Women's Studies Program
The Program in Women's Studies at Duke University is dedicated to exploring gender identities, relations, practices, theories and institutions, In the field's first decades, feminist scholarship reoriented traditional disciplines toward the study of women and gender and developed new methodologies and critical vocabularies that have made interdisciplinarity a key feature of Women's Studies as an autonomous field. Today, scholars continue to explore the meaning and impact of identity as a primary though by no means transhistorical or universal way of organizing social life by pursuing an intersectional analysis of gender, race, sexuality, class, and nationality. In the classroom, as in our research, our goal is to transform the university's organization of knowledge by reaching across the epistemological and methodological divisions of historical, political, philosophical, economic, representational, technological and scientific analysis. In our Program's dual emphasis on interdisciplinarity and intersectionality, we offer students new knowledge while equipping them with a wide range of analytical and methodological skills.
Principal StaffRanjana Khanna, Margaret Taylor Smith Director of Women's Studies and DUS
Melanie J. Mitchell, Program Coordinator
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Tina M. Campt, Director of Graduate Studies
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Gwendolyn Rogers, Staff Assistant
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Lillian P. Spiller, Administrative Coordinator
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Marialana L Weitzel, Staff Assistant
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Areas of Expertise:Access & Disparities, Awareness & Education, Barriers & Opportunities, Culture & Identity, Higher Education, Sexuality & Gender, Women in History, Women's Movements, Women's, Gender & Feminist Studies, Equality, Diversity & Inclusion
Projects & Campaigns
The Pipeline Project
Women are under-represented in the political process, both at the state and federal level. In the US, there are 17 women senators and in the North Carolina senate only 6 women. Justtwenty-five per cent of legislators in North Carolina are women (a combination of house and senate).
Reports & Resources
R. Khanna. Algeria Cuts: Women and Representation, 1830 to the Present. November, November, 2007.
The Women's Studies Program publishes a newsletter twice a year featuring activities in the Program and scholarship by Faculty and Students.
Opportunities, Grants & Fellowships
Women's Studies administers a variety of awards and grants of up to $1500 each to currently enrolled Duke students in recognition of outstanding scholarship and research. The awards have been generously endowed through the Council on Women's Studies, alumnae/i, and friends.
The Graduate School awards two full fellowships to Women's Studies each year. Each fellowship carries a nine-month $19,840 stipend (tuition and fees to be paid by the Graduate School).
Women's Studies offers a number of Graduate Instructor positions, Teaching Assistantships and Research Assistantships each year. Students may also find additional opportunities for research and jobs on DukeList.
What We Do
NCRW is a network of leading university and community based research, policy, and advocacy centers with a growing global reach dedicated to advancing rights and opportunities for women and girls. We also have a Corporate Circle comprised of senior diversity professionals from leading U.S. and global member companies and a Presidents Circle of college and university leaders who share our commitment. NCRW harnesses the collective power of its network to provide knowledge, analysis, and thought leadership on issues ranging from reducing women’s poverty to building a critical mass of women’s leadership across sectors.