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Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality

Research Clusters and Projects


One of the principal aims of the Center is to foster faculty and student research by providing opportunities for interdisciplinary exchange and collaboration.  The Feminist Research Group has provided faculty and graduate students a critical venue for reflection since 1987.  The Sexuality Studies Working Group was established in 2006.  The Center’s research concentrates on four broad research clusters:

  • Sex, Race, and Nation
  • Women and Global Poverty
  • Gender and Urban Life
  • Gender, Health, and Human Well-being


As part of its research mission, the Center brings together scholars and public intellectuals whose work addresses broad topics of compelling interest. In 2010-2011, the Center was pleased to present the first of a three year lecture series, the Gray/Wawro Lectures in Gender, Health, and Well-being.  Through the generous support of Melanie Gray and Mark Wawro, each year the Center will host four distinguished speakers who inspire deeper understanding of the gender features underlying urgent health concerns and whose work fosters public conversation that can prompt informed action toward a more just world.


Building relationships with local and wide-ranging communities is a defining feature of the Center’s academic programs and community outreach initiatives.  In core undergraduate courses students are introduced to engaged research through guest lectures from community leaders, interviews with people who have made contributions to Houston, and on-campus projects.  The Seminar and Practicum place undergraduates in research-based partnerships with Houston area non-profit organizations, and the PJHC minor offers students summer experiential learning internships across the US and internationally.

The Center is a founding member of Houston ARCH, a consortium that works for the preservation of Houston's LGBT history.

We are also pleased to collaborate with other academic institutions, especially the Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program at the University of Houston.  On April 15, 2011, for example, we are jointly presenting a day long conference, Feminist Pedagogies.

Reaching beyond the geographic boundaries of Texas and the United States, the Center also hosts the QStudy Listserv, an international forum for academic discussions pertaining to queer theory, an umbrella term encompassing lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transsexual/transgender studies.