Scenes from Women's Studies

Gender and Women's Studies

Professor Donna Hughes and her students presenting their finding on "Analyzing Human Trafficking in RI, 2009-2013". The presentation was outstanding and attended by 100 people including U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha and Director of Day One Peg Langhammer, who came all the way down to Kingston for the presentation. A huge honor for Donna, her students, and URI. Both Peter and Peg answered questions in the Q & A, giving students a direct chance to hear their wisdom, too.

Photo: (from left to right) U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha, Faith Skodmin, Lucy Tillman, Donna Hughes, Rachel Dunham, Peg Langhammer, Director of Day One

Students of Jenn Brandt's GWS 150 class use their newfound knowledge to analyze images of gender in the media.


The discipline of Gender and Women's Studies has a vision of a world free from sexism. By necessity, freedom from sexism must include a commitment to freedom from national chauvinism; class, ethnic, racial, and heterosexual bias; economic exploitation; religious persecution; ageism; and ableism. Gender and Women's Studies seeks to identify, understand, and challenge ideologies and institutions that knowingly or unknowingly oppress and exploit others, or deny fundamental human rights. Thus, Gender and Women's Studies envisions a world in which all persons can develop their fullest potential.

Gender and Women's Studies uses feminist and interdisciplinary methods to teach, conduct research, and expand existing bodies of knowledge. Critical thinking, the production of theory, and the assumption of community and global responsibility are integral to these methods. We are committed to deliberative processes that promote open expression and collaboration. Understanding the interrelationship between the personal and political, we support and promote feminist teaching, learning, research, scholarship, creative activity, and professional and community service.


Spring 2016 Courses


In Loving Memory of Erica Knowles

Read our latest male response to GWS 150: Introduction to Gender and Women's Studies!


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AAUW Fellowships and Grants


Community, Equity and Diversity at URI

Gender and Sexuality Center

Recent celebration for GWS Graduates and Honor Society inductees, hosted by Jenn Brandt, Jody Lisberger (far left) and Bola Akanji (far right)

May 3rd, 2011: Gov. Lincoln Chafee Roundtable with GWS 400 Capstone Class (Critical Issues in Feminist Scholarship).  Exploring Global Women's Issues and Theories: How and What Can Rhode Island Learn From Global Women's Movements?


GWS Director and Assistant Professor, Jody Lisberger, receiving her award for Faculty Excellence in Leadership and Service at the Diversity Awards dinner.

Congrats Jody!