Maria McLeod

Maria McLeod

Graduation year:



Psychology and Gender Studies

Current occupation:

Customer operations representative at Coyote Logistics

Favorite Gender Studies class/professor/memory from your experience at Notre Dame:

Though I absolutely adored all of my Gender Studies professors at Notre Dame, my favorite would have to be Professor Abigail Palko.  Similarly, while all of my classes were exceptional, I enjoyed Professor Gail Bederman's US Sex, Sexuality, and Gender courses the most.

Your experience with Gender Studies/gender issues at Notre Dame:

I have nothing but positive and pleasant things to say about my experience with the Gender Studies program during my time at Notre Dame.  The diverse subject matter presented in the classes and the passion with which the professors conveyed the material was amazing and only furthered my love of gender studies throughout my Notre Dame career.

How your Gender Studies education has impacted your life:

Even though my job does not include gender studies directly, I use what I learned throughout my time in the Gender Studies program every day.  On a more macro level, my personal opinions and the ways in which I navigate through my everyday life have been influenced by the education I received through the Gender Studies program.  Also, the ways in which I communicate and interact with people have been greatly influenced by my gender studies education.

Your hopes for the future of Gender Studies at Notre Dame:

My hopes for the future of Gender Studies at Notre Dame is for it to become a department, rather than a program, and to reap all of the benefits that come along with that.  Also, I would love to see more students become involved in the program, whether that be just taking one class or declaring gender studies as their major or minor.