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: Lauren Dodaro
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. 

Special Topics in Women's Literature -- ENLS 4410-01
Instructor: Katherine Adams
Tuesday, Thursday 12:30-1:45pm
Prerequesite: ENGL 1010.

Intro to Gender & Sexuality Studies – GESS 2900-01
Instructor: Claire Sheller
MWF 11:00-11:50AM
(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: Myriam Huet
TR 2:00-3:15PM
(No Prerequisites)

Intro to Gender & Sexuality Studies – GESS 2900-04
Instructor: Claire Sheller
TR 11:00-12:15PM
(No Prerequisites)

Identity, Difference, and Social Inequality – GESS 3500-01
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. 

Sexuality in United States History – GESS 4700-01
Instructor: Red Tremmel
T 3:30-5:55PM
In this course we will examine the ways in which sex, gender and sexuality have been fundamentally reorganized since the 18th century. Focusing primarily on the formation and development of the United States, this seminar aims to deepen your understanding of the distinctive constructions of sexuality in various historical, political, and cultural contexts, how those constructions have transformed over time, and what factors account for those changes. All of our critical inquiries will attend to the ways in which race, class, gender, religion, market cultures, and governments intersect with the history of sexuality.

Gender & Sexuality Theory I -- Feminist Theory – GESS 4940-01
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 6940-01
Instructor: Mary Schippers
R 3:30-5:55PM
Prerequisites: GESS 2900 and GESS 3500.
Cross-Registered With: GESS 4940-01.

History of Reproductive Health in the United States – HISU 3541-01
Instructor: Karissa Haugeberg
M 3:00-5:30PM
Note: Optional 20-hour service learning component HISU 3890-11.
This course will explore the history of reproductive health in the United States from the seventeenth century to the present. Students will read scholarly books and articles, memoirs, and films about Americans' encounters with gynecology, midwifery and obstetrics, birth control devices, abortion, and reproductive technologies. Additionally, students will have opportunities to engage with guest lecturers who study reproductive health issues in the United States and around the world. Students will learn about the history of voluntary and coercive sterilization programs, the history of gynecological and obstetrical care, legal and illegal birth control and abortion practices, and the mobilization of the anti-abortion and pro-choice movements.

Music and Gender – MUSC 3480-01
Instructor: Jane Mathieu
MWF 2:00-2:50PM
Cross-Registered With: MUSC 6480-01.
In this course, we'll explore the relationship between gender and music in the West over the past 450 years. How have shifting rules and boundaries of gender identity interacted with similarly shifting rules and boundaries about beauty, function, and construction of music? In what ways has music helped to represent and/or define gender in culture? Further, how do gender identities intersect with other categories of social and cultural identity such as race, ethnicity, and class? This course will use a variety of case studies from popular art and music to explore the relationships between musical practice and gender identification, including: the courtesans and castrati of the Baroque opera; Glam Rock; Clara Schumann, jazz singers; and Elvis Presley. Course open to both music majors and non-majors.

Women and Politics – POLA 4210-01
Instructor: Mirya Holman
MWF 9:00-9:50AM
Prerequisites: POLA 2100 and POLS 2010.
This course is an exploration of the role gender and sex have in politics, including voting, party activism, leadership, candidacy, holding office, and law-making. Special attention will be paid to the relationship between gender and political behavior, including political socialization, political attitudes, and public policy creation. Time will be spent on understanding what gender and sex mean in American politics, as well as the effect that disparate power has on political behavior.

Feminist Political Theory – POLT 3780-01
Instructor: Menaka Philips
MWF 1:00-1:50PM
(No Prerequisites)
This course will focus first on the role of women in the tradition of western political thought. Second, the course will examine the attempts of contemporary feminist thinkers to deal with concepts central to the tradition of political theory, such as justice, equality, and liberty.

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