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About Us

group shotThe Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program at Oregon State University was founded in 1972 (as Women Studies) and has since grown to include eleven core faculty members and more than 50 program faculty members from across the University.

Each term, more than 500 students take Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies courses, either to meet baccalaureate core requirements or major, minor, and graduate requirements. Many students simply take them for personal interest and fulfillment.

Our core faculty members are:

  • Dr. Bradley Boovy teaches in the World Languages and Cultures Program and the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Program.  Dr. Boovy's WGSS courses focus on men and masculinities and queer film.  He is currently collaborating with colleagues from across campus to develop a minor in Critical Men and Masculinities Studies which is projected to launch in Fall 2014.
  • Dr. Crystal Boson is a scholar, poet, and activist that specializes in Black queer theory, performance studies, and African American religion. She teaches "Women: Self and Society" and "Feminist Methodology". 
  • Dr. Liddy Detar advises our undergraduate majors/minors in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and coordinates our undergraduate internship program.  She also teaches "Women: Self and Society," and the undergraduate section of "Systems of Oppression in Women's Lives."

  • Dr. Qwo-Li Driskill is a writer, scholar, educator, activist, and performer who specializes in queer and two-spirit indigenous studies.  S/he teaches "Introduction to Queer Studies," "Queer Theories," "Queer Indigenous Studies," and "Queer/Trans People of Color Art/Activism," as well as the graduate seminar "Systems of Oppression in Women's Lives."
  • Dr. Patti Duncan is the Coordinator of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.  She specializes in transnational feminist theories and movements, women of color studies, and feminist media studies.  Her courses include "Disney: Gender, Race, Empire," "Politics of Motherhood in Global Contexts," "Women in World Cinema," and graduate seminars "Transnational Feminisms," and "Women of Color in the U.S." 
  • Kryn Freehling-Burton teaches introductory courses including "Women: Self, and Society," and "Women: Personal and Social Change," as well as other courses including "Women in Film" and "Women and Sexuality." She coordinates our online major/minor in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and is also active in theater projects as an actor and playwright.
  • Dr. Janet Lee is a sociologist with research interests in feminist theories and narrative methodologies and women and literary histories. She teaches undergraduate introductory courses and global perspectives on women as well as graduate coursework in Feminist Teaching and Learning, Theories of Feminism, and Feminist Research.
  • Dr. Ron Mize is Associate Professor in the School of Language, Culture, and Society and Director of the Center for Latina/Latino Studies and Engagement (CL@SE).His scholarly research focuses on the historical origins of racial, class, and gender oppression in the lives of Mexicano/as residing in the United States.
  • Dr. Nana Osei-Kofi  is Director of the Difference, Power, & Discrimination (DPD) Program.  Her work focuses on critical and feminist social theories and pedagogies, the politics of American higher education, and visual cultural studies/arts-based inquiry.
  • Dr. Susan Shaw is the director of the School of Language, Culture and Society, but she continues to teach in the program. Her research interests include women and rock 'n' roll as well as women and religion. She teaches Systems of Oppression, Feminist Theology and Spirituality, and Feminist Teaching and Learning.
  • Dr. Elizabeth Sheehan teaches in the School of Writing, Literature, and Film and the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program. She specializes in late-19th and 20th-century American and British literatures and visual and material culture, and she offers various courses on gender, race, and modern literatures as well as the graduate seminar "Fashion, Gender, Modernity."
  • Dr. Mehra Shirazi's work focuses on health disparities through the lens of social justice with regard to class, race, geography, environment, immigrant status, and gender.  She teaches "Global Perspectives on Women's Health," "Race, Ethnicity, Gender, and Health," and "Feminist Research," a graduate seminar focusing on community-based participatory research methods.

Also pictured is Leonora Rianda (office coordinator).

Our faculty members have won numerous teaching, research, and development awards and are actively involved in the life of the University.

The WGSS GTAs are:

Daryl Adkins
Yamilet Alas
Blayne Amson
Mayela Delatorre
Alex Fisher
Lizz Koch
Andres Lopez
Sophia Mantheakis
Raquel Sanchez
Dawn Schiller-Bristol