Menaka Philips
Political Science and Gender and Sexuality Studies
B03A Newcomb Hall
Tulane University
New Orleans, LA 70118


The Gender and Sexuality Studies Program at Tulane offers a broad interdisciplinary investigation of gender and sexuality as social, cultural, and political phenomena. The program offers a Major and Minor in addition to a Graduate Certificate. Students may choose from over forty courses taught by faculty from fourteen academic departments, four other SLA programs, and four Tulane University Schools.


The Anthropology of Women and Men – ANTH 2030-01
Instructor: Jessica Wheeler
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 12:00-12:50pm
(No Prerequisites)
Fulfills Perspectives- Non European requirement.
A cross-cultural study of women in society and culture among hunters and gatherers, pastoral nomads and agriculturalists of Oceania, the Near East, Africa, and the New World. Kinship and female symbolism in Africa, women and men in myths in traditional societies. Cross-cultural variability of women's roles and status and the variability of women's and men's language and behavior. 

Sex and the Cinema -- COMM 3820-01
Instructor: Ana Lopez
Tuesday, Thursday 11:00am-12:15pm
Tuesday 5:00-7:30pm
This course will examine how sex and gender are constructed in the cinema, the politics of sexual representation in general, and, more specifically, the politics of explicit sexuality onscreen (i.e., pornography). It will provide a historical and theoretical overview of how moving image sex acts have been represented on screen in the U.S., from early cinema's silent film loops to today's celebrity sex tapes. We will examine the ideological operations of these representations (and how they have changed over time) and aim to understand the multiple ways viewers, filmmakers, critics, and scholars respond to dominant conceptions of sex, sexuality and gender through alternative cinematic production and critical scholarship. It will utilize the work of feminist and cultural theorists to unpack the politics of the representation of sex, sexuality and gender in the cinema through the close analysis of films and the socio-historical contexts in which they are produced and consumed.

Intro to Gender & Sexuality Studies – GESS 2900-01
Instructor: Myriam Huet
Tuesday, Thursday 2:00-3:15
(No Prerequisites)
This course is an interdisciplinary introduction to gender and sexuality studies. Its primary focus is critical perspectives on the social construction of gender and sexuality, inequalities on the basis of gender and sexuality, activism around issues of gender and sexuality, and how gender and sexuality shape and are shaped by other systems of inequality such as race, ethnicity, class, religion, nation, region, and age.

Intro to Gender & Sexuality Studies – GESS 2900-02
Instructor: Menaka Philips
MWF 12:00-12:50PM
(No Prerequisites)

Intro to Gender & Sexuality Studies – GESS 2900-03
Instructor: Claire Sheller
MWF 10:00-10:50 AM
(No Prerequisites)

Intro to Gender & Sexuality Studies – GESS 2900-04
Instructor: Claire Sheller
MWF 11:00-11:50 AM
(No Prerequisites)

Identity, Difference, and Social Inequality – GESS 3500-01
Instructor: Claire Sheller
W 3:00-5:30PM
Prerequisite: GESS 2900.
This course is an interdisciplinary exploration of how gender and sexuality are implicated in, mediate, or are mediated by the social and cultural construction of racial and ethnic identities and cultures, the formation of economic structures and class cultures, and race, ethnic, and class inequalities. 

Identity, Difference, and Social Inequality – GESS 3500-01
Instructor: Red Tremmel
Tuesday 3:30-5:55PM
Prerequisite: GESS 2900.

Gender & Sexuality Theory II -- Feminist Theory – GESS 4950-01
Instructor: Mary Schippers
R 3:30-5:55PM
Prerequisites: GESS 2900 and GESS 3500.
Cross-Registered With: GESS 6940-01.
This course is an advanced seminar in gender, sexuality, and feminist theory. The primary focus is critical engagement with social, political, and cultural theories of the social construction of gender and gender difference, and of the sources, causes, and effects of gender inequality and strategies for reducing or eradicating inequality. While emphasis will be placed on gender difference and inequality, substantial time will be spent on theories of how gender is implicated in and supported by other forms of inequality such has sexuality, race, ethnicity, and class.

Gender & Sexuality Theory I -- Feminist Theory – GESS 6950-01
Instructor: Mary Schippers
R 3:30-5:55PM
Prerequisites: GESS 2900 and GESS 3500.
Cross-Registered With: GESS 4940-01.

Women & Gender in US History 1830-Present – HISU 2410-01
Instructor: Karissa Haugeberg
TR 12:30-1:45PM
Prerequisites: None.
This course is a survey of women and gender in the United States from 1830 through the present. The class will examine the political and social history of women and girls, as well as the role played by ideologies of gender, both masculinity and femininity, in shaping historical events. Topics will include the transformation of women's identities over time; slavery and the family; suffrage; intersections between gender and race; the resurgent feminist movement of the 1970s; and sexuality and popular culture.

Women & Development in Africa – IDEV 4951-01
Instructor: Izabela Steflja
TR 3:30-5:55PM
Prerequisites: IDEV 1010, IDEV 3200, and ECON 1020

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