The Gender and Intersectional Analysis (GAIA) field of study uses micro-, meso-, and macro-level gendered theory and analyses to illuminate and engage directly with systems and institutions of political, military, social, economic, legal and cultural power.

The field examines gender roles and relations as a form of power to organize authority, institutions, rights, responsibilities, access to resources and life options. While theories and analysis of the politics of femininity and masculinity are privileged, other key factors that influence and intersect with gender are also examined, including ethnicity, race, religion, class or caste, religion, sexual orientation, and disability.

The field is interdisciplinary in its formation, scholarly focus and practice. Completion of the field will enable students to carry out theoretically grounded, gender-informed research, analysis, and design within their professional careers.

To complete the field of study, a student may select from a variety of courses offerings. Courses in the field will enable students to develop critical and comparative approaches that illuminate the gendered dimensions of a range of key issues within:

Armed Conflict and War

Development Economics

Forced Migration

Humanitarian Action

Human Security

International Criminal Law

Natural Disaster

Non-violent Resistance

Peace Building

Peace Operations


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