Women and Gender Studies Program


Welcome back, WGS!

Women and Gender Studies at USM has always offered students the opportunity to study the lives, ideas, and actions of women throughout history, to explore new ways of thinking about gender, and to participate meaningfully in the Greater Portland community of scholars, writers, artists, health workers, politicians, and activists. A signature program at USM—the first and still the most robust Women’s Studies program in the state—we pride ourselves both on our scholarly excellence and on our contemporary relevance: as a capstone project, students either write a thesis supervised by a team of interdisciplinary scholars, or spend a semester working with one of our many community partners, of which we have over fifty. You can see who these partners are by clicking “WGS ENGAGED,” a link to your right. This year, in line with changing priorities at USM, we will be expanding our already healthy list of internship possibilities. But remain assured that USM WGS students will still have the benefit of a first-rate education by active, publishing scholars with connections to a wide academic network, along with access to regional and statewide businesses and non-profit organizations.

Along those lines, visitors to 94 Bedford Street might see some new faces this semester. We have hired Samaa Abdurraqib (PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison) to teach one of our Intro classes. Samaa, who comes to us from Bowdoin, is currently serving as the Reproductive Freedom Organizer for the ACLU of Maine.

In keeping with the theme of engagement, we’re also beginning to develop an exciting programming schedule, which will be unrolled at a welcome reception next month. In the meantime, let us know how we can help make your reentry go smoothly. Lauren and I are here to help. And you know we have tea.

All the best,

Lucinda Cole, Director of Women & Gender Studies

Prof. Lucinda Cole