Women's and Gender Studies

About Us

The Department of Women’s and Gender Studies is a hub for feminism, social justice studies, and engaged citizenship at the University of Alberta. Our award-winning teachers and researchers offer a wide variety of exciting classes to students from across the University community.

Women’s and Gender Studies is a field of study that encourages students to ask big questions about the way that gender impacts how we think, how we live, and how we understand ourselves and others. Though the field historically focused on the lives of women, in the contemporary Women’s and Gender Studies classroom, an emphasis is placed on the ways that gender, race, class, age, sexuality, ability, and size work together.

Core faculty conduct research in the areas of:

  • feminist legal studies
  • feminist philosophy
  • feminist theories of food
  • gender and development
  • gender and immigration
  • gender and medieval history
  • memory/trauma studies
  • sexuality studies 
  • visual culture
  • women and religion

  • In addition, the Department draws from a strong, broad-based community of feminist scholars across the University. Faculty members formally affiliated with the Department work in the fields of:

    • business
    • history
    • human ecology
    • law
    • modern languages
    • native studies
  • philosophy
  • physical education and recreation studies
  • rehabilitation medicine
  • sociology
  • visual arts