Women's and Gender Studies was founded as a certificate program at Santa Clara in 1981. Over the years we added a minor, a companion major, and then a stand-alone major. WGST is now a full department in the College of Arts and Sciences, granting a Bachelor of Arts Degree.

The Women’s and Gender Studies (WGST) Program is a multidisciplinary program that provides an integrated approach to understanding the social and cultural constructions of gender that shape the experiences of women and men in society. With its roots in social justice movements of the last three decades, the methods and goals of Women’s and Gender Studies support the University’s mission of education informed by both ethical and intellectual values. In addition to educating undergraduates in traditional classroom environments, the program pursues its goals by providing opportunities for civic engagement through internships, supporting faculty scholarship on gender issues across the disciplines, and presenting diverse co-curricular programming for the university.

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Submissions from 2015

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Claiming Lesbian History: The Romance Between Fact and Fiction, Linda Garber

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Deconstructing Sita's Blues: Questions of Mis/representation, Cultural Property, and Feminist Critique in Nina Paley's Ramayana, Sharmila Lodhia

Submissions from 2014

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Stop Importing Weapons of Family Destruction!’ Cyberdiscourses, Patriarchal Anxieties and the Male Backlash Movement in India, Sharmila Lodhia

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The “Other” Women in Family Life: Recognizing the Significance of Aunt/Niece/Nephew Communication, Patricia J. Sotirin and Laura L. Ellingson

Submissions from 2012

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Beyond the research/service dichotomy: Claiming ALL research products for hiring, evaluation, tenure, and promotion., Laura L. Ellingson and Margaret M. Quinlan

Submissions from 2011

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The Poetics of Professionalism Among Dialysis Technicians, Laura L. Ellingson

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Gender, Genre and Slavery: The Other Rowson, Rowson's Others, Eileen Elrod

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Performing Mythic Identity: An Analysis and Critique of “The Ethnogs”, Nick Trujillo, Bob Krizek, Patty Sotirin, Laura L. Ellingson, Melanie Bailey Mills, Shirley Drew, and Chris Poulos

Submissions from 2010

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New Directions in Feminism and Human Rights, Dana Collins, Sylvanna Falcón, Sharmila Lodhia, and Molly Talcott

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A Feminist Forecast for Health Communication Research in 2010., Laura L. Ellingson

Phillis Wheatley’s Abolitionist Text: The 1834 Edition, Eileen Razzari Elrod

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Brides without Borders: New Topographies of Violence and the Future of Law in an Era of Transnational Citizen-Subjects, Sharmila Lodhia

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Constructing an Imperfect Citizen-Subject: Globalization, National ‘Security’ and Violence Against South Asian Women, Sharmila Lodhia

Submissions from 2009

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Limping (enthusiastically) toward Chicago, Laura L. Ellingson

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Salvaging, Surrendering, and Saying Goodbye to My Leg, Laura L. Ellingson

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All-India Women's Conference, Sharmila Lodhia

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Dowry Prohibition Act, Sharmila Lodhia

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Legal Frankensteins and Monstrous Women: Judicial Narratives of the "Family in Crisis", Sharmila Lodhia

Submissions from 2008

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Academic Aunting: Reimaging Feminist (Wo)Mentoring, Teaching, and Relationships., Laura L. Ellingson and Patricia Sotirin

Submissions from 2007

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The Performance of Dialysis Care: Routinization and Adaptation on the Floor, Laura L. Ellingson

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A Film Review: The Shape of Water by Kum-Kum Bhavnani, Sharmila Lodhia

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Rearticulating the Aunt: Feminist Alternatives of Family, Care, and Kinship in Popular Performances of Aunting, Patricia Sotirin and Laura L. Ellingson

Submissions from 2006

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Embodied Knowledge: Writing Researchers’ Bodies Into Qualitative Health Research, Laura L. Ellingson

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Exploring young adults' perspectives on communication with aunts, Laura L. Ellingson and Patricia J. Sotirin

Submissions from 2005

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Where in the World Are the Lesbians?, Linda Garber

Submissions from 2003

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Interdisciplinary Health Care Teamwork in the Clinic Backstage, Laura L. Ellingson

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One Step Global, Two Steps Back? Race, Gender, and Queer Studies, Linda Garber

Submissions from 2002

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Communication, collaboration, and teamwork among health care professionals, Laura L. Ellingson

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The roles of companions in geriatric patient–interdisciplinary oncology team interactions, Laura L. Ellingson

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Weaving a Wide Net: An Integrated Model for Combating Campus Homophobia and Heterosexism, Linda Garber

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Demanding the Right to Live without Violence: Reflections on Color of Violence II, Sharmila Lodhia and Sylvanna Falcón

Submissions from 2000

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Style, Substance, and Standpoint: A Feminist Critique of Bernie Siegel’s Rhetoric of Self-Healing, Laura L. Ellingson

Submissions from 1999

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Listening to Women's Narratives of Breast Cancer Treatment: A Feminist Approach to Patient Satisfaction With Physician-Patient Communication, Laura L. Ellingson and Patrice M. Buzzanell

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Harriet Wilson and the White Reader: Authority and Audience in Our Nig, Eileen Razzari Elrod

Submissions from 1998

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Then You Know How I Feel”: Empathy, Identification, and Reflexivity in Fieldwork, Laura L. Ellingson

Submissions from 1997

Rebellion, Restraint, and New England Religion: The Ambivalent Feminism of Mary Wilkins Freeman, Eileen Razzari Elrod

Submissions from 1996

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Truth is Stranger than Non-Fiction: Gender, Religion, and Contradiction in the Works of Rose Terry Cooke, Eileen Razzari Elrod

Submissions from 1995

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‘Exactly Like MyFather’: Feminist Hermeneutics inHarriet Beecher Stowe’s Non-Fiction, Eileen Razzari Elrod