Graduate Studies


Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies critically interrogates gender and sexuality as categories of  inequality, difference, and identification. Gender (the social and historical meanings of distinctions across sexes) and sexuality (the domain of sexual practices, identities, discourses, and institutions) are studied as they intersect with class, race, nationality, religion, ability, and other zones of human and nonhuman experience. The introduction of these perspectives into all fields of knowledge necessitates new research paradigms, organizing concepts and analytics, and critique.

Combined PhD and Certificate

Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies offers a Combined PhD and Certificate.  Both the Combined PhD and Certificate may only be pursued by students already enrolled in another PhD program at Yale University. 

Our Combined PhD is offered with African American Studies, American Studies, Anthropology, English, and Sociology.   

While the requirements of the Combined PhD are more extensive than those of the Certificate, both entail graduate-level coursework, teaching and pedagogic experience, and capacity to pursue independent research. 

Director of Graduate Studies

Dara Strolovitch (
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