collectives); study gender and sexuality in relation to heterosexual as well as LGBTIAQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, asexual, and queer) persons; explore discrimination toward non-normative genders and sexualities and historical struggles for rights and legal representation; and analyze the normative function of all identity categories.