The Department of Women’s and Gender Studies is a hub for feminist knowledge production and engaged citizenship at the University of Alberta. Its hallmarks include award-winning teachers and scholars, a vibrant feminist research community, a long-standing commitment to interdisciplinary collaborations, and outstanding graduates who move into their communities as critical and engaged citizens with abiding commitments to social justice. The Department hosts a lively feminist research speakers series and a yearly annual lecture. We also sponsor and co-sponsor a variety of events both on campus and in the wider community.

You can earn a BA Honors in Women's and Gender Studies, a combined Honors degree in Women's and Gender Studies with another subject. You can declare a Major or a Minor in Women's and Gender Studies, or you can just take a course in a topic that interests you.

Core faculty conduct research in the areas of feminist legal studies, gender and development, gender and immigration, sexuality studies, feminist theories of food, feminist philosophy, gender and medieval history, women and religion, visual culture, and memory/trauma studies. In addition, the program draws from a strong, broad-based community of feminist scholars across the University. Faculty members formally affiliated with the program work in the fields of rehabilitation medicine, physical education and recreation studies, philosophy, history, human ecology, business, sociology, visual arts, law, native studies, and modern languages.


  1. Second Annual Dallas Cullen Memorial Lecture on September 18

    Dr. Sunera Thobani (UBC) will deliver this year’s Dallas Cullen Memorial lecture entitled "Sovereignty, Culture, Rights: The Politics of Gendered Violence in Canada" on Friday, September 18, from 3:00-4:30 pm in Athabasca Hall Room 227. All are welcome! Please click on the title above for the full story.

  2. The Department of Women's and Gender Studies is pleased to welcome Dr. Emilia Nielsen

    The Department of Women's and Gender Studies is pleased to welcome a new colleague, full-time instructor Emilia Nielsen. Dr. Nielsen has a PhD in Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice from the University of British Columbia, where she was named a Top Instructor in 2015. Please click on the title above for the full story!!

  3. Feminism and Food Instructor Kelly Struthers Montfort hits the national news

  4. Prairie Sexualities: Theories, Archives, Affects, Communities

    Dr Susanne Luhmann, together with Dr Marie Lovrod (University of Saskatchewan), was awarded a 2015 Alberta-Saskatchewan Research Collaboration Grant. Jointly funded by the Kule Institute for Advanced Study (KIAS) and the Interdisciplinary Centre for Culture and Creativity (ICCC) the grant will support a multidisciplinary faculty team from the Universities of Alberta and Saskatchewan.

  5. Contratulations!

    Congratulations to Dr Felice Lifshitz, whose monograph Religious Women in Early Carolingian Francia: A Study of Manuscript Transmission & Monastic Culture (Fordham University, 2014) was shortlisted for the 2015 Wallace K. Ferguson Prize. Annually awarded by the Canadian Historical Association, this prize recognizes the outstanding scholarly book in a field of history other than Canadian history.

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