Spring 2023

Gender, Feminisms, and Education

Listed in: , as EDST-308  |  American Studies, as AMST-308  |  Anthropology and Sociology, as SOCI-308


Kristen V. Luschen (Section 01)


(Offered as AMST-308, EDST-308 and SOCI-308) The relationship between girls’ empowerment and education has been and continues to be a key feminist issue. For instance, second wave liberal feminist approaches sought to make schools more equitable through equal access to educational resources for girls and the elimination of gender discrimination. Yet the relationship between gender and schooling remains a complex site of research and policy.

In this course we will examine how various feminist perspectives have defined and addressed the existence of gender inequality in American schools. We will begin by examining theories that address the production of gendered experiences within the context of U.S. schools and classrooms. Utilizing an intersectional approach, we will explore how the production of gender identities in educational contexts is shaped by the realities of our race, class, ethnic, and sexual identities. We will draw on empirical research and theory to analyze pedagogies, policies, and programs that have been developed to address gender inequality and schooling, including those that address fluid notions of gender. Students will complete the course with a complex view of feminism and an understanding of how feminist approaches have shaped the debates within gender and educational reform.

Limited to 15 students. Spring semester. Visiting Professor Luschen.

How to handle overenrollment: preference to American Studies, Education Studies and Sociology majors

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: emphasis on written work, readings, independent research, oral presentations.

AMST 308 - LEC

Section 01
Tu 10:00 AM - 11:20 AM BARR 102
Th 10:00 AM - 11:20 AM BARR 102

This is preliminary information about books for this course. Please contact your instructor or the Academic Coordinator for the department, before attempting to purchase these books.

ISBN Title Publisher Author(s) Comment Book Store Price
The Separate Solution: Single-Sex Education and the New Politics of Gender Equity University of California Press Williams, Juliet A. Amherst Books TBD
In Pursuit of Knowledge: Black Women and Educational Activism in Antebellum America NYU Press Kabria Baumgartner Amherst Books TBD
Playing it Straight. Uncovering Gender Discourses in the Early Childhood Classroom Routledge; 1st edition Mindy Blaise Amherst Books TBD

These books are available locally at Amherst Books.


2023-24: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2019, Spring 2021, Spring 2023