Global Gender Studies : About The Program

About Our Degrees

Acceptance Criteria

Minimum GPA of 2.0 overall.

The global gender studies curriculum offers courses across three inter-related areas in Cultures and Identities, Women and Global Citizenship, and Gender and Public Policy. Our objective is to provide female and male students with the critical thinking skills to link local and global knowledge, so as to prepare them with the capacity to link gender and history, literature and policy, and to be able to apply these understandings to graduate work and their future employment and careers.

Degree Requirements

Please see Degrees and Policies.

About Our Courses

Global Gender Studies courses enjoy the use of fully equipped, technology rooms to enhance learning, incorporating the use of computer systems with web access and multi-media systems. GGS 101 Introduction to Gender and Women's Studies is a good overview of what global gender studies offers students; however, for more advanced students, a discussion with the Director of Undergraduate Studies may help to place the student in a higher level course that addresses their current interests and academic focus.

For course descriptions, please see Courses.

About Our Faculty

Professor Alexis De Veaux has a PhD in American Studies with a Concentration in Women's Studies. A prominent, award-winning writer of fiction and nonfiction whose work is internationally known, she is the author of several books, plays, short stories, children's books, two collections of poetry, and a biography of jazz legend Billie Holiday. Her biography, Warrior Poet, A Biography of Audre Lorde (W.W. Norton) has earned multiple prestigious awards, including the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Foundation Legacy Award for Nonfiction (2005) and the Lambda Literary Foundation Award for Biography (2004). In 2005, she was named Best Literary Artist by Buffalo's cultural newspaper, Artvoice, and in 2006, she was the recipient of a Milton Plesure Award Excellence in Teaching. She was awarded a Literary Legacy Award in November 2007, by Just Buffalo Literary Center, for outstanding service to the literary arts. At the undergraduate level, Professor De Veaux teaches courses on black women's diasporic literatures, women and speculative fiction, feminist studies, global women's voices, gender and popular culture.

Professor LaKisha Simmons specializes in African American gender history, history of sexuality and cultural geography. She has secondary interests in affect studies and childhood studies. Dr. Simmons is currently working on a manuscript that explores black girls' coming of age in Jim Crow New Orleans. She is also the author of articles published in American Quarterly and Gender & History (forthcoming). Dr. Simmons received her PhD from the University of Michigan in the Joint Program in History & Women's Studies. She taught African American history at Davidson College before coming to UB. She will be on leave for the 2011-2012 academic school year and a fellow at the Center for the Study of the American South at UNC Chapel Hill.

Professor Gwynn Thomas is an Associate Professor in the Global Gender Studies Program at the University at Buffalo. She received her doctorate in Political Science with specialties in Latin American Politics and Feminist Theory from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Professor Thomas is interested in the intersection of gender and politics in Latin America, and in particular, how gender ideology has influenced beliefs about citizenship, national identity and state legitimacy. Professor Thomas teaches courses on issues of women and gender in Latin America, on feminist theory, and on issues of nationalism, citizenship and state development. At the undergraduate level, she routinely teaches GGS 247 Women in Latin America, and GGS 228 Introduction to Feminist Theory. Professor Thomas' recently published book titled Ties that Bind and Break: The Uses of Family in the Political Struggles of Chile, 1970-1990, examines how the family was used to define the relationship between the state and its citizens in the major political struggles of Chile from 1970-1990. She is also working on a series of articles that analyze the uses of gender in the election of Michelle Bachelet as president in Chile. She was awarded the Elsa Chaney Award given for the best paper on women and gender by the Gender and Feminist Section for her paper entitled What No Tie? Political Campaigns, Gender and Redefining Political Leadership in Chile, presented at the Latin American Studies Association 27th International Congress in 2007. Her work has been supported by the Social Science Research Council, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the Tinker Foundation.

Professor Barbara Wejnert, a multi-lingual native of Poland, has recently joined the University at Buffalo faculty as an Associate Professor by way of the Department of Sociology at Cornell University. Dr. Wejnert specializes in the effects of globalization and democratization on the lives and status of women. She currently serves on the editorial board for Marriage and Family Review and as a reviewer for a number of social sciences journals including the American Sociology Review and Social Forces. Her research projects have received funding from the Soros Foundation, Ford Foundation, and National Endowment for the Humanities, among others. Her projects - the culmination of five years of work featured in the last edition of American Sociological Review - taps a database she created encompassing 200 years' worth of information relating to more than 120 political, economic, and social indicators of 177 countries, many of them former communist countries. This database is a web interactive database and is published with the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research in Ann Arbor. Her theoretical work associated with this project was published in the Annual Review of Sociology and the American Sociological Review. Her recent projects, forthcoming as books and journal papers, on issues of safe motherhood in globalized world, on effects of democratization on health and well being of women globally, as well as in impoverished cities in the United States, constitute an extension of prior research involvements. Professor Wejnert's biography was included in Biographical Record of Contemporary Achievement, published by Cambridge Press, Polonia: Slownik Biograficzny (Polish Immigrants Who is Who Biographical Dictionary) published in Warsaw and Trimesteriel Biographique de la Polonia published in Paris. Professor Wejnert is a recipient of two distinguished teaching awards; Distinguished Teacher at Cornell University, 2002; and Distinguished Teacher at Cornell University, 2004.

See a list of our Undergraduate Faculty.

Practical Experience and Special Academic Opportunities


Internships are possible for academic credit in consultation with the Director of Undergraduate Studies and the supervising faculty member.

Independent Study

Independent study is available for academic credit in consultation with the Director of Undergraduate Studies and the supervising faculty member.

Extracurricular Activities

Undergraduate students are encouraged to meet together in the Global Gender Studies lounge to develop a sense of community.

Complementary Programs and Courses

The following departments complement global gender studies:

We have affiliated and cooperating faculty in all of these departments. Students in all fields of study can gain valuable knowledge and insight with involvement in Global Gender Studies courses.

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Updated: 13 Nov 2012 06:01:18 EST