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MIT Press Podcasts: Sherry Zane, Associate Director of the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program at the University of Connecticut, discusses her recent article, “’I did It for The Uplift of Humanity and The Navy’: Same-Sex Acts and The Origins of The National Security State, 1919–1921”, published in the June 2018 issue of The New England Quarterly.


  • “Rethinking Sexuality, Liberalism, and the Promise of Love”
    How do we create a queer politics of security and radical love in times of the war on terror? How do we resist the assimilation of certain queer bodies within the operations of dominant nationalisms, while, fighting for the rights of bodies marked as dangerous terrorists? Building on queer activist engagements with the security state […]
    Posted on July 8, 2019
  • Pen America Foundation lists Debanuj Dasgupta on Book List
    How can we channel our freedom, power, and rage to create change in the world? The following PEN America book list is an excellent place to start, with narratives from individuals of different backgrounds who amplify their frustrations and call out oppressiveness. WGSS faculty member Debanuj Dasgupta’s co-edited anthology, Friendship As Social Justice Activism: Critical […]
    Posted on May 31, 2019

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About WGSS

The Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) Program was established as the Women’s Studies Program at the University of Connecticut in 1974. The first formal program of its kind in the state, it was founded as a flexible interdisciplinary academic program devoted to the critical analysis of gender and the pursuit of knowledge about women.


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