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The Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies program explores the dynamics of gender and sexuality in relation to local and global structures of power, privilege, and oppression. We provide interdisciplinary and disciplinary courses, offering a range of methodological and theoretical tools to empower our students to think critically and develop new epistemologies.

The WGSS program offers majors and minors a foundation in feminist histories, theories, research methods, and practices, complemented by electives that examine representation, identity, politics, socioeconomics, social movements, and locations. As one of the oldest programs in the SUNY system (founded in 1972), we have more than 300 alumni and 80+ majors and minors currently enrolled.

Our five core faculty and numerous affiliates are committed to a feminist pedagogy rooted in social justice and equality. We envision the classroom as a collaborative space where both instructors and students produce knowledge, imagine alternate realities, and generate intersectional and interdisciplinary praxis.

An Alum's Perspective: Kathleen O'Keefe '90

Counsel to the New York State Board of Elections

"The robust interdisciplinary nature of my coursework at New Paltz gave me a great foundation for my law school studies at Rutgers, where many of my peers attended Ivy League colleges. ... My experience at New Paltz exposed me to many people and many viewpoints, and I was required to hone my analytical and writing skills in reaching and defending my own conclusions. That is what a lawyer does every day when practicing law."

Learn more about Kathleen and other Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies alumni.

Contact Us

Chair: Kathleen M. Dowley
845-257-2978
Fax: 845-257-2798
Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program
SUNY New Paltz
1 Hawk Drive
New Paltz, NY 12561

Welcome to the Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program!

I welcome the opportunity to meet or speak with you about our program. Please feel free to email me at dowleyk@newpaltz.edu, or if you are planning a visit, feel free to stop by our offices at Southside House, or contact the program secretary, Concetta "Cookie" Chandler, at 845-257-2975 to set up an appointment. I look forward to hearing from you.

Dr. Kathleen M. Dowley
Coordinator, WGSS Program
Associate Professor of Political Science