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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

Fall 2019

Ann M. Oberhauser Director
Bonjour – Ciao – Hola – Ola – Hej !  Welcome back to Iowa State!

We have started the fall semester with the excitement of new classes and (re)connecting with friends and colleagues on campus.  I hope you had a chance to rejuvenate yourselves this summer with travels, relaxing with family, transitions, or reading some good books.

I am excited to welcome our new WGS faculty member, Rita Mookerjee, who recently completed a PhD in Literature at Florida State University. She will teach courses on gender and globalization, feminist theory, and queer studies for the program. Read more →

Regards from Central Iowa!
Ann M. Oberhauser