Women and Gender Studies Program

Over 30 years of transformative teaching, scholarship and social change

Happy New Year, 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.

Please come by 94 Bedford Street to talk, study, or get some help on negotiating the red tape. Lauren and I are here to help.

All the best,

Lucinda Cole, Director of Women & Gender Studies

Prof. Lucinda Cole

 

News & Events

Portland Women's History Trail
USM's Digital Maine initiative and research cluster in Digital Humanities announces the launch of the Portland Women’s History Trail app. The app is based on longtime research conducted by project leader Eileen Eagan, Associate Professor of History and her colleagues and students.
Meaghan LaSala
Graduating senior in Women & Gender Studies, Meaghan LaSala, was selected to receive the 2015 Maine Campus Compact Student Heart and Soul Award at their 14thannual Awards Ceremony.
Prof. Nancy Gish, Gabriel Demaine,and Prof. Lorrayne Carroll
The USM Women and Gender Studies Program (WGS)​ ​will hold our third annual “Celebration of Feminist Creativity and Community” Awards Reception in the University Events Room of the Glickman Family Library ​from ​6:30-7:30 PM on evening of April 27, 2015, following the Women & Gender Studies Student Research Symposium 5:00-6:30 PM. Three awards will be presented.