Gender and Women's Studies Program

Welcome to Gender and Women's Studies at Villanova University.

We are an interdisciplinary program offering a range of courses and a major and minor in Gender and Women's Studies.  The program is open to undergraduate students across the University, from the College of Arts and Sciences to Engineering and the School of Business. Check out our blog to learn more about us. 

Because gender and sexuality are fundamental to the ways men and women understand themselves, a major or minor in Gender and Women’s Studies can enhance practically any other field of study. It is a discipline that continually asks us to rethink history, culture and identity, and in the 21st Century it continues to transform scholarship and fundamental assumptions in all areas of the humanities, social and natural sciences, and the professions.

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LISA SEWELL is the WINNER of the First Annual Tenth Gate Prize

We are pleased to announce that Lisa Sewell of Philadelphia, PA, has won the 2014 Tenth Gate prize for her poetry manuscript, Impossible Object.

The prize includes a cash award of $1000 and book publication in the spring of 2015. The imprint was founded to honor and publish mid-career poets.

Impossible Object is Sewell's fourth poetry collection, following the chapbook Long Corridor (Seven Kitchens Press, 2009), and full-length collections Name Withheld (Four Way Books, 2006) and The Way Out (Alice James Books, 1998).

Other finalists were:

  • Square Black Key by Margo Berdeshevsky (Paris, FR)
  • Chaos Theory by Christopher Buckley (CA)
  • Imminent Disappearances, Impossible Numbers & Panormaic X-Rays by Bruce Cohen (CT)
  • Punctuation by Rimbaud by David McAleavey (VA)
  • Morgan: A Lyric by Boyer Rickel (AZ)
  • The Liar, Emily Dickinson by Lee Upton (PA)
  • Smaller Than Death by Theodore Worozbyt (GA)

These were chosen from 101 manuscripts submitted by American and Canadian poets who already had at least two full-length books published by a literary press.

Says Series Editor Leslie McGrath, "Lisa Sewell's poems are shot through with an adhesive intelligence born of the accretion of craft, discernment, and engagement with the world. This is exactly the kind of collection for which the Tenth Gate prize was developed."  

Lisa Sewell is also co-editor, with Claudia Rankine, of two essay collections that focus on 21st Century North American poets. Her poems have appeared in journals such as Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, Ploughshares, Paris Review and Harvard Review. She has been awarded a Leeway Foundation Grant and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Sewell teaches in the English Department and is the co-director of the Gender and Women's Studies Program at Villanova University.

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Contact Information

Gender and Women's Studies Program
Villanova University
800 Lancaster Avenue
SAC 488
Villanova, PA 19085
Phone: 610-519-3815

Program Co-Directors:
Lisa Sewell
Timothy McCall 610-519-6518

Administrative Assistant:
Joyce Harden

Graduate Assistant:
Jessica Otterbine


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