Department of Women's and Gender Studies

The Department of Women's and Gender Studies (WGST) produces successful graduates who leave The University of Toledo with an interdisciplinary degree that prepares them for graduate school, professional degree programs, and the rapidly changing workplace. Our students pursue engaging careers in both the public and private sectors. Our recent alums can be found working in Washington, DC for the President's National Security Council or working locally for a women's advocacy organization. They can also be found in graduate programs in English, Higher Education, Theology, and Women's Studies as well as in law school, and health programs.

Letter from the Chair

It is my pleasure and honor to welcome you to the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies at The University of Toledo! We are a vibrant, mid-sized department of committed students, faculty, and staff who create community, and sometimes trouble, in our efforts to forge a just, more livable world for all of us.

Our students come from a variety of places around the state and world, and from a deep diversity of experience and identities; they bring with them their passions, their hopes, and their energy to develop their knowledge and skills to apply to our mission of equity and justice.

The department supports their goals by providing challenging academic courses, career development opportunities through internships in the community, activist experiences through our student group, and special research opportunities through academic conferences, student research showcases, and independent studies with our diverse home department and affiliated faculty.

The department and affiliated faculty and staff share our students’ passion, and we continually strive to create courses and opportunities that foster our students’ and our own engagement and effectiveness.

Dr. Abdel Halim provides senior leadership in international women’s movements, with specialization in African women and Muslim women’s rights and activism, while Dr. Crookston’s academic emphasis on girlhood and teen issues, especially in media, engage those interested in popular culture.

Dr. Kusina’s broad expertise in film, philosophy, popular culture and media studies offers students a chance to explore questions of ethics and identity through a feminist lens. As a specialist in American women poets, I am happy to share my interest in and expertise in women writers across a variety of topics, including lesbian culture, wilderness writing, Black feminist thought, and women’s spirituality.

Dr. Adams, our excellent Visiting Assistant Professor, shares our passion for justice, focused on transgender experience and educational systems through a disability studies lens. We invite you to peruse our course offerings, look at the many distinguished accomplishments of our students, and contact us to schedule a meeting or to learn more about how we can support your dreams for yourself and the world we are co-creating.

Best wishes,

Sharon Barnes, Associate Professor, and Interim Chair
Department of Women’s and Gender Studies

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Last Updated: 7/22/21