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.

Conference: Feminisms Beyond the Secular
Emerging Epistemologies and Politics in the 21st Century

March 21-23, 2016

The Feminisms Beyond the Secular conference at Lehigh University in March 2016 will explore the post-secular turn in feminist thought. Feminist thought has long recognized the relevance of religion to accounts of gendered violence and inequality, but scholars and activists have also recently pointed to the need for revitalized feminist accounts the relationship between women and religion. Click here...


Deadline November 1st

Meet Our Visiting Scholars!

Dr. Chiara Minestrelli

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 people creatively respond to the...

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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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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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Student Research Spotlight

The Feminization of the Public Sector

As a newly appointed intern at a local non-profit organization in the Lehigh Valley (as part of my WGSS Internship this semester with WGSS Director, Prof. Monica Miller) that seeks to empower at-risk youth and families through educational programs and community events, I have had the privilege of attending multiple committee meetings, of which I have learned a great deal thus far. I am...