Gender, Women, and Sexuality

Gustavus Adolphus College offers a major and a minor in Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies. This interdisciplinary program examines gender and sexuality as cultural and social categories that organize and shape human experience.

Students will interrogate the social meanings of femininity, masculinity, sexual behavior, and desire as integral to the ways that groups and individuals construct their identities within and across a variety of historical, social, and cultural contexts. To this end, students will also examine the ways that gender and sexuality intersect with other categories of social difference such as race, class, ethnicity, nationality, religion, ability, and age. Students will explore such topics as constructions of femininity and masculinity, the history of feminism, gender roles and relations, and cultural configurations of sexual desire and identity in discussion-based classes.

Courses in the GWS Program come from a variety of disciplines. A multidisciplinary approach will provide students with a foundation for thinking more broadly about categories of social difference and the various cultural and legal institutions that produce and sustain them. Students who successfully complete the program will be exposed to a wide array of methodologies regarding the history, theory, and practice of gender studies and will gain extensive experience with writing and research with a strong emphasis on information literacy.

In order to develop personal experiences with and perspectives on the workings of gender in Western and non-Western societies, the GWS Program recommends that students consider off-campus (international or domestic) academic programs. The GWS Program makes every effort to work with students in selecting courses from these programs that may be applied to the major or minor requirements. See for a complete list of available programs, or contact the Center for International and Cultural Education for a list of programs that would be particularly interesting to GWS students.

In keeping with the mission of the College, students will be encouraged to orient these insights toward furthering the cause of social justice. 

Name Title Phone
Jill Locke Program Director 507-933-6226
Ana Adams 507-933-6079 web
Sidonia Alenuma-Nimoh 507-933-7451 web
Florence Amamoto 507-933-7399
Elizabeth Baer 507-933-7324 web
Leila Brammer Professor 507-933-6190 web
Thia Cooper 507-933-6296 web
Blake Couey Assistant Professor 507-933-7475
Deborah Downs-Miers Associate Professor 507-933-7397 web
Patricia English Associate Professor and Department Co-Chair 507-933-7372 web
Mary Gaebler Associate Professor 507-933-6290
Deborah Goodwin Associate Professor 507-933-6012
Anne-Marie Gronhovd
Nancy Scott Hanway 507-933-7388 web
Lisa Heldke ’82 Professor 507-933-7029 web
Yurie Hong Associate Professor (On Sabbatical 2013-2014) 507-933-7160
Elizabeth Jenner Associate Professor 507-933-7427
Gregory Kaster Professor 507-933-7431 web
Kate Keller 507-933-7432
Robert Kendrick Assistant Professor 507-933-6090
Martin Lang ’95 Associate Professor
Ursula Lindqvist Affiliated Faculty 507-933-7422
Kjerstin Moody ’98 Assistant Professor 507-933-7423
Peg O'Connor Professor 507-933-7573
Alisa Rosenthal Associate Professor 507-933-7437 web
Audrey Russek Assistant Professor 507-933-6152 web
Amy Seham Professor 507-933-7460 web
Mary Solberg 507-933-7470 web
Suzanne Wilson 507-933-7426
Kate Wittenstein Professor 507-933-7433
Linnea Wren 507-933-7380
Barbara Zust ’76 Professor 507-933-6097