Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies is an interdisciplinary field of study that recognizes excellence in research, teaching, and service in three important ways:

Intersectionality, an analysis of the intersections of gender, race, class, sexuality, and nation.

Interdisciplinarity, or skillful integration of methods from different disciplines.

Social Justice, a commitment to dismantling sexism, racism, classism, and other oppressive practices in our research, teaching, and service to different communities.

News & Announcements


An Interdisciplinary Conference on Feminism, Borders, and Resistance
Saturday March 3, 2018

The Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department at the University of Albany’s graduate student organization invites you to send proposals for papers, posters, workshops, or creative projects that focus on borders of all types and imaginaries-- or other topics relevant to women’s, gender, and sexuality studies. This conference is open to scholars and general interest researchers of all academic levels.

Submissions should include an abstract of up to 250 words and be sent to sighualbany@gmail.com by Friday January 26, 2018. See full flier for more information

Votes for Women: Celebrating New York's Sufferage Centennial

An exhibition organized by the New York State Museum to commemorate the 100th anniversary of women's right to vote in New York State. Wednesday, November 1, 2017, 10:30 AM at the New York State Museum. See full flier for more information

Congratulations to our WGSS alumna, Samhita Mukhopadhyay, who recently co-edited a collection of essays on a relevant subject.

The book, Nasty Women: Feminism, Resistance, and Revolution in Trump's America, brings together prominent feminist voices addressing issues of protest and solidarity in the wake of a right-leaning political and cultural climate. Ms. Mukhopadhyay received her BA in women's studies in 2000.

WGSS welcomes new assistant professor Wen Liu!

Professor Liu will teach courses in LGBT/Q Studies and Asian Diaspora as well as core WGSS courses. Read Professor Liu's Faculty bio.

Janell Hobson assumes the responsibility as department chair on September 1, 2017.

“I am looking forward to steering the women’s, gender, and sexuality studies department, which is devoted to modeling inclusivity and excellence, as well as linking the learning of knowledge with creating visions for social justice. WGSS has one of the most diverse faculty at the University at Albany and regularly teaches classes filled with students across differences based on gender, race, nationality, ability, and sexuality. We place students at the center of learning and present the most cutting-edge research that integrates intersectionality, transnationality, and social engagement. We are committed to leading our university community on these issues.”

Related Local and Campus Events

September 14-16

Weaving a World Without Violence: Transformative Possibilities Conference

Days: September 14-16
Place: The Desmond Hotel and Conference Center
Sponsored by: NYSCASA, Holding Our Own, and the Albany Social Justice Center.

September 17

Harriet’s Apothecary Healing Village

Time: 12Noon-7:00pm
Place: Soul Fire Farm in Troy
Sponsored by: Harriet’s Apothecary and Soul Fire Farm.
For More Info.

September 21

Women's Suffrage: A Documented History Reading and Discussion Series Begins!

Times: 6:00-8:00pm (continues through October 26)
Place: Albany Institute of History and Art
Sponsored by: Humanities New York
For More Info.

September 23

PCP Presents: A Burlesque Benefit for Planned Parenthood

Time: 8:00-11:00pm
Place: The Arts Center of the Capital Region in Troy
Sponsored by: Pop Culture Provocateurs, tabling provided by UAlbany’s student group PPGen (Planned Parenthood Generation Action).
For More Info.

October 1

Registration Opens for 6th Annual Capital District Feminist Studies Consortium Conference at Russell Sage College. See Call for Papers

October 3

Film Screening: Birthright: A War Story (new documentary film on the crackdown on women’s reproductive rights)

Time: 6:00-9:00pm
Place: The Arts Center of the Capital Region in Troy
Sponsored by: PPGen and Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood.
For More Info.

October 10

Film Screening: Every Mother’s Son (2004) – a documentary on motherhood and police brutality

Time: 6:30-8:00pm
Place: Humanities 354
Sponsored by: S.I.G.H.

October 11

Graduate School Fair

Time: 12:00-3:00pm
Place: Campus Center Ballroom
For More Information

Social Media

Follow Us


Elmira Alihosseini
M.A., 2014
Read More

Q Diamond-Gottlieb
B.A., M.A.
Read More

Minjeong Kim, Ph.D.
M.A., 2001
Read More

Raven Profit
B.A., 2014
Read More

Contact Us

Humanities - 355
1400 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12222

PHONE: 518-442-4220
Email the Department