University of Southern California

Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences

Gender Studies

Mark Taper Hall of Humanities 422
(213) 740-8286
FAX: (213) 740-6168

Director: Alice Echols, Ph.D.*


Barbra Streisand Professor of Contemporary Gender Studies: Alice Echols, Ph.D.* (English and History)

Professors: Lois Banner, Ph.D. (History); Joseph Boone, Ph.D. (English); Judith Halberstam, Ph.D.* (American Studies); Sharon Hays, Ph.D. (Sociology); Michael Messner, Ph.D. (Sociology); Sherry Marie Velasco, Ph.D. (Spanish and Portuguese)

Associate Professors: Sheila Briggs, Ph.D. (Religion); Ange-Marie Hancock, Ph.D. (Political Science); Karen L. Tongson, Ph.D. (English)

Gender Studies Advisory Board

Professors: Elinor Accampo, Ph.D. (History); Judith Bennett, Ph.D. (History); Warren Bennis, Ph.D. (Business); Lisa Bitel, Ph.D. (History); David Cruz, Ph.D. (Law); Diane Ghirardo, Ph.D. (Architecture); Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo, Ph.D. (Sociology); Janet Hoskins, Ph.D. (Anthropology); Eunice Howe, Ph.D. (Art History); Peggy Kamuf, Ph.D. (French and Italian); Mark Kann, Ph.D. (Political Science); Nancy Lutkehaus, Ph.D. (Anthropology); Susan McCabe, Ph.D. (English); Rhacel Parrenas, Ph.D. (Sociology); Justin Pearlman, Ph.D. (Office of the Vice Provost); Azade-Ayse Rorlich, Ph.D. (History); Eliz Sanasarian, Ph. D. (Political Science); Hilary Schor, Ph.D. (English); Ellen Seiter, Ph.D. (Cinematic Arts); David Sloane, Ph.D. (Public Policy); Melora Sundt, Ph.D. (Education); Ruth Wallach, MLS (USC Libraries); Holly Willis, Ph.D. (Cinematic Arts); Diane Winston, Ph.D. (Journalism)

Associate Professors: Marjorie Becker, Ph.D. (History); Bettine Birge, Ph.D. (East Asian Languages and Cultures); Kim Buchanan, LLM, JSD (Law); Tracy Fullerton, Ph.D. (Cinematic Arts); Alice Gambrell, Ph.D. (English); Sharon Gillerman, Ph.D. (Hebrew Union College); Kara Keeling, Ph.D. (Cinematic Arts); Paul Lerner, Ph.D. (History); Tara McPherson, Ph.D. (Cinematic Arts); Lori Meeks, Ph.D. (Religion)

Assistant Professors: Michelle Gordon, Ph.D. (English); Megan Reid, Ph.D. (Religion); Diana Williams, Ph.D. (History)

Lecturer: M.G. Lord, Ph.D. (Professional Writing)

Administrative Associates: Susan Harris, Ph.D. (Joint Educational Project); Todd Henneman (Center for Women and Men); Brie Loskota (Center for Religion and Civic Culture)

*Recipient of a university-wide or college teaching award.

The Gender Studies Program explores, across disciplines and cultures, the changing roles, functions and images of women and men from feminist perspectives. The undergraduate major focuses on the evidence and argument about what the places of women and men are in culture and what they should be. Course offerings include interdisciplinary core courses, selected cross-listed classes in more than 20 departments and the upper-division community internship and senior seminar. Majors work with program faculty, in conjunction with USC Dornsife College Advising, to develop a four-year program designed to meet their individual needs. The program also offers a minor and a graduate certificate for students majoring in other disciplines.