The Center for Women's Studies and Gender Research offers an interdisciplinary forum for the study of gender, its function in cultures and societies, and its intersection with race and class. Students may choose from three areas of concentration within the BA program: General Concentration, Concentration in Theories and Politics of Sexuality, Concentration in Gender and International Development. A minor in Women's Studies and a minor in Theories and Politics of Sexuality are also available. The Center offers master's and doctoral students the Graduate Certificate in Women's Studies in conjunction with (other) degree programs. Graduate students may choose a thesis or non-thesis Master of Arts degree.For more information on specific programs, please refer to the Undergraduate or Graduate pages. To support the Center for Women's Studies and Gender Research, please click on this link.

News and Announcements

Forced From Home: Women and Children Seeking Refuge in the U.S.

A Talk by Jennifer Podkul, J.D.
Wednesday, March 30th, 2016
Ustler Hall Atrium

When women and children flee violence in Central America, they face a lengthy ordeal on their way to the United States. This talk will focus on the gendered violence that influences these refugees, the difficulties they face on their journey, and the government policies that marginalize them once they reach the U.S.

Jennifer Podkul advocates for policies designed to protect women, children, and families seeking protection in the U.S. Jennifer has also worked as an attorney providing representation to immigrant children and a Peace Corps volunteer in Honduras.  She holds a B.A. in American Studies and Spanish from Franklin and Marshall College and a J.D. with honors from the Washington College of Law, American University, where she was a Public Interest/Public Service Scholar.  Jennifer is also affiliated with the Georgetown Law Center’s Human Rights Institute, where she teaches a human rights fact-finding class focused on child migration.

Women's Leadership Symposium

Keynote Speaker: Kathy Fields
Friday, April 1st, 2016 9:00a.m.-1:00p.m.
University Auditorium

Come learn about, share & celebrate the empowering potential of women’s entrepreneurship.

The UF Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation at UF proudly invites all students, staff and faculty to attend the 2016 Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium, featuring speakers and panels with the keynote presentation by UF alum Kathy Fields, founder of Proactiv, and more recently of Rodan+Fields. Other participants include Kim Kaupe, co-founder of ZinePak, Leah Lytle, founder of Artsy Abode, Allison Adams, founder of the Oxford Exchange, and Ann Stokes, founder of Search.

This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Women’s Studies and Gender Research. Registration is required.  Admission is free. The symposium is open to the public.


Bonnie Moradi, Director

Dr. Bonnie Moradi

Bonnie Moradi is a Professor of Psychology and Director of the Center for Women’s Studies and Gender Research (CWSGR) at the University of Florida. She has been an Affiliate faculty member of the CWSGR since she joined UF in 2001.

Dr. Moradi’s research, teaching, and professional service reflect her interest in informing social justice efforts with scientific evidence and informing scientific advancements with social justice considerations. Specifically, Dr. Moradi’s research program focuses on experiences of prejudice, discrimination, and objectification, as well as on collective identity. This research examines the nature of these experiences, their implications for psychosocial functioning such as health and workplace outcomes, and their intersections across minority statuses (e.g., gender, ethnicity, race, sexual orientation). This research has garnered funding from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the Palm Center, the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association (GLMA), and the American Psychological Foundation’s Wayne F. Placek Award. Similarly, Dr. Moradi teaches psychological theory and research on how diversity and sociocultural privilege and oppression manifest in people’s lives (e.g., Advanced Seminar in Psychology of Women, Multiculturalism and Diversity in Counseling Psychology).

Dr. Moradi is the recipient of national awards including the Association for Women in Psychology’s Florence Denmark Distinguished Mentoring Award, the American Psychological Association (APA) Committee on Women in Psychology Emerging Leader Award, and Early Career Awards from the APA Society of Counseling Psychology and its Section for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Issues. Dr. Moradi is also the recipient of UF’s Doctoral Dissertation Mentoring Award and LGBT Community Impact Award for Outstanding Faculty Member. She is currently Associate Editor of Psychology of Women Quarterly and the Journal of Counseling Psychology. 

Kathryn Chicone Ustler Hall

Built in 1919, the structure fell into disuse in 1979 but was saved from demolition in 1988 when it was granted protection under the National Register of Historic Places. A generous donation from sociology alumna Kathryn Chicone Ustler in 2000 allowed for the vacant gym to be transformed into a 14,700 square-foot academic treasure. The restoration process began in 2004, and Women’s Studies moved into the facility in July, 2006.

Ustler Hall, a beautifully renovated, freestanding three-story building, includes classrooms, seminar rooms, a two-story atrium, and faculty and administrative offices for the Center for Women’s Studies and Gender Research. This building is the first one on the UF campus renamed to honor a woman. To support the Center for Women's Studies and Gender Research, please click on this link.

For more information on renting the Atrium at Ustler Hall please contact Donna Tuckey or call 273-0382. To review the rules and rates, click on this link.