2000 grads

The first graduating class of Gender Studies majors in 2000

Leila Ahmed

Lelia Ahmed gives a lecture in May 2012

Alison Bechdel and student

Alison Bechdel speaks with a student at an exhibition of her work

Lauren Berlant and Mel Chen

Professor Lauren Berlant introducing guest speaker Mel Chen

Lauren Berlant and Kristen Schilt

Professors Lauren Berlant and Kristen Schilt participate in a zine making workshop

Hillary Chute and Alison Bechdel

Professor Hillary Chute and Alison Bechdel


Students participate in a classroom discussion at CSGS

Community room

The Community Room at 5733 S University

center door

Center entrance

2011 fellows

CSGS Fellows in 2011

5733 exterior

The exterior of 5733 S University

Student question

A student asks a question after a talk by Kimberly Peirce in October 2011


The Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality seeks to integrate the innovations of the last fifty years in the study of women, gender, and sexuality into the core research and teaching mission of the University of Chicago by advancing new forms of interdisciplinary knowledge that connect academic learning to worldly problems and contexts. We are a resource for the University of Chicago community about issues pertaining to gender and sexuality, and we seek to bridge research and academic coursework with student development, leadership, and coalition building.

In addition to sponsoring faculty research projects, conferences, and exhibits, the Center hosts faculty projects, postdoctoral fellows, and visiting scholars. The Center offers a major and minor degree in gender and sexuality studies, a two-quarter sequence in the College Core curriculum, Gender & Sexuality in World Civilizations, a wide range of course offerings, as well as opportunities for internships and research. Graduate student offerings include a certificate in gender and sexuality studies, workshops, teaching opportunities, and dissertation and residential fellowships. The Center aims to engage scholars both within and outside the University and to facilitate new conversations across existing academic disciplines and beyond.