SWAGS faculty, staff, students sitting outside on tiered benches
SWAGS Department majors, faculty, and staff at SWAGS End-of-Year Gathering on May 10, 2022

Letter from the Chair

Amrita Basu

Professor Amrita Basu

This was another year of sobering news, including the deepening global climate crisis, Russia’s war against Ukraine, persistent racial violence and the overturning of Roe v. Wade. All of these issues, along with the ongoing, ever mutating coronavirus, were stressful and debilitating.

Amidst these challenges, were some rewarding developments. We resumed in person teaching after a long hiatus. We were thrilled to welcome professors Christine Peralta  Katrina Karkazis, and Prof. Manion to the department. They have expanded our curriculum through their courses on LGBTQ issues, Asian American history, and gender and science studies. In the Fall, we look forward to welcoming Dr Suruchi Thapar-Björkert from Uppsala University. She will be teaching a course titled (En)Gendering Development: Historical Genealogies/ Contemporary Convergences. And happily, Manuela Picq and Khary Polk will be rejoining us. So we will have a rich array of course offerings next year.

We ended  the year with a wonderful celebration of our graduating seniors and two Stonewall prize recipients, Kayla McKeon and Lisa Zheutlin. Congratulations to them all!

We wish you all a wonderful summer and look forward to seeing many of you in the fall.


Amrita Basu
Chair, SWAGS


The College moved back to in-person classes for the Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 semesters, but with the pandemic still looming in our community, in-person department events were kept to a minimum.

Our 2021 Fall Reception was held outside in a tent. It was wonderful to see colleagues and students again face-to-face after over a year of Zoom classes and meetings.

Fall 2021 Reception

2022 End-of-Year Gathering

Our 2022 End-of-Year Gathering was also held in-person. Our three thesis writers presented their research topics, we honored the co-winners of this year's David Kirp '65 Stonewall Prize, and lastly we celebrated our graduating seniors. The second half of the event was a sumptuous dinner catered by the Black Sheep Deli with delicious pies from Atkins Farms Country Market for dessert. It was a lovely way for our community to relax together after a long and stressful year.

Faculty, staff, students at SWAGS End-of-Year Gathering sitting outside on tiered benches
SWAGS End-of-Year Gathering, May 2022


2022 Rose Olver Prize

Congratulations to our two co-winners!

Jade DuVal

Jade DuVal '22

The Everyday Black Girl: Empowerment, Community, and Self-Love in #BlackGirlMagic, "Salvage the Bones," and “Brown Skin Girl”
Department of English honors thesis

Link to abstract of thesis

Sophie Ewing

Sophie Ewing '22

Mirror, Octopus: Semiotics, Minor Literatures, and Counter-Discourse in Park Chan-wook’s "The Handmaiden"
Department of English honors thesis

Link to abstract of thesis

The Rose Olver Prize is awarded annually to the thesis that best analyzes the construction of gender in conjunction with the historical, political, social, cultural, or psychological experiences of subjects. The thesis should also address gender relations as they intersect with class, race, sexuality, or nationality. Finally, the thesis should consider the broader implications of its conclusions for the field of sexuality, women’s, and gender studies.


2022 David Kirp '65 Stonewall Prize

Congratulations to our two co-winners!

Kayla McKeon '22

Kayla McKeon '22

A Problematic Provocation: The role of gender identity on assessments of guilt and criminal culpability in a mock jury decision-making paradigm
Department of Psychology honors thesis

Link to abstract of thesis

Lisa Zheutlin '22 Lisa Zheutlin '22

The Anti-Monogamy Framework: Reimagining Relationality
Department of Sexuality, Women's and Gender Studies honors thesis

Link to abstract of thesis

The David Kirp '65 Stonewall Prize Fund was established in 1989 and is awarded to one or two students who produce a work of exceptional intellectual or artistic merit pertaining to the queer, bisexual, intersex, gay, lesbian, or transgender experience.

Congrats to our Seniors!

Please join us in congratulating our 2022 graduates! A hearty cheer goes out to:

Julissa Fernandez (SWAGS/Black Studies), Eva Nelson (SWAGS/Biology), Shivani Patel (SWAGS/Political Science), Sasha Williams (SWAGS/Biology), and Lisa Zheutlin (SWAGS/Art & the History of Art).