Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WMST)

Graduate Degree Program
College: Arts and Humanities

Abstract

Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies offers an interdisciplinary and integrative program of study leading to the Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. Students will be expected to: develop a thorough grounding in women, gender, and sexuality studies scholarship; acquire an understanding of gender, race, and sexuality as categories of analysis; analyze and assess theories about the role of gender in systems of hierarchy and its intersection with other categories of difference, such as race, ethnicity, religion, class, sexuality, disability, location, and age; develop competence in feminist, queer, and critical race theories, research methods, and pedagogy, including transnational and global issues; and achieve competence in a selected area of specialization.

Financial Assistance

An initial funding offer is provided at the time of admission. Students who enter without a Master's degree are typically guaranteed funding for five years, while students who enter with a Master's degree are typically guaranteed four years. Funding offers typically combine one year of Departmental Fellowship with Graduate Teaching Assistantships for the remaining time. Funding is contingent on satisfactory progress towards the degree and completion of benchmarks.

Contact

Coordinator of Graduate Studies
The Harriet Tubman Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
2101 Woods Hall
4302 Chapel Lane
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
Telephone: 301.405.6877
Fax: 301.314.9190
Email: wgss@umd.edu

Website:  https://wgss.umd.edu/

Courses:  WMST

General Requirements

Program-Specific Requirements

  • Letters of Recommendation (3)
  • CV/Resume
  • Writing Sample: 10 pages maximum
  • Writing Sample Two (optional)
  • Description of Research/Work Experience (optional)

For more admissions information or to apply to the program, please visit our Graduate School website.

Application Deadlines

Type of Applicant Fall Deadline
Domestic Applicants
US Citizens and Permanent Residents November 15, 2022
International Applicants
F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visas; A,E,G,H,I and L visas and immigrants November 15, 2022

RESOURCES AND LINKS:

Program Website:  https://wgss.umd.edu
Application Process: gradschool.umd.edu/admissions

Other Deadlines: Please visit the program website at 

Resources for research in the College Park and Washington D.C. area are unsurpassed. The University's libraries hold around 2,500,000 volumes. In addition to the outstanding holdings of the Library of Congress, the area also offers the specialized resources of the National Archives and Archives II (located on the grounds of the University of Maryland); the Smithsonian Institution; the National Museum of Women in the Arts; and a broad array of public policy organizations and "think-tanks" plus the many research and policy institutes that include gender, race, and sexuality issues as part of their agenda. We are also member institution of the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area, a unique collaboration of D.C. area colleges and universities that promotes cross-institutional learning.

One of the leading scholarly journals in our field, Feminist Studies, is located on our campus. Some graduate students may be able to broaden their experience and enhance the applicability and marketability of their coursework by undertaking internships with the journal.

The University of Maryland Consortium on Race, Gender and Ethnicity offers grant-getting potential and otherwise supports the research endeavors of faculty and graduate students in these fields. Grants funded through the Consortium will provide additional funding for Women's Studies graduate students and invaluable research experience. High enrollment demand in Women's Studies introductory core courses provides yet another opportunity for funding graduate students' programs of study with teaching assistantships. 

Last Name First/Middle Name Graduate Faculty Status Academic Credentials Positions
Baer Hester Full Member B.A. Bard College, 1992; M.A. University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, 1994; Ph.D. Washington University, 2000 Associate Professor, German Literature and Language
Associate Professor, Comparative Literature
Affiliate Associate Professor, Women's Studies
Baillargeon Mercedes Full Member PhD, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 2014 Assistant Professor, French Modern Studies
Assistant Professor, French Studies
Affiliate Associate Professor, Women's Studies
Barkley Brown Elsa Full Member B.A.,DePauw University, 1972; Ph.D., Kent State University, 1994. Associate Professor, History
Associate Professor, Women's Studies
Affiliate Associate Professor, American Studies
Bianchini Janna Full Member B.A., Wellesley College, 1999; M.A. Harvard University, 2003; Ph.D. Harvard University, 2007 Associate Professor, History
Affiliate Associate Professor, Women's Studies
Bolles Augusta Lynn Full Member A.B., Syracuse University, 1971; M.A., Rutgers University-New Brunswick, 1978; Ph.D., 1981. Professor Emerita, Women's Studies
Affiliate Professor, American Studies
Chernela Janet Full Member B.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1965; M.A. Columbia University, 1978; Ph.D. Columbia University, 1983 Professor, Anthropology
Affiliate Professor, Women's Studies
Chico Tita Full Member A.B., Vassar College, 1991; M.A., New York University, 1994; Ph.D., 1998. Professor, English Language and Literature
Affiliate Professor, Women's Studies
Coles Kim Full Member B.A. Columbia University, 1994; M.A. Columbia University, 1996; M.Phil, University of Oxford, 1998; D.Phil, St. Catherine's College, Oxford, 2003 Affiliate Associate Professor, Women's Studies
Coletti Theresa M. Full Member B.A.,University of Pittsburgh, 1971; M.A., University of Rochester, 1973; Ph.D.,University of Rochester, 1975. Professor, English Language and Literature
Affiliate Professor, Women's Studies
Collins Merle Full Member B.A., University of the West Indies-Mona, Jamaica, 1972;M.A., Georgetown University, 1980; Ph.D.,London School of Economics & Political Science, 1990. Professor, English Language and Literature
Professor, Comparative Literature
Affiliate Professor, Women's Studies
Desai Sonalde B. Full Member B.A., University of Bombay, 1978; M.A., Case Western Reserve University, 1980; Ph.D., Stanford University, 1987. Distinguished University Professor, Sociology
Affiliate Professor, Women's Studies
Dill Bonnie T. Full Member B.A.,University of Rochester, 1965; M.A., New York University, 1970; Ph.D., New York University, 1979. Professor, Women's Studies
Affiliate Professor, American Studies
Affiliate Professor, Sociology
Doan Long Full Member Ph.D., Ohio State University Associate Professor, Sociology
Affiliate Assistant Professor, Women's Studies
Doherty Lillian E. Full Member B.A., St. Mary's College, 1974; M.A., University of Chicago, 1977; Ph.D., University of Chicago 1982. Chair, Classics
Professor, Classics
Affiliate Professor, Women's Studies
Affiliate Professor, Comparative Literature
Eades Caroline M. Full Member Agregation Lettres classiques, 1979; Doctorate, University of Paris III, 1987. Associate Professor, French Modern Studies
Associate Professor, French Studies
Associate Professor, Comparative Literature
Affiliate Associate Professor, Women's Studies
Farman Jason Full Member B.A., Westmont College, 2000; M.A., Claremont Graduate University, 2002; Ph.D., University of California-Los Angeles, 2006. Assistant Professor, American Studies
Affiliate Professor, Women's Studies
Felbain Leslie Full Member B.S., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1975. Affiliate Associate Professor, Jewish Studies
Affiliate Associate Professor, Women's Studies
Getrich Christina Full Member B.A. College of Wooster, 1997; M.A., Northern Arizona University, 2001; Ph.D. University of New Mexico, 2008 Associate Professor, Anthropology
Affiliate Associate Professor, Women's Studies
Grossman Maxine Full Member A.B., Duke University, 1990; M.A., Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 2000. Associate Professor, Jewish Studies
Affiliate Associate Professor, Women's Studies
Hanhardt Christina Benes Full Member B.A., Brown University, 1994; M.A., San Francisco State University, 1998; Ph.D., New York University, 2007. Associate Professor, American Studies
Affiliate Associate Professor, Women's Studies
Harley Sharon Full Member B.A., Saint Mary of the Woods College, 1970; M.A.,Antioch College, 1971; Ph.D., Howard University, 1981. Affiliate Associate Professor, American Studies
Affiliate Associate Professor, Women's Studies
Keshavarz-Karamustafa Fatemeh Full Member B.A. Shiraz University; M.A., Ph.D., University of London Affiliate Professor, Women's Studies
Khamis Sahar Mohamed Full Member B.A., American University in Cairo, 1986; M.A., American University in Cairo, 1989; Ph.D., University of Manchester, 2000. Associate Professor, Communication
Affiliate Associate Professor, Women's Studies
Kim Seung-Kyung Full Member B.A., Yonsei University-Seoul, 1977; M.A., City University of New York-Graduate School & Univ. Center, 1987; Ph.D., 1990. Professor Emerita, Women's Studies
Affiliate Professor, American Studies
Klees Steven J. Full Member B.A., CUNY-Queens College, 1968;M.A., Stanford University, 1971; M.B.A., 1971; Ph.D., 1975. Professor, International Education Policy
Professor
Affiliate Professor, Women's Studies
Kleykamp Meredith Full Member B.A., University of Texas as Austin, 1998; M.A., Princeton University, 2001; Ph.D., Princeton University, 2007. Associate Chair, Sociology
Associate Professor, Sociology
Affiliate Associate Professor, Women's Studies
Koser Julie Full Member B.A. Trinity University, 1999; M.A. University of California, Berkeley, 2003; Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, 2007 Associate Professor, German Literature and Language
Affiliate Associate Professor, Women's Studies
Lin Jing Full Member B.A., Guangxi University, 1983; M.A., Michigan State University, 1987; Ed.D.,University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, 1990 Professor, International Education Policy
Professor
Affiliate Professor, Women's Studies
Lindemann Marilee Full Member B.A., Indiana University, 1981; M.A., Rutgers State University, 1983; Ph.D., 1991. Associate Professor, English Language and Literature
Affiliate Associate Professor, American Studies
Affiliate Associate Professor, Women's Studies
Lopez Andrea M Full Member B.A. San Francisco State University, 2003; M.A. University of New Mexico, 2007; Ph.D. University of New Mexico, 2014 Affiliate Assistant Professor, Women's Studies
Lothian Alexis Full Member M.A. University of Edinburgh, 2003; M.A. University of Sussex-Falmer, 2005; Ph.D. University of Southern California, 2012 Associate Professor, Women's Studies
Lyons Clare A. Full Member B.S., Lewis & Clark College, 1980; M.A., University of California-Santa Barbara, 1989; Ph.D., Yale University, 1996. Associate Professor, History
Affiliate Associate Professor, Women's Studies
Madhavan Sangeetha Full Member B.A. Barnard College, 1988; M.A. University of Pennsylvania, 1994; Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania, 1999 Professor, Sociology
Affiliate Professor, Women's Studies
Marsh Kris Full Member B.A., San Diego State University, 1996; M.A., California state University, Dominguez Hills, 2000; Ph.D., University of Southern California, 2005. Associate Professor, Sociology
Affiliate Associate Professor, Women's Studies
Mathiason Jessica Lee Graduate Teaching B.A. Northwestern University, June 2007; Ph.D. University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, 2017 Lecturer, Women's Studies
Mirabal Nancy Full Member B.A. University of California-Berkeley; Ph.D. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor Associate Professor, American Studies
Affiliate Associate Professor, Women's Studies
Moses Claire G. Full Member A.B., Smith College, 1963; M.Phil.,George Washington University, 1972; Ph.D., 1978. Professor Emeritus, Women's Studies
Affiliate Professor, History
Muncy Robyn L. Full Member B.A., Lindenwood College, 1977; M.A., University of Idaho, 1980; Ph.D.,Northwestern University, 1987 Professor, History
Affiliate Professor, Women's Studies
Affiliate Associate Professor, American Studies
Nunes Zita Full Member B.A., Brown University, 1983; M.A.,University of California-Berkeley, 1986; Ph.D., University of California-Berkeley 1994. Associate Professor, English Language and Literature
Associate Professor, Comparative Literature
Affiliate Associate Professor, American Studies
Affiliate Associate Professor, Women's Studies
O'Brien Karen Mary Full Member B.S., Loyola University of Chicago, 1983; M.A., University of Missouri-Kansas City, 1988; Ph.D., Loyola University of Chicago, 1993 Associate Chair, Psychology
Professor, Psychology
Affiliate Professor, Women's Studies
O'Meara Kerry Ann Full Member B.A., Loyola College Baltimore, 1993; M. Ed., The Ohio State University, 1995; Ph.D., University of Maryland, 2000 Professor, Higher Education
Associate Professor
Affiliate Professor, Women's Studies
Ontiveros Randy Full Member B.A., Biola University, 1997; M.A. University of California, Irvine, 2001; PhD., 2006. Associate Professor, English Language and Literature
Associate Professor, Comparative Literature
Affiliate Associate Professor, Women's Studies
Orlando Valerie Full Member Ph.D., Brown University, 1996 Chair, French Modern Studies
Chair, French Studies
Professor, French Modern Studies
Professor, French Studies
Affiliate Professor, Women's Studies
Palmer Margaret Full Member BS, Emory University, 1977; MS, University of South Carolina, 1979; PhD, University of South Carolina, 1983 Distinguished University Professor, Entomology
Professor, Marine, Estuarine, and Environmental Sciences
Professor, Biological Sciences
Affiliate Professor, Women's Studies
Paolisso Michael J. Full Member Ph.D. 1985 M.A. 1978 and B.A. 1976 University of California - Los Angeles Professor Emeritus, Anthropology
Affiliate Professor, Women's Studies
Parry-Giles Shawn J. Full Member B.F.A., Emporia State University, 1984; M.A., University of New Mexico, 1987; Ph.D., Indiana University, 1992. Chair, Communication
Director, Professional Communication for Enhanced English Fluency
Director, Professional Communication for Enhanced English Fluency (online)
Professor, Communication
Affiliate Professor, Women's Studies
Penrose Mehl Full Member B.A., University of Missouri-Columbia, 1990; M.A., Kansas University, 1993; Ph.D., UCLA, 2000. Associate Professor, Spanish Language and Literature
Affiliate Associate Professor, Women's Studies
Ray Rashawn Full Member Ph.D., Ohio State University Associate Professor, Sociology
Affiliate Professor, Women's Studies
Ray Sangeeta Full Member B.A., University of Calcutta,1980; M.A., 1983; M.A., Miami University, 1987; Ph.D., University of Washington, 1990. Professor, English Language and Literature
Professor, Comparative Literature
Affiliate Professor, American Studies
Affiliate Professor, Women's Studies
Rodriguez Ana Patricia Full Member B.A., University of California-Berkeley, 1987; M.A., University of California-Santa Cruz, 1994; Ph.D., 1998. Associate Professor, Spanish Language and Literature
Affiliate Associate Professor, Women's Studies
Rosemblatt Karin A. Full Member PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1996 Professor, History
Affiliate Professor, Women's Studies
Rosenfelt Deborah S. Full Member B.A., Goucher College, 1964; M.A., Columbia University, 1965; Ph.D., University of California-Los Angeles, 1972. Professor Emerita, Women's Studies
Affiliate Professor, American Studies
Rosenthal Laura Full Member B.A., Johns Hopkins University, 1983; M.A. Northwestern University, 1985; Ph.D., 1990. Professor, English Language and Literature
Affiliate Professor, Women's Studies
Rowley Michelle V. Full Member B.A., The University of the West Indies, 1992; M.Sc., The University of the West Indies, 1996; Ph.D., Clark University, 2003 Associate Professor, Women's Studies
Sangaramoorthy Thurka Full Member B.A. Barnard College, Columbia University, 1998; M.P.H. Columbia University, 2002; Ph.D. University of California, San Francisco & Berkeley, 2008 Associate Professor, Anthropology
Affiliate Associate Professor, Women's Studies
Sartorius David Full Member B.A. Trinity University, 1995; M.A. University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 1997; Ph.D. University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 2003 Associate Professor, History
Affiliate Associate Professor, Women's Studies
Schuler Catherine A. Full Member B.A., Eckerd College, 1974; M.A., Emerson College, 1977; Ph.D., Florida State University, 1984. Professor, Women's Studies
Shin Richard Quentin Full Member B.A., Western Washington University, 1995; M.A., West Chester University of Pennsylvania, 1998; Ph.D., Loyola University of Chicago, 2005 Associate Professor, School Counseling
Associate Professor
Associate Professor, Counseling Psychology
Affiliate Associate Professor, Women's Studies
Sies Mary C. Full Member A.B., Michigan State University, 1974; A.M.,University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, 1977; Ph.D., 1987. Associate Professor, American Studies
Affiliate Associate Professor, Women's Studies
Smith Martha Nell Full Member B.A., Rutgers University, 1977; M.A., 1982; Ph.D., 1985 Affiliate Professor, Women's Studies
Steiner Linda Full Member B.A., University of Pennsylvania, 1972; Ph.D., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 1979. Professor, Journalism
Affiliate Professor, Women's Studies
Tambe Ashwini Full Member B.A., Bangalore University, 1991; M.S., Bangalore University, 1992; Ph.D., Ohio State University, 1995; Ph.D., American University, 2000. Professor, Women's Studies
Toth Elizabeth L. Full Member B.A., Northwestern University, 1966; M.A., Purdue University, 1969; Ph.D., 1975 Professor Emerita, Communication
Affiliate Professor, Women's Studies
Wang Orrin Full Member B.A., Reed College, 1979; M.A.,University of Chicago, 1984; Ph.D., 1989. Professor, English Language and Literature
Professor, Comparative Literature
Affiliate Professor, Women's Studies
Affiliate Associate Professor, American Studies
Williams-Forson Psyche Full Member B.A., University of Virginia, 1987; M.A., University of Maryland, 1994; Ph. D., University of Maryland, 2002. Chair, American Studies
Affiliate Associate Professor, Women's Studies
Woods Carly S. Full Member B.A., University of Mary Washington, 2004; M.A., University of Pittsburgh, 2006; Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, 2010 Associate Professor, Communication
Affiliate Associate Professor, Women's Studies
Zambrana Ruth Enid Full Member B.A., CUNY-Queens College, 1969; M.S.W., University of Pennsylvania, 1971; Ph.D., Boston University, 1977. Professor, Women's Studies
Affiliate Professor, Sociology
Zilfi Madeline C. Full Member B.A., Mount Holyoke College, 1964; M.A.,University of Chicago, 1971; Ph.D., 1976. Professor, History
Affiliate Professor, Jewish Studies
Affiliate Professor, Women's Studies