2020-21 Pomona College Catalog 
    Jun 22, 2021  
2020-21 Pomona College Catalog

Gender and Women’s Studies

Professor Zayn Kassam, program coordinator
Steering Committee: Ellison, Kassam, Levin
, Tompkins1

Associate Professors Bahng3, Tompkins1
Assistant Professor Ellison
Visiting Assistant Professor Duong
Cynthia Madrigal, academic coordinator


The Gender and Women’s Studies (GWS) Program at Pomona College focuses on the culturally and historically specific production of sexual difference, on the wide-ranging impact of feminist research both inside the academy and in the larger society, and on the intersections of gender with other social forces such as race, sexuality, class and colonialism. The program fosters rigorous critical inquiry into these multiple forms of difference, challenging conventional cultural assumptions about women, dis/ability, sexuality and gender roles and promotes the development of new ideas and research in feminist scholarship within an open, supportive environment.

The Gender and Women’s Studies Program offers two kinds of majors. One stands alone and emphasizes the theoretical focus of recent feminist interdisciplinary scholarship. The other major features disciplinary tracks that link feminist research and theory with a discipline or interdisciplinary program. Both forms of the major prepare a student for a variety of careers and for graduate study. The major with disciplinary tracks enables students whose career plans or plans for graduate study might not have a direct link with gender studies to explore disciplinary and interdisciplinary constructions of knowledge in ways richly informed by feminist scholarship.

Departments and programs participating in the disciplinary tracks major are listed below. Each student electing this major has a faculty advisor who teaches in both GWS and the participatory department or program. The faculty includes Bahng, Brown, Chávez-Silverman, Cheng, Chin, Ellison, Gorse, Grigsby, Haddad, Jackson, Kassam, Levin, Lu, Mayes, Miyake, Montenegro, Ochoa, Raff, Rapaport, Rudova, Runions, Summers Sandoval, Seery, Shay, Teixido, Thai, Thomas, Tompkins, Waller and others with courses cross-referenced in GWS. We recommend that all GWS majors take at least one feminist theory course by the end of their junior year. Courses toward a gender and women’s studies major or minor must be taken on a letter-grade basis, unless a petition to take the course Pass/No credit is approved by the program coordinator or steering committee.


1On leave fall 2020 2On leave spring 2021 3On leave 2020-21


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