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Department of Women’s and Gender Studies

Our People

Our core faculty are an accomplished and diverse group of instructors united under the common goal of spotlighting social justice issues relating to women, gender and sexuality. Affiliate faculty members support the interdisciplinary approach of the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies.

If you are a University of South Carolina faculty member whose research and teaching intersect with Women's and Gender Studies, please fill out our online application form [doc]. Learn more about the Women's and Gender Studies Department's current affiliates on our Affiliate Faculty page.

Explore our faculty directory for the full list of program instructors.

Want to learn more about the research profiles of WGST's faculty? Review our research profile document here.



Women's Well-Being Initiative 



Administrative Support Staff


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Rebecca Dobson, Program Coordinator

Responsible for business manager duties, coordination of course scheduling, managing administrative assistant and management for undergraduate and graduate programs (including GA hiring).

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Helen Long, Administrative Assistant

Responsible for HR; WGST programming and events; website and social media, newsletters and promotional materials, work-study student management, Close-Hipp office suite management.


Undergraduate Student Assistants 


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Sophie Conrad

I am a senior studying English and Media Arts, but I have always been passionate about women's activism! Joining the Women's and Gender Studies Department as a student assistant was the perfect opportunity for me to stay involved in activism and public service while studying other subjects. My favorite part about working in this department is interacting with the amazing people who are a part of it; it has been so informative and inspiring to learn from everyone's unique experiences, areas of study, and passion for the causes that this program supports.

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Emma Galluccio

I am a sophomore studying Women's and Gender Studies and Health, Promotion, Education, and Behavior! I have always been a huge activist for women's rights, and joining the department has allowed me to continue my activism and education surrounding women's issues! My favorite part about working with the department is the people! Every day I come to work and am surrounded by extraordinary women who have taught me so much in and out of the classroom! This department has become home for me and I'm so lucky that I get to be a part of the Undergrad team! 

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Emma Laing

I am a sophomore studying Studio Arts with a concentration in Graphic Design with a minor in Women's and Gender Studies and Art History. I have always been passionate about women's activism and wanted to get more involved after taking my first class in the department last year. Going out and volunteering with organizations such as Planned Parenthood changed my perspective deeply and I am so glad to have this opportunity to stay involved with the department this year. My favorite part of working in this department is the people who work in it. I get to meet and work with inspiring and passionate people and have learned so much.


Jayla Porcha

 I am currently a senior at the University of South Carolina. I am majoring in Public Health with a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies. After graduation, I plan on going to grad school to obtain a Master’s of Science in Nursing at The University of South Carolina. I am a very outgoing person and I love hanging out with my family and friends. I also love to sing and listen to podcasts. I am one of the student workers for the Women’s and Gender Studies Department, and I love working for this great department. Although I am working, I am also learning through my peers and through the work I do. The Women’s and Gender
Studies Department is an amazing program and I am so excited to help be a part of it.


Olivia Tiseth

I am a sophomore with a double major in Political Science and Women’s and Gender Studies and a minor in Law and Society. I am very grateful to have been able to join the Women’s and Gender Studies department as a student assistant! I have been able to learn so much from every member of the department as well as the other student assistants and their perspectives. I have also been able to participate in amazing opportunities, my favorite being helping to work on and host our student-led podcast Women’s and Gender Studies: Unboxed!

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