About the Major

Women’s and gender studies at Hamilton provides students with a powerful perspective on cultural and world history by putting women at the center of its analysis. The curriculum certainly is not for women only. It is not even exclusively about women. Who are we as individuals and as members of a society? Who shapes those identities and how? How do gender, power, race, and class affect the interactions of women and men? These are issues that every thoughtful person must address. Above all, women’s studies is about personal and intellectual growth.

Students Will Learn To:

  • Explain the connections between the pedagogy of feminism to the methodology and varying practices of the subject
  • Demonstrate the connections between the history of feminism to contemporary theory, practice and activism 
  • Critique the use of contemporary theories of intersectionality, interdisciplinarity and transnationality in feminist studies 
  • Apply a range of feminist methodologies and theories in research and writing 
  • Demonstrate knowledge of theories in academic feminism with the social orders and structures in which we live 

Meet Our Faculty

Margaret Gentry

Chair, Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies


women and aging; widowhood; caregiving of elderly; psychology of women/gender; household division of labor

Vivyan Adair

Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies


women’s studies; race, class, gender, sexuality and nation; comparative literature and theories of composition and rhetoric; sexuality studies; welfare reform, education and public policy

Mariah Stember

Visiting Assistant Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies


women’s, gender and sexuality studies; gender scholarship; feminist theory; interdisciplinary feminist scholarship; African studies; public policy, and global health

Careers After Hamilton

Hamilton graduates who concentrated in women's studies are pursuing careers in a variety of fields, including:

  • Director of Operations, Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston
  • Program Officer, Building Movements, Ms. Foundation for Women
  • Nurse Midwife, URMC Midwifery Group
  • 4th Grade Teacher, The IDEAL School of Manhattan
  • Attorney, Laskoff & Associates
  • Mental Health Counselor/Play Therapist, Integrative Counseling Services
  • Physician, Rhode Island Hospital

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Department Name

Women's and Gender Studies Department

Contact Name

Margaret Gentry, Chair

Office Location
198 College Hill Road
Clinton, NY 13323

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