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The Department of Women’s Studies at TWU offers an exciting multicultural curriculum that integrates diverse perspectives and critically applies feminist/womanist scholarship on behalf of social justice. 

TWU is the largest public university primarily for women in the United States and one of the most diverse institutions of higher education in the nation.

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Films for the Feminist Classroom

Still from Tinku Kamayu (Mabel Maio, 2008). Used with permission.

We are thrilled to announce that the latest issue of Films for the Feminist Classroom, published through the Department of Women's Studies at Texas Woman's University, is now available at

This issue of FFC includes an exciting special feature that addresses a topic many educators confront in their teaching: violence. Dr. Shilyh Warren and Merry Jett edited the “Film and Violence” special feature, which is a collection of essays that theorizes violence in film while also analyzing specific films that instructors may use in a classroom. In addition to a focus on film and violence, this issue highlights film reviews about a range of topics. While one review builds on the ideas discussed in the special feature—exploring the social, historical, and political contexts of honor killings—most of the reviews address different facets of cultural production and the politics of representation. Films about art and artists, popular media, sports, native communities, and Judaism offer insight into the different ways individuals and industries navigate and produce visions of gender, race, religion, sexuality, nationality, and indigeneity. 

New Undergraduate Course for Summer 2015

WS 2033 Womanist Spiritual Activism: Social Justice Theories for Willness and Holistic Transformation [pdf]

Why Women's Studies?

Student holding sign reading To Understand the MisunderstoodFind out why undergraduate students appreciate their multicultural-women's studies courses.

Watch the Why Women's Studies slideshow.


Duke University Press has just published Light in the Dark/Luz En Lo Oscuro: Rewriting Identity, Spirituality, Reality, written by Gloria E. Anzaldua and edited by Professor AnaLouise Keating. Written during the last decade of her life, Light in the Dark represents the culmination of Gloria E. Anzaldúa's mature thought and the most comprehensive presentation of her philosophy. Throughout, Anzaldúa weaves personal narratives into deeply engaging theoretical readings to comment on numerous contemporary issues—including the September 11 attacks, neocolonial practices in the art world, and coalitional politics. She valorizes subaltern forms and methods of knowing, being, and creating that have been marginalized by Western thought, and theorizes her writing process as a fully embodied artistic and political practice. Resituating Anzaldúa's work within Continental philosophy and new materialism, Light in the Dark takes Anzaldúan scholarship in new directions.

Dr. Agatha Beins, Women's Studies Assistant Professor received a Barnard Library Research Award to visit the Barnard Zine Library: She plans to look at the library's collection of 1990s riot grrrl zines to map the political kinship between these zines and 1970s feminist periodicals through their content, rhetoric, aesthetics, and processes of production, allowing us to develop a more complex genealogy of U.S. feminist politics.  Dr. Beins also recently published the article "Radical Others: Women of Color and Revolutionary Feminism" in the journal Feminist Studies: .

Sam R. Schmitt, Women’s Studies Ph.D. candidate, co-authored an article with Angela Carter (doctoral student in women’s studies, University of Minnesota), Amanda Swenson (doctoral student in english, Louisiana State University) and R. Tina Catania (Doctoral student in geography, Syracuse university) and was recently accepted for publication in the forthcoming edited collection, Negotiating Disability Awareness: Disclosure in Higher Education edited by Stephanie L. Kershbaum, Laura T. Eisenman, and James M. Jones. Their article is titled, “Bodies Like Ours: An Autoethnographic Analysis of Graduate Education, Disability, and the Politics of Disclosure."

Dr. AnaLouise Keating's blog site, Women=Books, An Invitation to Post-Oppositional Thinking, is now available at the Wellesley Centers for Women, linked here:   Check it out!

Congratulations for Renane McNeal, Women's Studies Ph.D. student, who was awarded a fellowship from the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTC):

Dr. Claire Sahlin has been selected as the May 2015 commencement speaker for the College of Arts and Sciences.

Dr. AnaLouise Keating will receive the university's prestigious Distinction in Scholarship Award at TWU's annual honors convocation spring 2015.

Sara DowningSara Ishii-Downing, a doctoral student in Women's Studies, has been selected as a Chancellor's Student Research Fellow for 2015-16.


Women's Studies Ph.D. student, Lauren Cross, is featured in the Dallas Observer Blogs:


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Reasons to Choose Our Graduate Program

One of the most diverse universities in the nation, TWU offers the only M.A. in Women's Studies in the Dallas-Ft. Worth metroplex region.  Our classes are small in size, thereby encouraging discussion, dialogue, and engaged learning. More about “Reasons to Choose Our Graduate Program”...

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Women's Studies Students Say...

"Graduating from the Women's Studies Program of Texas Woman's University has been the most important and empowering aspect of my entire college education." More about “Women's Studies Students Say...”...

Articles Related to Women's Studies

Read American Association of University Professors article titled
"Why STEM Students Need Gender Studies": 

Read Ms. Magazine's article from Women's Studies alumni, Tara Conley, titled "The Pinterest Problem"

Read Ms. Magazine's newsflash on our new Ph.D. in Women's Studies!

Ms. Magazine's "2009 Guide to Women's Studies"

"Transform The World" - What can you do with a degree in women's studies," Ms. Magazine

"The Evolution of American Women's Studies,"