• Women's Caucus members and PhD students Kelli Gardner and Emily Crews at our annual Divinity student-resource fair.

Resources for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality

Interested in pursuing coursework and research on women, gender, and sexuality? The following pages offer information and opportunities for both within the Divinity School and in the wider University of Chicago community -- in our Centers, our workshops and student organizations, library and information resources, and of course through classwork and faculty members.




CSGS is multidisciplinary and offers resources for students from all areas of the University. In addition to an extensive and helpful list of University faculty whose research and teaching interests include gender and sexuality, the Center also offers courses and fellowships, prizes, and teaching positions.

The Karla Scherer Center for the Study of American Culture

The Karla Scherer Center promotes multidisciplinary research and coursework on American culture; the center offers courses, frequent lunch talks, lectures, and other events. Many of these events feature scholars of gender, women, and sexuality. For more information, visit http://americanculture.uchicago.edu/


Workshops & Student Organizations


Gender and Sexuality Studies Workshop

This Council on Advanced Studies workshop meets biweekly on Tuesday afternoons; for more information, see: http://cas.uchicago.edu/workshops/genderandsexuality/.

Regulation of Family, Sex, and Gender Workshop

Organized by Professor Mary Ann Case at the University of Chicago Law School; for more information, see: http://www.law.uchicago.edu/workshops/familysexgender.

Gender and Philosophy Workshop

Contact Hannah Mosher at hmosher@uchicago.edu for more details.

Divinity School Women’s Caucus

Holds weekly gatherings for female students and faculty on Fridays from 4:30-6pm in Swift Hall: http://divschoolwomenscaucus.wordpress.com/.

GALS (Gender Activism, Learning, and Service)

Meets weekly; focused on issues of women and gender in western society: http://galsgalatea.wordpress.com/.



Divinity School Courses on Women, Gender, and Sexuality

Sampling of Past Divinity School Courses on Women, Gender, and Sexuality

by subject area (this is a representative, not a comprehensive, list of past courses)

History of Christianity

Women in American Religious History, 1630 – present (Staff)
Incarnation and the Body in the Latin West: From Tertullian to Thomas Aquinas (Otten)
Late Medieval Women: Authorship and Authority (Otten)
Gender, Power, and Religion in Medieval Europe (800-1100) (Pick)

History of Religions

Myths of Transvestism and Transsexuality (Doniger)
Religion, Sex, Politics, and Release in Ancient India (Doniger)

Islamic Studies

Women Writing Persian: Survey of Poetry and Prose (Lewis)

Religion and Literature

Subject/Subjectivity (Meltzer)

Religious Ethics

Texts of Indian Modernity: Rabindranath Tagore's Writings about Nationalism, Universalism, Gender and Faith (Nussbaum/Sarkar)


Feminist Theory and Theology: Beauvoir’s Second Sex (Culp)
Black Theology and Womanist Theology (Hopkins) 



The Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality—List of Affiliated Faculty

Divinity School faculty and affiliated faculty with teaching and research interests in topics relating to women, gender, and sexuality.

by area of study

History of Christianity

History of Religions

Philosophy of Religions

Religion and Literature

Religions in America

Religious Ethics