The department of Interdisciplinary, Gender, and Ethnic Studies (IGES) is the home of programs in multidisciplinary and social science studies, gender and sexuality studies, race and ethnic studies, and transnational studies. These programs share a commitment to interdisciplinary scholarship and teaching, critical cultural and social analysis, intersectionality, transnational perspectives, and public engagement. The unit dedicates itself to crossing boundaries and integrating insights from a range of fields, engaging faculty in an exchange of learning and service in local communities and abroad. IGES seeks opportunities for collaborative work with partners in the university community and beyond by co-sponsoring events and projects based on a shared vision of social justice, global awareness, and the power of critical analysis linked to social action. As a result, IGES prepares students for a variety of career paths, from business to law to health and human services, and provides them with the skills they need to navigate an increasingly complex, multicultural and global world.
Faculty in IGES have active research agendas in the areas of gender, race and ethnic studies, trauma, and health disparities, which dovetail with their teaching interests and expertise. They routinely present their research at national and international conferences, publish in top peer-reviewed journals and are involved in leadership roles in a variety of professional organizations.
Dr. Anne Stevens, Chair