Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Rajeshwari Vallury, Director
Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program
Humanities 441
MSC03 2155
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001
(505) 277-3854

Assistant Professors
Amy Brandzel, Ph.D., University of Minnesota
Scarlett Higgins, Ph.D., University of Chicago 

Adriana Ramirez de Arellano, J.D., Ph.D., University of New Mexico

Affiliated Faculty

Jesse Alemán, English
Lonna Rae Atkeson, Political Science
Dorothy Baca, Theatre and Dance
Laura Crossey, Earth and Planetary Sciences
Linda Hall, History
Jacqueline Hood, Anderson School of Management
Gail Houston, English
Elizabeth Hutchison, History
Feroza Jussawalla, English
Laurel Lampela, Art Education
Jane B. Lancaster, Anthropology
Antoinette Sedillo Lopez, Law
Diane Marshall, Biology
Deborah McFarlane, Political Science
Anita Obermeier, English
Virginia Scharff, History
Julie Shigekuni, English
Diane Thiel, English
Susan Tiano, Sociology
Justina Trott, Clinical Professor, Internal Medicine
Joni Young, Anderson School of Management

Associate Professors
Melissa Axelrod, Linguistics
Susanne Baackman, Foreign Languages and Literatures
Melissa Binder, Economics
Kirsten Buick, Art
Cathleen Cahill, History
Lisa Chavez, English
Pamela Cheek, Foreign Languages and Literatures
Patricia Covarrubias, Communication and Journalism
Jennifer Denetdale, American Studies
Susan Dever, Media Arts
Leslie A. Donovan, University Honors Program
Kimberly Gauderman, History
Mala Nani Htun, Political Science
Michelle Kells, English
Kimberle Lopez, Spanish and Portuguese
Nancy Lopez, Sociology
Celia Lopez-Chavez, University Honors Program
Daniel Mueller, English
Ilia Rodriguez Nazario, Communication and Journalism
Carmen Nocentelli, English
Elizabeth Noll, Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Studies
Patricia Repar, Music and Arts-in-Medicine
Bárbara O. Reyes, History
Ruth Galvan Trinidad, Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Studies
Carolyn Woodward, English

Assistant Professor
Kathryn Wichelns, English

Professors Emeriti
Judith Chazen-Bennahum, Theater and Dance
Karen Foss, Communication and Journalism
Vera P. John-Steiner, Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Studies
Natasha Kolchevska, Foreign Languages and Literatures
Jane Slaughter, History


Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies is an interdisciplinary program that is committed to educating students about the relationships among identity, power and knowledge toward the ends of social justice and empowerment. The program focuses on how gender intersects with race, sexuality, class, and nation. The program supports the development and application of new theories of feminist studies throughout the University and the application of feminist methods in order to evaluate critically scholarship and research in the disciplines. In addition, the program seeks to educate students in ways that enable them to respond to issues that affect the lives of women locally, regionally, and globally.


GNDR 2110. Introduction to Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. (3)

WMST 250. Black Women. (3)

WMST 279. Interdisciplinary Topics. (1-3, may be repeated three times Δ)

WMST 304. Feminist Theories: Identity, Knowledge, and Power. (3)

WMST 313. Women and the Law. (3)

WMST 314. Sex and the State. (3)

WMST 323. Feminist Economics. (3)

WMST 324. Contemporary Feminist Theory. (3)

WMST 325. Race, Class and Feminism. (3)

WMST 326. Gender and Communication. (3)

WMST 331. Transnational Feminisms. (3)

WMST 335. Lesbian Culture and Politics. (3)

WMST 336. Queer Theories. (3)

WMST 337 / 537. Transgender Studies. (3)

WMST 339. Women and Cultural Violence. (3)

WMST 379. Interdisciplinary Topics. (1-3, may be repeated three times Δ)

WMST 416. Women and Health in American History. (3)

WMST 469. Multiculturalism, Gender and Media. (3)

WMST 479. Advanced Interdisciplinary Topics. (3, may be repeated twice Δ)

WMST 492. Senior Seminar. (3)

WMST 493. Senior Honors Thesis. (3)

WMST 498. Feminism in Action. (3)

WMST 499. Independent Study. (1-3, may be repeated 3 times Δ)

WMST 510. Feminist Theories. (3)

WMST 512. Introduction to Feminist Research Methodology. (3)

WMST 537 / 337. Transgender Studies. (3)

WMST 579. Interdisciplinary Topics. (1-3, may be repeated three times Δ)

WMST 597. Independent Study. (1-3 to a maximum of 3 Δ)

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1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Phone: (505) 277-8900
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