Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies faculty represent a diverse set of research interests with faculty members from the Departments of English, History, Geography, Sociology, African and African American Studies, Health and Human Development, Curriculum and Instruction, Rural Sociology, and Art Education. Our faculty members take an intersectional approach in their research by examining the ways that race, class, gender, ethnicity, disability, and sexuality operate together in overlapping and conflicting ways to affect all aspects of the human experience.

The African Feminist Initiative (AFI) at Pennsylvania State University was established in April 2015 by Gabeba Baderoon and Alicia C. Decker to advance research and teaching about African feminisms at Penn State and to build partnerships between Penn State faculty and feminist scholars, activists, and institutions in Africa and beyond.

The Transforming Feminist and Gender Studies Colloquium brings together Penn State students, faculty, and visiting scholars in order to generate dialogue and research on the intersections of trans studies with feminist, queer, and gender studies.

Our department regularly invites speakers with theoretical, ethnographic, and historical interests in oppression and inequality.