Women and Gender Studies
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Current Students (Certificate)

The graduate certificate can compliment primary graduate study in doctoral and masters programs.  Students can also pursue a graduate certificate as a stand-alone program.

Marisa Allison
Research Interests: Gender inequality in higher education, gendered consumerism, production and consumption of knowledge.
Contact Information: malliso6@gmu.edu

Zayna Bizri
Research Interests: Military history and gender, creation of citizenship, masculinity and feminist in military services; how military has changed with the introduction of women.
Contact Information: zbizri1@gmu.edu

Erin Bush
Research interests: Gender, law and society, 19th/20th century female criminals and how constructs of womanhood are used in sensational murder trials
Contact information: ebush3@gmu.edu, erin@erinbush.com

Ryan Sheehan

Ryan is currently pursuing his M.A. in English with a concentration in the Teaching of Writing and Rhetoric and a graduate certificate in Women and Gender Studies. Ryan's scholarly work focuses on human rights and social justice rhetoric/discourse regarding gender and sexuality from both Western and transnational contexts. He is currently working on a thesis regarding the human rights rhetoric and discourse within the asexual community. Ryan has been active with scholarly endeavors within George Mason University: he served as the GRA for the Writing Across the Curriculum program form Fall 2012 to Spring 2014; served as a GRA for Dr. Samaine Lockwood for the Fall of 2013; and presented his work on asexuality at the recent "Politics of Gender and Justice Conference" hosted by the GMU Women and Gender Studies Department. He was also a recipient the Dean's Challenge Award, given to those within the College of Humanities and Social Sciences who excel while engaging in challenging work. He has also been involved in student-based social justice initiatives across campus: he has held the title of "President' for the Grad Pride student organization. He was the PR Manager for last year's"STEM+Women Confernece"--a professional conference designed to help women enter into Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics fields. He has also sat on a variety of panels and discussions for various student orgs and University Life initiatives, including moderating last years Geek Week Diversity Panel in October of 2014. He is currently the T.A. for Dr. Rachel Lewis' Intro the Women and Gender Studies course, and is a staff member in the WGST Resource Center. Unlike his colleagues on this panel, Ryan has no pets, but would like a dog. 

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