Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

The program in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies focuses on gender and sexuality as fundamental categories of social and cultural analysis. Drawing on history, literature, cultural studies, social science, and natural science, it offers interdisciplinary perspectives from which to study the diversity of human experience.

WGSS 120 01 (12841) 
Women, Food, and Culture
Maria Trumpler
TTh 1.30-2.20

Interdisciplinary exploration of the gendering of food production, preparation, and consumption in cross-cultural perspective. Topics include agricultural practices, cooking, pasteurization, kitchen technology, food storage, home economics, hunger, anorexia, breast-feeding, meals, and ethnic identity.

WGSS 348 01 (23221) /HIST160J/AMST353
Topics in Lesbian and Gay History
George Chauncey
T 1.30-3.20

Changing understandings and regulation of same-sex desire and sexual subjectivity from the colonial era to the twentieth century. Interpretation of primary texts in the context of recent theory and historiography. Texts include sermons, diaries, correspondence, police and court records, medical and sociological studies, political tracts, fiction, photographs, and films.

WGSS 200 01 (12874) /AMST135/HIST127
U.S. Lesbian and Gay History
George Chauncey
TTh 10.30-11.20

Introduction to the social, cultural, and political history of lesbians, gay men, and other socially constituted sexual minorities. Focus on understanding categories of sexuality in relation to shifting normative regimes, primarily in the twentieth century. The emergence of homosexuality and heterosexuality as categories of experience and identity; the changing relationship between homosexuality and transgenderism; the development of diverse lesbian and gay subcultures and their representation in popular culture; religion and sexual science; generational change and everyday life; AIDS; and gay, antigay, feminist, and queer movements.

WGSS 448 01 (21945) /HSHM448/HIST151J
American Medicine and the Cold War
Naomi Rogers
T 9.25-11.15

The social, cultural, and political history of American medicine from 1945 to 1960. The defeat of national health insurance; racism in health care; patient activism; the role of gender in defining medical professionalism and family health; the rise of atomic medicine; McCarthyism in medicine; and the polio vaccine trials and the making of science journalism.

WGSS 301 01 (12161) /SOCY311/SOCY547
Gender, Race, and Genetic Testing
Rene Almeling
W 2.30-4.20

Overview of sociological approaches to genetics, including gene/environment interactions and the history of genetic medicine. A focus on genetic testing in Huntington's disease, pregnancy, cancer, and psychological disorders to explore how genetic information is provided to patients, and how patients experience genetic risk. Discussion of commercial firms offering direct-to-consumer genetic testing.

WGSS 110 01 (12159) /SOCY134
Sex and Gender in Society
Rene Almeling
M 1.30-3.20

The course provides graduate students with an introduction to major theoretical approaches to sex and gender, and it covers recent empirical research in key arenas, including care work, sex work, work and family, mothering and fathering, reproductive technologies, and health. Readings have been selected to reflect a variety of methodological approaches and to spotlight the ways in which sex and gender intersect with other social categories (e.g. race, class, and nationality) at different stages in the life course.

ANTH 451 01 (22831) /WGSS431
Intersectionality and Women’s Health
Marcia Inhorn
T 9.25-11.15

The intersections of race, class, gender, and other axes of "difference" and their effects on women's health, primarily in the contemporary United States. Recent feminist approaches to intersectionality and multiplicity of oppressions theory. Ways in which anthropologists studying women's health issues have contributed to social and feminist theory at the intersections of race/class/gender.

ANTH 455 01 (21770)/WGSS659/ANTH655/WGSS459
Masculinity and Men's Health

Marcia Inhorn
M 2.30-4.20

An exploration of ethnographic approaches to masculinity and men's health around the globe. Issues of ethnographic research design and methodology; interdisciplinary theories of masculinity; contributions of men's health studies from Western and non-Western sites to social theory, ethnographic scholarship, and health policy.