Meet our People

kate_koryckiProf. Kate Korycki 
We welcome Prof. Kate Korycki to the department. Prof. Korycki is a comparative political sociologist interested in the articulation of identities, collective memories and group imaginaries. Her research concerns the process by which ethnic, racial or gender identities are discursively and relationally formed, and how the fluid and constructed identities appear as natural and fixed. To that end, she adapts the sociological concept of collective memory to the field of politics, and to the field of belonging; and she tracks how stories of the past are creatively manipulated, how they constitute identities, and how they affect who is included or excluded in the conception of the 'we'. Having spent half her life in communist Poland, Kate came to Canada at 18. Shortly after arrival she joined the Canadian public service. Her last posting took her to the Northern Ontario where she was responsible for the outreach and the delivery of the Common Experience payment - a troubled gesture of reconciliation between Indigenous victims of residential schools and the Canadian state. 

Kate is a consummate teacher. She sees the classroom as a space of exploration, exchange and shared reflection. She has designed courses on Order and Disorder, the Feminist Way; Women and Other Deviants under communism and capitalism; as well as a graduate seminar on Memory and Identity. Read more

miranda_green_barteetProf. Miranda Green-Barteet, Undergraduate Chair, Gender Sexuality and Women's Studies 
We welcome our new Undergraduate Chair, Prof. Miranda Green Barteet. Prof. Green-Barteet is an Associate Professor, cross appointed in the Department of GSWS and the Department of English and Writing Studies. Her primary research areas are 19th-century U.S. literature written by women and contemporary young adult literature. Much of her work focuses on the ways in which female characters transgress societal and familial limitations as they claim their own subjectivity. She has published on Harriet Jacobs, Harriet Wilson, Sarah Pogson, and Laura Ingalls Wilder as well as young adult dystopian fiction. She is the co-editor of both Female Rebellion in Young Adult Dystopian Fiction (Ashgate, 2014) and Reconsidering Laura Ingalls Wilder: Little House and Beyond (University Press of Mississippi, 2019) as well as the forthcoming Race in Young Adult Speculative Fiction (University Press of Mississippi, 2021). Her work has appeared in Girlhood StudiesCanadian Review of American StudiesSouth Central Review, and The Lion and the Unicorn. She teaches courses in Girlhood Studies, feminist and gender theory, U.S. literature, visual rhetoric, young adult literature, and speculative fiction, among other topics. She often brings her dogs, Ricky and Lucy, with her to campus. Read more


GSWS Fall Speaker Series


For the first talk in our Fall Speaker Series, we are delighted to welcome back virtually Dr. Patricia Hamilton for her talk entitled "No Raggedy Black Child: Black Motherhood and the Politics of Respectability". 
"Patricia Hamilton is a Marie Curie Research Fellow in the Thomas Coram Research Unit, Social Research Institute. She completed her PhD at the Department of Women's Studies and Feminist Research at the University of Western Ontario, Canada and was funded by an Ontario Trillium Scholarship. Her PhD examined black mothers' engagements with attachment parenting, based on interviews conducted with black mothers living in Britain and Canada and using an intersectional methodological approach. Patricia has taught in South Africa (at the University of the Witwatersrand and Stellenbosch University) and Canada and presented her work at conferences in Canada, Ireland and the UK. Her work has been published in Qualitative Research and Ethnic & Racial Studies. Her book, Black Mothers and Attachment Parenting: A Black Feminist Analysis of Intensive Mothering in Britain and Canada (Bristol University Press) will be published at the end of 2020." (

To register for this talk, please contact Alicia at

Virtual Fall Preview Day November 15th, 2020

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The Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies (GSWS) Department at Western University welcomes future students.. GSWS is a diverse, dynamic, interdisciplinary department where you will find passionate, knowledgeable professors; lively class discussions on contemporary topics; and engaged and enthusiastic students. Please check out our fall preview video here:

For more information about the program and our courses, please contact our Undergraduate Chair, Miranda Green-Barteet at


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