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Gender and Sexuality Studies
Leslie Petty, Ph.D., Director
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Gender and Sexuality Studies





The B.A. Rudolph Foundation offers an annual scholarship for women seeking summer internships in the greater Washington, DC metropolitan area. Internships must be unpaid and with Washington-based organizations focused on government, public service, non-profit endeavors, and women’s rights.

Successful applicants are awarded a $4,500 scholarship, paired with mentors and participate in several social events ranging from tickets to a Nationals baseball game to a private tour of the Pentagon. We are now accepting applications for Summer 2014 scholarships, due on April 15, 2014. Applicants DO NOT need to have secured their internship before the scholarship application deadline.

Please go to for more information and to apply. Please feel free to contact the Foundation with any additional questions. Brochure

Gender and Sexuality Studies (GSST) is an interdisciplinary program that focuses on gender and sexuality as categories of analysis. Courses in GSST range widely in focus and content. However, what these courses share is a recognition, shaped by feminist and queer perspectives, of the ways in which gender and sexuality function as part of a dynamic system, one that shapes identity, structures knowledge, and determines the distribution of social and political power. Courses in GSST can include a variety of different topics and directions, including the following:

  • Explore how concepts of manhood and womanhood shape divisions of labor, family structure, social identity, civil law, sexual mores, and political rights.
  • Study the roles, contributions, and/or representations of women or QLGBT people and cultures and make use of critical frameworks for analyzing these roles, contributions and representations.
  • Study the history of sexuality, including the emergence of sexual identities.
  • Examine how gendered structures affect access to privilege and opportunity and how gender is encoded in power relations
  • Analyze how gender is mediated by other categories of identity and positioning, such as class, race, sexual orientation and ethnicity

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Eleventh Annual Symposium on Gender and Sexuality Studies

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