Women and Gender Studies Program

Over 30 years of transformative teaching, scholarship and social change

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. I am here to help!

All the best,

Director of Women & Gender Studies

Lisa Walker 

News & Events

Join us in the Women and Gender studies office to celebrate the start of a new school year! Come to learn about the Women and Gender Studies program, declare your major or minor, meet fellow students and faculty, learn about the Gender Studies Student Organization (GSSO) and hear about upcoming programs and events!
This panel discussion will examine the impact of institutional racism and cultural genocide, with an emphasis on Maine’s Tribal communities, the legacy of slavery in Maine, and the role of faith communities in combating racism today.
Too often, the voices and actions of queer people of color are rendered invisible within mainstream accounts of the LGBTQ movement here in the United States. This panel of activists, artists, and academics will explore the contributions of queer people of color within LGBTQ organizing and empowerment historically and today. Sunday, June 14, 2015 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Talbot Hall, Luther Bonney Hall, USM Portland Campus
September 10, 2015
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
94 Bedford Street. Portland Campus.
November 12, 2015
7:00 PM
Parker Pavilion, WCHP Lecture Hall | University of New England, Portland Campus. 716 Stevens Avenue, Portland, Maine. 04103.