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Dr. Michelle Hughes Miller

Michelle Hughes Miller

As Graduate Director, I am pleased to share with you some of what makes our Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies MA program at the University of South Florida special:

  • Our interdisciplinary, talented and dedicated faculty, whose publications and awards reflect their commitment to our discipline and especially our students. Whether you are interested in body politics, gender and media, sex trafficking, queer feminist science studies, the politics of motherhood, or another topic explored by our core and affiliate faculty, we are here to mentor you throughout your MA journey;
  • Our graduate students, whose passion for the discipline and their work is reflected in their range of academic interests and their success at attaining their professional goals. Recent graduates have used our flexible MA tracks to develop portfolios of papers ready for publication, theses that contribute to the literature as they go on to PhD programs, and internships that have expanded their career-based skills while supporting local community organizations;
  • Our community, including the incredible feminist scholars, activists, and supporters that remind us of the importance of our mission of praxis, both within and outside of the academy.

As you can tell, I’m proud of our department and the wonderful faculty and student work that is being done here. If you would like to learn more, please contact us!

- Dr. Michelle Hughes Miller, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Graduate Director

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Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies -- part of the University of South Florida since 1972 -- leads the campus in interdisciplinary study that critically examines historical, social, and geopolitical implications of gender, sexuality, race, disability, and class.

The Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at USF has offered the Master's degree since 1997 and has a strong history of placing MA graduates in Ph.D. programs at top research universities, in highly-regarded law schools, and in both for-profit and non-profit organizations.

We offer graduate teaching assistantships to many of our MA students that provide the opportunity to work closely with faculty-mentors as well as the chance to teach both face-to-face and on-line classes.

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