Rebecca Atencio
Spanish and Portuguese
303c 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
Tuesday, Thursday 8:00-9:15am
(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. 

Contemporary Art Since 1950 – ARTH 3620-01
Instructor: Michael Plante
Tuesday, Thursday 12:30-1:45pm

(No Prerequisites)
Explores the developments in the visual arts in the U.S. and Europe since 1950. Concentrates upon the social historical formation of artistic development beginning with the aftermath of World War II, and continuing to the present. Emphasizes movements such as Pop, Minimalism, Earth art and Postmodernism. Issues surrounding the objects will include poststructuralism, post-colonialism as well as African-American, feminist, and gay and lesbian strategies for self-representation.

Critical Race Theory – COMM 3440-01
Instructor: Mohan Ambikaipaker
Tuesday, Thursday 9:30-10:45am

(No Prerequisites)
Fulfills Perspectives: Comp, Intl
Critical race theory was a term that was coined to refer to an area of legal studies developed by African American, Latino, and Asian American scholars to address questions of racial injustice. But the broader field of critical race theory today incorporates multi-disciplinary scholarship that works to create critical knowledge about social inequalities and racialized power relations.

Feminism, Sci-Fi & Technology – COMM 4261-01
Instructor: Michele White
Wednesday 3:30-6:00pm

(No Prerequisites)
Fulfills Capstone Requirement.
An investigation of how human bodies communicate cultural identities and relations historically and across spaces. 

Intro to Gender & Sexuality Studies – GESS 2900-01
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 11-11:50am
(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
TR 11-12:15pm
(No Prerequisites)

Identity, Difference, and Social Inequality – GESS 3500-01
W 3-5:30pm
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. 

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 the first in a sequence of two courses on feminist and queer theory. The primary goals of this course are 1) to provide an introduction to early feminist theories of patriarchy, women's oppression, and gender inequality, 2) to map the emergence of subsequent theories of the social construction of gender and gender difference including the sources, causes, and effects of gender inequality and strategies for reducing or eradicating inequality, and 3) identify how intersectional, postmodern, and queer thinkers enter into dialogue with and critique early feminist theorizing.

Sociology of Reproduction – SOCI 2210-01
Instructor: Katherine Johnson
MWF 11-11:50am

Prerequisites: SOCI1040 and SOCI 2010 or GESS 2900
This course is an introduction to the Sociology of Human Reproduction. We frequently think about reproduction as a natural/biological event, but like other aspects of human life, it is socially constructed: shaped by and experienced in and through various social practices. We will cover topics ranging from childbirth to breastfeeding, contraception to childlessness, and even little-known issues such as "man-opause" (i.e., male menopause). Much of the social science work on human reproduction comes from either demographic or feminist traditions so course readings reflect this dual genealogy.

Special Topics in Women's Literature – ENLS 4410-01
Instructor: Katherine Adams
Tuesday, Thursday 11-12:15am

Prerequisites: ENGL1010
Special topics in American Women's poetry, fiction, and drama since 1945.

LGBT Politics – POLA 3011-01
Instructor: Scott Nolan
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 11-11:50am

Women Writers of Latin America – SPAN6740
Instructor: Maureen Shea
Thursday 3:30-6pm

Prerequisites: SPAN 4060. Undergraduates must have taken SPAN 4060 and the 4000-level sequence.
A literary analysis of prose, poetry, and theatre by Latin American women tracing the development of intellectual thought in various Latin American societies. Cinematic works included. Special attention to the evolution of gender roles in conjunction with the development of a race, class, and ethnic consciousness as reflected in the literature of women. Authors include: Sor Juana, Gómez de Avellaneda, Matto de Turner, Storni, Agustini, Parra, Castellanos, Ferré, Allende, Eltit, Poniatowska.

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