About Our Department

The Gender and Women’s Studies (GWS) Department at the University of Arizona stands at the cutting edge of interdisciplinary feminist research and curriculum. The Department was founded in 1975 and gained full departmental status in 1997. It offers BA, MA/JD, and PhD degree programs, and its renowned faculty - composed of 13 core faculty and over 60 affiliates - work in a wide range of areas including:

  • Transgender Studies; LGBTQ Studies
  • Queer Critical Race and Ethnic Studies
  • Chican@/Latin@ Studies; Migration and Borderlands Studies 
  • Transnational Feminist Cultural Studies
  • Critical Health and Body Studies
  • Feminist Science and Technology Studies
  • Film, Literature & Media Studies; Digital Activism; Feminist Publishing
  • Feminist Theories

Our internationally prestigious Southwest Institute for Research on Women (SIROW) was established in 1979. SIROW develops collaborative research-action projects of importance to women in the southwestern U.S. and the Mexico-U.S. border regions; links researchers, community organizations, and policy makers to encourage informed policies and accessible, responsive services for diverse women's health and well-being; encourages women's contributions in knowledge and cultural production; and supports science and engineering education of, by, and for women and girls through the Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Program. The department also has a member-based community organization, the Women's Studies Advisory Council (WOSAC), that promotes and supports the students and faculty of GWS and its activities. The Women's Plaza of Honor is sponsored by the Women's Studies Advisory Council and is a means to fund an endowment to support GWS students in their academic achievement.

 

Located 70 miles from the U.S.-Mexico border and the export-processing zone across the border, and surrounded by Native American reservations, Tucson and the University of Arizona provide a particularly appropriate site for the study of global/local, cultural, and socio-economic processes. The university features vibrant programs and departments in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Studies, Latin American Studies, American Indian Studies, Mexican American Studies, and Middle East and North African Studies (among many others), as well as top-ranked departments in numerous fields. It is also the home of the celebrated Center for Creative Photography and the UA Poetry Center.

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