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Feminist Studies

Director: Heather Hadlock

Program Committee: Heather Hadlock (Music), Shelley Correll (Sociology), Estelle Freedman (History), Helen Longino (Philosophy), Valerie Miner (Feminist Studies), Elizabeth Tallent (English), Christine Min Wotipka (Education)

Resource Faculty:

American Studies: Shelley Fisher Fishkin

Anthropology: Melissa Brown, Paulla Ebron, Miyako Inoue, Sarah Jain, Matthew Kohrman, Barbara Voss, Sylvia Yanagisako

Art and Art History: Terry Berlier, Wanda Corn (emerita), Pamela Lee, Melinda Takeuchi

Asian Languages: James R. Reichert, Yoshiko Matsumoto

Biology: Joan Roughgarden (emerita)

Business: Joanne Martin (emerita)

Classics: Maud Gleason, Susan Stephens

Comparative Literature: Petra Dierkes-Thrun, Patricia Parker

Developmental Biology: Ellen Porzig

Drama: William Eddelman (emeritus), Harry J. Elam, Cherríe Moraga, Peggy Phelan

East Asian Languages and Cultures: Yoshiko Matsumoto, James Reichert

Education: Susanna Loeb, Myra Strober (emerita), Christine Min Wotipka

English: Eavan Boland, Helen Brooks, Terry Castle, Michele Elam, Barbara Gelpi (emerita), Claire Jarvis, Andrea Lunsford, Paula Moya, Stephen Orgel, Ramón Saldívar, Stephen Hong Sohn, Jennifer Summit, Elizabeth Tallent

Feminist Studies: Nicole Baran, Kathleen Coll, Andrea Rees Davies, Shana Goldin-Perschbacher, Patricia Karlin-Neumann, Susan Krieger, Valerie Miner

French and Italian: Cecile Alduy, Marisa Galvez, Carolyn Springer

German Studies: Russell Berman, Kathryn Strachota

History: Philippe Buc, Paula Findlen, Estelle Freedman, Allyson Hobbs, Katherine Jolluck, Nancy Kollmann, Carolyn Lougee Chappell, Paul Robinson (emeritus), Londa Schiebinger, Matthew Sommer, Laura Stokes, Kären Wigen

Human Biology: Anne Firth-Murray

Iberian and Latin American Cultures: Yvonne Yarbro-Bejarano

Law: Deborah Rhode

Linguistics: Penelope Eckert, Arnold Zwicky

Medical School: Ann Arvin, Helen Blau, Roy King, Cheryl Koopman, Iris Litt (emerita)

Music: Heather Hadlock

Philosophy: Helen Longino, Debra Satz

Political Science: Lisa Blaydes, Terry Karl

Psychology: Albert Bandura, Laura Carstensen, Hazel Markus

Religious Studies: Charlotte Fonrobert, Hester Gelber, Linda Hess

Slavic Languages and Literatures: Monika Greenleaf

Sociology: Shelley Correll, Cecilia Ridgeway

Program Office: Serra House, 589 Capistrano Way

Mail Code: 94305-8640

Phone: (650) 723-2412


Web Site:

Courses offered by the Program in Feminist Studies are listed under the subject code FEMST on the Stanford Bulletin's ExploreCourses web site.

Each Feminist Studies student builds an individual program of study around a self-defined thematic focus, integrating courses from multiple departments. The Program offers an undergraduate major and minor, and an interdisciplinary honors program that is open to students in all majors. The program encourages work in the arts and supports creative honors theses.

Feminist Studies awards the annual Michelle Z. Rosaldo Prizes and Francisco Lopez Prizes for the best undergraduate scholarship on women, feminism, gender, or sexuality. The Rosaldo Prizes are awarded for the best essay and honors thesis or master's paper in the social sciences, and the Lopez Prizes for the best essay and honors thesis or master's paper in the humanities. See for details.

Curriculum guidelines and forms for the major, minor, and honors are available at the Feminist Studies office or at Students interested in Feminist Studies should consult the program mentor.

Mission of the Undergraduate Program in Feminist Studies

The interdepartmental Program in Feminist Studies provides students with the background and skills to investigate the significance of gender and sexuality in all arenas in human life. The program coordinates courses offered across the University into a curriculum in feminist and queer/LGBT studies, with an emphasis on diversity and transnationality. Feminist Studies majors examine how societies structure gender roles, relations, and identities, and how these intersect with other relations of power, such as class, race, ethnicity, sexuality, and age. Students employ feminist theories and methodologies to expand and reevaluate the assumptions about gender and sexuality that inform the study of individuals, cultures, social institutions, policy, and other areas of scholarly inquiry. The program prepares majors for graduate study in humanities and social sciences, and for professional schools.


The program expects undergraduate majors in the program to be able to demonstrate the following learning outcomes. These learning outcomes are used in evaluating students and the program's undergraduate program. Students are expected to demonstrate:

  1. knowledge of the histories of feminist and/or queer social movements and their intersections with other social justice movements.
  2. understanding of how the interdisciplinary field of Feminist Studies relates to feminist and/or queer social movements.
  3. knowledge and comprehension of feminist and/or queer theories and methods for social and cultural-literary analysis.
  4. skill in making and communicating feminist/queer analyses of data, texts, and arguments.

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