Three WGS students

News and Upcoming Events

Please join us for the WGS Commencement reception.

Bring friends, family, loved ones to celebrate the graduation of the Class of 2018! All are welcome!

Friday, May 11, 2017 at 12 PM

Mandel Forum

Reception poster

WGS Brandeis

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 & Sexuality 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!

In Memoriam


Nikki Tishler graduated from the WGS/MPP program in 2014. She tragically passed away in March, 2018. The WGS Program offers our condolences to her family and friends. 

"Nikki was a star. She had a bright and loving energy that lit up the room, and she was a fierce advocate not only for her friends, but also for people in general, using her talents and education to really do the work of challenging oppressive systems. This picture above is from a protest she helped lead for women’s reproductive rights, and I feel blessed to have an image that captures her humor and her integrity. She moved through the world with kindness and generosity, and positively impacted the lives of so many people, myself included. She will be truly missed." - Shannon Hunt

"I want to remember Nikki Tishler in her professional capacity as a scholar and teacher here at Brandeis. While a master’s student in the joint M.A. program in Sociology and WGS, Nikki served as teaching fellow for my English 87b, Queer Readings: Beyond Stonewall (fall 2012), bringing a different and welcome disciplinary perspective to our (primarily) literary discussions. Only a first-year master’s student at the time, Nikki already showed the instinct and judgment of a fine teacher of gender and sexuality studies.  She listened fully to her students; she was able both to speak to their concerns and to push them further. I particularly appreciated and learned from Nikki’s attention to cultural difference and colonial histories as these have shaped ways of embodying gender, ways of investing bodily pleasures with meaning, ways of carrying traumatic memories in our bodies, and ways of desiring.  Nikki’s sense of purpose, leadership in the classroom, and commitments to gender, sexual, and cultural diversity will remain with me as a model of best classroom practices. Thanks again, Nikki!" - Tom King