The Women's Studies department and faculty at the University of Maryland enjoy an international reputation for theoretical and methodological innovations and for their attention to curriculum transformation and transnational women's and gender studies institution building.

We encourage you to explore our website to learn about the resources available for Women's Studies research, scholarship, and community at Maryland.

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Welcome from Dr. Seung-Kyung Kim
Professor and Chair in the Department of Women's Studies

Chair, Seung-Kyung Kim

It has been a busy summer of changes, and now we look forward to the new academic year to come.

After 26 years of service to the Department of Women’s Studies and the University of Maryland, we wished Dr. A Lynn Bolles and Dr. Deborah Rosenfelt well in their retirement and celebrated their promotion to Professors Emeritae. While we will certainly miss them, it is with great excitement that we welcome two new faculty to department.

Dr. Benedicto and Dr. Horton-Stallings

Dr. Bobby Benedicto joins us after having just completed an Andrew W. Mellon postdoctoral fellow in the Humanities at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. His research interests include queer theory, postcolonial theory, critical race theory, and theories of the city. His first book, Under Bright Lights: Gay Manila and the Global Scene (University of Minnesota Press) was a finalist for the 2015 LAMBDA Literary Award for LGBT Studies.

Dr. LaMonda Horton-Stallings is a native of Durham, NC. Much of her research entails delving into cultures and communities situated outside the boundaries of normativity and respectability, so as to produce new knowledge about race, sexuality, class, and gender. Her forthcoming second book, Funk the Erotic: Transaesthetics and Black Sexual Cultures (Univ. of Illinoi Press, September 2015), explores how black sexual cultures produce radical ideologies about labor, community, art, and sexuality.

Both are valuable additions to the department and we look forward to the contributions they’ll make, for example, to course offerings for undergraduate and graduate students, and to the scholarly community in and beyond the department through their interdisciplinary research. Please join us in welcoming them to UMD!

In addition, we eagerly anticipate several events scheduled for this year, particularly the Transformative Digital Humanities Conference and THATCamp and Interventions 2015: Women’s Studies in Action, as well as an Undergraduate Research Day and the annual Spring LGBT Lecture Series. (For more information on upcoming events visit

We look forward to engaging with you to continuing growing and strengthening our community!


Undergraduate E-News Bulletin

The Department of Women's Studies introduces a regular e-newsletter for undergraduate students with information of relevance to those in the WMST major and certificate program, the LGBT Studies certificate and minor program, and the Black Women’s Studies minor. This newsletter will serve as a clearinghouse for announcements about upcoming events and deadlines as well as internship, research, and job opportunities. Find the E-News Bulletin here.

Academic Enrichment Grants for Women's Studies Majors - Deadline: Oct. 15

Women's Studies Majors are eligible to apply for Academic Enrichment Grants to fund research, or participation in academic or leadership conferences and workshops, or other activities that will enhance your education in women's, gender, and/or sexuality studies. Application deadlines are October 15 for projects during the September 2015 to February 2016 time period, March 15 for projects during the February 2016 to August 2016 time period. Learn more details about these grants, including how to apply.

Interventions 2015:
Women's Studies in Action
Friday-Saturday, October 23-24, 2015

Hosted by the Women's Studies Graduate Student Association at the University of Maryland. Friday: Special Performance by Renaissance in the Belly of a Killer Whale; Saturday: Symposium with Keynote Address by Dr. Nancy Raquel Mirabal, Associate Professor, American Studies, University of Maryland. Find more information, including the full schedule and online registration.

Undergraduate Academic Advising

The Department of Women's Studies offers five options for undergraduate students: Major in Women's Studies; Certificate in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Studies; Certificate in Women's Studies; Minor in LGBT Studies; and a Minor in Black Women's Studies. Want to find out more? Make an advising appointment with the undergraduate advisor, Dr. JV Sapinoso, by visiting and selecting an available slot.

Give to the Laura Nichols Women's Studies Undergraduate Award

From her arrival at the University of Maryland in 1987 to her retirement from the Department of Women's Studies in 2014, Laura Nichols served as Academic Advisor to all Women’s Studies majors and certificate students and also advised Black Women’s Studies minors. Her dedication to students’ success was unwavering and part of the legacy we hope to preserve through this award. Support this fund with a tax-deductible donation. Find out more about this and other Women's Studies giving opportunities.

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Women's Studies is the home of the LGBT Studies Program

Read more about the move, and about the history of LGBT Studies at UMD.