The Women’s & Gender Studies program presents students with new ways of thinking about how race, class, and sexuality shape our world and our experiences within it.

60 Hours of Coursework for PhD
Qualifying exams in two areas, chosen from fifteen specialties
2:1 Student-to-Faculty ratio
intensive research opportunities
Our Doctoral Program in Women's and Gender Studies

Areas of expertise include: inequalities of race, age, and sexuality; bodies and technology, women’s activism, popular culture

Why Study WGS Here?

In addition to providing students an interdisciplinary environment, we support the research of scholar-activists, who connect with communities in need and provide research that can help them to shape policies and solve problems.

Faculty Research Interests

- 19th Century Bourgeois Women

- Rape in Journalism

- Legal and Scientific Discourses


- Masculinity

- Gender Violence in Motion Pictures

- Age as Intersecting Inequality


- Critical Body Studies

- Science Studies

- Transgender


- Hinduism

- South Asia

- Culture


- South Asia

- Girls’ empowerment

- Language debates


Women's and Gender Studies Research Highlights

King, Neal and Toni Calasanti. 2013. “Men’s aging amidst intersecting relations of inequality.” Sociology Compass 7:699-710.

Labuski, Christine and Colton Keo-Meier.  The (Mis)Measure of Trans.  Transgender Studies Quarterly,2(1): 13-33.

Labuski, Christine. 2013. Vulnerable Vulvas: Female Genital Integrity in Health and Dis-ease. Feminist Studies. 

Samanta, S. "Seeing Kali's City as "Insiders": Religious Diversity, Gender, Class, and Culture as "Textured" Learning for American Students." Practicing Anthropology, Journal of the Society for Applied Anthropology, vol.35 (3): 23-27. (2013)

"The Whole inside the Hole: Recent Telugu Dalit Women’s Revolutionary Life Writing." In New Feminisms in South Asian Film, Literature, and Social Media: Disrupting the Discourse. Ed. Alka Kurian and Sonora Jha. Routledge (October, 2017)

Related Programs

Students interested in applying to the Sociology (Ph.D.) degree should contact the program director, Neal King, by email at or by phone at 540-231-8174.

Visit our office at 560 McBryde Hall, 225 Stanger Street, Blacksburg, VA 24061

Domestic Application

*Fall: August 1

International Application

*Fall: April 1

*Deadline for admission with full consideration for funding: January 15


Contact Us

Neal King

Director of Graduate Studies
642 McBryde Hall

Tish Glosh

Graduate Coordinator
560 McBryde Hall

Department of Sociology
560 McBryde Hall (0137)
225 Stanger Street
Blacksburg, VA 24061
Phone: 540-231-8971