Research

Research is a major focus of the Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies program. We require all majors to take at least one research course and encourage all students of GSWS – even non-majors – to participate in independent research.

We introduce students to major scholars through the Minnie Braithwaite Lecture and through our Brownbag Discussion Series. The Boswell Initiative is another venue for showcasing current scholarship in the discipline. Keep an eye on our events calendar!

Our faculty have a wide range of research interests, and students often collaborate with faculty on projects. Some examples include: 

  • LGBTIQ Project: Part of a larger national effort, this project documents the histories of LGBTIQ people and the policies and laws that have affected their lives.
  • Stephens Project: Documenting the stories of the lives of William & Mary GLBTQ alumni, faculty, staff, and students. 

The Equality Lab: A collaborative lab for digital scholarship that encourages students to ask big questions about inequality and explore how inequality can be represented by mapping, digging, and tracing the available data from both social media and traditional institutional archives. The lab also sponsors lectures, workshops, and symposia about technology and gender, technology and race, and technology and sexuality.

Students may choose to pursue an individual research topic either through the Honors program or Independent Study. William & Mary has many resources available to undergraduates for their research. Swem Library's research guides can connect students to databases and other resources relating to our field. There are also financial resources available to students engaged in research.