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Statement on Inclusion and Civility


The Department of Gender Studies at Indiana University Bloomington is dedicated to the values of fair treatment, civility, and non-discrimination. In this we follow IUís stated commitment to the achievement of equality of treatment and opportunity, last reaffirmed by the Trustees of Indiana University in 2014.

As a community where inquiry is nurtured and theories are tested, the University must be a place where every individual has the right to feel safe to express ideas that differ from those held by others. At the same time, inquiry cannot thrive in an environment of intolerance, bigotry, or derision. This means that we hold to the highest standards of civility in our classrooms and department cultures; we are committed to the inclusion of diverse voices, experiences, and opinions, and we commit to the value of dignity in all our dealings with one another.

This policy is meant neither to proscribe nor to inhibit discussions, in or out of the classroom, of complex, controversial, or sensitive matters, including those involving sex, gender, sexuality, sexual orientation, sexual behavior, race, or gender identity or expression, when in the judgment of a reasonable person they arise for legitimate pedagogical purposes.

In and through the Department of Gender Studies, we join together in the spirit of mutual concern, good will, and respect.


An Introduction to our Department


Gender Studies is a transdisciplinary department engaging students in the study of gender and the intersection of gender with other substantive categories of analysis and identity, including race, sexuality, class, disability, and nationality. Our curriculum offerings push students beyond commonsense accounts of gender to examine its complex constructions in our different historical epochs, in various cultural arenas, and varying global processes. Gender Studies engages with a wide variety of innovative approaches and methodologies, broad in reach - yet unified through a critical angle of vision.

  News / Events / Announcements

We are incredibly excited to announce that our own Lindsey Breitwieser was awarded a Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship in Women's Studies for her "Dead Mothers, Live Births: Postmortem Pregnancies and the Necropolitics of Biological Life" dissertation. Congratulations, Lindsey!

Professor Cate Taylor joined a panel on Noon Edition at WFIU to discuss the "Evolution of Women's Role in Sociey." Listen here.

USA Today College published an article on the popularity of women's and gender studies programs in the U.S., featuring quotes from a current IU undergrad!

Congratulations Dr. Justin Garcia for winning an Outstanding Junior Faculty Award!

Ruth N. Halls Assistant Professor and Kinsey Institute Associate Director for Research and Education Dr. Justin R. Garcia conducted research for Match.com's Singles in America Study, the largest national survey of single people living in the U.S., providing comprehensive data on feminism, technology, gender roles, love, and sex in modern dating.