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News and Upcoming Events

We are looking for a lecturer to teach a course on gender, sexuality, and social media in Spring 2016.  Click here for more details!


2015 Tillie K. Lubin Symposium: Criminal Justice?  Race, Gender, and Incarceration
Click here to watch a video of the symposium.


WGS Chair Wendy Cadge and project co-leader George Fitchett win a $4.5 million dollar grant to boost hospital chaplain research literacy.

Professor Anita Hill was given the prestiguous honor of being appointed a University Professor.

Congratulations to Sue Lanser whose new book, The Sexuality of History: Modernity and the Sapphic 1565-1830 (University of Chicago Press, 2014) has been nominated for a Lambda literary award under LGBTQ studies!

Professor Jasmine Johnson has received a Mandel Center for the Humanities grant for her research on “Rhythm Nation: West African Dance and the Politics of Diaspora!"

WGS majors Ariella Assouline and Anni Long are awarded Sorensen Fellowships!

Congratulations to Bernadette Brooten on being awarded an Honorary Degree from the University of Bern in Switzerland!

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Eli Sagan
In Memoriam: Eli Sagan

WGS is deeply saddened to announce the death on January 4, 2015, of Eli J. Sagan, a founding member of our National Board, husband of Frimi Giller Sagan, father of Board member Rachel Sagan, of WGS alumna Susannah Sagan '81, and of Miriam and Daniel Sagan.  Eli was a brilliant thinker, writer, scholar, and activist, a passionate advocate for social justice, and the author of six books of cultural sociology who taught at Brandeis and at UC-Berkeley among many accomplishments.  Through the Sagan Foundation, he provided the funding that launched and continues to support a wide range of WGS projects including our Graduate Student Grant and our Giller-Sagan Prize. A memorial service will take place on Wednesday, January 7, at 1:00 p.m. at Congregation Beth El, 105 Hudson Road, Sudbury, MA. 

The family has asked that memorial contributions be directed to WGS, which will set up a special fund in Eli Sagan's memory.


Black Lives Matter:  Statement of Solidarity

We, the faculty of the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program at Brandeis University, express our solidarity with the movements in cities across the country and on our own campus in defense of Black lives.  Concerned by the systemic daily violence wrought on Black communities, we commit ourselves to addressing, in our Spring 2015 classrooms and beyond, the endemic issues that perpetuate structural inequalities and cause systemic suffering and needless death.  Black Lives matter to everyone.


Welcome to the website of the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program (WGS) at Brandeis. We are a community of undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, staff and Board members from a range of disciplines and backgrounds. Together we ask questions about intersectional aspects of women, gender and sexuality in classes, lectures and a range of public events.

We offer an undergraduate major and minor in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies and help to support the undergraduate minor in Sexuality and Queer Studies (SQS). We also offer a standalone MA in Women’s & Gender Studies and 10 joint MA programs in which graduate students focus on WGS and another discipline. We collaborate with a range of groups on campus and are generously supported by our National Board.

Browse our webpages, learn about our history, join our Facebook group and Twitter feeds, and be in touch with suggestions and questions at any time. We are always happy to hear from you!