Department of Gender Studies

Department of Gender Studies
Department of Gender Studies

Gender Studies at Queen's University

  • Poster for October 20 Gender Matters Speaker

    "The Beating Heart of the Haitian Revolution"

    Bianca Beauchemin (University of California, Los Angeles)

    October 20, 12-1pm

    Registration is required in advance:

  • Taylor Cenac

    Staffing announcement - Black Studies Program and Administrative Assistant

    The Department of Gender Studies is pleased to announce Taylor Cenac as the new Black Studies Program and Administrative Assistant.
    In this role, Taylor will be responsible for the daily administration and operation of the Black Studies undergraduate program, and she will coordinate recruitment events, experiential learning opportunities, and student engagement activities.  As Black Studies Program and Administrative Assistant, Taylor will provide administrative, finance, and research support to Black Studies faculty members.
    Taylor brings administrative, research, program development, and social service experience to this role; she holds a BAH in Women and Gender Studies (University of Toronto), an MA in Gender Studies (Queen’s University), and a Social Service Worker diploma (St. Lawrence College). The committee was impressed by Taylor’s intellectual curiosity, her commitment to learn from and advocate for black and other marginalized people, and her demonstrated ability to action EDII in the community and in the workplace.

    Welcome Taylor!

  • We are hiring

    Graduate Assistant

    Reporting to the Department Manager, and receiving work direction from the Chair of Graduate Studies, the Graduate Assistant is responsible for the daily administration and operations of the graduate program in Gender Studies following university, faculty, and departmental policies/guidelines, including recruitment, admissions, timetabling, registration, course enrolment, course evaluations, comprehensive exams, academic and grade changes, graduation, awards, and record keeping. As the departmental resource person for the Graduate programs, this position provides administrative support to the Graduate Chair, and serves as program liaison with Department faculty/staff, other academic units, Faculty of Arts and Science, the University Registrar’s Office and the School of Graduate Studies, including serving on graduate program related committees.


  • Dr. Heather Castleden, Dr. Karen Lawford, and Dr. Sari van Anders

    Three members of the Gender Studies family have been elected to the Royal Society of Canada. Many congratulations to Karen Lawford, Heather Castleden, and Sari van Anders!


  • Dr. Juliane Okot Bitek

    Welcome to Dr. Juliane Okot Bitek

    Black Studies, Gender Studies, and English are delighted to share Juliane Okot Bitek will be joining us as Assistant Professor of Black Creative Writing! Juliane is a poet-scholar whose 100 Days, a collection of poetry on how to remember the 1994 Rwanda Genocide, won the 2017 Glenna Luschie Prize for African Poetry and the 2017 INDIEFAB Book of the Year (Poetry) award. It was also nominated for several writing prizes. Juliane's most recent writings include: "What Choices between Nightmares: Intersecting Local, Global and Intimate Stories of Pain in Peacebuilding" Peacebuilding and the Arts (Palgrave/MacMillan, 2020); "Conversations at the Crossroads: Indigenous and Black Writers Talk" Ariel: A Review of International English Literature (2020) and "Treachery as Colonial Intent: A Poetic Response Critical African Studies (2021).


  • Dr. Vanessa Thompson and Dr. Daniel McNeil 

    Welcome to Dr. Vanessa Thompson and Dr. Daniel McNeil 

    Black Studies is delighted to welcome Dr. Vanessa Thompson and Dr. Daniel McNeil to Queen’s University as Queen’s National Scholars! Dr. McNeil has formally started his position and will begin teaching in the fall; Dr. Thompson begins January 2022. They will develop and extend interdisciplinary research programs that attend to abolition and solidarity building in the diaspora, cultural production, critical multiculturalism, and anti-colonial thought. Drs. Thompson and McNeil will contribute to the administration of the Minor in Black Studies and develop transnational and cross-national networks, mentorship hubs, and courses in global black studies.


  • Terrie Easter Sheen

    Announcing the Terrie Easter Sheen Graduate Award

    When we think of the Department of Gender Studies (previously the Department of Women’s Studies) at Queen’s, the first person we think of is Terrie Easter Sheen. For 35 years, Terrie was the central pillar of the department, supporting its growth from a single course to a full and lively department. During her time at Queen’s, Terrie has been the consistent welcoming face of Gender Studies, and has profoundly impacted students, staff, faculty and visitors to the Department.


Our Mission

The Department of Gender Studies practices interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research, teaching, and programming that advance our commitment to social justice and social change.

We embrace an approach to gender that explores and challenges racism, capitalism, colonialism, (hetero)sexism, ableism, and other manifestations of power.

Our scholarship, activism and community work centre marginalized, alternative, and relational knowledges, span local and global contexts, and engage historical and contemporary perspectives.

Together we foster an accessible, culturally diverse, and transformative learning environment.

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.