Welcome to WGSI

For the past 40 years, WGSI has trained students to think about the entanglements of gender, race and sexuality. Our teaching and research is distinctive for its transnational feminist approach, critically addressing how national borders, colonialisms, labour, and migration shape life, knowledge, and politics.

We wish to acknowledge this land on which the University of Toronto operates. For thousands of years it has been the traditional land of the Huron-Wendat, the Seneca, and most recently, the Mississaugas of the Credit River. Today, this meeting place is still the home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island and we are grateful to have the opportunity to work on this land.


With the exception of WGS 434H1F (Water and Environmental Justice), the mode of delivery for WGSI courses for Fall 2021 will be ONLINE. Any change to this will be announced by individual instructors once the term begins.

Please note that this announcement only concerns courses offered in Fall 2021. At this point, students should assume that courses offered in Winter 2022 will take place in person.

CAUT Academic Censure of U of T Suspended:

CAUT calling for ‘pause’ on U of T censure after U of T reverses course on Dr. Azarova case.

For more information on the censure, please visit: https://censureuoft.ca/home/

To sign up for the WGSI List-Serv please send an e-mail to wgsi.admin@utoronto.ca with “SUBSCRIBE” in the subject heading.


For a list of on and off campus health and wellness resources compiled by WGSI faculty, staff and students, click here.


For the Summer Term 2021, WGSI department offices will remain physically closed. Our incredible staff will be working remotely during regular office hours (Mondays – Fridays, 9-5), answering emails and booking appointments if you need to speak with any of us virtually (please note that it helps if you have Microsoft Teams, as this is the easiest way for us to meet). Here’s how to find us online!

Alissa Trotz (Director)
Kerry Rittich (Graduate Co-ordinator)
Judith Taylor (Undergraduate Co-ordinator)
Paul Tsang (Business Officer)
Marian Reed (Undergraduate & Graduate Administrator)
Joanne Saliba (Administrative Assistant)

  • For up-to-date information on University of Toronto’s COVID-19 guidelines and roadmap for Fall 2020, click here.
  • For SGS (School of Graduate Studies) COVID-19 information and Q&A, click here.


Congratulations Dr. Aarzoo Singh!

Thesis Blurb/abstract: My dissertation was an interdisciplinary study into unheard narratives of the 1947 Partition of India as they inform legacies of trauma, violence, and displacement for South Asian diasporic communities.
Read more about Aarzoo’s thesis and future plans here!

Congratulations MA Class of 2020-2021!

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Our graduates go on to do innovative work in the public service, creative, and corporate sectors, becoming everything from documentary film-makers to grassroots activists to policy analysts in economic development agencies.

Read more about our undergraduate program

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The WGSI graduate program offers its own M.A. degree, Collaborative M.A. and Ph.D. Specialization with many other departments, and a Ph.D. degree.

Read more about our graduate program


From postcolonial studies to environmental politics to militarism to queer cultures to critical development studies to health activism– our 14 core faculty and over 40 affiliated faculty offer students opportunities to critically explore how gender and sexuality shape interconnected worlds.

Read more about our people

Health & Wellness Resources

At WGSI we recognize there are many pressures and factors that inform your experience as students at the University of Toronto. Here is a list of on- and off-campus resources to help you navigate your time with us.

Read more about available resources and support


We are proud of the growth, caliber and reputation of our programs, and the contributions our faculty, students and alumni are making to build inclusive, equitable and just societies.

Read more about our alumni