Upcoming Events

  • Suvir Kaul, University of Pennsylvania, will give his talk "The Witness of Poetry: Political Feeling in Kashmiri Poems,” on Monday April 25th at 2:30 pm at the French House
  • Ania Loomba, University of Pennsylvania, presents "Desiring Revolution: Sexuality, Gender and Political Affiliation in Colonial India” on Tuesday April 26th at 3:00 pm at the French House



Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies is an interdisciplinary program that examines the  ideological, cultural, and historical forces that have constructed and transformed gender and sexuality at the intersections of race, ethnicity, ability, class, age, and other social identity categories.  Gender is a fundamental principle organizing contemporary society, and having a gender, being a gender, performing a gender, and inhabiting or exploring a sexuality are all central to who we are as human beings. As such, the study of women, gender, and sexuality is fundamental to all aspects of identity and experience. The program offers courses across a range of disciplines, periods, cultures, and texts to create a vibrant culture of intellectual exchange. Above all, we are an activist unit committed to making the world better for women, sexual and racial minorities, and for all oppressed people everywhere.  Founded in 1991, we offer a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies, an undergraduate minor, and a graduate minor. We are proud to include faculty from every college at LSU, who represent over 25 departments. In the past, we have had a library which we recently donated to the Women's Center and to LSU's main library. Check out our program overview via Powerpoint!

What can you do with a WGS degree?There are many amazing things you can do with a degree in WGS and many ways in which this degree can combine and enhance your current major (if applicable) when on the post-college job market. In fact, did you know that there are more than 200 career paths you can follow with a degree in WGS? Check out this list for career options available for a WGS concentration or minor. If you are interested in finding out more about a six-class undergraduate minor or about concentrating in WGS, email the Undergraduate Advisor, Challen Nicklen or if you are interested in a four-class graduate minor contact the Director of the Women's,  Gender, & Sexuality Studies Program, Benjamin Kahan. Stop by our office in 362 Hatcher to learn more! 

In the News

Dr. Dana Berkowitz quoted in New York Times about the use of Botox

Kahan Awarded 2020 Guggenheim Fellowship
Dr. Benjamin Kahan, associate professor in the LSU Department of English and in the Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Program, was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for 2020 by the Board of Trustees of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation on April 8, 2020.

Lois Edmonds Awarded 2019 Staff Outstanding Service AwardThe LSU Foundation Staff Outstanding Service Award is an annual award established to recognize the superior work performance and outstanding contributions of full-time, non-academic staff employees of the LSU flagship campus and the LSU AgCenter.

Dr. Elena Castro to receive SEC ALDP Alumni Fellowship"Dr. Elena Castro, Professor and Director of the Women’s and Gender Studies Interdisciplinary Program at Louisiana State University, will receive an SEC Academic Leadership Development Program (SEC ALDP) Alumni Fellowship, the Conference staff announced Tuesday. The fellowship is an opportunity for SEC ALDP alumni to visit other SEC universities to strengthen their administrative leadership skills while addressing an area of growth for their home institutions.“For more than 10 years SEC universities have been intentionally investing in the future of higher education through the SEC Academic Leadership Development Program,” said Dr. Torie Johnson, SEC Associate Commissioner. “Dr. Castro is clearly a leader at Louisiana State University, and we are pleased to be able to support her growth through collaboration with other SEC administrators.”The SEC ALDP Alumni Fellowship component of the SEC ALDP is in its third year and two former participants may receive the award annually. The overarching SEC ALDP seeks to identify, prepare and advance academic leaders for roles within SEC institutions and beyond." -SEC Staff


Faculty Meetings

  • Fall 2022 meetings TBA

Gender Snacks

Gender Snacks is a monthly gathering of WGS faculty and grad students for exchanges ranging from the serious to the hilarious. We meet the first Thursday of every month at Mestizo’s anytime between 5 and 7 p.m. Join us and bring your WGS friends and colleagues!Stay tuned for the next Gender Snacks!