Mohanty Quoted in Daily Orange Article About Michelle Téllez Visit

October 6, 2019
Tuesday's dialogue about the U.S.-Mexico border, led by Professor Michelle Téllez and co-sponsored by WGS and the Humanities Center, was covered in the Daily Orange story "Arizona professor talks about community activism at U.S.-Mexico border."

Chandra Mohanty interviewed by the Vienna Institute of Development and Cooperation

June 19, 2019

Chandra Mohanty was recently interviewed by the Vienna Institute of Development and Cooperation about the Feminist Freedom Warriors Project and the politics of development and solidarity. You can watch the video at their site

Twelve Named as the 2019 Syracuse University Scholars

April 8, 2019

Twelve seniors have been named as the 2019 Syracuse University Scholars, the highest undergraduate honor that the University bestows. One being Crystal Letona, a communication and rhetorical studies major in the College of Visual and Performing Arts, a women’s and gender studies major in the College of Arts and Sciences and a policy studies major in the College of Arts and Sciences and the Maxwell School.

Pough selected as Tolley Professor

Ken Frieden and Gwendolyn Pough, the 2018 Tolley Professors

August 24, 2018
Gwendolyn Pough, professor and Chair of Women's and Gender Studies and Dean's Professor of the Humanities, will succeed Ken Frieden as Tolley Professor in 2020. Read more in AS News.

Response to Recent Campus Incident and Cultural Climate

April 24, 2018

The Department of Women’s and Gender Studies joins with the voices of others to express our outrage at the violence and hatred of Theta Tau Fraternity. We want to assert that those of us who are not cis-gendered, heterosexual, white, able-bodyminded, rich, and male experience sexist, racist, homophobic, transphobic, ableist, anti-Semitic, xenophobic, and anti-Islamic beliefs, attitudes, and assaults on a regular basis on this campus. We are in solidarity with the students in the Recognize US movement in saying that the actions taken against this fraternity and the plans for diversity, inclusion, and implicit bias trainings are insufficient and inadequate. In the wake of the General Body’s occupation of the administration building in 2014, certain assurances were made by the administration that have not materialized in ways that have changed the culture on campus. We can no longer wait for action to be promised but not taken. We call for the University to recognize and honor the rights of ALL students and take measures to acknowledge the costs of psychic, physical, and structural violence and to promote social justice in every aspect of the University.

We re-affirm our commitment as a department to create and sustain a radically multi-racial, multi-ethnic, multi-faith, anti-ableist, queer, feminist politic and community on our campus. We condemn all forms of violence, discriminations, and any expression of hatred. To all of our students, we want you to know that we are resolute in our love and support of you. We express our support especially to those students who belong to historically marginalized communities, students of color, LBGTIQ+ students, disabled students, religious minority students, undocumented students and sexual assault survivors. We know that you have been rendered even more vulnerable and hurt. We re-assert our dedication and commitment to building a campus that validates your lives and experiences. You can count on our ongoing fight against all forms of oppression, in the classroom, on campus, and beyond. Our doors are open for all of you.

A Passion for Caring

March 9, 2018

Dr. Heather Hirsch ’04 recently shared her expertise in menopause management while leading grand rounds at SUNY Upstate Medical University, the teaching hospital she attended. Her life’s passion evolved on the Hill in Syracuse’s College of Arts and Sciences. There her dual major in biology and women’s & gender studies (WGS) led to a medical career that intersects with her commitment to justice for women.


WGS Minor, Crystal Letona, Truman Scholarship Finalist

Crystal Letona

March 2, 2018

Two Syracuse University juniors have been named as 2018 finalists for the prestigious Truman Scholarship.

They are Dina Eldawy of Pensacola, Florida, an international relations and citizenship and civic engagement major in the College of Arts and Sciences and the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and a member of the Renée Crown University Honors Program; and Crystal Letona of Los Angeles, a communications and rhetorical studies major in the College of Visual and Performing Arts and a policy studies major in the College of Arts and Sciences and the Maxwell School.

To read more about Crystal Letona...

Eunjung Kim's new book considers transnational disability theory in Korea, Japan, United States

From "Curative Violence" (Duke University Press, 2017): "The Mad Women Project: A Flower Shakes Her" (2005), by Park Young-Sook.

April 19, 2017

Transnational feminist disability studies is the focus of a groundbreaking, new book by a Syracuse University professor.

Eunjung Kim, dually appointed to the College of Arts and Sciences (A&S) and School of Education (SoE), is the author of “Curative Violence: Rehabilitating Disability, Gender and Sexuality in Modern Korea” (Duke University Press, 2017).

Writing transnational disability theory, Kim questions the assumption that treating disabilities with cure represents a universal good. She does so by examining the international politics of disease management and disability policies, as well as manifestations of violence embedded in forms of cures and their cultural representations in 20th- and 21st-century Korea.

Read more at AS News.

Women’s & Gender Studies to Host Alumni Panel Discussion

October 18, 2016

Two alumni of the Department of Women’s & Gender Studies (WGS) will return to campus to share their professional experiences.

Brittany Brathwaite ’13, co-founder and chief innovation officer of the social start-up KIMBRITIVE, and Erin Carhart ’14, manager of youth organizing at the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, will headline a panel discussion titled “WGS Futures” on Thursday, Oct. 20, from 7-9 p.m. in 319 Sims Hall.

Reflections on another successful Democratizing Knowledge Institute

October 17, 2016

Mohanty and Carty's DK Institute works to create a more 'just academy'

Dedicated to exploring “Just Academic Spaces,” the DK Summer Institute is a three-year, $500,000 initiative that is the brainchild of Arts and Sciences professors Linda Carty and Chandra Talpade Mohanty. During a recent meeting in Sims Hall, they reflected on how the concept grew out of the campuswide DK Project, launched in A&S in 2009 to make knowledge production more open, inclusive and democratic. Since then, the project has made good on this promise by hosting myriad events and activities for students and professors alike. Read full article here.

Teaching Award for WGS Faculty

Gwendolyn Pough

May 10, 2016
The Excellence in Graduate Education Faculty Recognition Award honors faculty whose advocacy on behalf of graduate students and commitment to superior graduate teaching and mentoring ... (read more)

Eun-Jin (Keish) Kim has been been named as one of the 2016 Syracuse University Scholars.

Eun-Jin (Keish) Kim

April 14, 2016

Eun-Jin (Keish) Kim has been been named as one of the 2016 Syracuse University Scholars.

Twelve graduating seniors have been named as the 2016 Syracuse University Scholars, the highest undergraduate honor the University bestows.

University Scholars will represent the entire graduating class at the Sunday, May 15, Commencement ceremony. On Wednesday, May 11, the scholars will be honored at a reception at the Chancellor’s residence hosted by Chancellor Kent Syverud and Dr. Ruth Chen, at which they will receive special medallions to be worn at Commencement.

Read more at SU News.

Feminist Scholar Awarded Guest Professorship in Germany

Professor Chandra Talpade Mohanty

February 8, 2016
Professor Chandra Talpade Mohanty in the College of Arts and Sciences has returned from a prestigious appointment at Goethe University (GU) in Frankfurt, Germany. Read more at: SU News

Minnie Bruce Pratt to participate in Syracuse Symposium™

Minnie Bruce Pratt

October 26, 2015

Syracuse Symposium™ Presents Readings by Minnie Bruce Pratt, Martha Collins

Syracuse Symposium continues its “Networks” theme with a special program by Minnie Bruce Pratt and Martha Collins, award-winning poets and social activists. Also part of the Visiting Author Reading Series of the YMCA Arts Branch’s Downtown Writers Center (DWC), the event is Thursday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m. at the DWC (340 Montgomery St., Syracuse). It is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Syracuse University Humanities Center or visit Read more at AS News.

CAS student Presents paper at AZ Conference

October 21, 2015
Karrieann Soto Vega, a PhD student in Composition and Cultural Rhetoric (WGS CAS '14), wil be presenting a paper at the 10th Biennial Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference to be held in Arizona State University, Tempe from October 28-31, 2015. The paper is titled "Miss Puerto Rico's Traditional Dress: Making Mundillo in a Neoliberal Age of Technology."

SU Abroad Course in Lebanon, Jordan Solidifies Transnational Pedagogies, Practices

October 14, 2015

"Global Perspectives, Local Contexts" examines feminism, gender, and sexuality in the Arab World

A new study abroad course, titled “Global Perspectives, Local Contexts: Women and Gender in the Arab World,” was launched this past summer in the College of Arts and Sciences. Taught by Carol Fadda-Conrey and Dana Olwan, professors of English and women’s & gender studies (WGS), respectively, the course took place in Lebanon and Jordan, where students directly engaged with issues pertaining to the study of feminism, gender, and sexuality in the Arab world.

Hosted by the Lebanese American University (LAU) and University of Jordan (UJ), the course consolidated relations between the University and these well-established academic institutions. Prior to conducting the course, with support from Fadda-Conrey and Olwan, the University signed academic exchange agreements with both institutions, thus broadening its relationships with public and private academic institutions in the Arab Middle East. Read More at: AS News

Bhattacharya Gives Keynote Lecture at University of Colorado, Boulder

October 12, 2015

Dr. Himika Bhattacharya gave the anniversary keynote lecture for the 20th Anniversary of the LGBTQ Studies and the GLBTQ Resource Center at the University of Colorado, Boulder on October 12, 2015. The title of her talk was "Person Excepting Women": Perspectives on gender neutrality in anti-rape activism in India.

Dr. Bhattacharya has also recently published an article "Magic Tricks: The Politics of Memory, State, and Tribe in Lahaul, India" in Meridians: feminism, race, and transformation Volume 13, No. 1. The article is available online at Meridians.

James D. Ewing World Affairs Lecture on October 13

Dr. Chandra Talpade Mohanty

October 5, 2015

Keene State College Hosts Talk about Building Racial and Gender Justice Across Borders

James D. Ewing World Affairs Lecture Welcomes Dr. Chandra Talpade Mohanty from Syracuse University

Keene State College’s James D. Ewing World Affairs Lecture will host Dr. Chandra Talpade Mohanty, chair and distinguished professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at Syracuse University. She will speak about cultivating racial and gender justice across borders. The talk is free and open to the public. Read More at: Keene News

Democratizing Knowledge Project to Host Planning Retreat for Mellon Summer Institutes

September 30, 2015

Syracuse to welcome colleagues from Rutgers-Newark and Spelman College

Last year, the Democratizing Knowledge Project (DK), an interdisciplinary collective of faculty and graduate students at Syracuse University, was awarded a four-year, $500,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to fund a series of summer institutes titled “Just Academic Spaces: Creating New Publics through Radical Literacies.” Linda Carty, Associate Professor in the Department of African American Studies, and Chandra Talpade Mohanty, Professor and chair of Women’s and Gender Studies (WGS), as well as Dean’s Professor of the Humanities in Syracuse’s College of Arts and Sciences (A&S) are the co-PIs on the grant. Read More at: AS News

Field Research in Fes, Morocco

August 15, 2015
Rebecca Moody, a PhD candidate in Religion with a WGS CAS, is back in Fes, Morrocco doing field research for her dissertation, "Synaesthetic Shock: Visual Resistance in recent Moroccan Film by Moroccan Women Filmmakers." (Dr. Dana Olwan, assisatnt professor in WGS, is a member of her dissertation committee.) She is also an adjunct instructor at Alhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco and you can read a few recent blog publications of mine are here and here.

Simone Puff wins Teaching Excellence Award

June 1, 2015
Dr. Simone Puff, who joined the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies from Austria this fall, recently won the prestigious teaching award “E-Learning Champion  – ELCH” for her innovative work with students by blogging about social justice issues and anti-racist work in Austria and the United States. Her class “From Selma to Ferguson: The Cultural Politics of Protest”, which she taught in the American Studies Department at the University of Graz in Austria last spring, received this international recognition by a jury of experts for its innovative use of social media (blogs, Twitter) and e-learning (Moodle) as well as for a community outreach project with Austrian high schools.The E-Learning Champion is funded by the Vice Rectorate for Studies and Teaching at the University of Graz in Austria and is organized by the university’s Academy of New Media and Knowledge Transfer. It honors projects and initiatives with exemplary character in the field of new media.

WGS Faculty Recognized for ‘Timely, Relevant’ Scholarship

Vivian May

April 29, 2015

Department chair praises colleagues for challenging 'interconnected systems of oppression in work'

The Department of Women’s & Gender Studies (WGS) in Syracuse University’s College of Arts and Sciences is having another banner year. Several of its professors—Chandra Talpade Mohanty, Dana Olwan, Pedro DiPietro, Himika Bhattacharya, and Minnie Bruce Pratt—have been recognized for their contributions to feminist scholarship.

“Each of these faculty members challenges interconnected systems of oppression in their work," says Vivian May, associate professor and chair of WGS. "As scholar-educators, they draw on intersectional and transnational approaches to find ways to contest injustice and to seek a more just world." Read more at: AS News

WGS Professors Reap National, International Honors

Himika Bhattacharya

March 16, 2015

Department of Women’s & Gender Studies is nationally known for ‘high level’ of teaching, scholarship

Honors continue to roll in for faculty in the Department of Women’s & Gender (WGS) Studies, located in Syracuse University’s College of Arts and Sciences. Vivian May, associate professor and chair of WGS, says the latest round of achievements reflect the cutting-edge feminist scholarship and pedagogy for which the department is known, nationally and internationally. Recent WGS faculty achievements include: 

Assistant Professor Himika Bhattacharya is in high demand in India, evidenced by her recent invited talk at the Center for South Asian Studies at Calcutta University; her facilitating an ethnography workshop at Ambedkar University in Delhi; and her work as a feminist pedagogies educator
for E-QUAL (Enhancing Quality, Access, and Governance of Undergraduate Education in India), an international collaborative funded by the European Union. She also has an article on the politics of memory forthcoming in Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism. Read more at: AS News

The Perfect Combination

Laura Cohen

January 29, 2015

Laura Cohen '15 finds plenty of motivation to pursue her dreams in advocacy journalism.

Taking inspiration from her feminist mentors working in print and digital media, Laura Cohen ’15, hopes to one day help change how women and other marginalized groups are examined in mainstream media.

“I hope to work for a magazine or digital publication that focuses on women’s issues, among other social justice issues,” says Cohen, a dual major in magazine and women’s and gender studies at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and the College of Arts and Sciences respectively. “I think journalism is a powerful tool in promoting change because stories bring awareness.” Read more at: AS News

Women’s and Gender Studies Chair Vivian May Publishes New Book

Vivian May

January 27, 2015

Renowned scholar calls May’s book ‘a must-read for scholars and practitioners committed to social justice movements and anti-oppression ideologies'

On the heels of being elected president (2014-2016) of the National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA)Vivian May, associate professor and chair of Women’s and Gender Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences has just published her latest book, Pursuing Intersectionality, Unsettling Dominant Imaginaries (Routledge, 2015).

Pursuing Intersectionality documents intersectionality’s ongoing value for achieving a more just and equitable world. May explains the concept’s key premises, traces its roots in 19th-century United States Black feminist theory and practice, and suggests several tactics for interpreting and practicing intersectionality more adequately. Read More at: AS News

The Graveyard Shift

Miani Giron

October 31, 2014

During the spring semester of 2014, students were busy prepping for the summer and graduation; working diligently to meet their professors’ expectations before jumping into a relaxing summer. With Miani Giron’s spring internship, the patrons were not as demanding as professors’ final papers and tests, for Giron’s patrons were no longer among the living.

Giron found her unusual internship at a local Syracuse medical examiner’s office incredibly rewarding, noting that achieving an internship at a medical examiner’s office is difficult and highly competitive. “[Applicants] are competing against college graduates who are trying to get experience before going into a forensic science job. They’re also competing against med students who also need the experience.” Having been in her sophomore year when she started, Giron further impressed her supervisors with her stellar grades, ambition, and personality. Read More at: As News

Erin Carhart ‘14: An Alumna for the Ages

September 17, 2014

Current national campus organizer for Planned Parenthood grateful for interdisciplinary experience with College of Arts and Sciences

As a student at Syracuse University, Erin Carhart ’14 was a well-known and well-liked figure on campus. Her bright smile and warm demeanor were just a few of the many traits that drew people to her.

In her time at Syracuse University, Carhart not only majored in policy studies and minored in women’s and gender studies but she was also a Remembrance Scholar, an intern at the Syracuse City Bureau of Research, and the President of the student group, Students Advocating for Sexual Safety (SASSE).

Read More at: AS News

Women's and Gender Studies Faculty Continue to Rack Up Recognitions

Vivian May

May 20, 2014

Vivian May Named President of Leading Women’s Studies Organization, Receives Social Justice Recognition Award

Good news seems to come in pairs for faculty members in the Department of Women and Gender Studies (WGS). Vivian May, an associate professor who joined Syracuse University’s (SU) College of Arts and Sciences in 2002, was just elected president of the National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA). Gwendolyn Pough, associate professor and chair, calls May’s latest accomplishment a “tremendous honor.” According to Pough, May has been quietly leading the NWSA behind the scenes in a variety of capacities.

The accolades for May don’t stop there. Just recently, the SU Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Resource Center awarded May a Social Justice Recognition Award. Read more at: AS News

Women’s and Gender Studies Scholar Dana Olwan Recognized by Two Major Organizations

April 22, 2014

Olwan adds two more awards to already impressive resume

Dana Olwan’s resume is already impressive, but the Women’s and Gender Studies scholar’s recent recognition from not one, but two major organizations is extraordinary, according to Gwendolyn Pough, department chair.

Olwan, who joined the Women’s and Gender Studies Department in Syracuse University’s College of Arts and Sciences in 2011, was just awarded a Palestinian American Research Center (PARC) fellowship grant for her research titled “Traveling Discourses: Gender Violence and the Representational Politics of the ‘Honor Crime’.” Within a day of receiving word about the PARC grant, Olwan was informed she was the only junior faculty member selected to lead a National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA) Curriculum Institute workshop as an emerging leader in the field of Women's and Gender Studies. Read more at: AS News