What Makes Our Degree Distinctive? 

Interdisciplinary, Intersectional, International

Our program will challenge you academically, personally, and politically to actively promote social justice and social transformation. Our courses will give you the expertise to deal positively and effectively with issues of gender and sexuality facing individuals and society. The pedagogy of feminist, gender, and sexuality studies, rooted in important and innovative research, rigorously challenges cultural assumptions about multiple forms of gender and sexual difference as constructed by culture and history. We address global and transnational feminist and queer movements, the historical roots of gender-based inequality, hierarchies of knowledge; queer social and political movements, the ethical and theological foundations of gender and human rights, and intersecting oppressive forces of race, sexuality, class, and colonialism.

New Courses

Available Winter and Spring 2020

Poverty Law

This course aims to create a critical dialogue about the role of law in structuring wealth inequality and its potential role in remedying such inequality.

Law and Social Movements

This course will critically examine the relationship between law and social movements, specifically engaging texts and materials that interrogate law’s role in both criminalizing and coopting social movements.

Dean Spade is an associate professor at the Seattle University School of Law. In 2002, he founded the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, a non-profit collective that provides free legal help to low-income people and people of color who are trans, intersex and/or gender non-conforming and works to build trans resistance rooted in racial and economic justice. He is the author of Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics and the Limits of Law (Duke University Press 2015). His video projects and writing are available at deanspade.net.

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Professor Dean Spade

Jennifer Schulz, Ph.D.

Faculty Spotlight

Dr. Jen Schulz (IDLS) integrates her PhD in literary studies, her MA in psychology, and race, gender, and disability studies in courses such as: Trauma Narratives, The Naked Self, and Well-Being in a Catastrophic Age. Moving between classroom teaching and her clinical work with women living with complex trauma, Jen is also committed to inviting her students into embodied reflection and radical listening practices in all of her classes.

Jennifer Schulz, Ph.D. Senior Instructor, Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies; Director, SU-Pacific Northwest Ballet Educational Partnership


  • Dispatches from the Border

    Dispatches from the Border

    Presentations and Poetry with Arlene Lee, Steven Bender, William Nericcio (of USCD) and Gabriella Gutierrez y Muhs, PhD. Sponsored by the Theiline Pigott McCone Endowed Chair, Gabriella Gutierrez y Muhs; co-sponsored by Seattle University School of Law.

    Wednesday, Nov. 13 | 6:00-9:00pm | Pigott Auditorium


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