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.

News and Announcements

Girl in Dior

A Lecture by Annie Goetzinger
Monday, April 20th, 2015, 4:00pm
Ustler Hall Atrium

Best-selling French graphic novelist Annie Goetzinger has been published in Circus, L’Écho des Savanes, Fluide Glacial, Métal Hurlant, Pilote, Le Monde and Charlie Hebdo. The author of celebrated graphic novels and comics series Casque d’or, Aurore, L’Avenir perdu, Agence Hardy, Le Regard des jours, and Marie Antoinette, La Reine fantôme, in 2014 she was awarded the Grand Prize “BD Boum.” She is the first woman to win this prize. At UF she will present her latest graphic novel, Girl in Dior, a sweepingly beautiful docudrama of the life of Christian Dior, starting with the launch of his brand in 1947. The girl in Dior is Clara, a freshly hired journalist, fashionista and future Christian Dior model, who serves as the reader’s guide through the busy hallways of Dior. Presented by the France-Florida Research Institute with the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, and the Center for Women’s Studies & Gender Research.This lecture is in English, free & open to the public.

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.