Women's Studies

The department provides an interdisciplinary and transnational analysis of the historical, theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of women and gender. Innovative teaching and research experiences help students analyze social and cultural differences, transform their understanding of traditional areas of study and develop their ability to interact with the world in personal and intellectual ways.

Brenda Narvaez ’17 meets with prof. Anne Lacsamana to discuss her research project.
Brenda Narvaez ’17 meets with Associate Professor of Women's Studies Anne Lacsamana to discuss her Emerson Foundation research project.

A student’s activism leads to women’s studies, summer research

By the time Brenda Narvaez ’17 entered Hamilton College, she’d taught English to immigrants, among other work at a community service agency back home in Florida. She believes her activism is one reason why she felt at home in women’s studies courses at Hamilton. Narvaez, an intended women’s studies major, spent the summer before her sophomore year doing research related to women day laborers with Associate Professor of Women's Studies Anne Lacsamana.

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Danielle Burby '12
Danielle Burby ’12

A graduate’s progress: words are her weapon of choice

Danielle Burby ’12 is a playwright who double-majored in creative writing and women’s studies at Hamilton College. Women’s studies fueled her writing, opened her eyes to injustice and instilled in her a desire for action. “Words are my weapon of choice and inequality (whether gender, race, class or sexuality-based) is my topic of choice,” Burby says.

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