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New School Gender Studies minor program records

 Record Group
Identifier: NS-02-24-02


This collection consists of records of the undergraduate gender studies minor program at The New School, covering roughly the time the gender studies minor was discussed in committee at the university in 2006 to the end of Miriam Ticktin’s directorship in 2014, the last year comprehensively documented. The bulk of the files document the program under the direction of Ann Snitow (2009-2012).


  • 2006 - 2016
  • Majority of material found within 2010 - 2013



1.3 Cubic Feet (1 box, 1 folder)

Scope and Contents

The collection has been divided into two series: “Development and Administration” and “Scrapbooks.” It covers a short period of time, roughly between the time the gender studies minor was discussed in committee at The New School to the end of Miriam Ticktin’s directorship. There are no records pertaining to the Graduate Certificate in Gender and Sexuality Studies currently offered by the New School for Social Research.

The Development and Administration series includes records relating to curriculum, director searches and succession planning, and funding requests. One folder contains proposals for a minor in ethnicity and race studies.

The Scrapbooks series contains records of correspondence (including print-outs of e-mail messages), course offerings and hosted lectures for each academic year between fall 2006 and spring 2013. The scrapbooks that pre-date the minor include proposals for its inception. These records were originally housed in commercially manufacturerd photograph albums. Only the 2007 fall and 2008 spring scrapbook remains in this original format, a decision by the staff of the New School Archives and Special Collections to provide researchers with a sample of the original housing.

Language of Materials

All materials in English.

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research use. Please contact for appointment.

Use Restrictions

To publish images of material from this collection, permission must be obtained in writing from the New School Archives and Special Collections. Please contact:

Historical Note

Gender Studies has had an uneven and complicated history at The New School. Courses on gender were first taught at Eugene Lang College when that division was established in 1986. “Gender and Knowledge” was one of twelve concentrations available to undergraduate students. By the early 1990s, these twelve concentrations were reduced to six due to the college’s small faculty.

“Gender and Knowledge” did not survive the consolidation. Instead a “Cultural Studies” concentration included tracks in media, race and gender. Over time these tracks merged and the gender track became narrower. “Feminist Inquiry,” the founding undergraduate course in gender studies, disappeared from the curriculum. According to Associate Professor Ann Snitow in an oral history interview (transcript page 27), the development of media studies was at the expense of gender studies.

Despite the decline and disappearance of gender studies at the undergraduate level, a master’s program was developed at The New School in response to student demand. The MA in Gender Studies and Feminist Theory was first taught in 1993. Rayna Rapp, an anthropology professor at the New School for Social Research (at that time known as the Graduate Faculty), served as director. The MA program was short lived--the New School's admnistration closed the program in Spring 1997. According to Snitow (transcript page 30), the administration used the "Mobilization for Real Diversity, Democracy, and Economic Justice" as a justification for closing the MA program prematurely. The Mobilization followed the denial of tenure to Jacqui Alexander – a gender studies professor of color at Eugene Lang College. It culminated in a hunger strike, which lasted nineteen days and involved students taking the Provost and Vice President hostage for five hours. The protesters were made up of students from many ethnic backgrounds as well as the LGBTQI community. In 2003, informal discussions began between engaged faculty to develop a gender studies minor at the undergraduate level. According to Snitow (transcript page 48), it was a deliberate decision by those involved to develop a minor rather than a major because gender studies is, by its nature interdisciplinary. It was considered important to train students in a traditional field (like anthropology, sociology or philosophy) but give them intellectual access to gender-related topics. By 2006, the proposal went through the committee process at The New School and passed state accreditation in 2009. The minor in gender studies was launched in 2010 at a two-day conference, No Longer in Exile: The Legacy and Future of Gender Studies at the New School held at the university's Theresa Lang Center.

The first director of the gender studies minor was Ann Snitow from 2009 through Fall 2012. There was no director in Spring 2013. Miriam Ticktin was director during the 2013-2014 academic year, the last year comprehensively documented in these records (there is a single folder from an event held in 2016).

As of February 2017, it remains a thriving program and the model for interdisciplinary minors at Eugene Lang College. Its current director is Margot Bouman. In addition to Bouman, full-time faculty members are Ann Snitow, Miriam Ticktin and Terri Gordon.


__ Audio interview with Ann Snitow by Julia Foulkes and Wendy Scheir. 15 Oct 2014. The New School Oral History Program. NS.07.01.01. New School Archives and Special Collections Digital Archive. Web. 03 Jan 2017.

Organization and Arrangement

Arranged in 2 series: 1. Administration, 2006-2016 2. Scrapbooks, 2006-2013

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred by Margot Bouman, incoming co-director of gender studies, 2016. The contents of one file, Gender Studies course booklets, includes a document from the original accession, as well as documents transferred from an artificial collection of New School course descriptions.

Related Materials

The Ann Snitow faculty records (NS.02.08.01) in the New School Archives document the administration of the New School's Gender Studies program from its beginnings at The New School. An oral history interview with Snitow will be found in the New School Oral History Program (NS.07.01.01). Snitow's personal papers are held by Duke University's David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

A series of recordings made during the two-day conference, No Longer in Exile: The Legacy and Future of Gender Studies at the New School (NS.07.02.05) are available upon request from the New School Archives, and, as of 2017, through the university's YouTube channel.

The New School for Social Research Office of the Dean records (NS.02.02.03) contain files on the original Gender Studies program up to 2005.

The "Mobilization for Real Diversity, Democracy, and Economic Justice" is documented in one file of the Mark Larrimore faculty records (NS.02.09.01). Additionally, a video called New School Struggle made by Laura Poitras is available (as of February 2017) in two parts on YouTube:

Part 1: Part 2:

Guide to the New School Gender Studies minor program records
Heather Anderson
February 16, 2017
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