Graduate Program

In addition to our Designated Emphasis Program we are pleased to be announcing
the Ph.D. in Feminist Studies at UC Santa Cruz.

Ph.D. in Feminist Studies at UC Santa Cruz – Located in the Humanities, Feminist Studies is an interdisciplinary program designed to provide advanced training in feminist theories and methods.  Approaching feminist engagement as relevant to the broadening and reassessment of a full range of areas of academic inquiry, the program’s focus is on challenging existing disciplinary boundaries and fostering a reconsideration of the relationships between knowledge, power, and expertise.  An ongoing concern with epistemology is balanced with an emphasis on problem-based research areas that nourish both intellectual and social transformation.  As a collaborative, cross-divisional enterprise, the Feminist Studies Ph.D. draws on the strengths of a range of feminist scholars, departments, and programs across the University.

The Department's inaugural cohort began in Fall 2013 and will be accepting applications October 1st - December 15th for the Fall 2014 cohort. The applicants who are interested in an academic career in the Feminist Studies PhD Program are strongly encouraged to consult with one or more faculty in the area of their interest.

Social Justice, Sexuality Studies, Postcolonial Theory, Transnational Feminism, Science & Technology Studies, Critical Race Theory, Feminist Critical Race Studies, Film Studies, Cultural Studies, Transgender Studies, Critical Prison Studies, Post-Socialism


Through the UCSC FMST Designated Emphasis, it is also possible to enter a program in a traditional field and specialize in women/gender/feminist studies.