Faculty and students participate in several WGSS-related events, including: WGSS Brown Bag Lecture series, the Resistance Knows No Borders conference (March 3, 2018), and the annual National Women's Studies Association Conference.

Bibi Chaterpateah presents during her poster session (SIGH conference).

WGSS Faculty with members of the Combahee River Collective during the Brown Bag Lecture Series on March 28, 2018 (left to right: Kyra Gaunt, Wen Liu, Rajani Bhatia, Barbara Sutton, Janell Hobson, Margo Okawzawa-Rey, Demita Frazier, and Vivien Ng).

Panel featuring graduate students Aissata Ba, Tasmia Haque, and Erika Tai (SIGH conference).

Graduate student Elizabeth Harwood welcomes audience to SIGH's "Resistance Knows No Borders" conference.

Graduate student Wen-Pu Cheng presents in her poster session (SIGH conference).

Wen-Pu Cheng with Professor Barbara Sutton (SIGH conference).

WGSS major Iliana Muro presenting her art collage during the poster session (SIGH conference).

Iliana Muro with Professor Vivien Ng (SIGH conference).

Panel featuring graduate students Elizabeth Harwood, Makna Sinatria, and Benjamin Ginsberg (SIGH conference).

Core Faculty Rajani Bhatia presenting on her book, Gender Before Birth: Sex Selection in a Transnational Context (U of Washington Press, 2018) at the WGSS Brown Bag Lecture Series (Spring 2018).

Stephanie Kaylor, a WGSS alumna, with black feminist and prison abolitionist Angela Davis (NWSA 2017).

Graduate student panel, featuring Steph deNormand, Lydia Malone, Elizabeth Harwood, and Ess Niesl (NWSA 2017).

Joint faculty Lani Jones with black feminist scholar-activists Beverly Guy-Sheftall, Barbara Smith, and Barbara Ransby (NWSA 2017).

WGSS chair Janell Hobson with Gloria Steinem at the Ms. Magazine booth. Hobson is a regular contributor to Ms (NWSA 2017).

Vivien Ng, core faculty and previous WGSS chair as well as former NWSA president, with current NWSA president Barbara Ransby and former NWSA president Bonnie Thornton Dill

Affiliated faculty Tamika Carey, Social Welfare faculty Robert Miller, joint faculty Lani Jones, and core faculty and WGSS chair Janell Hobson (NWSA 2017).

The Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies has a diverse faculty and a variety of course offerings, ranging from women’s health to media and popular culture to global perspectives to LGBTQ Studies. We recognize excellence in research, teaching, and service in three important ways:

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

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.


Prof. Rajani Bhatia is collaborating with Albany's Birth Justice Coalition to launch a community-engaged Action Research project that addresses racial disparities in birth outcomes in Albany, New York. Undergraduate students are especially encouraged to join the research team. Read More.

WGSS Graduate Student Organization SIGH to host annual conference: Feminism is For Every(Body): An Interdisciplinary Conference about Feminism, Empowerment and Bodies (Call for Submissions).


We are proud of the diverse pathways that many of our alumni in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies have taken after graduating from the University at Albany. Awkwafina, left, aka Nora Lum, minored in WGSS (BA 2011). She is now a rapper-comedian co-starring in such box office movies as Ocean's 8 and Crazy Rich Asians. Samhita Mukhopadhyay, right, majored in WGSS (BA 2000). She is now the Executive Editor of Teen Vogue. Read more Alumni Profiles.

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