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The Center for Women's Studies and Gender Research offers an interdisciplinary forum for the study of gender, its function in cultures and societies, and its intersection with race and class. Students may choose from three areas of concentration within the BA program: General Concentration, Concentration in Theories and Politics of Sexuality, Concentration in Gender and International Development. A minor in Women's Studies and a minor in Theories and Politics of Sexuality are also available. The Center offers master's and doctoral students the Graduate Certificate in Women's Studies in conjunction with (other) degree programs. Graduate students may choose a thesis or non-thesis Master of Arts degree.For more information on specific programs, please refer to the Undergraduate or Graduate pages. To support the Center for Women's Studies and Gender Research, please click on this link.

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Fall Opening Reception

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014, 3:30 p.m.
200 Ustler Hall
Open to the Public

You are invited to the Center for Women's Studies and Gender Research 2014 Fall Opening Reception on Wednesday, September 10th beginning at 3:30pm in the Atrium at Uslter Hall. The recption will feature speakers, presentation of awards, certificates and scholarships. Refreshments will be served. Please click on this link for your invitation.

Judith Page, Director

Dr. Judith Page

Judith W. Page, Director of the Center, is a Professor of English at the University of Florida and has been an affiliate faculty member with the Center for Women's Studies and Gender Research and the Center for Jewish Studies. A PhD from the University of Chicago, she has been the recipient of several awards and fellowships from the NEH as well as a Skirball Fellowship at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies (2003), and, most recently, a Visiting Fellowship at the Chawton House Library in the UK (2008), a repository of texts and manuscripts pertaining to early British women writers.

Dr. Page has had a long engagement with Women’s Studies, having served as founding director of the program at Millsaps College, where she taught and held several administrative positions before coming to the University of Florida. She is the author of numerous articles and reviews, and her books include Wordsworth and the Cultivation of Women, Imperfect Sympathies: Jews and Judaism in British Romantic Literature and Culture, and Women, Literature, and the Domesticated Landscape: England's Disciples of Flora, 1780-1870 (Cambridge UP, 2011) co-authored with art historian Elise L. Smith. Analyzing women's literature, botanical writings, and visual arts, as well as horticultural and educational texts, this book argues that gardens broadly defined provided women with a new language and authority to negotiate between domestic space and the larger world.

Dr. Page will be stepping down as Director of the Center on August 16th, 2014.

Bonnie Moradi, Incoming Director

Dr. Bonnie Moradi

Bonnie Moradi is a Professor of Psychology and incoming Director of the Center for Women’s Studies and Gender Research (CWSGR) at the University of Florida. She has been an Affiliate faculty member of the CWSGR since she joined UF in 2001.

Dr. Moradi’s research, teaching, and professional service reflect her interest in informing social justice efforts with scientific evidence and informing scientific advancements with social justice considerations. Specifically, Dr. Moradi’s research program focuses on experiences of prejudice, discrimination, and objectification, as well as on collective identity. This research examines the nature of these experiences, their implications for psychosocial functioning such as health and workplace outcomes, and their intersections across minority statuses (e.g., gender, ethnicity, race, sexual orientation). This research has garnered funding from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the Palm Center, the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA), and the American Psychological Foundation’s Wayne F. Placek Award. Similarly, Dr. Moradi teaches psychological theory and research on how diversity and sociocultural privilege and oppression manifest in people’s lives (e.g., Advanced Seminar in Psychology of Women, Multiculturalism and Diversity in Counseling Psychology).

Dr. Moradi is the recipient of national awards including the Association for Women in Psychology’s Florence Denmark Distinguished Mentoring Award, the American Psychological Association (APA) Committee on Women in Psychology Emerging Leader Award, and Early Career Awards from the APA Society of Counseling Psychology and its Section for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Issues. Dr. Moradi is also the recipient of UF’s Doctoral Dissertation Mentoring Award and LGBT Community Impact Award for Outstanding Faculty Member. She is currently Associate Editor of Psychology of Women Quarterly and the Journal of Counseling Psychology. 

Kathryn Chicone Ustler Hall

Built in 1919, the structure fell into disuse in 1979 but was saved from demolition in 1988 when it was granted protection under the National Register of Historic Places. A generous donation from sociology alumna Kathryn Chicone Ustler in 2000 allowed for the vacant gym to be transformed into a 14,700 square-foot academic treasure. The restoration process began in 2004, and Women’s Studies moved into the facility in July, 2006.

Ustler Hall, a beautifully renovated, freestanding three-story building, includes classrooms, seminar rooms, a two-story atrium, and faculty and administrative offices for the Center for Women’s Studies and Gender Research. This building is the first one on the UF campus renamed to honor a woman. To support the Center for Women's Studies and Gender Research, please click on this link.


For more information on renting the Atrium at Ustler Hall please contact Donna Tuckey or call 273-0382. To review the rules and rates, click on this link.