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


News & Events

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
Katie Zema
The Women & Gender Studies Program Insight Scholarship recognizes and rewards a Sophomore or Junior major or minor in the USM Women & Gender Studies Program who works for gender equity and justice, either on campus or in larger communities. Its recipient will be continuing academic work at the University of Southern Maine.
WGS Alum Julia Davidson and former Director of Women & Gender Studies Wendy Chapkis, 2013 Awards Reception
The USM WGS "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.