Gender, Women, and Sexuality

Gustavus Adolphus College offers a major and a minor in Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies. This interdisciplinary program examines gender and sexuality as cultural and social categories that organize and shape human experience.

Students will interrogate the social meanings of femininity, masculinity, sexual behavior, and desire as integral to the ways that groups and individuals construct their identities within and across a variety of historical, social, and cultural contexts. To this end, students will also examine the ways that gender and sexuality intersect with other categories of social difference such as race, class, ethnicity, nationality, religion, ability, and age. Students will explore such topics as constructions of femininity and masculinity, the history of feminism, gender roles and relations, and cultural configurations of sexual desire and identity in discussion-based classes.

Courses in the GWS Program come from a variety of disciplines. A multidisciplinary approach will provide students with a foundation for thinking more broadly about categories of social difference and the various cultural and legal institutions that produce and sustain them. Students who successfully complete the program will be exposed to a wide array of methodologies regarding the history, theory, and practice of gender studies and will gain extensive experience with writing and research with a strong emphasis on information literacy.

In order to develop personal experiences with and perspectives on the workings of gender in Western and non-Western societies, the GWS Program recommends that students consider off-campus (international or domestic) academic programs. The GWS Program makes every effort to work with students in selecting courses from these programs that may be applied to the major or minor requirements. See for a complete list of available programs, or contact the Center for International and Cultural Education for a list of programs that would be particularly interesting to GWS students.

In keeping with the mission of the College, students will be encouraged to orient these insights toward furthering the cause of social justice. 

Name Title Phone Web
Jill Locke Program Director 507-933-6226
Amy Seham Professor 507-933-7460 web
Ana Adams Associate Professor of Spanish 507-933-6079 web
Barbara Zust ’76 Professor 507-933-6097
Carlos Mejia Suarez Assistant Professor 507-933-7385
Darío Sánchez-González Assistant Professor 507-933-7387
Elizabeth Baer Research Professor web
Elizabeth Jenner Associate Professor 507-933-7427
Florence Amamoto Associate Professor 507-933-7399
Gregory Kaster Professor 507-933-7431 web
Hayley Russell Assistant Professor 507-933-6062
Angelique Dwyer Associate Professor 507-933-7419 web
Kate Wittenstein Professor 507-933-7433
Kjerstin Moody ’98 Associate Professor 507-933-7423
Leila Brammer Professor 507-933-6190 web
Lisa Heldke ’82 Affiliated faculty 507-933-7029 web
Lori Carsen Kelly ’83 Visiting Assistant Professor and Director of the Three Crowns Curriculum 507-933-7172
Maddalena Marinari Assistant Professor 507-933-6152
Peg O'Connor Professor 507-933-7573 web
Martin Lang ’95 Associate Professor 507-933-6899
Mary Gaebler Associate Professor 507-933-6290
Mary Solberg Associate Professor, Chair
Patricia English Associate Professor 507-933-7372 web
Robert Kendrick Assistant Professor 507-933-6090
Sidonia Alenuma-Nimoh Associate Professor 507-933-7451 web
Suzanne Wilson Associate Professor 507-933-7426
Thia Cooper Associate Professor 507-933-6296 web
Ursula Lindqvist Associate Professor 507-933-7422
Yurie Hong Chair of Nobel Conference 2017 "Reproductive Technologies: How Far Do We Go?" 507-933-7160