PHD Program

PhD Program in Gender and Women’s Studies

The PhD program in Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Kentucky aims to train cutting-edge scholars of feminist, gender, and sexuality studies.  We are deeply committed to the academic innovations of both women’s studies, in which lived experiences of women worldwide are honored and used to expand traditional disciplinary knowledges, and gender studies, which examines how we ascribe gendered meanings to everyday objects, experiences, and relationships across space and time.  Our curriculum is shaped by an intellectually and culturally diverse faculty whose areas of expertise complement each other in ways to ensure that students gain a variety of knowledge and skills, including the areas of transnational perspectives, critical theory, social justice frameworks, and interdisciplinary methodologies.  For example, one particular strength of our program is scholarship regarding the body, which engages and influences theories of sexuality and racialization as well as gender.  Our faculty also actively work and publish in studies of violence, activisms, masculinities, popular culture, queer theory, science and health. Equipped with strong analytical tools, students will be part of a new generation of scholars who will transform higher education and our world.
The Department of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Kentucky  will admit students who apply to pursue a PhD and demonstrate the scholarly potential to excel in our program (students do not need to have a prior master’s degree and will earn an MA during the course of their PhD studies).  This is a full-time residential program with intensive scholarly training designed to prepare students for a variety of careers, including academic research and teaching. 
Information on the PhD program, the requirements for application and admission, and the requirements for the degree are available on this website. If you have questions about the program after reading these materials, please contact Michelle Del Toro, Administrative Assistant in GWS at
Thank you for your interest in our PhD program.
Dr. Karen Tice
Director of Graduate Studies
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