Women's and Gender Studies

(M.S. in Sociology)

Campus: Virginia Tech Blacksburg Campus

Instructions: Residential/On Campus  

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.










Our Master’s Program in Women's & Gender Studies

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

Why Study Women's and Gender Studies 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.

What You'll Study

Our curriculum includes coursework on race and migration, on sexuality and queer theory, on advanced feminist theory, on feminist methods of research, on bodies and technology, and more.

Careers of Program Graduates

Our master’s graduates have gone on to earn doctorates in sociology and related fields here at Virginia Tech and in universities around the world, or to direct and coordinate women’s centers, diversity programs, and research at such institutions as the Police Executive Research Forum in Washington DC, and the DisAbility Law Center of Virginia.

Professional Development & Research Support/Opportunities

Students and faculty members apply for grants to support our department’s many collaborative research projects. Examples include:

  • “Gender, Labor, and Vulnerability in the Bakken Oil Fields” (funded by AAUW) Dr. Christine Labuski
  • “Student Violence, School Disorder, and Dropping Out.” (funded by NIJ W.E.B. Du Bois Fellowship) Dr. Anthony Peguero, and doctoral graduate Lindsay Kahle and doctoral student Stephanie Matos.
  • “Aging men” with the University of Tampere, Finland: class/gender inequality, occupational aging, and men’s health (Dr. Toni Calasanti, Dr. Neal King)

Our Faculty 

Research Interests

  • 19th Century Bourgeois Women
  • Rape in Journalism
  • Legal and Scientific Discourses

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Research Interests

  • Masculinity 
  • Gender Violence in Motion Pictures 
  • Age as Intersecting Inequality

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Research Interests

  • Critical Body Studies
  • Science Studies
  • Transgender

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Research Interests
  • Hinduism 
  • South Asia 
  • Culture

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Research Interests

  • South Asia 
  • Girls’ empowerment
  • Language debates

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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)

Students interested in applying to the Women's and Gender Studies (M.S. in Sociology) degree should contact the program director, Shannon Bell, by email at sbell33@vt.edu or by phone at 540-231-4445.

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


Shannon Bell

Director of Graduate Studies

674 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