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Women’s and Gender Studies

Center for Interdisciplinary Study

Women's and Gender Studies is an academic program of the Center for Interdisciplinary Study at the Drexel University College of Arts and Sciences

Drexel University’s Minor in Women’s and Gender Studies offers students a unique opportunity to examine the changing meanings of gender-expansive experiences and sexual identities across different political, historical and cultural landscapes. Students develop the critical tools to explore new paths of inquiry, to work toward social transformation and justice, and to articulate productive socio-political alternatives.

Our interdisciplinary program promotes the importance of gender equity and encourages the study, questioning and exploration of how gender and sexuality shape social roles, identities and knowledge. We explore how gender and sexuality are fundamental categories of political, social and cultural analyses necessary to study the diversity of human experience. Our curriculum emphasizes the intersectionality of gender and sexuality in their complex relations with race, ethnicity, class, religion, nationality, ability, age, transnational movements and other zones of experience. In our courses, students can explore gender and sexuality using the analytical tools and methodologies of a variety of disciplines in the humanities, arts and social sciences, including anthropology, literature, history, media studies, philosophy, sociology, psychology and political science, among others.

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Jennifer Yusin, PhD, Appointed Director of Women’s and Gender Studies

Jennifer Yusin, PhD, from the Department of English and Philosophy, has been appointed to the position of Director of Women’s and Gender Studies, effective Fall 2021, to lead the planning and implementation of a range of initiatives to increase the visibility of the program both inside and outside the university while developing a strategic plan in collaboration with Amelia Hoover Green, PhD, associate dean for diversity, equity and inclusion.

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History Professor Nic John Ramos, PhD, Troubles the Line

A profile of award-winning Assistant Professor of History Nic John Ramos, PhD, who does not easily fit into any one category. Though he teaches in the Department of History, his doctorate is in American Studies and Ethnicity, which he describes as really being at the intersection of Gender Studies and Ethnic Studies. Meanwhile, his research exists at the intersection of race and medicine. And in his classes, students are just as likely to encounter graphic novels and poetry as they are historical documents and books.

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CoAS Students Present Research at UN Commission on the Status of Women

CoAS students Liz Pham and Zyrah Alvi recently presented their research on corruption at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) 2021 Forum.

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Core Faculty

Our faculty come from across the colleges at Drexel, and departments and programs in the College of Arts and Sciences. They engage in innovative and intersectional research, pedagogy and service with attention to social justice to contextualize and challenge sexism, transphobia, ableism, classism and racism.

Faculty Members Contact Specialization
Jennifer Yusin
Director, Women’s and Gender Studies; Associate Professor
5016 MacAlister Hall
Comparative Race and Empire Studies, Philosophies of Race and Gender, Global Modernisms, LGBTQ+ Studies, Trans Studies, Psychoanalytic Studies, Postcolonial and Global Anglophone Literatures, Transatlantic Studies, and the Global South