The Women’s and Gender Studies Program at Iowa State University, established in 1977, examines issues relevant to social identities such as gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, and age. Through coursework, research initiatives, and community outreach, we engage in ways to challenge existing systems of knowledge and forge new scholarship based on the centrality of gender and other axes of power.

Message from the Director

Summer 2019

Ann M. Oberhauser Director
Summertime in Ames where we’re enjoying Iowa State’s lovely campus and quiet streets – except for the road and building construction!
The Women’s and Gender Studies Program has had an impressive global reach this summer. Students and WGS faculty traveled to Trieste, Italy where they explored the culture, history, and ‘artistic expressions of place’ in this vibrant city. I also spent a month in Scandinavia as a visiting professor at Gothenburg University. Sweden and Norway are the land of the midnight sun, so it was fun to experience the fjords, sea, and cuisine of this region all day and night! Read more →

Regards from Central Iowa!
Ann M. Oberhauser


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