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Fall 2019


The following courses are graduate seminars offered in the Center. They are available to graduate students in the Center and those students working on certificates. Please also see this link for a complete listing of approved graduate electives offered outside the center.


Alyssa Zucker
WST 5933-Section 0432
W 6-8; UST 0108; 3 Credits

This class will serve as an introduction to graduate scholarship in Gender, Sexualities, and Women’s Studies (GSWS) at the University of Florida. We will explore this broad, interdisciplinary, intersectional field by a) reading about and discussing key aspects of Women’s Studies and feminist theory, and b) reading scholarship by, and meeting core and affiliate faculty of, the Center for Gender, Sexualities, and Women’s Studies Research. Additionally, the class will prepare students to conduct their own research for Master’s projects and other significant writing assignments.

The syllabus can be found here.

Independent Study

Kendal L Broad-Wright
WST 6905-Departmentally Controlled
Variable Credits

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor and department chair and 1 Women’s Studies course or course that counts for women’s studies, For advanced graduate students who desire to supplement their regular courses by independent reading or research under guidance. On-line application.

Critical Girlhood Studies

Jillian Hernandez
WST 6935-Section 16A3
M 6-8; UST 108; 3 Credits

This course enacts a critical mapping of girls’ studies, an intellectual formation that coalesced into a sub-field of Women’s and Gender Studies in the late 1990s. The course will consist in part of a survey of work in the field, but the bulk of our efforts will place analytic pressure on the question of which girls become legible as the “proper objects” of girls’ studies and what questions about girlhood are (im)possible to ask. We will think collectively and creatively to (re)imagine what histories, methods, pedagogies and futures a formation of critical girlhood studies could offer as both an intellectual and social justice project. Course material will reflect the instructor’s expertise in the areas of sexuality, arts-based community praxis, Black and Latinx studies, and popular cultures. Students will work together to design part of the course syllabus to reflect their own research interests and address blind spots we have identified in the field.

Intersectional Activisms

Kendal Broad-Wright
WST6935-Section 17F1
R 6-8; UST 108; 3 Credits

Early intersectional work arose from, and was grounded in, social movement activism, especially activism by feminist/queer/trans women of color. Yet the field of intersectional studies has developed in ways that mask its political origin and neutralize the potential of intersectional collective action and resistance. This course seeks to re-center knowledge and strategies of resistance from intersectional social movement activism. We will begin by engaging activist statements (e.g., a call for reimagining the Black Radical Tradition). We will then turn to an emerging interdisciplinary scholarship tracing the many different ways activists have worked to accomplish social movement intersectionality and the many structures and discursive constraints of doing so. For example, we will read research featuring Black feminist intersectional activism as strategically operating between social movements, work tracing Chicana feminist strategies of alliance building and coalition, research detailing how political and economic forces have reduced multi-dimensional queer politics, and research detailing the nuances of online intersectional movement work. The goal is to collaboratively create a seminar that re-centers intersectional activisms’ interventionist and transformative possibilities while simultaneously remembering the mechanisms which whiten, flatten, and elide multi-dimensional, coalitional resistance.

The syllabus can be found here.

Feminist/Queer of Color Studies

Tanya Saunders
WST6935-Section 3B38
T 8-10; UST 108; 3 Credits

This graduate level course is a survey course of the scholarship and key debates in the emerging fields of Black Queer/Queer of Color Studies, which have their origins in Black, Chicana, and Latina Feminist Studies. We will take a sociological approach to understanding how race, sexuality, gender, and coloniality affects our understanding of ourselves, and how we experience social life through placing non-heteronormative Black and Latinx Queer subjects at the center of our analyses. We will engage the social implications of the scientific study on sexuality, engage key theoretical perspectives in the area of queer/sexuality studies, and review empirical studies concerning Black and Latinx queer identities and cultural politics within Africa and the Diaspora in the Americas. Sexuality studies is a large and broad field of inquiry, therefore this course is not exhaustive. The goal of the course is to give you a strong theoretical and empirical base from which you can think about Diaspora, race, gender, “sexuality‟ and society.

The syllabus can be found here.


Kendal L. Broad-Wright
WST 6946-Departmentally Controlled
Variable Credits

Prerequisite: Permission of Graduate Coordinator. Designed for students desiring practical experience in the community. Students intern with a local agency, group or business involved in women’s issues. Click here for more information and an on-line application.

Master’s Research

Kendal L. Broad-Wright
WST 6971- Departmentally Controlled
Variable Credits