Vivyan Adair’s research interests are representations of women on welfare, and the impact of welfare reform, education and policy.
Women's and Gender Studies
The department provides an interdisciplinary and transnational analysis of the historical, theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of women and gender. Innovative teaching and research experiences help students analyze social and cultural differences, transform their understanding of traditional areas of study and develop their ability to interact with the world in personal and intellectual ways.
About the Major
Women’s and gender studies will provide you with a powerful perspective on cultural and world history by putting women at the center of its analysis. You may be inspired to pursue a grant to conduct summer research with a professor. Women’s and gender studies students at Hamilton have, for instance, researched women day laborers, feminism and sexual assault on college campuses and the identities of contemporary Cuban women.
It isn’t easy to be a women’s studies major because it forces you to acknowledge both the privileges that you have and the privileges that are denied to you in life. Once your eyes are opened to those things you can’t really continue along in blissful ignorance. But it’s also incredibly powerful because you have a much more nuanced understanding of the world and, I believe, a much more compassionate way of approaching people and life.
Danielle Burby ’12 — Women's studies major
Women’s and gender studies at Hamilton certainly is not for women only. It is not even exclusively about women. Who are we as individuals and as members of a society? Who shapes those identities, and how? How do gender, power, race and class affect the interactions of women and men? These are issues that every thoughtful person must address. Above all, women’s studies is about personal and intellectual growth.
Careers After Hamilton
- Director of Operations, Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston
- Program Officer, Building Movements, Ms. Foundation for Women
- Nurse Midwife, URMC Midwifery Group
- 4th Grade Teacher, The IDEAL School of Manhattan
- Attorney, Laskoff & Associates
- Mental Health Counselor/Play Therapist, Integrative Counseling Services
- Physician, Rhode Island Hospital
Introduction to Feminist Thought 201S
An interdisciplinary examination of the history and contemporary practice of feminist thought. Topics include the history of feminist thought in Western culture, the broadening and complication of that canon to include examinations of race, class, gender, sexuality, ableism and ageism, and the implications of global feminist thought. Writing-intensive.View All Courses
Introduction to LGBTQ Studies 202F
In this introductory-level writing-intensive course, students will explore sexuality through writing as not just a personal identity, but also a category of analysis that intersects with gender, race, class, nationality, and religion. Through films such as For the Bible Tells Me So, But I'm a Cheerleader, Southern Comfort as well as texts such as Vicki Eaklor's Queer America and Susan Stryker's Transgender History, you will learn to interrogate prevailing normative assumptions, social and cultural institutions, your own life, Hamilton College, and the wider community. Writing-intensive.View All Courses
Women, Gender and Popular Culture 211F
Interdisciplinary investigation of how popular culture reproduces gendered identities and racialized differences. Feminist theories of popular culture will inform examinations of racial stereotypes and heterosexist conventions in diverse forms of popular culture (films, fiction, non-fiction, television, music, the internet) from 1980-present in both mainstream and sub-cultural contexts. Analysis of popular culture's commodification of contradictory versions of "womanhood," as well as how women's self-representations pose complex questions of agency and resistance in the culture industry.View All Courses
Feminist Methodological Perspectives 301F
An interdisciplinary exploration of feminist methods of social analysis. Emphasis on how feminist inquiry has transformed how we think about and study gender in the sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities. Writing-intensive.View All Courses
Kitchen Culture: Women, Gender and the Politics of Food 334S
A cultural studies examination of women’s long-standing association with the private space of the home, in particular the kitchen, and the production and consumption of food. Grounded by feminist theoretical discussions of domesticity, the class analyzes how notions of family, community and cultural practices connected to food are differentiated by race, class, ethnicity and nationality.View All Courses
Unraveling Cleopatra 372
Cleopatra was a witness to and a shaper of the history of ancient Egypt and the late Roman Republic. To posterity the historical Cleopatra is an enigma, but her image in film, literature, art and popular culture is ever present. Through authors such as Horace, Plutarch, Shakespeare and George Bernard Shaw and through cinematic treatments from the 1940s-1970s, explores how the historical figure of Cleopatra became both the signifier and embodiment of sexual and racial politics across historical periods.View All Courses
A Scientific Mind Seeks A Broader World View