Gender Studies and Feminist Research program gets a new name and a new director

Just beyond its 10th anniversary, the Gender Studies and Feminist Research graduate program has adopted a new name: Gender and Social Justice.

“The program has long embraced feminist, anti-racist, anti-colonial and queer social justice lenses through the intersectional study of gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, class, ability, age and other categories of social difference,” explains Melinda Gough, the program’s acting director. “The new name better reflects these aspects of our interdisciplinary teaching, learning, research and activism, as well as our program’s prioritization of community-engaged research and praxis.”

Catherine Anderson, an associate professor in the Department of Linguistics and Languages, will become the program’s new director on July 1.

Gender and Social Justice offers an interdisciplinary minor in gender studies, a one-year MA degree, and a PhD diploma program open to qualified students in other doctoral programs at McMaster as an additional credential.