Graduate Studies


The minor in feminist, gender, and sexuality studies is an interdisciplinary program committed to feminist and queer scholarship. Students pursuing the minor in feminist, gender, and sexuality studies are required to take FGSS 6880: Proseminar in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. They must then choose a faculty member in the graduate field of Feminist, Gender, & Sexuality Studies to serve on their special committee and to participate in designing an appropriate interdisciplinary program of study.

This is a minor field. Application for admission is made only to the major fields. After matriculation, a student may select minor subjects from the major or minor fields.    


In order to pursue a graduate minor in FGSS, a student must currently be associated with a degree program in the Cornell Graduate School and have a faculty member from the FGSS graduate field serve as their FGSS minor member on their special committee. It is essential that you verify the members of your Special Committee on the Graduate School’s Special Committee Selection and Change form. For assistance with the form or to request the PDF version of the form, please contact the Graduate School at

In keeping with the aim of flexibility in graduate degree programs, the graduate minor in FGSS is developed by the student in consultation with their FGSS graduate field member. Students interested in the FGSS graduate minor should plan to meet with Jane Juffer (jaj93), Director of Graduate Studies and register as an FGSS graduate minor by filling out this form


Graduate students are required to take FGSS 6880: Proseminar in Feminist, Gender, & Sexuality Studies (offered every spring). Remaining coursework will be developed by the student in consultation with their FGSS minor committee member.

Some examples of recently offered graduate level FGSS courses include:

  • Gender and Sexuality in Southeast Asian Cinema
  • Sociology of Sex and Gender
  • Humanitarian Affects
  • The Body Politic in Asia
  • Toni Morrison's Novels
  • Making Public Queer History
  • Staging Gay and Transgender Histories
  • Media and Sexuality
  • Black Feminist Theories: Sexuality, Creativity, and Power

Funding Opportunities

Cornell graduate students whose research interests include feminist, gender, and sexuality studies are encouraged to apply for the FGSS First-Year Writing Seminar Award or the FGSS Teaching Assistantship.

First-Year Writing Seminar Award

The FGSS First-Year Writing Seminar Award will be offered to one or two graduate students at Cornell for demonstrated excellence in teaching. Applicants must have completed their third year. The award will provide tuition and a stipend, equivalent to the current teaching assistantship stipend, for the one semester of teaching. Interested graduate students should complete the application and submit it by (11:59pm) Sunday, February 13, 2022. Only applicants offered an FWS award will be notified in the spring. 

Teaching Assistantships

FGSS has a limited number of teaching assistantships each year and is particularly interested in graduate students at Cornell who would benefit from working with our joint faculty and serving as a TA in our core curriculum. Please complete the application. Only applicants offered a TA-ship will be notified in the spring.

Graduate Assistantship

The FGSS and LGBT Studies graduate assistant provides event, community-building, and communications support for the Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (FGSS) and LGBT Studies programs.

Graduate Colloquium

The FGSS Grad Colloquium gives graduate students across disciplines the opportunity to present their feminist scholarship to faculty and other graduate students interested in gender and sexuality studies. If you are interested in presenting your work, please contact Graduate Assistant Cailtin Kane at

Graduate Field Faculty

The field's faculty members are drawn from departments across the University, such as Anthropology, Performing and Media Arts, Literatures in English, Communication, Africana Studies, Comparative Literature, Romance Studies, Science and Technology Studies, Sociology, History, and History of Art. 

Program Contacts

Jane Juffer (interim Director of Graduate Studies)
Professor, Literatures in English

Caitlin Kane
Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Performing & Media Arts
Graduate Assistant, Feminist, Gender, & Sexuality Studies

Maria Montesano
Program Manager, Feminist, Gender, & Sexuality Studies

Aidan Kelly
Program Assistant/Course Coordinator, Feminist, Gender, & Sexuality Studies

Graduate Student Profiles

Recent Graduate Dissertations

Click here to access a list of recent graduate dissertations. 

For Further Information

Contact us at or come to our program office located in 180 Rockefeller Hall.