The Institute is a collective of core and affiliate faculty, undergraduate and graduate students, staff, alumni, and community partners that collaborate to create meaningful research and practice. We have three concentration areas of problem-solving work that addresses historical and contemporary issues: gender and globalization, sexuality studies, and social change. Several areas overlap to create a dynamic work space that fulfills and advances foundational purposes of our critical academic discipline. These areas include faculty publications, student organization activity, public lectures, along with campus and community programming. Through our multifaceted work, we examine social constructions and intersections of race, class, and gender; evaluate political and social equality; posit the creative power of art and artists; and reinforce commitment to advance human rights.
The Institute began formally taking shape in 1994 and as we celebrate our 25th anniversary in 2019, we mindfully situate ourselves within the long view of women’s studies programs in higher education nationally, which will begin 50th anniversary commemorations in 2020. Located in the heart of downtown Atlanta on the 22nd floor of 25 Park Place, the physical space of the Institute mirrors the intellectual space where we connect with several related disciplines including Communication, English, Political Science, African American Studies, Sociology, History, Anthropology, Religious Studies, Philosophy, Education, and Social Work. In addition to our BA majors and minors, and certificate and MA students, we engage a critical mass of GSU students across campus through general courses, including the popular WGSS 2010 Intro to Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.
Theoretically, our faculty research profile is rigorous, with strengths in various branches of feminist theory (Black feminist theory, womanism, critical race theory, psychoanalysis, affect theory, feminist geography, narrative history, and so on). We specialize in methodological approaches that incorporate the humanities and social sciences, and practice critical pedagogy that includes training the next generation of educators, non-profit leaders, community advocates, artists, and innovators of new ideas in a range of careers. Our mission to serve the institution by advancing critical thinking is evident in our classes that challenge students to study ontology, epistemology, and axiology (our being, knowing, and doing). We teach and learn in ways that analyze sex, gender, and sexuality in individual, social, national, and global contexts. By doing so, we support the ongoing human quest to, in the words of Mary McLeod Bethune, “build a better world.”
Welcome to our web page…we appreciate you visiting and look forward to getting to know you as you get to know us.
Stephanie Y. Evans
Institute for Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies
Georgia State University
25 Park Place
Atlanta, GA 30303
Institute for Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Georgia State University
P.O. Box 3969
Atlanta, GA 30302-3969