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5733 S. University Ave.

The Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality at the University of Chicago was established in 1996, after a decade of faculty and student self-organization. It now consolidates work on gender and sexuality, and in feminist, gay and lesbian, and queer studies.

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Our building is wheelchair accessible via a ramp in front of the building on University Avenue. There are automatic doors with push pads at the front entrances of the building. The building is equipped with three gender-neutral restrooms; the first floor restroom is ADA accessible and equipped with an automatic door and push pad.

For any other questions about access accommodations, please email csgs@lists.uchicago.edu.


Women and Leadership discussion with Professor Linda Zerilli on C-SPAN

On February 8, 2021, former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and former Nigerian Foreign Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala discussed women and leadership with Professor Linda Zerilli (Political Science, Gender and Sexuality Studies). This virtual event was recorded by C-SPAN and is available to watch on their website.

The rise of women in U.S. politics—from the 19th Amendment to Kamala Harris

Professor Linda Zerilli (Charles E. Merriam Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science and former faculty director of the CSGS) discussed the 19th amendment, misconceptions about the first wave of feminism, and the upcoming election with UChicago News. Read the full interview here!

Congratulations Class of 2020!

The CSGS is proud to present the Class of 2020! Graduating this Spring and Summer are Gender and Sexuality Studies majors Anna Aguiar Kosicki, Maddy Birmingham, Deimy Chavez, Apoorva Krishnan, Brooke Nagler, Ramona Pfaender, Rebeka Pushkar, and Mo Rodriguez Cruz. To learn more about fantastic the work that our majors completed this year, please visit our GNSE Class of 2020 BA Showcase.

We would also like to congratulate our graduating minors Larry Coldon, Katriona Guthrie-Honea, Daniel Hartman, Madison Johnson and Emily Lynch.

Congratulations to all of our wonderful majors and minors, and good luck in your next endeavors!

2020 Ruth Murray Essay Prize

We are pleased to announce that the recipient of the 2020 Ruth Murray Essay Prize is Gender and Sexuality Studies and Linguistics major Deimy Yolanda Chavez Oropeza for her memoir/essay “Drawn to the Blood.” Reviewers noted that Deimy's "brilliant and searching" essay "translates the flesh of the world of internal thought and external encounter into an experience of critical method at its most powerful and autobiography at its most tender and alive." Congratulations Deimy!

Our reviewers also selected two honorable mentions: Sophia Vale’s “Gender, Violence, and Protest: The Ni Una Menos Movement in Argentina"and Alexis Wolf’s “As Eve, So All Women: Patriarchal Biases in Interpretations of Genesis 2-3." Kudos for your excellent work!

2020 Faculty Book Celebration

We are excited to announce the fantastic array of recently published books by our faculty affiliates. Our books this year cover a wide selection of fields, including art history, critical race studies, education, fiction, history, literary criticism, musicology, philosophy, and political theory. To showcase this immense and diverse talent, we are launching a new website that features all of the books alongside links to “extras,” such as op-eds, interviews, and podcasts with the authors. We encourage you to browse this well-stocked “bookshelf” and to engage with the authors about their work on social media until we can all meet again in person.

You can find the website at www.csgsfacultybooks.com

Please join us in congratulating our faculty affiliates for their accomplishments this year! 

Spring 2020 Update

With the latest measures from the university administration moving classes online and closing parts of campus, the CSGS has canceled all events planned for the spring quarter and our building is closed. We hope to reschedule many of these events in the fall or next academic year. In-person meetings, events or gatherings will not be scheduled at the Center until further notice.

In addition to these measures supporting the health and wellbeing of our communities, our priority will continue to be to support our students, to facilitate the courses originated by the CSGS in the coming quarter, and to adapt our research initiatives under the new conditions.

Questions or concerns for the CSGS should be directed to csgs@lists.uchicago.edu.

We encourage you to take care of yourselves and each other. Information and regular updates may be found on the university’s coronavirus update page.

CSGS Alum Wins Cultural Horizons Prize

Former CSGS Dissertation Fellow Sarah Luna was awarded the 2019 Cultural Horizons Prize by the Society for Cultural Anthropology for her article, “Affective Atmospheres of Terror on the Mexico–U.S. Border.” The jurors praised the article as “a beautifully written ethnography of how rumors of violence shaped affective atmospheres of terror, very much grounded in the individual lives of Luna’s interlocutors.”

Sarah Luna was a James C. Hormel Dissertation Fellow at the CSGS from 2011-2012; currently she is and Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Tufts University.


Did you know?

All UChicago college students have the opportunity to learn about the fundamental importance of gender and sexuality as analytic categories as part of their general education requirement teaching the introduction to the tools of inquiry used in every discipline. The CSGS offers several sections of a two-quarter civilization sequence taught by our faculty based in a variety of disciplines. Read more about Gender and Sexuality in World Civilizations.

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