Graduate Minor in Feminist, Gender, & Sexuality Studies

About the graduate minor

The Feminist, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Program offers Feminist, Gender, & Sexuality Studies as a minor field in graduate studies. The minor invites any Cornell graduate student interested in FGSS to design an interdisciplinary program of study. Faculty spans several fields, including literatures in English, performing & media arts, anthropology, communication, history, and africana studies, allowing studies to develop a graduate minor to meet their specific interests. 

FGSS proseminar spring 2022

Requirements and Registration

A required introductory course, FGSS 6880: Proseminar in Feminist, Gender, & Sexuality Studies, is taught every spring and offers an introduction to theoretical and practical aspects of the interdisciplinary field of FGSS. Students will explore both the disciplinary specifics of FGSS scholarship and the interdisciplinary breadth of gender/sexuality's reach as an analytic lens. While many of our graduate courses train students in highly specialized areas of feminist theory, this course aims to teach students how to find common intellectual ground from interdisciplinary perspectives without sacrificing the complexity of any disciplinary approach.

Students will complete the required course and designate a member of their special committee, drawn from the list of FGSS grad field faculty, to guide research in the minor area of FGSS, recommend classes, and attest to competency in FGSS at the time of the A-Exam and dissertation defense. That committee member will inform the FGSS DGS of their student's progress in fulfilling minor requirements. Fill out the FGSS Graduate Minor application form here:

FGSS graduate minor application

Upon completion of the minor and graduate degree requirements, the student will be awarded an FGSS Graduate Minor Certificate. 

Director of Graduate Studies 2022-2023: Ellis Hanson

This is a minor field. Application for admission to the Cornell Graduate School is made only to the major fields. 

Graduate Colloquium

The FGSS Graduate Colloquium gives graduate minors across disciplines the opportunity to present their feminist scholarship to faculty and other graduate students interested in gender and sexuality studies. If you're interested in presenting your research at the colloquium, please contact FGSS Graduate Assistant Jayme Kilburn

Current Graduate Students

Student Name:

Graduate Field: Email:

Carlota Aguilar Gonzalez

Joseph Akinniyi History

Shade Ayorinde

History of Art
Elissa Badiqué Performing and Media Arts
Elias Beltran Comparative Literature

Samuel Nelson Blake

Performing and Media Arts
Amrita Chakraborty Comparative Literature
Jordan Chauncy Medieval Studies

Rebekah Ciribassi


Joshua Bastian Cole

Performing and Media Arts
Oona Cullen English
Liting Ding Anthropology

Emily Donald

Du Fei  History

Christina Fogarasi

Renatta Fordyce Africana Studies
Alexa Arianna Gall Medieval Studies

Xinyu Guan


Eliana Hernandez Pachon

Romance Studies
Emily Hillenbrand Development Sociology
Parijat Jha Anthropology

Akhil Kang

Jayme Lee Killburn Performing and Media Arts
Pauline Limbu  Anthropology
Zifeng Liu Africana Studies

Mary Kate Long

Asian Literature, Religion, and Culture
Stephanie Lopez Romance Studies

Paulo Lorca Fuentealba

Romance Studies
Colten Meisner Communication
Michael Kirkpatrick Miller History
Cibele Maia Moura Musicology

Maggie O' Leary

Chijioke Onah English
Whitten Overby  Architecture

Kriszta Pozsonyi

Performing and Media Arts

Sergio Preston


Jennifer Rabedeau

Salma Rebhi Romance Studies

Kelly Richmond

Performing and Media Arts
Riccardo Sama Romance Studies
Trishna Senapaty Anthropology

Juhwan Seo

Xinlei Sha Anthropology
Bruno Shirley  Asian Literature, Religion, and Culture
Quentin Stickley Archaeology
Sahar Tavakoli Science & Technology Studies
Keyun Tian Comparative Literature

Sarena Tien

Romance Studies
Juliana Torres Romance Studies

Palashi Vaghela

Information Science

Heftzi Vazquez Rodriguez

Romance Studies
Nicolas Vigilante Music
Elizabeth Violette Literatures in English
Dawn Warfield Science & Technology Studies

Dennis Wegner

Germanic Studies