Recent News

Exciting news! We are thrilled to announce that nominations for the GWSS 2023-24 Awards are now officially open. This is your chance to recognize and celebrate the remarkable contributions of students in our department. Your nominations are instrumental in acknowledging the great work they're doing! For comprehensive details on each award, including eligibility criteria and nomination guidelines, please visit our … Read more
Catalina Velasquez, a Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies Ph.D. student, has been recognized for her impactful role in immigrant rights advocacy. Recently featured in an article by the Washington State Standard, Velasquez discusses her journey and the importance of queer, trans voices in leadership positions within the immigrant rights movement. To read more about her work and insights,… Read more
GWSS Internships often offer more than just professional experience—they provide opportunities to work as catalysts for change in organizations that are at the cutting edge of movements for political, social, and economic transformation.  For Kelen Tamurian, the journey to becoming the communications and marketing intern at Queer Joy Collective (QJC) was serendipitous. She explains that QJC learned about her accomplishments as a published author… Read more
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The Standard spoke to Catalina Velasquez, a doctoral student at the UW, about being one of the few trans, queer people leading the immigrant rights movement in Washington. Featured on Washington State Standard 
The Department of Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies at UW is part of the Affirming Multivocal Humanities, a new set of grants from the Mellon Foundation that recognize the importance of studying race, ethnic, gender, and sexuality studies. The grant to our department will support guest speakers, student research and workshops, and community outreach events to broaden the visibility and impact of feminist scholarship on and beyond campus. Stay tuned for the departmental programming that will… Read more
We're delighted to share the recent accomplishments of Dr. Sara Diaz, a 2012 Ph.D. graduate from the Department of Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies. Currently serving as the Associate Professor and Department Chair of the newly renamed Department of Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies at Gonzaga University (formerly Women’s and Gender Studies), Dr. Diaz has successfully… Read more
The Department of Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies proudly celebrates the accomplishments of alumna Dr. Noralis Rodriguez-Coss. A 2016 Ph.D. graduate, Dr. Rodriguez-Coss has been honored with the prestigious 2024 Runger/Dolliver Faculty Excellence Award for the College of Arts and Sciences at Gonzaga University, where she currently serves as assistant professor in the department of Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies. The awards committee praised Dr. Rodriguez-Coss, stating, "Dr.… Read more
Catalina Velasquez, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies and the Executive Director of the Washington Immigrant Solidarity Network (WAISN), has received the prestigious Creating Change Immigration Award from The National LGBTQ Task Force. This esteemed award highlights Velasquez's outstanding leadership in advancing LGBTQ… Read more
Known as the 'Doc of Choc' for her dedicated work in examining the politics of the international chocolate industry, Kristy Leissle earned her Ph.D. from the University of Washington's Department of Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies (formerly the Women Studies Department) in 2008. Her expertise was recently featured on John Oliver's Last Week Tonight during the 'Chocolate' episode, which aired on October 29, 2023.
In a recent contribution to the fourth issue of GenderTalk from the NCAER-National Data Innovation Centre’s Gender Hub, GWSS Professor Priti Ramamurthy sheds light on the often overlooked phenomenon of intermittent female migration in India. Titled "Intermittent migration: Female agency within marriage and beyond," the article challenges prevailing narratives on marriage migration, urging… Read more