Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies
Department Chair:
Greggor Mattson

Administrative Assistant:
David Divins

Department Email:

Phone: (440) 775-8923
Fax: (440) 775-6698

Rice Hall 29
10 N. Professor St.
Oberlin, OH, 44074

Winter Term Opportunities

Winter Term Opportunities

The Effective Political Agency project is for students interested in investigating common complex problems such as access to education, health care, and immigration and refugee displacement. Students will examine a world problem that is present in their home country and explore alternatives to address the problem.

Students will be introduced to the multiple dimensions of problem-solving, analysis, and methodology on how to proceed with the problem of interest. Students will be divided into teams based on the world problems that receive the most interest from winter term applicants.

While students will work individually on their project, the opportunity to work in a team will allow students to share their findings with peers that are investigating the same problem in different countries, and thus exchange findings and strategies that succeeded and failed.

Project Goals: Students who take advantage of this learning opportunity will…

  1. Conduct in-depth research on a world problem of interest   
  2. Consult with team members on the impact of historical, cultural, societal, political, economic, international influences, and ideological dominations that are shaping the problem.
  3. Demonstrate communication skills, including oral and written discussion of research available on the topic
  4. Create an effective plan with an alternative solution on how to address the problem, that demonstrates an understanding of a principled problem-solving approach.

To learn more, please attend the information session on October 28th at noon in Wilder 105.

Access and complete the application: Effective Political Agency application 

Deadline to apply: November 11 

Questions? Please contact Dana Hamdan, assistant dean for international students, at

Keenan-Bolger, Maggie '06
Since graduating from Oberlin I've founded a theatre company called Honest Accomplice Theatre which produces devised pieces of theatre about issues often seen as secretive or shameful or portrayed as one-dimensional. The Birds and the Bees: Unabridged, a piece about female and trans sexuality has been touring to colleges along the east coast. We are currently working on a Trans Literacy video series as well as a new devised theatre piece called ReconFIGUREd about the body.

Possible Winter Term (January) and Summer internship: Our company is always looking for engaged, interested people to help us with running a theatre company as well as putting up shows and events. Email at (2016).

Litfin, Marne '07
I received my Master of Gender Studies from the Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany in 2015, having specialized in Gender and Globalization. I work as a content manager at a small software company. (2016)

Possible winter term (January 2016) internship: Happy to offer a couch and any guidance for Obies looking to spend winter term in Berlin/Europe. Email: if interested.

Madris, Rachel '09
Rachel Madris has been teaching for 8 years, and recently completed a degree in Educational Leadership at Teacher's College, Columbia University. She is currently working as a teacher and instructional guide at a NYC Outward Bound School. She is hoping to start her own school in the future. This summer, she married her partner Josh Spiro, also an Oberlin graduate. (2016)

Possible Winter Term (January 2016) internship: Working with students in a diverse, progressive, urban high school in Brooklyn NY. Email if interested.