Founded in 1980 under the guidance of the distinguished historian Gerda Lerner, the Program in Gender and Women’s History (PGWH) draws together faculty members and graduate students whose research interests encompass a wide range of national and comparative topics related to gender history.
Students in PGWH work under the supervision of a PGWH faculty member and organize their studies in their primary field to emphasize gender, women’s history, or sexuality. With faculty in the fields of African, East Asian, European, Latin American, U.S. history, and History of Science, Medicine, and Technology, PGWH offers graduates students in virtually any primary field of study a collegial and supportive community in which to pursue their studies of gender history.
The program encourages the interdisciplinary study of women, gender, and sexuality. It enjoys close links to UW-Madison’s vibrant community of gender scholars. Many of our core faculty are affiliated with other programs, such as African Studies, Asian American Studies, Chican@ and Latin@ Studies, East Asian Studies, European Studies, Gender and Women’s Studies,and Latin American, Caribbean, and Iberian Studies.
For undergraduate courses in gender and women’s history, see the Department of History’s Courses page. For graduate program requirements and courses, see the Department of History’s Graduate Program Handbook and Graduate Courses pages.