As a research center rather than an academic department, the Gender Institute itself does not offer courses, but we promote curricular innovation and academic courses related to women, gender, and sexuality offered by departments and schools throughout the University at Buffalo. The courses featured here highlight just a few of UB's outstanding gender-related courses.

Information about UB's BA, MA, and PhD programs in Global Gender and Sexuality Studies can be found at

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Spring 2020

This list of courses showcases a sampling of UB's gender-related curriculum. For more information please contact the instructor.


ENG 577SEM-A (23731)
ENG 577REC-B (23732)
Literature & Women
Intersectionality in Motion: Socialist Feminism and the Global Proletarian Narrative 
Thursdays, 9:30am-12:10pm
Professor Jim Holstun

Marxists indifferent to patriarchy chronically slight the conceptual grandeur of the socialist feminist tradition and its vital importance for a fully totalizing marxism. Feminists indifferent to marxism chronically slight socialist feminism and social reproduction theory. And social theorists indifferent to literature chronically slight the explanatory and utopian power of feminist proletarian fiction. We’ll try something different, beginning with two giants of socialist feminist theory (Engels and Beauvoir, along with some later developments). We’ll discuss recent theoretical developments of socialist feminism as “social reproduction theory,” reading works by Maria Mies (Patriarchy and Accumulation), Sylvia Federici (Revolution at Point ZeroCaliban and the Witch), Social Reproduction Theory (ed. Bhattacharya), and Feminism for the 99% (Arruzza, Bhattacharya, Fraser).

We’ll read Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor’s How We Got Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective, and a series of essays in Monthly Review critiquing and adapting the concept of intersectionality. Most of all, we’ll be reading global feminist proletarian novels as theory, focusing on the US (Agnes Smedley, Tillie Olsen, Ann Petry, Alice Childress, and Leslie Feinberg), the Middle East (Nawal el Saadawi and Sahar Khalifeh), and East Asia (Kang Kyŏng-ae, Sata Ineko, and Ding Ling). Please write me after the solstice for a more concrete syllabus and information on ordering cheaper used copies:


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Department of Media Study

DMS 448: Games, Gender, and Culture
Tues/Thurs, 1:00 - 2:50 PM
Professor Cody Mejeur

Comprehensive investigation of the emerging field of Games Studies with focuses on gender, sexuality, identity, and intersectionality. Centers the critical analysis of games and interactive environments within the contexts of their communities and cultures. Addresses different theoretical perspectives that view games and gaming as historical, social, cultural. aesthetic, technical, performative, and cognitive phenomenon. Examines how video games encompass an increasingly diverse set of practices, populations, and locations from fantasy football to multi-player medieval fantasy, from simulations of real life to alternate realities, from fanatics to activists, from nightclubs to competitive arenas to public streets to the classroom; from consoles to mobile phones, to large screen projections. Includes both critical and theoretical research projects and creative projects in which students make their own games and interactive media. Discusses the interdisciplinary nature of a cultural practice which depends on art, artificial intelligence, computer graphics, etc.

African and African American Studies

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AAS 199 The American Image: Art, Media and Identity
M/W/F, 11:00 - 11:50 AM
Professor Nestor Zarragoitia

AAS 324 Black Writers
Tues/Thurs, 10:00 - 11:20 AM
Professor Cecil Foster

AAS 414 Health Problems in the Black Community
Professor Deborah Pierce-Tate

American Studies

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AMS 100 Indian Image on Film
Tuesdays, 4:10 - 6:50 PM
Professor Steven Demchak

AMS 102 The Asian American Experience
M/W/F, 11:00 - 11:50 AM
Instructor Pasha Agoes

AMS 301 Introduction to Native American Women
Tues/Thurs, 12:00 - 1:20 PM
Professor Theresa McCarthy

Global Gender & Sexuality Studies

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GGS 101: Introduction to Gender and Women’s Studies
Tues/Thurs, 11:00 AM – 12:20 PM
Professor Kari Winter

GGS 149: Women’s Bodies and Health
Tues/Thurs, 5:00 – 6:20 PM
Professors Anyango Kamina and Gwynn Thomas

GGS 225: Violence in a Gendered World
Tues/Thurs, 2:00 – 3:20 PM
Professor Kari Winter

GGS 247: Women in Latin America
Tues/Thurs, 9:30 – 10:50 AM
Professor Gwynn Thomas

GGS 301: Introduction to Native American Women
Tues/Thurs, 12:00 – 1:20 PM
Professor Theresa McCarthy

GGS 308: Image and Gender
Tuesdays, 3:00 – 5:40 PM
Professor Jasmina Tumbas

GGS 376: Race, Sexuality, and Public Policy
Tues/Thurs, 12:30 – 1:50 PM
Professor David Glisch-Sànchez

GGS 402: Theorizing Religion and Gender
Thursdays, 4:00 – 6:40PM
Professor Marla Segol

GGS 414: Contemporary Global and Gender Issues
Tues/Thurs, 3:30 – 4:50 PM
Professor Barbara Wejnert

GGS 487: International Organizations, Gender and Development  
Tues/Thurs, 11:00 AM – 12:20 PM
Professor Barbara Wejnert

GGS 496: Women’s Studies Internship
Mondays, 6:00 – 8:40 PM
Instructor Karolina Kulicka

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