News

  • 08/27/2020 - Gender and Women’s Studies is truly thrilled to have secured a new, standing postdoctoral fellowship in transgender studies, the first of its kind in the country.

  • 08/27/2020 - Welcome to GWS!  Amidst the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, GWS remains steadfast in its commitment to your well-being and academic

  • 08/27/2020 - The Department of Gender and Women's Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign invites applications for an Academic Program Coordinator.  The Department seeks candidates who hav

  • 08/27/2020 - The Department of Gender and Women’s Studies is delighted to introduce our new assistant professors and Chancellor's postdoctoral fellow, who will all be joining us this fal

  • 06/18/2020 - Professor Ghassan Moussawi's new book "challenges representations of contemporary Beirut as an exceptional space for LGBTQ people by highlighting everyday life in a city where violence is the norm."

  • 06/01/2020 - In the wake of continued systemic state and vigilante violence against Black people in the United States, including the murders most recently of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and Tony McDade, and given the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on communities of color and Indigenous communities, we pause to grieve these profound and preventable losses.  We breathe deeply and register our anger at the injustices faced by those made vulnerable through racism, settler colonialism, incarceration, age, and economic precarity.

  • 05/12/2020 - GWS congratulates this year’s recipients of the GWS Awards for Outstanding Student, TA, and Faculty.  The GWS Outstanding Student is Paul Michael Atienza, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Anthropology, who was recognized for his contributions to “our department’s intellectual culture and sense of community” and his “dedication to collaboration, dialogue, and exchange.” Specifically, Atienza organized a graduate symposium last fall entitled Solidarities of Difference: Keywords in Feminist, Queer, and Trans Studies.” 

  • 04/28/2020 - The Department of Gender and Women's Studies is pleased to announce that Shwetha Delanthamajalu (Sociology) will receive the 2020 Marianne A. Ferber Scholarship for her dissertation proposal, "Moral panics and policing of sex and love in the time of Hindutva."  The award is given to the most outstanding dissertation proposal related to Gender and Women's Studies; secondary considerations include the student's commitment to the Gender and Women's Studies.  Delanthamajalu has been a teaching assistant in GWS 100, and is currently a teaching assistant in GWS 202.  You can read an abstract of her dissertation in the full story. 

  • 03/19/2020 - Here's some information for you about GWS Courses and how to join the GWS Solidarity and Mutual Aid Society.

  • 03/17/2020 - GWS faculty and staff are working from home, but current and prospective students can still talk to an advisor.  Email Jacque Kahn at jskahn@illinois.edu to set up an appointment. 

  • 03/05/2020 - Congratulations to Teresa Greppi (Spanish and Portuguese) Erin Grogan (English,) and Kadin Henningsen (English), for receiving the LAS Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching for Graduate Teaching Assistants.

  • 02/13/2020 - Professor Ghassan Moussawi has been named a LEAP (Lincoln Excellence for Assistant Professors) Scholar by the College of LAS. The award is granted to faculty early in their career based on scholarly productivity and contributions to the educational mission of their departments and the College of LAS.

  • 02/06/2020 - Taylor Mazique, a junior double majoring in GWS and History, has been awarded the 2020 Jean Alice Scharre Thompson Scholarship in GWS. The scholarship recognizes outstanding GPA as well as involvement in activism and social justice work.

  • 02/03/2020 - Congratulations to Erin Grogan, who was selected to receive LAS Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching by Graduate Teaching Assistants. Erin is a doctoral student in the Department of English, and has been a teaching assistant for GWS 275, The Politics of Fashion, and GWS 202, Sexualities. This semester they are the instructor for GWS 350, Feminist and Gender Theory.

  • 11/11/2019 - The 2020 Barbara and Donald Smalley Graduate Research Fellowship in Gender and Women's Studies has been awarded to Tiffany Harris, a graduate student in the Department of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership. The Smalley Fellowship is awarded to a graduate minor in GWS whose dissertation proposal promises to make an outstanding contribution to the field of gender and/or sexuality studies.