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

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Current Events

  • July 20, 2018
    GSWS 318 Reproductive Justice and Rights
    This course that builds interdisciplinary, intersectional, and feminist tools to analyze narratives, issues, practices, and arguments regarding reproductive politics as they manifest through out the lifecourse, from preconception to end of life.
  • July 18, 2018
    GSWS 350 Public Policy for Women
    How does feminist action affect public policy? Want to use an intersectional lens to understand the relationship between policy tools and women’s lives? GSWS 350 Public Policy for Women Fall 2018 - Fridays 9:30 - 13:20 WMC 2200

Recent Events

Author and Donor Appreciation Night

Friday, March 23, 2018
7:30 pm
SFU Harbour Centre, room 1430, 515 West Hastings Street

GSWS celebrated the launch of the latest books by current and former faculty members Coleman Nye, Jennifer Marchbank and Claire Robson, Ela Przybylo, and Mary Lynn Stewart (and a few special guests!)

We also celebrated the legacy of two very special community partners. ur long-time supporter Carla Poppen passed away this past May, and her generosity has led to a generous scholarship in her name for our undergraduate students. We also welcomed Patsy George, who spoke about the important legacy of her friend and our former Woodward Chair Rosemary Brown.


Dr. Jen Marchbank is quoted in an article in the Surrey Now-Leader on the Delta community’s first ever Take Back the Night walk.

Delta ‘takes back the night’ in first ever domestic violence walk

Listen to Dr. Habiba Zaman's CBC interview on about invisible labour on The Early Edition
The interview starts at the 2:38 mark.

Surrey’s Youth For A Change Group co-founded by Dr. Jen Marchbank is featured in Surrey 604

Student Profiles

RWW Post Doc Profile

Ela Przybylo
Ruth Wynn Woodward Postdoctoral Fellow 2017-2019

Asexuality Studies Scholar and Feminist Editor

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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