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Mail Code: 94305-2022
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Courses offered by the Program in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies are listed under the subject code FEMGEN on Stanford ExploreCourses website.

The Program in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies offers an undergraduate major and minor, and an interdisciplinary honors program that is open to students in all majors. Each Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies student builds an individual program of study around a self-defined thematic focus, integrating courses from multiple departments. The program encourages work in the arts and supports creative honors theses. Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies majors may declare Arts & Culture, Global Studies, Health, or LGBT/Queer Studies as a subplan, or may design their own thematic focus. Subplans are printed on the diploma; individual thematic foci are not printed on the diploma.

Curriculum guidelines and forms for the undergraduate major, minor, and honors programs are available on the program web site. See the program web site for additional contact information.

The Program in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies offers the option of a Ph.D. minor to graduate students already enrolled in a Ph.D. program at Stanford University.  The Ph.D. minor in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies provides graduate students pursuing Ph.D.s broad interdisciplinary knowledge in the field and prepares them to teach courses in the subject. The goal of the program is to bring together graduate students and faculty from different departments, programs, and schools who use feminist and queer perspectives in their research.

Mission of the Undergraduate Program in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

The interdepartmental Program in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies provides students with knowledge and skills to investigate the significance of gender and sexuality in all areas of human life. Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies examines how societies structure gender roles, relations, and identities, and how these intersect with other hierarchies of power, such as class, race, nationality, ethnicity, sexuality, ability, and age. The program coordinates courses offered across the University in feminist and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer studies. Students learn to employ critical gender and sexuality studies methodologies to analyze the assumptions about gender and sexuality that inform the study of individuals, cultures, social institutions, policy, and areas of scholarly inquiry. The program prepares majors for graduate study in humanities and social sciences and for professional schools.


Program Director

Rachel Jean-Baptiste (History)

Associate Director

Maxe Crandall

Director of Undergraduate Studies

Rachel Jean-Baptiste (History)


Annika Butler-Wall

Rose Himber Howse

Julien Fischer

Faculty Affiliates

American Studies: Shelley Fisher Fishkin

Anthropology: Paulla Ebron, Miyako Inoue, Barbara Voss, Sylvia Yanagisako

Art and Art History: Terry Berlier, Usha Iyer, Jean Ma, Richard Meyer

Comparative Literature: Petra Dierkes-Thrun, Patricia Parker

Developmental Biology: Ellen Porzig (emerita)

East Asian Languages and Cultures: Haiyan Lee, Yoshiko Matsumoto, James Reichert, Melinda Takeuchi (emerita)

Education: Debra Meyerson, Myra Strober (emerita), Christine Min Wotipka

English: Terry Castle, Michele Elam, Shelly Fisher Fishkin, Barbara Gelpi (emerita), Andrea Lunsford (emerita), Paula Moya, Stephen Orgel (emeritus), Ramón Saldívar,  Alice Staveley, Elizabeth Tallent

Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies: Ann Atura, Maxe Crandall, Laura Goode, Susan Krieger, Valerie Miner, Rabbi Patricia Karlin-Neumann, Rev. Joanne Sanders

French and Italian: Cecile Alduy, Marisa Galvez, Carolyn Springer (emerita)

German Studies: Russell Berman, Adrian Daub

History: Jennifer Burns, Carolyn Lougee Chappell (emerita), Paula Findlen, Estelle Freedman, Fiona Griffiths, Allyson Hobbs, Katherine Jolluck, Nancy Kollmann, Ana Minian, Paul Robinson (emeritus), Londa Schiebinger, Matthew Sommer, Laura Stokes

Human Biology: Anne Firth Murray

Iberian and Latin American Cultures: Yvonne Yarbro-Bejarano

Law: Michele Dauber, Deborah Rhode, Jane Schacter

Linguistics: Penelope Eckert, Rob Podesva

Medical School: Ann Arvin, Helen Blau, Gabriel Garcia (emeritus), Cheryl Gore-Felton, Roy King, Cheryl Koopman, Iris Litt (emerita), Leah Millheiser, Marcia Stefanick, Lynn Marie Westphal

Music: Heather Hadlock

Philosophy: Helen Longino, Debra Satz

Political Science: Lisa Blaydes, Terry Karl (emerita)

Psychology: Laura Carstensen, Hazel Markus

Religious Studies: Charlotte Fonrobert, Hester Gelber (emerita)

Slavic Languages and Literatures: Monika Greenleaf

Sociology: Shelley Correll, Cecilia Ridgeway (emerita), Michael Rosenfeld, Robb Willer

Theatre and Performance Studies: Jennifer Brody, Young Jean Lee, Jisha Menon, Peggy Phelan, Janice Ross

Graduate Advising Expectations

The Department of Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies is committed to providing academic advising in support of graduate student scholarly and professional development. When most effective, this advising relationship entails collaborative and sustained engagement by both the adviser and the advisee for students enrolled in the Ph.D. minor in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Students enrolled in the Ph.D. minor are encouraged to consult their advisers each quarter. As a best practice, advising expectations should be periodically discussed and reviewed to ensure mutual understanding. Both the adviser and the advisee are expected to maintain professionalism and integrity.  

Faculty advisers guide students in key areas such as selecting courses, designing and conducting research, developing of teaching pedagogy, navigating policies and degree requirements, and exploring academic opportunities and professional pathways.

Graduate students are active contributors to the advising relationship, proactively seeking academic and professional guidance and taking responsibility for informing themselves of policies and degree requirements for their graduate program.

For a statement of University policy on graduate advising, see the "Graduate Advising" section of this bulletin.