The Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies at Simon Fraser University welcomes students interested in the study of women, gender, sexuality, and feminism. The department’s interdisciplinary degree programs and faculty offer courses in a wide range of subject areas in the social sciences, humanities, natural/applied sciences, and contemporary arts.

Why Study Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies?

Watch the "Why Study Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies?" YouTube video featuring:

Dr. Lara Campbell
Dr. Coleman Nye
Dr. Habiba Zaman


Dr. Claire Robson, GSWS Adjunct Faculty along with Dr. Joy Butler (UBC) and  Dr. David Burns (Kwantlen Polytechnic University) presented a paper in which they argue that teaching dodgeball in schools is highly problematic dodgeball in at Canadian Society for the Study of Education annual conference on June 4th. Their research has received a great deal of media attention.

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Posted June 6, 2019

Student Profiles

RWW Junior Chair

Dr. Guldana Salimjan, Ruth Wynn Woodward Jr Chair of the Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies Department.

My research examines settler colonial processes in China and Central Eurasia, and how gender is positioned in the construction of historical memory, nationalism, and discourses of development. As an ethnic minority from Western China, I have always been interested in the complex interactions between identity, power, and representation in changing contexts. My current book project explores this subject in the Sino-Kazakhstan border region, where I conducted ethnographic research with Xinjiang Kazakhs about their lived experience of state violence, land dispossession, and cultural resilience from the time of Mao to the present day. This term, I am teaching “Gender and Ethnicity in Modern China,” and in summer 2020 I will teach “Violence, Gender, and Memory in Global Asia,” which explores gender-based violence in imperial and postcolonial states across Asia.

Alumni Profiles

Alumni Profile: Megan Bulloch, MA, GSWS
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The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences alumni profile of Robert Bittner

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Associate Profiles

The Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies respectfully acknowledges that SFU is on unceded Coast Salish Territory; the traditional territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh and Kwikwetlem First Nations.