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Spotlight

Elena Misailedes

Graduation Year: 2014

Story: One of my best friends took Introduction to Gender Studies during my freshman year and absolutely raved about it. Her readings for class inspired great discussion and sparked my...

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Zoe Jimenez

Graduation Year: 2014

Story: I was introduced to the Gender Studies Department after working on the 4 to 5 Movement. I attended a panel about gender and sexuality that featured Professor Palko, and I tal...

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Blake Avery

Graduation Year: 2014

Story: As a freshmen focused primarily on pursuing a career Film Production, I had no idea that gender studies as a collegiate interdisciplinary field existed. After taking Introduc...

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Natalie Perez

Graduation Year: 2014

Story: The multi-disciplinary nature of the Gender Studies program as well as its amazing faculty have allowed me to grow in my time at Notre Dame. As a GSC major I feel that I am n...

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Molly Shank

Graduation Year: 2014

Story: Towards the end of the fall of my sophomore year a friend recommended Gender Studies to me saying, “I think you would like it.” Never has a simple sentence been s...

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Christa Dines

Graduation Year: 2014

Story: Having taught English as a Second Language to refugees from Burma, Vietnam, and Afghanistan, I learned firsthand about problems facing women in countries and cultures where b...

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Mia Lillis

Graduation Year: 2014

Story: While I had been weighing whether or not to add Gender Studies to my academic repertoire for a good year prior, it was not until my spring semester of my junior year that I f...

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Joshua Whitaker

Graduation Year: 2013

Story: I took the introductory course at the beginning of sophomore year and picked up the major soon after. I focused mainly on literature courses. It offered a theoretical/critica...

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Maria McLeod

Graduation Year: 2013

Story: Though I have always been interested in gender-related issues, it wasn't until I saw the film "Sin by Silence" during my sophomore year that I knew I wanted to ...

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Karl Abad

Graduation Year: 2013

Story: Going out on a whim and taking a random Gender Studies course during my freshman year was probably one of the best decisions I have made here. My Gender Studies classes a...

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Nora Goebelbecker

Graduation Year: 2014

Story: I spent a large part of my sophomore year stumbling around various offices and websites, attempting to plan a summer research project that would fuse my Political Science maj...

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Jason G'Sell

Graduation Year: 2012

Story: As a sophomore, my boyfriend at the time had declared a gender studies minor and talked about it incessantly. At first, I had no idea what he was talking about. As an acting ...

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Katherine M. Lukas

Graduation Year: 2012

Story: I chose to minor in Gender Studies after recognizing the gendered nature of buying behavior and purchasing power. Female consumers control 70-80% of the purchasing power in o...

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Emma O'Brien

Graduation Year: 2012

Story: I was a freshman biology major set to immerse myself in science for the next four years when my freshman year advisor recommended I take the Intro to Gender Studies course. I...

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Melissa Buddie

Graduation Year: 2012

Story: The Gender Studies Program has significantly enriched my educational experience at Notre Dame. One of my favorite classes that I have taken during my undergraduate career was...

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Paige Gesicki

Graduation Year: 2012

Story: When you can leave an intro class and feel that the subject not only informed your perspective on the world but also deepened your self-awareness, you have found a special mo...

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Manuela Fernandez-Pinto

Graduation Year: PhD 2014

Story: I am mainly interested in feminist epistemology, and the relation between feminism and science.  I think that the Gender Studies Minor offers a great opportunity to graduat...

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Meaghan Jennings/Patrick Bears

Graduation Year: 2010

Story: For us, Gender Studies exists not merely as a major, but as a discipline that truly transcends the academic experience.  It is this interdisciplinary field of study that...

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Danny Nolan

Graduation Year: 2009

Story: My Gender Studies Major has open my perspective and helped teach me about differing  viewpoints that I had never really considered. I believe that it's really made my e...

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Brandon Pierpont

Graduation Year: 2009

Story: My Gender Studies Minor has opened my mind to the many important influences that gender, race and class play in my society.  I am now better able to recognize the subtle...

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Mandy Lewis

Graduation Year: 2010

Story: One of the greatest things about being a Gender Studies major/minor is that it's NEVER boring. While studying transgenderism in Theories of Sexual Difference (Professor J...

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Andrea (Dre) Torres Hermoza

Graduation Year: 2009

Story: Being a Gender Studies Major has helped my understanding and analysis of why women's roles are what they are in Latin American Politics. I have been able to apply the theorie...

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Patrick Tighe

Graduation Year: 2010

Story: By being a Gender Studies minor, I accomplished one of my life dreams—to write a play that deals with the intersection of relationships, desires, and pornography. This ...

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Abigail L. Palko

Graduation Year: PhD 2010

Story: I defended my dissertation, entitled “Motherhood, Declined: Negotiating Maternal Subjectivities in Irish and Caribbean Novels, 1934-2007,” in December 2009 and wi...

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Stacey E. Williams

Graduation Year: 2008

Story: A major or minor in Gender Studies is incredibly valuable because of its real-world application.  Since becoming involved with Gender Studies, hardly a day goes by when I d...

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Karen Monique Gregg

Graduation Year: PhD 2011

Story: I aim to study the intersection of religion, gender, and social psychological processes in my career as an academic. Since the Department of Sociology does not offer a focuse...

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Amber Handy

Graduation Year: 2011

Story: Congratulations to Amber Handy (History/Medieval PhD) - Distinguished Graduate Student 2011. Established in 1991, the Distinguished Graduate Award is conferred on a graduate...

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Kelly McGauley

Graduation Year: 2011

Story: It was my love for feminist fiction that I explored through my English major that initially interested me in Gender Studies, but as I began taking more classes in the program...

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Kelly Pierson

Graduation Year: 2011

Story: My Gender Studies courses have reconfirmed my passion for working toward equality and fairness in this world. This enthusiasm has led me to my summer internship for Women in ...

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Jill Schroeder

Graduation Year: 2010

Story: As a freshman, I got placed in a class called Gender & Sexuality in Pop Media to fulfill my fine arts requirement. This class showed me how pervasive gender is in the media ...

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Miriam Olsen

Graduation Year: 2010

Story: With a generous grant from the Boehnen Fund for Excellence in Gender Studies, I spent the summer between my junior and senior year rewriting the College HAS Issues program fo...

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Jade Avelis

Graduation Year: MA 2011, PhD 2015

Story: Gender is a consequential and ubiquitous aspect of human life that needs much additional formal analysis and discussion. Taking courses specifically addressing gender in various...

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Amanda (Mandy) Lewis

Graduation Year: 2010

Story: I just sort of fell into my Gender Studies major. My FYS advisor signed me up for the Intro to Feminist and Gender Theory course as an elective (because I...

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Christine Klauer

Graduation Year: 2011

Story: As a Gender Studies minor I have developed the ability to articulate well-constructed ideas and arguments with a consciousness in history, learned or formulated, with the set go...

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Maria McLeod

Graduation Year: 2013

Favorite Gender Studies: Though I absolutely adored all of my Gender Studies professors at Notre Dame, my favorite woul...

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Jacki (Larson) Miskimins

Graduation Year: 2008

Favorite Gender Studies: My favorite memories definitely center around the friends I made in the program - including th...

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Krista Duttenhaver

Graduation Year: PhD 2010

Favorite Gender Studies: I loved teaching the Intro to Feminist and Gender Theory. Not only did I get the chance to get...

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Kristin Komyatte Sheehan

Graduation Year: 1990

Favorite Gender Studies: Kathleen Maas Weigart

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Samara Cahill

Graduation Year: PhD 2009

Favorite Gender Studies: Dr. Botting was the best boss ever! It was great working with her, Linnie, Krista, and all the...

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Abigail Palko

Graduation Year: PhD 2010

Favorite Gender Studies: There was a moment in the middle of the Core Grad Seminar when I realized I needed to scrap mo...

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Miriam Olsen

Graduation Year: 2010

Favorite Gender Studies: I so valued reading and writing material written by WOMEN and people within the LGBT community...

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Ann Biddlecom

Graduation Year: 1989

Favorite Gender Studies: My senior year was the very first year the Gender Studies Concentration was offered and so I r...

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Patrick Lasseter

Graduation Year: 2008

Favorite Gender Studies: I enjoyed all my Gender Studies classes, especially Sex, Sexuality, and Gender in the U.S. (bo...

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Michael Zimmer

Graduation Year: 1994

Favorite Gender Studies: The radical feeling I had taking “Feminist Theology” at ND, which prompted me to r...

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Kelley Tuthill

Graduation Year: 1992

Favorite Gender Studies: I have wonderful memories of several gender studies professors including Kathleen Biddick, Son...

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Kelly Smith Gibson, MD

Graduation Year: 2004

Favorite Gender Studies: I loved all my Gender Studies classes, but my favorite may have been my Feminist and Multicult...

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Sean MacCready

Graduation Year: 2004

Favorite Gender Studies: Gender, Race, Class, and Sexuality in Music by Professor Paula Higgins.

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Jessie Potish Taylor

Graduation Year: 2004

Favorite Gender Studies: Two of my most memorable classes were Marriage and Family (a sociology course) and Women in Ea...

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Shannon Kelly

Graduation Year: 2002

Favorite Gender Studies: Women & Religion with Professor Heidi Ardizzone or my GS Practicum with Professor Mary Bec...

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Rose Lindgren

Graduation Year: 2004

Favorite Gender Studies: Engendering Theology with Mary Rose D’Angelo was a fantastically eye-opening class. I lo...

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Kellene Johnson McMillan

Graduation Year: 1993

Favorite Gender Studies: My favorite teacher and class was Gender and the Law (at the law school) by Professor Phelps. ...

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Mary Beth (Asmussen) Maginn

Graduation Year: 2003

Favorite Gender Studies: Professor Sophie White’s class – history of clothing.

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Emily Disque Hayes

Graduation Year: 2002

Favorite Gender Studies: I enjoyed Gender Issues in the Law with Professor Phelps.

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Mary Elizabeth Lasseter

Graduation Year: 1999

Favorite Gender Studies: Now I work for an organization that uses food a means of exploring all the same gender/race/cl...

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Sarah (Sally) Koenig Simone

Graduation Year: 1997

Favorite Gender Studies: Professor Biddick's history course

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Catherine Sheehy

Graduation Year: 1992

Favorite Gender Studies: So many, but Kathleen Maas Weigert's classes helped me find my voice, and motivated me to ...

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Cat Rambo (Catherine Francis)

Graduation Year: 1989

Favorite Gender Studies: I loved so many of my professors, but particularly Charlene Avallone and Gloria Jean Masciarot...

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Events

First Day of Classes

Tue Jan 13, 2015

First day of classes for the spring 2015 semester. Originally published at al.nd.edu.…

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Winter Career and Internship Fair

Thu Jan 29, 2015 • 4:00PM - 8:00PM

The Winter Career and Internship Fair is held annually toward the beginning of the spring semester. This fair offers a wide variety of opportunities and industries for students to explore. Undergraduate and...

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News

Congratulations Angel D. Matos

December 11, 2014

Angel D. Matos, a fourth-year Ph.D. candidate in English and Gender Studies Graduate Minor student, was recently nominated by the Graduate School for the Midwest Association of Graduate Schools' Excellence in Teaching...

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