Master of Arts in Gender and Women’s Studies in the Middle East/North Africa

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The Cynthia Nelson Institute for Gender and Women's Studies offers an interdisciplinary two-year Master of Arts degree. Eight courses (24 credit hours) are required for the MA. The graduate program in Gender and Women’s studies prepares graduates for a wide variety of professional careers. Specialists in gender and women’s studies are being hired as consultants in international development agencies, local NGO’s, national government agencies, all of which hire people that have special training in understanding gender relations. Students wishing to pursue doctoral work will find that interdisciplinary training in gender and women’s studies equips them with theoretical and methodological strengths in most disciplines and applied research fields. Consistent with the mission of the School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, Gender and Women’s 



Specialization 1: Gendered Political Economies

The specialization in gendered political economies engages with shifts in the gendering of economic and political trajectories of late modernity. It deals with issues relating to poverty, labor politics, political economies of desire, migration, mobility and development histories and practices. The aim is to provide students with a solid grounding in the nexus between gender and modalities for reorganizing the political-economic order in the contemporary world.


Specialization 2: Gender and Women's Studies in the Middle East, North Africa 

The gender and women's studies in the Middle East, North Africa focus offers an interdisciplinary field of analysis that draws its questions and approaches from the social sciences and humanities, by investigating how relations of gender are embedded in social, political and cultural formations. It provides students with an interdisciplinary and transnational perspective, with special emphasis on situating the Middle East and North African region in a comparative Global South perspective.


Specialization 3: Geographies of Gender and Justice

The geographies of gender and justice specialization offers advanced study of contemporary practices and problems of justice, ranging from international justice regimes to national legal cultures to social and economic justice claims, with a particular focus on the Global South.


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