Emory Women's Studies

Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Emory University


WGSS PhD Alum Alicia Decker is moving to a tenured position as Associate Professor of Women’s Studies and African Studies at Penn State University in Fall 2014.  


She had two new books coming out this year: check them out.  Decker, Alicia C., and Andrea L. Arrington. Africanizing Democracies: 1980-Present.New York: Oxford University Press, 2014.  Decker, Alicia C. In Idi Amin’s Shadow: Women, Gender, and Militarism in Uganda. Athens: Ohio University Press, forthcoming 2014.


In the new issue, Ms. features Storyteller by Janell Hobson (WGSS alum)

Nigerian-born author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is not only one of the foremost writers of the day but a feminist role model, inspiring everyone from young girls to Beyonce with such words as these from her TED talk:

“We teach girls to shrink themselves, to make themselves smaller.  We say to girls, ‘You can have ambition, but not too much. You should aim to be successful, but not too successful,’ …Feminist: the person who believes in the social, political and economic equality of the sexes.”

Scholar and writer Janell Hobson recently spoke with Adichie about feminism, her novels, their movie versions, religious extremism, complicating the black experience, Internet culture and using writing to build bridges.

The NEW issue of Ms. is now availableat www.msintheclassroom.com.

Are The Lips a Grave?: Book Discussion with Lynne Huffer at Charis Books & More 

Congratulations Dohyun Ahn

Dohyun Ahn won the Boisfeuillet Jones medal.

The Boisfeuillet Jones Medals were established, designed, and initially endowed by DVS Senior Society to honor Boisfeuillet Jones, a DVS alumnus and one of Emory’s most prominent and distinguished graduates. Representing what was special and unique about Jones, recipients are selected for their good citizenship, outstanding leadership, devoted service to Emory and the community, academic performance, and potential to become a ‘Change Agent’ in their chosen profession and society at large.


Lynne Huffer at Charis Books

Lynne Huffer will discuss her most recent book, Are the Lips a Grave? A Queer Feminist on the Ethics of Sex. The book explores the messy space where queers and feminists both disagree and converge. Huffer moves from the decriminalization of sodomy in Lawrence v. Texas to a personal story about interracial love to contemporary literature and film to explore the possibilities of an ethical queer queer feminism for the 21st century. The erotic ethical space the book holds open is both poetically suggestive and politically relevant, both conceptually daring and firmly grounded in everyday sexual experience. This is a Charis Circle Founding the Future of Feminism Event and the suggested donation is $5.

More info here: https://www.facebook.com/events/775053239174410/

WGSS End of the Year Party

Prof. Rosemarie Garland-Thomson reflects on her years in WGSS.

Prof. Beth Reingold congratulates our undergraduate majors.

Prof. Lynne Huffer introduces our Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award Recipients.

Prof. Lynne Huffer with Outstanding Undergraduate Award Recipient Dohyun Ahn.

Prof. Lynne Huffer with Outstanding Undergraduate Award Recipient Rachel Bottoms. 

Prof. Beth Reingold with Outstanding Undergraduate Award Honorable Mention Rachel Ezrol.

Prof. Deboleena Roy reflects on a year of graduate student accomplishments.


We will be at PhiloSOPHIA at Penn State University this weekend:

Mairead Sullivan: “Strange Ambiguity: Disorientation in The Second Sex" Friday, 11am, Seesion F2A.

Lynne Huffer: “Foucault’s Fossils” Friday, 2:15, Session F3C.

Lauren Guilmette (WGSS certificate student): “Foucault’s curiosity-as-care: The Curiosity which Enables One to Get Free of Oneself” Friday, 2:15, Session F3C.

David Pena Guzman (WGSS certificate student): “Simone de Beauvoir’s Philosophy of Science” Saturday, 2:30, Session S3C.