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 2014 Newsletter

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Martha Barnett: Gender Matters (Part of the AAW's "Women of Influence" Series)

A Lecture by Martha Barnett, J.D.
Tuesday, March 10th, 2015, 11:30am-1:00pm
Ustler Hall Atrium

The Association for Academic Women at the University of Florida will welcome Martha W. Barnett. Martha Barnett is one of the first female graduates of the University of Florida Law School (’73) and is a retired senior partner in the law firm of Holland & Knight. Her primary areas of practice were administrative, governmental law and public policy. She was the second woman to head the American Bar Association and the first to chair its House of Delegates, a 400,000-member organization, with more than a $100 million budget and a professional staff of just under 1,000. Barnett is interested in women’s contributions to the social and economic well-being of Florida, the country and the world and the commonality of issues that impact them at home and abroad. A light lunch will be served. Please RSVP to the Association for Academic Women.

Florida NOW Digital Collection

A Presentation by MA Candidate Tim D'Annecy
Wednesday, March 18th, 2015, 5:00pm
Ustler Hall Atrium

Women’s Studies MA Candidate Tim D’Annecy will present his digital project “The Florida NOW Archive.” D’Annecy’s research resulted in a collaborative website created to educate the public about the rich history of Florida’s National Organization for Women (NOW). Please join us as he guides us through the website interface to explore some of the key documents in the collection featuringNOW chapters in North Florida from 1973-2003. Celebrate Women’s History Month with this collection of local and regional feminism—you may be introduced to a new technology and through it, become reacquainted with some old friends. Laptops/tablets are welcome. Refreshements will be provided. Visit the site for a preview.


Doing Drugs in the Archives: Fictions, Facts, and Histories of Women Traffickers

A Lecture by Elaine Carey
Monday, March 23rd, 2015, 4-6PM
Ustler Hall Atrium

Associate Professor of Latin American History and Chair of the History Department at St. John's University in Queens, New York, Elaine Carey also holds the Lloyd Sealy Research Fellowship at CUNY’s John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She is the author of Plaza of Sacrifices: Gender, Power, and Terror in 1968 Mexico (2005), and co-editor with Andrae Marak of Smugglers, Brothels, and Twine: Transnational Flows of Contraband and Vice in North America (2011).  Her talk in the CWSGR is drawn from research that supports her just-published book, Women Drug Traffickers: Mules, Bosses, and Organized Crime.

This talk is co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of Race & Race Relations, the Center for Latin American Studies and their Crime, Law and Governance in the Americas Working Group, and the CLAS departments of Anthropology, History, Political Science, and Spanish & Portuguese.

Yes Means Yes: Positive Sexuality Seminar

Thursdays, March 12th-April 9th
6:30-8:00 pm
Ustler Hall

Yes Means Yes is an interdisciplinary, interactive, noncredit, five week, student-facilitated seminar that encourages meaningful, engaging discussions on consent and sexuality. Make your campus safer and increase your sexual satisfaction! This event is sponsored by Gatorwell's STRIVE, LGBT Affairs, the Center for Women's Studies and Gender Research, and the Rural Women's Health Project. Please click on this link to apply to participate.


Bonnie Moradi, Director

Dr. Bonnie Moradi

Bonnie Moradi is a Professor of Psychology and 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.