Women and Gender Studies
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Student Accomplishments

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Felicia Baez (WGST Minor)
Recipient, Outstanding Student Award - School of Integrative Studies
Recipient, Dennis Weathers Award for activism and academic work that focuses on social justice. This award is given by the African and African American Studies program.

Shin Khang (WGST Minor)
Recipient, Diversifying Study Abroad Travel Scholarship
This scholarship was awarded to Shin to support her study abroad trip to the Philippines with Professor Al Fuertes of School of Integrative Studies.

Kristian Spencer (MAIS in Women and Gender Studies)

Book Chapter

"This Little Piggie Went to Washington: An Analysis of Joni Ernst and the Gendered Electoral Process" forthcoming in Erin Woods and Dionne Rosser-Mims, eds. Advancing Women in Leadership: Shaping Pathways in the Political Arena. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing, 2018.

Conference Paper Presentation

"This Little Piggie Went to Washington: An Analysis of Joni Ernst and the Gendered Electoral Process." Paper presented at the International Leadership Association 3rd Biennial Women and Leadership Conference. Rhinebeck, New York. June 2017.

MaryAnn Vega (MAIS in Women and Gender Studies)
Recipient, Dean's Challenge Award
Given to graduate students who demonstrate exceptional academic achievement. Those who are chosen for the award are also given a stipend to support them in covering academic expenses.

Wanjiku Wainaina (MAIS in Women and Gender Studies)
Recipient, CHSS Interdisciplinary Curriculum Collaborative, a research award to support towards her research within Transnational Sexuality Studies.  



David Powers Corwin (WGST Graduate Student & Staff)


“Lucy Audley’s Deadly Secrets: Power, Violence, and Masculinity in Mary Elizabeth Braddon’s Lady Audley’s Secret.” 2016 Southwest Popular Culture and American Culture Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

“The Importance of Women and Gender Studies in Student Affairs” 2016 University Life Student Success Symposium: Achieving Our Goals for Student Success. George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia. Co-Presenter with Nancy Xiong.

“Slowly Working Toward Masculinity: Masculinity, Disability, and Heteronormativity in J.M. Coetzee’s Slow Man.” Paper presented at 2015 Critiquing Cultures Conference, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia.

“Have We Improved Upon Positive Racial Representation in Television? African American and Asian American Representation in Grey’s Anatomy.” Paper presented at 2015 Gender, Race, and Transformation Conference, Pacific University, Portland, Oregon.


Basak Durgun (Graduate Student, Instructor for WGST)


Recipient of the Provost Summer Research Fellowship


MaryAnn Vega (MAIS in Women and Gender Studies)


Recipient of the Campus Leadership Fellowship by Futures Without Violence


Invited panelist on Healthy Masculinities, Office of Diversity, Inclusion & Multicultural Education and Men Can Stop Rape, October 28, 2015.

Invited panelist, Rape Myth Acceptance. George Mason University, Patriots in Action, March 28, 2016.

“Can Campus Climate Change? Rape Myth Acceptance and The Impact of Bystander Intervention.” Paper presented at 2015 Interventions: Women's Studies in Action Symposium at the University of Maryland. October 2015



WGST Minors Valeria Pareja and Brenna Denicola attended the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL) at the University of Maryland, College Park

WGST minor Rodrigo Velasquez was one of the recipients of the Hattery Family Foundation-Franki Rutherford Memorial Scholarship

Graduate Assistant and MAIS Student David Corwin was also a recipient of the Hattery Family Foundation-Franki Rutherford Memorial Scholarship and presented at the following conference:

  • October 2014 – presented at the Women & Society Conference at Marist College. The presentation was titled “Women as Part of the Patriarchy” Masculinity, Women, and Relationships in Virginia Woolf’s Novels“ The Journal for Cultural and Religious Studies has asked him to submit his essay for publication
  • Feb 2015 – presented a paper at the Southwest Popular Culture and American Culture conference in New Mexico. The presentation was titled: “Queering Spira: Gender, Power, and Defeat in Final Fantasy X“
  • March 2015: presented a paper at the Global Discourses on Women Conference at Middle Tennessee State University: The paper was titled “Why Marry?: Marriage, Women, Social Status, and Education in Japan”

WGST Minor Abby Picard Published an article in the Columbia Spectator on sexual assault and disability.

MAIS Student AJ Jones presented at the following conferences:

  • Queer Vulnerability in Uganda: Analyzing ‘Call Me Kuchu.’ Discussion Panel. Sep. 18, 2014; Vulnerability, Precarity, and Human Rights Symposium, George Mason University.
  • What’s In a Narrative? A Comparative Analysis of Tomboy Masculinities in Southeast Asia. Oct. 25, 2014; 23rdAnnual Women & Society Conference, Marist College.
  • Lesbi or not Lesbi: Vexed Identity and Tomboy Masculinities in Southeast Asia. March 7, 2015; Intersections: Sexuality, Gender, Race & Ethnicity Symposium, Morgan State University.
  • Precarious Genders: Vulnerability, Transgender Identity and Political Asylum. April 2, 2015; Critical Intersections: Conflict, Gender, and Power, George Mason University

WGST Minor Monica Gaskin was the first student to be admitted into the Accelerated MAIS in Women and Gender Studies Program

WGST Minor and recent graduate Tanya Carrie accepted a research position at the DC Mayor’s Office for African Affairs.

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