Welcome to Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies

Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) at Lehigh University is an interdisciplinary field of academic inquiry that critically examines gender and sexuality from an intersectional model that takes into account the manner in which class, race, and power co-constitutively shape and impact gendered and sexed identity construction. In the best tradition of a liberal arts education, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies encourages thinking that is critical and constructive, multifaceted and intersectional in order to redesign knowledge, and gain a better understanding of how identities shape and are shaped by the social world in which we live. Offering an undergraduate major and minor, a Graduate Certificate, and a host of faculty and student-focused events and resources, WGSS works to be a space of professional growth, intellectual development and maturity, and a knowledge leader on campus, in the surrounding Lehigh Valley, and abroad.

Meet Our Visiting Scholars!

Chiara Minestrelli holds a PhD in Australian Indigenous studies from Monash University (2015). Adopting an interdisciplinary perspective, her dissertation examined identity, culture and politics in ‘Australian Indigenous Hip Hop’. More specifically, her research focuses on the politics of Indigenous identity and culture in Australia’s metropolitan areas and it investigates the ways in which young Indigenous...
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Sonja Thomas

Sonja Thomas is an Assistant Professor of Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. She is at Lehigh completing a book project on minority rights and women’s rights in postcolonial India. The book, The Politics of Belonging: Gender, Caste, Race and Religion in Postcolonial South Asia, focusses on the Syrian Christian community in Kerala, India. In the book, Sonja argues that the political...

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Student Spotlight

Evan Boyle talks about her work in the LGBTQ Community at Lehigh.

Zoe Shpiner talks about 'Break the Silence'.

Liz Pines talks about her role on campus and the importance of WGSS to the LGBTQ community.

Alumni Spotlight

Lehigh University Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Alumni, Katie Johnston

Katie Johnston is a Massachusetts-based feminist public health and research professional. She approaches her work with a progressive, social justice-based lens, and she specializes in gender equity and sexual and reproductive health issues.

Currently, Katie works as the Program Associate for the Boston Women’s Workforce Council, a public-private partnership between the City of Boston under Mayor Martin J. Walsh's Administration, the...

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Faculty Spotlight

Lehigh University Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies - Lehigh University's new director of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Monica Miller

Assistant Professor of Religion Studies and Africana Studies, Monica R. MIller, has been named the new program Director of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies effective July 1. Miller holds research interests in religion in youth culture, popular culture, identity and difference, new black religious movements and theory and method in the study of religion. She earned her Ph.D. in Theology, Ethics, and Human Science from Chicago Theological...

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