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The Program in Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies is dedicated to exploring gender identities, relations, practices, theories and institutions. The women and men who enroll in our classes each semester gain the opportunity to understand how social, historical, and psychological forces, organized by the central concept of gender, shape them as individuals; attain a fuller understanding of human behavior, culture, and society; acquaint themselves with the experiences of those of different economic classes, sexual orientations, and cultural and racial backgrounds; and transfer the critical and analytical skills they acquire in the study of gender and society to other classes, beyond the campus to other activities, and eventually to their professional careers.

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Student Voices

Sao
"Taking classes in the (Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies) department and studying a long history of institutionalized racism and sexism around the world, I’ve learned how these structures manifest as barriers to healthcare and education. GSF taught me how to think."
- Saumya Sao, 2020 GSF Graduate

Alumni Spotlight

Erin Smith
Class of 1997 Professor Smith teaches courses in 19th and 20th-century American literatures and cultures and in Gender Studies at UT-Dallas, where she worked since earning her PhD at Duke. Professor Smith published two books focused on gender and…
Jessica Van Meir
Class of 2017 After leaving Duke, Jessica obtained her master's in Development Studies at Cambridge as a Gates Cambridge Scholar, and then returned home to Georgia to work on Stacey Abrams' campaign for Governor. In 2019, She joined McAllister…
Susan D. (Moore) Brown
Class of 2000 Susan D. Brown is a tenured Associate Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of California, Davis. Her research focuses on behavior change interventions for obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease prevention,…
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East Duke Parlors

The elegant and comfortable East Duke Parlors have been the site for countless GSF events, as well as many other Duke University lectures and meetings. With their Victorian beauty and splendor, the Pink and Blue parlors can provide your event with a memorable setting.

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