The Center for Women's Studies and Gender Research offers an interdisciplinary forum for the study of gender, its function in cultures and societies, and its intersection with race and class. Students may choose from three areas of concentration within the BA program: General Concentration, Concentration in Theories and Politics of Sexuality, Concentration in Gender and International Development. A minor in Women's Studies and a minor in Theories and Politics of Sexuality are also available. The Center offers master's and doctoral students the Graduate Certificate in Women's Studies in conjunction with (other) degree programs. Graduate students may choose a thesis or non-thesis Master of Arts degree.For more information on specific programs, please refer to the Undergraduate or Graduate pages. To support the Center for Women's Studies and Gender Research, please click on this link.

News and Announcements

Tough Guise 2 and My Masculinity Helps

Monday, October 27th
6:30-9:00 pm
Reitz Union Auditorium

On October 27th, STRIVE and the Center for Women’s Studies and Gender Research will host 2 films, Tough Guise 2 and My Masculinity Helps, at the Reitz Union beginning at 6:30 pm. The event is free and open to the public. Tough Guise 2 is a documentary examining the ongoing epidemic of violence in America and its roots in outmoded ideals of manhood. My Masculinity Helps explores the role of African American men and boys in the prevention of sexual violence. Discussion will follow.

Yes Means Yes: Positive Sexuality Seminar

Wednesdays, October 8th-November 5th
6:30-8:00 pm
Ustler Hall

Yes Means Yes is an interdisciplinary, interactive, noncredit, five week, student-facilitated seminar that encourages meaningful, engaging discussions on consent and sexuality. Make your campus safer and increase your sexual satisfaction! This event is sponsored by Gatorwell's STRIVE, LGBT Affairs, the Center for Women's Studies and Gender Research, and the Rural Women's Health Project. Please click on this link to apply to participate.

Nineteenth Century Anglo-Jewish Writing and Culture with Dr. Nadia Valman

Lecture: From Child-like Humility to Spiritual Crisis: Victorian Anglo-Jewish Women Novelists
Monday, November 17th, 5:30pm
Judaica Suite, Library East

Women were central to the emergence and development of the Jewish novel in nineteenth-century England. Anglo-Jewish literature came into being in the early Victorian period in the form of popular didactic fiction, a form to which women writers had greater access. Their novels were conceived to help press the Jewish claim for equal citizenship and to counter the pressure from Protestant missionaries to convert to Christianity. Dr. Nadia Valman, Senior Lecturer, Queen Mary, University of London, traces three writers, Grace Aguilar, Emily Morton Harris, and Lilly Montagu, whose writings exemplify Anglo-Jewry’s shifting concerns.

Seminar: Race, Faith and Nation: Reading Israel Zangwill
Tuesday, November 18th, 11:30am
Keene-Flint 05

The Anglo-Jewish writer, activist and ideologue Israel Zangwill is best known for his assimilationist drama The Melting Pot (1908) and his commitment to the cause of Territorialist Zionism.

Lunch will be served. All faculty and graduate students are welcome, but please rsvp to Sandy James at james@ufl.edu to reserve a lunch. For more information, click on this link.

Bonnie Moradi, Director

Dr. Bonnie Moradi

Bonnie Moradi is a Professor of Psychology and Director of the Center for Women’s Studies and Gender Research (CWSGR) at the University of Florida. She has been an Affiliate faculty member of the CWSGR since she joined UF in 2001.

Dr. Moradi’s research, teaching, and professional service reflect her interest in informing social justice efforts with scientific evidence and informing scientific advancements with social justice considerations. Specifically, Dr. Moradi’s research program focuses on experiences of prejudice, discrimination, and objectification, as well as on collective identity. This research examines the nature of these experiences, their implications for psychosocial functioning such as health and workplace outcomes, and their intersections across minority statuses (e.g., gender, ethnicity, race, sexual orientation). This research has garnered funding from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the Palm Center, the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA), and the American Psychological Foundation’s Wayne F. Placek Award. Similarly, Dr. Moradi teaches psychological theory and research on how diversity and sociocultural privilege and oppression manifest in people’s lives (e.g., Advanced Seminar in Psychology of Women, Multiculturalism and Diversity in Counseling Psychology).

Dr. Moradi is the recipient of national awards including the Association for Women in Psychology’s Florence Denmark Distinguished Mentoring Award, the American Psychological Association (APA) Committee on Women in Psychology Emerging Leader Award, and Early Career Awards from the APA Society of Counseling Psychology and its Section for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Issues. Dr. Moradi is also the recipient of UF’s Doctoral Dissertation Mentoring Award and LGBT Community Impact Award for Outstanding Faculty Member. She is currently Associate Editor of Psychology of Women Quarterly and the Journal of Counseling Psychology. 

Kathryn Chicone Ustler Hall

Built in 1919, the structure fell into disuse in 1979 but was saved from demolition in 1988 when it was granted protection under the National Register of Historic Places. A generous donation from sociology alumna Kathryn Chicone Ustler in 2000 allowed for the vacant gym to be transformed into a 14,700 square-foot academic treasure. The restoration process began in 2004, and Women’s Studies moved into the facility in July, 2006.

Ustler Hall, a beautifully renovated, freestanding three-story building, includes classrooms, seminar rooms, a two-story atrium, and faculty and administrative offices for the Center for Women’s Studies and Gender Research. This building is the first one on the UF campus renamed to honor a woman. To support the Center for Women's Studies and Gender Research, please click on this link.

For more information on renting the Atrium at Ustler Hall please contact Donna Tuckey or call 273-0382. To review the rules and rates, click on this link.