Associate Director, Progam in Gender, Sexuality & Women’s Studies


Office Location

345 Fisher Bennett Hall
Suite 304
Phone: 215-898-8623

Gwendolyn Beetham is Associate Director of the GSWS Program. She has worked for gender research organizations around the world and has taught gender studies at the London School of Economics, Rutgers University, and Brooklyn College. She received her MSc and PhD in Gender Studies from the Gender Institute at the London School of Economics and her BA from Kenyon College.  

A dedicated activist scholar, Gwendolyn is committed to bridging the research practice divide and has taken on many projects in support of this goal. She edited the first academic journal issue dedicated to feminist blogging, founded the Academic Feminist series on, and writes about parenting for She Knows and Gwendolyn has been a fellow at the Democratizing Knowledge Project's Summer Institute (2017) and the Institute for Research on Women at Rutgers University (2015-2016). She has held leadership positions at the National Women’s Studies Association and has supported the Third Wave Fund - the only activist fund led by and for women of color, intersex, queer, and trans youth in the US - for over a decade. At Penn, Gwendolyn is an active member of the LGBTQ Faculty Diversity Working Group and has completed the Anti-Violence Advocate Training through Penn Violence Prevention.

Fall 2021 Office Hours:

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and by appointment (in person and online options available)


GSWS 002 (Fall 2017, Fall 2018, Fall 2019)

GSWS 400 (Fall 2017, Fall/Spring 18-19, Fall/Spring 19-20, Fall/Spring, 20-21, Fall//Spring 21-22)

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Faculty Research Field(s)

Gwendolyn’s research interests include feminist pedagogy, sexuality studies, and critical university studies.