Mission Statement


The Gender and Women’s Studies program generates a critical, feminist, and cross-cultural understanding of gender and power in a global context and across disciplinary boundaries.

It pursues social justice by building awareness of inequalities and creating opportunities for activism.

It builds a supportive community that not only advances our understanding of gender and sexuality, but also provides individuals with the means to integrate that understanding into their scholarship, professional work, and everyday lives.

Contact Information

Catherine Kerrison, PhD
Director of Academics
Phone: 610-519-4675

Shauna MacDonald, PhD
Director of Programming
Phone: 610-519-4895

Lorretta Chiaverini
Administrative Assistant
Phone: 610-519-4750

Office: SAC 488
Email: gws@villanova.edu