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Welcome from Dr. Seung-Kyung Kim

Professor and Chair in the Department of Women's Studies

Chair, Seung-Kyung KimAs the new school year starts, the Department of Women’s Studies is excited to announce new additions to the department. We hope as students you are just as excited to welcome these changes.

Our first addition is that the LGBT Studies Program is now in its new home in the Department of Women’s Studies, in the College of Arts and Humanities. I want to acknowledge Dr. Marilee Lindemann for the work she did as director of the LGBT Studies program in establishing and growing it since its inception in 2002. The program would not be where it is today without her leadership. I hope that LGBT Studies can continue to thrive in its new home.

I also want to announce that Dr. JV Sapinoso has joined our staff, filling the position that was held for many years by Laura Nichols, and will be advising all WMST undergraduate students, which now includes WMST majors, WMST certificates, Black Women’s Studies Minors, LGBT certificates, and LGBT minors. 

Furthermore, I am pleased to announce that there is now a Director of Undergraduate Studies in WMST, and that Dr. Elsa Barkley Brown will be holding this position. As in other departments in ARHU and across campus, the Director of Undergraduate Studies oversees the department’s undergraduate programs and works with the department’s faculty. I look forward to creating new undergraduate opportunities at UMD.

Lastly, I would like to extend a big welcome to our new faculty. Our faculty search last year focused on LGBT/Queer Studies, and resulted in the hiring of two new Women’s Studies faculty. Dr. Alexis Lothian joins us this fall. She earned her PhD in English from the University of Southern California. (For more about her, visit her webpage.) Dr. Bobby Benedicto will join us starting Fall 2015. He earned his PhD in Cultural Studies from the University of Melbourne.


We Invite Applications for an Appointment as Associate Professor - For best consideration submit materials by Monday, December 1, 2014

The University of Maryland, College Park invites applications for an appointment as associate professor in our interdisciplinary Women’s Studies Department. We seek a senior scholar focusing on race and racialization, whose principal area of research is African American and/or African Diaspora relatedSee the full text of the invitation, and apply online.

Genny Beemyn, Beyond the Binary - Wednesday, November 12, 4:00pm, Art-Soc 3211

Genny's most recent works are A Queer Capital: A History of Gay Life in Washington, D.C. (Routledge, 2014) and the "Transgender History" chapter for Trans Bodies, Trans Selves (Oxford University Press, 2014). They are currently working on a book entitled Campus Queer: The Experiences and Needs of LGBTQ College Students (Johns Hopkins University Press). This event is free and open to the public.

Graduate Director's Newsletter - Fall 2014

Read the latest news about about our Ph.D. program , which celebrates its 15-year anniversary this year!

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