The Department of Women’s Studies at the University of Arizona is pleased to announce the inauguration of its Ph.D. program. Incoming students will be admitted for the '08-'09 academic year. The University of Arizona Department of Women's Studies is a long- established leader in the field, one of the oldest and most widely recognized programs in the country, with twelve years of experience in graduate education through the MA program. Our thirteen core faculty and more than 70 affiliated faculty include internationally renowned scholars of Chicana/Latina Studies, sexuality, transnationalism, racialization, health, science, history, film, sociology, literature, life writing, among many others.
The planned Ph.D. program will equip students to produce new knowledge in the field of Women’s Studies from a foundation in diverse theories of gender, critical race theory, feminism and related social movements, history, literature, critical and cultural studies, and studies of the relation of gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality to transnational economic and political processes.
For specific information about the course of study and application procedures, go to http://ws.web.arizona.edu/
The program is wide ranging in its strengths, which include:
* 13 core faculty with appointments and affiliations in English; History; Latin American Studies; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies; Anthropology; Media Arts; Mexican American Studies; Sociology; and Spanish and Portuguese
* More than 70 affiliated faculty members from departments and colleges throughout the university
* The nation’s only Chicana/Latina Studies concentration housed in a Women’s Studies
*A vibrant and exciting Group for Early Modern Studies, with members from departments all over the university, founded out of the Department of Women’s Studies
* The Southwest Institute for Research on Women (SIROW) which maintains five
offices, 32 researchers and staff, and an annual budget of $2.5 - 3.0 million with particular strengths in public health and education
* A community-based organization, the Women’s Studies Advisory Council (WOSAC),
offering financial support for student travel to conferences as well as associations with cultural, social service, and political institutions which provide students access to a local network of community members and organizations
Ph.D. students are encouraged to pursue wide-ranging and interdisciplinary projects, and Women’s Studies is taken to describe a field defined as “the feminist study of everything.” The department and the campus as a whole have exceptional strengths in
tremendously various fields. We welcome the opportunity to add Ph.D. students to the
vibrant intellectual community, and have confidence that the rapid institutionalization
of Women’s Studies around the country, together with UA Women’s Studies extraordinarily strong intellectual reputation, will put our students in an excellent position to seek academic jobs.
Or, alternately, students may choose to pursue research projects through SIROW that
emphasize community-based participatory action research of importance to women
and girls living in the southwestern US and Mexico. The institute maintains extensive
collaborations with schools; community agencies; governmental entities, including
criminal justice institutions and local health departments; tribal governments; and other universities and colleges.
For more about the department, the faculty, and the curriculum, see our web site at
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