Whether your interests are in women, feminism, men, masculinity, the sex/gender system, LGBTQIA studies, heterosexuality, or other gendered matters, we have something to satisfy your research impulses. The program provides a vibrant intellectual home for current and future scholars interested in cutting-edge work in these areas. Our approach is collaborative, crossing departmental and disciplinary boundaries, and we cover a full range of genders and sexualities. 

Each year, GSWS hosts a variety of research-oriented events and activities—including book discussions, colloquia, works-in-progress with Pitt scholars, and lectures by external scholars—many of which are organized around a one- or two-year research theme. In recent years, we have hosted a number of major scholars in the field, including Aren Z. Aizura, Jack Halberstam, Jennifer C. Nash, Esther Newton, Gayle RubinGayle Salamon, and Kathryn Bond Stockton.

Faculty interested in having a manuscript read and discussed by a supportive group of interdisciplinary faculty and students at a works-in-progress event should contact the GSWS program director (

All of our events are free and open to the public.

Events are listed on our calendar. We hope you will join us!

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