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Northeastern is the home of Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, the leading international journal in feminist and gender studies. Program director Suzanna Walters serves as Editor-in-Chief of the journal and Professor Carla Kaplan serves as Chair of the Board of Associate Editors. Northeastern acquired Signs as of January 1, 2015 and will be the home of the journal through December, 2025. The WGSS program works closely with the journal and offers research assistant positions to qualified graduate students each year.

issues of Signs journal lined up in the colors of the rainbow

 

Areas of Expertise

WGSS core and affiliated faculty represent a wide range of departments and colleges within the university, and their scholarship engages a rich and diverse array of scholarly pursuits.  Our faculty are particularly acclaimed in the following areas:

Public Intellectuals

In addition, many of our faculty are committed to the work of being “public intellectuals” and are therefore involved in a variety of projects that reach out to non-academic and activist audiences, including writing for the popular press.  And our visiting and post-doctoral scholars both expand upon our existing strengths and bring unique perspectives to the Northeastern feminist community.

Since January 2015, Northeastern has been the academic home of Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, the leading international journal in feminist and gender studies. Editor-in-Chief Suzanna Walters and Chair of the Board of Associate Editors Carla Kaplan pioneered an open-access component of the journal, the Feminist Public Intellectuals Project as part of their dedication to making academic work in feminism more accessible to the public at large.