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Women's and Gender Studies

The Women's and Gender Studies (WGS) Program at Coastal Carolina University is dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of gender and its intersections with other identity markers such as sexuality, race, class, nationality, and ability/ disability as economic, political, and cultural constructs. It celebrates diversity, acknowledges women’s accomplishments, conditions and contributions, and highlights the ideologies implicit in women’s places in societies both in the U.S. and internationally. The minor in women's and gender studies rigorously investigates the gendered nature of knowledge, institutions, and cultures to promote experiential learning, engaged citizenship, and social justice among all students—no matter their gender identity or other characteristics. Using gender as a critical lens across disciplines, WGS proposes innovative ways of understanding human experience and empowering CCU students to become productive, responsible, healthy citizens with a global perspective.

Women's and gender studies also organizes and sponsors visiting writers, lectures, symposia, films, cultural events and campus organizations that are devoted to the advancement of women's and gender studies.

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Ina Seethaler, Ph.D.
Director of Women's and Gender Studies
Kearns Hall 104B

Dr. Ina Seethaler (pronouns she, her, hers) received her Ph.D. in English with a minor in Women's and Gender Studies from Saint Louis University. Before coming to Coastal she taught in Saint Louis University's Women's and Gender Studies Department for three years. Her research connects gender, migration, and literature. She has published, among other topics, on a fake mail-order bride website as feminist activism, undocumented migration and life writing, and feminist service learning. Ina recently finished a book manuscript on immigrant women's life writing, nationality, and social justice. She loves teaching courses on feminist activism and on gender and pop culture.

Ina Seethaler's CV

Valerie McLaurin (she, her, hers) is our Graduate Assistant for the Women's and Gender Studies Program. Valerie is working towards her Master of Arts in Liberal Studies at Coastal Carolina University. She graduated from Conway High School and received her B.A. in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research interests include the dynamics of gender, race, civil rights and social change in South Carolina from the 19th through 20th centuries. She enjoys traveling, art and music.