News

  • 07/08/2020 - The Department of Gender and Women's Studies denounces the recent announcement by the Department of Homeland Security targeting international students for possible removal.  In forcing students into a choice between risking exposure to COVID-19 or facing deportation, this cruel and irrational policy endangers students and faculty alike.  The policy is clearly an attempt to undermine higher education and is of a piece with threats to undocumented and Muslim students including detention and travel bans.  International students are vital to the life of public universities like ours and we are fortunate that they participate in all facets of GWS as a department, from undergraduate and graduate students taking our courses, to graduate students who assist faculty in research and teaching, to student workers who support the administrative work of our department.  In GWS, our academic curriculum, our research, and our students and faculty are unwaveringly and expressly transnational.  GWS opposes the new ICE policy in the strongest possible terms and will work with all of our students, particularly the most vulnerable, to ensure their safety and their continued academic progress. 

  • 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.

  • 10/31/2019 - “Abolition examines the interconnected power dynamics across prisons, police, immigration, gendered and sexual violence, environmental justice, disability justice, and more, in order to pro

  • 09/19/2019 - The Department of Gender and Women's Studies invites applications and nominations for a full-time tenure-track faculty position in Latinx gender studies at the rank of Assistant Professor.

  • 07/10/2019 - GWS congratulates Shwetha Delanthamajalu on her recent article, which was awarded The Znaniecki Published Paper Award by the Department of Sociology. Delanthamajalu is a graduate student in Sociology and will be working for Gender and Women's Studies next year as a teaching assistant.