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Department of Women’s and Gender Studies


The Impact of the Mellon Foundation Grant on Women's and Gender Studies at USC

The University of South Carolina's Department of Women's and Gender Studies has been awarded a $100,000 grant by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation through its "Affirming Multivocal Humanities" initiative, which, according to its website, strives to “further address the continuing need for nuanced scholarship on the breadth of the human experience through race, ethnic, gender and sexuality studies."

7th Annual MBW Lecture Website Article

This April, the seventh annual Dr. Mary Baskin-Waters lecture was held in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Department of Women's and Gender Studies. The lecture featured Dr. Vanessa Northington Gamble who gave the keynote presentation "Practicing Health Equity: The History of Early African American Women Physicians."

Empowering Futures: The Inaugural South Carolina Women's and Gender Studies Undergraduate Summer Institute

The South Carolina Women's and Gender Studies Undergraduate Summer Institute is an amazing way for students to gain knowledge on community- centered research, streams of art, health information, and many more.

The Dr. Lynn Weber Endowed Scholarship has met its goal of $25,000 for endowment!

We continue to mourn the loss of former WGST director Dr. Lynn Weber. Her time as director shaped the intersectional and community engagement aspects of the program which remain central to its mission.

Politicizing Bodies: Fighting to Exist in Patriarachal Contexts

A look at the Women's and Gender Studies Graduate Student Conference: January 20, 2024.

Fall 2023 Award Recipients

WGST is proud to recognize the student and faculty award winners for Fall 2023.

Fall 2023 Newsletter

Dripping in molasses: Black feminist nostalgia and Kara Walker's A Subtlety

Post-Doctoral Scholar, Dr. Loron Benton, utilizes studies of Black feminist theory and visual culture to examine the work of Kara Walker, arguing that Walker's A Subtlety - and her art more broadly - offers theoretical and geographic space to ponder where Black pleasure and collective memory can exist in systems of misogynoir, as well as in the Black nostalgic imagination.

Black Artist Empowerment: Reclaiming a Culture

We recently had the honor of welcoming Dr. Daphne A. Brooks as the speaker for the 2023 Adrenée Glover Freeman Lecture as well as having the opportunity to host her as a guest on our student-led podcast, Women's and Gender Studies: Unboxed.

Recent Event with Dr. Jules Gill-Peterson

This past month, Women's and Gender Studies had the honor of hosting Dr. Jules Gill-Peterson.

OPEN: Search for Department Chair

The Department of Women's and Gender Studies is seeking a department chair.

Upcoming WGST Awards

Check out the upcoming awards for students and faculty!

Stephanie Mitchem - An eye towards the future

Stephanie Mitchem knows a lot about intersectionality. The religious studies professor's research and writing incorporates disciplines including anthropology, history, cultural studies, African American studies, and women's and gender studies, with a special attention to health and well-being.

Ed Madden - Engendering identity scholarship

Poet and scholar Ed Madden was already drawing from multiple disciplines when he joined the Women's and Gender Studies program in 2008. Specializing in Irish literature and culture, British and Irish poetry, LGBTQ literature, sexuality studies, creative writing and poetry, Madden found freedom to explore collaborative scholarship.

Dawn Campbell - Agent of change

Two years ago, Dawn Campbell's enterprising program wouldn't have been possible. As an academic program at the time, Women's Studies and its faculty were limited in the kinds of initiatives they could propose and pursue.

Sally Boyd - A feminist's early beginnings

Sally Boyd and her sister grew up in the 1950s watching their mother juggle caring for the family while working a job outside of the home. They learned from their mother's example that women could be empowered to take care of themselves.

Past, present and future: Change makers in women's and gender studies at USC

In 1972, fewer than a dozen women met behind closed doors on the University of South Carolina's Columbia campus. What they discussed was not illegal or criminal but felt conspiratorial just the same.

WGST Spring 2023 Newsletter

The USC Department of Women's and Gender Studies would like to share the latest edition of the WGST newsletter.

WGST receives funding from McCausland Foundation

WGST is excited to announce that the department has received two University of South Carolina College of Arts and Sciences McCausland Foundation grants!

Honoring Dr. Drue Barker

The Department of Women's and Gender Studies mourns the passing of Dr. Drue Barker

WGST Fall 2022 Newsletter

The Department of Women's and Gender Studies Fall 2022 Newsletter is now available!

Share your WGST updates

We want to hear from you! Let us know if you have any updates or thoughts you would like to share with the WGST community. Your news may be shared in our newsletter or on our social media pages.

Upcoming Events and Deadlines: Fall 2022

Learn more about upcoming WGST events and awards.

Community Organization Spotlight: Pathways to Healing

Each month, the Department of Women's and Gender Studies will feature a local organization doing work in the field of women's and gender studies.

Women's and Gender Studies is now a department!

I am excited to let you know that Women's and Gender Studies is officially a Department! This means that we have greater recognition at the University, which will bring new opportunities to grow for us all.

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