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Professor Sharlene Hesse-Biber

McGuinn 419
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467



Contact Women's and Gender Studies

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Graduate Assistants:


Emma McFawn, MSW Candidate 2015     
Graduate School of Social Work


Michelle Pernini, MSW Candidate 2015     
Graduate School of Social Work

Attention Undergraduates! Now accepting applications for Teaching Assistants for Introduction to Feminisms!

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Recent Events

2013-2014 Speaker Series 

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Elizabeth Cline, author of Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion

Elizabeth L. Cline is a New York-based writer, editor, and author of Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion (Penguin Portfolio/2012). Cline holds a degree in Political Philosophy from Syracuse University and has written for the Daily Beast, New York magazine, Popular Science, The New Republic, Village Voice, GOOD, Etsy Blog,,, and many others. She is currently an editor for’s Blogs. Overdressed is her first book.

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"Female Terrorists in Ethno-National Conflicts"

Feminist legal theorist and Harvard Law School visiting professor, Dr. Fionnuala Ni Aolain, will be giving a talk about her most recent book, On the Frontlines, and female terrorists/combatants in ethno-national conflicts.

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Women Take the Reel Film Festival

The event above is one of many film screenings taking place in March. The Graduate Consortium in Women's Studies host an annual film festival highlighting a variety of films by women.


Women's and Gender Studies Seniors: Janet Wilson Award

Every Spring, a graduating senior is granted an award for distinguished scholarship in Women's and Gender Studies. To be considered for the Janet Wilson James Award, submit the following to

  • A piece of scholarly writing on any gender issue.  This piece can be an empirical paper, theoretical paper, or senior honor's thesis - 20 pages or less
  • A brief letter communicating your involvement with women's issues during your college career.

The recipient of the Janet Wilson James Award will be announced at a commencement Award Ceremony at the end of the semester.