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Lloyd Sealy Library
John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Gender Studies

What is gender studies?

Gender studies examines the ways in which gender (masculinity and femininity) is constructed, supported and given meaning by and through institutions, social organizations, and relations of power. For an extended discussion of gender studies, please refer to:

Encyclopedia of Sex and GenderGender Studies.  Roof, J. (2007). In Malti-Douglas, F. (Ed.). Encyclopedia of Sex and Gender, Vol.2.  Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA. pp. 624-628.   

Also see:

Fifty key concepts in gender studies

Fifty key concepts in gender studies. Pilcher, J. (2004). Reference - HQ1180 .P55 2004 

Defines concepts such as cyborg, difference, and essentialism. It also provides a brief history of gender studies.


Gender Studies at John Jay College

Gender Studies Major at John Jay College

Gender Studies Minor at John Jay College

Gender Studies Faculty at John Jay College

Search for Courses at John Jay College

The Women's Center at John Jay College

Electronic Encyclopedias

Gale Virtual Reference Library

Provides access to the full text of electronic encyclopedia articles, dictionaries and more. This database will give you background information on your topic. Enter your search terms, such as “gender and sexuality” or “masculinity”, in the search box below. 






Sage e-Reference Collection A collection of over 70 subject encyclopedias, including major titles in criminal justice, research methods, psychology, and social issues from Sage publishers.

Gender in the News


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Authors of this guide

This guide was originally written by reference librarian Karen Okamoto, and is now updated by library liaison to Gender Studies Program, Ellen Belcher.