Department of Gender Studies

Department of Gender Studies
Department of Gender Studies

Gender Studies at Queen's University

  • Katherine McKittrick, Professor in Gender Studies, has been inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences as an International Honorary Member in Class III, Social Sciences. 

    The American Academy of Arts & Sciences was founded in 1780 by John Adams, John Hancock, and others who believed the new republic should honor exceptionally accomplished individuals and engage them in advancing the public good.  Academy members represent today’s innovative thinkers in every field and profession, including more than two hundred and fifty Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winners. 

    Dr. McKittrick is one of two individuals from a Canadian institution elected to the Academy in 2020.


  • 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!

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  • 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

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.