Gender and Women’s Studies Program


Professor Ghodsee Speaks on the Re-emergence of Nationalism in Eastern Europe

The Institute for Advanced Study, where Albert Einstein lived and worked after he fled to the US, recently invited a Bowdoin professor of gender, sexuality, and women’s studies to speak on memory projects about World War II and the Cold War.


Janet Martin Discusses New Book, ‘The Gendered Executive’

The book is a collection of thirteen essays examining the impact that female executives have had, and are having, on political life both in the United States and beyond.

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Seven New Tenure-Track Professors Announced

Seven tenure-track professors were appointed to Bowdoin’s faculty this year to teach and do research in a number of fields. We asked the professors a few questions about their background, their research and teaching interests, and what they like to do when they find themselves with free time.


The Untold Stories of Three Black Women Activists

Three biographers of black female activists recently gathered at Bowdoin for a roundtable event to discuss the commonalities and differences in the historical figures they study.


Map Locates Student Summer Projects From the Cook Islands to Brunswick

When Senior Interactive Developer David Francis looks at the Bowdoin Summer 2016 map he built, he says it’s obvious the “Bowdoin bubble” is a myth. The interactive map allows students to post their summer location and a brief description of what they’re doing.

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‘Shrink It or Pink It’: Bowdoin’s Scanlon Talks ‘For Her’ Marketing in ‘Washington Post’

Jennifer Scanlon, professor of gender and women’s studies and interim dean for academic affairs, was tapped by The Washington Post for her insight on the history of marketing’s attempts to make products attractive to women.


Sex Talk: Invited Scholars Assess Impact of Alfred Kinsey ‘1916

The contribution of renowned sexologist Alfred Kinsey, class of 1916, was front and center at a recent two day symposium organized by Bowdoin and feauring invited panelists.

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Anne Frank, Sukarno, and Dutch Memories of World War II

Professor Frances Gouda says both Anne Frank and the Indonesian nationalist Sukarno have had profound effects on how the Dutch view their World War 11 experience, and their position in the world


Kinsey Centennial Symposium, May 5-6

On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Dr. Alfred C. Kinsey’s graduation from Bowdoin College, Bowdoin is hosting a symposium to examine the legacy of the renowned sexual scientist, as well as the formative influence that European sexologists had on Kinsey’s work.

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Dean Scanlon on Sexism and the Civil Rights Movement in ‘The New Republic’

The 1963 “March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom” was a historic moment in America’s civil rights movement, writes Dean for Academic Affairs Jennifer Scanlon in “The New Republic.”

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New York Times: Dean Scanlon’s Biography of Civil Rights Activist Hedgeman is ‘Long Overdue’

“How did a naïve girl, growing up in the only African-American family in a small white town, develop such an inclusive understanding of justice?”

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Seven Bowdoin Faculty Granted Tenure

At its recent meeting in Boston (February 4-6, 2016), the Bowdoin College Board of Trustees promoted seven faculty members to tenured positions.

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Dean Scanlon’s Latest Book Examines ‘Unsung’ Female Civil Rights Hero

“She was really central to so many initiatives that were really important and formative in the civil rights movement. But because she was a woman, she was pushed to the margins in a variety of ways.”


Nine New Courses Offered This Semester

The following is a complete list of new Bowdoin classes as they are described in the course catalog, plus comment from the faculty teaching the course.

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Jennifer Scanlon: Feminist, Scholar and Dean

In her roles as educator and scholar, Jen Scanlon is frank about how her feminism infuses her work. “My ideas about women come from this fundamental place of respect, and I don’t mind admitting that what I hope to do with my work is generate that in other people and help them recognize the complicated nature of women’s lives,” she said.


Uma Blanchard and Rachel Baron Bring NARAL to Bowdoin October 22, 2015, written by Julia Mead ’16

Juniors Rachel Baron and Uma Blanchard are starting a campus chapter of the reproductive rights advocacy group NARAL Pro-Choice America.


Professor Kristen Ghodsee’s Latest Book Receives Prize

Kristen Ghodsee’s latest book, The Left Side of History: World War II and the Unfulfilled Promise of Communism in Eastern Europe, has received a Heldt Prize honorable mention for best book in Slavic and East European Women’s Studies.


Constitution-Day Speaker Addresses Same-Sex Marriage

In celebration of Constitution Day on Sept. 17, Bowdoin welcomed Steve Engel, associate professor and chair of politics at Bates College, to lecture on the research and theory of his forthcoming book, Fragmented Citizens: Changing Recognition of Gay and Lesbian Lives.

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Library Acquires Collection of American Cookery Books, From the 1770s to 1960s

In the Esta Kramer Collection of American Cookery — the library’s new collection of over 700 American cookery books — you can find recipes for federal pancakes, squash pie, flummery (fermented pudding), calf’s head pie and stewed oysters.

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Kylie Moore ’16 Wins Award for Essay on Advertising and Society

Kylie Moore’s essay on the cultural and economic implications of depicting women as “cute” in Japanese advertising has won an award from the American Educational Foundation.