Department of Gender Studies

Department of Gender Studies
Department of Gender Studies

Gender Studies at Queen's University

  • Congratulations to Karen Lawford on receiving a 2020 Indspire Laureate Award 

    Congratulations to Karen Lawford on receiving a 2020 Indspire Laureate Award

    Representing the highest honour the Indigenous community bestows upon its own achievers, the Indspire Awards were created in 1993, in conjunction with the United Nation’s International Decade of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. The Awards recognize Indigenous professionals and youth who demonstrate outstanding career achievement. They promote self-esteem and pride for Indigenous communities and provide outstanding role models for Indigenous youth.


  • Hello, this is Mimi McKinley and Gizem Cagatay speaking! Together we are your Co-Presidents for this year’s Gender Studies Department Student Council. We look forward to the array of events that we have planned, our goal is to create a safe and welcoming space for anyone who wishes to attend. As fourth year student’s we are excited to represent the Gender Studies Department and hope accomplish all that we can as a Department Student Council!

    Learn more about the DSC...

  • Margaret Little with GNDS 421 Gender and Poverty class

    Margaret Little with GNDS 421 Gender and Poverty class

  • GNDS Graduate students in their office

    GNDS graduate students in their office

  • Gender Studies, D wing 5th floor, South end of Mackintosh-Corry Hall

    Come find the Gender Studies Department, D wing 5th floor, South end of Mackintosh-Corry Hall

Our Mission

The Department of Gender Studies is committed to interdisciplinary, historical and transnational research and teaching grounded in feminist, anti-racist, Indigenous, postcolonial, queer, trans, and social justice studies. Gender Studies at Queen’s is distinguished by the central place that critical race frameworks occupy within our degree programs. All our courses, across levels and topics, incorporate critical race analysis as part of an intersectional lens. Students, faculty, and staff within Gender Studies are also immersed in scholarship and activism across local, national, and global contexts. There are four central pillars undergirding our curriculum: feminist theories and methodologies; postcolonial, Indigenous and diasporic communities; activism, social justice and political economy; and representation, art and literatures.

Career Direction

A Gender Studies education provides you with the tools to be a leader in a wide range of occupations including: human services, social work, media, non-profit organizations, private businesses, advocacy, and the arts. It also provides a solid foundation for pursuing graduate degrees in law, medicine, education, public policy, public health, in addition to any of the social science and humanities programs.

Queen's University is situated on traditional Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe territory.

Kanien'keha (Mohawk):
Ne Queen’s University e’tho nońwe nikanónhsote tsi nońwe ne Haudenasaunee tánon Anishinaabek tehatihsnónhsahere ne óhontsa.

Gimaakwe Gchi-gkinoomaagegamig atemagad Naadowe miinwaa Anishinaabe aking

Queen's Encyclopedia page about the history of this land, and why it is important to acknowledge this land and its people.