Registration for Winter and Spring 2015 Classes is Underway

Courses of interest offered this winter term include:

WMST 250 Women, Art, and Culture
WMST 298D Women’s Bodies in Contention
WMST 498M Women and the Civil Rights Movement
LGBT 398L LGBT Stories: Page, Stage, and Screen

See the list of Spring 2015 WMST course offerings. Want more information? Schedule an advising appointment today!

Call for Papers – Queer Speculations

Deadline for submission of materials: January 16, 2015
Conference will be held Friday, April 17, 2015

We invite proposals for presentations at QUEER SPECULATIONS, the 8th Annual DC Queer Studies Symposium at the University of Maryland. The symposium will be a daylong series of conversations about the various speculative practices queer theory, politics, and life engage, and the kinds of queer speculations about queer bodies, objects, feelings, pasts, futures, utopias, dystopias, and transformations that are emerging. Events will include paper sessions featuring faculty and graduate students, a buffet lunch, and a plenary session featuring Ramzi Fawaz (University of Wisconsin, Madison) and Shanté Paradigm Smalls (St. John’s University), whose work is expanding the field of scholarship on queerness and race in speculative cultural production.

The day will culminate with a keynote address by Juana María Rodríguez, Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Rodriguez is author of Sexual Futures: Queer Gestures and Other Latina Longings (NYU Press, 2014) which speculates about the world-making practices of queer of color femme intimacies and embodiments. Her other publications include Queer Latinidad: Identity Practices, Discursive Spaces (NYU, 2003) and numerous articles related to her research in sexuality studies, queer activism in a transnational American context, critical race theory, technology and media arts, and Latina/o and Caribbean Studies.


Apply for the Ph.D. in Women’s Studies

Please note that we have extended our deadline to December 8, 2014. Please do not hesitate to let us know if you are experiencing any problems as you attempt to upload your application materials. Contact Dr. Rowley, Graduate Director or Ms. Cliffornia Royals Pryor

Our doctoral students have the opportunity to engage in innovative and dynamic scholarship on women, gender, sexuality, race, and ethnicity. Our department is a site where the systematic study and development of interdisciplinary theories and methodologies is encouraged. Our students pursue their inquiries drawing on both historical and contemporary contexts, and we strongly encourage independent research and course work that engage questions of difference and power.

Our Ph.D. program offers five overlapping areas of emphasis:

  • Gender, Race, Racialization, and/or Diaspora Studies;
  • Women’s Movements, Global and Local;
  • Bodies, Genders, Sexualities;
  • Gendered Labor: Households and Communities;
  • Art, Culture, Technologies, and Social Change

See more information about application requirements, including frequently asked questions. Contact Ms. Cliffornia Royals Pryor ( or Dr. Michelle V. Rowley ( with any additional questions.

Agorafaux-pas! A Drag Cabaret

Friday, December 12, 2014, 7:30pm
Saturday, December 13, 2014, 7:30pm
Tickets are required and FREE. Reserve tickets online today!
In collaboration with the Department of Women’s Studies, and Curtin University, Western Australia
Agorafaux-pas playfully narrates the mostly true story of Agorafauxbia – a straight identified faux queen whose identity is altered as she becomes involved in queer culture. The narrative draws creatively on personal stories of the playwrite as well as ethnographic data collected from in-depth interviews with faux queens in San Francisco’s drag community. The overarching theme is an exploration of questions and concerns which emerge when women do female drag. The show raises and addresses broad themes about identity and performing gender which will appeal to those interested in feminist and queer issues and theory. Agorafaux-pas is a scripted work inspired by drag cabaret. It includes lipsyncing, parody songs and original music. Check out Agorafaux-pas! on Facebook, or visit

Last Day of Fall 2014 Classes

Friday, December 12, 2014
Final exams are scheduled from Monday, December 15 through Saturday, December 20. See more information about the schedule of final exams.

Winter Commencement 2014

Campus-wide Commencement Ceremony, Xfinity Center, Saturday, December 20, 2014, 7pm
Departments of Women’s Studies, English, and American Studies Commencement Ceremony, Dekelboum Concert Hall, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Sunday, December 21, 2014, 3:30pm
These events are not only a celebration of the graduating students’ accomplishments at the University of Maryland, but also an occasion to acknowledge our joint enthusiasm for their future endeavors. The university recognizes that commencement is a milestone in our graduates’ lives and, as such, we strive to ensure that everyone enjoys their experience.


First Day of Spring 2015 Classes

Monday, January 26, 2015

End of Schedule Adjustment

Friday, February 6, 2015
This is the deadline for students to add/drop classes for the spring semester.